Every now and then I ask myself if collecting something, anything really, is still fun or if something has become too much work. In a perfect and ideal world a company such as Hasbro would make sure that anyone who wants to buy something gets the chance to do so – by either simply walking into a store and finding things on shelves and pegs, or by going online and buying from Amazon, Entertainment Earth, Dorkside Toys or any other etailer. But reality is different. The “exclusive” figure or set has become a staple of collecting, exclusives are no longer the exception, but have become the norm. And scarcity seems to be a concept companies like Hasbro or Funko (and not just them) seem to like a lot. Why? Click through for some thoughts about collecting!
Going to Celebration Chicago next month? You will want to go sign up for the Exhibitor Exclusives lottery if you want to secure a spot in line to buy the Hasbro, LEGO, or Funko exclusives. Click here to sign up!
As we mentioned earlier, the Han Solo/Princess Leia Organa International exclusive will also be available online through Entertainment Earth starting tomorrow. Tune in at 9 am PST / 12 pm EST for the pre-orders to go live. Click here for the product page. Look for this to ship in December.
Entertainment Earth has unleashed a slew of pre-orders over the last few weeks, including some revitalized exclusives. Here’s a recap of what’s available, some of which will be shipping next month.
Individual The Black Series 6-Inch Figures:
You have to wonder if The Last Jedi was such a “masterpiece” as some claim it is why the merchandising of it is in the toilet. (That’s not a dig at the film. I didn’t hate it as YouTube does.) While I think both extreme unbridled praise as well as volatile criticism of the film are a tad ridiculous, I can’t deny how poorly the merchandising performed (and in all honesty, this is where the real money comes into play). How many of us actually found the final wave of 3.75″ The Black Series [Phase III] exclusives? I have seen more reports of no one finding them than finding them. And if we did see retailer exclusives, how many of them clogged up shelf space until discounted and eventually removed? JTA reader Scot G. found some key “The Last Jedi” exclusives at his local Tuesday Morning store along with other unsellable stuff. Hopefully, the next film will be a marketing juggernaut.
Available October 30, 2018 exclusively through Amazon.com is STAR WARS™ SMUGGLER’S GUIDE: NOTES FROM THE UNDERWORLD. This is the sixth title in the successful deluxe Secrets of the Galaxy series which includes The Jedi Path, Book of Sith, The Bounty Hunter Code, Imperial Handbook, and The Rebel Files. Pre-order it today!
If you are still looking for the TBS6 Supreme Leader Snoke (Throne Room), ThinkGeek.com has it for half price ($19.99). Click here to order. Even better, if you are lucky enough to find one at your local GameStop, order at Gamestop.com for in-store pickup for just $9.99.
HotTopic.com has a sale on many of their Star Wars items, including Limited Edition Funko Hikari Clone Trooper (only 1500), Limited Edition Metallic Hikari Bossk (limited to 750), and Limited Edition Hikari Bossk (Limited to 1000). You can also find Pop! exclusives like Ahsoka and Poe Dameron and TONS of apparel and posters on sale as well.
Collectors of an enlarged scale of action figures are probably going to start seeing red. Literally. Imagine a matrix of myopic proportions making its way to your collection exclusively. The question is, will you be able to tell them apart?
Following the success of the popular SWCO Thrawn exclusive cover, SDCC attendees will get a chance at an exclusive cover version of Inferno Squad. I’m sad I will be missing out on this one!
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