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Offline Jayson

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Re: So...2013...What Now?
« Reply #210 on: January 9, 2013, 09:44 PM »
That doesn't shock me at all, but yeah that's dickish.  They're acting like a potato chip company.  ::)

It reminds me of the TVC Tauntaun: a relatively huge box for a small beast
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Re: So...2013...What Now?
« Reply #211 on: January 9, 2013, 09:47 PM »
The Class II's definitely suck, especially since there isn't a "normal" alternative available. When they were first revealed I understood what Hasbro was aiming for with the reduced size, but that shouldn't have come with a step down in quality. Hopefully vehicles go back to normal sizes for Episode 7. I would be extremely bummed if new stuff ends up being undersized with cheap construction.

As for what to do in 2013... I was balancing pretty well between Star Wars and GI Joe over the past couple of years, so I'll continue collecting GI Joe as I have been and try to save what I would have spent on Star Wars for the Fall. I do plan on picking up the Class 1 Vehicle sets and an Endor AT-AT, but those are minor purchases when spread over the course of the next six or so months. As always I'll be keeping an eye out for any good clearance or discount store deals. *cough*Five Below*cough* I don't think I want to focus on filling holes in my collection, as that ends up getting expensive very quickly for me as I think of more holes that require filling.

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Re: So...2013...What Now?
« Reply #212 on: January 10, 2013, 10:35 AM »
I'm working overtime to get caught up on SW Lego.

After that, I might pick up a vintage brown haired Luke and a few other minor variations that I am missing...

Mostly, I'm going to enjoy not having any new product on the horizon that I feel compelled to collect for the first time in about 17 years.

If I get really bored though, I might save up and pick up a vinyl caped jawa.

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Re: So...2013...What Now?
« Reply #213 on: January 10, 2013, 06:39 PM »
You guys should start working on some dioramas.
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Re: So...2013...What Now?
« Reply #214 on: January 10, 2013, 08:00 PM »
I'm gonna make Bossk's Bungalow to rival Lobot's Duplex.
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Re: So...2013...What Now?
« Reply #215 on: January 11, 2013, 11:48 AM »
There's no way you can make Bossk's bungalow with any degree of accuracy. There aren't enough hot chicks in the Star Wars line to properly populate that debonair Trandoshan's pad.
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Re: So...2013...What Now?
« Reply #216 on: January 11, 2013, 02:25 PM »
I've been looking outside the box.  There are hot chicks in other lines I plan to use.  From Fisher Price to Narnia.  Trandoshans get ALLLLLL da ladies.
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Re: So...2013...What Now?
« Reply #217 on: January 15, 2013, 12:48 PM »
hahaa.

Back to the original qestion.  Hasbro is always petty good for keeping the line going through the ups/downs...movie years/non-movie years.  Thye have REALLY pumped out the product over the years.  I won't mind at all seeing a break for the summer.  Maybe come back and hit it with the 3-D movie tie-ins on and off over the next 2 years.   

From a collectors standpoint, I think it lets everyone get caught up, gets everything in order for the new moves in a few years.    From a company standpoint they just want to keep the product rolling out, and it makes sense.  I'm excited for the new movies, but if they keep pumping out rehashes for 2 years...ugh..I can see the collector burnout starting to hit.  I went through it for a few years not too long after ROTS.  Sometmes a little break is all you need.

I think a lo are going back ad flling in holes, which is great for SW collecting.  Purges some product off the  secondary market,  lets everone take a  breather and get focused.  I may even finish the search for the last couple comics I need.  God, I'm hoping theydon't get carried away wth the LE Variant covers..the whole money grab LE/variant thing has been handled quite well in the comics category, hope it stays that way.

Should be a fun year!




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Re: So...2013...What Now?
« Reply #218 on: January 20, 2013, 03:32 PM »
At least hopefully we will get some good exclusives for us OT fans. New ones, not repacks like the BMF or AT-AT. I would easily buy a battle pack if something new was found in it.

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Re: So...2013...What Now?
« Reply #219 on: January 25, 2013, 05:22 PM »
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #220 on: January 25, 2013, 06:13 PM »
"We had a number of strong product initiatives, but consumer demand through much of the holiday season was less than anticipated in both the U.S. and certain international markets. As a result, fourth quarter revenues did not meet our expectations."


Yeah, all those awesome brand new GI JOE and Star Wars toys that came out around Christmas time just did not sell at all did they?

Oh wait, you guys didn't even bother putting anything new out. At all. You TOTALLY whiffed on X-Mas 2012. But yeah, blame it on consumer demand. How could people NOT rush out and buy all that old, played-out garbage?

Two words, Hasbro: Naboo Fighter.

I know it's easy to bash, but I swear it is amazing to me how this company is still in business as poorly as they seem to be run.
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #221 on: January 25, 2013, 08:15 PM »
I hate to say it again but hasbro is every bit looking at "consumer demand" through the eyes of their retailers...  Again did hasbro f up getting Naboo fighters out?  If so, is Adam Pawlus a wizard and thats why EE has that case available?  And Target, WalMart, etc. were all c-blocked by Hasbro somehow?  Or did retailers just maybe say, "we're tired of buying into and devoting space to lines that have low sales rates", and they just didn't buy stuff?  If the latter it's not distribution.  It's a far bigger problem and one hasbro is making clear attempts to fix.  Collectors may not like their ideas to fix said problem though, myself included.
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #222 on: January 25, 2013, 09:56 PM »
Do they really need to lay off workers?

Doubt it.

Goldner can take a freakin salary cut.

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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #223 on: January 26, 2013, 08:15 AM »
It's a chicken and egg argument to be sure. I'm sure retail malaise plays a part here too, but after that redonkulous TPM deluge how can you really blame them? And if retail really is the heart of the problem, why not just say so instead of shifting the blame straight to the consumer? And how does that prevent them from selling new toys on HTS.com?

Anyhoo, dead horse and all that.

Let's hope they don't repeat the same mistakes with the Feb 11th street date this year.
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #224 on: January 26, 2013, 09:42 AM »
It'sa combination of things. You have clear economic realities which are impacting all toys. The rising cost of plastic and also labor in the last few years has resulted in the absolute shrinking of nearly every toy line, literally and figuratively. Articulation is gone, and so is any kind of scale, which SW is somewhat insulated from. Transformers have turned into their legendary knockoffs.

Couple that with the high price of the SW licence and the fact that the brand is fatigued, with a serious lack of mass market interest, you have the scenario we do now. Actually I'm surprised the line has endured the last year at all given the circumstances.