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I think the retailers are becoming a much bigger part of the problem. They have become accustomed to being able to tell the companies producing the product they sell when, where, and how much to make. I think Hasbro has gone too far in allowing the big box retailers to determine product line, price point targets, product size, and quantities. It's like Hasbro has become a subsidiary of Target/Walmart, and only does what they want.

They have Hasbro direct now. I picked up my brother in laws voice activated R2 there, and was very happy with the site and the speed of shipping. It seems like this is a good outlet for ships, maybe playsets, who knows what else. It simply gives Hasbro a venue to provide product without bending over for everything Target and Walmart want to tell them to do (and not to do). They also have other online etailers eager to sell anything they can get their hands on, and I think these companies tend to be a bit more in touch with collector interests.

I guess my point here is that the retailers seem to be hurting hasbro- they refuse to carry large items like playsets and large ships, they aren't putting basic figure product on the shelves, and when they do they are pricing it so it doesn't move. So as a producer of toys, they should be exploring their other options for getting their products to their customers.


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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Coruscant Wave
« on: March 15, 2006, 10:06 AM »
I'm really surprised there are no battle droids listed for all of 2006- The destroyer in the HOF series is as close as we get. Considering the number of them in the prequels, and the fact that they have some of the re-paint-ability of the clones, I am genuinely shocked. They could have made some blue marked pilots from the Invisible Hand, or some grunts on Kashyk, or something. If they ever make a good army builder (solid plastic, can stand without melting) I would be interested in getting several...

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I'll be looking for a pilot, grunt, bacara, and maybe a destroyer droid.   8) That is some great cardboard...  ;D

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: 2006 SDCC Exclusive Shadow Stormtrooper
« on: March 14, 2006, 08:45 PM »
I would like to order 4 Mr slothus  ;D

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I hear that Jesse-

I went in to 2006 having had just about enough of 3 and 3/4 for a while. The first wave solidified that position. But AT-At drivers, General Veers, cool clones, and great packaging have me on the fence. For me the deal breaker is going to be price and availability. Keep them around $6.00 and generally available, and I will probably go back and even get the Carkoon goons to have a full set like the 2004 OTC.

That # 41 clone looks a darn purdy on this new card- and I already have all the loose ones I need...

(that sound you now hear is me on the slippery slope to carded collecting again)

AAAAAAAAG!

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Ultimate Galactic Hunt figures are going to be tougher to find than a sober cheerleader on prom night. But I think they will settle down to $12-15.00 on the secondary market after the initial excitement phase of $30-40.

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The price increases are a serious deterrent to me personally. I went in to 2006 burnt out on 3 3/4 due to the massive push of figures for ROTS and the daunting list of product for 2006. I saw that Carkoon wave and laughed, thinking I would save a bundle by not buying garbage like that. Then the Hoth and Geonosis waves hit, the prices went down, and I found myself really like the Saga line. The figures had gotten better, the packaging is excellent, and holds up better for collecting carded.  I even began entertaining notions of going back and picking up carkoon to have a full set carded like the OTC line.

But 6.99 and difficulty finding product will kill that notion faster than a 3 foot drunk in a teddy bear costume can kill a well trained, genetically engineered soldier (oh wait, R2 is the drinker, never mind).

I have cases on order as well, and if those come through without a hitch, I may go back and fill in the few holes. But if the cases get cancelled, and my only option is 7.00 and running all over town, I will go back to being burnt out in a hurry.
I have 7 saga AT-AT drivers, and 4 Veers. I did not, and would not, buy them at 6.99. The last one was 6.63, and that will be the last one I buy at that price as well. Seven dollar figures kills the army-builder spirit in me.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: 2006 SDCC Exclusive Shadow Stormtrooper
« on: March 14, 2006, 07:22 AM »
This thing does indeed look sweet. I hope they made a ton, as they are going to be one hot item. Unique army builder with an OTC look? That smells like money...

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Tatooine Wave
« on: March 14, 2006, 07:18 AM »
Time to practice outrunning hotwheel dealers, tripping kids, and knocking over grandma's-  VOTC sandtrooper? WOOHOOOO!  (Please don't paint him like he's been cleaning up elephants at the circus)

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Coruscant Wave
« on: March 12, 2006, 10:11 PM »
I'm just glad to hear their restocking shelves anywhere! 

Those scorch's are in a number of cases coming soon, so don't let news of this wave hitting get you down. I'm playing the patient game so far, and have a couple of cases on order to help matters out.

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12" Figures / Re: Favorite/Worst 12" Figure
« on: March 12, 2006, 10:09 PM »
Great post R5Don4!

Those medicom troopers do look great. I have never seen one in person.

Great job on 1G-88's legs too-

And now that you show Hasbro's ultimate 12 inch vader vs Medicom and Marmit, well, I think I'll bury mine a little deeper in the box.

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Nice looking place! When you do go to unpack, it will be like the christmas that won't end. That should be a blast.
My oldest daughter is 8, and she loves making lists of the figures and organizing them for me. I don't know if your daughter is the same, but we spend hours going through boxes and have a great time.
Just a suggestion- when you do go through the boxes, even if you aren't going to display something, take it out, take a picture, and log it in a spreadsheet somewhere. I had a conversation with our insurance agent, and he said well documented collectibles are very important in case of a claim. Without a good list and pictures, you can be up a creek without a paddle should something happen.

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The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Please Vote Willrow Hood
« on: March 12, 2006, 08:03 AM »
Well, I was wavering on this, but I will back it, and here is why:

Every year there are a 3-6 figures that are total losers. They are either characters done in too many poses with too many gadget features, or simply utterly lame characters that maybe shouldn't have been in the movie much less made in to plastic. I have bought many of these, thinking I would always be a completist.
Well I'm not a completist anymore, and here is why:

Bib Fortuna.

 It may be a little more complicated than that, but when I saw him in January, at seven dollars, I knew Hasbro had gone too far.
Sure a 12.00 Greedo is about as welcome as a cold-sore, but the 3rd poor version of a gland challenged lackey to a slug had me saying enough is enough.

I know that I will happily buy Willrow Hood over Bib # 4. Short pack him, keep him in only 1 or 2 waves, and he won't be hanging around like some of the sludge to be put behind a bubble on cardboard. Heck, throw in an Ugnaught and this think risks being popular.

Plus I like the effort that has gone in to the process.

But I won't back it to snub AP. I've been reading his take on Star Wars collecting since I picked up this bad habit again in 1995. I know sometimes people who seem to be in the spotlight of the collecting community take a beating, but I appreciate his efforts and enthusiasm over the years. 16bit.com is a pretty cool site too, and I've started adding that to my weekly web wanderings.

I will buy Willrow, and I will hope they get the price under 6.00 again before the end of the year. And if Willrow can prevent just one Bib Fortuna in the future, it will have done good.

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12" Figures / Re: Favorite/Worst 12" Figure
« on: March 11, 2006, 02:54 PM »
It seems funny to even post on a topic this old, but I was just going through my box of 12 inch figures. That first Yoda wasn't too bad, and IG-88 was great. My favorite is the combo of the Tauntaun and Wampa. I know the wampa is way fuzzy, but as far as big toys go, I like them both. I think I'll have to keep them out for a while, and watch empire.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Army Builder of the Year
« on: March 11, 2006, 08:04 AM »
My complaint with the dewback was more about pose and play than the sculpt. It is so heavy up front that it collapses the front legs. While the sculpt of the pose is good, I tend to favor "at ease" or standing poses. Plus the vintage one has a cute factor (baby dino look) that they will probably never recapture. unless Kubrick made a dewback somehow. That would rock out loud.

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