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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Upcoming Black Series figures?
« on: December 11, 2013, 02:01 PM »
The first problem is that the 6" figures are over priced by about $5 right now.  If they want people to adopt the line, they need to bring it down a little bit... $17.99 even.

I agree with you... but Hasbro doesn't.  In fact, not only are they not lowering the Star Wars 6" figure price for 2014, they're bringing their other 6" figure lines into the $20/boxed world too.  Both the 2014 Spider-man Legends and Capt America Legends lines will be boxed/$20 instead of carded/$15.  BBTS recently posted this note:  "Please Note: Hasbro has raised prices on all 6" Marvel Legends Figures and the new MSRP is now ~$20 per figure." 

I could see the price for Jabba with dais for about $50-60 due to the fact the he and his throne would have a lesser part count than something like the speeder with scout trooper. Sure, there might be more plastic but I think labor for assembly could keep the price down somewhat and 3x the price of a single 6" figure seems attainable.

Jabba with a Dias would probably be expensive.  At least $60.  I bet it would sell like gang busters though.  I think the 6" line is more collector driven than kid driven at this point and collectors would gobble that up.

Depending on the packaging, I suppose they could get the price down.  But ultimately, how many folks out there are even willing to plunk down $60 for a 6" scale Jabba Throne set?  Like gang busters seems a bit excessive.  Does anything $60 sell like gang busters anymore?

I'm not much of a 6" scale collector, so I don't really know if there's any type of market for this kind of thing.  I guess He-Man would be the closest comparison since that is one 6" line with vehicles and playsets and things.  There you're talking about $35 mounts or $50 vehicles (neither with a pack-in figure) in a direct-to-consumer model.

Like I said before, I'm not collecting this line, just watching it unfold as an insight into the 'new' Hasbro.  It'll be interesting to see if the collector folks who bitch about a $60 vehicle being too expensive will be willing to pony up $60 for a 6" Jabba w/Dais.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Upcoming Black Series figures?
« on: December 11, 2013, 11:06 AM »
No dais might not cut it, but that may be the route they go just so that most people could afford it. 

If a basic figure is $20, what's a speederbike plus figure gonna cost?  $40-50?  What retail store is going to carry a $50 6" set in this market?  TRU maybe?

And what'll happen with Jabba?  If he's in the same assortment as the Speederbike, then that means a $40-50 Jabba without dais.  What would it cost with a full dais?  The walmart 3.75" set was what, $40?  Does that mean a 6" Jabba with throne would be priced at $80?  I can hear the outrage now...

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Upcoming Black Series figures?
« on: December 11, 2013, 12:11 AM »
I believe it was the Hasbro Panel at SDCC or Celebration Europe II where the Speeder Bike dlx set was first teased.  And then it showed up on the Hasbro CS lists a few weeks ago which pretty much sealed the deal that it is coming at some point...

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Amazon Droid Factory Multi-Pack
« on: December 10, 2013, 11:40 AM »
Wow, $15 each?  Either Amazon's wholesale purchase price on the set was crazy low or we're never going to see Amazon try this again. :P

Anyone able to checkout without amazon knocking your order down to quantity 1?

I just ordered two sets and it went through.

Yeah, the turtles are sitting #15 (Leo), #18 (Raph), #23 (Mikey), and #26 (Don).   All signs everywhere suggest they are the toy line atop the hill the past 18months.

[waits patiently for CHEWIE to roll in here and tell us all how funny it is that the best selling lines on the list (Playskool Heroes, Imaginext, TMNT, Jake/Pirates) have big playsets to go with them :P]

Re: Amazon's crazy pricing

In the last few weeks, Amazon's had 40-60% off deals on various Black Series figures (3.75" and 6"), all the Mission Series 2-packs, and the exclusives - Droid Factory 6-pack, TIE Interceptor, Slave I.  I've seen some twitter comments damning the whole line because Amazon is "blowing out all it's Star Wars stuff", but others just seem to think that it's Amazon trying to spur holiday sales with popular items. 

So, what do you guys think?  Is this a sign that Star Wars isn't selling or just a sign that Amazon loves to have crazy prices on stuff during the holidays?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: December 6, 2013, 10:47 AM »
Yeah, not to get into comic book spoilers too much, but I can't really tell what the plan is for Lizzie.  I thought she was going to take over the role of "comic book Sophia" since they killed "TV show Sophia", but now that you guys bring it up I guess they could be setting her up for the "comic book Ben" role instead.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Superman/Batman
« on: December 4, 2013, 02:05 PM »
So... is this a Superman sequel, a Superman/Batman team-up movie, a Superman/Batman fight movie (TDKR) or a JLA movie?   ???

I've lost track of the point/purpose of this movie at this point.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: December 2, 2013, 10:31 AM »
On one hand, I liked the episode, but on the other it was kinda pointless. 

Mostly I agree with Brent.  You're there to take over the "safe" place to live, so the best course of action is to blow holes in the wall and crush the fence that barely keeps the zombies out as it is?  ???

I guess I just feel like most of this half season should have just been done at the end of last season.  Letting the governor survive the first prison encounter, only to bring him back with a new crew to get slaughtered again was really pointless.  Was the point of it just to say, "ha comic readers, it's different again!!!"

Also up for pre-order at BBTS

Why would you spend $75 for a set of 3 when you can buy the whole case of 4 for $80?  ???

Wave 3 is up for pre-order at EE.

Looks like Han Solo gets the nod as the first carry-over figure.  Makes sense I guess as folks may want a second to display with all those hand/belt/gun combos.

Or it could be the universe's way of continuing to tempt me to buy into this line by giving me another shot at Han.   :-\

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2013-14
« on: November 23, 2013, 11:08 PM »
You don't appreciate losing based on a sweet 3-on-2 game tying SHG?

You don't appreciate not capitalizing on a cold goalie who was just this AM taken off IR and has had 11min game time in the last month and one practice in the last week?

You didn't enjoy the sick slow burn that was Coyle SO winner?

Cuz I seemed to think it went ok this afternoon.   :-X

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: 16 Most Useless SW Figures
« on: November 22, 2013, 11:07 AM »
Useless is in the eye of the beholder for sure. 

To me, the countless ROTS Anakin resculpts are pretty useless at this point...  and I'll be perfectly happy if we never get another new TPM 'lil Annie too.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Amazon Droid Factory Multi-Pack
« on: November 22, 2013, 10:55 AM »
Hooray for Amazon sales.  Picked up my first set at the $50 sale price and now I just ordered one for $40.  That works out to $7.50 per fig for some nice army builders and two freebie droids.  I'll wait to grab a third set until they hit $30.  :P

Like others have said, if Hasbro wanted to toss out a droid factory 8-pack like this via Amazon to get us the two 'lost' Astromech BADs (R8-B7 and R5-X2), that'd be A-OK with me. :)

Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: November 22, 2013, 10:49 AM »
Apologies to those of you collecting this line, but more and more I'm glad I was happy just picking up a 3.75" Gandalf from this line. 

Gotta be super-frustrating hearing one thing from TBD and seeing stuff pop up OUS.    :-\

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