So wait, Hasbro is "nervous" about putting out a full case of clones because they think they'll clog shelves, then they green light this ****?
Right - but remember, Darryl DeRetard can go to the main toy buyer for WalMart down in Arkansas and have this conversation...
DD: Ok - so I'm going to tell you about the EXCITING Star Wars products we're working on. Tell me, what's "Hot" right now
WalMart Dude: Poker, Texas Hold 'Em
DD: Err... ok what about the "chopper" craze - like Orange County and West Coast Choppers
WalMart Dude: Yeah, I guess. The bike replicas sell pretty good in our southern state stores. By the way I'm not sure I like where this is going, you told me one of those SW figures was going to be a cross between a chopper and a droid - and that darn thing looks nothin' like a motorcycle!
DD: Right, but our market research of old women in trailer parks turned up this startling fact! If you combine Star Wars and Choppers, and by this we mean REAL Choppers, you can corner that lucrative market of both Star Wars AND OCC/WCC collectors. Just think about it!
WalMart Dude: So, these choppers are going to have Star Wars artwork on them?
DD: Better! They are going to look like they are choppers from the Star Wars universe and Star Wars figure will ride them into battle!
WalMart Dude: I'll admit, I'm not so smart, so I steer clear of those dem Star Wars movies 'cause the plot is so hard to follow, but I do remember them having vehicles, but they all seemed to float, none of them had wheels
DD: Well, true, but we're saying "What if?"
WalMart Dude: Ok fair enough. And I'll be wondering "What if" these don't sell? Can I return them to Hasbro for manufacturer's credit whatever doesn't sell over the Christmas season?
DD: Sure, I guess, but we think this line will be hot!
WalMart Dude: Sure, whatever, just ship 'em and we'll be shipping 'em back come January. Shelves are lookin' kinda bare right now anyway. Hey - what happened to that 3.75" figure line you used to do? My distribution hubs aren't getting any of that stuff in - I thought I placed orders on that product through 2008.
DD: We're trying some new ideas. When I was in charge of GI Joe, I revitalized that brand by bringing back the 3.75" figure line. Now I hope to do the same with Star Wars by using the "Spray and Pray" methodology of product development. We have 20 new distinct lines under development right now - those nerds who collect this **** can't possibly collect it all, so whatever "sticks", we'll keep making it!
WalMart Dude: Good plan
DD: Thanks! Hey, did you roll your eyes at me?
WalMart Dude: Uh... Nope
whatever gave you that idea
DD: There, you did it again!
WalMart Dude: Ok - well, I have to go meet with the guy from Matel, I'm sure you can show yourself out.
DD: Wait, I'm not done! I didn't even get to tell you about the Titanium Forged Figures!
Oh, you're done. Please leave. WalMart security leaves marks. That's not a warning, I'm just letting you know.