Brian, just tell Mrs. mosnab that she could be worse off, she could be living in Canada where the Falcon sells for $79.99 plus 14% tax
It's already on sale for you.
As far as the topic at hand goes, ever the contrarian....
I am trying to approach things quite the opposite and wait as much as I can for figures. It never works that way, but it's the philosophy I am trying to apply. Being in Canada, I tend to rely a great deal on US collectors/friends for much of what I get so I inevitably pay shipping regardless. So why not wait?
Watching modern stuff on ebay I almost weep every night. Cinema scenes, a packaging idea I love, can be had almost universally for less than $10 each. I paid near $30 Cdn (about $23 US) for each. Were I to start a collection now, there would be some figures that would cost me more than retail: Ephant Mon, TF Vader, Sacul, etc. Some would cost me retail: army builders for the most part, but even some of those can be had for less than retail. Most figures from the modern era can be had for around $3 each or less.
I think OTC is an exception to that rule in many cases, simply because of the cardbacks. But the Dagobah and Bespin figures? I foresee cheap prices on these. Stormtrooper and Scout trooper probably about even. Some of the others above retail, but I don't think we've even seen much of a release on these things yet. Shouldn't the major push coincide with when the DVD's are in store? Kids, are the market
, and many will need to have their memories refreshed before wanting figures. Ergo, after they've watched and fallen in love with the OT, they'll rush out with mommy and daddy to find the figures on the shelves. In September.
That should be the rationale for Hasbro, shouldn't it? Shouldn't distribution follow that logic? Or am I living in a fantasy world (and if so, why do I have to work?).
Truthfully? Buy it when I see it