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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« Last post by Matt_Fury on June 22, 2016, 10:09 AM »
This week's episode will be just Brann is the producer's basement since they have no money from the FX budget left.   :D
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Other Toy Lines / Re: Dusty Trail Toys new "Wild West" Line
« Last post by McMetal on June 22, 2016, 08:29 AM »
That looks like some really nice stuff. Congrats Paul, that must be an exciting project. Good luck!
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Other Toy Lines / Re: Dusty Trail Toys new "Wild West" Line
« Last post by Jesse James on June 22, 2016, 01:58 AM »
http://www.jedidefender.com/index.php?id=2121

Our own coverage of this story is up and features some details.  Paul's shared quite a bit with us and it's incredible really.  This is the kind of line I can really get into, and I think a lot of other collectors can as well.  The customizability alone intrigues me on it actually.  A mix/match style for some basic swaps is pretty interesting and would lend itself well to allowing collectors to easily make their own character with minimal effort.

Wish more lines were like this, quite frankly.  It only takes some standardization.

Hoping I didn't miss a detail there.  Wanted the story to be up tonight once Paul sent me the information. :)

It's awesome Paul, and I really hope it works for you.  I know this is something you've wanted for a long time and this transcends being just a line you think could be successful.  It's also something near to you, and I know I plan to help out once the Kickstarter campaign is set up!
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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« Last post by JediJman on June 21, 2016, 10:00 PM »
Yeah but that's like saying Dodge is missing out on selling 69 Charger replicas because you own a couple originals.  To make that, it'd cost X and they'd have to sell Y to be profitable...  Just because you are buying old ones and want them to do new ones doesn't mean that's a good idea for them, or that it's going to make them $ guaranteed.

That might be the worst analogy. Ever.   ;)  Look, the "We can't make enough money on this" bit is so tired and overplayed and frankly, lazy.  These things have a fixed cost.  If you need to make more profit from them because you estimate low volume, then charge a premium.  Make it an exclusive.  It can't possibly sit around any more than a number of the random vehicles like Finn's Dunebuggy or even Ray's Speeder that dropped down to $5 clearance.  People said Hasbro couldn't make a 6" line work at $20 either, but that line is constantly in demand outside of stores that get bogged down with Zuvios and Finns, and I know zero kids that are collecting 6".

I don't want to get on a bash Hasbro session, but I seriously doubt they have any solid data on how much of their product gets purchased by collectors vs. kids.  I know kids that have Star Wars toys and my collection is easily 100 times beyond what any of them has.  You would need an awful lot of kids to make up for the buying power of a serious adult collector.  I work in Consumer Research for a CPG company and in many cases you have 20-30% of the buyers accounting for 70-80% of the volume.  I'd be surprised if Star Wars was much different.  I've never once been polled or surveyed despite 20 years of collecting and daily activity posting about Star Wars toys and neither has any collector that I know.  Exactly what data is Hasbro basing their analyses on?  And this all assumes kids don't like playsets - you know, like the ones Lego constantly sells out of.   ::)

Conversely, think about the added benefits from selling playsets.  Collectors and kids already have a plethora of figures and ships.  Each additional ship or figure can become diminishing returns, but a playset could be new and more appealing.  It's also a companion piece to the rest of the line.  If someone buys a playset, they're likely also buying a few figures to join it.  Sure, many would have bought figures anyway, but there's a level of incremental figure sales that accompany ships and playsets.  Making them modular can drive "army building" as well, so you'll benefit from some people buying multiples, whereas it's unlikely that someone is going to stock up on most characters or ships.  There's a lot of rationale that these could succeed in the face of a blanket "playsets aren't profitable" stance.

Getting off my soapbox now...
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The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« Last post by JediJman on June 21, 2016, 09:31 PM »
I haven't ordered from him in a few years, but I used to order a lot of army builders from him.  It's a lot like buying scratch and dent furniture IMO.  There may be something really small like a paint ap issue or a loose limb, or the figure may look pretty much like what you get right out of the package.  Personally, I always felt like there was something not quite right with the figures, even if I couldn't spot it. I'm fine with that if the figures are really cheap and I'm getting doubles...my 10th AT-ST Driver doesn't need to be perfect, especially if I can get him for $5 less. 

I've thought about using him for the BS figures too, but can't pull the trigger.  I'd rather pay a few bucks more for a packaged one or wait until the inevitable release.  It would definitely be nice to get these guys checked off the list though.
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The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« Last post by Jesse James on June 21, 2016, 04:43 PM »
It's as hit/miss as retail at this point Dave.  I got imp navy commanders from china once, one having 2 left feet the other 2 right...  It worked out obviously but I was lucky.  In general they're just overproduction and not rejects or mistakes.  Honestly I've never seen that except maybe the guy selling all the chipped Mickey droids for cheap.
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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« Last post by Jesse James on June 21, 2016, 04:40 PM »
Yup.  THAT is a playset.  A 6"x6" floor with a wall is a stand on steroids. :)  Once that is universally agreed upon we can have a more honest debate on the topic.

Hasbro does tons of things I don't like and won't do things I wish they would...  I get it though, on this one.
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The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« Last post by Nicklab on June 21, 2016, 04:35 PM »
What are people's general experiences buying from "tunghori" on eBay?  I'm tempted to buy the latest wave of WM figures from him, but not sure what the paint quality is likely to be considering how crappy the factory accepted versions of this line have been.  Does he do a fairly good job of screening for quality?

I bought the Walmart exclusive Black Series TFA Han Solo & Leia from Tunghori and received them last week.  I also got a couple of other figures in the order which averaged the shipping costs down a little bit.  Overall, I thought the paint apps were okay.  And I was actually pleasantly surprised with the face paint apps on the Leia.  I have seen some positively awful samples of that Leia surface online, but mine wound up being okay.

Normally I wouldn't go this route.  But I only saw a lone Captain Phasma from this wave in the wild, and I was really getting tired of driving to every WalMart store in the North Jersey area with nothing to show for it.
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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« Last post by Muftak on June 21, 2016, 04:24 PM »
While I loved the playsets that came out with Vintage (the Death Star was one of my favorite toys as a kid), I honestly wonder how seomething like that would be received today.

Today a Death Star playset would look a lot like this:



...and collectors would love loathe it.
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The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« Last post by Muftak on June 21, 2016, 04:17 PM »
As a loose figure collector, I have bought several figures from Tunghori in the past and had only one minor issue with quality--a glob of paint on a figure's face that kind of looked like a large mole. (I performed a minor Xacto surgery and solved the problem.)

Without the benefit of side-by-side comparison to "acceptable" figures as you say, I have not had an issue with any of the others.
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