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ToysRusKING
08-06-2002, 10:50 AM
With all the exculsives that are hitting since the Toy Fair Vader it's almost as fun to watch all the collectors blow a lifes savings on something before it is all over the world than actually looking for the items.
like everyone when the Toy Fair Vader hit I looked through EBAY and watch people spend well over 500.00 for that figure. Now after the Fan club has had the figure several times to sell for 9.99 , the prices are slowly coming down. I really feel for those collectors that spent 500.00 for that figure. I feel more for the people that " think " it was ever limited. I praise the sellers that got that much money because " there is an idiot born everyday ".
Nothing is truly limited anymore.
Case in point again , The Star Tours figures and other items from Disney. I was buying Star Tours items for years from Pins to employee clothes and now " rare " figures are out..2 or 9 ..who knows. Sellers listed them at 69.00 for three weeks ago and now you can get them through Disney CA , for 10.00 each. who paid that 69.00 to be the first on the block to have their star tours figures. Cracks me up.
Now my great company plans to have a R2D2 silver edition 25th ann. figure with a purchase. After talking to several Merch. managers I feel there will be plenty...I mean plenty for every collector in the world to go around. Hopefully it will be free with a purchase of the 99.99 R2D2 unit coming out so atleast everyone will have to save a little more. Also someone stole several from the Manf. at one time and sold them for un-godly amounts on EBAY and then stupid collectors paid crazy prices for them.
Moral to the stories..nothing is truly RARE, HARD TO FIND, LIMITED , VHTF, or even better ONE OF A KIND unless your talking Vintage...so wait and you will have one in your collectors hands without selling your funny book collection.

the balcony is closed...

Lord Tenebrous
08-06-2002, 11:25 AM
There are rants from either side, check this one out:


http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1752743237


Maybe I'll go to PetitionOnline and make a petition for an SSG Rant Forum. ;)

Punch-The-Clown
08-06-2002, 02:01 PM
do we have to buy the electornic R2 just to get the silver one? i never got the silver vader so i really wnat to get R2 at least.

JEDIpartner
08-06-2002, 02:12 PM
That's just silly... Oh, well. It still looks like a sexual device to me!

BTW is that third "HAVE" in your title necessary? ;)

Jedi Drew
08-06-2002, 02:27 PM
Come on JEDIpartnr be nice to the ROOKIE he only has one post....:eek: :eek: :eek:

ToysRusKING
08-06-2002, 02:28 PM
why not..i love leaving people guessing...To HAVE or Not To HAVE..that is the question.

DahrJin
08-06-2002, 02:36 PM
Well ToysRusKING, since you work at said "Toy Store", are you going to get us the low down on just how much Hasbro expects us poor slobs to shell out for a FREE R2-D2 figure? And if possible, the exact date they are to start giving the R2's away.

When and if you ever get the information, that is.

I, for one, don't see myself dropping $100 for a silly @$$ Interactive, remote controlled or what ever they call it, R2 just to get a free figure.

What's TRU's policy on returns? Could one buy the $100 R2 unit then turn around and return it the next day, without giving the silver R2 back?

ToysRusKING
08-06-2002, 03:27 PM
yeah I plan to update everyone when they announce their plans. I contacted several Merch. FLow friends and they couldn't tell me anything but the general time they would be available. I'm guessing it would be with the R2 unit and not just a 25.00 purchase.
As far as returns , depends on how good the service area folks are. My store checks for those things due to other promotions , like the baby ads, where people try to put one over on everyone.
Although it will be FREE with purchase you can bet that there will be hundreds on EBAY that week . I want to purchase a couple extra to trade to get a Vader and other items I'm missing.
I try to help all collectors out with info. and making their lives a little easier.

sith_killer_99
08-06-2002, 07:26 PM
Um, what about the (US carded) Freeze Frame Weequay and the Freeze Frame Sandtrooper?

Those aren't vintage.

Both are RARE.

And what's a funny book collection?:crazed:


BTW, I could care less about the Toy Fair Vader and that Rebel Pilot dude.:rolleyes:

ToysRusKING
08-06-2002, 10:00 PM
I guess rare means different things to different people. Anything to me from '95 up SW related is Common to me due to the over production of all of it.
Rare to you means anything in the 90's..must be an age thing .

BTW,,yada yada yada yada .

Stay Holy Cross !

Punch-The-Clown
08-07-2002, 02:40 AM
if i had enough money i'd buy all the figures but i can't so how much do we have to buy for teh silver r2?

Beast
08-07-2002, 02:50 AM
Punch, Hasbro hasn't stated for sure yet...they said between 25.00-40.00. We should learn more soon, as the R2 is showing up on TRU computers now. :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

Punch-The-Clown
08-07-2002, 03:09 AM
thanks jarjarbinks that sounds much better then the hundred dollars for r2.

icatch9
08-07-2002, 09:27 AM
Toy Fair Vader common? I don't think so. I don't know where you shop, but it sure ain't common. Vintage stuff isn't that rare either. Some may be, but I'd say that you can get 98% of the figures with no trouble at all. Sure you'll have to spend some $$$, but if you wanted them you can get them. A TF Vader can be had for the green stuff too, but by no means is it a common just becasue it was made this year. Same with the FF Wequay and Sandtrooper. You could probally trade those 3 for a carded Yak Face. I do see your point, but $200 or $300 is not a common figure. Unless the TF Vader comes more avalable, he'll always bring that much and maybe even more than a FF Wequay.

ToysRusKING
08-07-2002, 11:11 AM
True Binks , but I'm sure Hasbro won't have the final say on how much someone spends. I hope it is higher than 25 to 40 just for my end of it. Also like most promotions smaller stores like mine end up with tons of extras. Larger stores run out easy. For a change maybe it will benefit the smaller areas of the country.
You gotta know that the Vader and R2 has to be just the beginning to Hasbros endless line of these figures. With Ep1 toys bombing last year and the Ep2 line dropping fast these will pick up all the collectors and also add to Hasbro's pocketbook .
I wonder where the 25th Ann. Fett will end up ?
Thanks Jedi Drew , Although I have been on Sirsteves for several years , I just change my name often ;)

Beast
08-07-2002, 11:59 AM
Originally posted by ToysRusKING
True Binks , but I'm sure Hasbro won't have the final say on how much someone spends. I hope it is higher than 25 to 40 just for my end of it. Also like most promotions smaller stores like mine end up with tons of extras. Larger stores run out easy. For a change maybe it will benefit the smaller areas of the country.
You gotta know that the Vader and R2 has to be just the beginning to Hasbros endless line of these figures. With Ep1 toys bombing last year and the Ep2 line dropping fast these will pick up all the collectors and also add to Hasbro's pocketbook .
I wonder where the 25th Ann. Fett will end up ?
Thanks Jedi Drew , Although I have been on Sirsteves for several years , I just change my name often ;)
Well, Hasbro usually knows more about the exclusives then the stores themselves. I think getting one for a $25-$40 purchase is fine, that will keep the prices down on the secondary market. If they have to buy the R2-D2 to get one, you will see the 25th Anniversary R2 going for as much as it's larger cousin. I doubt we will see any more 25th Anniversary figures, since the end of the year is coming and nothing more has been even rumored. Maybe in 2005, for the Empire Strikes Back 25th Anniversary.

Episode 1 figures didn't bomb last year, it was 1999-2000 when the line was out and died. Actually, comparing just the E1 line to typical movie lines, it didn't do any worse then most lines. Hell it did better then the POTA line, among others.

The E2 line seems to be doing pretty well. Including Classic and E1 figures in the mix is helping support the line. The stores just got greedy again and over-ordered. You think they would have learned to order in safer quantities after they over-ordered the E1 line.

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

ToysRusKING
08-07-2002, 01:47 PM
yeah , We have seen a sure slow down on the ships and some assor. The sabers are the exception to that from what I here at store level all over. The figures are strong because of the mix of old.
I think the end of the year wouldn't stop them from the continued production of the 25th anniver. items. They have learned that they can put out almost anything ( Ep1 items , case in point ) and anyone will buy it. Why produce R2 when everyone will look for a 3PO ? The Star Tours figures where a good idea , but now they are over doing it by releasing re-paints of the weapons and god only knows what else is in the works. Hasbro is a great company but doesn't know when to stop at a good thing.
I do agree the toy buyers are still screwing up on the orders. They need many more true collectors to help guide them down the correct path. Although TRU did the same thing on ET,Monsters Inc. and even worse JP3 .
In the long run it helps collectors because prices get slashed over time. I love it when things hit the clearance shelves because then everyone gets deal . I know I bought numerous sealed cases of ATAT's, Tauntauns and figures when they where slashed.