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Was it ever established what the difference between this new Vader and the other 832650123856013361 Vader's we've gotten since the original VOTC Vader is? I know the gloves but otherwise, yeah.

Chest with the robes over the armor (A New Hope style), non-removable helmet and the first ball jointed hips on an OT Darth Vader 3 3/4" scale figure.

Worthy upgrades, of all 4 new Vaders this year, it might be the best.   :P
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I am glad he'll be able to ride a tauntaun, but I'll still wait for a sale to get him.  :)[

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Kubricks / Re: Medicom Parco '10 Carded Series 3 6-Pack
« on: March 13, 2012, 06:18 PM »
I see there is an auction on ebay for this set at $249 or best offer-

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Kubricks / Re: eBay Kubrick Scams and Fakes
« on: March 12, 2012, 10:05 PM »
I see this guy finally got the message that no one was willing to pay a $300+ BIN for an AFA graded 400% Boba Fett and put it up for auction instead.  I'll be interested to see where this one ends, especially since there is no reserve on it.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kubrick-400-Boba-Fett-bounty-hunter-Store-AFA-graded-/110828893141?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19cdeab3d5

Dang, that went for a really great price! Not that I need another, but dang!

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Kubricks / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: March 12, 2012, 12:27 PM »
Nice scores! I've been doing a bit of army building here and there, but nothing too exciting. I still haven't decided whether or not to open chrome-dome R2- If I do, I know I have to go hunting for the vac C-3PO too.  ::)

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It is hard to tell how much of the product push was Hasbro's idea versus Lucasfilm. I think we can all agree that a market saturated with any single movie focus is going to struggle. It seems it would be best to capture a wave or 2 at the time of the movie release that is more focused, but also contains core characters from the other films. The short duration of the theater life for these releases doesn't lend itself to such a broad swath of product. And as was well pointed out earlier, this is a tough time of year to be selling loads of toys. My suggestion would be to try to capture the imagination of the toy-buying parent or child that includes toys from the other saga films, and maybe even generates renewed excitement for the next release.
 
Things have changed in the broader toy buying market as well, and purchasing product from 10-20 years ago is as easy as ordering a book from Amazon. It used to be toy shows, specialty-comic shops, and garage sales. Just last week I felt the bug to buy a load of Episode 1 figures on ebay, because they were less than $3 each after shipping. Still brand new in the package, they looked like they could have come off the store shelf last month.  My daughter and I opened them all, laughed at the commtech chip lines, and packed the loose figures away. I would never do that at $8 plus each.

As parents get more savvy in the future, buying $10 figures for 10 year old boys will seem even more ridiculous, as other options to get the same or very similar toys become much more attractive. I think there will still be a niche for the Star Wars line in stores for a long time, but boatloads of toys from 1 movie with crossovers in Transformers, galactic heroes (or whatever the new iteration is), squinkies, stuffed dolls, etc is just asking for poor performance. It's too much supply, too little demand. I think a tightenting of the belts at Hasbro would be a good move, offering more re-tooled and re-release figures in packs that actually produce value for parents (back to 4-5 figures for $18-22). Put some on single cards too at $6-7 in the movie hero line. Start putting a pilot figure back in with the ships if they are hitting the shelves for the 3rd-4th or 5th time. Then have that collector focus of 25-30 figures per year in the vintage line.

I'll put in a small clone wars gripe though- Poorer ratings or not, they have more exposure to the kid audience then the 6 week release of a 12 year old movie. Clone Wars still seems like a way to keep kids engaged in the brand, and there is nothing on the store shelves that makes me think "oh yeah, that's from the TV show." I for one am sorry to see them moving to a more realistic look.

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Modern Classifieds / Re: Kubricks for sale
« on: March 4, 2012, 09:31 PM »
new stuff-

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Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Fighter Pods
« on: March 4, 2012, 09:21 PM »
These things belong in a vending machine for 50 cents or as a happy meal pack-in. I don't mind them, but $5 for 2? Sometimes Hasbro is just plain nuts. And I'm sure we'll hear how they are all the rage, and that this is where tooling dollars need to be focused  ::)

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Kubricks / Re: Show me Your Kubes!
« on: March 4, 2012, 12:08 PM »
Thanks Justin. I'm starting to wish I had the imperial lackey in there (despite earlier statements I may have made. ;))

I forgot to put in the death star trooper and the imperial R5D4. Any other death star-related kubs I'm forgetting?


Just the shadow trooper and shadow guard if you have them- although they are more EU-

Great job on the death star gunner's red visor. That looks absolutely perfect!

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Kubricks / Re: Deluxe Series 1 - Jabba's Palace
« on: March 1, 2012, 07:53 PM »
When DX1 was released, it was right after the Boba Fett series, and I think there was a reaction of "not another fett." The red Bib actually went for more than Fett for quite awhile. But now Bib is around $100-110 (I paid 114 for mine with a few extra figures). But Fett doesn't show up as often.

I'd actually pulled this from the master case we ordered at the time, but I was definately feeling like I didn't need another Fett, and let it go. I can't say I feel like there is a hole in the collection though, as I turn around and see a model car case filled with 10 other versions of Fett.

I suppose they could give us a Pre-Vizsla repaint if they ever get around to some clone wars figures.

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Saw some $4 figures, but it varied from store to store. Wooof was still full price at one, and the cloud car pilot at another. No luck on the newer waves, but congrats to those that got them. Wal mart just always seems a little less than consistant, to put it kindly.  But Target has been on a head'scratching streak themselves with things going on clearance, back to full price, down on clearance again, and DPCI issues left and right.  :P

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Feedback / MikeT's feedback
« on: February 25, 2012, 12:08 PM »
Looks like a get to start a friendly feedback thread for Mike- thanks for the Kubrick deal! they arrived in great shape, very nicely packed.

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Hey Hasbro! / Re: TIE DEFENDER
« on: February 24, 2012, 07:18 PM »
They made the defender in the action fleet line (Galoob) too. That was a great scale for ships- more substantial than titanium, but small enough that they display well with figures to give some reference for pilots etc. I suppose they would be a $15 or more pricepoint in todays market, since regular vehicles are $25-30.

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Kubricks / Re: WonderFest Summer 2010 Carded C-3PO (Removable Limbs)
« on: February 23, 2012, 09:45 PM »
I think that was a carded TC-14, not C-3PO, wasn't it?

Oh snap.   :P  Anyone need a spare TC-14?  LOL.

hahahahahahahahahahhahhahhahahahaahah! Was this a beerbay purchase?

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Feedback / Re: ZevZev's feedback
« on: February 23, 2012, 09:43 PM »
Thanks for meeting up tonight to pick up the loot! Enjoy that ship!

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Toy Fair 2012
« on: February 20, 2012, 04:15 PM »
I didn't see too much complaining regarding the mail away condition with this last one. Even if there was, Hasbro decides what they want to do based on internal planning/directions, with very little scouring of the interent for good/bad feedback. Some positive kudos are a bonus, some negatives a ding, but in the end it is about bean counters and product line models.

With the vintage packaging, they had to realize they were marketing the packaging as much as the figure. Everyone would be better off if they went to the old school plastic bagged figure in a white mailer. Cheaper on the production end, and maybe we end up with a more unique figure if they can forget about packing, the extra shipping it creates, etc.

On a really positive note, I had my first experience with Hasbro customer service today. I decided to open a 2nd giant AT-AT, and lo and behold it is missing a foot! I checked online to see if anyone even carried these anymore, and while TRU shows them in the system, they are store pick up only, and none in the 50 miles it lets you search had them.

I spoke with a Jackie on the phone at customer service (1-800-255-5516), and the foot is on its' way tomorrow. I really didn't expect it to be that easy!

Now to go open the other one buried in storage. I was going to leave it sealed, but it is more imporatant to me that it be complete.

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