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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #90 on: April 25, 2012, 09:58 PM »
That's really how I feel.  What do I write about?  And I find the stuff.  Quite a bit of it actually.  I was very excited about the 3D line and the victory lap for TPM, and I really enjoy the figures, for the most part.  And then something has just gone out of it.  I got the Evazan case with Wedge today.  A carded Wedge has been at the top of my list since 1995.  I looked at him and put him down.

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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #91 on: April 26, 2012, 12:50 AM »
I don't even know what to write about when I come out here anymore.

That's really how I feel.  What do I write about?

I just assume you guys are here to pimp your latest books...  :-X
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #92 on: April 26, 2012, 08:19 AM »
I don't even know what to write about when I come out here anymore.

That's really how I feel.  What do I write about?

I just assume you guys are here to pimp your latest books...  :-X

I feel a short story coming brewing here.... about a boy who finds that ever-elusive Wedge figure... and the antagonist is the scalper HW guy.

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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #93 on: April 26, 2012, 09:15 AM »
I always said that was Mike's next book.
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #94 on: April 26, 2012, 09:44 AM »
Who falls in love with a girl who actually liked star wars as much as him...

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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #95 on: April 26, 2012, 11:39 AM »
Not sure if this plays into the future of collecting or not, but just something I've noticed.  I've been ordering SW stuff (and other stuff) from BBTS for the past few years now.  Retail has been so off and on, and it is nice knowing you can just get a set shipped to your door.  Anyways, I've noticed in the past that usually the new waves (particularly individual figure orders/preorders) are often sold out the second they come in (sometimes even before hand).  With these recent figures, BBTS has had the Hoth Luke, Vader, Evazan, etc. in stock for a few days now, and they seem to all still be in stock.  Granted, they are at $13.99 a piece, but that didn't always seem to matter in the past either.  Just an observation, and maybe it is nothing, but perhaps another example of collector fatigue a bit.

Thanks for pointing this out Brian - I just ordered a set of the Evazan figures (Aayla, Evazan, Kithaba, 501st, Wedge, Anor) to open for $13.99 - I'm sure retail is going to surprise me and make me regret it down the road, but at least now combined with my wave 4.1 case from EE - I've got one of each of these figures open and one MOC and if I can't get more, like an Aayla for her Jedi Starfighter or more 501st troopers, oh well.
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #96 on: April 26, 2012, 04:35 PM »
The antagonist could be anyone in the hobby at this point since I think normal collectors would assault a child at this point for a new figure.
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #97 on: April 26, 2012, 05:06 PM »
Who falls in love with a girl who actually liked star wars as much as him...

Until she got tired of packages showing up everyday and not having enough money to pay the rent. She then divorces the boy and takes his entire collection. She sells it all to the HW guy.
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #98 on: April 26, 2012, 05:40 PM »

I just assume you guys are here to pimp your latest books...  :-X

Oooh...that hurt.  You know, I would love not to have to push my books, but the publishing industry has decided that since social media is free, the authors should do as much as they can.  In truth, I find it slightly embarrassing, but if I want to keep making more I have to do it.

And like I said, if I could actually find product, I would talk about that, instead of my work...

BTW, "Fangbone! The Birthday Party of Dread" comes out on Aug 2, 2012
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #99 on: April 26, 2012, 07:08 PM »
Your font should be bolder, and redder...  and scroll.  :D
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #100 on: April 26, 2012, 07:57 PM »
Where's the likey button? That's awesome, Mike!

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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #101 on: April 26, 2012, 10:26 PM »

I just assume you guys are here to pimp your latest books...  :-X

Oooh...that hurt.  You know, I would love not to have to push my books, but the publishing industry has decided that since social media is free, the authors should do as much as they can.  In truth, I find it slightly embarrassing, but if I want to keep making more I have to do it.

And like I said, if I could actually find product, I would talk about that, instead of my work...

BTW, "Fangbone! The Birthday Party of Dread" comes out on Aug 2, 2012

As long as my kids keep loving your books, you can pimp away Mike.  The little guy turns 4 on Saturday, soi think you've got plenty of time!

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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #102 on: April 27, 2012, 07:52 AM »
Heck yeah!  My son has read the 2 Fangbone books a couple of times each now - he will love the next one I am sure!

I am also planning on picking up Goodnight Goon on my next Amazon purchase   ;D

update:  Goodnight Goon has been ordered!  I have a feeling my 4 year old daughter is going to love it!
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #103 on: May 2, 2012, 10:25 AM »
The other frustrating aspect of this whole hobby is the catch 22 Hasbro puts us and themselves in. It's been brought up with Hasbro on a few occasions about selling more directly to the die hard collectors, but they take a very reasonable and practical stance - they can't do that without alienating the retailers. Well, the retailers aren't giving us what Hasbro's selling, so we lose. That being out of Hasbro's hands, they ask us to contact the retailer. Well, neither WM or Target have the customer service infrastructure to handle this type of costumer concern, at no level are they equipped to address, pass on, or even understand comments about ordering/distribution issues. Again, we lose.
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #104 on: May 2, 2012, 10:47 AM »
We can contact the retailers all we want about getting new product in, but it's all about assortment. They don't know case A from case B (we could advise them), but even still new cases have older product in them that aren't selling.