datguy86 wrote: KUMA-NIN Maximus wrote:
datguy86 wrote:Huh. Soundwave is only about $8 more expensive than Sideswipe or Red Alert, but we'll be paying twice as much. The Hell?
It's because he is a more complicated piece, as it was made to include up to three cassettes. That, and it also includes an extra Transformer (Laserbeak) piece. So I am seriously assuming that it costs them a bit more to make him than it does to make the other two.
I think you missed my point. If Sideswipe Alert is the equivalent of, say, 64 US dollars, and BBTS charges $84; then why is Soundwave costing the equivalent of $72 and BBTS is charging $170? That's a huge markup. According to the pictures, Soundwave only costs 500 more yen than Red Alert. So it's not even $8. Closer to $6.
Also, Sideswipe in October. Did we know that already?
I am not missing your point. You are missing mine. Soundwave is a more complicated piece. He includes the new feature of placing three tape-based Transformers in him. And atop of that, he comes with a MP version of Laserbeak. So my point is that because of that additional feature, and the possible difference in his size, is more of a $120 piece. And with the addition of Laserbeak, it becomes a $140-$150 piece.
Also, the Japanese market does not follow the same practices here. So when it comes to a product like this, you will find that Takara Tomy will sell it for less there than here. Simply because the said retail price is how much it is worth if you bought it there. However, over here, they have to include a set price... Any possible transition fees... Shipping costs... And make it where both they and the import stores that buy these items can both make a solid profit.
Thankfully, they do not follow the practices when it comes to DVDs/BDs in Japan.
And actually, I did not. So thanks for the head-up, which makes me think I'll have enough time to decide if my 11th/12th/etc. will be him. (I'm trying to be very picky, even though I have missed out on a number of items that I do/did want.)