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My local Target has basic figures down to $2.38 and $2.30.  The 6 inch figs are at $2.96.  It feels like I'm losing money if I don't buy them. 

Maybe it transforms into a cassette tape?  Hasbro tie-in?

That is actually an SKT: Shish Kabob Trooper.  Even the Empire has to eat. 

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: August 10, 2017, 09:11 PM »
I was sure today would be 70% off at Target. Guess not

It was for me.  Basic figs for $2.30 and 6" figs for $3.  The selection is awful, but I don't mind a few extra Reys and Jyns at 3 for $10.  Feels like I'm losing money if I don't buy them....  :-\

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" First Order Playset?
« on: August 8, 2017, 04:43 PM »
You might be right about those molds being extinct - thought I heard that somewhere else now that you mention it.  That said, it wasn't an overly sophisticated design and I'd wager still cheaper to recreate than building something new from scratch.  The cardboard inserts were pretty cool, but not necessary.  I only display a few of mine with the inserts in, as I want to see the figures behind them.

From an interactive features standpoint, the Death Star had the following:

Swivel Gun chair with pop-off "exploding feature"
4 levels of play
Working elevator with rotating door and ability to lock at each level
Retracting mid-level floor section
Swinging rope accessory
Trap door to access Trash Compactor
Trash Compactor with working door and adjustable wall
Peg holes on each level for figure stability
Pack-in Dianoga figure & foam
and those nifty cardboard graphics inserts

That was $18 at retail.  Using a similar rate of inflation/margin creep for the figures ($1.99 then vs. $8.99 now), a similar playset should retail in the $85 range.  I would absolutely pay $80-90 for a remade version of this playset.  The new FO playset is around $200, so my expectation is that it's about 2.5x as cool as the Death Star.  If not, then they should have just remade the classic.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" First Order Playset?
« on: August 7, 2017, 01:25 PM »
The Death Star Playset is actually really durable given that it's mostly just little plastic supports.  I have several of them lined up to create a Death Star "Wall" and have never had any issues with them.  I think if you fell into it or dropped it down the stairs it could break, but you could say that about most ships/playsets I think.  Too bad there isn't more love for something simple like this. 

Discovered a site called Toy Dojo last night that was selling a lot of SDCC exclusives and specializes in Japanese figures and Transformers merch. Turns out they recently opened a brick and mortar store here in town, so I stopped by after work to check things out and ended up buying a SDCC Thrawn. Paid $90 for it, but I'll probably try to trade it for some other rare stuff.

Nice score!  I have ordered from them in the past.  I think they were a good source for Kubricks back in the day IIRC.  What are you looking for in trade for Thrawn?

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" First Order Playset?
« on: August 3, 2017, 01:49 PM »
"Bring Back the Playsets" Guy here.  I applaud the fact that they're doing any kind of playset, but I think execution and cost are big factors in deciding whether or not this is a success.  I was looking for $20-30 modular display sets - a $200 transforming BB-8 playset is a very different thing. 

I really hope this isn't being seen as a single data point test of whether or not playsets can sell. I have a hard time believing whatever this is will be cooler than a plastic vintage Death Star.  I also have a hard time believing that Hasbro couldn't release the original Death Star with a few upgrades/tweaks for $200 or less.  If you connect the dots there, I give this a 5% chance of being anything but a disappointment.  As they say, I have a bad feeling about this...

The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Rogue One Imperial Assault Tank
« on: August 1, 2017, 04:19 PM »
Don't get me wrong, I think the tank looks awesome.  It's just a heavy sticker shock for me.  I've also paid anywhere from $50-200 for Masterpiece Transformers, so I also get that sometimes it's worth shelling out more for the added details.   I don't think you can really compare it to 3rd party stuff like this or the APC though - the overhead and volume of that stuff just makes it a totally different pricing model.

I absolutely think it's worth an upcharge, but how much of an increase?  The U-Wing was $50 for an all new design, moving wings, landing gear, cockpit, Nerf accessories, etc.  The Tie Striker was $40, with similar features.  For $90, Hasbro had to design two brand new ships, 2 exclusive pack in figures with weapons, 2 separate package designs, interaction with Nerf shooters, etc.  You may not want or need all that, but none of it was free.  The tank is highly detailed with some awesome features, but it's one package, no figures, and about the same price as these other two vehicles combined. 

That math just doesn't tie out for me.  Despite a comparatively better value, you can easily get either of the R1 ships for $20 right now.   As cool as the tank is, I think its going to collect dust at $80.  It's too big a price jump, just like we saw with the $300 AT-ACT, and I won't be at all surprised to find it knocked down to $40-50 in short order.  I'll buy one at that price, but an $80 item selling for $40-50 can't be all that exciting for Hasbro or retailers, which puts similar items at risk for future development.  By comparison, I think they could have listed it for $20 less or maybe $65 with a figure and watched it sell out.  It's just difficult to swallow twice the price as I don't see it as twice the offering of their other items.

Collections / Re: Displaying AT-ATs
« on: August 1, 2017, 03:44 PM »
I'm going to assume you are referring to a Hoth scene and mixing AT-STs with AT-ATs to recreate that battle.  If you're talking Endor, you just need one AT-AT with a shuttle and 2-3 AT-STs for the Jungle.  For Hoth, I would include 3 AT-ATs and 2 AT-STs mixed together, provided you have the space.  The formula for me is one less AT-ST than AT-ATs.  If you just have space for one, I think they're cool on their own as well.  Maybe just use one of each in a Hoth scene with Luke ascending on his grappling hook.

My vintage Hoth display has two Hasbro AT-ATs and one AT-ST.  Would have included three if I had the space, but they're two crowded on a 2ft shelf.  I also included two Imperial Attack Bases and a couple of tripod laser canons in mine.

On a side note, if anyone is looking to add some ice and snow to their display, I picked up a GOT Ice Wall playset on clearance @ TRU for $20 a few weeks back.  They still have them at my local store and online.  Kind of makes a nice backdrop of ice if you take the wood parts off.  And you get a free action figure of the crabby writer from Elf too!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Spider-Man Joins the Marvel Movie Universe
« on: August 1, 2017, 02:59 PM »
I read somewhere that they ended up destroying 7 or 8 of those Death Stars during filming. That's a lot of cash at $500 each!

Legos are like matter - they can never be destroyed, just separated into smaller bits.  I'm more surprised that they had to build 8 of those suckers, as they take forever.   The instructions for the set are spiral bound.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" First Order Playset?
« on: August 1, 2017, 10:15 AM »
I think the challenge here is whether something needs to have the added design and production cost to transform into something else versus just being a great product on it's own.  I think it's "neat" that they want to make something that has transforming play value, but I firmly believe that they'd get a lot more mileage focusing on making it the best playset they can instead of a swiss army knife of deliverables.  In my head I keep seeing someone at Hasbro shooting down the plastic Death Star playset in favor of the E1 transforming R2 carrying case and I get where some people are frustrated.  I'll wait and see and maybe it will be surprisingly cool, but I wouldn't bet odds on it.   

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" First Order Playset?
« on: July 28, 2017, 10:01 AM »
I hope this thing looks better than it sounds.  Sounds expensive and gimmickie.  That's a word.

The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Rogue One Imperial Assault Tank
« on: July 28, 2017, 08:08 AM »
No pack in figures is kind of a joke at this price.  Yes, buying one at $80 sends a message to Hasbro that people will pay more for higher quality stuff.  It also sends a message that they can charge absolutely absurd prices and we'll just pay anything.  I cannot believe that this tank cost them any more to develop or produce than the U-Wing and TIE Striker COMBINED, yet that's what they're expecting people to pay?  I really like this and I want more high quality stuff, but is the next similar vehicle $100 or $150?  If they had come out around $60 and included a figure, I'd have bought this up first day.  I will end up doing the same thing I do with all of their ships and just wait for a big sale or clearance to get it for a more reasonable price. 

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: July 28, 2017, 07:59 AM »
Yeah, for $23 I'd expect someone from S7 to hop in a car and deliver it himself. 

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