But who would've actually, honestly, ever thought that a "solidarity" movement of telling the retailers "F off" by not buying would EVER happen?
Are army builders at fault... Partly. But so are people who need one of every one, or whatever... It's nothing that Paul or any of us can stop by simply saying "I'm not gonna buy that". It'd take the vast majority of people in this hobby agreeing.
I haven't seen 20 people agree, much less 2000, or 20,000, or whatever.
I guess my point is, it's unrealistic to point fingers and say "this is your fault", because in reality it's everyone's fault in this hobby.
I am not wild about the price, but then again this isn't something I'm gonna get a huge army of (I'll be lucky to get a couple). Even if this figure were available in DROVES I wouldn't buy 30 of them or whatever, I'd buy as many as I felt was financially "good" for me. If I'm lucky I'll be able to do that now actually.
The cost of both the Clone at Target and the 4-pack sucks... I could buy more of the 4-pack if I actually wanted but I'm voicing my opinion by NOT doing so. Sure I bought some, (same with the Stormtrooper, who I'd buy more just because I like the classics more, but also I got many for cheap or trade), and I'll buy some of this Target Clone, but I'm not buying 100... Not to mention the Clones at EE are actually selling for $6-ish if you got cases. EE's the one gouging on the $8 - $10 price by breaking up cases, either because they think they'll get stuck with the colored sets or they're just thinking it's a good way to make more by capitalizing on army builders... My EE Clones were ALL $6.25 if I recall. I just won't buy those individual sets.
The Target Clone sucks... But if I don't buy them, I guarantee people aren't gonna line up behind me and say "Yeah, JJ said let's stop this insanity!"
This hobby's very often an "every man for himself" thing, and retail knows that.