I never got Seripas, that was the first figure in the 20 years I've been constantly collecting Star Wars that I never found and never got an alternate avenue to procure, I'm not paying $30 for a little figure that with my QC luck will probably come broken. Since then, it's been a downhill slide with Hasbro, and not just in Star Wars, but Transformers and Marvel figures too, things have gone from good to really bad with Hasbro and it's obvious that there's something very wrong. They blame it on the industry and the economy changing, yet toys keep selling from other brands, during the holidays I noticed only Hasbro brands were lingering while others were sold through.
This is a really good point, I hadn't thought about it that way, but I used to get pretty annoyed by exclusives because that'd mean miserable distribution and pricing. Now it's the main line that gets the miserable distribution and pricing, and I don't even mind the exclusives anymore. That's really bad.
Originally Posted by Darth Metalmute
How is SW Pinball? I was considering getting it on the PS3, but got sidetracked.
In video games, we didn't get any console titles, but we did get Star Wars pinball, The Force Collection, and Little Death Star; all great, free titles for tablets and phones (although you only get 1 pinball machine with the first title).
And as for Little Death Star, they did a really poor job explaining what that was to the general public, I think that was a mistake, I hear good things about it but really have no idea what it is.
That's the beastly thing about it, Hasbro tasked HasbroToyShop to be an independent, successful business and unfortunately for fans that meant HasbroToyShop could see the writing on the wall and has been pulling out of selling SW product and also out of Botcon, the Transformers convention. So for HTS to be successful, they seem to feel they need to divest themselves of Hasbro.
Now I'm not placing all the blame on Hasbro, as there is no reason for Walmart and Meijer to still have the Phantom Menace figures on their shelves. But if you know there is distribution problems, make your product more accessible on your HTS web site.
Seems like you've defined the line based on what you haven't gotten, normally that would be the antithesis of a conversation like this, but 2013 was the year we got virtually nothing.
Originally Posted by Tycho
So what DID you get in 2013?
I hear that!
Originally Posted by RendarStillLives
Right on. I played SW Battlefront II on PS2 for a really long time online, hopefully the new one will be good as well, although I'm unsure if I'll be able to get it as I currently don't think I'll have a PS4 or XboxOne.
I'm excited for the Battlefront news. It's still a game I play occasionally with my two boys.
Yeah, that inability to recognize truly necessary figures from the random stuff is a bad sign, Hasbro doesn't seem to have a clue about what fans really want anymore, they had a dead period this year that could have been filled by a lot of harder to get figures, instead they kept shipping the same TVC junk.
Merchandise. Since 2011 I have found myself being more picky in what I purchase as prices have gone up and we are offered less product, less quality and if not TVC TPM figures still cluttering pegs, re-packs of the same figures we all have. Dear Hasbro, if you are going to repackage old figures, how about ones some of us may have missed and refuse to pay $80 for on Amazon like Darth Krayte. Or if you are going to limit figures to five points of articulation add the light up sabers and blaster features. Even offers that were tempting such as Padme' and Mara Jade looked distasteful, and that's if you were even lucky enough to find them. As JT said, some figures like Darth Platypus might as well be a myth. Ordering online is fine if you don't have to buy a case and you can find enough odds and ends to justify shipping or qualify for free shipping.
The Yoda Starfighter was tempting but I couldn't pull the trigger on the purchase.
Yeah, this is kinda true, ArtFX+ Jango and 3PO are better than anything Hasbro's done, and they didn't cost that much more than a TBS 6" figure. It's a juggling act - sculpt or articulation?
The 6" Black Series looked neat but for the price and size it seemed like the exact same figures I have in 3.75" scale. There just wasn't anything new and why not pay a few bucks more for ArtFx quality. Granted they had accessories and are poseable but there is little play value in such a limited selection that will likely never have any vehicles or play sets.
Anything late December on is the next year in my mind. The fact that you could put together $250 from lost Hasbro spending is telling, that's a lot of coin for Hasbro to miss out on!
Originally Posted by Neuroleptic
They are forgettable. I hope you got a good deal on them.
Originally Posted by Mad Slanted Powers
Man, it's really hard to see any silver linings in 2013.