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Newbies / Re: Hello Everyone
« on: April 27, 2005, 08:10 PM »
Welcome aboard, and have a good time...  Questions can be directed at any of the staff if you have 'em, and hope you have a good time here.  Pretty tight-knit group and all, and always welcoming new folks over too!  MOre and more too, it would seem.

Take it easy man, and enjoy!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: More Target Exclusives?
« on: April 27, 2005, 12:08 AM »
But who would've actually, honestly, ever thought that a "solidarity" movement of telling the retailers "F off" by not buying would EVER happen?

Are army builders at fault...  Partly.  But so are people who need one of every one, or whatever...  It's nothing that Paul or any of us can stop by simply saying "I'm not gonna buy that".  It'd take the vast majority of people in this hobby agreeing.

I haven't seen 20 people agree, much less 2000, or 20,000, or whatever.  :)  I guess my point is, it's unrealistic to point fingers and say "this is your fault", because in reality it's everyone's fault in this hobby.

I am not wild about the price, but then again this isn't something I'm gonna get a huge army of (I'll be lucky to get a couple).  Even if this figure were available in DROVES I wouldn't buy 30 of them or whatever, I'd buy as many as I felt was financially "good" for me.  If I'm lucky I'll be able to do that now actually.

The cost of both the Clone at Target and the 4-pack sucks...  I could buy more of the 4-pack if I actually wanted but I'm voicing my opinion by NOT doing so.  Sure I bought some, (same with the Stormtrooper, who I'd buy more just because I like the classics more, but also I got many for cheap or trade), and I'll buy some of this Target Clone, but I'm not buying 100...  Not to mention the Clones at EE are actually selling for $6-ish if you got cases.  EE's the one gouging on the $8 - $10 price by breaking up cases, either because they think they'll get stuck with the colored sets or they're just thinking it's a good way to make more by capitalizing on army builders...  My EE Clones were ALL $6.25 if I recall.  I just won't buy those individual sets.

The Target Clone sucks...  But if I don't buy them, I guarantee people aren't gonna line up behind me and say "Yeah, JJ said let's stop this insanity!"  :)  This hobby's very often an "every man for himself" thing, and retail knows that.

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: How big is your army?
« on: April 26, 2005, 11:51 PM »
That'd be great...  I hope these later #'s are hitting more abundantly spuffy, I haven't seen them yet save for Greivous and the Clone Pilot I found yesterday.  Just sitting there alone staring at me at Target...  Weird.

I find lots of ones sitting around all throughout the modern line.  Saw one Assajj, one SA Clone, one VOTC 3PO, one Blonde Saga Officer... 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Met any other SW forum members?
« on: April 26, 2005, 08:21 PM »
Shannon, thanks for the muffins!!

WTF!?   >:(  Nobody said anything about handing out Muffins.  I didn't get Muffins...  God dammit.


Hooters wasn't that bad... I just wish they had more than regular beer....

No kidding!  Is that a state law or something?  All I wanted was some a lot of rye or vodka.   :'(

They don't serve booze here either J2, so not sure what other states are like, but that's PA's deal.  Hooters isn't technically a "bar" around here.  I think that's what it has to do with.  Bars get the liquor license and can sell booze but Hooters is a different establishment I guess, I dunno.

I'm not a fan of the place myself.  I like boobies though.  Food sorta blows there I think.  I'd rather bring a bag lunch and look at girl's chests then instead. :)

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: How big is your army?
« on: April 26, 2005, 06:16 PM »
My #6 clone army's going along nicely.

I hope you're able to get lotsa SA Clones Rob...  I'm worried on that, a lot, so I'm buying up #6's and I'll buy what SA's I can afford/find as well, but I have a nice 20-ish #6 army going.

Not one AT-TE Gunner or commander is to be found in my army yet.  I stress yet.  :)  I did get a lone clone Pilot yesterday though.  I can see his knee pin stressing though so I'm being careful with him.  His joints are incredibly stiff at the knees though, yikes!

Great figure though.  Too bad he didn't have a removable helmet though considering the open face and how great he'd look with translucent visor!  :)  A project for another day when Clones are abundant around here.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: More Target Exclusives?
« on: April 26, 2005, 06:13 PM »
I wish I'd had similar good experiences Rob...  Most of the time I'm cool at Target.  It is a good store, but today was  just that time that I NEEDED help and was given the run-around a lot.

Plus Target's a rarity around here.  Only near malls and they're all spaced rather far apart.  Tough making a toy run like that.  :(

I got what I went for though, as they're due on my finals week.  Blech. :(

How can any of you keep anything over 100 conversations going in your PM box?  I get confused at like 20 or so different people talking to me.  100+ messages seems insane.

Newbies / Re: Hello from Phatooine
« on: April 26, 2005, 05:35 PM »
We could use a Capt. Obvious because Private Parts needs a commander, and Major Woody needs someone to boss around.

Enjoy your stay here...  Whenever you decide to pop in.

Newbies / Re: um. . .yeah. . .hi
« on: April 26, 2005, 05:34 PM »
Hey Name,

Good seeing you man, that was outta left field...  Have a good one over here.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Battlefront II!!!!
« on: April 26, 2005, 05:00 PM »
That's the problem with consoles though, which this game was really pushed for XB over most other systems.  The expansion pack idea would've fixed this without having the buyer necessarilly paying $50 or so for a "new" game.  But to market it to who its intended for they pushed a sequal...  Not that an expasnion would have necessarilly been cheap though, of course.

I'm wondering what the popularity of a second one will be.  If it'll really draw people in a lot or what.   :-\

Toy Reviews / Re: AT-RT Review
« on: April 26, 2005, 04:58 PM »
The driver on mine's feet don't even actually rest on the "pedals" or whatever you wanna call it...  I put a red clone on then out of curiosity (from Saga) and he actually can ride it ok, and his feet touch.  I think if Hasbro did do a poseable rider for this, the key would be the new ball/socket hips. 

I think it'd look pretty cool then, and his feet would be pretty good to reach the pedals...  At least as good as the pack-in does which has a little gap at each foot as it is.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: EE exclusive Clone Trooper 4-packs!
« on: April 26, 2005, 04:53 PM »
I guess mine are on the way too...  Dude that got our cases said they are anyway.  That's good.  Now to think about where I'm gonna put any of this stuff.  I'm running out of room at the moment for figures.  I need more shelf space, STAT.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: More Target Exclusives?
« on: April 26, 2005, 04:49 PM »
What a bunch of A-holes at Target...  My god.  One of my worst retail experiences with low-level employees I do believe.

So I took the # and called a couple "local" (I'm talking like 45 mins away though) Targets and at the first one I got a nice guy who was helpful.  Great.

Second Target I called the guy was like "We don't have that", I told him I have the DPCI # and asked if he could just check it.  He told me, "We don't carry that".  I told him to then just check the #, I know he's capable of it, and I didn't wanna make a 1 hour trip to his store for nothing.  He said, "OK, what is it", and I read it, and he just said, "Yeah, there's none of those here, goodbye".

So I went to the first Target...  After haggling with an employee about what it was, telling him there's none on the pegs and asking if he could go in the back (I used the, "The guy I talked to told me to make the trip down and someone could help me" line), the guy went in the back finally and brought one out.  At that point, another employee and the one who brought me the figure both started asking me, "is this valuable?" type questions.  I told them it isn't, and that if they make a lot it won't ever be...  It may have an initial "push" but that's it.  I tried to avoid any army builder potential topics or anything, and just get their minds off their wallets and to just not screw everyone in that Targets area.   ::)

So from there, I left with my one Clone (which the one guy I think didn't want to sell it to me because he I could see the steam coming from his ears as he thought about buying what he could and selling them).  I went down the highway then to the next Target to form a sorta triangle toyrun.  There's a highway from that one that'd run right back to my house (a 45 min drive from that Target to home though, and from the first Target to the next was easily 45 mins as well).  I get there, and this is the store that the ******bag told me "we don't have that", and low and behold they're in stock.  If I could've had that $5.15/hr yutz in front of me I'd have kicked him in the nuts at that point.

I asked a girl for help, she gave me the "We can't bring 'Collectibles' out for you" line.  I told her it's a toy, she said no.  I told her it's for my kid.  She said no.  I left.

On the way out I popped off at Customer Service to try them.  It worked and after much searching they found me one and brought it out.  What a fiasco though.  

I like Target...  I like it more than Wal-Mart as far as stores go simply because it's always less "hectic" feeling, aisles are bigger, and it's a generally cleaner store (Some WM's are very clean/nice though).  That's important stuff to me.  If there's one constant in the retail universe though, it's that people from the ground up often just don't care.  I worked management for J.C. Penney's, and it's no different.  I guess that's the price you pay for "sales" and "price cuts" and the like.  Poor quality in service.  I will say some people were very nice today, but only 1/4 of the people I talked to were while easily the majority were rude and couldn't have acted more "bothered".

That's just my little retail rant.  Usually I give them the benefit of the doubt but today was frustrating trying to just get some simple help on something to save me some time.  Given how much I support Target over WM, they owed me more than what I got.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Met any other SW forum members?
« on: April 26, 2005, 01:16 AM »
Needed to hang at that PSWCS booth for that it seemed, and even with that I think I only saw him twice there maybe?  

PA guys were all over the place at the con though.  I ran into them at random throughout.  Not that I didn't want to, but I had a harder time running into the guys I'm gonna have a hard time seeing again (outta staters) while the PA guys I saw daily it seemed.  ::)  Oh the irony.

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