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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Pics to Names!
« on: June 19, 2003, 11:58 PM »
Star Wars chicks should be on the governments priority list for cloning.  They are far, and few between.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Re: Who's Up For A Chat?
« on: June 19, 2003, 11:55 PM »

Other Toy Lines / Re: Oh....My....
« on: June 19, 2003, 08:24 PM »
Are you sure he's anatomically correct, and not a gelding???   ;D ??? ;)

Vintage Kenner / Re: Repro weapons. Any good???
« on: June 19, 2003, 08:01 PM »
I personally don't like them.  The ones that I've seen look fairly close, but they are made of the same plastic that model kits are.  

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Pics to Names!
« on: June 19, 2003, 05:09 PM »
Yowzah!!!  I'm on the wrong side of the force!!!  Stupid Dark Side!!!

The Original Trilogy / Re: Endor Troopers dissapearing?
« on: June 19, 2003, 05:08 PM »
It would have been frowned upon to roast an Ewok inside of their own village.  Who can resist the aroma of barbecued Ewok???

Never underestimate the power of an open-handed slap to the mouth.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Triolgy
« on: June 18, 2003, 11:02 PM »
I'd love 5 minutes alone with Lucas and a tube sock full of batteries. ;D ;D ;D

Vintage Kenner / Re: your worst figure
« on: June 18, 2003, 11:00 PM »
Have any pics???

Other Toy Lines / Re: the present toy market
« on: June 18, 2003, 10:58 PM »
I hear what your saying, but I don't buy the whole "I don't care if they're worth anything" rap.  I don't buy the philosophy of "I just collect because they make me happy" either.  Happiness is a chemical reaction created in your brain.  It can be triggered by a number of stimuli.  If you didn't care about the value, then why not give them to needy children???  I firmly believe that whenever a person spends $, they expect some sort of return.  It's an investment.  If this wasn't true, then you'd see people driving down the streets, throwing fists full of $ out the windows.  I have a respect for the value of a $.  I work for my loot, so I don't just want to throw it away.  Nor do I want to spend it on something that I would never be able to resell.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Most regetful thing u ever did
« on: June 18, 2003, 11:53 AM »
I'm a pretty big boi.  I look like a sausage when I look at the pics of me in spandex.  Not a pretty site.

Other Toy Lines / the present toy market
« on: June 18, 2003, 11:51 AM »
   Well, I've reached a new level of malaise with the modern toy market.  I'm getting an odd feeling that the present day toy market is becoming like the comic and card industry was in the early 90s.  What I mean by that is that in the early 90's comics started doing multiple covers and various other promotions.  The effect of this was that collectors bought all variants, so greater numbers were produced to meet demand.  Folks would look at their price guides, and see good prices so they kept throwing more $ into it.  This artificially inflated the market.  Price guides are what shops are selling figures for.  In my experience, shops will try to rape you, because they have to pay rent, employees, etc.  90% of the stuff at my local shops doesn't move.  It's over priced for folks who are willing to splurge.  eBay has always been a fairer marketplace because you have hundreds of folks looking at what you're selling, anf therfore prices reach averages.  While on eBay you can't actually see the figure physically to grade it, you do get a median price which is far lower than any guide.  Thus, since the creation of eBay, local shops have suffered somewhat.  
   There seems to be WAY too many variations and chase figures.  What's to prevent the companies from controling the supply and demand cycle of these chase and variants???  If I wanted to sell multiples of a toy, and I were in the industry, why not just reduce the quality control to increase the errors???  Thus, I have collectors buying 2 or more versions of a figure that they would normally only buy 1 of.  Great sales strategy, huh???  
   Another problem is that our pesent day crappy economy has reduced the amount of $ in most folks pockets.  When higher dollar items (ie. Master Replica) and limited # stuff comes out, the online retailers absorb a fair quantity of it, and the average Joe collector doesn't.  So, since retailers have it, they try to initially sell it at a profit.  No buyers mean price reductions, payment plans, etc.  Since the shops control the price guide figures, the prices become artificially manipulated.  
   If you don't mess with comics, let me assur eyou that  you would be very lucky to get cover price for most of these.  I've decided to stay away from any line that offers exclusives, foreign imports, chase figures, and any other marketed hype crap.  I'd love to pick up the new South Park figures, but advertising all of the rare figures and exclusives doesn't really sell the idea to me.  I don't want to collect something that I'm going to have to scoutr the ends of the Earth, and pay top dollar for!!!  The things I like about vintage figures is that thy can'r make more, and the return is not so shakey.

WOW!!! We're all a bunch of old F-ers!!! ;D ;D ;D

I let my son have them at 2.  I just don't let him have the Chewie weapon.  

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Most regetful thing u ever did
« on: June 18, 2003, 09:58 AM »
Ummm, my names David.

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