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FLORIDA COLLECTOR X
01-22-2009, 09:30 PM
I am so done collecting Star Wars figures now that it will cost $8.00 after taxes. As far as I am concerned Hasbro & Wlamart together, or whoever decided that a 3 &3/4 inch figure is actually worth $7.46 just put the final nail in my coffin so to speak. This is a joke....These figures have one accessory and thats it. It is just not worth the price. I dont care what anyone says, this is a rip off. You know Target and everyone else will follow suit with even higher prices. Expect to pay $15.00 for a comic pack people because its coming. I have been saying that Star Wars collecting will die completely in 2009 and this is step one towards this end and its only Janurary 22nd. I have 25 thousand piece Star Wars collection that dates back to 1978 when the first figures were released and its going on ebay one piece at a time now....Im out of here!!

Obsession is Nute
01-22-2009, 09:36 PM
I will stay pay it. I am a junkie with a problem and Hasbro is my dealer. What is worse, they seem to know it!

I still think our hobby/passion is much more affordable than collecting: shoes, clothes, antiques, art, cars, ect.

Beast
01-22-2009, 09:51 PM
Welcome to our crappy economy.

Material prices are rising. Production prices are rising. Labor prices are rising. Which is why companies are considering looking for someplace cheaper than China. Also remember that toy prices across the board pretty much went up by a dollar over problems with lead paint last year. Now with the new safeguards in place, toys require heavy testing which has large costs.

Beast
01-22-2009, 09:55 PM
I have 25 thousand piece Star Wars collection that dates back to 1978 when the first figures were released and its going on ebay one piece at a time now....Im out of here!!
Apperantly you had no real emotional investment in your collection.

If as soon as you didn't feel like buying anything new, you go the extreme route of wanting to get rid of everything you spent nearly 30 years collecting. It seems more like you just are using this price increase as an excuse to jump off and liquidate a collection that you really no longer care for. Am I close?

bigbarada
01-23-2009, 12:22 AM
As far as hobbies go, Star Wars toy collecting is still comparatively cheap. I've tried taking up hobbies that are more "socially acceptable" for someone my age and they're insanely expensive. I tried learning about fixing up old cars, collecting guns, and digital photography; but with all of those you have to be prepared to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a regular basis. So, by comparison, $8 for an action figure just doesn't seem that big of a deal.

I happily paid $10 apiece for the VOTC figures and would do it again if Hasbro brought the line back in 2009 or 2010. But then again, I rarely plan to buy more than 10 or 12 figures per year.

I also agree with Beast, if something this trivial would get you to sell off your entire collection, then you obviously didn't really care about it to begin with.

pbarnard
01-23-2009, 09:04 AM
Welcome to our crappy economy.

Material prices are rising. Production prices are rising. Labor prices are rising. Which is why companies are considering looking for someplace cheaper than China. Also remember that toy prices across the board pretty much went up by a dollar over problems with lead paint last year. Now with the new safeguards in place, toys require heavy testing which has large costs.

I don't think it's the economy as much as it was WHEN Hasbro bought their raw materials. By locking them up last summer/fall when things were sky rocketing, that leads to price increases. Of course, since we'll probably all pay it , that means when the price goes down for these materials they may drop the prices if things are moving slow. However, the retailers set the prices, all Hasbro can do is RECOMEND them.

AmanaMatt
01-23-2009, 12:17 PM
Walmart alone is responsible for this price hike. I am a typical single dude that buys just the bare essentials - the kind whose friends give me heck about it, but even among my limited shopping list, Walmart has increased the prices on EVERY item....

I even have employees there tell me that Walmart strongarms the companies that make these products to lower their prices (to walmart), then turn around and hike up retail rates to increase their margins.

Walmart is an awful company...my days of buying from them are numbered. SW figs are not worth $8 after tax each...

Old Fossil
01-23-2009, 01:18 PM
Anyone surprised by this must have been living in a bubble for the past year.

Obsession is Nute
01-23-2009, 02:26 PM
As someone said in another forum "It is all about price and demmand"

People pay thousands for diamonds. Not because they are objectively worth that much, but because people are willing to pay for that. If people collectively refused to pay the price, then it would fall until either people started buying, or until it was not longer profitable for the comapny to produce the product.

I think much the same will happen with the Star Wars line. As long as we maintain a strong demmand for the collection, regardless of price, Hasbro will continue to do what they do.

If they have a bad year, following a price increase, they will have to revise their business model. Maybe that means no more BAD, maybe no more "Yarna" types of figures, maybe a few employees laid off. Who knows.

Ultimately, inflation alone is going to force higher prices on these things, it is inevitable.

El Chuxter
01-23-2009, 03:35 PM
The WM's near me ended the special on Transformers Universe (and Animated) Deluxes at $7.77. One had increased them by a dollar over their original prices, to $10.99.

Target is, right now, cheaper than Wal-Mart on most toys. Odd, isn't it?

pbarnard
01-23-2009, 03:42 PM
"All this has happened before and all this will happen again."

bigbarada
01-23-2009, 04:22 PM
I think Wal-Mart lost a ton of money on the Indiana Jones line (all Indy figures and Adventure Heroes are on clearance for $1 each right now), so they raised prices on other toy lines in an attempt to recoup that loss.

mtriv73
01-23-2009, 05:45 PM
I think it has more to do with the cost of Pb testing being passed on. I just don't think it costs them $1 a figure since they're proably spot checking a few from every lot.

There may be some hope though, Wal-mart and Target seem to always raise prices at the beginning of the year and then lower them by Easter. If that holds true for this year we'll only have 1 wave to worry about it.

bigbarada
01-23-2009, 08:01 PM
The increased price will force me to be more selective though. I'm not actively building a Cantina or Death Star diorama, so I can probably skip the ANH wave in it's entirety. Unless the Han and Luke Stormtrooper just look leaps and bounds better than the ones that I was able to kitbash myself back in 2007.

I do want a couple of those Hoth Rebel Troopers and the SL rerelease of the Snowtrooper and thus am willing to sacrifice purchasing the Luke, Leia and Captain Needa figures from that same wave.

Also, I'm going to focus solely on the Star Wars 3 3/4" line, so no more Transformers, GI Joe (until after I see Resolute), or the other SW lines like Galactic Heroes, Lego, etc. (although that Bossk Mighty Mugg is looking really cool).

My goal is to get through 2009 without spending more than $300 on Star Wars toys (to include vintage figures I find on Ebay). The only reason I set it as high as $300 is in the vague hope that we're going to get a new, larger AT-AT this year. Otherwise, I can't imagine spending half that much based on what I've seen and read so far.

If Sideshow starts making 12" Skiff Guards or ROTJ Rebel Pilots, then all bets are off, but they've already stated that 2009 is going to be very trooper heavy, so I think I can safely ignore Sideshow for another year.

Snowtrooper
03-05-2009, 08:33 PM
I went to the local Shopko and couldn't believe what they raised their SW items to......

Standard figure..$12.99
Comic Packs...$21.99
Vehicles...over $30

I guess they don't want to sell SW too badly. Needless to say, I'll be taking them off of my list when making a SW run.

Old Fossil
03-05-2009, 08:35 PM
I went to the local Shopko and couldn't believe what they raised their SW items to......

Standard figure..$12.99
Comic Packs...$21.99
Vehicles...over $30

I guess they don't want to sell SW too badly. Needless to say, I'll be taking them off of my list when making a SW run.

Holy frijoles! What is Shopko? Is that like a hardware store?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
03-05-2009, 09:39 PM
They're like Kmart, pretty much.

Snowtrooper
03-05-2009, 10:00 PM
I think they're more common in the midwest than elsewhere. They were always a little on the high side, but nothing like this. K-Mart is cheap compared to these guys.

Sinscia Fat'o
03-07-2009, 10:20 AM
yeah this price increase really stopped my troop building. I now only buy one of each figure, and one of each comic pack. I'm very selective with battle packs, and don't buy ships or any of the clone wars stuff from here on out unless that line gives me new characters. . . Meaning i didn't buy Oddball, and won't buy other named clones.

TheDarthVader
03-07-2009, 11:23 AM
The only figures I have purchased from the clone wars line were Ahsoka and Ventress.

Kidhuman
03-07-2009, 11:46 AM
Yeah, still cheaper than everywhere else though

Sinscia Fat'o
03-09-2009, 04:28 PM
The only figures I have purchased from the clone wars line were Ahsoka and Ventress.

i bought those and dooku as well. . . as i'm a christopher lee fan. That and the hologram thingie was cool. still thinking on goldie.

AmanaMatt
03-10-2009, 07:30 PM
I still collect, but the OT almost exclusively. I do not buy EU nor Clone Wars stuff, so my spending habits toward Hasbro Stuff has gone way down

Sideshow now gets most of my SW money...though Hot Toys via their Terminator line is pretty tempting..

TheDarthVader
03-13-2009, 03:31 PM
Saw the price of the new xmen small GI Joe like figures...PASS...$8.44.

So you have to remember: IT COULD BE WORSE!

Kidhuman
03-13-2009, 06:36 PM
Target by me lowered the price to 7.49 each. Much closer to WM prices.