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I think the simplest answer for me at this point is Lego or (for characters I really want) Sideshow.  Hasbro's made it completely cost-prohibitive to collect this line from a financial perspective, given the amount of money one devotes to either gas driving around in a futile attempt to actually find products in stores, or the amount of money one has to pay for shipping on their more-or-less internet exclusive Star Wars toys.  Quality-wise, Hasbro is going further and further downhill (more on that in a moment) and they're charging more and more for less and less with no real excuse other than "we can."  I'm really curious to see how the Q&As go at the summer conventions (starting this weekend at JoeCon) and how Hasbro responds to collector complaints (if they even do; I can honestly see them saying "NO QUESTIONS!" before the presentations of their PowerPoint).

As for the quality, I had an interesting situation a few weeks ago that I wanted to share, but didn't really know what forum to post it in, or if it was even relevant to Star Wars, as it doesn't involve SW but does involve two other Hasbro lines.  I bought two different Hasbro products on two consecutive days: the 6" Walmart exclusive Avengers Movie Hawkeye figure and a blue GI Joe Retaliation Cobra Commander (at Toys R Us).  When I opened Hawkeye, I noticed that one of the pins that connected his elbow joint to his forearm had not been assembled completely and any movement would cause the forearm to almost completely separate from the joint.  Luckily, having read many threads in JD's wonderful customs area, I was able to use some tweezers and the really hot water trick to soften the plastic and repair the joint.  Hawkeye still sits on my shelf aiming his bow and arrow and you'd never know that this had to be done.  But, alas, that is not the point.

Cobra Commander had a similar problem right out of the package, but this involved the right shoulder joint.  The plastic had not been attached completely and, as a result, his upper arm was simply hanging on by the equivalent of a plastic thread.  I examined him closely and tried to do the hot water trick, but given his construction, it was impossible to do, as I am not that skilled and would likely have burnt myself in the process.  So, I returned the CC to TRU and got my money back (the CC was placed in the damaged bin, but just this past week I noticed they had put it back on the shelf with its scotch-taped on bubble; I found this both amusing and sad, moreso considering how much TRU marks everything up these days).  Again, second toy from a second Hasbro line in two days that was damaged BEFORE I EVEN OPENED IT.

I figured enough was enough and called Hasbro Consumer Affairs, not to yell and scream but to point out that they had some quality control issues that I, as a (more or less) adult was able to fix but one that children (their supposed target audience) would NOT be able to fix.  This decrease in quality along with an increase in pricing was likely to affect their public perception as what parent is going to buy a toy that is broken out of the package before the kid even plays with it and then actually consider buying more Hasbro products?  They're going to look at it and say, "No, Bobby, I remember how Hawkeye's arm fell off when we opened him so I'm not buying any more Avengers."  The woman I spoke with was very nice and I believe in treating people considerately, especially when she probably had no earthly idea what I was talking about in the first place.  She, doing what she was no doubt trained to do, told me she would send me two 3 dollars off coupons for my next Hasbro purchase and forward my comments to their Customer Affairs team.  I thanked her for her time and that was that.

I tell that story to make the point that not only can Hasbro not get product to stores so people can actually buy it, but the product they are getting to stores is of an inferior quality on a more regular basis.  Many of us have complained about saggy Battle Droids or rubbery guns, and it seems like everything is getting this slipshod treatment now.  They're charging twice the original retail price for a figure from 2002 that is made of inferior materials and expecting the market to be happy with it.  I've said it before and I'll say it again: all employees see when they look at that wall of Vintage Qui-Gons and gobs of Movie Heroes is STAR WARS.  Hasbro has had years to work on case assortments and instead of learning, they seem to be regressing each and every day.  And yes, retail isn't ordering things from Hasbro, but the fault lies with Hasbro for putting out inferior products, time after time, charging a ridiculous premium for them, and then blaming everyone but themselves for their mistakes.  If nobody bought that Saga Darth Maul in 2002 because the action feature was horrible for 5 bucks, they're certainly not going to buy it now for 10, and definitely not if it's going to fall apart after you open the card. 

All this said, I would like to complete my "new" Vintage collection by the end of the year, because I feel that's going to be my jumping off point.  Hasbro has made collecting cost prohibitive (as I said before), they have made it a chore rather than an enjoyable hobby, and they have made it impossible to even collect because the figures aren't even being sent out in the real world to be purchased.  And that, to be quite blunt, is not cool.  When Lego releases their fall Star Wars sets, I'm going to be able to walk into Target, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, Lego's retail stores, Barnes and Noble, and even K-Mart and buy that Jabba's Palace with its 10 mini figures and not have to worry about case ratios or scalpers or what have you and JUST BUY IT.  And I'm going to enjoy putting it together, and admiring it, and showing it off to people who will no doubt think I'm crazy for having a Lego Jabba's Palace to begin with, but it's going to be fun.  No "hunt" no fuss no muss.  No having to order it from Entertainment Earth or Big Bad Toy Store or whoever else (unless I want to do so and, you know what?  THEY'LL HAVE IT IN STOCK TOO) because Wal-Mart has a stack of old crap in the way.  When's the last time anybody here can honestly say they saw a figure online and thought "I'm going to go to Wal-Mart and pick that up" and actually was able to do it?

Even Sideshow, limited and high end though they may be, has their system set up so you know what to expect, what you're going to have to pay for it, and when you'll get it.  I knew the 12" Boba Fett was going on sale a certain day, I made accommodations to order mine, knew what it would cost, knew approximately when it would show up, and here we are about 10 months later and it will be here in about two weeks.  Hell, Commander Bacara came with one less gun than advertised due to a clerical error and Sideshow didn't ignore it: THEY SENT OUT AN EMAIL SAYING SO AND EVEN ALLOWED PEOPLE TO CANCEL IT WITHOUT PENALTY IF SOMEHOW HAVING ONE LESS GUN WAS A DEALBREAKER.  Hasbro just says, "Oh we had to cut costs" and doesn't bat an eye.  And you know what?  That's why I keep ordering stuff from Sideshow.  Because they care about the product they're selling and stand behind it.  It's people who seem to genuinely like Star Wars, who understand what it is to be a fan, and know that they're going to have loyal customers and get new ones because they treat people well and stand behind what they sell.  Ditto for Lego who, in the year since I've been out of my dark ages as an AFOL, have shown that they are the single-best company in terms of customer care and satisfaction that I've ever dealt with in ANY situation. 

So yes, that is why the future of Star Wars collecting, for me, is with Lego and Sideshow.  Because they have fun, interesting products that are of a high quality and that bring a smile to my face without me having to search like Indiana Jones for the Holy Grail in the desert to find it, only to have its arm fall off when I open it.  So keep on doing what you're doing Hasbro, and Battleship won't be the only disaster that you're known for.

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Sadly, given Hasbro's penchant for doing basic articulation again, I'm going to have to do a blanket qualifier of "super articulated" for all 10 figures on my list.  That said...

01.  Uncle Owen Lars
02.  Aunt Beru Lars
03.  Princess Leia Organa (Tantive IV/Death Star Gown)
04.  Admiral Motti
05.  Mosep
06.  Figrin D'an/Cantina Band (one super articulated figure with all the instruments)
07.  Bannis Keeg
08.  Solomahal
09.  Ceremonial Han Solo (a real one this time)
10.  Princess Leia Organa (Ceremonial Gown)

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So, if the dollar price hike is due to the "rising costs of shipping to retailers", doesn't that imply that Hasbro should actually be, you know, shipping things to retailers?  I mean, I'm no economic expert, but unless there's continuing shipments of dust-covered Movie Heroes from some Hasbro factory somewhere, none of the retailers near me have gotten any new Hasbro product that doesn't say "Avengers" or "Delayed GI Joe Movie" on it since the beginning of February.


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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: June 17, 2012, 06:28 PM »
Holy crap, I found a new Clone Wars figure at actual retail for the first time since January!  Of course, it was the new Obi-Wan Kenobi, and it was 2 hours away from where I live, but hey!  New figure!  Maybe at this rate I'll find Boss and Rex by this time next year!

On another note, despite this being the first new Star Wars action figure I've found at retail AT ALL since the Vintage Deleted Scenes wave in February (which, by the way, is the last time ANY stores near me got ANY new SW figures), I almost put Obi-Wan back.  Even now I feel like I bought him out of obligation more than actual desire to have him, if that makes any sense (it probably doesn't).  Kind of sad, really, but hey, the Lego Monster Fighters "Crazy Scientist and his Monster" set I bought at the same time was well worth the money I paid.

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Count me amongst the many who are passing on this until clearance.  I've gotten every "big" vehicle since they pretty much relaunched them with the AT-TE and Falcon at normal price upon release, but the MTT is just a case of asking too much for far too little.  I'd just assume they drop all the figures they currently have planned to include, include two repainted Vintage Battle Droids in the blue Pilot scheme, and drop the price by about 50 bucks, at least.  Sadly, I think that if this thing actually does make it to retail, it's going to be DOA in a way that Star Wars toys haven't been in a long time, if ever. 

Of course, since pretty much everything past the TPM wave of vintage this year has been an online exclusive, the MTT being online-only wouldn't be much of a shock at all.  Even if it does get technically released at mass retail, there's no guarantee that it'll actually even show up anywhere. 

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While this does, indeed, seem like a really cool concept for a game/tv show/whatever, I've pretty much lost any and all hope that Hasbro can and will pull off a quality toy line to support it.  We'll either get figures two years after the game is released or (more likely) game inaccurate figures with decreased articulation and action features.  Sorry to be so negative, but Hasbro hasn't really given me much reason to be positive toward any of their lines lately, not the least of which is Star Wars.

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I was just at Target and they had GI Joe figures for like $7 on clearance.  I was a little surprised at the cost - I thought they were only $7-8 to begin with.

I noticed that too... Spider-Man figures were "marked down" to $7, "originally $10". I'm pretty sure they were pricing that Spidey line at like $8.50 a figure, so not much of a deal. But then again I've found that outside of the odd exclusive, Target doesn't really like getting money from collectors anyway, so no big deal.

I've noticed that, in recent months, Target will mark up things to a ridiculous amount a few weeks before they put it on clearance.  Saw this most recently back in January when they jacked the prices of the Mattel DC Batman Legacy two packs (you know, the one with Gordon and Wayne that every store had tons of?) up to 40 bucks before marking it down to 20 2 weeks later.  I don't know if they've got someone else in charge of things these days on the corporate level, but between that, the 17 dollar TF:DOTM deluxes, and the 10 dollar Joes, it seems to be standard policy now.  I guess that way, when the first clearance is back to original retail price, they can pretend like you're getting a deal by saying "WAS 10 DOLLARS, NOW 7!"


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Was hoping someone here would be willing or able to help me out.  I am in need of one each of the following 2012 Vintage SW figures to fill some holes before the rest of the figures for the year don't show up and I have to beg for them too. :)

-Starkiller (TFU II)
-Shae Viszla (TOR)

I can pay cost plus shipping (plus a little extra on top for your trouble, since this whole line has become a big bowl of trouble overall these last few years).  If you can help me out with one or all of the above, please PM me.  Thank you for looking! :)


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Given how only one Wal-Mart near me has gotten anything past the Episode I wave, I broke down and ordered the case with Wedge in it from BBTS a few minutes ago.  I'm going to wind up with a few figures I don't need (Maul, Qui-Gon, and Nom Anor), but I'd rather pay for 9 figures I do want/need now than have to worry about searching later.  I guess (unless the case never actually ships and I don't wind up with the figures at all; what a pessimist I have become) that only leaves me needing Bespin Han and Barriss Offee (from wave 7) and Darth Malgus and the Imperial Navy Commander (from wave 3) to be (technically) "caught up."

Only the second case I've ever bought online, btw (the first was the AOTC wave last year which, Hasbro should take note, I only ordered because I needed 10 of the 12 figures from it; this is why even halfway acceptable case packs are better).




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I can't wait until September when I finally find one or two figures from this wave.  It's gonna be awesome.

I can't wait until November when I finally find the repacks of Barriss and Bespin Han from this case over a year after they were first released.  Oh wait, I won't find them in November either.  Never mind.

Seriously, I'm about to throw my hands up and quit completely.  It's all well and good that online retailers are getting new cases, but actual retail stores have not gotten them (or much of anything in the last year); I guess Hasbro's claims that brick-and-mortar retail was their bread and butter were overstated somewhat, unless it's moldy bread with fetid apple butter.


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I've never met DePriest (or anyone from Hasbro, for that matter) personally, but the 30th Anniversary (2007) line was probably the high point of the last 10 years of Star Wars for me, at least in terms of character selection and the ability to actually find figures at retail.  Aside from the huge drought mid-year (which seems to have become a staple of the line since 2007 unfortunately) and the large number of waves hitting all at once, that was probably the last time I recall every figure that we were promised actually being released in decent numbers.  Everything since then has been horrible, both due to the inability to find new figures and for certain waves being almost impossible to locate.  So, for whatever else he may have done poorly, I can't fault the guy for 2007.

That being said, I thought Hasbro said that they had "learned" from the 2011 Vintage case assortment situation and were going to presumably remedy it for 2012.  I guess that didn't happen, because we're heading right back down that same path with the 2012 assortments.  I've said it before, but I never actually saw wave 7 at retail (only got the other four figures through the revision cases later in the year that Wal-Mart did get), and I still don't have Bespin Han or Barris Offee, so I'm glad to see them (and the Gammy and Wedge) make a comeback.  I do agree that Bastilla/Echo Base Rebel/Walrus Man could do with another few cases, and why Hasbro isn't doing that confuses me to no end.  The very idea that a "Fan's Choice" winner is about as common as a villain in a Hasbro Marvel movie line is, frankly, asinine.

At this point, outside of maybe Maul, there is no reason whatsoever for any of the vintage TPM figures to be repacked in ANY future case assortment.  There is an abundance of every figure at retail, and it's blocking anything from getting stocked.  Hasbro could stop shipping those figures, put new figures in cases at 2 per case, with repacks of older, truly HTF figures (Bastilla, Echo Base Rebel, Wedge) to fill out the case and things wouldn't be nearly as bad as they are now.  Of course, the TPM stuff would still be sitting on the pegs, so maybe not.

Given several factors (the new brand manager, whoever he/she is, that seems to have a fondness for 1995-level articulation, 2002-level action features, and 1923-level distribution; continually abysmal case assortments; dropping of the Q&A with websites; price hikes; essentially dumping Clone Wars figures altogether; Movie Heroes as a whole; and the admitted bombing of TPM 3D in theaters), it honestly feels like Hasbro is trying to deliberately kill the SW line as an ongoing thing.  And to be honest, if they are doing it purposely, I wish they'd just go ahead and pull the plug at the end of the year completely and stop jerking us around with false promises of things getting better.

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I ran across something interesting this morning at three different Wal-Marts in my area (which leads me to believe that, unlike single store clearances, this might be store-wide) while out and about.  It seems like WM is already clearing out some of the "new" TPM stuff; either that, or they realized they aren't going to sell at the massively inflated prices Hasbro "suggests" they charge for them.  From what I could see, these were the markdowns:

-Class II Attack Vehicles (Sith Infiltrator, AAT, Anakin and Sebulba Pods) were down to 21 bucks (originally 30)
-Battle Packs (the 3 pack ones) were down to 15 bucks (originally 22)
-Exclusive Vulture Droid and Dewback were also down to 21 bucks (originally 30)
-Pre-TPM vintage figures were down to 4.00 (as has been brought up before numerous times; originally 9 bucks)
-Deluxe Class TF Crossovers (I don't know what they're called in the SW line) were down to 11 bucks (originally 15)

The only stuff I saw that was still original price were the DTF (ha) figures, Movie Heroes, Clone Wars, and TPM vintage, all of which were still 8.96, and the Class I (Deluxe) Vehicles with Figures.  Two of the WMs got the ROTJ Deleted Scenes vintage figures, but oddly enough all the Leia's had disappeared from 4 cases before they hit the pegs.  How odd.   ::)


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Movie Heroes / Saga Legends '12-? / Re: Movie Heroes Battle Packs
« on: February 22, 2012, 08:01 PM »
Everything happening with the entire SW line seems like a colossal cluster**** right now.  Do they REALLY need to be rereleasing all of those Wave 3 and 7 figures this spring?  I mean I get Wedge and Gammy but the rest?  The carry forwards, the lack of any new vehicles, this crap, the lack of exclusives, the demise of the Clone Wars line, the quintuple releasing of figures (Mau, Obi and Qui) at the same time...ugh.  It is like they are trying to kill the line

I can honestly say that I never saw a single case of Wave 7 at any store I went to last year, and I'm still without Bespin Han and Barriss because of that.  The only reason I have the other four from that wave is due to them reshipping in random "Revenge of the Jedi" cases two waves later.  I'm actually happy they're reshipping that wave, and that Wedge and Gammy are getting another go around (especially since the former was nonexistent seemingly everywhere).

But yeah, all the other decisions Hasbro's been making lately seem like deliberate attempts to kill the line.  It's like 1995 and 2002 got together and had a baby who looked like ****.


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I can't even remember who I picked in last year's list, but given the rash of TPM toys that came out last month, and the movie being back in theaters, I'm just going to start from scratch this year:

01.  Anakin Skywalker (SA Tatooine Pod Race version with removable helmet)
02.  Padme Naberrie (Orange Handmaiden Gown)
03.  Nute Gunray (SA Resculpt)
04.  Rune Haako (SA Resculpt)
05.  Senator Palpatine (SA Resculpt)
06.  Captain Panaka (SA Resculpt)
07.  Naboo Royal Security (SA Resculpt; the yellow/brown suited guys)
08.  Kitster and Wald
09.  Ratts Tyerell's Family (from the TPM DVD Deleted Scenes)
10.  Padme Naberrie Amidala (SA Resculpt; Purple Naboo Battle Outfit)

Honorary mention that will never get made:  Senator Grebleips :)


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I'm not sure if you meant it that way Diddly but the Droideka in DTF is the 2007 figure, not the 1999 figure...

You're both right on this one.  The DTF figure is the 2007 figure with a slightly different paint job, but the 2007 figure was the 1999 figure with a new "head" piece that had the extended sensors instead of a complete curve (I think they may have just used the same head from the 2005 ROTS version with the launching missiles, but I'm not too sure about that, as I don't have the action-feature impaired version).  That said, the Droideka (1999, 2007, or 2012) continues to be one of the better figures of all time, IMHO.  Back in the day of 5 dollar figures and TRU's B2GO sales, I army built the crap out of the the 2007 Droidekas.  That said, I have WAY too many blue shield balls hanging around (har har). :)


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