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 Post subject: Hasbro's plan?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:07 pm 
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Do you think it's possible that Hasbro is purposefully distributing Marvel Universe poorly in order to force people to buy G.I. Joes instead?

Think about it, for years Marvel Legends was one of the main competing toy lines for G.I. Joe. Perhaps Hasbro didn't acquire the license for Marvel in order to sell Marvel figures so much as to eliminate a competitor.

Why wouldn't they just try to sell both lines equally? Because they have to pay a percentage of the MU figure sales to Marvel. That's why MU figures are so much more expensive than G.I. Joes are despite not coming with any accessories.


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 Post subject: Re: Hasbro's plan?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:18 pm 
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No, as I wouldn't call them competing lines but Gi Joe has a recent movie so it can count on the "kid" factor a little bit more then MU can which is why you probably see alot more GI Joe product then MU.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:20 pm 
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That and Hasbro owns GI Joe and Transformer outright. So they make the decision on the direction the line goes personally. As where with the MU and other lines they produce they have to get approval and pay for the license too.


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That's a pretty abstract conspiracy theory.

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 Post subject: Re: Hasbro's plan?
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ian5555 wrote:
No, as I wouldn't call them competing lines but Gi Joe has a recent movie so it can count on the "kid" factor a little bit more then MU can which is why you probably see alot more GI Joe product then MU.


I see a lot more Joe at my Ross, a 6' long 4' high wall section of pegs of nothing but Joe.

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 Post subject: Re: Hasbro's plan?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:33 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Hasbro's plan?
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Yup. They have more than doubled the size of the toy section, I assume for the holiday season.

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 Post subject: Re: Hasbro's plan?
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JamesTheRogue wrote:
Do you think it's possible that Hasbro is purposefully distributing Marvel Universe poorly in order to force people to buy G.I. Joes instead?

Think about it, for years Marvel Legends was one of the main competing toy lines for G.I. Joe. Perhaps Hasbro didn't acquire the license for Marvel in order to sell Marvel figures so much as to eliminate a competitor.


:shock:

Cue the black helicopters. :roll:

However much money Hasbro has to give Marvel (and I doubt they give them much considering all the money they had to pay for the license to start with), don't you think the actual toy company makes a lot more? Sell more toys, make more money.

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 Post subject: Re: Hasbro's plan?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 4:24 pm 
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You have to think long term though. This is about taking a competing line of toys out of the picture, for good. It's about getting kids to grow up being more familiar with the G.I. Joe characters and Universe than the Marvel Universe. It's about obscuring Marvel and promoting G.I. Joe as we move further into the 21st century.

Let's be honest, the situation for MU is dire. I've heard that stores are taking away shelf space for it because it's not selling well. My experience seems to confirm this. When I go into Wal-Mart and TRU, I literally see the exact same MU figures week after week in the exact same order on the pegs. And it's no surprise, if you're a parent, or a kid, what are going to buy? The $8 MU figure with no accessories, or the $6 (or at ROSS $4) G.I. Joe with a ton of weapons and accessories?


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 Post subject: Re: Hasbro's plan?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 5:02 pm 
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I usually reserve this for special occasions.... I'm pretty sure this falls into that category.



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 Post subject: Re: Hasbro's plan?
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Have you seen any of the Thanos wave yet Alcinde?

We're in the same area, as soon as one of us sees them we should let the other know.

In stores here MU pegs just look like 5 Multiple Man, 7 Ninja Wolverine, 5 various Iron Mans, 3 Iron Patriots.


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 Post subject: Re: Hasbro's plan?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 6:00 pm 
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No James, I have not seen the Thanos wave here in Metro Atlanta yet. But I refuse to buy into some ill-conceived, convoluted conspiracy theory about Hasbro sabotaging one of their own toy lines. But I will be sure to keep an eye out for new MU for you, and buy up as much of that dastardly G.I. Joe you're loathing in the process :wink:.

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 Post subject: Re: Hasbro's plan?
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Thanks Alcinde. As soon as you see the new wave message me on here, and I'll do the same for you. I thought for sure this weekend they'd have it out, being near the first of the month and all when people get their paychecks, seems like a good time to restock. I went to several TRUs and Wal-Marts and they had none though.


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 Post subject: Re: Hasbro's plan?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:47 am 
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From what I have seen lately (and this is just in my area) the amount of product is fine it's the case packouts that is the problem but every line will have peg warmers. They are just going a little bit nuts on IM,Spidey and Wolverine atm.

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