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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: December 6, 2015, 09:46 AM »
Those are both really nice, fun pieces Nick.  Love the different card backs compared to the U.S. versions.  I wonder if the offer to become a Star Wars Bounty Hunter is still valid?   ;)

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Hang it from the ceiling.  That's what I told my buddy to do. :)  If I were buying 6", I'd be all over that.  It's actually nicely done, and miles superior to the 4" one they did.  That thing is sad.  :-\

You'd still have to hang it in a corner or something.  I'm tempted by this thing, but I'd have to duck every time I walk under it.  Maybe when it goes on clearance...

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I think it's probably due to the sheer size of the Walmart chain.  There's currently over 4,000 stores domestically.  It makes me think that distribution of these exclusive offerings takes some time.

I think there's more like 3300 Walmarts - over 4,000 if you included Sam's stores.  Walmart is actually known for having revolutionary distribution systems and they add distribution centers as the number of stores expand.  I would guess this is more of a supply side issue with either Walmart not initially ordering enough product or Hasbro not delivering quick enough.  Either way, I hope they get these up on line for us to purchase soon.

As of Dec. 31, Wal-Mart said that it operates 4,177 stores in the U.S., excluding its Sam's Club warehouse club footprint. Among them are 3,275 supercenters, which average about 182,000 square feet. This is simply too many stores, said Belus Capital Advisors analyst Brian Sozzi.Jan 31, 2014


The one-upmanship type of posts are getting really ******* tired.

Nice work missing the whole point of the post.  Re-read what you just wrote if you want an example of one-upmanship.  And stop being such a sensitive prick.

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I think it's probably due to the sheer size of the Walmart chain.  There's currently over 4,000 stores domestically.  It makes me think that distribution of these exclusive offerings takes some time.

I think there's more like 3300 Walmarts - over 4,000 if you included Sam's stores.  Walmart is actually known for having revolutionary distribution systems and they add distribution centers as the number of stores expand.  I would guess this is more of a supply side issue with either Walmart not initially ordering enough product or Hasbro not delivering quick enough.  Either way, I hope they get these up on line for us to purchase soon.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: December 5, 2015, 12:22 AM »
I don't think I need to see the movie after watching that last trailer.  Batman is older and cranky, Superman is loved by some and hated by others.  They meet and don't get along.  Lex further pits them against each other while turning Zod into Doomsday, Batman and Supes fight, then have to team up to fight the bad guy, and Wonder Woman jumps into the mix as eye candy.  I assume they all survive for upcoming movies, so just saved myself $10.   ::)

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The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: December 4, 2015, 02:41 PM »
Yeah, I was thinking along the same lines.  I don't think Disney has radically changed Hasbro's plans - they were started down this road already with lower articulation and more focus on different sized figures.  This isn't Disney greed - it's Hasbro's long range planning.

As for TRU, they clearly don't have the size advantage that your Walmarts or Targets have.  That means shipping costs, overhead, etc. cost them more.  If they need to charge a buck more to compensate for that, then so be it.  I'd rather that than have them go out of business trying to keep up with general merch retailers. 

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That's a good choice.  I hope that case refills at retail, as I'm sure Ren will be high demand once the movie hits.  I'd rather see them keep the Stormtrooper and dump Zuvio - he's definitely going to peg warm the next few months.

I'm just sooooo tired of wait for Phasma.

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The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: December 4, 2015, 11:23 AM »
Meh. This has bothered me less and less over the years.  With everyone accepting 90 day returns, I pretty much buy what I want when I find it, then end up returning items that I can find cheaper elsewhere.  I refuse to pass up a figure for $1 or 2 difference when there's a risk I'll spend at least that trying to track it down later.  And honestly I expect to pay a buck more for everything at TRU.  I'm willing to "donate" to their cause in the hopes that they don't shut down yet another store near me.  Still grouchy that the closest one closed last year and that there are no K-Marts within half an hour of my house anymore.

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I was finally able to procure the elusive Target AT-DP with Driver exclusive over the holiday. Didn't even cost me an arm and a leg either. Man, I am happy to knock that one off The List.  :)

Ebay?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 26, 2015, 03:52 PM »
- Glenn and Enid will arrive in a hastily and improbably constructed hot air balloon, with only enough room to save our core heroes, everyone else dies or is presumed so (leaving it open for Morgan to return again), next year they are back on the road!

HAHHAAHA!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: November 26, 2015, 03:49 PM »
No. No.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow - Vintage eBay Auctions
« on: November 25, 2015, 04:25 PM »
Those are awesome.  Ridiculous prices, but awesome.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 25, 2015, 01:52 PM »
I found the faith discussion then a church toppling your safety wall kind of ironic.

+1 - That was a nice touch.  The group should have been more panicked about the walkers outside the walls.  You get enough bodies pushing and they're bound to find a weak spot.  Or the church will just fall over.  I thought it was weird that Rick just started reinforcing a random spot versus looking around for something like the church. Good that he is preparing beyond just the walls, but should have back-up defenses all over the place (spears, chain link, obstacles, ditches, maybe a few lookouts, an escape plan, etc.  I think there are too many walkers for them to take on their own...this is a great spot for some other group to show and take care of business.

Glad Glenn is alive, not overly impressed with how they did it.  He only had to kill two walkers and hang out under the dumpster overnight?  Seemed easier than it should have.  I was surprised there weren't at least a few straggler zombies around.  I'm glad someone called out that Enid lured them with the cans - I don't recall seeing that in the show. 

Where did the balloons and propane come from?  Did I miss that?  Super convenient for the story, but not something I would have expected to find along the side of the road, complete with three already inflated balloons...?

I hate that Ron kid, but can't believe Rick is willing to teach him how to shoot.  If I shot someone's dad, no matter how good a reason, I can't envision a scenario where I'm putting a gun in his hands.  Like ever.  Speaking of which, might be a better system for guarding the ammo than leaving the door open with someone half-assing it in the next room.

Morgan, Morgan, Morgan.  All life is precious, except that life that seeks to end other lives.  He clearly sees himself in some of these idiots, but break it down to simple math.  If a guy is saying he is going to kill others if you let him live, then you're not protecting life by keeping him alive.  when Rick shared what happened at the RV that should have been a big fat wake-up call. 

Did we ever get an answer on what the bleeding wall thing is?  I didn't watch the last few Talking Deads.


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: November 25, 2015, 01:07 PM »
Oh snap! 

Captain America: Civil War - Trailer World Premiere

I hope I'm not getting worn out on Avengers, but most of that trailer did nothing for me.  I like the Iron Man vs. Cap and hope it doesn't take long to get to that.  Otherwise it was just a lot of Cap and Bucky running left or right.  The sides didn't look very even to me either.  I hope this ends up being more of a 50-50 break across the known heroes like they ran it in the comics vs. pretty much all of the heroes vs. the government.  That's the X-Men's schtick. 

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I nabbed Vader at the store on my way home yesterday.  He looks awesome with the shiny metal armor compared the plastic from the black series figures.  Like Nick, I've picked up a lot of these, but not set on being a completest.  I'm not getting Anakin, Finn, or Maul unless I see them really cheap.  The draw for me is mostly in the figures that wear armor or are made of metal because the finish looks so much more realistic than plastic.  Most of what has come out fits this mold (E7 figs, Vader, Stormtrooper, Grievous, Upcoming Fett), but most of the remaining characters do not.  Outside of more imperial troops I don't think I'll get too many more.

Looks like they did the standard 1:00 lottery for Vader yesterday, but there were still nine left when I swung by after work.  They have a limit of one per customer at the lottery, then apparently a limit of two per customer once they put them out with the rest of the merchandise.  The site still has a limit of one per person, which stinks for shipping.  I get the initial limit to make sure everyone gets one, but after that do you really need to restrict the number per person?  Guess I'll have to bring in my kids next time so I can get six Fetts.   ::)

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