« on: June 18, 2012, 08:54 PM »
In the past have they announced actual production numbers before? I almost get the idea that's a marketing ploy to get people to buy them ASAP, so they won't linger around shelves too much.
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The tools exist. Hasbro is going to want to recoup some of that investment. That means selling units.
The Droid Gunship showed up in trailers, too. The tools for that exist as well.
Hasbro made the bulk of their investment in tooling for both vehicles, and the only way to see the rewards of those investments is to sell the toys.
You say that there's a lack of confidence in Clone Wars toys.
Because I see plenty of OT & PT vehicles from the SOTDS line still lingering on shelves, too. I can still get an AT-AT pretty easily at retail. The same goes for the Trench Run pack with the X-Wing & Darth Vader TIE at TRU. Sales across the whole boys toys sector are DOWN. Attempts to pin this just on the Clone Wars line are misdirected, and you're simply not looking at the bigger picture.
Got the EE cancellation email, too. I suspect that these may wind up being offered in the next CW line look. Especially since the Mando's were featured prominently in the CW season 5 trailer.
The battledroids: 16 pcs. stationary ones without backpacks and 4 "pilot battle droids" with backpacks. The other 4 stationary droids are with Obi-Wan in the box window. Speaking about Obi-Wan, he is the Ep.1 version Obi-Wan without the soft goods tunic from 1999 replaced with plastic. His head still comes with the soft braid. He has no wrist articulation. The bottom of the feet has the 1999 stamp on it.
The 4 battle droids are newly made. The backpacks are molded together to the body. These droids only have 5 points of articulation, just like a potf2 figure would have. The 20 other battle droids all have molded bases (makes it easy to stand) bear 2011 LFL stamp markings. The biggest surprise for me is that they have only 1 point of articulation LOL. Only the right arm can move. The left hand is molded to the hip.
Since my walmarts never carried thier Royal Starship droids, I ordered online and picked them up there. How come walmarts get to choose to carry or not carry their own exclusives?