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    Anybody else annoyed at this McQuarrie boxed set?

    It's on StarWarsShop.com now for preorder, it's $56, a shared exclusive, and it includes all 13 of the 2007 Ralph McQuarrie concept figures, including Celebration IV-exclusive Luke, CIV-exclusive 3PO and R2, and SDCC-exclusive Obi-Wan and Yoda. At that price, it's $4.31 a figure, or $5.09 a figure if you count the 2packs as 1 figure. No, that doesn't include shipping, but I killed so much time on the bus looking for these, did a bunch of trades, and broke my back getting to those conventions just to get my complete McQ collection (not to mention they just straight up cost more per figure), and now here they are again in 1 easy to get set. Oh, but I got exclusive COINS and cardbacks, well hell's bells! That makes it all worth while to know that I could have just sat on my backside and waited for Hasbro to turn a nifty but blatantly "limited collectible, get them while you can" series into a lazy collection in a box.

    I dunno, maybe I'm making too much of this, but it's not like it's 1 hard to find piece or 1 former exclusive figure, it's a whole collection, an entire series, that's what galls me.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "We named the dog 'Chewbacca'!"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    The whole McQuarrie line infuriated me at the time. It was something I was very excited about that they took all of the fun out of for me with the way they did it. I managed to get the ones I really wanted, but ended up not getting many of them. Now I could have all of them if I had just waited! It was frustrating then and frustrating now.

  3. #3
    I welcome the McQuarrie box set and will probably order two sets. I didn't have a problem finding those McQuarrie figures released at retail. I didn't bother trying to get the exclusive figures since I decided a long time ago to not support exclusive figures by not buying them in the first place.

    I don't really care about the coins. The ones I did get just went into a zip-lock bag and tossed in tote with the rest of the pack-in junk we've been getting over the years.

    I don't have any sympathy for collectors who wait in long lines at con to pay 2-3 times normal retail for a figure and then get burned when the manufacturer just re-releases it later. The only way for collectors to rid ourselves of these ridiculous overpriced figure exclusives is to stop buying them altogether.
    Weird War Tales: Featuring the Creature Commandos #105 November 1981 (DC Comics)

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    Exclusives are now a significant part of the Star Wars line, without them we wouldn't have those figures produced at all, unfortunately. We wouldn't have a new AT-ST, or a new Dewback, or the big-wing TIE Fighter, or the Octuptarra Droid, or the Rancor. Yes, many exclusives are a pain to deal with, but between the choice of exclusive or non-existent, the choice seems clear. (That said, I bought neither Hasbro exclusive figure at Comic-Con this year because they were duds, but I did buy last year's Emperor/Vader and the year before's shadow speederbike.) The number of exclusives not re-released at mass retail far outweighs the number that have been, so it's a bad gamble if you want that item.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "We named the dog 'Chewbacca'!"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    I haven't gotten Luke, 3PO/R2 or Obi/Yoda, so I'm actually somewhat interesting in this set. Although, that leaves me with extras of the ones I do already have... I can sympathize, though. I would be incredibly ticked off if I had bought the exclusive figures at their $15+ prices, only to have them rereleased far more (financially) conveniently like this. I can't see the coins as being the bonus to having the previous versions since they weren't exactly high quality...

    There is a specific reason that I can sympathize with being ticked, though. IIRC, Hasbro was asked if they would ever rerelease the McQ figures in a boxset and they responded with no - or at least that it was highly unlikely.
    "Hokey packaging and ancient gimmicks are no match for good detail on your figure, kid."
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    I was upset at the time when it was hard to get the exclusives, and I had a bit of trouble getting some of the regular line ones. In the end, I managed to get two of everything except for the exclusive Luke, but I got a second one from Mr. JabbaJohnL earlier this year.

    I'm almost tempted to get this set and sell the originals. It would save me space, and I already have the card backs and coins from the opened ones.

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    For filling out an incomplete set, it's not a bad deal. You get 3 army builders if you're into that sort of thing (Snowtrooper, Stormtrooper, Rebel Trooper), and you get another Fett and Vader so you can display both heads for each of them. That leaves you with undesirable duplicates of Han, Chewie, and Leia, which can be decent trade bait I guess.

    I agree that the coins aren't a boon, but I'm sure Hasbro and some collectors would feel differently.

    I just went over their answers, on Jan 30th they reversed course on that boxed set stand and said "It's possible down the road that we will re-release the McQuarrie TAC figures in multi-figure sets. Look for an announcement on that later in 2009." Man did that get buried at the time, I must have read it and immediately discarded it in my mind.


    I wonder if this will affect aftermarket prices on the original carded versions. That and the vintage-style line are the only things I have on my wall.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "We named the dog 'Chewbacca'!"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Slanted Powers View Post
    What do you mean by incomplete? Which one(s) are not in the set?
    I meant for filling out his incomplete set. This box is a complete set of the TAC McQuarrie line.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "We named the dog 'Chewbacca'!"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

  10. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
    Exclusives are now a significant part of the Star Wars line, without them we wouldn't have those figures produced at all, unfortunately. We wouldn't have a new AT-ST, or a new Dewback, or the big-wing TIE Fighter, or the Octuptarra Droid, or the Rancor. Yes, many exclusives are a pain to deal with, but between the choice of exclusive or non-existent, the choice seems clear.
    I understand the financial reasons behind making vehicles, large creatures, and playsets exclusives. But I draw the line at exclusive action figures - especially those only available at a single venue in the entire country (such as a Con).

    I particularly pass on exclusive figures available at the big chains that tote higher than normal retail prices too - current ones such as TRU's Commander Ponds ($10) or Walmart's BAD 2-packs ($17). I bought the most recent Walmart exclusive comic packs (Ewoks, X-Wing Pilots, & Sunber/Amanin) though, which were priced the same as the mass retail ones. There is just no way I am supporting overpriced exclusive action figures.
    Weird War Tales: Featuring the Creature Commandos #105 November 1981 (DC Comics)

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