I'm sure that aside from mold cost factors, the real reason the TIE Fighter dropped $10 in price was that it wasn't a KB exclusive.Originally Posted by dindae
That store has the screwiest pricing system I've ever seen. New toys are about $2-3 more expensive than, say TRU, but they don't sell because everyone buys them where they are cheaper. Then, four months later, once everyone has them, KB knocks the price down by 50%. No wonder their stores are closing left and right.
If the TIE Fighter had been an exclusive at TRU, or Target, with the pilot, it would have sold for $20-$25.
Same thing with Diamond exclusives. They are not distributing to competitive retailers, they are distributing to small, independant specialty stores like comic book stores, record stores, and places like Entertainment Earth, which all normally have to charge more because they can't order in tremendous bulk which they distribute to their hundreds of chain stores.
The pack-in figures have no bearing on the final price, it's all about whether they are exclusive or not.
Red Leader's X-Wing was $40 because TRU had to pay all of the costs. Target had to do the same for the Skiff, which is why it cost $30. The reason the OTC ships are so cheap is a combination of old reused molds, and the fact that these ships will be available in a number of outlets, so that the already low manufacturing costs are more widely distributed.
And personally, if the only way RA-7 would be made available to us is as a pack-in with the sandcrawler, I'd rather take him as a pack-in, than not at all.