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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2014-15
« on: February 25, 2015, 09:08 PM »
Wait, is Rose getting a scope or does he have a meniscus tear?

I read meniscus tear yesterday and that his season was over.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: February 24, 2015, 12:46 PM »
Found the AT-DP Driver and TIE Pilot figures this morning, along with a Jedi Temple Guard, at Target.

I've been holding out on the AT-DP driver hoping to find the Target AT-DP with the driver included.  Is that thing out? 

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 21, 2015, 05:30 PM »
What mess?  The Clone Turbo Tank?

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 21, 2015, 12:27 AM »
Ha, that one I DID find at clearance.  Got it for half off.  The other big one I missed was the Clone Turbo Tank. 

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 20, 2015, 10:18 PM »
Yeah, at the time I thought $150 was too much and I hoped to find one on clearance eventually, and that never happened.  In the years that followed I didn't exactly have a ton of space for one anyway, so I've held off.   It's on my list though, but I'd like to not spend damn near $300 for one all the same.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 20, 2015, 09:46 AM »
Quite frankly, if they want to sell a $250 to $300 toy, one of the best things they could do would be to make the radar dish swappable and let you pick which version you want to display / play with.  At that price point, it would be a small gesture that would probably increase sales.  I'm not terribly interested in a E7 version, but am still loosely in the market for an OT one but have never been able to justify the cost.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: February 19, 2015, 10:06 PM »
I love almost all of this...  Just ordered the Big Trouble in Little China figures too.  This line has been the silver lining to Hasbro's foot dragging as of late.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 19, 2015, 09:51 PM »
Wasn't the last Falcon pushing $250ish at TRU?  I don't see that pricepoint working for a new movie at $300+ with the new movie and a dish for all to have.

$274.99 plus tax in Chicago.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything eBay! Scams, questions, etc...
« on: February 19, 2015, 01:17 PM »
Just something else to consider - it is a royal pain setting up Ebay auctions IMHO.  Setting up multiple items in one picture or using the same picture for multiple auctions is a time saver versus creating everything from scratch five different times.  I hope it works out for your friend - just some added food for thought.

That's why I set mine up... it was just easier and I figured I explained it clearly.  Quite frankly, I don't think buyer's deserve any leeway if they're confused by a photo but the item details are clear.  I would NEVER look at a photo, buy something and send money without reading the auction and asking any questions I had beforehand.  I think eBay is too protective of buyers most of the time.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything eBay! Scams, questions, etc...
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:44 AM »
Here's a situation...  Not mine exactly but one that's come up recently.

A guy's selling 5 of the same figure, all in a picture together.  The description is simply, "You're bidding on the item in the picture".  The price is cheap and free shipping, but these aren't overly valuable things.  The auction says "5 available", by the way.

So you get the item...  Only one figure arrives, instead of the 5 in the picture...  Seems like a fishy thing to me.  Reportable?  Get your $ back?

I did this last year.  I sold a little over 100 figures, mostly army builders for damn near $1,000.  For a given auction I showed a single photo of, say, all 7 Sandtroopers - then said auction is for one.  The auctions had BIN's for $6.99 or $7.99 or $4.99 or whatever the average going rate for a given figure was, had quantity available set to however many I had and were depicted in the photo.  I then encouraged people to check my other auctions so they'd buy a bunch of other stuff.  Lastly, I had shipping at $3.00 for one figure, $0.50 per figure after that.

All in all I probably sent out around 30 packages with anywhere from 1 to 5 figures in them. 

This was around Christmas time of 2013 and of those 30 packages, I had ONE guy who was furious that he didn't get all of the figures shown in the photo, everyone else understood the auctions and left positive feedback without issue.  I gathered that he was a parent or grandparent who was buying stuff for a kid and had no idea what the going rates were for this kind of stuff.

I used 7 Sandtroopers @ $6.99 as an example because that was this one guy's issue.  He filed a claim and left me negative feedback.  I responded to the claim that he clearly hadn't read the auction and that it was unreasonable for him to expect 7 figures that were worth $7.00 each, for $7.00 total.

He responded a few times to my responses, but never escalated the claim to the point where eBay actually has to decide.  So I can't tell you how they would have ruled.  The negative feedback sat on my record for a year then disappeared from the averages like it's supposed to.

The one thing they said when I called to see if there was any way to remove that feedback, was that since I showed photo with multiple figures, there was a chance they could rule against me if he escalated the claim and they advised me to just wait the 30 days and see if he did so.  I think I would have had a good case, but if I do that again at some point, I'll be even more careful to be explicit, and even consider taking 7 photos of the 7 figures, or just using 1 photo and saying you'll get a figure identical to the one in the picture.

Maybe I did a better job describing what I was selling than your guy, but 97% of the people I dealt with understood just fine.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 14, 2015, 03:42 PM »
Did they even SAY anything about the lack of product being shown?  You know, like explain it as part of a huge upcoming new movie year reveal for the Summer?

Other Toy Lines / Bif Bang Pow 3.75" Action Figure Lines
« on: February 14, 2015, 01:03 PM »
Not Funko, but Biff Bang Pow is doing retro Flash Gordon figures:

LEGO / UCS TIE Fighter Revealed
« on: February 14, 2015, 12:09 PM »

The cockpit looks a little funny to me... looking forward to seeing it in person at some point though.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 11, 2015, 12:27 PM »
I agree we'll see OT and maybe even PT stuff into the future in some measure, but the speed at which they're going through the major costume variants of Han and Luke and Imperial troops in the 5 POA line tells you everything. By the time TFA hits, Hasbro will have done all of them, leaving nothing to cover. The same is happening in the 6 inch line, though the release schedule on those is so slow that I'm wondering if we'll see the Emperor by the time the movie toys drop.

Yeah, I don't see a very long shelf life for the 6" line personally.  You can only afford and have space for so many of the larger scale... the major characters are going to dry up quickly and how many people are going to buy $20 obscure figures that take up three times the space of the ones they've been collecting for years?

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 11, 2015, 10:58 AM »
If they are cranking out a new movie every year, will there be room in the line for figures from 30 year old movies at that point?

With each new movie they add, I have to imagine that will fill the "idea well" so full that stuff like Sim Aloo will be stuck at the bottom of the well for a long, long time...

You're probably right, but they managed to find time to give us Sergeant Doallyn and Toryn Farr this past year, and Mosep Binneed is on the way.  They could certainly keep the main thing going and throw long-time collectors a bone a couple times a year - especially when it comes to a vintage figure that they haven't made in 20 years of the current line's existence.  The prequels have fallen by the wayside, but I don't think they're going to abandon the OT completely. 

All that said, it might be the best thing if OT offerings became more scattered - there's only so much left to do, or so many ways you can remake the same thing over and over. 

One thing I can say for sure, is that if they go pure 6" for the main line, I'm done.  I've been involved at a particularly scale for way too long to start over in my mid thirties.  I'll do OT 6", but that's it.

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