Why is Takara Legends Blurr so ridiculously overpriced?

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  1. BB Shockwave

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    I seriously don't get it. In previous Takara releases, the deluxes weren't this expensive. Heck, even in the current wave, you can get Skullcruncher and Hardhead for relatively cheap prices. But I haven't seen Blurr go for less than 55-60$. That is a ridiculous price for a Deluxe. Especially considering how you could get the Takara femmecons (Blackarachnia, Slipstream, Nightbeard) for about 30$, and one would expect demand was much higher for those.

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    And it seems even the Chinese factory-raiders are failing us, there are loose Skullcrunchers and Hardheads out, but I have never seen a Blurr or Scourge listed.

    Cartoon-accurate colors or not, I just don't think western fan interest alone is enough to mandate this ridiculous doubling in price.

    In comparison, you can get Legends Hardhead for just 30$ with free shipping.
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    Um, supply and demand?
     
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    Despite what you're thinking, apparently demand was not much higher for the second bunch of Legends fembots than it's been for Blurr. I don't see why you'd use those as a barometer for Blurr though, since I don't recall those three ever selling as quickly as Legends Arcee did.

    One way or another, it's a popular release, period. Maybe Takara didn't anticipate the popularity of Blurr, so what stock that's out there was gobbled up much more quickly. Maybe North American & UK online retailers are ordering less Takara stuff due to a variety of reasons (not wanting to get stuck with leftover stock, the change in the exchange rate, not anticipating its popularity). I don't know the reasons, but whatever's going on, Blurr's selling well.

    Checking Mandarake, there's exactly one currently on the site for 3800 yen, but they've sold two recently for 3300 & 2800 yen, so with cheap shipping you could get it around 40ish shipped if that's still going to be the normal price they list it at when they get more in.

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    Either way, this thing is moving product. I wouldn't like the idea of paying $50-60 for this either, but if more stock doesn't show up (BBTS has it as a sold out preorder currently, as does TCP, so maybe more stock will be showing up at some point) and prices don't dip, you could be stuck with Legends Blurrs in that range for a while, whether you agree with that price range or not.
     
  4. primalxconvoy

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    Actually, the previous wave (Hardhead, et al) WERE popular and sold out during the pre-order stage. I couldn't get them ANYWHERE in Japan, either online or in the flagship shops in Tokyo, without paying around 40-50 dollars for them. It was ridiculous.

    I guess that the "2010" TFs, which features in Japan's first "Japan only" series (breaking away from the American show) is still extremely popular with Japanese/Oriental collectors in Asia, and/or the scalpers just went mad. I had to pre-order many of my Japanese "Titans Return" style toys at Toys R Us, because Amazon Japan, my usual haunt, was sold out for the pre-orders.
     
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    I paid 2500 yen (about $25) for mine at HobbyLinkJapan. BBTS, TFSource and TCP had it up for preorder at $29.99, CP had it up for $28. And now he's sold out everywhere. So supply and demand plus you are looking at aftermarket Ebay prices and not MSRP.
     
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    There's always the off chance TT will do additional runs if it keeps selling. On the other hand, you can always buy the Hasbro version and get the Reprolabels decals to break up the blue a bit.
     
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    I got mine on HLJ for 2500 yen, so youre probs looking at secondary market prices. He's probably so expensive simply because, in my opinion, he's one of the coolest looking decos of the new TR line. It's already a cool mold, but personally I think Hasbro's "paint"job looks pretty dull and boring.
     
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    KapowToys has him for £30.
    Still a lot, but it's something.
     
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    Because you're looking at secondary market prices for a rather popular toy. That's about it.
    Meanwhile I bought LG Hardhead, Skullcruncher, Blurr, and Scourge from UK online retailers, and the most I paid for any of them was £27.99 (not including postage, £32.94 with).
     
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    Fucking scalpers.

    If you think that price is too high, don't pay it. I'm sure that just like Arcee, TakTom will reissue him and resaturate the market pushing prices back down.
     
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    They're overpriced because they know Takara diehards will pay for it.
     
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    I mean, he's also pretty much the only TR figure that is almost unequivocally better than the Hasbro release. Most of the Takara heads are a matter of preference, but Takara's Blurr fixes the almost universal complaint about him being too blue (which isn't even the right shade of blue).

    I'm honestly not surprised.
     
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    yeah, i think it's because, where as a lot of the other Legends/Titans Return comparisons was more of a preference, the Blurr deco is just balls-out spectacular compared to the fairly lame and kinda-teal-instead-of-blue Hasbro version. I'd imagine folks that are even only occasional importers might have been tempted to go with him.

    LG Blur looks like he ran straight out of an animation cell.
     
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    But, I thought Hasbro Blurr was the better Blurr? :confused2 

    Eh, I don't know how thinks work when it comes to ordering Takara figures (or importing in general). But I would say wait and see if some other place who has it like sold out or something gets more, maybe wait for another cheaper option? Or maybe pay the 60 some dollars? I wouldn't but hey if people really want a figure with just a bit of paint difference for over 40 dollars more then hey its their money.
     
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    This meme is getting really old. You don't want to preorder or pay retail at release? Fine. Just don't cry when you can't get your toy for free once they sell out. Not being rewarded for dragging your feet does not make you a victim of the scalping boogeyman.

    And you, BB Shockwave, did it ever occur to you that the Takara deco is miles away from the unpainted dollar store version from Hasbro?
     
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    It's probably a combination of Blurr being more popular than Takara realized, as well the fact that the Hasbro version well, stinks. There is always a chance, however, that Takara might rerelease it like they did with Arcee.
     
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    In hand, I prefer the Hasbro version.
     
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    I wish mine would just ship for Gods sake! Stupid me had stack turned off at TFS and now I have to wait until they get Legends Wheelie in before my Blurr ships with it. And seriously they are like the last retailer left that hasn't gotten legends Wheelie in yet.
     

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