View Full Version : Stop the Exclusives
08-21-2005, 11:17 PM
Please stop with the exclusives. They are getting really really annoying. Not to mention we have to hunt them down and hope they are at the specific store when we get there. Hope they are in stock and plentiful as well. Also it drives the freakin scalpers out in large quantity and we are forced to get them from Ebay.
And if you are going to do exclusives, please do not use Target as they never, ever ever ever order enough of them. I have yet to find an exclusive there sans Lava Vader. And thats only because they were handed to you by the employees.
Hunting down exclusive after exclusive is freakin annoying and it adds to killing the line. And now, after all the years of us collectors asking for a proper sized TIE fighter, you go and make it a damned exclusive. You know fully well that not every collector is going to get one and this sucks. Horrible decision on Hasbros half once again..
08-22-2005, 12:56 AM
Preach on, Brotha!
Unfortunately, in the post-Star Wars movie market, exclusives are going to be about the only distribution available for much of the line in order for it to continue. For me, this has made the choice all the easier for me to finally start giving up on being a "completist" and passing on all of the re-packs and re-paints that Hasbro keeps cheapily dishing out. They are actually doing me a favor and have helped me overcome my sickness and will now have money to "put away" instead of spending it all on junk I don't need. That plus the death of the Unleashed line and I really see my collecting habit becoming more of an occassional recreational useage then the addiction it has been for the last 10 years. I can finally move on to something else in my life. I feel liberated. Thanks Hasbro!
08-22-2005, 05:38 AM
I hear ya KH but unfortunately it's the only way to go now that Star Wars isn't "main stream" anymore. With no new movies coming out the only way to insure that you'll sell all of the product at a certain store is to make it exclusive. It's a sad but truism.
08-22-2005, 08:13 AM
Right on! I almost missed the Target clones completely because some local idiot was allowed to buy both comlpete cases that the store recieved! :mad: Even though all the Targets in our area including this one have multiple postings in the Star Wars section regarding their right to limit quantities and not searching stock as favor for certain customers! :whip:
Exclusives suck!!!!!!!!!!! Especially when you have to drive to Indianapolis, and spend six hours in a line on hard floors,(after spending five hours to get in the building itself), just to get the friggin' over-priced, under articulated p.o.p.!!!!!! :upset:
08-22-2005, 09:27 AM
I too hate the idea of exclusives.
I have to disagree with you about Star Wars being out of the mainstream. Since we are getting an CG animated show as well as a live action show it is safe to say that Hasbro will continue to make Star Wars product until the license does die in 2018. Besides look what happened in 1985, yes Star Wars took a break from the mainstream until 1995 but then it took off again and the prequels were launched. I think Lucas will continue to make Star Wars movies as they have been the major cash cows for his large bank account. True it might take another ten years of being on hiatus but he would be foolish not to continue his work.
Even more so if he is doing the Saga in 3-D, and we all know that Lucas is notorious for never being satisfied with his finished product, hence the special editions, the EP I DVD, deleted scences and of course the new and improved DVD versions of the OT.
08-22-2005, 10:37 AM
finally you guys have something real to talk about. i agree with all of you. to tell you the truth all the exclusives this year has really hurt me to. because of this. otc and rots have been hard to complete. for me anyway. thats why anymore i try to second guess what the pegwarmers will be so i can try to get exclusives first. and i tell you there is a cycle to my collecting on top of being a army builder to. every year i end up having to pay brians toys prices through the months of oct, nov, dec just to make sure i have everything and trust me it sucks. especially with being in the military and never knowing where you may be from year to year. it is getting time for me to order the last 4 figures from rots that have been hard to find. that is if they don't show up here in ashland ky in the next month. (52,53,54,and 56) plus getting started on the new stuff that is ready for the end of this year. and i still have 4 to5 otc items to still collect. (sandcrawler, queen amidala naboo cele., holo emperor, and cantina #1). i say down with the exclusives.
08-22-2005, 12:04 PM
You are in the military and you collect Star Wars, where do you put your collection? I don't think the barracks would be big enough and even if you have a small house on base, how do you move your collection when you are constantly relocating? That's gotta be tough!
08-22-2005, 02:14 PM
You are in the military and you collect Star Wars, where do you put your collection? I don't think the barracks would be big enough and even if you have a small house on base, how do you move your collection when you are constantly relocating? That's gotta be tough!I'm in the same situation. I just keep my collection in a storage garage and whenever I get to go home I just take what I've bought with me and put it in there.
I really need to get home soon too as I've built up quite a mini collection in my closet.
08-22-2005, 03:07 PM
My big problem with exlcusives is usually the price. I say usually, because some sets like the Target accessory sets and the Toys R Us packs wern't bad. I won't even get into the vehicles. But, $13 for a figure I already have and a plastic cup? The are cool, but not that cool. I found if you wait a while, Target likes putting things on clearance. As a general rule, I try not buying anything from KMart. After walking down their Star Wars aisle, I don't understand how they are considered a discount store.
I'm just getting out of the Air Force. Granted, it isn't really the military compared to the Army, Navy, and especially the Marines, but it is at least similar. Most of my collection is open, which saves on space. All of my vehicles are still in their original boxes, but they, and some of my figures usually are stored in boxes and rarely see the light of day. I have been lucky, the only "casulty" my collection has encountered is that during one move, the movers put packing tape and wrote on the box of my AT-AT. No big deal.
08-22-2005, 04:22 PM
decadentdave, i actually own a home in kentucky where all my stuff is stored and my wife takes care of it while i am gone. plus she helps me collect when i am either out to sea or overseas. when i cant get to it. i stay informed online and i actually keep a running inventory on my laptop of my stuff. weird huh helps me stay organized. she refuses to leave kentucky so i had to get a house there. and that is how i do it. i also search for star wars when i am in port calls or where ever if i get the chance and hang on to it till i can send it home.
08-22-2005, 08:07 PM
In my part of the country I don't even have access to a lot of the stores that sell exclusives, without a 100+ mile drive.
What're the odds of an exclusive still being in stock by the time I get there?
Thanks again Hasbro.
08-22-2005, 08:45 PM
I despise exclusives, especially action figure exclusives. It's gotten so bad in the last couple of years that it was a major factor in my decision to stop collecting Hasbro product this summer - and I've been a loyal Hasbro/Kenner customer since the die-cast Star Wars Action Masters figurines were released in 1994.
An occasional exclusive vehicle was fine - something that might not be produced otherwise. But action figures?! Then charging (gouging) two to three times the basic figure price for them? As a vote against such business practices, I will no longer buy Hasbro product (Star Wars being the only Hasbro brand I buy).
Since I'm an opener, figure paint jobs are the most important thing for me. As a result, I need to examine the figures in person before I buy - so I will not patronize online retailers, especially online vendors carrying exclusive product. This collecting rule of mine applies to all action figure manufacturers.
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