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Think I'm probably in for the night, so I'm ready for a quick postmortem.

I will say overall, more so than any actual results, it was refreshing to get excited about buying toys again. I had forgotten that feeling for a few months during this long lull. So from that standpoint, it was a fun night for me regardless of anything else.

As some kind of marketing event it seems like more or less of a flop to me, but who knows what their actual expectations are. I'm not a fan of contrived street dates in general, but i guess it's going to be a thing each year now.

As far as today goes, I saw pretty much all the figures and most ships in good quantities, except for the Imperial Speeder which I only saw at TRU. I didn't see a single A-wing either, which would have been a bummer if I didn't have one coming from TRU online already. And I never, ever saw that dang Titanium Helmet 2-pack with Sabine and Vader. Did anyone see that?

I guess the TRU Hovertank Pilot was probably my most wanted thing that I whiffed on, but I pretty much expected that. I just don't know how dumb you have to be to only stock one case of your store exclusive for a MM event like this. If you can get a case, you should be able to get 10. I realize there will be more later but seems like a big blown opportunity with that much foot traffic on one night. I would have bought 3-4 of those easy.

With all the exclusives announced today, I'm going to need a whole new shelf just for a Rogue One 6" figures...

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Aw man, I was really hoping we were going to get the K2-SO with blaster that was being shown everywhere early on, rather than another Jyn repack.

I sort of regret buying the single carded figure now too...dang.

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My store got 1 case, which were promptly snapped up by the local 501st guys who got let in early to shop.  ::)

Either have it available in quantity or not at all. This kick-off trickle is weak, especially for a figure that is in such high demand.

And put it up on the website already!

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Wow...so the Squad Leader is the Wave 2 guy, right?

I hope this is easier to find and in greater numbers than the Shock Troopers last year. Those required a lot of stalking to score.

I can't put a number on it yet but I will need a lot of these guys. Dang.

Hope we get some release date info soon.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Home Video Release 4-Pack
« on: Today at 11:10 AM »
Hmmm, based on the previous photos, I feel like Edrio Two-Tubes should be bigger. Awesome that we are getting a figure of him though! Fingers crossed for 6" too.

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I stopped @ two Targets on the way into the office (after oversleeping) and although they both had plenty of figures (both scales) neither had any new Class I sets. jam packed with TFA stuff.

However, I did find a couple still on the pegs at TRU right after that, so crisis averted!  :D

I want a whole fleet of these things, it is completely awesome.

Now I can just obsess about the 6" Hover Tank Pilot.

Anyone see any online reports (other than Chewie's) about finding Wave 2 figures anyplace so far? I have not but I feel like there were some last year. Maybe a swing by to Kohls might be worth it.

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TRU.com put their stuff up a few minutes before midnight, so I was able to pick up all the 6" guys and the A-Wing on sale with free shipping. :)

Unfortunately, that was the highlight of the night.

The first two Walmarts I hit had literally done nothing. No new product, no boxes sitting on pallets, no fancy cardboard displays, zippo. The third was in the middle of an aisle reset, and had a rectangular cardboard display with lost of lightsabers and 6" stuff. I also saw the TIE Striker and U-Wing on the shelf. No sign of the Imperial Speeder or A-Wing. Or the new Titanium Helmets. (They did have 12# animatronic Kanan but I couldn't bring myself pull the trigger)

I grabbed an extra Sabine and 6" Deathtrooper and called it a night. I saw no signs of any other SW collectors out and about. Sort of an underwhelming experience.

Planning to head out to some Targets soon. Fingers crossed for that %^&*( speeder.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One "FORCE FRIDAY" Official Thread...
« on: September 29, 2016, 10:34 PM »
Walmart has a giant cardboard U-Wing up too.  :o

T-minus 90 minutes now...I decided to stay home and put in a big order from TRU online, then hit a Walmart or two just to have a look see. Too excited to think about sleep!

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Class I Vehicle Sets
« on: September 29, 2016, 10:31 PM »
That's awesome. Wish they would add them to their website though, I am on the verge of a massive order.

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Nice, I should probably wait to pick this up cheaper down the line, but depends on how exciting a line up we have here.

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Rogue One / Rogue One "FORCE FRIDAY" Official Thread...
« on: September 29, 2016, 01:15 PM »
Hope I'm not overstepping here but I thought it would be good to get a nice central thread going for any amusing anecdotes/tales of terror from tonight, as well as interesting or noteworthy finds, discounts, etc. Also feel free to post your plans for tonight as it's always interesting to hear what other peeps are doing.

I had originally planned to get together with two other friends who are both collectors, but it sounds like we are likely bailing on that plan now due to a combination of family obligations/weather/sickness/etc. Not to mention a sort of general malaise. The only thing I really want that I'm not confident I can find tomorrow is the TRU 6" Hovertank Pilot. But it's not worth waiting 3+ hours in the rain just to find out they sold out in the first 5 minutes or never got them in the first place.

So my new plan is to maybe hit up a closeby Walmart tonight and maybe pick up the Imperial Speeder if I see it on the off-chance that Target doesn't carry this out of the gate. Then wake up early and hit a few Targets on the way in to work to use both of those coupons on the A-Wing, more 6" stuff, Rebels Season 2 DVD, etc.

I am thinking seriously about placing a big order on TRU.com too, since their current sale prices match the after-coupon price per figure I would be paying at Target. Just irked that they don't have the Hovertank Pilot up on the site yet, the way the Snowtrooper guy was available for preorder for last year's FF.

I do expect more than a few "ripples in the Force" coming up too. Targets around here have showed zero signs of prepping so far, and I find it a little hard to believe they will all magically have their aisles reset by 8am tomorrow when the doors open with all the new stuff on display. Just like I find it hard to believe that at 12:01am every Walmart computer will update instantly to allow the proper ring-up, pricing and sale of the new stuff. I foresee many possible checkout line frustrations...

Oh, and for the record, I am hoping to pick up all of the following: new 6" wave, A-Wing, Rebels Imperial Speeder x2, an extra Sabine, the Titanium Helmet 2-pk with Sabine's dome, and maybe the 12" animatronic Kanan, although that one smells destined for clearance already to me.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: September 29, 2016, 08:59 AM »
I'm confused.

So does this mean that JTA's concerns are unfounded if someone scanned the other item that IS allowed for sale?


Yep. I know it seems out of character for them to post some alarming claptrap, but...oh wait.   :P

Target is definitely a different animal. Their DPCI for all the 6" figures is 087-06-3953. The only one that had a different # was Jango, who somehow got into their system under the old 1951 DPCI.

I saw those new individual DPCI numbers for R1 figures, but I can't help but feel a little skeptical about that because if you search on those numbers on Brickseek or Brickpicker nothings comes up. Also that would be a major change from how they have always handled the line before.

I guess we'll know soon enough!

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Class I Vehicle Sets
« on: September 29, 2016, 08:48 AM »
Yeah, I always grab anything I want when I first see it, I've learned that the hard way. I think I am as excited for this as anything they've shown, except maybe that Hovertsnk Pilot.

I still find it disturbing that TRU, Amazon, Target, or Walmart have no listings for this. And TRU has literally every other repack from that assortment listed now. Just odd.

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What is the backstory on these guys? Are they OT, PT, Clone Wars, etc?

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Class I Vehicle Sets
« on: September 28, 2016, 04:53 PM »
Just found one on eBay too, so at least I don't think I'm going crazy.

Thanks! Yeah, sorry for cutting and pasting the wrong excerpt, I made it confusing. I was definitely talking about the Imperial Speeder. Looking forward to this now! :)

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