No More Simpsons ToyFare Exclusives! sign now

Dear Playmates Toys: We, the undersigned, are writing to you to express our dissatisfaction with the business practices of ToyFare magazine and Wizard Entertainment Group. It is our opinion that they have taken unfair advantage of their exclusive distribution rights on Simpsons World of Springfield figures such as Pin Pal Mr. Burns. The way in which ToyFare magazine and WizardWorld.com have tried to sell these figures to the consumer is almost unethical enough. ToyFare has continually hyped and promoted the aftermarket value of their earlier Simpsons exclusives, perhaps as a way to justify higher prices of new figures. The magazine and web site have raised the initial price of each figure from roughly $12 to $15 to $17, despite the fact that the retail price remains $5. Worse yet, WizardWorld.com is attempting to offer advance orders of upcoming figures "bundled" with ToyFare subscriptions and other unrelated items as a way to "guarantee" you will receive them. We have recently learned new information that suggests Wizard's ethical lapses may run deeper than this. A store called ToyWiz.com has been selling ToyFare exclusives for massively inflated prices. According to a look-up of www.whois.net on July 20th, ToyWiz.com is registered to Kenneth Shamus in NY. The chairman of the NY-based Wizard Entertainment Group is Gareb Shamus. Sources have told us that these two men are brothers. ToyWiz.com has been pre-selling Pin Pal Burns since before its release, currently for $80. They received their stock of the figures on or before July 18th, before any other dealers or consumers received theirs, at which time they started numerous eBay.com auctions for the "in-hand" figure. ToyWiz.com is also pre-selling the upcoming ToyFare Boxing Homer for $50, but the figure is supposed to be limited to only 3-per-customer from either ToyFare or WizardWorld.com. It looks to us like ToyWiz.com is receiving preferential treatment from ToyFare. There is almost certainly a clear conflict of interest when one man owns the company that decides the quantity of figures to produce while his close relative runs a company that collects large profits when that quantity is restricted. Making this relationship even more questionable, ToyFare's price guide listed Pin Pal Burns at $100 even before it was shipped, which helps make the ToyWiz.com price of $80 look like a bargain. It is because of all of this that we urge Playmates to reconsider letting ToyFare sell any exclusive Simpsons figures in the future. The fast sell-outs, rejected payments, and inflated aftermarket prices have frustrated many collectors to the point where they no longer want to collect Simpsons toys at all. The primary goal of Wizard Entertainment Group seems to be to line their own pockets through price-gouging, not to supply these figures to every collector who wants one at a fair price. We feel they no longer deserve to be associated with this toy line. We hope you look to other retail outlets to distribute your exclusive figures, or sell them yourself directly through mail-away offers or internet sales (Hasbro successfully sold 120,000 units of an exclusive Star Wars B'omarr Monk figure through their web site in 1997.) Thank you for listening to our concerns and considering our request. Please note, your IP address is recorded. Obviously fake or duplicate signatures from the same IP address will be deleted.

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  • 31 December 20101806. David
    This practice is disgusting, but typical from the people of Wizard...
  • 31 December 20101805. Tim
    Were are the Simpsons figures in Canada besides the inflated priced figs in comic shops?
  • 30 December 20101804. james
    I am so sick and tired of the scalping the Luca Films lost a loyal collector. Are you next.
  • 30 December 20101803. Steve
  • 29 December 20101802. Stanley
    Sent an order for Pin Pal Burns the day I received the toyfare magazine (from subscription). Envelope was returned and offer was sold out. I have every figure two-fold and I know I'm not the only one. Please take care of your collectors as we will cont
  • 28 December 20101801. Philip
    Please help keep collecting fun and affordable. Thanks for listening.
  • 28 December 20101800. Tony
  • 27 December 20101799. Robert
    I, a ToyFare subscriber, was denied a Pin Pal Burns, Convention Comic Book Guy, and Pin Pal Moe, even though I mialed out the order form the day I received the magazine in the mail.
  • 26 December 20101798. Baret
    I find it impossible to get Toyfare exclusives unless I dish out $100 on ebay.
  • 25 December 20101797. Tony
    Stop price gouging!
  • 25 December 20101796. Renji
    I ordered two Boxing Homers on the date they were released. My credit card was charged on 10/25 and my figures have still not arrived. I have been thoroughly disappointed by Wizard and am not sure if the Pin Pal Moe figure I ordered will arrive on time. B
  • 24 December 20101795. Jocelyn
  • 24 December 20101794. Joe
    none
  • 24 December 20101793. Chris
  • 23 December 20101792. Michael
    No more exclusives.
  • 23 December 20101791. Richard
    Whilst I realise the need for 'limited edition' or 'shortpacked' figures to keep the collecting aspect of the hobby, assisting blatant scalping and profiteering is totally against the spirit of the hobby.
  • 21 December 20101790. Keith
    Toyfare is a bane to the toy collecting community. Their practices have driven numerous collectors away from the hobby. Please, no more exclusives from them. They don'r deserve the honor.
  • 21 December 20101789. Jamie
    They are selling Pin Pal Burns for $300,00 here in Germany! This is beyond my understanding.
  • 20 December 20101788. Amy
    Bundling the exclusive figures with magazine subscriptions is based on pure greed by the company and has no regard to the collector who wants a figure to complete his or her entire collection. Toyfare does not have enough of the figures to go around to l
  • 20 December 20101787. Patrick
  • 20 December 20101786. Rich
    From personal experience, I will never purchase items through toyfare or wizards. I use to deal with them all the time,(comic exclusives, etc.) after many rejections from there promotions(i did send in everything on time). When I contacted customer servi
  • 19 December 20101785. Andrew
    I've had three orders returned to me because there was no more stock. It's disheartening.
  • 19 December 20101784. Paul
    Please produce more of the Haloween and Christmas specials, We don't even have a chance to buy them.
  • 19 December 20101783. Sean
    Taking advantage of those who love the show and want to show their support is just plain horrible.
  • 19 December 20101782. Todd
    I ordered the Toyfare subscription with Boxing Homer promotion in August. It is now December and I wil not be receiving said figure. Your partnership with Toyfare (or ToyUnfair) magazine is suspect. This is the only toyline whose exclusive action figures
  • 19 December 20101781. doug
    stop them
  • 18 December 20101780. michael

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