Well, I'd just like to say I've been reading the boards for about a month now here and the posts are great. Kudos to all of you for the advance information - I'm also new to collecting SW figs. I have quite a few from back in the day (I'm 26 now), but I wanted to start a collection and am more ready than ever for all the new figs and vehicles.
Here's my question/comment - what impact do you think the dismal sales (and overpopulation) of EP1 related merchandise will have on EP2. First, I think there will be a scale back on allotments, at least for now depending on how popular the figs are. I also do think that this movie will really wow alot of the people who lost faith in TPM. It doesn't seem like there is much hype for the figs right now, so many collectors will probably be able to find what they want. Right before/after May 16th, everyone might be clamoring for the figs. Here's a snippet of Newsweek's latest article:
More damaging than the poor marketing acumen, though, was the bad taste all that merch left in everyone’s mouth. It was crass. Paired with an inferior movie, the overkill made fans suspect Lucas was taking his money and laughing all the way back to Skywalker Ranch. He got that message loud and clear. “The first prequel hurt the franchise, and it hurt tremendously,” says Jim Silver, publisher of trade magazine The Toy Book. “The collector was not in love with Jar Jar. Hasbro has scaled back dramatically. Everybody is being much, much more conservative.” (Hasbro did not return calls for this story.) Some retailers are getting out of the “Star Wars” business for good. Tiemaker Ralph Marlin&Co. won’t be back, nor will KFC’s Oleinik. Odds are that Lucas won’t miss them. To avoid a repeat of “Menace,” he sliced the number of licensees for “Attack of the Clones” by two thirds. For one thing, there will be 8 billion fewer cans of soda: Lucasfilm didn’t want a soft-drink sponsor this time around, Pepsi says.
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