Hi JonWes, I can understand that, but let me know just why Mattel is not selling the overstock at us, fans & collectors, directly through the Matty's website?
You know like me that at $17.99 for Roboto a lot of us will buy him and I doubt that the stock is representating more than 1000 pcs, the sales could be very easy (I am saying $17 but like I explained, Mattel is not selling at this price to Wal-Mart...I mean: they can do better than $17.99 for fans/collectors if the goal is to liquidate all the over stock).
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Oh, if it was Fisto ther definitely will be blood.
At the beginning prices were cool, $18/20 a figure was fine...and the "max" at my eyes due to the lot of reused parts between each figures etc.
By example: A figure like Strobo will be also sold at $25 this year, right? so, this figure is simply reusing Sy-Klone & Zodac parts, what exactly is Justifying a price at $25 for a figure like this one? the little accessories and the cape coming with? lol
What is costing a lot in a toy production is the mold, and that's all....plastic is very cheap in China.
I am speaking for Strobo but I can say the same thing for Jitsu taking an other example, reusing most of parts already existing like He-Man's body & Randor's chest armor...finally what is costing $25 on this figure? 1 hand + 1 head + 3 weapons?
Mattel can have the prices coming back at $20 easely.... but well....
Take a look at the regular Sorceress prices on the secondary market by the way, same thing than Fisto now (last one sold at $80 with/out shipping).
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I only want Roboto because I can't have him.
are roboto and gygor both $17.99?? im late to this party. man a lot of mixed thoughts/emotions on this one. no walmarts close to me. but ya it's cool and curious to see those there. im still soo ****** at mattel for all the painted black plastic figures. and saying a figure is out of stock when it is not: roboto and snout spout. i dont like the smoke and mirror crap
I picked up Gygor from the moreno valley Wal-Mart the other day. I don't collect MOTUC figures, but at only $25 for an awesomely sculpted Gorrilla figure, I just had to pick it up. If they had any He-Mans or Skeletors I may have just been tempted to start an MOTUC collection.
Did you spot Roboto's there still?
The fact is, we are seeing stock of an 'exclusive' online item being blown out at Wal-Mart. We are being flat out lied to. This is a high price point collectible, that we have been paying a premium for, plus shipping, in subscriber system that some companies would not dare attempt. We have seen 2 price increases, and have been forced into subs to get more product. While I have been very fortunate to have no issues with my figs/shipping/credit card billing, this just isn't cool. There are other fans who have invested much more into this line than I have.
I would have taken a $15 Roboto and a $24 Gygor, and Mattel would have made more money than what they made blowing these out to Wal-Mart. They also would have retained my loyalty. This just further proves they are a company and their bottom dollar is their golden rule, and there is no consideration to life long customers beyond instant profits. You could be a multi-subscription holder sinking a small fortune into their product on a yearly basis, or the guy that picks up a $16 Roboto at Wal-Mart, and to Mattel you are the same. You are $$$ and they don't care how they get it, as long as they get it. The only difference is one of you shows up here to be fed lines.
They have a fan base here that screams for product, practically advertises for them, stays loyal through issues unseen and unheard of in other high price point lines, and willingly forks over money, buying multiples of figures that sell out (and lets face it, action figures don't exactly sell out in retail these days), and still they pull these shady little tactics to make a buck.
I'd be curious to know what Scott will have to say when he starts getting the angry PMs, Mattycollector and Facebooks messages about this. He is getting one from me.
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Isn't it possible that the prices are going up because the subscriptions are going down. in order to keep the same profit you need to charge more for the same item if less people are buying. And as the subscriptions continue to dwindle expect more price hikes till people get outraged and stop paying. That's when the line ends. Mattel wants to make a certain amount of profit on the line, not just each figure. Once that number is no longer meet, the figures stop coming out.
And it doesn't work the other way around. Once prices go up, they don't come back down. Unless your getting rid of your old stock (like when you could buy up those spin blade he-mans for $5 on clearance, and castle grayskull 2.0 for $5 at value city). But that usually is a sign of the end of the line.
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I work at WalMart. These figures are most likely setup as Dept 70 "Vendor" stock. Meaning walmart has no control over stock, they just give them a certin amount of shelf space and let the vendor deal with shipments of the product, if they continue that is. Also store to store shipping is mainly for local walmarts to share overstock, mainly for seasonal or in case of disasters, so most likely they won't be permited to move those figures to other stores outside that area.
They're getting so shady that Castle Grayskullman is being sold at TRU
Daniel Benedict left one at TRU.
Ha, that's pretty awesome
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