That's a good point Mike, about the whole, "Buy another _____" figure. That's frustrating too... They crank out a whole lot of the same with tweaks here and there.
I mean, let's face it, there's a whole lot of nothing in any given wave. Remember the days of bitching when Hasbro would do one whole wave of repaints that, by today's standards, are pretty great compared to the repacks they choose at times? Kinda funny now looking back at figures like the Imperial Engineer and Red Naboo Tech guy. Hated in their time, but actually higher quality than the same old OWK or QGJ or whoever stuffed into a case as "necessary filler". Add in the need to deal with buying by the case and being stuck with that "necessary filler". blah.
I'm not completely down on things, I just am souring on Hasbro. I think retail f'd up 2012 more than they did, but they didn't help matters. Now 2013's here, and they think the "greatest hits" Vintage scam is somehow grand news to us. Well, most of us could give a ****. I'm seeing that quite clearly. We bought that stuff, by the case, last year.
Now I'm all for a break, so don't get me wrong there. But Hasbro, make no mistake, you're not doing me a favor. Not at all. Doing me a favor would've been making cases of JUST the ACTUAL hard to find stuff. But I digress.
Now, you're taking away BAD, a value-adder to the line. That stings. But also, there's I think solid speculation going on that a price-hike is once again looming over a line that has proven beyond doubt that price hikes are what is killing it.
Make no mistake, it's not discolored plastic, distribution, misshapen accessories, paint aps, or anything else. It's all prices killing these toys. $5 sells. $7 sells. $10 doesn't. Just like, oh, say, $30 doesn't sell a small ship. Or $130 a big one.
Like I said, I'm sure I'll buy some stuff I like, but I'm equally sure I'll be passing on a lot more stuff I'm sure I would've probably bought had it had droid parts packed in. I mean, you can't pass repaints, repacks, and all the rest off as easily. I used to buy that stuff! In bulk! BAD 2008/2009? Yeah, I was buying figures I already had, just to complete droids I had almost done.
Now, money saved, I guess. I try to just look at it as that. I'll be much better off.