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The Vintage Collection / Re: Drop in Collector Interest/Figures?
« on: March 17, 2010, 12:06 PM »
From the few searches I've done lately on Ebay I've noticed how a lot of auctions are dominated by "Buy it Now" sellers with frankly unrealistic expectations.  I don't know whether that's a reflection of the auctions I'm looking at, a change of selling style by sellers, or whether the auction sellers have left the site because of policy changes (like JJ mentioned).

"Wildly unrealistic expectations" is how I would describe it. I agree 100% - this is just lazy and greedy, IMO. Do some research and see what stuff is actually selling for before slapping some insane price tag on your auction.

I wish I could post some examples here but eBay is blocked for me at work.

One of the most irritating things for me on the retail landscape right now is the low quantities of new stuff stores are ordering. They get a case of new stuff, it sells out quickly, and then nothing. I think if they ordered larger quantities of new stuff and put it all out on the shelves at once they would have more sales and less junk hanging around. Target seems to have noticed this lately as I have seen more multi-case displays for the new TCW stuff (well, Wave 2 anyway) but not so much Walmart. TRU is just bizarre. They get a new case of figures here and once that sells it takes MONTHS to restock the same wave.

They need to understand there is a limited window of collector interest. This is why most of the DVD's in stores are new stuff, not old titles. Keep it fresh, and people will become regular customers. (I know it's a lot more complicated than that but this was just an idle rant)

The Vintage Collection / Re: Drop in Collector Interest/Figures?
« on: March 16, 2010, 01:54 PM »
You can see the lack of interest in fan forums and even eBay as all SW prices have dropped like no tomorrow. They do more harm by having such long droughts.

That's interesting, I am an avid eBayer and I have noticed just the opposite with the vintage auctions. Those prices have really skyrocketed since the end of last year. Maybe collectors are using the lull to fill in gaps with their older stuff?

I don't have a problem with $100 for a Blue Snags, but $60+ for a lousy A-Wing pilot?!?! That is discouraging.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« on: March 16, 2010, 10:51 AM »
JTA reports this morning that the new BP's have been spotted at TRU as well. Hooray!

Our local TRU's restock today, so I will head out shortly and report back with any findings.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 13 (aka 2010 Wave 3)
« on: March 15, 2010, 03:20 PM »
I don't get why people are so down on Brian's all the time.  Yeah, they have expensive prices on new stuff like this, but so do a lot of other online retailers.   No one is forced to buy from them - if the guy wants to sell figures at twice retail and some people are willing to pay that, then where is the harm exactly?  It's not my cup of tea, but I'm not going to put them down for it.  I have only ordered from Brian's once - they had a case of Legacy figures that worked out to $5-6 per figure with the sale they were offering, but seemed like a nice enough company to me.

I see where you're headed, and far be it from me to disagree with anyone who has a keen appreciation for Mitch :), but I guess I see it differently.

I don't have a problem per se with a mark-up at individual sites to cover things like shipping, handling, overhead, advertising, etc. That's to be expected.  but I think it is unethical to jack prices on particular figures in the SAME case assortment just in an effort to squeeze more money out of people based on some perceived demand. It's not like those 2 figures cost them anything extra. It's pure greed, IMO.

I just think there is a certain obligation to price responsibly for your consumers. Just because someone will pay it, doesn't mean that it's a fair price. But yes, everyone does have the option of voting with their wallet, so to speak.

I really don't want to derail this thread though, so suffice to say it's a good sign these 4 figures are now hitting online, as that should portend a retail arrival in the coming weeks. :)

The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Collection Comic Packs
« on: March 15, 2010, 12:33 PM »
I know I'm pretty late, but what exactly is the matter w/ the Pluorr comic that has made Hasbro pull it from it's Walmart initial run? I thought they had pulled it due to manafacturing problems. But from what I've read it seems that the comic itself is iffy.   ???

I have asked this same question over and over at multiple SW sites and have NEVER gotten a satisfactory answer. I honestly think it is all complete BS. They probably just didn't want to shell out the $$$.

What is so offensive about a bald chick for crying out loud?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Figure Rumors/Speculation
« on: March 15, 2010, 12:29 PM »
Roron Corobb, apologies for the spelling.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 13 (aka 2010 Wave 3)
« on: March 15, 2010, 12:27 PM »
I see Brian's Toys now has this Wave in stock.

2 of them are $15.99, and 2 of them are $19.99.  ::)

How do those guys sleep at night?


Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: March 15, 2010, 12:23 PM »
Snagged a nice vintage Anakin last night for less than $10. Hooray bargain shopping.

Less than 20 items to go now!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« on: March 12, 2010, 02:23 PM »
We got these in... maybe a month ago?  Pretty unremarkable as far as new stuff goes.  Hopefully they'll be good for kids, because I wasn't able to squint and find a good reason to open a set yet.

Yeah, I've been wondering what was taking them so long to hit retail outlets...that's a pretty good lag, IMO.

I wasn't planning on buying these originally but now I want them more or less because I know there is nothing else coming out between now and August except for TCW Wave 3, which is still a month off.

I was 0-4 for Targets on my lunch run. Maybe I'll have better luck tonight~

The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Collection Comic Packs
« on: March 12, 2010, 09:46 AM »
Ok, it's officially on now...the 2 Walmart exclusive packs have been spotted in the wild! (Yes, actual brick and mortars)

JTA has the skinny on their front page. Go get 'em!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« on: March 12, 2010, 09:44 AM »
Is there a new/unique DCPI code for this wave?

I just checked the Target website but of course neither BP is listed yet.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« on: March 11, 2010, 11:12 PM »
Wow, thanks, that is great to hear! I was wondering where they would hit first...

Back on the Hunt!

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: March 10, 2010, 10:19 PM »
Picked up a nice vintage B-Wing earlier this bid won out by 23 cents.  ;D

I keep telling myself to slow down, but I'm so close to the end now it's hard to hold back. This is going to be the year no question.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: March 9, 2010, 10:43 AM »
Scored a vintage TIE Interceptor last night on eBay, a bit pricey but not out of hand. Looks to be in good condition at least. I never had this as a kid, so a good get.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Collection Comic Packs
« on: March 9, 2010, 10:13 AM »
Lucas seems to feel the comics and basically anything outside the current CW series is useless to him

Awesome, I have something in common with The Maker!  ;D

I have asked this question all over and have never gotten a solid response:

Has anyone READ that comic with the supposedly objectionable material? What's the deal? Profanity and sex are non-existent in the SW universe, and I don't see how the violence aspect could be that objectionable, so I'm dying of curiosity what could be so controversial?

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