You'll pardon the repetition coming from me I hope, but it is fascinating to watch the discussions from a Canadian point of view. Prices are up, no doubt about it, and that's not good for anyone that collects. But consider for a moment typical Canadian retail prices:
Basic figures $8.97-9.99
Add to those 14-15% tax and you've a $17 VOTC figure. That's pretty freaking awful, but it's what we've been paying up here. Now three years ago I could accept it because the Canadian dollar was resembling a Peso more than a greenback with a value as low as $0.61 USD. Currently though the $1 CAD = nearly $0.90 USD.
Therefore I put to you that the real reason for the increase is a devaluation in the US dollars purchasing power relative to other currencies. Canada is by no means a world leader financially for a variety of reasons. Natural resources are currently very valuable and we have lots of those, but the US is in a funk.
Anyhoo, aside from that little tidbit I accept none of your moaning cuz you're just getting a taste of Canada now
And I'd add to the list a Hoth Rebel Soldier too... I'd replace the Jawa with this actually. I love Jawas, I want drunk ones for outside my Cantina, but I don't want Super Articluated Jawas really bad.
I don't really want or need them that badly either. I just want them to round out the first 12 vintage figures is all. I think they can do them very well and I'd love to see them on the cardback with the case as well. They'd be nice and not necessarily an army builder, though they have the potential. Given it's more VOTC than army building I'd still prefer the Jawa.
See I don't think Hasbro really even considers army building as a reality. If there are indeed nuts out there with deep enough pockets or strong enough desire, to Hasbro that's just gravy. They want to get these out there at a high price point and sell them.
Case, articulation and everything else be damned, they have a captive market and they know it. Compare what else you could buy for that $10:
- A marvel legends figure - superior articulation, bigger and now an accessory to build a figure
- LOTR Trilogy figure - usually superior articulation, larger by far, ok accessories
- McFarlane whatever - a mini-statue for all intents and purposes, realistically it's a better value, if not having lower play value
- 10 Hot Wheels cars
Ok, the last one wasn't really serious, but you can get a lot of toy for your money relative to a VOTC or Target Exclusive. Hasbro knows it, but they also know we're all stupid. Sorry if that offends but it's true for almost all of us.