« on: August 18, 2006, 10:07 PM »
Hey, it's no secret that this line isn't the most popular Star Wars collectable out there. I am curious as to what other collectors who aren't into them think of them. Opinions?
I don't really understand that statement since the way I read it, it sounds like your asking the Q to folks then answering for them with a statement in the beginning.
Even though you asked 'only to collectors who aren't into them'- I am into them and I just want to answer here to provide insight.
These WOTC miniature pieces are 'gaming market' first and ' collectible market' second. What this means is that I can definately tell you that this is very popular in the gaming community. My brother and myself have visited several sites where these pieces are traded, swapped, sold and the games themselves played online. Not to mention all the 'gaming nights' at local comic books/gaming stores. These aren't nearly as popular with the SW collectible community. Here at JD it is primarily a SW collectible community and..as you can see and not surprisingly, there certainly isn't a large representative number of folks posting about SW Miniatures in here.
Myself I like these for 2 reasons ..I think they're cool looking(I'd argue better and certainly more variety than the 'unleashed battle packs') and I also love to play the game(my brother and nephew finally beat me last month and now I'm 22-1 against them). The game itself is not complicated if you don't care about winning/losing. If you like to win though, there is tons of stategy possibilities with these sets. What I like is how WOTC effectively utilizes the SW story to introduce stategy elements to the gameplay-- they do their research from the Saga AND from comic books and novels for EU pieces. This creates alot of fun and replayability win or lose.
I believe that Amount of different sets that are out and the fact that even more are announced help me to understand how popular these are. I rarely see the boosters 'sitting' in stores--when I do, they are not there the next week. For instance, I know a couple Hobby stores in my area that typically get 30 boosters right at the initialization of a new line and sell 20 in the first couple days then are sold out in less than a week. While a typical 'booster' pack will be 15-20$, Ebay rates for VR's can be 20-50$..for just a single piece!
They are very popular though and being as this is a SW collectible site these sets simply aren't gone gen-up alot of feedback here. I think with all the Sw collectible product on the market these days it certainly has alot of folks 'scaling back' --I definately can see an effect here on this thread. Gone are the typical non-movie year days .
I still don't understand how you can ask that Q though.... Think about it...you're asking folks who aren't into them to tell you what they think of them. ?!
Are you trying to gen-up a 'con' response? With a Q like that..my guess is you'll get only negative responses. Did you want this?
Chamions of the Force 56
Rebel storm 60
Clone Strike 60
ATST pack 1
Thanks for the input Darth Slothus. Sorry to confuse you with my question. Clearly you are into them, and that's great.
I'm after the perspective as someone that doesn't collect/play them.
I've been collecting Star Wars forever and have always tried to keep myself in check (limiting myself to a thousand dollars or so rough budget a year ), especially with everything available in the modern lines. With SWM, however, I find myself preordering cases, buying singles, anytime anything is released. To the point where I find it being my primary collection focus. I always thought buying a case of 3 3/4 Figures would be the way to go but I never brought myself to actually do it, but with the minis it is just a non issue it just happens.
I'm soliciting opinons here, because it is not focused on minis, but Star Wars collectables in general, even though someone who isn't into them probably won't read this thread, and it really isn't enough of a topic to warrant a thread on it's own.
I don't collect Master Replicas/Side Show/ Code 3/ Gentle Giant/ Attackix but I have opinions about them. I'm just curious as to what Star Wars Minis looks like to people in the Star Wars community who are not part of the Gaming community.
So any lurkers in this thread want to chime in?
Do you think they are stupid? Do you think they are lame? Like the minis hate the fans? Do you think they are cool but just can't bring yourself to get hooked on another line? Do you pick up the occasional mini, except for those expensive Rare/Very Rare ones? Do you think you might like them more if they were better painted/ sculpted? Do you find yourself not seeing what all the fuss about a board game is for? Do you think that there are just better things to spend your collecting dollars on?