And I thought the TF collectors were being overcharged...

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  1. DethPike

    DethPike Master of Sinanju

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    So I was at the Exton, PA Toys R Us and finding nothing new as usual, when I notice the DC Universe Green Lantern series, where you can build Arkillo... and I don't collect them, but they looked pretty neat and they had them all so I was just checking them out - I don't normally pay attention to the other toylines anymore...

    And then I almost gagged -

    Those friggin things are $17.99 apiece! I had to go find a price scanner to verify it - it HAD to be a mistake - but no -

    SEVENTEEN NINETY-NINE.

    Like... $2.01 away from $20. With tax, it might as well BE $20.

    I thought the TF guys were getting screwed with the $11.99, $12.99 etc pricetags on our stuff - GEEZ! No wonder they were all sitting there. Don't get me wrong - they look great! But Holy Jebus!
     
  2. LigerPrime

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    If you think that's bad, then be thankful you don't live in Asia. In my country we pay around $35-40 (in local currency) for the DC line...little wonder, the "so-called" collectors are buying "QC" rejects from the China factories. And its just not just the above line but the TFs also. These things are like "plastic crack" to the buyers.

    Other ways we get screwed is that "freebies" that are originally sold with a toy can be "retained" by a shop. Latest example, S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider OOOs with "first production" Ankh hand.
     
  3. DethPike

    DethPike Master of Sinanju

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    ?! $35 - $40 each for those DCU guys is highway robbery, my friend. I may need to think about reinstituting my ol' "foreign exchange" program... ;) 
     
  4. Haloid1177

    Haloid1177 Hey, That's Pretty Good TFW2005 Supporter

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    This is why I could never get into the line. And now I'm happy I never did. I thought they were overpriced before.
     
  5. Hot Shot.

    Hot Shot. Giving up on the fiction.

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    Meh. Iron Man Legends are $17.99 each.
     
  6. Matrix Soul

    Matrix Soul Skull 4 reporting in!

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    I was about to say that the 3 3/4 Tron figures are at $14.99, and I thought that was insane, but I guess the Iron Man Legends got it beat!
     
  7. Haloid1177

    Haloid1177 Hey, That's Pretty Good TFW2005 Supporter

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    Well, the IM Legends were 6" at least. Still sucks though.
     
  8. smkspy

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    There have been reports of TRU raising the price again to $19.99. This is just TRU testing how much collectors will take it up the rear. They did the same thing to the ML two-packs and the Ghostbusters pack. Solution, don't buy and be sure to call TRU corporate to complain about their prices.
     
  9. NSJ23

    NSJ23 Binalternator Lover

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    They are $19.99 at my toys r us
     
  10. Liege Prime

    Liege Prime Well-Known Member

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    This. TRU has been pushing prices to see how far they can go recently, particularly with collector's items. That's why they increased their animated exclusives to $17. But yeah, the best thing to do is to not buy something overpiced.

    And also, for what you get, TFs have been one of the best values in toys despite all the complaints from people who think otherwise.
     
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    Transformers fans aren't getting overcharged at all (in america at least), but the DC fans are
     
  12. smkspy

    smkspy is one nice fucking kitty

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    Yeah, as much as I'm now a more cautious buyer of deluxe Transformers since they're $13, the price of 6' inch action figures in comparison is outrageous. Mattel is really the main culprit as their price-hikes have done nothing to improve the quality or distribution of the figures. This on top of the fact that DCUC is essentially a retool/repaint line with few new sculpts, which in theory, should be a buffer against constant price hikes.

    It's my favorite toyline ever, but sometimes, it really is hard to shallow the lack of commitment to quality, and sometimes value of specific figures (I'm looking at you All-stars, reissue two-packs, and figures with ZERO accessories) in relation to the price. The fact that DCUC is so close to matching the online price of MOTUC is amazing... might as well turn the line over to Mattycollector completely.
     
  13. doomboy536

    doomboy536 Universe Onslaught fanboy

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    At least you guys sometimes get new product on the shelves, I get next to sod all over here.
     
  14. Mastergeorge

    Mastergeorge I should burn my wallet.

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    Exton TRU? Typical.... Those are the thieves who are still selling the Whirl and Bludgeon pack for $30.
     
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    Yeah I think they are like $22.99 in Canada. Pretty damn steep for a 6 inch action figure if you ask me.
     
  16. ComicGuy89

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    To be honest, I feel Transformers remain the best value toys out there. You get a LOT for what you pay for, especially considering the quality and engineering (simple or complex). I've only really begun to appreciate this after branching out to other toys.
     
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    I was going to complain about how our only option in the UK are specialist stores such as Forbidden Planet being the only ones stocking DCU and charging £17.99 (roughly $28.00), but...

    yeah, that pretty much has us beat.
     
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    This is why I don't collect DCU. I can't justify the cost per figure.
     
  19. LigerPrime

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    Its not just the DC figures that are expensive in my country.I think Star Wars figures are around $18-$20 (in local currency) for us? Hasbro's Marvel Legends couldn't take off in my country either as it was $25-30 (local currency) either.

    On the other hand, Toy Biz's Marvel Legends was a success because not only were the sculpts and engineering good, they were affordable around $12 (in local currency).

    Mattel's MOTU price ranges from $50-55 (local currency) in my country. I think its the most expensive action figure line in my country.

    TFs aren't exactly cheap at the stores either...I think a deluxe at retail can cost us $25-28 (in local currency)? I'm out of touch with the pricing.

    That's why some "local" collectors are resorting to buying cases/bulk to lower the cost or to sell at a profit. Toylines that aren't profitable are dropped. Case in point - less "locals" are bringing in less MOTU in recently times. Prices have dropped to as low as $45-48 in some instances.

    Very few genuine "local" friendships are formed in toy collecting circles. Most of the time, each one will "withhold" information (such as price and availability of a toy) from others. "Friends" mostly exist as an avenue to off-load one's unwanted stuff. Turn down their "good deals" a few times and they will turn on you like a bunch of rabid dogs! It is so ridiculous! X)

    I miss the days when other local fans will actually talk about the background and history of the toy, the characters etc. Nowadays, its about "where you get the toy?", "how much you paid for it?" and "look what I got!".

    The only "local" toy fans I mostly mix with are 12-inch toy collectors as most local scalpers tend to avoid the line as it is too expensive for their grubby little hands to get on. However, I would like to point out there is still scalping for 12-inch toys but its not as bad as "action figures". LOL!

    I really don't see myself in the toy collecting hobby at least in terms of action figures because for the prices I'm paying I might as well get into "higher end" stuff like 12 inch figures.
     

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