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Modern Trading / Green Clone Cmdr to Trade
« on: August 6, 2005, 05:36 PM »
I have the Green Clone Commander for trade.

I'm looking for Red Shocktroopers and Black Clone Pilots.

I'd prefer to trade one-for-one.

PM me if you are interested.


Saga Collection '06 / Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« on: August 5, 2005, 05:23 PM »
Matt, I do kind of have to disagree with you on the pricepoint issue.  Sure they don't push product in the amounts a Wlamart or Target might, and they are more specific, but they also do not have the overhead that those stores have.  That's why Amazon is able to have prices lower than the brick and mortar stores they compete with.

Actually, Matt is correct. It is Hasbro who dictates in per item price of any one piece. So if you're a retailer who wants an exclusive and you get 50,000 of them that will be one price per piece, but if instead, you're a bit braver and you make 100,000, the price per piece goes down.

While these aren't the exact numbers, I'm betting that EE can't order on the same quantity level as Target or WalMart so they don't get as good of a price per piece as the big stores would.

As good/bad as EE is for getting things, Amazon is a MUCH BIGGER company than EE. Just because a lot of SW collectors rely on them along with some collectors of other choice lines, that doesn't mean that they are even remotely at the same level as Amazon. What they are however, is the biggest independent online e-tailer you can get SW stuff from.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« on: August 5, 2005, 01:02 PM »
Without getting into mudslinging, I'm just going to report the facts:
1.  He works for Entertainment Earth

I have read Adam's Q&A for years. I always enjoy reading it for his info and his humor. When I found out that he was working for EE, I no longer look forward to reading it. Why? 'Cause now you have to wonder, is he hyping certain things in the line or certain exclusives (like this droid trainwreck) out of a love of SW figures or now because he works for EE? It would be like a movie critic making his own movie (yeah right) and then writing a review of his own movie.

2.  He had a hand in the creation/development of these figures

Again, if he was an evangelist of the collecting community and had gotten Hasbro to make this set independent of a specific on-line shop, then I would be giving him HUGE props for doing so. As it stands, really all he did was suggest to Aaron and/or Jason Labowitz that they should do something like this, Aaron and/or Jason probably asked him to pick the droids and then EE went to Hasbro building on the relationship EE and Hasbro have had over the past many years. Adam saying he had a major role in this is like a NJ house-frau who gets designers and contractors to completely renovate her home with her husband paying the bill and then brags to her friends that "she rennovated the house" - in reality all he did was pick out paint schemes.

3.  He gets paid regardless of what EE charges for them
4.  He probably gets a discount on these figures as a result
5.  He couldn't care less how much they cost as a result

Again, this is a big sticking point with me. I'm almost starting to wonder if his "swami" was one of the guys over at EE who get to see what's in the pipeline six-to-twelve months in advance. Of course he could give a rats ass about how much these cost 'cause he would be a complete RETARD not to work into his contract as a "benefit" that he gets one of each case that comes down the pike. If you look at the "About Us" page on the EE site, this is EXACTLY why Aaron and Jason founded the company, and I quote:

We admit to being selfish when we started this business. We wanted to find a simple way to buy all of the new action figures and toys at reasonable prices without wasting our time. Our solution was right in front of us, similar to the big-box warehouse store model, we decided to sell full cases of action figures. Thankfully, we were not the only collectors who felt this was a good solution.

So there you have it, obviously one or both of the brothers at the helm take the cases that come in for themselves, so again, Adam would be retarded not to ask for the same treatment.

So I'm willing to bet that he gets the stuff for free, not at a discount or at cost, but FREE. Does he still talk about what he can find in his local stores? He used to mention that kind of thing in his Q&A all the time (i.e. what he found in the local Scottsdale, AZ Target, etc...) - if he stops or rarely mentions what he's seeing in stores in his answers that means that he is definitely getting open-stock items from EE for free and the only reason he hits a brick-n-mortar store is to pick up that chain's exclusive item.

6.  If someone complains about the price, he'll make a snide remark toward them and say that people are overreacting.

He will.

You know what? What they should have done is follow-up their AOTC clone box sets with ROTS clone box sets for Utapau, Shocktrooper, 501st, Kasshyyk Green and Coruscant Gray/Blue Detailing variations. Just have all four figures be identical and all four of them based on SA Clone #41.

That is something I would pay for. I would also pay for clone commanders or concepts based on the Art of Revenge of the Sith. There's a seller on eBay who's been doing that pretty steady for the last two months and his figures NEVER sell for less than $125 - sometimes they even come close to $300. Here's an example of his work: Custom Commander Appo

If Hasbro could make a Commander Gree by just applying a new paint-op to SA Clone #41, they could do the same with Appo.

Before anyone slams me for the post, please realize that:

a) I know that it seems that I'm jealous of Adam, but I'm not, I just don't like the idea of him using GH as a forum to help him promote EE exclusives - especially overpriced ones.

b) I know that I am a completist by choice and no one forces me to buy two of every item, but at this point, with 10 years and who knows how much $$$ invested, two Astromech 5-packs aren't enough to make me stop collecting.

c) These pieces shouldn't be any more expensive than a BattlePack - $21 - $26.

It's times like this when I'm glad that I pre-order stuff from EE and then cancel it on their ass when I find it in the store first.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: August 5, 2005, 09:53 AM »
Last night went into the Manahawkin, NJ WalMart to find that there was a freight pallet with two Collection 1, Wave 6 cases. One case had already been opened and all of the clones were removed.

The second case had been so badly crushed that length-wise, the case itself was now an inch shorter. However, it hadn't been opened up, so I cut into it.

There was 1 each of Pilot Obi-Wan, AT-RT Driver and Green Clone Commander.

There was a #6 Quick Draw Clone in there but it wasn't the Shocktrooper Red Variant, it was all white.

I can sorta live with the paint-op variants, but why make it so not everyone of these new cases has the new Red Shocktrooper?

So I grabbed these three figures and then left.

This morning I went to the Brick, NJ WalMart and my friend who works for Hasbro was there. He was glad to see me 'cause he had the goods for me.

An employee at this store was taking all of the Red Shocktroopers OUT of the cases and putting back in another Vader or Yoda or Grievous figure in it's place. So he found a case with six Red Shocktroopers in it. Four AT-RT Drivers and Four Green Clone Commanders. Another guy who we both know came in shortly after me and we split everything up amongst us.

So between the two trips here's what I was able to get:

2x Pilot Obi-Wan
3x AT-RT Driver
2x Clone #6 (Red Shocktrooper Variant)
2x Clone Commander #33 (Green Variant)

Saga Collection '06 / Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« on: August 5, 2005, 09:46 AM »
This set is so overpriced it's not even funny.

Adam Pawlus should be ashamed of himself for even promoting this set as something that "everyone" is going to "love"

$40 for FIVE repaints with absolutely NO accessories and NO new sculpting.

At most these sets should cost $30 if you buy ONE and then go down from there if you purchase them by the case.

Sure I'm bitching and I'll eventually put in my order, but I won't be doing for these what I did for the clones, which was buy an entire case - that's another ridiculous thing - a case of these is 5 sets of two?!?!?!!? Four sure, 'cause then I could buddy up with someone like Matt who might want two of each set, but FIVE?

I'm more inclined to just take it up the ass and get two of the two-packs for $74.99 each. At least then you get a $2.50 on each set of five.

I wish Hasbro would put an end to this ****. This is price gouging at its best and eventually it's going to drive even the most die-hard of collectors away from the line.

Compared to the way things were in 1995, there are so many OTHER collectible items competing for our Star Wars dollars, you would think Hasbro would be doing this to make sure the collectors stay, not things that make the collectors want to jump ship and move to collecting something else.

Look at it this way. If you're like me and you get two of everything, these two sets will cost $150 plus shipping. Why not take that same money and buy the first three SideShow Toys 12" figures which are supposed to be at most $50 each. Sure, I'm going to do both, 'cause I'm nuts. But if I was in a cash crunch, I'd pick the 12" figures from Sideshow Toys.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Obi-Wan's Blue Jedi Starfighter
« on: August 4, 2005, 02:05 PM »
DP - definitely keep us apprised of what you find out from Hasbro. I think ALL of the TRU Exclusive Blue Jedi Starfighter w/Obi-Wan sets come with the sticker sheet from the Anakin regular release Jedi Starfighter.

I didn't apply on mine the kill sticker or any of the additional "damage/wear" stickers.

I did put the emblem for Obi-Wan's Open-Circle fleet on as well as the Republic/Empire logo.

Just so the R4 droid had SOMETHING on him, I went ahead and applied the R2 stickers, but I'm hoping that we'll be able to ask Hasbro to send us replacement sheets and I can just remove those stickers and apply the new ones.

If I was an exec at TRU and I found out about this, I'd be pissed that an exclusive we were offering wasn't 100% perfect.

The thing I find weird is that the stickers for the TRU Green Anakin fighter came with the stickers pre-applied. I wonder why they DIDN'T do this for this vehicle? Typically a retailer exclusive vehicle in a window-box will have all decals applied.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Captain Antilles... He Sorta Sucks
« on: August 4, 2005, 12:14 PM »
This figure blows. I wish they had just made the mods to the Bail Organa body and stuck the Antilles head on him. There was no need for a completely new (and inferior) sculpt.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: August 4, 2005, 12:12 PM »
Yesterday I grabbed #51 - #53. The only good figure in this batch (IMHO) is the Utapau Warrior - grabbed two of those to open so Tion Meddon wouldn't be so lonely.

The Zett Jukassa was nicely painted but I would have liked this character to have the same articulation as the other Collection 2 Jedi. It's almost like Hasbro's saying "We're throwing George a bone so his son can have an action figure, but we're not going overboard on making it a GOOD figure, 'cause we're jealous that we can't have action figures made of ourselves." Perhaps I've over-analyzing, but knee joints and ball jointed shoulders would have gone a LONG way with this figure.

Captain Antilles just flat out sucks like everyone else here has been saying. Why the didn't just modify the torso of Bail Organa and use that as the body is beyond my comprehension.

Feedback / Re: JediMAC's feedback
« on: August 3, 2005, 09:44 AM »
Matt hooked me up with my Holo Leia opener! Thanks dude!

More to come since he's setting his sights on picking up my two sets of Star Tours Wave 4 figures!

- Peter

Feedback / Re: ruiner's feedback
« on: August 3, 2005, 09:43 AM »
Ok - I hope this is THE feedback thread for Travis...

Anyway - I received SUPER FAST payment from him for the Anakin Evolutions and 500th Vader sets I picked up for him.

I would definitely recommend working out a trade or sale with Travis!

- Peter

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: July 29, 2005, 10:02 PM »
Picked Obi-Wan's Blue Jedi Starfighter at TRU today. This was at the TRU in Eatontown, NJ -- they had a stack of 'em, I would estimate about 20 or so. So I'm set with my two... Now if I could just find some new basic figures!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target DPCI Number Reboot?
« on: July 29, 2005, 04:27 PM »
I went to Target today and punched in several different DCPI#'s (500th Vader, Evolutions set, and then a couple of random DCPI#'s - a bag of chips, and a headset) - NONE of them worked.  The scanners worked and if you scanned the product, it would show if they had any in the back as well as the price, however if you entered any DCPI#, "ITEM NOT FOUND" came up.
I asked an employee to use one of their mobile scanner things, but I guess it's linked up to the price scanners because it came up ITEM NOT FOUND as well.  I think they're updating their system or something - it doesn't seem to be related at all to collectibles.

Actually no - in NJ and in other parts of the country, Target stores have BLOCKED the ability to punch in DPCI numbers via both the Price Scanner Key-Pads and the Inventory Guns.

This is why we're posting the DPCI BarCodes and the UPC BarCodes - with these in your hand, you can use the price scanner as you used to, only now you just scan to get the info instead of entering the DPCI number.


The 1:18 stuff is awesome.  Now why is it so hard for Hasbro to do something like this?  >:(

Let's examine that:

1) Design skills are required on the part of the team developing such accessory type toys.  Hasbro doesn't seem to be in possession of such skills.

2) The accessories need to be scaled to the figure and to each other. When building a diorama piece-by-piece, each piece must be consistent with the other. Hasbro hasn't been able to maintain the scale of Luke Skywalker figures, what makes you think they could come out with an entire line of diorama building stuff that's all at the same scale.

3) The company making such a line needs to be in-touch with the wants and needs of the collector community as a whole. For example, military figure collectors may want to set up a WW2 war-torn street diorama, so you develop all of the pieces necessary. For Hasbro, the SW collecting community would LOVE to collect an a-la-carte Death Star playset, yet Hasbro is SO FAR out of touch they don't understand the market demand for a Death Star playset exists.

4) The company needs to make the determination what their distribution model is. Whether that be selling the items via the web or getting the regular brick-and-mortar stores to carry them. This company obviously feels that they can market and sell their stuff through their website and most likely print-ads in magazines. Hasbro on the other hand likes to be Target/WalMart's PRISON BITCH - so they bend over and take whatever the big chains want to shove where the sun don't shine, end customer be damned.

I think that about sums it up why you'll never see Hasbro do something like this Chewie.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target DPCI Number Reboot?
« on: July 29, 2005, 12:17 PM »
Somehow, I'm guessing that they only disabbled the stock check feature for toys.

And you know what - they probably did.

This is ridiculous, why are toy collectors/buyers treated any differently then other customers?

Don't they realize they wouldn't have us resorting to these measures if (a) they just stocked the shelves and (b) they didn't let managers do side-deals with local scalpers out the back door.

I had a VERY long conversation with a Target public relations manager  who was located at their headquarters in MN.  The policy, according to this person is that IF there is space on the shelves AND they have more product in the back, they are required to bring out the new stock.

If they have stock on the pegs for say Collection 2 and the Collection 1 figure pegs are empty and there's more in the back, since they have a different DPCI number, they are obligated to stock those pegs.

If on the other hand, the pegs for Collection 1 are full, don't expect them to bring out more Collection 1 just 'cause you ask.

This is a fair policy and in a time of product drought, the second condition doesn't even factor-in.

So I would (a) print out the DPCI codes I posted above, (b) get the scanners to acknowlege they have more of a certain item in stock; (c) call on the nearest customer service phone to toys; (d) tell the employee who comes up that, in accordance to Target policy you want X-peg/Y-shelf space filled with the corresponding item since there are no more items on the floor and they have more in the back.

Pure and simple - they can't tell you no. If they ask how you know there's more stuff in the back, simply tell them that the price scanner told you that was the case. There's no need to elaborate on HOW you got the scanner to tell you that.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target DPCI Number Reboot?
« on: July 29, 2005, 10:01 AM »
Well - I used all of the scanned Target DPCI barcodes and UPC barcodes that I have posted recently at my local Target in Brick, NJ this morning and they all worked like a champ!

So basically, the next step is that Jared is going to help me get the hi-res versions posted somewhere either here at JD or on another site and we'll post the links to where you can download them from.

I was looking at this thread from my BlackBerry last night and I noticed how clearly the UPC BarCodes show up on the screen - I think my next "experiment" will be to see if I can get the Target price scanner to respond to a UPC BarCode displayed from my BlackBerry!

Also - over the weekend I'll scan in the UPC BarCodes for the BattlePacks and the Cups.

- Peter

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