View Full Version : New Waves packed to Tight? What's the Deal?

07-12-2002, 08:21 AM
I finally found the Chewbacca/Han and Djas/Palpy waves of figures. It seems like most all of them have warped cards or smashed bubbles. I'm not sure of the case breakdown, but are there more figures with deeper bubbles in these cases? I'm wondering if the figures are just packed to tightly into the cases. Has anyone else had this problem, or are the stock boys just stacking too much stuff on top of them? Doesn't really matter to me since I open them, but for MOMC collectors this will be a problem.


Orn Free Taa
07-12-2002, 08:34 AM
A bunch of that wave hit local stores here early in the week, and most of them were in fairly decent condition. There were some which obviously came from a crushed case, but not every one of them. Might've just been careless stockers.

07-12-2002, 08:35 AM
When I found the Ha/Chewie wave, all of the bubbles were smashed, and the cards stressed. Again, no biggie for me, since I open them, but I guess it is possible the cases are packed too tightly.

The True Maul
07-12-2002, 09:20 AM
Sometimes, scalpers do this too and sometimes the staff workers breakthe packages by mistake.:(

hango fett
07-12-2002, 09:25 AM
i saw how they package the unleashed and they pack them TIGHT! but as for figures, i don't know....but they probably do the same.

07-12-2002, 10:15 AM
Originally posted by The True Maul
Sometimes, scalpers do this too and sometimes the staff workers breakthe packages by mistake.:(

But these are all "Warped" or "Curved", not really creased as if on purpose. I'd guess it's the from the way they had been in the case for a while. That's why I thought they might be crammed in the box to tightly.


07-12-2002, 10:25 AM
I'd say they were too tight. I ordered the bespin wave with a friend a while back from EE and every card was warped and curved. It was like the box was a shade to small for the cards.

When I found them later at a target store, even those cards were warped/curved on one side.

The Han endor/chewie/obi cards I've found have all been heavily stressed. My wookie is warped, on the back of han where the bubble meets the card its warped and the there white stress marks and when you look down the side its all wavy, and obi's side (from the bubble to the closest side of the card) is curved like a hockey stick.

So its not just your area I'm finding them here too.

Oh yea the blisters/bubbles are some what dented, but some look like they have been rubbed on something too long and they have these little wear lines in them...

But I hear ya...

The True Maul
07-12-2002, 10:30 AM
Sorry didn't read the whole thing :(

07-12-2002, 10:34 AM
My friend found Chewie for the first time the other day at TRU and said his card is flawless. I think it's all in how they stack the cases and then how tightly they are packed onto the pegs. I do think the Saga cards are the hardest figures Hasbro has made to find in mint condition though.

07-12-2002, 10:36 AM
We have had many, many cases arrive with major damage.
In my opinion -
#1. The cardboard currently being used in the cases is too thin. Looking back to the POTJ cases, the cardboard used was a double thickness, now it is a single thickness. Hasbro's way of cutting costs. Less cardboard and less weight.
#2. The card stock on each figure is not as strong as earlier figures. Again a cost saving method.
#3. The figures are indeed larger. More weight to hold onto the card and when the plastic is sealed (glued, heated, etc) onto the card, it will cause creasing (see #2).
#4. Shipping methods - stacking large number of cases onto a pallet (see #1). And it certainly does not help when you see a large boot print on the case (someone trying to walk on the cases).
We have addressed our concerns with Hasbro, which is reportedly looking into the problems. In the meantime all that can be done is search for the best (of the worst).

Jedi Juice
07-14-2002, 12:22 AM
Yeah, the first Djas Puhr I found had a bent card, but I couldn't tell if it was a "scalper" or if bad packaging. I did finally get a nice one though.

Lord Tenebrous
07-14-2002, 01:13 AM
The packaging has been fine with all the figures I've encountered thus far, but you do tend to notice the differences. Not only thinner cards, but...

* Thinner bubbles. Too much pressure against it, and the bubble opens at the sides. The inner bubble doesn't protect well, either. More prone to scratching and staining than prior lines.

* Thinner store displays. Episode 1 had nice, thick double-sided store banners. Saga has cheap, thin one-sided banners that crease if you look at them the wrong way. Not durable = not fun to collect

So I guess the best thing about Saga is...the label inserts. They haven't messed those up. They're fairly strong, nice to collect along with your Force Files. Hurrah.

07-14-2002, 01:01 PM
The Chewies, Hans, Pilot Obi's, Palpatine's among others I have recently got were in great shape. No creases, no bends, no rips. I consider myself lucky though, because I have seen many of them in horrible shape.

07-14-2002, 03:45 PM
I have definitely noticed creasing on the back of cards where the bubble was fused. I just grab the one that looks best. Its probably due to the materials in the card or the gluing process rather than case packing

07-14-2002, 04:22 PM
Why do people assume scalpers are damaging the cards? Are people watching them do this? If so why just stand there and watch and not stop the guy?

07-14-2002, 06:03 PM
The ones I found seemed fine...