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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: April 25, 2005, 12:10 AM »
For the curious, 21st Cent. Toys updated their "Area 21" section of their site with pictures of the Japanese 1:18 infantry figures.

They're sporting some new articulation in an attempt to rival (or outdo) the improved articulation with BBI.  Hasbro's still dominating by showing they can do the ultimate in 1:18 articulation, but BBI and 21st are making nice strides as they slug it out.

21st's adding shoulder ball/socket joints, etc...  Interesting. 

Also of note, 1:18 figures ARE SHOWING UP at Wal-Marts across the country.  not just any 1:18 either, but actually Battle of the Bulge figures and Marines!  Can't beat that with a stick folks!  Look at WM for figures, and if they don't have them, complain and try and get them into your store.

Soon as I find a pile on pegs I'm putting in a lay-a-way order of the "army builder" generic riflemen and whatnot.  :)  I still dont' have those Marines in my collection sadly, so I hope I find some at WM soon.

Newbies / Re: Just saying hello
« on: April 24, 2005, 11:01 PM »
Hey man, welcome on at

The others will be in to say hey shortly, but with many of us at C3 they're probably just now getting home.  Looks like I'm one of the first to get back I guess.

Have a good one, and enjoy the forums, it's a good, and very close community.  Any questions, just ask away...

Take it easy!

Newbies / Re: Hey heeyyy...
« on: April 24, 2005, 10:59 PM »
Welcome aboard...  The rest of the staff will be along to say hey and welcome you on shortly.  Most are probably passed out at home or trying to get home yet...  :)

I'm passing out myself, so have a good one, and enjoy!

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: ROTS Picture Thread
« on: April 19, 2005, 11:48 PM »
I was gonna say Bacta...  The all-healing Jello bath of the Star Wars universe.

Modern Classifieds / Re: WTB Some Stuff (OTC, VOTC, and Late Saga)
« on: April 19, 2005, 11:42 PM »
The figure as a pack-in is just evidence that it's "cost" is minimal to the company now...  It's a LITTLE way to entice you to want that case, but it's not costing them much of anything to GIVE you that figure.  That's a Hasbro screwjob at its finest really.

I honestly thought that was the E3 Clone at first and skipped the case.  I've pondered going back to get one if not to just add another Clone to my army of one.   ::)

Anyway I've got 2 full sets from a case my friends picked up, and I've got a taker who paid already on the officers from the 2nd set, so I'll have 16 white troops and 8 officers from these for the $6.25-ish price range...  Would like more whites, but whatcha gonna do at this point?   :-\

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A JediDefender Thanks
« on: April 19, 2005, 07:59 PM »
We have shirts?

Son of a bitch.   >:(

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Pics to Names!
« on: April 19, 2005, 07:58 PM »
I'll be the guy dressed like the murdered turtle.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A JediDefender Thanks
« on: April 19, 2005, 05:04 PM »
Just wait 'til we've pounded several hours worth of Guinness first though.

We gotta get our "Soccer Houligan" thing going... 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Anyone else hate to fly?
« on: April 19, 2005, 04:27 PM »
It's funny, but I really don't mind flying...  I hate the sorta hectic feeling GETTING to the plane though, if that makes any sense.  I feel rushed and "late" about that.

Flying doesn't bug me though...  My brother went to Florida just a couple weeks ago, and the flight down was cool but they hit turbulence all the way back to Pittsburgh, and he's not a fan of flying.  He thought the flight down was how it generally is, but the ride back had him never wanting to set foot in a plane again I guess.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: EE exclusive Clone Trooper 4-packs!
« on: April 19, 2005, 04:13 PM »
I agree wholeheartedly on the packaging issue.  In a POP situation I can see the need for something more ornate, but in something that's A) being ordered online in the first place and B) that (theoretically) is targeting army builders (or more to the point, "openers"), then the whole packaging issue truly stunk to the heavens.  That stuff wasn't cheap to produce from what I've heard, from a packaging cost perspective, and wasn't important to the final product.

I think the %'s paid to LFL via Hasbro are exagerrated at times though...  They make a killing, no doubt, but they also spread it out over quite a duration, not to mention that production on Star Wars, which generally has matched retail demand for it, has been incredibly high.  It may not show in secondary numbers but what retailers want seems quite a bit.  Hasbro's done well with the line.

I like that we're seeing articulation increase though, and pretty intelligently across the board.  The army builders and "action" characters of the ROTS line got more attention than a Senator-esque figure...  It's as it should be, and should have been for the past 10 years...  The idea sticks on these Clones though, that this is a screwjob towards us that, for my $.02 worth, Hasbro could've done better (not just by us, but by their own bottom line) by selling more product at a lower price than selling less at a higher price... 

Honestly though, the better option to me is that they should have made a case of white.  I think that would've made many people happy in the long-run and been the amicable solution...  A case of whites would've garnered my $300+ for just myself, and I'd have a sizeable army at a modest price then.  Hell I'd have still gone in on a case of the officers/whites with my local collecting buddies too, just to flesh out the officers some more.  I think they'd have done better at that rate.

I wonder what the sales #'s on Clones for ROTS is though, and I'd love to see what kind of profit %'s that just THOSE figures generated in comparison to others.  It'd be interesting figures to see, not that we would ever get to.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: EE exclusive Clone Trooper 4-packs!
« on: April 19, 2005, 11:32 AM »
But minimal costs are involved in construction, etc., while mold toolings are regarded as a principle cost in development of a single item.  I agree though that construction's going to cost more to put together a SA Clone than a 3-pack Clone comparing 1 - 1...  It's going to be a really minimal ammount however.

It's like drawing a comparison between what a vivid/intricate paint application would cost compared to just additional colors (well, loosely anyway).  For instance, if one added many simplistic additional colors sprayed/splotched on to form a faded camo will be an additional cost but minimal whereas something akin to painting an intricate/accurate camo pattern on a figure's going to cost more even if it only utilizes 3 colors.

Articulation's key cost comes in its additional mold toolings.  The construction's increased, but one can always look at what yields the additional cost of the articulation (all costs it incurs) bring about as well, like potential higher sales, etc.  If I can sell more of unit A because it's got higher articulation than I can sell of unit B because it has less...  or if I can sell unit A (a 3-pack of SA Clones for instance) because while there's more parts they're also 3 of the same figure which also simplifies construction, while unit B has a higher construction cost because it's 3 unique items within a package constructed differently, etc...  But these things are all minor issues. 

I think the reason we didn't see articulation increase over the years was simply that mold toolings aren't cheap and Star Wars didn't give anyone an impression of longevity.  I don't know that it does now either though, but it's certainly become a more competitive brand in comparison to other toy lines. 

If articulation construction was enough of a reason to keep Star Wars in the "dark ages" of toy line advancement, then I think smaller and "cheap" toy lines like Lanard's, or PTE would have dropped off long ago.  They make their costs in mold toolings up quickly though through reuse of them repeatedly, and their construction's even more complex in some sense than SW (not the injection molding portion always, however). 

Modern Classifieds / Re: WTB Some Stuff (OTC, VOTC, and Late Saga)
« on: April 19, 2005, 02:01 AM »
Eh, no, but thanks.  :)

Modern Classifieds / Re: WTB Some Stuff (OTC, VOTC, and Late Saga)
« on: April 18, 2005, 07:48 PM »

I really am looking high and low for VOTC Stormies, that SBD Builder (or 2), and the Clone Wars SA Clone Trooper and ARC Trooper (Red).  Anyone who can help, hit me up.  I'd appreciate it.

Got one today, woohoo! :)  A lone troop on the pegs at TRU here.  Wish I'd found his case-mates, but alas there was only a couple Fett's lingering (among ESB figs).  No other Stormies.

If anyone's finding extras, and they're wanting to sell, by all means contact me.  I'd like to get some more if I can find them.  I've got a modest group compared to some of you guys and would like to have at least a few more to fill out the ranks.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Perfect for Star Wars party!!!!!!!!
« on: April 17, 2005, 05:53 PM »
Bob (Bobafett14) has one in his garage and since he's usually the guy hosting our local meetings around Pittsburgh, it's always brimming with pop and beer...  Very cool piece.

Bob's house really is decked out with lots of Star Wars stuff.  He has the most tolerant wife on Earth I think. :)

It's definitely cool...  If I had the room/$ it's one of those things that'd be nice to have.

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