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  1. I don't know how you feel that way. The plastic in the new figures is far less brittle and prone to breakage, there is no O-ring that can snap (I know they can be replaced easily, but it is a point of temporary breakage), and if anything, the plastic is more resistant to scratching and cracking. And the paint seems less subject to wear. I think that they will stand up at least as well, if not better than the original line. If these new versions were getting the kind of rough play, from real BOYS that the original versions were getting (who actually PLAYS with these new toys anyway?) I would have to agree with gossamer that they would NOT stand the test of true kids play nor the test of time. The O-ring complaint is kind of flawed, in that I was a 20 something when I started collecting them, so my intentions with them are still the same today as they were back then, and I was not 8 years old and actually PLAYING hardcore war with Cobra in the sandbox with them or leaving them out in the rain and hot sun for hours and hours. My entire OLD collection of O-ringed figures are just as solid and intact TODAY as they were back then. The only O-rings I've ever had to replace were of those figures I'd bought off eBay and who KNOWS what they went thru above and beyond collector uses of them? They might have belonged to a REAL kid who REALLY played with them? These new versions have a lot more weak points and removable items that would never stand the same conditions put upon them, but Hasbro knows that's not the name of the game anymore, and you'd be hard pressed to find a couple of neighborhood young chaps playing out in the yard with their new JOE toys, like how you guys did in your youth. Anything that's painted on (especially the hands and faces) will chip and scratch just the same, as mine already have, just from removing masks or goggles while fiddling around with them for customs. No difference there. The plastic is almost TOO soft in some cases and will not hold a weapon. I guess I do feel the new style is inferior yet and only more detailed and somewhat better proportioned than the originals, but still inferior overall as an action figure toy. They're more concerned with collectability interests over a real boys toy like the older ones. I didnt think of it like that but you put it into words. My Joes did tours of duty in the jungles of my back yard. The Cities of my living room and the oceans of my bath tub. i do not consider these joes to be up to the same stresses as the old ones. I have purchased a few of the ones that were my favorites and have put them on the shelf and have given a few to my kids who had them destroyed within hours. Toys to me are for playing with not putting in glass cases. I guess as you start to get old you sound more and more like me. But that is a conversation for another board
  2. I respectfully disagree with your evaluations of the 25th line. I do not see these figures standing up to 25 years of display as well as the originals did. The originals were far better made and able to stand the test of time. These new ones feel like they are going to break apart in your hands.
  3. Are you guys talking about the 25th line?
  4. For what, exactly? Hasbro sees no effect on themselves if a figure sells for $10 or $110 on the secondary market, they've already made their money. Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow (first single releases) saw VERY heavy distribution, practically every case shipped from July through October of last year had those two. In fact, I recall several threads from last fall about people complaining about only finding SS and SE. Mundo is correct, most of this is a result of late adopters to the line. The market usually works itself out, and given the number of SE figures in circulation and considering we're all but guaranteed a new take on the v2 sometime this fall, I don't think these prices will hold. I have yet to see one of these figures in a store heavy rotation or not. And you can thank the stores for not ordering enough soon enough. Hasbro fills orders made by retailers, if they underorder and the line is an unexpected hit, Hasbro just doesn't have a few million extra units sitting around. They have to make more which can take as long as 3 months JUST FOR THE PRODUCT TO REACH NORTH AMERICA. And consider if you are in, say, the New York metro area, or even Southern California, you have a LOT more competition for the product than, say, guys like me who live a good hour or two from real civilization. Point taken Although All I really want to do is buy the things. Update My daughter was well behaved yesterday and I felt like she needed a kim possible DVD and into toys r us we went and lo and behold GI joes I had all of them but it was nice to see them anyway. I remembered being a kid.
  5. For what, exactly? Hasbro sees no effect on themselves if a figure sells for $10 or $110 on the secondary market, they've already made their money. Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow (first single releases) saw VERY heavy distribution, practically every case shipped from July through October of last year had those two. In fact, I recall several threads from last fall about people complaining about only finding SS and SE. Mundo is correct, most of this is a result of late adopters to the line. The market usually works itself out, and given the number of SE figures in circulation and considering we're all but guaranteed a new take on the v2 sometime this fall, I don't think these prices will hold. I have yet to see one of these figures in a store heavy rotation or not.
  6. Yeah and now they are selling them on ebay for 250
  7. of all the figures released subsequently to the initial few waves I wonder why there aren't other ones that are considered errors or variants that are skyrocketing in price? me thinks hasbro knew exactly what they were up to with these figures and I also suspect the prices are being artificially inflated and will fall back to a more reasonable price soon. There are online retailers selling normal figures for 20 bucks a pop. It doesn't make sense and the greed makes me sick. having said that I sure do wish I had a Yellow stalker though.
  8. Yeah Wal-mart is real bad when it comes to that stuff. Not to mention how they represent 75 billion dollars on the latest Forbes list and yet continue to pass the cost of healthcare for their employees onto the rest of the community that pays taxes in the area. Also they are pretty bad when it comes to locking illegal aliens in the store at night and not letting them out until morning after the store has been cleaned. Oh yeah and that thing about pushing American manufacturers to China so that they will be granted access to Wal-Mart's market share. Yeah come to think of it they are pretty annoying.
  9. Do yourself a favor and pay the extra 50 cents and tru and target and know that you are not supporting a company that tears down standards for American workers.
  10. Is there still any chance of getting wave 1,2&3 at retail or has that ship sailed. Also What is with Flint and why was he so hard to find. I ask these questions because i am a weekend warrior. I only look for the stuff when my wife drags me to stores on the weekend.
  11. Yet the world must go on. I am sure the effects will be minimal to say the least.
  12. Thanks dude.....for having my back...... Hey space didn't your mom ever tell you no good deed goes unpunished. Thanks for sharing the info you had you did good
  13. I just ordered 2 from the tru website. http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?p...rentPage=search
  14. The TRU off the jersey turnpike exit 13a got some 5 packs and Forbidden planet on 13th and broadway in manhattan got a bunch of stuff too.
  15. How exclusive are the cyborg supes and Batman are they worth buying on e-bay or will they be everywhere?
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