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Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« Reply #90 on: October 7, 2005, 02:51 PM »
God, I hate to say this, but really the price isn't that bad. 

Yeah, there is a bit of sticker shock for sure but it really isn't so bad if you can find buddies to go in on a case with you.

The gang in the MN thread went together on a few cases (3) of the droids from EE, and the final cost works out to about $336 per case or about $34 per box of droids.  That is $68 (including shipping) for 1x set #1 and 1x set #2, which is $6.80 per droid.

Really, that's about the same as a buying a RotS figure at TRU - $5.99 plus tax = $6.41 - and that doesn't even include the fact that there is no hunting involved, they are just delivered right to you.

Sure, maybe they should be cheaper since they are just repaints with no accessories, but EE knows you are getting exclusive droids in a fancy exclusive packaging. 

Anyway, IMHO for about the same price as retail, it really isn't too outrageous.   :-X


Now, of course if you get stuck buying the set for $75 plus $10 shipping and paying $8.50 each per droid (after shipping), well yeah - that totally sucks.   :(
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Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« Reply #91 on: October 7, 2005, 03:27 PM »
And I'd be one of those suckers paying $75 plus shipping!   :'(

I was going to ask if I could go in on the cases that you so kindly bought for everyone in the MN thread but I assumed that you guys get together and split the bounty vs. shipping them out to everyone.




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Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« Reply #92 on: October 7, 2005, 03:39 PM »
I was going to ask if I could go in on the cases that you so kindly bought for everyone in the MN thread but I assumed that you guys get together and split the bounty vs. shipping them out to everyone.

Yeah, they will most likely be divvied up at a future MN Club meeting once they arrive in order to avoid re-shipping.  However, there were a few grubby Canadians that wiggled their way in there too.   :P
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Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« Reply #93 on: October 11, 2005, 11:01 PM »
I'm gonna pass on these for now ($40?!?!). I'll get them later down the road.
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Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« Reply #94 on: October 12, 2005, 02:01 AM »
My beef's the latter part of your statement Jeff...  Individual sets shouldn't sell for that much.  EE should be divvying them out for better than that considering it's not like the Clones where they run the chance of being stuck with one set over the other really...  It's just down to gouging in my eyes then.

The Clones...  I'm still bitter over that.  An army builder set you can't really army build with, without paying an arm and a leg to do so.  Not cool.  I lucked into finding someone who only wanted Officers so I got two sets and sold him the Officers and kept the troops...  Gave me more than average, and when going in on cases like that it worked out great, but 16 white clones isn't as many as I WOULD have bought if these were truly "for the army building crowd" and were fairly priced.

Hell if buying a single set of astromechs was more fairly priced, I'd have bought 2 sets, but instead I'm getting one from the case the local guys got together on.  Once again the price will keep me from buying as many as I WOULD have otherwise, just as with the Clones.
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Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« Reply #95 on: October 12, 2005, 04:44 PM »
Really, that's about the same as a buying a RotS figure at TRU - $5.99 plus tax = $6.41 - and that doesn't even include the fact that there is no hunting involved, they are just delivered right to you.

Sure, maybe they should be cheaper since they are just repaints with no accessories, but EE knows you are getting exclusive droids in a fancy exclusive packaging. 


Still...when you get multipacks, they should cost less per figure, not more (just look at the Saga TRU multipacks). Those TRU price quotes are a little high IMO.

And the fancy packaging doesn't cost them THAT much more...its like when they repainted the silver Fett and sold it for $10...did it cost more money to make this figure than other figures? No.

I'm not trying to be offensive at all, I'm just sick of seeing Hasbro try to gouge.
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Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« Reply #96 on: October 12, 2005, 07:55 PM »
Oh that's exactly what it is...gouging.  They know people who want will pay the extra money for them though.  Although it's kind of dumb since they could lower the price and actually sell more of the product and actually get some more money kind of how that little retailer Wal-mart made it big.   

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Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« Reply #97 on: October 12, 2005, 09:21 PM »
I want to say something inflammatory here, so prepare thyself:

I don't think that there should be any difference between what EE charges for a case of toys and what they would charge for the same item individually.  I keep seeing everyone (and I am not complaining about you guys in particular, just at EE) talk about how if you order a case, they end up being almost 2 dollars cheaper than if you buy one set of each separately.  That's good for everyone who can actually afford to buy a case, but bad for those who can't. 

Maybe I am looking at this from a communistic point of view (someone call McCarthy's estate), but just because some people can't afford to buy six of each at once doesn't mean that they should have to pay more for them.  EE is basically saying, "Unless you buy 12 sets at once, you have to pay a higher price."  And I can understand the argument that "you can make friends with people in your area and go in on a case together."  The problem with that is that not everyone lives in a particularly large or friendly (or both) area, and may have to go online and beg people to let them take a set or 2 so they can actually get them without having to invest in some KY jelly.

There seems to be a lot of vitriolic sentiment in the collecting community these days against people who have jobs or who have families and aren't able to go out all the time to search for toys multiple times a day (I am not referring to anyone here, mind you, but you can probably guess who I am talking about).  I'm glad that you are able to sit at home and collect a paycheck for doing something you love, but some people have to get up at the crack of dawn, go to a job they hate, just to be able to feed themselves, more importantly their spouse and/or children, and the last thing they want to worry about is making a daily trip to Target to see if they might have gotten that Commander Bly in today. 

The point I'm making is that there seems to be a mentality among certain collector sects (especially in my area) that stresses competition over cooperation, evasiveness over honesty, and hostility over friendliness.  Items are more and more being made for specific groups, as they are the only people who see them.  Ebay is becoming the end destination for a rather large amount of the popular figures being released, and the old adage of collecting being a "hunt" is sadly becoming about as cutthroat amongst many people. 

Hasbro knows that its product isn't getting to the people that want them, but they don't care.  Retail makes just as much money (sometimes more when palms are greased) when one guy buys all 12 Clone Battle Packs as when 12 people buy one each, so they don't care.  Entertainment Earth is given another popular exclusive that they have priced even higher than the previous overpriced exclusive, but as long as they make a dollar (or in their case, 40) they don't care.  The whole "hunt" mentality has gotten to a point where a large number of collectors are out for themselves and **** everyone else who needs help, so they don't care.

One of the things I have enjoyed about JD and its forums is that there is no elitism, there is no division between the staff and the, well, forum members, and that there is a great sense of community and shared love for collecting.  If I need something, I can count on someone asking what they could do to help, and if there is something I can do to help someone here, I am more than happy to do it.  The sad truth is that we are one of the last bastions of this way of thinking in the SW collecting world, and that saddens me. 

It is only through one of the nice people on this board that I might be able to get both of the astromech sets from EE, and I have thanked him before and I will thank him profusely if I am able to get my set of each when they are released.  Were it not for his help, I would not be able to even get one of the sets, because EE has made it so economically unfeasible for me to get one of each.  I can't help but wonder how many kids with internet access and no income feel when they see all the cool little droids and find out how much they cost.  Hasbro goes on and on about how kids drive the line, but they continually market and sell items at a price point that no child could ever hope to afford?

I'm sorry to go on a rant like this, but when etailers are selling figures for a ridiculous price and other sites' writers are saying what a deal it is and how we should thank our lucky stars they are even made, it makes me ill.  And again, none of this is directed at anyone here, because this is one of the only good places left these days. 

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Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« Reply #98 on: October 12, 2005, 09:22 PM »
These look cool, but I would rather get a couple of the Imperial Droids carded.  :P

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Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« Reply #99 on: October 13, 2005, 12:11 AM »
Well said DoctorPadawan  :)

Its sorta like if they sold grape jelly in 40 gallon drums at Sam's Club (stay with me here). Yeah, you get a lot of jelly, but I only wanted a teaspoon. I was willing to pay the normal price for a teaspoon. But a teaspoon equals $6.50.

I hear what you are saying about the "hunt" dying. I remember going to Wal-Mart when I was little and having to pick up all those figures on my own, without Buy It Nows! and pre-orders. Yeah, while these are very convienient in some situations, it has diluted the hunt.

I remember seeing exclusives online when I was a kid and wanting them. How is a little kid supposed to be able to get some of these? I'm not trying to complaining, but some of these exclusives are definitely not "kid friendly".

I am glad I have refuges like this site to talk with like-minded collectors. With all the scalpers and jerks out there, its nice to know there are still decent collectors out there that care more about the hobby than the figures (if that makes sense).
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Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« Reply #100 on: October 13, 2005, 12:38 AM »
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I can't help but wonder how many kids with internet access and no income feel when they see all the cool little droids and find out how much they cost.

I can help with this...  I can tell you just how at least 2 little boys feel when they see things, go ape**** over wanting them, but then are deflated when I tell them A) it's too expensive, and B) their mother would gut me like a fish if we tried (successful or not) to get them this or that...

The Target Clone 5-pack...  They saw it when I stopped at her house on the way home, the boys liked it and wanted one, I got "that look" and told them it's hard to find and costs a lot...  They saw the Stealth Trooper over my shoulder one day while I was "working" here on JD, and the 8 year old went nuts and said he wanted two...  I told him "you and every other guy...  And these are $13 each so I don't think mom's gonna let you get this one". 

Then they saw pictures of Rob's army and asked why I don't have that many figures.  I hate you Rob.

And that's not even getting into me finding them what they want...  Clones aren't exactly a dime a dozen 'round here so the boys have had some disappointment.  Fortunately I bought with their birthdays a ways off, so I was prepared.

Anyways...  Yeah, kids are disappointed by the exclusives, and even by the basic line itself.  Hell, these two opened Clone 3-packs their mom bought them and immediately wanted them returned...  "These don't move...  They suck!" was the concensus from the back of the truck...  I almost did a spit take laughing.

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Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« Reply #101 on: October 13, 2005, 02:58 PM »


I second what all you guys said. :)

I think figures by the case should be equivalent in price to individual ones, except maybe for army building toys (like the clones) where you truly would be buying duplicates in bulk.

(Of course, in this model I'm assuming both the bulk price and the individual price are vaguely reasonable, not like certain recent exclusives. *coughcough* ::))
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Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« Reply #102 on: October 19, 2005, 08:08 AM »
Now with boxed photos… ;D

http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS87055A&id=JE-405087801#LargeImage

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« Reply #103 on: October 19, 2005, 12:57 PM »
Looking good, looking good! I can't wait for these to arrive.
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Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« Reply #104 on: October 19, 2005, 04:58 PM »
Buncha socialists in here.  Sheesh, you guys all vote Dem? :P  BTW, if you think socialism works, come on up here.  TRU sells individual figures for $9.99 and the Evolution sets for $34.99.  Yep, figures sold in multipacks cost more per figure than individually carded figures.   ::)
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