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Not sure if this is new news, but was news to me.  Per the PR Newswire ALL TRU STORES will open at midnight on the 4th for Force Friday.  That's good news for those of us in MN now that Bloomington is shut down.

HTS has bothered to ship my Stormtrooper yet. They were suppose to ship on 7/29. It is still sitting at not shipped status. I think they need more trained monkeys.

Got my shipping notice today (supposed to ship 7/29 as well). I assume they are still trying to sort through the valid or declined CC orders.

+1 on my Ant Man and Kreo sets.  Any word on when the second wave of stormtroopers might go up for sale?  Is it typically about a week?  Not holding my breath as I'm sure it will just be for a minute until they've sold out again.

How hard would it be to just put the UPC on the back or the bottom?  You know, where almost all UPCs are found?   ???  That's just lazy and inconsiderate. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: August 3, 2015, 10:37 AM »
Can't wait.  It's been way too long since I've head some zombie goodness.  Of course, I'm sure we'll have to sit through a few episodes of set up before we get to the good stuff.   :-\

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: July 31, 2015, 10:49 AM »
Quite possibly.  It is definitely a different material.  The plastic doesn't "push in" like an aluminum can might, but doesn't feel as hard as my US version.  They came with a cardboard base glued to the bottom, so I can't really tell the thickness or check from underneath.  The droid parts feel like a slightly softer plastic as well.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figures
« on: July 31, 2015, 10:16 AM »
I got mine two weeks ago

Thanks - that's good to know when I call this afternoon to beach them out.  ;)

So, I love the GG Retro Jumbo figures, but their customer service is pretty awful.  In the last 90 days, I've sent four emails about my missing 2-1B figure.  I received responses for two of them, both times simply asking me to call their customer service line to straighten things out.  I tried calling CS six different times, but can never get through to anyone.  Yesterday I called around 3:00 and finally got through to an operator.  She directed me to customer service (odd in itself since that's the number I supposedly called).  After waiting 2-3 minutes I got a voicemail.  So I called again and it just rang.  So I called again and got the same operator and just directly asked for customer service.  I must have been on hold at least five minutes because the song changed twice.  Finally someone answered (Jewell I think?)  She searched through old records and found a receipt for my membership purchase, but not the exclusive figure.  She was able to send me out a 2-1B after some checking, but needed a credit card to pay the $15 shipping fee.  That whole process took another 15-20 minutes.

At this point I'm just glad I'm getting my figure, but what a lousy experience all the way around.  I have spent hours hounding them just to get the figure I paid for almost a year and half ago.  You'd think they would discount the shipping or offer up a coupon or a discounted 2015 membership maybe, but I didn't even get an apology...just a sorry for the call taking so long.  Much as I love these, part of me is glad things seem to be wrapping up so I can send my money elsewhere.

WalgreensBLOW!!!!111!!! or something or other... 

Seriously though, 9/4 is going to be weird if these places manage not to pee out everything first.  That'll be the big if.  But Walgreens, if they'd never said anything, who'd think to even go there on 9/4?   ::)

Well, we're all getting old enough now that the prescription crowd and SW collectors might be blending into one.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow!
« on: July 30, 2015, 10:02 PM »
Yeah, all of those things are customs and not protos.  The sand Speeder has a cool custom canon on the back as well.  I picked up that and a few other custom ships along with a huge Tatooine diorama years ago from a customizer that had passed away.  Don't know anything about him, but his wife had enlisted some of his SW friends to sell off his stuff.  She threw in a handful of custom figures and droids since I bought so much.  He had some amazing stuff.

Not sure if it is specific to my store or a broader price change, but the Walmart near me has all 6" Black Series for $15 now...

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: July 30, 2015, 01:30 PM »
Really?  Does he have a hole blown through him or a bandage?  Oh Carl.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow!
« on: July 30, 2015, 10:02 AM »
Thanks guys!  I eventually plan to seed the displays with extra vintage figures to make them look more like the scenes from the packages.  So much to do, so little time to do it...

Yeah, just wait 13 years for the price to come down.   ;)


...and technically we are getting the Stormtrooper at other outlets, just at a later date with different packaging.  I'm much more bothered about the Dr Strange Box Set, since the Marvel stuff doesn't seem to get repacked.  It's one thing to miss out on packaging, but quite another to miss out the character entirely.

I tried and failed again this year. Was hoping to pick up this and the First Order trooper, but both were gone too quickly. Honestly this set was my top priority since we should at least get another crack at that trooper. I'll have to keep checking over the next week or so, fingers crossed

+1  I snagged the Ant Man set and Transformers Kreo easily, but these two went quick.  Can we order two?  If I luck into finding it online and can get more than one I'll order a spare for you Brian.  Like you said, stinks that this is the only place to get these figures.

I could care less about the packaging.  I would have opened mine if I was able to get one.  I just really like the design and for me its worth the extra $5 to get it now versus waiting a few more months.  I'm not that bothered that I didn't get it honestly because this one will be available (loose) elsewhere unlike the past few exclusives.  That said, I do wish there was a better system for the people that really want the packaging.  I used to be a die hard completest with packages, so I know how it feels to have that hole in your collection.  Like Jeff said, hopefully there are some good prices to be had via Ebay over the next month for anyone who really wants this version.

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