|11-02-2008, 01:23 PM||#21|
Join Date: Sep 2007
R&D is extremely expensive. The mold and tooling for a figure is extremely expensive. I know that molds can range from $100,000 to $300,000 or even more.
I know for a fact, that molds and tooling for a Nike tennis shoe runs at $900,000. That's why Nike has been loving shoes being retroactive in style and you've seen a huge emphasis placed on shoes that came out back in the 1980s.
Next, molds are so expensive and this is the reason why we've seen re-tooled vehicles and no SkyStriker because the mold was broke. Once you get past R&D, you've got loads of costs. You have lawyer fees (patents etc.), art department, transportation, insurance fees, manual labor, materials.
So in reality, they probably do cost $0.25 in materials and pushing a machine to manufacture them. However, they better sell a bunch of them to cover the upfront costs associated with the production of the figure. This is the main reason why we see so many re-paints and professional kit-bashing. Otherwise, the line would be way too expensive.
|11-02-2008, 01:24 PM||#22|
Join Date: May 2008
Location: The Mitten
what the hell is an in house store?
|11-02-2008, 01:40 PM||#23|
Good times abound.
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Scott AFB, IL.
|11-02-2008, 01:56 PM||#24|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Lake Havasu City, AZ
I know this isn't quite the same thing, but I used to work at an Estee Lauder factory, and a $7-$9 lipstick cost the company about 19 cents, and a $50 bottle of perfume cost $1.15, and this stuff was manufactured in the US. I would imagine the markup is hughe and they cost under a dollar.
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