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I saw them at 2 local shops here for over $40! why are they so expensive when cold one knights are still $25? Is this some mistake? or do they just really want to nudge people into buying the battalion box?
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if I remember right, there are 6 sprues, and true they are not as densely packed - but I think because there are 6 sprues (2 commands, 2 legs and 2 arms sprues) they (GW) justified a price hike over the 3 sprue units like cold ones. Zema could have a better feel for their contents, I actually haven't bought a box.
Well, they are worth it IMO because you have the potential to build 14 greatswords per box (4 xtra torsos) So with two plastic boxes at around 80$US you have the potential for 28 where as with the metal ones, 4 boxes at a little over 80$US you get just 20. Also the plastics (IMO) look loads better than the metal counterparts.
I don't think theyre priced per sprue but rather prices depending on what slot they fill and by demand.
Plastic rare & special choices cost way more than core no matter which has more sprue or takes up more plastic. Since these choices are sold less compared to core, they are priced at a higher value to generate a comparable revenue to keep the product line profitable. It's pretty unfortunate that they switch to plastics which should reduce costs to produce the model, but GW doesnt provide the savings to their customers.
For example, look at the Empire Wizard or General boxes. Very little material involved but cost as much as a unit of 10 troopers. However, since GW figures they will only sell 1-2 max per army they jack the price way up to make up for the lower sales volume.
As for being a good deal for getting 14 per box, I suppose it works when it's compared to how many models you get compared to the previous metal ones though you to canniablize other units to get legs. Value wise I don't think it's worth that cost when you compare metal to plastic - which is a very cheap resource and a lot less durable.
The price of greatwords was absurd and completely unprecedented. Compared to the price of other similar units the cost is absolutely criminal. Take Lizardmen temple guard, they occupy the same slot on the list, are physically larger, were released only a short while before and cost £1 less per model! If anything you'd expect the Temple Guard to be more expensive because they'd sell less due to the lizardmen army being less widespread than Empire and Temple Guard being relatively rare among Lizardmen list (whereas almost every Empire player fields greatswords you only ever field Temple Guard if you take a Slann).
When it comes down to it why are they so expensive? Because GW was being greedy and opportunistic, I mean are we seriously expected to believe they were twice as costly to make as the state troopers? give me a break...
I'm just glad I already have a unit of 25 metal GS, profiteering on that scale is sickening.
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My guess is GW feels that its so cool and convienient to us Empire players to finally have things like plastic greatswords and steamtanks that we're going to rush to buy them and use them in our lists! But with $58 and $41.50 (at my store for GS's at least) I don't think so.
But then again from what I hear GW has had money issues for the past couple years or so. I think they want to be in positive for once. However basic economics would show that hiking prices decreases demand . Oh well...
P.S. the batallion only saves you about $10 from the retail value of the stuff inside. So I doubt they want you to save $10 over the 60 you'd save by just buying the greatswords.
As to what's actually on those sprues: you get 2 banners, 2 banner arms, twice the same head with a huge feather, and obvious sergeant legs and torso, not to mention 2x the sword obviously meant for the sergeant. Also on the double command sprue are horns, and weapons in the left hand to be used by the hornblower/s bearer.
Why they made the command sprue double is beyond me, as almost everything on it is either obviously for the squadleader or for the other command models.
As to the other sprues: you get a choice on swords for almost every model: straight or flamberge, so far so good. But they could've stuck so much more on those sprues, like the superb statetroopers sprues.
Frankly, the half empty frames and double command sprue gave me the idea of the old zombie kit and current beastmenkit, apart from many other kits GW used to do in this way: what do we need with multiple banners? Even more so on a kit like greatswords, of which it's likely you'll buy more than one: get 2 boxes and you got spare 3 banners in your bits box! I mean, really...