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Princess Leia in Boushh Disguise

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It's Crap...

Hasbro milking a toy line, you don't say. They have put out so many Star Wars figures over the last few years that the market is overwhelmed with supposed collectors editions etc. Look at the Transformers Universe toy line 2008-09 half the figure are Galaxy Force repaints. How many repaints does one really need in there collection?... Marketing scheme by a greedy toy company.

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Posted by Lizardspock on 4 February, 2009 - 20:44
it is bad, but...

...that's how toy companies make their money, by re-using tooling or re-painting to make other figures.

He-man (worst one by far!), SOC, Micronauts, Mego, GI Joe, even goodguys like Glyos... it's neccessary to reuse to make a profit and continue to make new products.

In this case, this is a notoriously bad figure of a design that Hasbro has re-made often, so I can't get behind it.

And we all know Hasbro is hands down, VERY very greedy, re-using sculpts and tooling, but forever increasing individual figure pricing. But, if you want "Lando in spacesuit from issue #1,276" or some other obscure figure, how do you think it's going to get made? Magic? No, it's nessesary for them to re-use sculpts and repaints.

Ultimately, Star Wars is one of the worst for prices (2008, all figures increased prices, and a good 50% of figures released were repacks of enormously popular figures from 2004+) but I feel the real evil line from Hasbro is Transformers, specifically Universe and the 80's re-issue lines. Using molds that have already made a monster (BILLIONS!!!) size profit, then re-releasing the same exact toys and charging a premium price... criminal.

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Posted by The Big R on 5 February, 2009 - 06:31
it is bad, but...

Of course it's understandable with the reusing of the toy molds because when it comes down to it an 8yr old kid isn't gonna care about a repaint or repackaging of a Star wars or Transformer toy or know the difference. The double edge sword here is there trying to also appeal to the collector, which is bull.

An example, the recent Transformer Universe line they sell some Toys R Us or Target exclusives, how so exclusive? Calling a lot of them by Transformer G1 names. Target has Springer & Ratbat. But the molds are "some Galaxy Force figure and Noise Maze". As a collector I wouldn't buy them for the nostalgia of the name and color scheme. But to each there own...

I was happy to pick-up the remakes of Transformers G1 line with the old molds when it came out years ago at Toys R Us and nobody was really buying them before this toy collectors boom. Got the ones I never had as a kid, those are the reissues that can be appreciated. Like the encore series.

Princess Leia Boushh your one handsome gal.

Larkin

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Posted by Lizardspock on 5 February, 2009 - 09:40
Star Wars figures are

Star Wars figures are absolutely terrible. For 7 bucks you get a spindly-limbed little figurine holding a bent rubber stick,and let's face it folks,I look a lot more like Carrie Fisher than this toy ever will.

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Posted by kidnicky on 5 February, 2009 - 17:19
no more STAR WARS grand slams...

except maybe the new Falcon and the Super 7 Stormtrooper. Otherwise I don't get the adult collector angle ANY domestically released toy line is supposed to have. Transformers? It's been said already. GI JOE? Cool enough, but still kind of redundant. The list could go on, though it seems to me that the flood of product is the antithesis of collectibility.

That said, I think the way STAR WARS toys are being offered is alright if you're a kid. You might better appreciate the chance to own the same Leia/ Luke/ Han figure that you missed the last time around, you know? I myself will pass, or wait for the garage sales.

Lastly, and I say this with love, it's interesting that CDX devotes as much coverage to SW, GI Joe, TFMRS, etc, when there is cool stuff on the shelves being overlooked. The original Bakugan assortment (from last year) for instance, is awesome. Kind of like Transformers meets M.U.S.C.L.E. That toy line is extra cool precisely because it is NOT marketed to adults in any way other than through their kids, and that should always be a factor in determining how great a toy is.

Materialist Zen's picture
Posted by Materialist Zen on 8 February, 2009 - 09:26
Thats an interesting

Thats an interesting question. We have access to a lot of Bakugan stuff, but I didn't think our audience would be too into it. Maybe its time to reconsider.

As for why Star Wars/GI Joe / etc/.. well, it all comes down to the nostalgia factor. I don't really "Collect" new star wars and TF's so much as I open, play with them etc, and share them with my kids.

Josh

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JoshB's picture
Posted by JoshB on 8 February, 2009 - 14:49
Why would I want an action

Why would I want an action figure of a character from some kid's anime I will never watch?

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Posted by kidnicky on 8 February, 2009 - 20:42
Seems to me that the

Seems to me that the overwhelming majority of the stuff we collect is from "some kids anime I will never watch". Photobucket

"This must be settled the way nature intended....with a vicious, bloody fight!"
Onyx Blackman
Principal, Flatpoint High

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Posted by NekroDave on 11 February, 2009 - 00:42
There's an anime?

Because it's the most conceptually sound toy in decades, due to it's unique gadgetry, reasonably cool gimmick, and low price point.

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Posted by Materialist Zen on 9 February, 2009 - 17:13
 
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