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Offline Greg

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Re: 2013 Japan Blind-Box Saga Legends Figures
« Reply #30 on: April 29, 2014, 11:40 AM »
I am not a fan of blind packed items, especially when they don't have some sort of identifying codes, so I personally would not be in favor of concept for figures. I have had a hard enough time finding decent paint apps on most of the Legends and Mission Series figures. Blind packs probably would have kept me from collecting the figures altogether.

That being said... I bet an OT-themed series would do well here in the States. Stormie, Luke, Vader, 3PO, Fett, etc. If Hasbro got them out for $4 or $5, either in boxes like the Japanese figures or bagged, they could be a lot of fun.

Expanding upon Jesse's droid idea, what would you guys think about blind packed Build-A-Droid parts? Imagine the parts for an astro split across four separate bags, at maybe $2-$3 per bag. That could be a solid way to expand the Disney concept to everyone.

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Re: 2013 Japan Blind-Box Saga Legends Figures
« Reply #31 on: April 29, 2014, 12:40 PM »
Expanding upon Jesse's droid idea, what would you guys think about blind packed Build-A-Droid parts? Imagine the parts for an astro split across four separate bags, at maybe $2-$3 per bag. That could be a solid way to expand the Disney concept to everyone.

That is a great idea! Anything they can do to expand the access to those things would be welcomed, I think.
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Re: 2013 Japan Blind-Box Saga Legends Figures
« Reply #32 on: April 29, 2014, 01:39 PM »
I like these figures, Mission Series figures, 5 POA.

However, I do not get the allure of blind boxing these.  Does it somehow save big dollars on packaging costs so they can be offered for lots less?  Do people like the excitement of opening something when they aren't sure what is inside?

It seems like all the SW blind boxed items historically have all been from Japan.  Does this somehow appeal to the Japanese culture?  (I know Lego does this now, but not with SW).

I much prefer to be able to inspect the figures for paint job, get a sense for the sculpt, play value, etc.  Blind boxing just seems unnecessary and counterproductive. 

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Re: 2013 Japan Blind-Box Saga Legends Figures
« Reply #33 on: April 30, 2014, 12:43 AM »
Like you said Dave, I think that it's such an established practice in Japan, so many collectors over there simply expect it and must enjoy the 'unknown' aspect.

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Re: 2013 Japan Blind-Box Saga Legends Figures
« Reply #34 on: April 30, 2014, 02:49 AM »
Yeah there's tons of that stuff in Japan but also China.  For a lower cost item I like it.

I like the Build A Droid part idea too...  I think it'd be kind of fun and different. 
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Re: 2013 Japan Blind-Box Saga Legends Figures
« Reply #35 on: April 30, 2014, 04:57 PM »
However, I do not get the allure of blind boxing these.  Does it somehow save big dollars on packaging costs so they can be offered for lots less?  Do people like the excitement of opening something when they aren't sure what is inside?

It is fairly common in Asia from what I've read, so consumers have come to expect it.   Given the wacky game shows that we often see coming out of those markets, I get the sense that their culture is more into gambling or games than most.  But I think its less about the consumer and more bout the manufacturer.  If you're trying to buy a dozen figures and have to buy 18 packs (or more) to get them all, there's a nice chunk of  incremental sales that wouldn't have happened with clear packaging.  That probably more than makes up for people who quite the line out of frustration.  They're counting more on the very loyal buyers and impulse purchases than the middle-ground of consumers, whereas we tend to do the opposite in the US.  Honestly, I bet Hasbro would sell more product here if they switched to blind box star wars.  Retailers probably like it too, as its more sales for them and the inventory probably clears out faster as consumers have the chance to get something they want in every package. 
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