I'm really hoping this thing falls flat on it's face, because there has to be a ceiling to all this craziness. They're really starting to price these things too high to enjoy. I don't want it to feel like I'm paying for a lobster dinner for two everytime I go to order a $5 action figure.
You said the same thing about the Target Clone. I highly doubt this will fall flat on its face. Too many people want clones. Thats why we have these EU ones. Its more like REU. Reeeeally Expanded Universe.
Hey, I doubt it too. That's not a prediction, that's a pipe dream. I'm in no way predicting that the sales will be poor. Though it hasn't exactly been warmly received among the JD group of collectors, that's for sure.
When the Target clone was released however, I did predict that since tons of you guys were running out to Target with DCPI numbers in hand and Target was selling out of these things before they could even hit the sales floor, there would be more of them. That
is what the real problem is here. And this clone is up for sale for $19 shipped because the last $13 Target clone was an enormous success for Hasbro. Had we left them on the pegs collecting dust like they deserved, this clone would have never happened at this price point.
This notion that collectors on message boards saying that we want more clones meant that Hasbro suddenly decided to give us more clones, but to raise the price from $5 to $13 per figure (or $19 shipped for this newest abomination) is just crazy talk. Nowhere in suggesting more clones did we say we'd be willing to pay 2.5x what we were paying before the exclusive fad started. Buying $13 regularly carded figures said that.
All I can say right now, is that as pissed off as I am over this, I'm relatively subdued because it's all EU garbage that I don't want anyhow.
But people who buy these are filling out permission slips en masse for movie characters to be sold this way, that is for certain.
But when you really think about it, the $13 clone wasn't the root of this, the Jorg Sacul and other silver show exclusive figures really started it. Hologram this, lava that, silver this and that. Those were all priced way above the $5 (or less in some cases) that they're worth. Even that 300th Boba Fett and Deluxe Amanaman for $10 each were really just $5 figures.