View Poll Results: What percentage of SW figures do you think are bought by kids?

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  • Less than 30%

    269 58.61%
  • 30-40%

    129 28.10%
  • 41-50%

    36 7.84%
  • 51-60%

    10 2.18%
  • Over 60%

    15 3.27%
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  1. #51
    And let me state 'The Sum of All Fears' in this survey:

    After the third Prequel had breathed its last by the end of 2005, we collectors will still be the 'Last Men Standing' to sustain Hasbro megatoy business. With very minute exceptions, most of the kids would've have been 'Gone With the Wind'. Next movie please?????? :happy:

  2. #52
    I would definitely say below 20% and if I had the choice, I would have said below 10% with a little hesitation. To be honest, I seldom run into another collector when I go find SW figures. I run into more adults than kids, but I have run into kids as well (hopefully, I didn't hurt them much ) However, I see kids looking at Power Rangers and (parents with kids) more often when in the action figure isle than I see other collectors looking at any other action figure group. That probably didn't make sense, but when I see someone in the action figure isle... chances are, they are looking at Power Rangers, regardless if they are a kid or adult. And when I see an adult looking at Power Rangers, I can only hope they are buying them for their kids.

  3. #53
    Yes, yes, yes, all good points. The bomarang effect on nastalgia toys is certainly a key factor. No kids in the stores are certainly a obvious factor. The pure amount of stuff a completests buys is a huge factor.

    Yes we are diverse in our habbits, but we are mear collectors. We love these things and what they represent, but I doubt many of us run home after buying a new fig, rip it open and start playing with it. Take it out in the yard and recreate battle sceens with our imagination. I'm sure some of you will say you do, but the fact remains you are not buying that fig to play with, you are buying that fig to have becasue you collect them. We may have teens and college kids on here, but there are no pre-teens on here. No grade schoolers. No first grade kids. The ones that I know have these toys too.

    You may have spent $700 when they first came out last summer, but you didn't buy anything Star Wars related for weeks at a time. Simply because you already had it all on the first day. Where as, thousands of kids were getting figs every day for weeks becasue they couldn't buy it all at once like you.

    Collectors are hightly outnumbered. Our collections may be large, but we are outnumbered by the amount of kids that actually have these toys to play with.

    Finally, what does it matter anyway? Who cares if we are the majority or minority. Is that going to change anything? Would you feel better about it. Would it justfy your colletion that other adults buy these things? Do you realy think Hasbro is going to make figs to suit adults rather than kids? No, way. We are in thier back pocket and they know this. It's the kids they have to try to persuade to buy there product.

    If adutls were the main base we'd get more stuff driven towards adults. Like Spawn toys. Like adult quality Nascars and Hot Wheels. Star Wars has Unleashed; a line that is certainly not sustained at the retail level. Why? You tell me (and don't tell me about the lame Jango and Maul either as I've heard it all befor).
    If you want to find it you have to shop.

  4. #54
    Hello, I live in Melbourne and when i have been to toys'r'us, K-mart etc. i have hardly ever seen adults buying star wars stuff. It usually kids under 10 making their parents buy figures for them. There is a specialist shop nearby, and you won't find kids there, but there aren't many adults either...maybe Star Wars just isn't that popular around my area. I'm 13 and i have on friend that collects star wars items. It might be the price thats stopping people buying figures, vehicles etc., I remember 4 or 5 years ago when i could buy one figure a month, and that forced me to stop collecting for ages. i recently took it up again now that I can get money for myself, selling things on eBay. I still luv the POTF 2 figures and they're hard to find now , i really want the millennium falcon, but now its sooo expensive! argh...

    RiversdaleCaptain

  5. #55
    I have a friend in Australia who collects. I know the import prices on the stuff make them extremely expensive even at retail. I hope Aussie TRU can make better arrangements with Hasbro for you.

    Meanwhile, it's been years since we've had a Millennium Falcon in stores. If I were you, I'd wait and see if you want a newer version of one - Hasbro could make in the near future. ( we hope)
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  6. #56
    Quote Originally Posted by Tycho
    Meanwhile, it's been years since we've had a Millennium Falcon in stores. If I were you, I'd wait and see if you want a newer version of one - Hasbro could make in the near future. ( we hope)
    At a local collectors shop there is a complete but loose millennium falcon selling for AU$200, which I think is a complete rip off. But i really want it, maybe if i don't find one for less or if a new one isn't released, i'll have to buy it...

  7. #57
    Digging through the old threads I found this


    http://www.sirstevesguide.com/forums...read.php?t=387
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  8. #58
    Quote Originally Posted by kidhuman
    Digging through the old threads I found this


    http://www.sirstevesguide.com/forums...read.php?t=387
    Boy, I used to be a lot more articulate and witty.
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  9. #59
    Quote Originally Posted by icatch9
    You may have spent $700 when they first came out last summer, but you didn't buy anything Star Wars related for weeks at a time. Simply because you already had it all on the first day. Where as, thousands of kids were getting figs every day for weeks because they couldn't buy it all at once like you.
    Whoa, my man back up. Yes, I did spend nearly $700 on 4/23, but do you know how long of a break I took before buying another figure? Obvioulsy no. I took a matter of a couple of days off. Then started back into my routine. I still didn't have Dooku at that time and was also on the lok-out for several other collectors then too. I continued to buy SW merchandise all the while. In fact during the drought earlier this year, I still bought stuff. I caught up on some army building and purchased some non-toy SW related stuff. And I contend that many kids did not go wild with purchasing right after the movie. Even if they were lucky enough for their parents to buy say 10 of these figs, at $5 a piece that's $50. That's a reasonable amount of figs for the avg. kid. But that's only $50, so looking at my particular 4/23 purchase alone, I bought enough for 14 kids not just in one day but in one store. My income and buying habits are such that I can afford to buy in large amounts but that doesn't preclude me from buying small either. Shoot, there's many times I only get 1 figure and I'm happy for it. In fact, I'd rahter that it be that distribution was so good that you didn't have to worry about "getting the figure right now", so that I could just buy casully a couple of figs at a time. If Hasbro would have gotten things together properly from the start of this year, we all could have had a few new figs a month over the first six months and everyone (generally) could have afforded to get all of the figs (and found them).

    Anyway, to condense all that. I bought big on 4/23 and still continued to buy after that on a regular basis.

    Quote Originally Posted by icatch9
    Collectors are hightly outnumbered. Our collections may be large, but we are outnumbered by the amount of kids that actually have these toys to play with.
    Still the question was how much of the [total] amount of toys were purchased by kids. (or even for kids for that matter) It's still very low. I'm not the only collector in Pittsburgh and I know from my years of collecting SW that kids here just don't buy alot. Even if you add up the numbers of kids vs collectors, with my other local collecting buds basically reporting the same experiences, the kid market is virtually non-exhistent here. I can count at least 20 other guys like me here and I'm sure there's more out there we don't know about. With each of us spending as we do, kids can't keep up with that. It would take literally hundreds of kids vs the collector. And buying 1 figure every month by a kid is not going to sustain this line. Not every kid collects SW and those that can, more than like don't like we do. Again, just talking from my experience, I nearly never seeing a kid buying SW or a parent for a kid. (and trust me when I see someone else buying SW, I ask if their a collector or buying for a kid) I ask that because if it's a collector then I can help them out with the more exclusive or pricier stuff. If it's for a kid, I try to get a feel for what the kid may like and try to help the parent make the best purchase based on what they may tell me about their kids playing habits/age and so on. here are those times (and thy feel great BTW) that I help out the rare parent or grandparent find something or point them to the store that has the exclusive a child wants or tell them where they can get this or that item for cheaper) It's usually well received.

    Quote Originally Posted by icatch9
    Finally, what does it matter anyway? Who cares if we are the majority or minority. Is that going to change anything? Would you feel better about it. Would it justfy your colletion that other adults buy these things? Do you realy think Hasbro is going to make figs to suit adults rather than kids? No, way. We are in thier back pocket and they know this. It's the kids they have to try to persuade to buy there product.
    If it truly is the kids they are trying to get to buy their product, they need to try a different angle. The clone packs are a good idea, but I fear that when a kids gets one he/she will be sorely disappointed because they can pose them how they want. The availability of even some of the more common figures is down right disgraceful right now. Newer waves that could have help the line by offering new characters for kids to play with still have hardly reached stores in numerous quantities for kids to keep their interest up.

    By the time a kid can afford to ge these things in the volume they may want if they REALLY like SW, they'll be too old. Other things will come along. LOTR is an example of a trilogy that will stand the test of time to come. The attention span just isn't the same today as it was back then and as I mentioned before, this is one BIG reason why you don't see as many kids buying this stuff as collectors.

    I have more thought on this and will post them tomorrow, but it's the end of work for me today, and I'm off to eight stores tonight to look for stuff.

    Hmm, I wonder how many kids I'll see looking at or buying SW toys tonight.

    (Sarcasm alert detected)
    Move along, move along

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