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INDIANA
01-29-2002, 04:25 PM
I would like to pre-order the pre-view figures but I'm not going to spend $6.91 for a figure that will supposedly cost only $4.96 at Wal-Mart.

Hasbro is really screwing the on-line guys. I just started to order from on-line and have had wonderfull luck and been treated very nicely (plug to D&S Toys and Kebco). BUT, I don't think the initial wave of E2 toys will be hard to find at all. And, they technically can't sell the things until AFTER they are available in stores (right?). AND I plan on being true to my word, I will not buy everything from the line, just what I like (which ain't much at this point), so I won't be getting any full cases.

Sorry on-line guys, but I don't think you'll be hearing much from me until next year.

Mandalorian Candidat
01-29-2002, 04:35 PM
How exactly is Hasbro screwing with the on-line vendors? Is Hasbro telling them to sell the figures at an inflated price or something? I think the price is higher just because that is how typically on-line sellers are. Their prices are just higher, period.

I certainly don't weep for any of the on-line guys when I can get the same stuff at a cheaper price without paying for shipping.

INDIANA
01-29-2002, 05:19 PM
Actually, their prices have been very reasonable. I picked up the FX-7 wave from D&S for $26.99 for the set (less than $7 each) as soon as they came out. The miniscule amount they charged for S&H MORE than made up for all the driving around I have done in the past, looking store after store, day after day, for K-Mart to get in a brand new case of the.......Tessek Wave! Hasbro's distribution to stores SUCKS! I work. I have a job and a family and less and less time to go running around for new stuff. The time I save from running around, the gas, the mileage on the car, the aggrivation at seeing only 1 out of 4 new pieces hanging on a peg (and NEVER the one cool one you really want) so your search continues........the extra time I spend playing with the new stuff with my kids MORE than makes me feel good about buying from on-line stores. Yeah, there are sites that gouge prices. There are many more just trying to stay in business and having to accept limitations from thier suppliers.

sith_killer_99
01-29-2002, 10:08 PM
Well, here we go!

My brother-in-law is an on-line retailer. He gives me all the little inside info. He just told me last week that Hasbro will actually be charging MORE for the EPII figs than current POTJ prices!

Yep, that's right!

Hasbro is RAISING the price per case.

So all this hogwash about price drops is just a bunch of BULL!

Considering that Wal-Mart is currently charging $6.44 I think that $6.91 is very reasonable.

I didn't mean to rain on anyone's parade. But I have seen the prices he was given and they are in fact MORE!!!

Hasbro stricks it to us again. And this time, no CommTech, no Freeze Frame, no gimiks, just higher prices ALWAYS.:rolleyes:

SithDroid
01-30-2002, 01:18 AM
As was discussed in another forum, the reasoning is probably due to Hasbro's falied JP 3 toy line and Planet of the Apes. They are trying to make some of their LOST money back on the only thing that they sell enough of, Star Wars. A shame the rest of us have to suffer when Hasbro screwed up. Hey Hasbro if you were any kind of decent company you'd make better toys the first time around so stuff will actually sell instead of sitting on the shelves.

Obi-Don
01-31-2002, 07:30 AM
I have my mixed feelings on the on-line stores. Yes I have got a few things here and there,but the on-line stores are higher and in some cases way higher.I guess its up to the person buying.

As for Hasbro jacking up the prices,that doesn't surprise me one bit.:mad: We all know that Hasbro is in the biz of making money and will do anything to make a buck. To bad they can't give thier customers what they want. If they did they, would make a lot more.

OC47150
01-31-2002, 11:45 AM
This is the first I've read of a possible price increase. With how the economy is right now, I hope Hasbro and the stores would strongly reconsider it.

However, if the prices do raise I expect them to come back down once the initial craze has worn off and the same old figures are warming the pegs.

Unit-01
01-31-2002, 01:51 PM
But didn't the JP3 line do really good? It must have since they said so and plus there is a "series 2" coming out (stupid repaints :mad: )

OC47150
01-31-2002, 02:20 PM
One unidentified store I visit on a regular basis had a back end-cap full of Lost World toys at regular price up until Christmas. Does that give you an idea about JP3?

Unit-01
01-31-2002, 05:52 PM
http://209.197.117.27/databases/action.cgi?setup_file=fignews2.setup&category=actionfigures&topic=77&show_article=257

OC47150
02-01-2002, 07:28 AM
Interesting article, Unit. Looks like some of the core toys like GI Joe is helping Hasbro stay afloat.

I wonder, though, if SW was inadvertently omitted. Food for thought on a Friday morning.

gibbspaulus
02-01-2002, 07:59 AM
So, your US stores are charging $7 dollars for figures. My nearest specialist store charges $15, and TOYs R Us in the Uk stopped doing Star Wars about 12 months ago.

Our Online Ratialers are actually the best option, and nearest to US prices. POTJ are about $9 and AOTC are the same. That's the cheap ones!

Sorry, last whine about [prices from me as it's cropped up on several boarsd already.

OC47150
02-01-2002, 08:06 AM
Gibbspaulus,

Do specialty stores (comic stores) still carry SW figures? When I was in Britain in '97, Forbidden Planet got a ton of my money for European SW figures, comics and trading cards.

gibbspaulus
02-01-2002, 09:23 AM
Yes they do, but charge a mint for stuff. I've seen Ep I Padme figures for about $20. FP do a good range, with some bargains but can still be expensive. We pay over $40 dollars for some cinema scenes by the time they get over here.

There are now appaering good specialist stores/e-taillers who are charging more realistic rates, but still vastly inflated on US prices.

pthfnder89
02-01-2002, 10:30 AM
Originally posted by sith_killer_99
My brother-in-law is an on-line retailer. He gives me all the little inside info. He just told me last week that Hasbro will actually be charging MORE for the EPII figs than current POTJ prices!

Yep, that's right!

Hasbro is RAISING the price per case.

So all this hogwash about price drops is just a bunch of BULL!

I didn't mean to rain on anyone's parade. But I have seen the prices he was given and they are in fact MORE!!!

Hasbro stricks it to us again. And this time, no CommTech, no Freeze Frame, no gimiks, just higher prices ALWAYS.:rolleyes:

Well I personally am not gonna get too worked up about the prices until I hear an official anouncement or see them for sale. This might be true, but there could also be any number of reasons for this rumour. So I'm gonna wait until I actually hear straight from Hasbro or one of the retailers, what the actual prices are going to be.

Nataku
02-08-2002, 01:22 PM
According to Hasbro's Press release today,

"ACTION FIGURES ...
(Basic figures -- Approximate Retail Price: $5.99; Recommended Age: 4 & up) (Deluxe figures -- Approximate Retail Price: $9.99; Recommended Age: 4 & up)

VEHICLES...
(Approximate Retail Price Range: $10.99 [Speeders]-$24.99 [Slave I/Starfighter]; Recommended Age: 4 & up) "

Read the press release for yourself...
It's pretty interesting as a prelude to toyfair:

http://www.corporate-ir.net/ireye/ir_site.zhtml?ticker=has&script=411&layout=-6&item_id=257030

I hope that the stores actually STICK to that price...

*sigh*

Nataku!

SithDroid
02-08-2002, 01:38 PM
Wow, finally cheaper figures. Thank the maker. But somehow this doesn't make sense. We get an extra pack in and they get cheaper, but the POTJ stuff is more expensive just for the figure? Anyway I'm not complaining. The cheaper they are, the more cash I save. I wonder if this has to do with the horrible sculpts. I figure Hasbro is trying to entice people to buy them by lowering the price. It might just work.

General Veers
02-08-2002, 01:42 PM
It doesn't matter how much Hasbro's MSRP is, it's how much the frickin stores want to charge for them, is how much we have to pay for them.:mad: But I am glad Hasbro has lowered their prices, especially if we see those prices on the shelves:D:D

Beast
02-08-2002, 01:50 PM
Yeah, remember...Hasbro dropped the price on the POTJ figures a whole dollar, and most stores stilll haven't lowered their prices. MSRP means exactly that "Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price". Meaning thats what Hasbro suggests they sell the figures for, but most stores throw an extra buck on them to milk the Star Wars fans. Hasbro should print a little star burst in the corner of the figures that says "MSRP 5.99" and I bet we'll see more stores actually sell them for the price suggested, or less so it looks like they are giving people a major deal. :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

General Veers
02-08-2002, 02:45 PM
That just might happen JJB. Peronsally, I would love to see figures for $6.00 even.:)