$79.99 MR FX sabers at Best Buy

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by rmschneider104, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. rmschneider104

    rmschneider104 Sr Member

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    Not sure if this is for all Best Buys, but I was surprised to find the MR FX Anakin and the MR FX Darth Vader sabers marked to $79.99. So, if you are looking for these, you may want to check out your local Best Buy. Just saw them this afternoon.
     
  2. Boba Frett

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    Thanks for the heads up , been wanting to get a Anakin :)
     
  3. SurferGeek

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    *... Are these gonna turn into another MR Sting? :cry
     
  4. allosaur176

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    would that be a bad thing?
     
  5. SurferGeek

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    Uhm... YES, considering that most of us purchased these for $90-$100 each. I'm sure that people that have the Sting FX weren't happy to see the value of those items tumble. Why would decreasing value be beneficial to anyone? It puts less profit into MR (and distrubutor's) pockets, it degrades the potential for future projects in the same venue... Bad for all except the "late adoptors" who get a good deal. People were buying up Sting FX's to give to children to use as toys... Not what they were targeted at.
     
  6. allosaur176

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    Well, I'm one of the lucky ones who waited on the Sting and got a great deal on it, and probably wouldn't have purchased it if it stayed at original price


    SW has a much bigger fan base than LOTR, which die hard collectors find these sabers to be the best functional 1:1 scale ones available anywhere, where as the Sting was grossly over sized, so they weren't selling as much...

    As a replica collector, If i'm going to buy a LOTR Sting, I'm going for the real deal, all metal and life sized to fit in with everything else, the FX Sting is really good just for the cool factor
     
  7. RedTwoX

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    This is a situation of "Quantity has a quality all it's own". Yes, they make a smaller profit margin on each individual piece. However, the lower price point opens up a much larger market. Many more people will buy the product at $80 than will at $100. So, while each individual piece earns less profit, the product run as a whole makes a larger net profit than it would at the higher price point due to vastly increased sales. These high volume products are what allows companies to make the higher quality, lower production run, higher priced products. Chevy doesn't make money on Corvettes. They make money on Malibus and pick up trucks. Because they sell so many Malibus and pick up trucks, they can continue to make Corvettes. Force FX and the up coming Collectors Editions are the product lines that will allow MR to continue making Limited and Elite Edition products.
     
  8. Gytheran

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    It also has the potential to bring in new, possibly repeat customers. :)
     
  9. KevVader

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    ....plus they may have a warehouse full of these things that they have to get rid of.
     
  10. RedTwoX

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    You only manufacture a warehouse full if you expect to sell a warehouse full. I doubt they are "getting rid" of them. It's possible that missjudged the number of people willing to pay $100. I think it's more likely that they hoped more would pay $100, and then worked down to find the balance point between supply and demand.

    Of course I have been know to make mistake... from time to time. Oh dear, oh dear...

    I am such a GEEK. :p
     
  11. forcefx

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    NEVER..... For the love of god don`t say that..

    More people want FFX then ever b4,MR has just filled the demand...
     
  12. tripoli

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    My understanding is this has been an incredible popular item for MR. In no way would it be following the Sting in terms of low demand. The FX line sold out in one day at celebration wehn expected stock was to last the entire weekend. QVC cannot keep them in stock everytime they are offered.

    This looks to be purely a case of Best Buy selling them at discount for their own purpose/reason. Talking to the Best Buy manager here, they have had a hard time keeping them in stock as well. More likely they are using it as a draw in purchasers to other products in the store.
     
  13. RedTwoX

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    :confused I should have thought of that. MR probably has nothing to do with this. The price drop a product of Best Buy's Marketing Department. It's just a hook to bring in shoppers. Geeks like lightsabers. Geeks like "electronic gadgets". Use the lightsabers to bring the geeks to the gadgets and seperate them from their money. If I didn't already have a Vader and Anakin FX is would work on me.
     
  14. BlindSquirrel

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    The MR Sting is actually hobbit scale....how big Sting would be if'n you was a Hobbit.
     
  15. GundamZeppelin

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    you could always buy them for that low price and ether re-sell them now, or sit on them till they make new force fxs :D or just buy an other one take the blade off and you have a saber for your belt :$
     
  16. rmschneider104

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    Anyone know how close the new Vader FX is in size to a normal Vader saber? In other words, are the FX hilts still a bit oversized?
     
  17. Stormleader

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    Awesome, this is the main reason I waited on buying the FX sabers- I knew they would come down. Man, I hope these go the way of the Sting. I'd buy 10 of them. :lol

    I don't think the FX line is or was ever meant to be a high-end collectable that "holds it's value". Low price point, not super accurate- but close enough, unlimited edition size.

    They basically ARE toys. Expensive ones. They are meant to be played with, not just looked at.
     
  18. Jeeves

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    Yeah, the FX's are the bomb. I've got lots of rare, higher end props on my shelves, but everyone gravitates to the old FX vader I got at the FAO sale a while back...

    I'd been eyeing the stack of unsold FX's at my local Best Buy - waiting for them to go on sale. :) I need 'em to drop to $50.. :)

    -Raj
     
  19. Jedirick

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    Very good point.

    I think when collectors place more emphasis on speculating potential investment value instead satisfaction of acquisition they set themselves up for major disappointment. Especially when collecting items produced by existing companies who in whole or in part target the collectibles market.

    Interestingly enough, down the road, those FX sabers in minty packge condition could be valued over the collector edition series. In most cases, FX sabers will be purchased as toys and used as such. Ten years from now the number of working FX in good to minty package condition well may under number our cherished CE, LE, SE editions. :(
     
  20. WebChief

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    I hope their prices do continue to drop... I never looked at them as high end collectibles... if you want that, buy the LE versions.

    Like some others I was thrilled at the price drop on the STING swords. I didn't buy one until they were $14.99 at Toys R Us and I love it probably more than anything else in my collection. For the price vs. what you get, you can't beat it.

    I'm hoping the FX sabers drop to around $50 and I'll be buying more.
     
  21. RedTwoX

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    I got my EpV Vader and EPIII Skywalker and probably won't buy anymore (Maul might be an exception depending on price). However, if they drop to $50 or less I may reconsider.
     
  22. rmschneider104

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    Anyone know how these scale to the regular MR Vader saber hilts???
     
  23. OldKen

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    i dont know exactly but its supposedly one of the closest in size to an actual hilt.


    my ani ep3 is almost exactly the size of a graflex, i held one up to it, its a tad bigger but not much.

    (i know the ep3 ani was way smaller, but it was supposedly the same as lukes soo...)
     
  24. allosaur176

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    Yes, but being i'm not a hobbit, its grossly oversized :)
     
  25. KevVader

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    ...it's called getting rid of overstock. I'm sure MR projected the number of sales of these items which determined their production quantities. However, with the market getting close to saturated with these particular models...MR has gotta move them.

    Best Buy may be using these as "loss leaders"...but I doubt it. Typically, loss leaders are high volume, low priced, high margin items that retailers can afford to take a hit on to get people in the door.
     
  26. forcefx

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    They will NEVER drop below $50..
     
  27. misterfusion

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    Just checked the Best Buy SITE, and they've got 'em listed there for $79.95.

    I'm still holdin' out... :angel

    Steve
     
  28. RedTwoX

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    Then I shall NEVER buy another one with the possible exception of a Darth Maul. :lol I'm happy with what I have and have no desire for more desire where MR FX are concerned. I'm turning my attention to custom sabers now.
     
  29. SurferGeek

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    The same was probably assumed regarding the Sting FX... It retailed for what? $120, that's at or above the retail of the current FX sabers. I'm sure no one thought that they could get a Sting FX for $14.99... But it DID happen. Never say never.
     
  30. Prop Runner

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    Not pretending to know Best Buy's marketing & sales strategies, but this could very well be a "loss leader" price. In marketing, a loss leader is an item that is sold below cost in an effort to stimulate other profitable sales. There are several varieties of these profitable sales, the most common being low-priced soda six-packs and buy one, get one free deals on liter sodas: You get the $0.99 soda six-pack, located right before the aisle of the highest-end items, such as personal hygene, and then, since you're a mindless consumer, yoou buy the enticing new $15.99 battery-operated disposable razor. :p

    This could be the Best Buy version of a cheap six-pack: get the saber, which is located in the back, "conveniently" right next to all the big screen TVs and their eager salesmen. :D

    - Gabe
     
  31. icemanfredtm

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    walmart has them for 79.
    was waiting on a new billing cycle to but it.
    but when I check back , one day they are in stock the nest out of stock (anakin)
     
  32. E Williams

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    MR is making running changes to the Vader ESB FX saber- for example, on mine the clamp design is entirely different from the one pictured here: http://www.fx-sabers.com/vader_ESB_tutorial.html

    Instead of a metal clamp that more or less faithfully replicates the original prop (see link above), they've gone to an injection molded plastic 'clamp' sleeve with two diecast metal sidebars to replicate the 'box' portion of the clamp.
    Pic of new clamp design

    The overall feel of the clamp part is significantly cheapened (and looks much less accurate) when compared to the first version. To be fair, all products undergo changes and refinements in their design in order to simplify the assembly process, or cut costs, but it's not usually to the detriment of the product.

    I'm sure this isn't the only change to the prop (I haven't disassembled the guts yet). Has anyone noticed similar redesigns in the Anakin Ep3 saber? Maybe this is why the sales price is dropping- MR is trying to redesign to a lower price point... Has dealer cost changed recently?
     
  33. Kylash

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    just picked up a ESB Vader for $39.99 at Shopko in Wisconsin
     
  34. wamser_e

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    I recently picked up 4, MR episode III .45 scale lightsabers at Fry's Electronics for $9.99 each. They had the yoda, anakin, vader and obi-wan. IIRC the MSRP was originally like $35 each for these things.

    It also looks like they have the Anakin FX's for $67.99 on their website. www.frys.com
     

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