Yeah, basically "me too".
I'm winding down anyway, on collecting. I buy what I like... As it stands, I've not cared remotely enough to even make an effort to go to TRU to see those new Class I sets. Much less buy one at their inflated price.
I like to keep an open mind, but IF prices go up I find little logic to it. The line's done shittily at this price, so it's the wrong direction to go. BAD as a concept gave me hope that, even if prices were $9.99, at least you got something extra. You got something cool.
Now, $9.99 and no extra incentive... eh, that was how it was the last little while so fine, whatever, the BS continues. I hoped for better distribution so I could, at the very least, pick and choose since some of what they do I have little to no interest in but had to get it because I was forced to buy by the case this year.
So now the speculation of a price hike looming, again? Hasbro seems to know the hikes have killed other segments. $5 figures blow out the door... Figures on sale at TRU fly off teh pegs... So what makes you think another financial blow can be handled? Not to mention that if you take quality down but keep prices as high as they are now (but stable), you're still NOT going to sell anything?
BAD as a line had me excited for the value... When it was cancelled, I wasn't upset by the break, but what did bother me is that the additional value I was looking forward to is out the window. Don't even make NEW toolings for the droids, just repaint the toolings you have so any perceived financial impact is bare minimum and you just have extra random droids to push sales to people. I'm fine with that, even if they're paintjobs that don't jive at all with any EU or film droid. I just like getting something extra for the already overly high price.
Now... no droid, + possible price hike? Lame. It's speculation but that's what really the collecting world is these days, and so yeah, if that happens it sucks. I've come to expect "that sucks" when it comes to the hobby anymore though.
I like many of the figures, but at this point new is obscure, and resculpts are all there are that are exciting. New movies is more new, but I may not even like those, so I'm kind of on an emotional rollercoaster about how much I do, or don't, care about this hobby.
It's funny how I can think of things I'd buy, regardless. The Speederbike got me at full price (and discounts for extras, but I bought one full price upon sight because it's glorious). I can think of many, many things they'd do half-assed that I'd want but wouldn't pay the money for that they'd demand. I can also think of many things they'd do half-assed that I'd be just as happy I didn't want it in the first place.
My "I'd buy that at any price" list is really, really short though. And really obscure and/or unrealistic in terms of expectations.