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A Target near me was unpacking these directly from the box, placing $6.98 stickers on them, and putting them on a clearance shelf.

This Target never had the front endcap of them like some other Targets.

I think this happened a lot.  I know of at least two stores where I never saw these on the front lanes.  I assumed they came and sold out too quickly, but now I think its more likely that they estimated a LOT of sales by having these up front and it backfired because people were either not interested or the product never made its way out.  That's why I think some of these stores have so much extra...if you got in 10 cases and never put them up front, you'll have 20 of each figure sitting around come clearance time.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: May 21, 2007, 04:22 PM »
We should probably just agree to disagree.  ;D  Just to respond to your comments...

Ok, no.  First, yes, lots of EU, but how hard is it to figure out a blackhole stormtrooper?  Darth Revan?  Wow, that's tough.  But who says I'm buying it? 

The point is that sometimes you need to buy something you don't want to get what you do want.  If you bought 3 scouts and wanted three lucas troopers, you would have to buy 3 of everything else in the line to get the extra figure.  Well, until they changed the offer that is.  ;)

I'm not sure how you can seriously compare the SW universe to Marvel's universe.  For the most part you're talking about 12 hours worth of movies versus thousands of issues of comic books.  Sure, the EU not withstanding messes it up a bit, but I'm not jumping all over the EU stuff, so my argument remains consistent. 
Well, I can't argue for what fits with your personal preference.  Maybe I only like the EU stuff, or maybe I just collect imperials.  What if I say that the Avengers storyline is the only one you need to pay attention to and you should skip X-men villians like Blob or skip villians all together and only buy heroes?  Your point was that its too difficult to follow who all the ML characters are, but there are 10 Pote Snitkins in the SW line for every ML Xorn.

Previous Celebration exclusives have been retoolings or a minor change by adding a different head or accessory, but not totally new.  Toyfare Vader was just a repaint when it comes down to it.  No, if you wait a year, you'll be able to get the same darn figures in a regular assortment for $7. 

Not sure where this insight is coming from.  When exactly will Hasbro be releasing the Jorg Sacul figure with the rest of the line?  Or the Lucas Trooper? Or the C3 Vader with talking base?  Are you suggesting that I can just repaint or make customs of anything that's too expensive?  If that's the case, just take a Hulk, put some clay on the belly, and swap out the head to make your own custom blob.

I think Hasbro should have released Blob as a regular figure, it's important enough to do so.  This just isn't the case with this figure that is a fairly important figure in the comic books.  And I'm really unclear how exactly this constitutes something "Free"?  You don't think the price reflects this piece being in there?  I'd rather they drop the BAFs and pull the price back down. 

If you don't realize this is "Free" then you obviously don't work for a major manufacturer.  I think the average Legends figure today costs $9.99 at retail?  If Hasbro dropped the BAF parts, what would you pay?  You'd pay $9.99.  They consider the piece as an investment spend to get you to purchase more product, but there is no way that they would lower the price to $9 if they took that piece out.  Sure, their margin per figure would increase or the retailers margin would increase, but show me an example anywhere in the history of toys when a manufacturer took out an 'extra' portion of the product and lowered the retail price.  If anything, you might pay more if they took out the BAF pieces, because they'd sell less overall and would probably need to jack up the price to make the line worthwhile. 

I also would argue that Blob is not a major character in the Marvel U.  I collect ML figs (mostly avengers/some X-Ment and Villians), but have no problem keeping this guy out of my collection.  What you're basically telling me is that you specifically really want this figure and are irritated that you'll have to pay $50 to get it.  I really wanted a Flip up visor Biker Scout, but not the TRU exclusive AT-AT - not much you can do about that.

Talk all you want about the size of the figs or whether or not you buy the comparisons to star wars... at the end of the day, you would be paying the same amount for the core line of figures you want with or without the Blob pieces, so all I'm saying is that you shouldn't complain about a freebie.

Kubricks / Re: Kubricks and Minimates
« on: May 21, 2007, 03:17 PM »
I grabbed a clearance Spiderwoman today at Target with beat up Spiderman.  It was on clearance for $1.54.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: May 20, 2007, 10:12 PM »
I just paid $3.36 yesterday.  That physically hurts.

I'd be happy to pick a few of these up for people at the $5 price...I can't believe how many are still left at the stores near me.   :o

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: May 20, 2007, 02:28 PM »
Unlike Star Wars, the Marvel Universe entails a bunch of stories, over a rather lengthy (40+ years of real time) period of time that isn't really always well hinged together.  I'm familiar with all of the Star Wars stories, but it would cost a massive fortune to keep up with all of Marvel's titles that are eligible for the Legends lineup.  Xorn?  Uh, no, thanks.  Some folks like Avengers, some folks don't.  Same holds true for the X-men, Fantastic Four, etc.  Relatively few people buy ALL of the titles, so it is very different.

Wow, didn't mean to get you so riled up man.  I disagree with most of what you're still complaining about though.

1.) Star Wars has lines with EU stuff verus movie stuff.  I know for a fact that a number of people collect only movie figures.  Other people just collect figures they think are cool, but not every one of them.  Still others like to keep their stuff sealed.  Its really no different than the Legends stuff - if you want mail away coins or Lucas Trooper or whatever, you need to buy everything offered to get it.  More to your point, compare the number of SW figures to the number of legends and I would argue that its ten times easier to follow the backstory of every legends character made to date than it is to figure out the story behind every SW figure that is released.  And if you're really struggling that much on who xorn is, a simple google search will tell you in about 30 seconds and its free!

2.) At least you get a BAF with Legends.  What do you get free with SW stuff? Mini chess pieces, a coin, a stand?  I'd rather get a BAF of some kind, regardless of its size.  You could get nothing at all.  If you only want three of the eight figures, then just toss your extra Blob pieces and be done with it.  Or...

3.) If you really want the Blob, you can buy the extra figures or buy a loose Blob on Ebay.  Either way costs you about $50.  If that's more than you want to pay, then don't buy it - at least you have an option.  I would really like the C4 McQuarrie exclusives and will probably have to pay twice the price to get them, but that's life.  At least witht he BAF you have a chance to get the figures at retail.  If there was no BAF parts and Blob was a convention exclusive for $50, would you be happier?

4.) I don't think anyone likes every figure in every line of any kind of toy that's released.  Look up the forums on the TAC waves and you will find dozens of people that don't want a Scuba Trooper or another Han or repainted clones.  There are others, both kids and collectors, who do want those figs and maybe they don't want some of the ones you would consider cool.  Hasbro will never please everyone with an entire line of figures - SW or ML.

What it all boils down to is this - you're getting something free with your collectible figure and complaining about it, and that's what I have a problem with.  I think if you take a moment to think about it this way, maybe you'll be a lot less upset about something that should be bringing you joy.  ;)

One of our target unloaded on theses as well. Wonder if they'll make it to $5.

They're already down to $5 at a couple of the Targets in Mpls.  I was actually heistant to buy them at that price because there's so many left...I'd be shocked if they all sold before there was another price reduction.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: May 19, 2007, 09:32 PM »
I'm a little shocked at all the complaining about the BAF figures.  If Star Wars had something where you get a free tauntaun or wampa part when you buy each figure, I would be all over that.  Obviously the strategy is to get you to buy everything in the wave to build the BAF.  If there's stuff you wouldn't normally have bought, but you did to get the BAF, then their marketing dept. is doing their job.  ::) This is no different than having to buy one of each vintage style SW figure to get your mail-away Lucas is it? 

And yet people whine that they have to get a few extra figs for the BAF.  You know, Hasbro could just stop putting BAF parts in with the reg figs. They'd charge the same price, you'd still get the figures you want, but instead of having a chance to build a BAF you'd have nothing extra.  Then they could make Blob a Target exclusive and charge you $25 for him.  Orrrr, you could just spend a few extra bucks to get the couple of figures you really don't want, use them to make Blob, and get rid of the extra figures on here or Ebay or use them for customs or whatever. 


Can you fit that many on an endcap?

Yups..36 per shelf x8 shelves = 288  ;)

He's not kidding.  The Target by my work has one full endcap of these.  I don't think there were 8 shelves, but they were stacked 2-3 high per shelf, all the way to the back.  They're all $5, so I grabbed about 4-5 of each.  Seems cheap, but 30 of them still cost $150 plus tax.  Anyway, I decided to go check out the Action Figure aisle and found two more clearance endcaps with O-66 on them!  Not full endcaps, but about a full shelf on each.  I was almost tempted to put my $5 ones back in the hopes of getting them evencheaper - I don't know how they're going to get through that many figs even at $5.   :o

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Heroes on NBC
« on: May 18, 2007, 02:14 PM »
all of the actors are hit or miss.  especially parkman and mohinder.  yikes.

Parkmans actually one f the better actors. I like that Audrey Hansen FBI character, too, and its nice to see her back. I hope they dont kill her off.

I wouldnt mind seeing Claire go, but DL...thats gonna be a bummer.  :(

I just realized that Im gonna be at the Grand Canyon next week, starting Monday, so Ill miss the finale by mere hours.  :'( Thank God for Tivo!!!   ;D

Your favorite characters are Parkman, Audrey, & DL, but you would be okay with Claire getting bumped off?  What!?  We must be polar opposites.  ::)

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: May 17, 2007, 09:29 PM »
Anyone want to save 25% and get free shipping at hasbrotoyshop?  Enter code FNFSPR7 at checkout.  I just used it to order She Hulk, Yellowjacket and Quicksilver.  Total came to just over $23.

I'd imagine it would work on anything.

Thanks for the tip.  I looked thru the SW, T-Formers, and Marvel stuff, but couldn't find a single thing that I wanted in stock.   :-\

Feedback / Re: Jeff's (pka Nataku) feedback
« on: May 17, 2007, 03:54 PM »
Big thanks to Jeff for grabbing an extra Tantiv IV BP for me!

Feedback / Re: jedijaybird's feedback
« on: May 17, 2007, 03:52 PM »
Just got my Supergirl and another DST from Jay!  As always, thanks for grabbing all the goodies for me!

Feedback / Re: iFett's (pka infinittifett) feedback
« on: May 17, 2007, 03:51 PM »
Big thanks to Mike for picking up the Cantina Band set for me.  ;)

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: May 15, 2007, 09:17 PM »
Thanks. :)

I was going to buy a dewback from him, but he decided to keep it and there was an Interceptor, but the stickers were peeling up.  He's also got another pile of stuff he's going to bring in sometime that may or may not include an Ewok Village and some other good stuff.

Wow - you never hear about stuff like this these days.  Great catch!  If he has anything left, you should have him post here - I'm sure people would scoop up the rest of the leftovers!

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