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Yeah, I don't have any gripes about the pricing really, and I totally agree it is worth the extra $1 or two to have them "early".

I just wish Hasbro would tell their reps to advise TRU it is ok to put these all out on the shelves. Not sure these next 3 weeks are really THAT critical to the success of the line that they need to enforce that street date anymore. Seems like one of those things that works only if everyone is observant, which clearly has not been the case.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: July 14, 2010, 02:33 PM »
What is the first wave of these?

Cad Bane/Pirate Speeder
Anakin/Naboo Star Skiff
Plo Koon/Speeder Bike

Item # 459663 if you want to call and check stock ahead of time. Our TRU got none today, next truck is due Friday.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: July 14, 2010, 09:21 AM »
I saw last night that the latest wave of these has officially been spotted (and purchased) at a brick and mortar TRU in or around St. Louis. (Chewie - was that you who posted this @ Yakface?)

To my knowledge, this is the first confirmation I have seen of them actually being put out on the shelves anywhere.

The 1 TRU here that is actually cool enough to stock new SW toys right now gets a truck in today, so I will be calling them up shortly to check stock on these. Luckily all 3 are on the website so I can pull item #'s.

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#01 Barriss Ofee (3D)
#02 Duchess Satine (3D)
#03 A-4D
#04 Chancellor Palpatine (3D)
#05 Nute Gunray (3D)
#06 Tera Sinube (3D)
#07 Tarr Seirr (Movie Style)
#08 Captain Fordo (Movie Style)
#09 Eeth Koth (3D)
#10 Onaconda Farr (3D)
#11 Ackmena
#12 Lumpawarrump
#13 Aayla Secura
#14 Mosep
#15 Tzivvzt

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They have K-Marts in Australia?!? Wow, they can barely keep them afloat here.

Any signs of Jodo Kast?

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: July 13, 2010, 09:35 AM »
Nice scores, dude. Carded collecting would put me in the poor house, for sure.

I was able to scratch another item off my ever-shrinking list...the Sears exclusive Cantina adventure set. Finding one of these in decent shape with ALL the foot pegs for less than $50 is not so easy, but my patience was finally rewarded.  ;D

My original plan was to finish off my vintage collection prior to the Fall relaunch, but that is not happening short of hitting the lottery. I'll be VERY close though. I think the new goal is my birthday in November. I'll officially be middle aged. :(

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Has anyone seen or heard reports of the battle packs or deluxe figures hitting the brick-and-mortar TRUs yet? It would be great if those started to surface this week too.

Haven't seen nor heard of them being spotted at any brick and mortars. I spoke to the TRU guy I know today and he confirmed they have not gotten any in yet. (As opposed to 12(!) cases of new TCW and 6 (!) cases of Vintage they are just sitting on)

I also noticed the deluxe sets have never been re-stocked on TRU.com since that first weekend, even though I have seen other new figures and vehicles sell out and get re-stocked several times there.

There are a number up on eBay though...

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Shadows of the Dark Side '10-'11 / Re: Imperial AT-AT
« on: July 9, 2010, 09:19 AM »
Galactic Hunter is reporting this morning that these have actually been spotted on the shelves at a TRU in Phoenix.  :D

They're out!

Our local TRU's get a truck this morning, AND I get paid today.  ;D

Heading over shortly to check it out...

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Pics up now of the flamethrower clone on eBay, as per Yakface. Looks pretty cool!

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: July 8, 2010, 08:04 PM »
Was just checking that out...am I right in thinking these are straight re-packs? The "clone trooper" looks just like the previously carded Snow Ops Rex to me.

I guess it's a shrewd marketing gimmick, but I'd rather have something new.

Wonder if these will comprise the Fall Deluxe Wave 2?

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I cruised by the local TRU I have been stalking again at lunch today, but nothing new on the pegs.

I'll check back again tomorrow after the next truck arrives and see if I can make any headway then. I'm hoping the other store that actually put these things out will have re-stocked by then too.

I'm not really sweating over it, I just don't take it for granted that I will be able to find everything I want come August 6th. I am going to be away on business all that week and probably flying home on the 6th. Any progress I can make between now and then is a bonus.

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / The Street Date Debate
« on: July 8, 2010, 10:01 AM »
Oh man, did anyone else catch that blurb on JTA this morning about the whole street date snafu?

Apparently someone talked to a Hasbro rep and they confirmed that this is in fact a HARD street date and TRU is not supposed to be putting these out now. They somehow mis-coded these wrong in their system and did not put a hold on them, allowing them to be sold "early". The writer seems to think any remaining Vintage product will be yanked soon.

I don't even know what to believe anymore. Does TRU over-ride Hasbro? Pete's post below seems to indicate this, if the rep backed down after reading the TRU email.

What a mess. I don't know whether we have any true leverage to request these anymore or not.

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Theft and loss thread
« on: July 8, 2010, 09:54 AM »
Man, that S-U-C-K-S. Sounds like the apple didn't fall far from the tree.

You'd think the guy would at least want to talk to his kid first, children are prone to stuff like that, although at that age he had to know it was wrong.

I love that they threw out the "official stance" BS too. You should have asked them if it's their official stance to bring underage kids to job sites when they are supposed to be working.


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Shockingly, I picked up Dengar, 4-LOM, Cloud Car Pilot and AT-AT Commander tonight at one of the outlying TRU's across the river from me... :o

I kind of swung by on a whim, since I had just checked there last week, and sure enough they had remnants still on the pegs. Just those 4, plus the Snow Speeder and Cloud Car, at least 2-3 each. Also a full assortment of Legends and what appeared to be TCW Wave 1.5.

This was not a store I had pestered before about putting the new stuff out, but they also haven't had any activity in their SW section for weeks and weeks now. I was really stunned to see these out already.

I'm contemplating heading back over to the other  TRU up the street with my receipt tomorrow as I feel this really helps make my case that it's ok for them to put theirs out too. (The stores are all of about 15 miles from each other after all) I may just wait until Friday though as I get paid again then and these things are not easy on the wallet.

It's a great feeling diving back in though!

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FINALLY found remnants of TVC Wave 1 tonight at one of the outlying TRU's here. I managed to score Dengar, Cloud Car Pilot, AT-At Commander, and 4-LOM. Everyone else was gone.

They also had at least 2-3 Cloud Cars and Snowspeeders on the shelves. I had to draw the line somewhere though.

I have to say, I was kinda on the fence about whether to take the plunge on the vintage relaunch, not having been a big Legacy fan, but after seeing them on the pegs tonight it was no contest. These things are just too freaking cool to pass up.

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