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February 05, 2015 | By FLYGUY

Somewhere In There Are A Ton Of Star Wars Rebels, Sideshow & More...



That picture above is reportedly taken recently of Long Beach port California, one of the largest ports for goods in the world and were a lot of Asian deliveries of toys come through...

A colleague in the Toy Industry sent the above, but with a little digging, you can see pictures of what normally looks like, pretty standard stuff...


All organised and shipments moving pretty swiftly by the looks of it.


Having shipped goods around the globe to destinations where I have lived several times, I'm fairly aware of some of the issues and problems, but this image below of the current situation shows just how backlogged it really is...


Add in that ships now can't even unload and are floating out in the bay in queues...


Just my personal thoughts on this and it isn't meant to be a lecture, but many of you won't like what I say here, but am open to your opinions in the comments...

I know we all want our toys yesterday, and no one is forcing us to buy them remember, but I write this in hope that a small percentage at least may consider a little more the complexity, cost, labour, time, energy, fuel, love, passion, blood, sweat and tears that went in to making toys, and getting these things to their destinations.

Hasbro & Sideshow need a little slack, and so do retailers on and offline, as I still see lots of bitchy whining children (read adults) on occasion just spit out harshly on forums or groups with all the intellectual capacity and insightful thought of a mouldy pea, such as 'where's my f&%$ing toys'

When we post juvenile or endless bitchy comments it helps do one thing, make things worse. As collectors we seem to truly lack patience and I'm really trying to have more, having had the fortune to see many sides of the business, it does open your eyes. Toys are each not kissed by George Lucas as they come off the production line. Humans make and deal with these figures and paint, damages and small irregularities happen as do delays. Just because one store gets something does not mean the whole world has them, it takes weeks to get items distributed. Weather plays a big part too and other random acts.

Maybe next time you see someone bitch about pricing being 'outrageous' or 'scandalous' I'd hope you or they might help consider the cost of the person who probably gets a dollar a week to make the toys and works around the clock. Or the person who has to paint or assemble them, or consider the cost of the plastic, moulds, testing, print of the card back, assembly, the cost of boxes, shipping, fuel, boats, crew, ports and transport, more fuel, marketing, advertising, the distributors and stores that then repackage and deal with your orders to ship or put on shelves. (Or then ship to other countries outside the US who likely pay double what you paid.)

I'm not exempt in the past about digs at Hasbro et al but all in, it is 'outrageous' and 'scandalous' how often some conduct themselves online when talking about these products. That we don't have more consideration for how actually little these really cost, especially when you add up all the factors.


Still reading? Jeez, well done, now go play with your toys!




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