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Old August 9 2012, 11:28 AM   #1041
C.E. Evans
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Re: The Action Figure and Toy Collecting and Discussion Thread!

OdoWanKenobi wrote: View Post
^No instead they have shelves filled with endless Iron Mans and Thors and Captain Americas that the kids don't want to buy.
They actually do, however. But as I said, retail isn't an exact science. Not every retail chain takes adult collectors into consideration and would rather have Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America than shelves full of female characters in their action figure section. I have walked into quite a few Wal-marts and have seen a number of Power Girls, Zatannas, and Spider-women collecting dust on the pegs. It seems the fewer female characters there are, the more likely a store won't be stuck with them later on. Every location is different, but that's what I've generally seen more than not in my area.
cooleddie74 wrote:
The final wave of the Vintage Collection features three female characters: Ahsoka the Padawan from The Clone Wars, Lumat the Ewok(the pink color scheme of her packaging also helps give her gender away ) and Aurra Sing the bounty hunter from Episode I. All three will sell well because:

1. They're three of the last twelve characters in the most popular line of SW figures since the eighties.

2. They're online exclusives and, so far, available only in entire case assortments. If you want the female characters you have to buy all 12. Even if you don't want the female characters you're still stuck with them. There are, as of right now, no announced plans to sell the figures individually so as to be able to gauge how popular a particular figure is.

3. They're part of a very limited production run. Boffo sales are a guarantee.
Pretty much this. Some online toy stores--like Big Bad--don't even offer female figures individually if they're shortpacked in a case of twelve. They figure that collectors are more inclined to buy the entire case if they want the female figure(s).
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