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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Toys R Us (Or: Die, Dinosaur, Die!)
« Last post by Darby on September 18, 2017, 08:28 PM »
This could last years and lead to TRU coming out just fine. Or, a long, slow death spiral like K-Mart. Too soon to tell, but retail in general is suffering and I think the more dedicated you are to a specific niche, the more vulnerable you are to cannibalization by Amazon.
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The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« Last post by Pete_Fett on September 18, 2017, 07:49 PM »
I'm finding the opposite. In fact, I have no problem finding Luke and Rey from the 3.75" line either. And it doesn't hurt that the Rey/Praetorian Guard 2-pack is plentiful as well, so any kid looking to get Rey from the new movie shouldn't be having any problem at all. So from an optics stand-point - Hasbro did something RIGHT for once.

The only figure that I don't see much of anymore is Paige - and that's probably due to the fact that in the later cases of the Teal assortment she's been dropped to make room for Obi-Wan and Yoda - both of whom I'm seeing more and more of.
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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Toys R Us (Or: Die, Dinosaur, Die!)
« Last post by Master_Phruby on September 18, 2017, 07:15 PM »
There are a lot of toy brands that don't sell out anymore. Why do they keep it around and not put them on clearance? I'm looking at you TFA and Rogue One. Why do they raise the price and then put it back to normal and call it on clearance?
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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Toys R Us (Or: Die, Dinosaur, Die!)
« Last post by Nicklab on September 18, 2017, 06:51 PM »
To me this reads like TRU is trying to restructure their debt in order to survive.  The key seems to be how long will it be until the hedge funds that own the company just don't see it as profitable anymore.

Clearly, the TRU the business model needs some work.  From our standpoint as Star Wars collectors, we're reasonably hip to which retailers consistently have the hot hand and manage their inventory well.  I keep coming back to Target and the way that chain manages its inventory.  Why are other chains, TRU included, not following suit?  It's time to invest in some big data and get that inventory moving.
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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Toys R Us (Or: Die, Dinosaur, Die!)
« Last post by Scockery on September 18, 2017, 06:37 PM »
Some people are like good riddance, but really...this is it, the last major non-specialty toy retailer in North America.

But the flip side, some people will be forced to grow up and no longer be Toys R Us kids.   :P


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Joe Defender / Re: Vintage 3.75" ARAH Figures
« Last post by Scockery on September 18, 2017, 06:27 PM »
Prices aren't that high for most vintage loose figures (there's some big exceptions). This is in part because many GI JOE collectors have moved on to modern style, some even selling off their vintage collections. It's similar to how Star Wars collecting became in some aspects.

Which Slaughter? There were 4 in the vintage line.
Triple T Driver, the cartoon look more or less.
Mail-In (the wrestling look...though not as pudgy as the real Sarge. Was offered for years via pack-in forms, but some price guides will act like he was a 1985-1986 only)
Warthog driver (a more tactical look, with removable hat)
Slaughter's Marauders (the only vintage single carded version of him released domestically. A repaint of the wrestling version. Made of more brittle plastic because it was made in Brazil and not China like most figures.)

And there was a large non-poseable wresting figure that was a mail-away only, made in the style of LJN's big rubber figures.

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The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« Last post by Brian on September 18, 2017, 06:06 PM »
I haven't been running everywhere lately, but when I've checked stores, it seems like everything in the basic figure line is typically sold out. Hopefully they are able to get more shipments out soon. It seems like toy aisles are generally more empty or stagnant than they were when we were kids.
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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« Last post by Brian on September 18, 2017, 06:04 PM »
Looks like I'm not the only one cutting down then 🙂. A couple of my friends locally quit entirely as well, citing that if they picked up only one or two it would be too easy to backslide. I should probably cut down even further, and may be headed there eventually. It is just so much pricier than it used to be, and adds up fast.
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Joe Defender / Re: Vintage 3.75" ARAH Figures
« Last post by Brian on September 18, 2017, 06:00 PM »
One of the old Joes I was kind of hoping to pick up was Sgt. Slaughter. I always wanted one as a kid, and wasn't able to get one. Just with some initial checks of eBay, prices seem very reasonable. Joe experts, is there something I'm missing? Some don't seem to have his little baton, which I'm not sure I care about that much, but I guess I just thought he'd be a pricier figure. I may just be thinking of the modern 25th version, which I wasn't able to get either.
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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series The Last Jedi Wave 2
« Last post by Nicklab on September 18, 2017, 03:39 PM »
This wave appears to be in stock at Amazon for retail ($19.99 - $21.99) at this time.  The last time I saw them in stock they went pretty fast.
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