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Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 26, 2016, 03:10 PM »
Thanks. :)

The way the Nerdist ran their article left me thinking they were exclusive.  They wrote:


And naturally... they just meant an exclusive reveal / story.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Anything
« on: July 26, 2016, 02:53 PM »
01. Marcia
02. Peter
03. Greg
04. Bobby
05. Cindy

Reexamining this ten years later, I don't know WTF I was thinking leaving Jan off. She's the most interesting Brady kid and it's not even close. And Bobby. . . Bobby just sucks.

01. Peter
02. Marcia
03. Jan
04. Greg
05. Cindy

Funny.  It was just about two years ago that I was totally thinking about what a mistake you'd made there.  I'm glad you finally saw the light.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: July 26, 2016, 02:47 PM »
The Worst figures look amusing. They maybe not be ReAction, just Super 7.

I saw those too, and was slightly intrigued, but after nearly an hour for fruitless searching online for some kind of backstory on these, I finally gave up. I have no idea if that is just something they dreamed up or if it is actually based on something.

Yeah, I did the same digging and found nothing.  I'm assuming they're just an original property at this point.

First, thanks for doing the work to bring new figures, even if they're expensive exclusives.  It's nice to see figures that haven't been made before - outside of the new films, that's a rare thing these days and it's one of the main things I still enjoy about collecting 3 3/4" - when something new happens... I also appreciate that you dropped by to respond to some of the discussion.

I do stand by that these do have levels of articulation of a vintage figure, and even though everybody is no doubt sick of me posting this on other comments threads, new sculpts are increasingly difficult in the current marketplace. 

That still doesn't sound right to me.  It sounds like one of those 'being technically right is the best kind of right' king of things.  When you announce the price and say vintage levels of articulation before everyone knows they're droids, we're all instantly expecting 12, 13, 14 points of articulation on human or alien figures.  We're expecting things that could have been neatly slotted into the vintage line - not 6 droids made out of existing sculpts. 

For better or worse, that's what happened.  It probably would have gone over better if you'd just shown the item at the same time so people didn't spend a couple of days wondering about what greatness would be in store and building up their own expectations.  Basically, without the tease it wouldn't have felt like a let down.   

Because it was brought up, I still love limited articulation figures.  For five or six bucks?  Bring 'em on, all day long.  Those were fabulous.   Recent movie years tend to bring higher prices with them (see also: G.I. Joe) and other factors in terms of perception, features, filling out a line plan with varied price points, and so on can change up how things need to be run.

I don't mind the limited articulation if the sculpts are good - that said, what happened that prices tend to go up in movie years?  Back during the prequels the exact opposite was true.  We went from $7 or $8 to $4.99 when ROTS hit, because volume. 

Secondly, Quite frankly the limited articulation feels like a total bait and switch on Hasbro's part to me.  Costs are high, to lower them we're going to reduce artiulcation and now you get $5.99 figures again.  Hooray.  Fast forward a year and a half and figures are $7.99, $8.99 - all while doing higher volume again.  I know inflation and costs and whatever, but oil prices are way depressed compared to 3, 5, 7 years ago, there's new movies driving more buying and collecting, but in general the manufacturing quality is going down.  While I'm not admittedly in Hasbro marketing and budgeting meetings, the general trend strikes me as a simple strategy to boost margins - which is fine and dandy and what businesses aim to do most of the time, but the idea that it's all market driven necessity doesn't pass the smell test. 

I'm a toy fan, first and foremost.  Articulation is good, and the goal here was always to come out with the best possible item with the resources at hand.  Given that new sculpts weren't an option, I think the end result is pretty good - and I hope if it doesn't tickle anyone's fancy

I think it's a nice set - I'd like it to have been a few dollars less, I honestly think the tease and language in the tease was a mistake from a PR standpoint, that's all.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 25, 2016, 09:34 PM »
So were the Hera A-Wing and new Rey Comic Con Exclusives or were they just being shown for the first time at Comic Con?

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: July 25, 2016, 12:27 PM »
Fine by me, I'm just blown away that Luke Skywalker wasn't one of the first characters they released in the follow up waves once people had a chance to see the movie.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: July 24, 2016, 01:12 PM »
Anyone see Beyond? I'm on the fence and my roommate says it's alright but isn't worth seeing.

I thought the trailer was underwhelming, but I really enjoyed the movie.  I'm also not a Star Trek purist and I wasn't ever that into it growing up, but it felt more like an episode on a huge scale and I thought it was well done and enjoyable.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 22, 2016, 03:48 PM »
Anything in the traditional scale or was it almost all 6"?

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: July 22, 2016, 01:03 PM »

Just like Jocasta Nu.  That is the nature of the small market exclusive.

Yes, TEN years ago we got two 5-droid packs for $60ish..  But guess what - still worked out to the same as a basic figure at the time, $6 each. Just sucks that a 'basic figure' has to be $13 these days.

I get the defense of the pricing and what they are, but I'd argue that basic figures right now are $7.99, not $13.  I'd expect some level of mark up since they're exclusive, and some level of savings because they're made almost entirely out of existing sculpts and tools. 

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: July 22, 2016, 11:56 AM »
Technically there is, but yeah - I'd agree.  Her general's outfit would be the one I'd have expected them to do... can't believe there wasn't even like a Han / Luke / Leia 3-Pack or some other such nonsense to play up the returning heroes.  Hell, even a 6-pack with them and then Chewbacca, R2, and Threepio.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 21, 2016, 10:52 PM »
I mean, I know it's not the two year old one, it just reminds me of it in terms of style and overall appearance.

I don't know why we are comparing these to SA Black Series figures anyway.

Really the only reasons is because that's how EE promoted the set.

Heavy paint apps, exclusive to a single online store....  Priced per figure same as WM TBS line...  The price isn't that outrageous really.

Only compared to what we're used to.  You get a 6" black series figure for $6 more.  It's the same story all over the place though.  Prices are getting crazy and there doesn't seem to be much changing that.  Gentle Giant Mini-Busts cost 2.5x what they cost 5 years ago and about 50% more than they did just a year ago. 

5 POA was sold as a way to bring costs down and while they started at $5.99, they've been steadily increasing ever since to the point where $7.99 is a good deal on them and $8.99 or even $9.99 is common.

And it's not like Star Wars isn't as popular as ever - that new movie meant TONS of sales.  When Episode III came out prices went down from about $8 to $5 - but with this film we didn't see anything like that.  $13 might be in line with everything else today, but that doesn't make it a good or reasonable price.

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