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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: September 13, 2011, 10:07 PM »
I think you're being a little Chicken Little-ish when you say you know Savage and Serpias will "never" show up again at your stores.

Yeah, there is definitely a frustration factor, but honestly the TRU's around here are funny with their TCW waves. Some waves show up in plenty, others I have literally only seen once never to be restocked. I've only seen Colt twice at all the TRU's around here, for instance. I just don't feel like I can take it for granted these guys will show up again outside of this latest promotion anytime soon.

That's not to say the figures won't be available elsewhere, I'm sure they will, but that will take awhile and this TRU promotion was really the best chance to score these for the foreseeable future. The scene around here otherwise is really dead. 

I did see an El-Les and Comm, Wolffe at Walmart tonight, but they did not appear to be carry forwards from any of the new waves.

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Well of the Souls / Re: Indy on Blu Ray?
« on: September 13, 2011, 03:01 PM »
Spielberg gets it.

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars on Blu-Ray
« on: September 13, 2011, 09:05 AM »
So looks like TRU has (at least the OT Blu Trilogy) for $29.99 and Target seems to have the best enchilada price at $79.99.  I may not agree with the changes, but I still plan on picking this up just to check out all the extra features.

According to the RS Summary posted yesterday, Target is selling the enchilada for $99.99 and it's actually Walmart and Best Buy who are selling it for $79.99. I honestly am not sure what is accurate anymore. I guess I will try Wally first and then Target as my back-up. I won't ever step foot in a Best Buy again if I can help it.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: September 13, 2011, 08:54 AM »
My local store put out the same 4-sided display mentioned by DoctorPadawan above. I saw it on Thursday originally and found the newest wave of CW figures (updated Rex, snowtime Kit, etc) including a lone shirtless Savage but I stupidly passed on everything due to the ridiculous $9 prices. Of course when I went back yesterday for the sale they were all gone.

I hate to say it, but you are probably SOL on those new CW figures for that store at least. I spoke to a TRU manager yesterday who indicated that they got 2 new TCW cases along with the 4-way display, sort of as a package deal. (It's not like they got that sweet new 4 way and coincedentally got 2 new cases of Wave 11 to throw up there) This sucks, because once those 2 cases sell through, which generally happens in a matter of HOURS, they really are unable to restock with any more new figures after that.

I've been to 4/5 TRU's within 75 miles of here, and it's the same story every place. They put out 2 cases of Wave 11 for the 4-way, and then nothing. No restocks. The fifth TRU, which ironically is the closest one, is the only one which inexplicably has failed to put up their 4-way display. This is literally my last hope for finding Shirtless Savage and Seripas. Because I know those guys are never showing back up at the 4 TRU's where I already missed them.

I've yet to see a single online store report from anyone who went back and found MORE of these figures at TRU after they initially were stocked. If you blinked, you missed them.  :(

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2011-2012
« on: September 12, 2011, 08:49 AM »
McNabb - 39 yards passing, L

Grossman - 305 yards passing, W

Suck on it, national media.

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Our stores put out nothing for the new sale because they just do not want people's money apparently. All this stuff about "Stores have held back stock for this special event" is a load of BS, IMO. It's a wasteland.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: September 10, 2011, 06:25 PM »
Had occasion to road trip this morning up to Northern VA to visit IKEA for a new Billy, and wouldn't you know they have a TRU on the same block. I got there early and was able to snag another Jetpack Rex and Stealth Ops Clone Trooper, plus TWO Saesee Tiins. Nice.

So now I'm just missing Seripas and the re-packed Shirtless Savage from Wave 11, which seems to be the only wave TRU is stocking right now.

I guess the rest are all hitting Walmarts, although I checked at least 3-4 on my way up today and saw nothing even remotely new.

Thanks for the tip about Walgreen's, Nick. I will have to add that to my list of offbeat places to check, like Kohl's or FYE.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: September 9, 2011, 11:17 AM »
Our TRU restocked with another craptacular repack wave of TCW figures that came out last YEAR.  >:(

Because we all really still need that Flamethrower Clone and Jungle ARF Trooper.  ::)

Oh, they also got a fresh box of Rapid Strike REPACKS. Thank God, it's not like I could go out and find that Naboo skiff everywhere for the past eight months.

We've still NEVER gotten the mini Y-Wing here. Never.

The frustration mounts...

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: September 9, 2011, 11:12 AM »
Yeah, I hate TRU with a passion right now as well. Their DC is badly neglecting the local stores here. Our closest store still has the 2 CARS 4-way stackers up in front of the massive CLone Wars display. It's been 2 weeks now, they are just desolate.

I did see the Yavin sled for the first time today, but not part of my focus.

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It's a great question and something I have thought about myself several times. I frequently come across rare/HTF figures in my hunts and have occasionally bought them and put them up for bid on eBay. Some people would call this scalping but I prefer to think of it as simply relocating the figures from a dusty peg to someone's hands that actually wants it.

In those situations I always try to let the marketplace determine the price. So I would set the starting price at the MSRP and then let the bidding determine the ultimate value. That way you are offering the item for more or less exactly what you paid for it, and if the price goes up it is not your fault, it is simply a function of collector demand.

Where it gets a little tricky is when you start factoring in things like shipping and handling, sales tax, etc. That stuff can vary from state to state, and it can be hard to find just the right balance.

When you think about it, there HAS to be some sort of premium put on the item to cover things like: the cost of the actual shipping package, fuel costs driving to the post office, etc. You can roll that all up under shipping but it does start to add up.

That's pretty much my take. Sometimes eBay restricts how much you can charge for shipping and you are FORCED to jack up the list price just to avoid losing money. I have run into this problem several times shipping records.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2011-2012
« on: September 8, 2011, 10:22 PM »
Does anyone plan on playing any defense in this game?

LOL @ GB defense being ranked #1 in my fantasy league.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Droids and (shudder) Ewoks.
« on: September 8, 2011, 10:14 PM »
Awesome, this is part of my ongoing Vintage focus as well. I have all the EWOKS carded and am steadily working my way through the DROIDS lot, although those are way more expensive.

I still need a carded Sise Fromm, C-3PO, A-Wing Pilot, and Boba Fett. And the ATL Interceptor, than I'm done. :)

There's a decent auction on eBay right now for a loose Sise Fromm, Sidious, if you're interested. Might be worth checking out.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Hasbro Q&A Sessions
« on: September 8, 2011, 11:56 AM »
Looking good for Princess Kneesa in 2012 too...

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II !
« on: September 8, 2011, 11:16 AM »
I'm good, finally beat that bastage last night.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: September 7, 2011, 12:54 PM »
So today was restock day for TRU. The closest one did not get a single new SW item in of any kind. CARS 4 way display still loitering in front of the Clone Wars area. Complete waste of time.

Store #2 had the 4 way TCW display up underneath their signage but did not appear to have any new figures at first glance. When I looked closer though, sure enough I spotted a Kit Fisto in Snow Gear. And then I started looking closer and found a Rex with jetpack, and then a Stealth Ops Clone Trooper. Those figures are HARD to spot amidst the sea of crud out there. I still see the old Fistos on the pegs, and plenty of Rexes, and the Stealth Ops dude was literally RIGHT next to Comm Blackout, so good luck spotting that one. (I had to look for the numbering to confirm)

So that is awesome, but sort of curious because they had 2 each of the above figures but no Seripas or Saesee Tiin at all. I can only surmise someone beat me to them in the 30 minutes before I could get there driving across town in a fierce rainstorm.

New trucks due again Friday I think, so maybe better luck then.

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