I’m a little late out of the gate with this information, but I thought it might be useful to anyone in the market for the SDCC-Exclusive Jabba’s Throne Room set that just came out. As I expected, eBay is currently flooded with them, as scalpers try to unload them from their hotel rooms at SDCC. Against my better judgment, I bought a “preorder” before the show, which turned out to be a big mistake as I ended up overpaying by a significant amount.
I’d say as of this writing (Saturday night, July 26th), the cheapest sets on eBay are hovering around the $120 mark, but they really are are all over the place in terms of price. However, BBTS has already listed the set for just $115, and RobotKingdom has it for $79.99 (however, shipping is quite expensive as they are in Asia). Limited stock will also be sold at retail price on HasbroToyShop sometime in the next few days — probably not until Monday at the earliest and maybe Wednesday is more likely. However, these will probably sell out in minutes, so if you’re not checking the site and/or related forums all the time, you will probably miss out.
If you’re willing to put in the time checking the site, HasbroToyShop would be the best option, and even if you happen to miss it there you can probably still put in an order from someplace like BBTS. I would not recommend buying from eBay unless you find a really good BIN price.
There have been some rumblings about Hasbro releasing the Crumb and Hooka part of the set separately (possibly with the Han in Carbonite figure), making the “throne room” packaging the only thing special abut the SDCC set. I wouldn’t mind this if they told us about it ahead of time, but it doesn’t seem cool to say that something is an exclusive that can only be purchased at SDCC (encouraging people to pay scalper prices for fear of missing out) only to turn around and release all of the elements of the set later. But I should stress that this all might just be a misunderstanding at this point. I don’t know of any official confirmation that they will be releasing the parts separately.