Anyone collecting these days is well aware of the value placed on POTF figures (1985-1986). With only a couple exceptions, these later releases (typically with the coin) are far more expensive than any of the other vintage items. Why? Because interest in the line and everything Star Wars waned fairly quickly after 1983. Those of us who were the "perfect age" to see ANH in the theaters were entering puberty around the time ROTJ came out, so toys gave way to girls. The end result was that fewer of the POTF figures were sold and their value is now inflated.
We are supposed to learn from history, so my question is, when will this "waning" period be for the new run of Star Wars toys? Already I'm beginning to read scattered posts about people not buying everything that is released or giving up on saving pristine carded versions. Naturally we have one more film to go and interest will pick up once again. But for the "investors" out there, do you see these lulls between films as prime purchasing opportunities or will you continue to purchase everything in the hopes that it all will be worth the effort? For the "collectors," shouldn't this eventual waning period frighten you?
See, my thinking is that after Episode III, we'll have a few months to a year of strong sales, but then interest will again plummet. I keep hearing others say that "there's plenty of time for Hasbro to make the obscure characters we want." Truth is, there isn't. We have about two years or so until Episode III merchandise hits the shelves. Hasbro won't be concentrating much on Original Trilogy material or even EPI and II stuff either as they support the last chapter. And with sales potentially dropping like a rock after Episode III leaves theaters, that doesn't leave much time for Hasbro to fill the gaping holes in the collection. We'll be left with the same situation we had after ROTJ. Some collectors will continue to buy, but the vast majority of consumers will move on leaving Hasbro with the choice of continuing for the sake of a scant few or just dropping it. And again, the items in those last few months will be the most "valuable" just as the POTF items are now.
So given all that, the time to bug Hasbro about making our top choices is NOW. Given the lead time on R&D for a figure, vehicle, or playset, there isn't much time. And they won't be inclined to put out obscure characters post-Episode III as interests dies. RIGHT NOW is the critical juncture to show Hasbro what we want. If you want other obscure characters, get out there and buy that R2 3PO Christmas set and show them that we want A LOT more than what they are offering from the current film.
What do you think?