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JediTricks
08-16-2001, 03:51 AM
Originally posted at the old forums: The Eopie Campaign (http://209.197.112.151/thread.html?dom=ss&TID=19&PID=5470)

Originally posted by: TheJediCole

Since no one else has started such a thread and since we don't have an official petition (as with the Micro Machines), I am using this forum to voice an empassioned plea to Hasbro. BRING BACK THE EOPIE (w/Qui-Gon Jinn)! There is no reason that it cannot be re-released under the Power of the Jedi logo. Just try finding one of these things. I have tried to bid on eBay and been consistantly outbid at $50.00! There is obviously a demand for the illusive last of the beast packs in THIS COUNTRY, why not meet that demand with product. Ulike the late 80's when Yak Face was relegated to a European only release due to lack of retailer demand for Star Wars figures (one report I heard was that Kenner offered figures for as little as a penny each and retailers would not buy, so most were melted down at the end of the production run), there is still a highly active demand for Star Wars today. Hasbro has made great improvements in recognizing this demand, but in the case of the Eopie Beast Pack (and indeed the counterpart Falumpaset), our needs are being ignored.
So, please join with me in imploring Hasbro to re-release this much sought after set. Please use this thread as a kind of makeshift petition. My hope is for this thread to be not so much a forum for discussion as a place for as many fans as possible to sound off on a mutual desire to see the Eopie with Qui-Gon Jinn finally get a proper domestic release so we can complete our collections without being taken to the cleaners!
What say you?!

(SEE THREAD FOR REPLIES ON OLD FORUMS)

JediTricks
08-16-2001, 03:52 AM
I'm all for this, I really want one and if Hasbro is really desparate to not put the SAME toy in the new packaging, then they can add a hyperdrive trailer with covered hyperdrive.

Rollo Tomassi
08-16-2001, 03:59 AM
I'm with you too. Hasbro, the busy after market can be a helpful guide in proving what demand is out there. People are going nuts over the later Episode I figures and now the Fan Club 4 figures. Those could retail at their initial price, and they'd still be hot. I know the same will go for the Eopie!

Oh yeah, feel free to throw in a hyperdrive too!

JediTricks
08-16-2001, 05:00 AM
Oh man, if the hyperdrive was the same one from the hyperdrive repair kit accessory set that was so hard to find, that'd be so great. It could come with a cover instead of the tools!

hairless chewie
08-16-2001, 05:53 AM
Amen to bringing pack the Eopie. He was ruined by the glut of Opee and Kaduus that still clog the shelves and its not right. At least give him to the fanclub as an exclusive so we can at least have a shot at him. I know that we keep asking for more and more and you always deliver. Do it again and give us a X-mas present. Speaking of the Kaduu....it should have come with the feathers attached to the saddle, and be able to stand without jamming the legs or supergluing them. Thanks.

QLD
08-16-2001, 08:42 AM
You know, if the shelves were clogged with those things, noone would be interested. Personally, I don't think they are all that great. I might pick it up, if it were on a good clearance price.

12inch Lando
08-16-2001, 12:31 PM
You might have a point there QLD but that's just the way of the hobbie. I'd take one if it were available. Maybe they could put it out through the fan club? How about for free for 1,000,000 jedi points? I'll take 6.

jedi master sal
08-16-2001, 02:39 PM
Most definitely I would get one.

I am loathe to pay the exorbitant prices that scalpers and other websites want for these items.

I think a reasonable price would be $15

What do you think?

On another note, how does everyone feel about the new forum?

Jargo
08-16-2001, 05:11 PM
I love the Eopie and if it sat on shelves I would buy a load. Personally I think they should do something more creative like pack two in a box with the hyperdrive generator on a sled. Or pack two in a box with Padme and Anakin on one and Shmi and Kitster on the other. That would make it worth the money surely? :)

jedi master sal
08-16-2001, 05:14 PM
Hey!

Don't call this post shirley!

Oh sorry, had a case of the Aiplane! blues

(Does anyone get this or am I showing my age?)

JediCole
08-17-2001, 02:47 PM
I would like to take a moment to thank JediTricks for transporting this thread to the new forums so that it would not die an untimely death. However I am rather disappointed in the turnout on this thread. I was hopeful that a groundswell of support for the Eopie would be evident here. There have to be more than just a small handful of supporters for an Eopie re-release. Please post, even if it is just to say "Count me in!" I want to send a message to Hasbro that we still want the the things they've already released, even if in different packaging. They need to take a cue from their predecessors, the old Kenner. I remember seeing the original (mold) Luke Skywalker (ANH garb) on a Return of the Jedi card. Kenner kept (to some degree) every single figure in circulation for almost the entire run of the four series they produced (Star Wars, Empire, Jedi, POTF). This has never been seen before or since. The secret is moderation. I applaud Hasbro's approach to keeping the core figures out there for fans and kids with brand new sculpts, but what if a kid wants 2-1B or Lak Sivrak? Try a limited rerelease of older, no need for improvement figures sometime. And get the Falumpaset, Eopie, Han Solo w/TaunTaun, and Luke w/Wampa back out there!

Sith Worm
08-17-2001, 03:27 PM
I hear you Troche...
...I mean JediCole! If people are spending $125.00 and up on ebay on all of these items why can't we get these things back out on the shevles. There is obousley a market people still want them come on make some money Hasbro! Your true bread and butter is hurting here, We are the ones who spend the money wouldn't you rather all that money was going into your pocket instead of a scalper's? Yes it might not be $125.00 but it would still be money in the bank. I don't know maybe i'm all wrong and i'm waisting my time talking about the wrong thing or a subject that I don't fully understand. Iwould just like to see fans like myself and Troche...
...I mean JediCole that don't want to spend $125.00 on theses great figs.Oh well I feel like I am banging my head on the wall so I will stop.

JediTricks
08-18-2001, 04:14 PM
Yeah! Who the heck WANTS to spend that kind of money on this thing when Hasbro still has the ability to make more?

2-1B
08-18-2001, 04:20 PM
JediCole, count me in !

JediTricks, you have a great view - why would someone shell out such cash on a toy only 2 years old?

humsup
08-18-2001, 10:02 PM
Not sure about the Eopie thing but I think it has some similarities to the Kaadu as well as the Falumpaset. So, not too interested in that as in most of the EPI products.
But if this post number is important to let Hasbro re-release the beast, I'm all for supporting.
But as QLD mentioned, if it piled the shelves, nobody will be interested and its quite true.

JediTricks
08-19-2001, 08:40 AM
Originally posted by Caesar
JediCole, count me in !

JediTricks, you have a great view - why would someone shell out such cash on a toy only 2 years old? Well, the basic 2 reasons I can think of are GCEA, or "gotta catch 'em all" syndrome - the need to have everything, no matter the cost Desparation - the fear that something you want is going away forever and the remaining stock in the world of this item is rapidy dwindling.I can admit to paying somewhat outrageous sums on a few items I really wanted in the past, but those days are rapidly getting further and further away as Hasbro does more and more goofy stuff like the Fambaa at FAO. Who's brilliant idea was it to make a toy without articulation, to make it exclusive to the most expensive of all the "retail partners", and to jack the price sky high only to let it get slashed in half many many months later when they'd all collected an inch of dust?

darth chuck
08-20-2001, 09:21 PM
I'll sign on for the Eopie! I had to trade a pile of figs & money for that one. It would be nice to go to Walmart and pick up a couple.

JT also brought up another point that has been mentioned before on and off in these forums. Why can't Hasbro just repackage the hard to find figs/toys on POTJ cards? That would not diminish the value of existing figs, while allowing others to get items that are selling for 3-4x their retail price on the secondary market.

JediTricks
08-21-2001, 03:25 AM
Hasbro claims they thought we wouldn't like that, so they promised not to do it. I don't know why Hasbro does a lot of the stuff they do though, it's like they're TRYING to jack-up the aftermarket prices on these things, I guess they want scalpers to buy more of 'em or something. I say "make a loophole, repaint the figure like General Leia (except make it not be junky like that figure), give it a new accessory, and sell it under a new name. Repaint the CTC Stormie to have a SHINY costume, give it wrist articulation, and call it "Stormtrooper - Emperor's Arrival" or some goofy nonsense that gets this figure back into the hands of those who want it.

Sith Worm
08-21-2001, 11:07 AM
I agree with the Tricks on this one. I wouldn't care if it was A repaint or or if they changed something I just want the thing and not have to spend the kind of money there asking for it on EBAY! Save us Hasbro from the darkness of the scalpers hands!Sometimes this hobbie gets taken away from because of the scalpers. (not dealers, scalpers!)

El Chuxter
08-21-2001, 05:12 PM
As I've said before, I wouldn't care if the Eopie came in My Little Pony packaging if I could get the stinkin' thing! It was one of the E1 pieces I was most looking forward to, and I still don't have one because I refuse to pay the scalpers' prices. If it was an extra five bucks, it'd be one thing. More than triple retail is out of the question.

Most of the later E1 stuff is impossible to find. Why not release it under the POTJ label, or even on "Episode One Classics" cards?

Sith Worm
08-28-2001, 12:23 PM
How much was the original retail price?

Freedom
05-27-2002, 05:01 PM
We deffinately need a re-release of the Eopie w/ Qui-Gon, Falumpaset, Fambaa, Taun-Taun w/ Han Solo, and Wampa w/ Luke Skywalker.

DarthMaulSithLord
05-27-2002, 07:57 PM
I'm all for this, give me a bloody Qui-Gon/Eopie, Han/Tauntaun and Luke/Wampa!!!

:)

Lord Tenebrous
05-27-2002, 08:24 PM
I'd enjoy a re-release of the Eopie, possibly packed with a redone POTJ Shmi. Darken the skin, and give her a cloth skirt so she can sit.


Or, heck, give her cold-water reveal scars on her face and make it an AOTC set. "Harvest Ambush", they could call it. Two birds, one stone. :)

Lman316
05-27-2002, 08:48 PM
All for these. I really want to do a Podracer hanger display, with Qui and Watto arguing and the Eopies coming in. There could be little pit droids running around and such. But unless I get them, it will look weird. And I'm not paying $26 and up for one....call me cheap :p.

End.

Beast
05-27-2002, 09:05 PM
I concur, re-release the Eopie, maybe thru the fan club. But drop out the Qui-Gon since we ended up getting that one as a regular figure. Pack Kitster and Wald with the Eopie, that will make everyone happy. :D

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

Lman316
05-27-2002, 11:11 PM
Originally posted by JarJarBinks
I concur, re-release the Eopie, maybe thru the fan club. But drop out the Qui-Gon since we ended up getting that one as a regular figure. Pack Kitster and Wald with the Eopie, that will make everyone happy. :D

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

I could go for that. Or even what was previously mentioned by Lord Tenebrous:


I'd enjoy a re-release of the Eopie, possibly packed with a redone POTJ Shmi. Darken the skin, and give her a cloth skirt so she can sit.

But either way, I'd like to see them released.

End.

underdog25
05-28-2002, 09:05 AM
A new one would be nice. Who is to say Hasbro doesn't have a warehouse full of these somewhere and they won't end up on clearance? I bet they have lots of POTF, POTJ and EP 1 stuff is lots of warehouse's all over the world! Give us the Eopie.

DarthMaulSithLord
05-28-2002, 05:02 PM
No please, no more exclusives!!!

:(

RooJay
05-31-2002, 01:24 AM
I'd like a shot at one of these!

Verdiboy
06-05-2002, 01:04 AM
Just because the Opee was lame, and the Kaadu lacked the feathers and a Gungan soldier....its a shame that the Eopie got the shaft because of poor decisions at hasbro. Not to mention that the Opee fish is worthless without a Bongo.


Give us Eopies or give us..........cake!



Brian