As many of you know, Wizards of the Coast stores recently had a huge blow-out on Star Wars Saga toys, at least mostly Saga toys. Amoungst the offerings at greeat bargains were a few Fan Club exclusives. Many SSG members reported scoring the 12" Ki Adi Mundi and/or the Stormtrooper Troop Builder Packs. The presence of these items at a closeout price raised an important question on the part of some Fan Club members (like DingoDad who brought this up to me), WHY WERE THESE BARGAINS NOT OFFERED TO FAN CLUB MEMBERS?!
This had not occured to me until he mentioned having written a nasty note to the Fan Club on this subject. This is not the first slight of Fan Club members by the Fan Club. I am not sure if things have improved over the years, but back when I was a member, the magazine was on the newsstand a full week to almost a month before it arrived in the mail to members! And now it appears that another slap in the face has been enacted upon the membership of the Fan Club.
I am not currently a member (due in no small part to the aforementioned disparity regarding the timing of the Insider magazine), but was considering rejoining given the recent spate of exclusives like the 12" Jedi. But DingoDad's concerns raised a very important question. What is the actual benefit of membership if you pay full price for supposed exclusives that are offered at the exact same price to the general public from other online retailers (a different thorn in the side of members regarding the Ki Adi Mundi "exclusive") or to have the same items offered to all comers at retail mall outlets?
If you are a member of the Fan Club, I suggest you follow DingoDad's lead and write to them voicing this concern.