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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target DPCI Number Reboot?
« on: July 28, 2005, 06:55 PM »
Ok - sorry for the heavy duty graphics, but here are some scans I completed today:

Hasbro UPC Codes:

Target DPCI Codes:

I've printed these all out from 300dpi TIF versions and I'm going to try them out. If they do work, I'll upload .zip archives containing those tifs to my AOL myspace or somewhere else that will host the files so everyone can download them, print them out and beat Target at their own game!

If they took the blasters away (which never should have been in there in the first place) - why did they leave it so the tray has space for them? They should have changed the tray to just have the figure standing in the center of the bubble, facing forward.

Pretty sloppy IMHO.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Jedi Temple Assault Battle Pack
« on: July 27, 2005, 06:09 PM »
I head one rumor of these guys hitting, and with respect to the guy who reported it, I think the person who told him didn't know what they were talking about. Let's just hope they treat these like the cantina scenes an put out pleanty.

Yeah - the report read something like this "They had the Jedi vs. Sith Battle Pack and the clerk told me the Jedi set had also been put out, but it was now gone"

My initial thought was that it could have been the Jedi Temple Assault Set. But then the more I thought about it, it seems to me that the KMart employee might also use those words to refer to the Anakin Evolutions set since that looks like it could also be a "Jedi Set".

So I don't think these have hit.

Like the Cantina Sets these will be plentiful.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target DPCI Number Reboot?
« on: July 27, 2005, 05:55 PM »
Jared and I are all over this sh*t...

Here are nice scans from the packages themselves of the Collection 2 and Unleashed figures:

I've printed them out here at work and I'm going to try them on my way home - if they work, I'll scan in the rest of the items:

Evolutions, 500th Vader, Battle Pack, Target Cup, Collection 1, Deluxe Figures, etc...

I may even scan in the Target Clone and Lava Vader ones - I'm pretty sure the DPCI number REMAINED THE SAME with those two - perhaps the Stealth Cammo and Lava Reflection Jedi figures will fall under the same DPCI as well...

I like the design tweak while still staying true to the Vintage type packaging. I'm glad we'll start to get some PT waves regularly as well.

Not too keen on the mini-holo figure idea, mostly 'cause I don't know much about it. Like for example, if there are 6 new figures and only 3 new holos and then each of those 6 figures come with each of the three different holos, THAT WILL SUCK - especially for the super-strict variant set. For me it will force me to hunt not just for the figure, but for the figure that contains the mini-holo I need/want.

So if they always pack the same mini-holo with any one figure, that will make me happy, but then if the same mini-holo figure comes with more than one figure, that will mean I'll have LOTS of mini-holo figures floating around.

I dunno - I would have rather they revisit fact files or just include sculpted bases instead of the gray rectangles. Anyone who was on the fence about buying the figures isn't going to make the purchase based solely on the inclusion of the mini-holo fig, so I don't truly understand the marketing behind this decision....  ???

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target DPCI Number Reboot?
« on: July 27, 2005, 09:33 AM »
Ok - so as I posted over in the Evolutions thread - I'm willing to scan in the bar-codes from recent items so we can build an image library of assortment barcodes that can be used in lieu of typing in the DPCI number. Here are the lines I can think of:

Collection 1 Basic Figures
Collection 2 Basic Figures
Target Cups
500th Vader
Deluxe Figures
Unleashed Figures
Battle Packs

If anyone wants anything else let me know here and I'll let you know if I can accomodate the request. Just so everyone knows in advance, I do not collect: Galactic Heroes, the [du]MPire turds, Force Battlers and Jedi Force so I do not have source materials to scan for those.

I have the inserts from the Vader/Ventress/Sidious+Yoda Unleashed wave here at my desk along with the collection 2 insert I was using today so I could scan them here at work to get this started.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 27, 2005, 09:29 AM »
The numbers may do you no good - many price scanners at Target stores are now unable to process keyed-in DPCI numbers.

Apparently this has been a new change in policy at Target to across the boards, disable this function.

Also, you may be hard-pressed to find an employee who is willing to key in the number.

What would be the best thing is if someone could scan in the barcode from the package and post it here.

I have it at home and could do it tonight if everyone is interested. You print that out and then scan that in the price scanner and you can get around the key pad lock-out. You know - I think I'll do that tonight for the following:

Target Cups
500th Vader
Battle Packs
Evolutions Sets
Collection 1
Collection 2

Can anyone think of any other lines they would want to check regularly?

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target DPCI Number Reboot?
« on: July 27, 2005, 09:26 AM »
Talking with the manager at my store they have taken some (not all) of the systems where you can type the DPCI #'s in and disabled that function. So unless you can find a figure and actually scan it, the system will tell you that the # doesn't work.

See - THIS is what I suspected, but didn't want to cry "conspiracy" after the train-wreck thread regarding the theft of Commander Bly...

I think that Target decided that collectors coming in with the DPCI numbers and getting stuff from the back was too much an annoyance and they put a stop to it.

This morning I brought with me to this same Target the bar-code insert piece from both Commander Baccara and Governor Tarkin - both came up as not in stock, but at least the system recognized the DPCI numbers.

When I typed them in manually it said "Item Not Recognized"

What a bunch of jerks.

So now - there's no way to get them to bring out the Stealth Cammo and Lava Reflection Obi-Wan & Anakin figures when they're holding them in the back for the employees and friends of the employees unless you get the barcode from them (which is impossible if you never have seen the figs in the first place) OR if by some miracle they've set up a peg for the item.

Well - one way that I think I'm going to combat it is I'm just going to take the peg tags for the Collection 1, Collection 2 and Deluxe figures, get them laminated and keep them in my wallet. If/when I see the tags again for the cups, battle packs or evolutions, I'll take them too and do the same.

There are ways around this issue - Target's not going to like them, as far as I'm concerned they brought this on themselves.

Disabling that functionality indeed.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target DPCI Number Reboot?
« on: July 26, 2005, 11:17 PM »
The Target in Brick, NJ has had the punch-in, whether or not there is more in the stock-room type price scanners for over a year now - so it's not one of those cases where they just put new price scanners in.

Perhaps the computers were just acting screwing as a side-effect of pending reset.

This is the same Target where they have over-run their Star Wars aisle with all manner of crap simply because they don't have the SW stock to fill the aisle.

You know - Hasbro PAY$ to have a "feature aisle" like that, Target just doesn't GIVE them one. Granted some of that "pay" may be in the form cheaper cost to Target for exclusives, more exclusives, etc.... nevertheless, Hasbro still gave Target "something" to have that aisle through August.

Now since Hasbro can't get the stock to the stores fast enough, they've filled the aisle with toys from all of Hasbro's competitors.

Good job Hasbro!!!


Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars "Choppers"?
« on: July 26, 2005, 11:13 PM »
OMG - I've been laughing for the past five minutes at the prospect of a "Bump-n-Go Darth Vader on Evil Sith Chopper"


Revenge of the Sith / Target DPCI Number Reboot?
« on: July 26, 2005, 05:49 PM »
I was in the Brick, NJ Target store - which is still as baren as the wastes of Tatooine and I thought I would check the price scanner for items and NONE of the numbers we have work anymore.

Are they re-assigning the toys new numbers or is this phenomenon just local to me here in NJ?

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars "Choppers"?
« on: July 25, 2005, 05:41 PM »
That story about WalMart not supporting the WoS line due to certain "objectionable characters, not in line with the standards of the WalMart corporation" is indeed true.

This is one of many stories where WalMart has gotten the reputation of being able to control a toy line completely simply due to their market-share across the country.

It's a shame really.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Carded Wedge, finally!
« on: July 22, 2005, 03:06 PM »
Yeah - this version makes MUCH more sense than the Carrying Case version.

Now I'm excited to see this figure on an TSC Card!

Hey Hasbro! / Get someone new to run the line!
« on: July 21, 2005, 04:18 PM »
Dear Hasbro:

I know I am just a peasant to you. I know that you think I know NOTHING about the action figure industry, how toys are made, which way the wind is blowing in terms of collectibles and retailer interest, etc... but I want to offer this piece of advice.


Ok - so before I go any further let me say this. You are at the same cross-roads the Star Trek franchise and Playmates Toys faced with Star Trek: The Next Generation went off the air. Instead of continuing to produce figures that would expand on the well over 200 Star Trek characters already created, Playmates resorted to scale changes, action feature gimmicks and left its core line to languish only until it was too late, many had stopped collecting and the line died a horrible death at the hands of being basically a toy line exclusive to Target stores.

So here we are now, the last Star Wars movie has been released. There are TV shows, as well as re-releases of all six movies with 3-D presentations rumored on the near and far horizons. There should be enough Star Wars from now until at least 2010 in the main-stream media to keep this toy line afloat. Yet what are you doing?

Making scale changes via Force Battlers & Attacktix.

Figures have BARELY working action features - the Battle Packs should be aimed at COLLECTORS - not children, children "buyers" go into a store with their mom or dad and their parent says "you can have ONE", they don't say "oh look, I'm going to buy you this $25 box set".

Employing gimmicky concepts - Titanium Forged Figures, Star Wars 'Choppers', Unleashed Battle Packs and Star Wars Transformers are all products that have NO PLACE WHATSOEVER as part of a Star Wars toy line. Sure there were those "Armies of Middle Earth" things for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but the last time I checked, they didn't sell that well. You claim a 7" unleashed figure for $15 doesn't sell and you can't make as much money off it, yet you think you're going to make more off of a $15 3.75" figure made of die-cast metal? I would think plastic is CHEAPER then metal. And of course, last but certainly NOT least is the concept of Star Wars 'Choppers' - FIRE THE ******* WHO SPENDS HIS FREE TIME WATCHING AMERICAN CHOPPER ON T.L.C. RIGHT NOW AND KILL THIS LINE BEFORE YOU SPEND A DIME ON IT. To spend the time designing, sculpting, tooling, manufacturing, developing packaging, selling it to retailers and marketing is the ULTIMATE slap in the face to the loyal collectors who have followed your 3.75" line since 1995. (or even longer since 1978)

So before your Star Wars line starts down the slippery slope that was already travelled by Star Trek, put a REAL FAN in charge, not some jerk-off who used to run the GI Joe line and start asking collectors what kinds of items they want to see - develop TRUE market research and use that as your tools to get retailers interested in the line.

Please before it's too late.

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars "Choppers"?
« on: July 21, 2005, 11:01 AM »
Wow, this is an idiotic idea. Good job Big H.

Why is Hasbro combining our beloved Star Wars brand with red-neck entertainment?

WalMart Dude: Yeah, I guess. The bike replicas sell pretty good in our southern state stores.

Insinuating something Pete?  :-\

Only that certain things seem to sell better in certain areas of the country than others. If you look at WalMart for example, up here in NJ, they are sitting on MOUNTAINS of that American Chopper crap.

Down where my step-daughter lives in SC, they can't keep it in stock.

So yeah, I was kinda being mean in my generalization, but I was really trying to make light of the fact that it boggles my mind what market research is Hasbro looking at that's telling them that "choppers" is a big seller across the boards in this country?

Here's my biggest problem:

Making Choppers, Titanium Forged Figures, Force Battlers, Transformers and Unleashed Battle Packs - all require the creation of BRAND NEW tooling and money pumped into the manufacturing process, packaging design, marketing, etc... just so they can have something "different"

Regardless of whether or not Hasbro admits it, the economics is simple. Instead of taking the money you spend on tooling up stupid f**king choppers, make the necessary molds for a Sith Infiltrator, AT-TE, Turbo Tank, modify the Ewok Village, the Cloud Car, new Snowspeeder sculpt, etc.. ANYTHING to add to the PLAY VALUE of your already existing 3.75" toy line!!! The biggest problem I see with the figures today is that the lack of vehicles, pre-posed action stances and spring-powered action features RESTRICT the play-pattern that can exist with the toy line. Give a kid a nice sturdy, poseable Luke Skywalker a small vehicle that is star wars-like that his mom or dad can pick up for $10 - $15, allow him and his parents to find a bunch of "bad guys" and you've got a winner of a toy line.

Just this morning I saw a mom and two boys in the pathetic excuse for the Star Wars aisle at the Manahawkin, NJ WalMart. Here was their Star Wars purchase options: Silly String Blasters or 1 Unleashed Aayla Secura.

That's it. No figures, no vehicles, no lightsabers, not even the Mustafar playset - NOTHING. I could tell the mom wasn't too thrilled with the idea of a silly string blaster either. Parents look at a toy like that and say to themselves "I don't want to clean up that f**king mess" and they leave it on the shelves. To see WalMart getting in like 10 cases of these things is a JOKE.

Whatever high Hasbro may be riding right now due to Q2 earnings is going to come CRASHING down on them for three reasons:

1) Star Wars is still hot, yet there is no new product on the shelves
2) Transformers Cybertron has just debuted but I don't think the show is starting until September on Cartoon Network - that leaves only one month of the quarter for kids to have seen the show and want to buy product
3) The 3.75" GI Joe line languishes on the shelves and will soon be all returned for merchandiser credit and the Sigma Six line will debut this fall and become the SHORTEST LIVED Joe line in history.

By the end of the fiscal year, Hasbro is going to be so far down in profits the stock isn't going to be worth **** and thankfully this year, they can't make Star Wars the whipping boy excuse.

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