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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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Toy shopping in your dreams?
« on: September 7, 2011, 08:58 AM »
That wasn't a dream, you were shopping on

Now THAT is funny.  :D

I actually had toy dream last night, probably cause I read this thread yesterday. I was frantically grabbing new TCW figures off a TRU in-store display. They were in some kind of funky new red packaging, and there were a lot of kids milling about that I had to navigate around. I don;t recall ever getting to the register though.

Hopefully that is just a premonition of my morning, as our TRU gets a new truck today and I have high hopes for new figures. We'll see.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: September 6, 2011, 11:01 PM »
Amazing scores once again bro, you are having a great summer no doubt. I am extremely jealous of that minty ATL Interceptor! It's the last non-action figure I need to complete my vintage collection. Outstanding work there.

I did just snag a boxed vintage AT-AT on eBay for the price of the new Republic Attack Shuttle. Sort of holding my breath on this one, description was somewhat vague and the photos not the best, but apparently it is complete and in good condition.

For the prospect of picking one up for roughly half of what these usually go for boxed, it's worth the risk IMO. We'll see.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II !
« on: September 6, 2011, 10:41 PM »
So I finally got to the end of the game for the Wii, and WTF am I supposed to do with Darth Vader? How do you beat that guy?

I have looked around online but can't find any good walkthroughs for the Wii version. Everything is all "platform-jumping" and that gets you nowhere on the Wii version cause there's only one platform and if you jump off you just die everytime.



I heard from JTA that Wedge was found at a retail store in Mexico.

And the dude didn't even buy it. He could have fed his family for a month off what he would have made on the secondary market.  :D

Seriously though, Mexico? Come on Hasbro. Now is not the time to address our trade deficit with Wedges.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Latest vintage acqusition
« on: September 6, 2011, 10:59 AM »
Awesome IA, lmk if you are looking for any other vintage MOTU stuff, I have boxes of figures, vehicles etc I am looking to get rid of.

I have a few vintage toys I am still looking to re-add to my collection:

Shogun Warriors and Godzilla
ROM Spaceknight

Gets harder and harder to find this stuff on eBay complete and in decent condition.

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