I should clarify; I did get my Leo for 15.99 (Canadian). But that's the one and only time I've ever seen the repros locally. On Amazon(.ca) they fluctuate between 22-40 dollars.mikeysee wrote: Aren't they though? I've never been in the market for these because they're always just the original 8 or whatever, but now we're getting some more interesting stuff so I'm paying attention. The super hero pack is $50 at Walmart, so $12.50 apiece. That actually seems kind of amazingly good. Are they usually more?
Stuff like the superhero set don't seem to come here at all, and aren't available on the Canadian Walmart site. So when you factor in exchange rate and shipping, they end up being in the neighborhood of 20-23 dollars each, or more, and I think that's too much for these figures. Especially when (the other part of my concern) they seem to be pretty spotty in how well they reproduce the original.
Like that absolutely hideous 'movie Splinter.'
The Sports figures went to Target, which we don't have in Canada, so same problem. That set is on Amazon(.ca) right now for 123 dollars. I can't remember what the other sets were going for, but I think I mostly skipped them because I few key figures did not look right and the prices were high. Some people might call that being too picky, but I mean, when you're doing a repro of a 6-7POA figure from the early '90s with barely any paint detail ... how is it picky to say 'okay, so make it look just like the original?' Guess that's up for debate. I'm fine with being picky.
The pricing issue for me, then, is very largely a distribution issue. Reliably get these into Canadian stores. But also.. I definitely want them to be as close to the originals as possible - not demonstrably uglier, worse versions of something from 30 years ago. If you can't make a toy as good as you did 30 years ago, why do you even exist anymore as a company?