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Finally found the refugee Padme at local KM.  Sure it was roughly TRU prices, but its the first figure I've wanted to buy in about a month and a half, so I was willing to pony up the extra buck.

I was at WM last night and the pegs were packed (with massive helmet clones and Woof).  Of the 60 TVC figures they had on the pegs 20 were Woof, about 15 were the ROTS clone, they had about 15 Sandtroopers, 5 Anakins and then a handful of Ackbar and Endor Rebels.

So I was in the same Walmart I mentioned in the above post from March, and they had 19 Woof, so apparently it'll only take another 40ish months for them to work through this backlog of Woofs :)  I know its just a freak thing about this store (or someone bought up Woof/Clonetroopers/Sandtroopers and dumped them all at Walmart), but its funny to see this particular backlog.

Collect All 92! / Re: Gamorrean Guard
« on: May 11, 2011, 11:02 PM »
The Gamorrean is a great figure, too bad I've only seen him exactly once!  I agree with others that this is one of Hasbro's best figures ever.  Just fantastic.  Just hoping I can find him in one of the repack assortments.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Collection Y-Wing
« on: May 9, 2011, 09:58 PM »
I'd love to have an OT Y-Wing in my collection, but Hasbro would need to do it right for me to buy it.  Fingers crossed on this one...

Shadows of the Dark Side / Re: 2011 Saga Legends Figures
« on: May 9, 2011, 09:56 PM »
Agreed, including a greater variety of accesories would be fantastic.  I know I picked up a bunch of GI Joes at Marshalls over the last couple of years on clearance (my Wife is adamant that I DON'T COLLECT GI JOE! :) ) solely because of the weapons/backpacks/etc. that they included.  I don't know if its just because of the EU-Stormtrooper (Hondo Karr) who was big into knives, but I think a Stormtrooper looks wickedly menacing holding a big knife (they gotta have a blade tucked away somewhere in the armor right?).

The Vintage Collection / Re: Boba Fett Mail-Away Offer?
« on: May 4, 2011, 09:34 PM »
I sent out a set of POPs and a check on monday last week, the check was cashed today!  Woohoo!

I know its probably lame, but I didn't pick up the Interceptor Tank, or whatever they called the TX-130, until it had the blue repaint.  Now I want the Red version.

Its not a mid-size vehicle, but now I want the AT-TE to complement my Imperial/Republic armor... :)

Great topic.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: April 28, 2011, 10:35 PM »
The only time I happened to catch the AOTC wave on the pegs the only figures I wanted were Anakin and Padme.  Of the two I figured Anakin would be the harder to find figure, too bad I haven't been able to find Padme since...

The Vintage Collection / Re: Boba Fett Mail-Away Offer?
« on: April 26, 2011, 10:13 PM »
Yeah, I got one yesterday and sent away for another today.  I was thinking about sending for a third, but I think two should do.

Other Collectibles / Re: Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: April 18, 2011, 10:05 PM »
Was going to say that I love the Commandos.  But all of them are awesome!

Been out of the loop lately, but all the TRU that I stopped at had was the CW Y-Wing for vehicles and for battlepacks the had the one with QuiGon, Anakin, Darth Maul and his speeder and the one with Vader, his operating table and two medical droids (no idea what those were titled...).  Oh well.

Great to see Star Wars stuff on sale again...

On Monday I got a rather battered box that included the Mando set.  I was kind of surprised, because until recently I'd never even seen that one on the shelves.  I never saw the generic Death Watch Trooper on the shelves, so nice to get a grunt to go with Viszla.  My 4 year old is big into motorcycles right now, so its kind of cool for him to have a "rocketship-motorcycle" as he calls it.  Thanks Hasbro.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What do you drive?
« on: February 23, 2011, 04:12 PM »
Oh the Prius would probably win hands down.  If Top Gear were a show that accurately assessed cars, then SpongeBob is a show about cooking.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What do you drive?
« on: February 23, 2011, 02:12 PM »
I saw an episode of the BBC show Top Gear from a couple years ago where they put 1 gallon of gas in a Prius and 1 gallon in a BMW 3 series.  A driver got in the Prius and drove it as fast as it would go around the private race track they have on the show and another driver drove the 3 series.  The second driver merely had to keep up with the Prius (not hard considering the BMW turns, handles, accelerates much better).  Once the Prius ran out of gas the BMW kept going at the same pace and ended up going significantly further than the Prius (even though the Prius has much higher MPG numbers).  It was a nice illustration of it mattering how you drive, almost as much as it matters what you drive, if you are looking for good mileage numbers.

I had a '91 CRX where I got 45+ mpg on the highway.  It didn't have cruise control though; which made trips home from college labor intensive.

The Vintage Collection / Re: How Much is Too Much?
« on: February 21, 2011, 04:21 PM »
Without straying too far into "pit" specific talk, the reason that the price for Chinese goods are rising isn't because the dollar is depreciating, its because the Chinese have made atleast show efforts to stop manipulating the renminbi.  Meaning they are actually letting the value of their currency rise; some.  Which means you need more dollars to purchase goods made in China.

Higher commodity prices don't have a 1:1 relationship with rising consumer prices.  Action figures have a significant portion of their cost tied in the labor costs.  Which is to say the Hasbro (or freelance) sculptors, the factory workers, the packaging designers, the marketing people, the people that stock the figures, etc.  For the most part those costs haven't been escalating.  Of the $8+ of the cost of the action figure the actual value of the plastic contained in the figures is only a few cents.

It's inaccurate to state that the higher commodity prices directly lead to higher consumer prices.  Its only true for consumer items where the underlying commodity makes up the majority of the price structure.  For goods where the majority of the price is tied up in non-commodity components (for example items with a high labor content), price increases can only rise when inflation gets baked in (ie when we see increases to core inflation).

Hasbro has realized that the Vintage line sells at $8-$9 at a rate sufficient that they think they'll increase their margins if the increase prices to the $9-$10 range.  Similarly Walmart and Target have realized that they are leaving money on the table and not gaining market share by pricing their figures lower.  Its not a commodity story, its just business.

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