CHEAP ESTES SW ROCKETS: Take a Look at KB TOYS

CHEAP ESTES SW ROCKETS: Take a Look at KB TOYS

Post by hellmun » Sat, 08 Jan 2000 04:00:00



Hi folks,
While doing some product research (I work in the educational toy industry) I
found the place that Estes has dumped their recent Star Wars offerings:  KB
Toys, especially the ones that go under the label of "TOY LIQUIDATORS".  I
found some Quest stuff there too.

I picked up two Princess's ships (mini-engine version) for $2.50 a piece.
They had some of the SW RTF starter sets at $12.99 a piece.  It looks like
Estes had to dump all of their Star Wars goods by 12/31 and sold them to KB
and possibly Wal-Mart.  If I remember how licenses work (and this is my
opinion only), Anything that Estes had in stock (at Estes) after 12/31/99,
probably had to be destroyed. So all the Star Wars stuff that is in the
pipeline, at distributors or on the store shelves all there is going to be.
(I wonder how much Estes had to pay to get out of the license...)

A better deal at the Toy Liquidators, can be found if you are looking for
plastic models of Star Trek and Star Wars.  These were anywhere from $1.99
to $9.99 (for the 1701D with fiber optics: regularly $29.99). In addition,
if you brought one kit, you got another at 50% off.  I purchased about $600
worth of kits for 81 bucks.  The plastic parts are great for kitbashing and
accessorizing my science fiction model rocket fleet...  The Liquidators I
visited was at the Factory Outlet mall in Draper Utah.

Hope this info helps!

Mike

 
 
 

CHEAP ESTES SW ROCKETS: Take a Look at KB TOYS

Post by James Steven Yo » Sun, 09 Jan 2000 04:00:00


I posted about the Estes SW stuff at KB back before Christmas.  My
local store had a good selection then, they're picked over at the
moment.  The Trek stuff much have just come in in the last week or
two.  I grabbed the Defiant and fiber optic DS9 for a total of about
$12.50 (they only had one of each left).  No fiber optic Enterprise,
or I would have gotten one of those.  They had the Generations
Enterprise, Reliant, cut-away NCC-1701, tons of the Kazon torpedoes,
flight-display bird of prey, and a few others.  Lots of Star Wars kits
(which are also buy one, get one %50 off, but they aren't marked down
QUITE as much to start).  Saw the fiber optic Star Destroyer, regular
Star Destroyer, regular and cut-way Millinium Falcon, and a few more.
Lots of Star Trek figure kits too.  My budget is a little tight after
Christmas, or I might have walked out of there with one or two of
everything.

If you've ever had a crazy hankering to try a plastic conversion on
one of these kits, but the price put you off, this would be your
chance. <G>  The 50% off deal is good on all their plastic models
(don't know if the regular KB stores have 'em any more, but the KB
Liquidator store generally has a small selection) so there might be
some planes or space models of interest too.



Quote:
>Hi folks,
>While doing some product research (I work in the educational toy industry) I
>found the place that Estes has dumped their recent Star Wars offerings:  KB
>Toys, especially the ones that go under the label of "TOY LIQUIDATORS".  I
>found some Quest stuff there too.

>I picked up two Princess's ships (mini-engine version) for $2.50 a piece.
>They had some of the SW RTF starter sets at $12.99 a piece.  It looks like
>Estes had to dump all of their Star Wars goods by 12/31 and sold them to KB
>and possibly Wal-Mart.  If I remember how licenses work (and this is my
>opinion only), Anything that Estes had in stock (at Estes) after 12/31/99,
>probably had to be destroyed. So all the Star Wars stuff that is in the
>pipeline, at distributors or on the store shelves all there is going to be.
>(I wonder how much Estes had to pay to get out of the license...)

>A better deal at the Toy Liquidators, can be found if you are looking for
>plastic models of Star Trek and Star Wars.  These were anywhere from $1.99
>to $9.99 (for the 1701D with fiber optics: regularly $29.99). In addition,
>if you brought one kit, you got another at 50% off.  I purchased about $600
>worth of kits for 81 bucks.  The plastic parts are great for kitbashing and
>accessorizing my science fiction model rocket fleet...  The Liquidators I
>visited was at the Factory Outlet mall in Draper Utah.

>Hope this info helps!

>Mike