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Re: The Street Date Debate
« Reply #75 on: August 3, 2010, 02:06 PM »
Funny that most people on here have at least some Vintage already, but a few Target stores are holding out until the 6th. 

Does anyone have a good explanation for the street dates on toys?  I get doing this with media where you have big events around the launch and potential for leaking tracks/copying etc. But I would seriously like to hear a sound arguement on Hasbro's behalf of using street dates on their figures.  Seems to just cause confusion and make people mad in my opinion.

The only rational idea I've been able to think of is if they somehow "sold" an earlier release date to Toys R Us.  Maybe it was part of the package deal with the exclusives, but if they use it as a bargaining chip with a lone retailer, then I can see where it would make sense.  If other retailers don't honor that date, then the benefit to TRU would go away.  Outside of that, is there any real reason to do this other than trying to control that which you don't need to control?
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Re: The Street Date Debate
« Reply #76 on: August 3, 2010, 02:44 PM »
Funny that most people on here have at least some Vintage already, but a few Target stores are holding out until the 6th. 

Does anyone have a good explanation for the street dates on toys?  I get doing this with media where you have big events around the launch and potential for leaking tracks/copying etc. But I would seriously like to hear a sound arguement on Hasbro's behalf of using street dates on their figures.  Seems to just cause confusion and make people mad in my opinion.

The only rational idea I've been able to think of is if they somehow "sold" an earlier release date to Toys R Us.  Maybe it was part of the package deal with the exclusives, but if they use it as a bargaining chip with a lone retailer, then I can see where it would make sense.  If other retailers don't honor that date, then the benefit to TRU would go away.  Outside of that, is there any real reason to do this other than trying to control that which you don't need to control?


Hasbro claims the street date was to create an "event" feel around the Season 3 Premiere of The Clone Wars.  ::)

There are so many problems with that idea I don't even know where to begin. Like the fact that the actual show won't air until September or October. Or the fact that Legends and the Vintage Collection have virtually no connection to the animated program. Or the fact that foreign territories were exempted. (The show airs roughly the same schedule abroad as it does here)

It's almost like they wanted to create some kind of massive clusterf**k on August 6th.  Luckily stuff started leaking out early or people would have had a had time finding everything on that day. (IMHO)
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Re: The Street Date Debate
« Reply #77 on: August 3, 2010, 02:58 PM »
I find this topic hilarious as I have everything that is going to be released for the launch including the exclusives. I have had the entire ESB wave for a month, the AT-ATs for almost 3 weeks, Jodo and Jabba already in hand...

I agree, if they wanted to create an event feel for season three their timing is a few months off. Many stores are empty, the longer they prolong this the more it appears the line is dead to casual consumers. I do not blame them for breaking the street dates. Many stores have these empty gaps in their aisles for weeks producing no revenue for the store. It's an ass backwards business strategy. Just put it out when the stock is low and move on already.
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Re: The Street Date Debate
« Reply #78 on: August 3, 2010, 03:43 PM »
...Many stores have these empty gaps in their aisles for weeks producing no revenue for the store. It's an ass backwards business strategy. Just put it out when the stock is low and move on already.

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Re: The Street Date Debate
« Reply #79 on: August 3, 2010, 06:02 PM »
I tried to use the Jedi Mind Trick on some Target employees this morning.

The funny thing is that the boxes don't read "Do Not Put Out Until August 6th"

They actually say "Do Not Put Out Until The Week of August 6th"

Technically, this is the week of August 6th. From a certain point of view.  ;D
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Re: The Street Date Debate
« Reply #80 on: August 3, 2010, 06:20 PM »
I tried to use the Jedi Mind Trick on some Target employees this morning.

The funny thing is that the boxes don't read "Do Not Put Out Until August 6th"

They actually say "Do Not Put Out Until The Week of August 6th"

Technically, this is the week of August 6th. From a certain point of view.  ;D

Unless the week starts on the 6th, which means they might not want to put them out until the 13th... ::)
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Re: The Street Date Debate
« Reply #81 on: August 4, 2010, 12:13 AM »
So I went to Target today, and it was pretty strange. A "Star Wars" sign hung over Spider-Man and Bat-Man toys, and there were brand-new Star Wars figures hanging like in every section of the toy aisle. The biggest group of figures was with the Iron Man toys.
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Re: The Street Date Debate
« Reply #82 on: August 4, 2010, 06:14 PM »
I went to Wal-Mart today and looked for some of the new figures and they don't even have a Star Wars section anymore!

What was the street date anyway?
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Re: The Street Date Debate
« Reply #83 on: August 4, 2010, 07:58 PM »
I went to Target today. They only had one "vintage" figure there and a few clone wars. For some reason they made the vintage figure $8.99 while the clone wars/legends where $7.99. Why is vintage a dollar more? For a crappy made up card with no accessories or pack in?
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Re: The Street Date Debate
« Reply #84 on: August 4, 2010, 08:11 PM »
Must only be in certain stores... they were $7.99 here.

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Re: The Street Date Debate
« Reply #85 on: August 4, 2010, 09:04 PM »
Oh how I miss the days of $4.99 SW figs.
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Re: The Street Date Debate
« Reply #86 on: August 4, 2010, 09:43 PM »
I saw WM's plan-o-grams tonight out on a toy run, and they had 2 Vintage rows, 1 Legends row, and 2 Clone Wars rows...  There was a large empty space on the POG, so I'm guessing that was for exclusives/Jabba.  There was space for the AT-AT, and so on.

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Re: The Street Date Debate
« Reply #87 on: August 4, 2010, 11:42 PM »
Oh how I miss the days of $4.99 SW figs.

When SW figures were originally on these style of cards they were $2.50.
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Re: The Street Date Debate
« Reply #88 on: August 5, 2010, 12:12 AM »
I thought they were only $1.99 back then! Holy crap how did we get to $9.99?!
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Re: The Street Date Debate
« Reply #89 on: August 5, 2010, 12:20 AM »
Well, comics used to be $.25 and now they're $3.99, so I guess that's inflation for you.   :-\
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