Matty Announces PKE meter re-release July

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by tripoli, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. tripoli

    tripoli Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Just a heads up, Matty Collector has announced they will be re-releasing the PKE meter for sale in July. They have raised the price from $ 65 to $ 70. There will be no new features or functions, it is the same package as people have been asking for another release of these. If you did not get them the first time, now will be your chance as well if you were looking at the secondary market, you can now save some money by making the purchase in July.
     
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  2. Filandrius

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    Thanks for the heads-up! Very informative and useful. We should bump it regularly to discourage the price-gouging. ;)
     
  3. Moviefreak

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    Lol :lol
    This is going to p** off all those who bought a bunch and are holding them for $200+ ransom. Now everyone will buy a bunch for resale purposes and that market will be flooded.
     
  4. Talisen

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    Thanks for the info Tripoli! I missed out and haven't had the extra to buy on the secondary.
     
  5. Alan Castillo

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    A $5 rise !!!

    Waaaaaaaaaaaay too much :lol

    Jamie - :thumbsup
     
  6. Sundowner

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    Why do they do such limited runs? Maybe initially to feel the market? They would sell quite a bit more if they kept a running stock because the amount that are on eBay that are being sold at almost 3 times the asking amount at times.
     
  7. Filandrius

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    And it would ruin the scalpers' business. Which is encouraged by "limited" runs like these.
     
  8. tripoli

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    My understanding is the Matty marketing group looks at an extremely conservative business model with limited runs to make sure they make a profit and do not have excessive overstock. In their mindset, it is better to make a limited profit than to take the risk of making more profit with the issue of possibly being caught with extra production that did not sell killing the bottom line profit.

    The 12" line of GB figures did not sell well and they were left with some which made them even more cautious. The prop line has sold out quickly and many have complained about it to Matty. They changed the way of ordering with the BTTF hoverboard to see if they could increase production numbers and were pleasantly surprised with the number of orders that came in. Still having an aversion to risk, they did use a pre-paid order system to try to avoid possible cancellation cost.

    Matty needs to do a better job of marketing their prop lines as well they need to consider other means of marketing these products as i have a feeling they have no idea how well they would be accepted in a larger marketing scheme. All manufacturers deal with limited resources and in this economy want to avoid any costly mistake, but Matty seems to have no confidence in their products or awareness of the market they are selling in.

    I am happy they have opened this back up and hope to pick up a few more PKE meters for the collection here as my kids have gotten into the GB gear quite heavily. it will also be interesting to see how they market it and sell such as the secondary market seems to justify such at this time.
     
  9. Michael Bergeron

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    Great news for those that missed the first run! They'd better hold back on the traps though, I have to sell/trade them for more than they charge just to make up the insane customs I paid! Have two extras left... :lol
     
  10. redbouche

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    Where did this news come from? I can't find it on the mattycollector site. I'm super psyched. I'm tired of being late to the game and missing these great props because eBay speculators snap them up.
     
  11. Phish4dinner

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    They had a limit of 10 per customer last time. Its ok to tap out a limit and sell some extras for profit. But, what really gets me is when nutcase scalpers start buying over 60 of them on others credit cards just to dump them on ebay all year for over 3 times the price. Some of those scalpers even had pledge drives on their own websites on the on sale dates begging for free money while they sat in chat rooms bragging about how many PKEs they were going to scalp. This is how non fans act that could care less about real fans and just want to be lazy because they cant handle lifting a grocery bag, let alone find a real job. Scalpers without morals disgust me. That same certain ”group” of thieves even go as far as lying about it being surplus PKEs and just try to lie about their illegal business practices. But I guess they need the money for prostitutes
     
  12. tripoli

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    Where did this news come from? I can't find it on the mattycollector site. I'm super psyched. I'm tired of being late to the game and missing these great props because eBay speculators snap them up.

    It was in the Ask Matty section here:

    pke meter - Topic
     
  13. jedimarkj

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    Phew... Glad I didn't dole out $200+ for this on the secondary market!
     
  14. Phish4dinner

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    +1 my man, +1
     
  15. Bowelrock

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    Scalpers can shove them up there Butts.....
     
  16. Kerr Avon

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    It's not like it wasn't available to preorder for DAYS originally. Not the scalpers fault if you missed out. That's the price to pay for not paying attention.
     
  17. Filandrius

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    Getting 60 up there might be a challenge.
     
  18. DrMcoy

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    i do not recall any pre-order being available for days. Not saying it isn't true.

    What I recall was getting on the day pre-orders were opened and waiting 30 minutes to find out if my order for ONE item went thru. I believe others had similar issues, if not worse.

    regardless, not paying attention does NOT validate my having to smile as others buy up mass amounts and selling them at 2 to 3 times the price down the road. not sure if it is illegal, but it is deplorable. one or two, i could maybe understand....maybe...but more than 10, well, i think it stinks.

    glad to see more may be offered.
     
  19. Jay1138

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    I'm so gonna order one of these. I regret not getting it the 1st time.
     
  20. Filandrius

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    There was no pre-orders. There was an official "on-sale" date that was announced a little before. You had to order it after it was officially released, before it was sold out. It was a little tricky.
     
  21. Kerr Avon

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    Yup, sorry, it was available on the Matty website for a few days before they sold out. Some people who hopped in the first minutes it opened had difficulty, but I tried the site an hour or so after it started and got in, made my purchase and was done in minutes. They didn't sell out for a couple of days at least. And it's not illegal, it's perfectly legal and called capitalism. If you don't think it's worth 2 or 3 times the initial asking price, then don't pay for it. Others think it is worth it.
     
  22. Kerr Avon

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    I think they announced the for sale date around a month ahead of time.
     
  23. Filandrius

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    That the part that I wasn't sure about. A month or so.

    As for paying, rarity can make us do stupid things. Especially if it's fake rarity.
     
  24. Janderson0719

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    It really is worth the price.
     
  25. Alan Castillo

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    You bet it is ! I consider myself extremely lucky to have nabbed one for $70 about a year ago.
     
  26. Dave Ward

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    Is there any word on any future GB props from Matty?
     
  27. PeteVenkman

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    They are killing the GB line after Comicon. I believe Dana and one more figure are all that is left to be released. A major disappointment, but not a surprise. The fan base is really (and I mean really) small and doesn't have the purchasing power to sustain a line, though they can't see that. As well, Matty mishandled the line from step one.
     
  28. Dave Ward

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    I'm glad they got to do the trap and PKE - both great pieces.


    David
     
  29. MegaPrime33

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    I regret not getting the trap so here's hopping they re-release that as well.
     
  30. tripoli

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    There are no plans for re-releasing the traps at this time. It has been noted that it i snot ruled out but there are no solid plans at this time. Matty noted they are very interested to see how the second PKE sale goes.

    As for another GB prop, one is in the works but will not be released until next year. It sounds like they did not want a GB prop line sale to conflict with the BTTF hoverboard sale. It may be with bigger ticket items Matty again is playing things conservatively to stagger out the items and not hit collectors all at once.

    Matty did note they decided as well that they wanted to add improvements onto the next GB prop and do it correctly.
     
  31. Dave Ward

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    Interesting. The next obvious item would be Ecto Goggles - I heard they weren't going to do the pack. What is there other than that? Belt Gizmo and Sniffer, although these seem a obscure.

    David
     
  32. tripoli

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    The two most likely props seem to be either the goggles or a proton wand.
     
  33. Contec

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    Maybe props from Ghostbusters 2 ? The goo collector? or maybe the dancing toaster :p
     
  34. lharles

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  35. Sidewinder

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    PLEASE NOTE: Due to additional required safety warnings, this product is unavailable for shipment to the following countries: blah blah blah, Great Britain.

    Bang goes my order then.

    SAS
     
  36. Finhead

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    Sweet, got one this time round. :)
     
  37. LeoFirebrand

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    Thanks for the reminder! Saw this thread a while back and got pre-approval from the wife so I could buy as soon as it went live. Now my trap will have a pal to keep him company :)
     
  38. Stencil

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    Got one! Thanks for the update. This is July isn't it?
     
  39. St. Matticus

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    Annnnd... got one! doin' the happy dance!!

    Thanks for the heads up!!
     
  40. Nataku

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    We got one! I had my girlfriend on standby, waiting for the clock to hit 12:00 (9:00 PT). I wasn't missing this one. Please re-release the trap!!!!
     
  41. Funky

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    The scalpers are NOT going to be happy! :lol:lol:lol
     
  42. Moviefreak

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    Someone is still trying to sell one on eBay for $495.00 :lol
     
  43. dbalschi

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    Any idea how long they will be selling the PKE for?
     
  44. archtk

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    Sweeettt...

    Here in Australia it is EST time zone so i had to get up at 2am last night and was able to grab one! hurray but I was in doubt for the first 10 minutes as it did not come on sale straight away but finally I was able to grab one.

    jaja! now I can start my GB prop shelf. now lets hope the trap comes soon on resale.

    Will cross my fingers,

    Cheers.
     
  45. allosaur176

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    I just picked one up as well, and yes, lets hope for a trap resell
     
  46. Moviefreak

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    Until they sell out :lol
     
  47. Stormleader

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    Max order is 99?!
     
  48. dbalschi

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    :lol I knew somebody would say that as soon as I hit the post button!
     
  49. Nataku

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    Aw, my heart goes out to them. :lol
     
  50. Filandrius

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    Well there you go. Subtle, Mattel. :rolleyes
     

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