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Apparently TRU employs the same brilliant logic as Target, assigning one generic Item # to every Battle Pack. So good luck calling them over the phone to try and find out if they got any of the new Wave.

They're all #21218. You can try asking someone to go check the shelf, but it's such a zoo in there nowadays they probably won't agree to do this. (I got shut down twice yesterday, left my name and # and of course never got a call back)

I'm sick of looking for this stupid thing already. I might actually have to break down and order this online just to avoid the frustration.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Rishi Moon Battle Pack
« on: November 12, 2009, 08:52 AM »
I've checked every local Walmart and TRU for these new BP's and have gotten stonewalled every time. All I need is that Rishi Moon set and I am DONE. Fingers crossed it will happen today, TRU opens in 7 minutes and should have new stock today.

Meh...Grievous fodder.

Because every year they hold a few new items so that they have something new to draw you in for the big post-Thanksgiving shopping weekend.  If they put them out now, you'd buy them and you might not come back.  By doling out things slowly, it keeps you coming back to the store again and again.  This is the way it's been at Target the past few years, it shouldn't be a surprise at this point they are holding the CW BPs and the SotE-inspired TIE Fighter for that weekend.

Ok, that sounds plausible enough. Seems like it would put a lot of pressure on on timely distribution of product though. Considering new stock arrivals vary weeks from store to store, they are cutting it pretty close, IMO.

Also, if the post-holiday weekend is such a draw, why are we getting the dewbacks and AT-ST's now? Doesn't that mean Walmart has pretty much blown their wad already? (so to speak) And TRU has all their exclusives out already as well.

I suspect there is probably some compelling marketing research to support NOT waiting as well.

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Legacy Collection Battle Packs
« on: November 10, 2009, 03:08 PM »
Jack, thanks for that report!

Now I have a reason to start hitting up the Walmarts again...starting tonight!

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Legacy Collection Battle Packs
« on: November 10, 2009, 12:17 PM »
The Geonosis Assault battle pack is reshipping with the new Battle Packs.  I saw it in the red packaging along with the Battle for Endor and Gelagrub Patrol packs.  I think the CW Rishi Moon Outpost pack may be shipping with these, too.

Has ANYONE spotted these at any retail outlets other than a TRU?

We have had 0 market penetration here so far...

I think we're feeling the crunch from several directions. Stores are ordering less, Hasbro is producing less, there's more competition with holiday shoppers, etc.

I think it's very much a function of your local area and your focus as to what your perception is. I bitch and moan as much as anyone, but I've never had any trouble finding the new comic packs, for example. The Targets around here are littered with Geonosis arena sets, and I've even seen a strong showing of AT-ST's in the past week.

But no sign of the new wave of Battle Packs, and very few Dewbacks so far.

I do think we're at the point where they just need to go ahead and release anything due for the rest of the year. We're down to 6 weeks of shopping before Christmas, for god's sake. (Target - why are you sitting on the Ryloth and Abregado battle packs - THIS IS ASININE! Don't you see the benefit of stocking these for holiday shoppers?!?!)

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: November 10, 2009, 10:13 AM »
I got my replacement "farm boy" Luke yesterday in the mail and am very pleased with the overall condition, down to the minty lightsaber with tip intact. VERY happy about this one. (My original was in sad shape, no saber and slathered in green paint) Now I just have to debate whether I need to replace my Obi-Wan and Vader due to saber-wear over the years.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Y-Wing Starfighter
« on: November 9, 2009, 10:48 PM »
All I know is I can't wait for the dirty Red Y-Wing from Landing at Point Rain...they gotta roll that out next year.

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Walmart Dewback w/Sandtrooper
« on: November 9, 2009, 04:27 PM »
added cost for shipping, so you're basically just deciding which store will get the stuff you want and having them hold it for you as soon as it arrives.  I normally save my props for Target with their ultra simple system for checking inventory, but Wal-Mart's STS system is pretty slick.

Oh, if they could only do that for new figure waves, I would use it religiously.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: November 9, 2009, 03:14 PM »
I found Wave 10 at Walmart today! Padme, Matchstick, Ziro's Assassin Droid AND the Tank Gunner...all mine.  ;D

They only had 1 each on some less than pristine cards, but no way I was passing those up. FREAKING SWEET!

I just wonder if we're liable to see Wave 11 before the end of the year or if this is it for 2009. I had seen a December street date for these but who knows.

Either way, it's been a good run this year!

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
« on: November 9, 2009, 10:57 AM »
Don't know if I'm the only one to see this, maybe a case or two were lost in the stockroom, but when I was at Walmart this AM they what appeared to be two full sets of the BAD packs on the shelf.  This store has an endcap display with Blasters, Rex styled helmets, Evolutions packs, etc.  They scanned at $17, so that might point to a second coming of these, but if anyone missed out last time and now regrets it, you might want to check you local stores.

You're not alone - I have observed the same thing here in VA. They have made an odd resurgence at 1 or 2 stores - complete sets, so they can't be returns. (doubtful anyway)

I have seen other reports of this online around the country, so for whatever reason they seem to be enjoying a second life. I got the one I wanted with Boba Fett and the Droids figure, so I am set.

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Walmart Legacy Collection AT-ST
« on: November 9, 2009, 10:54 AM »
Well, just based on what I saw this weekend on the hunt, I'd be worried more about finding the Dewback than the AT-ST. The 2 stores around here with the AT-ST on display had A LOT. They completely filled their own endcap. Like the Octuptarra Droid, the stores that have them have lots of stock, it appears.

I've only seen 1 Wally with Dewbacks, and they just had 3. Those will go quick.

Other Collectibles / Re: Clone Wars Remote Control Vehicles
« on: November 9, 2009, 10:37 AM »
I'll be honest, I kind of don't like these because they take up valuable space on the action figure aisle and it's kind of a visual tease because at first glance it appears to be some kind of cool mini-rig or action figure accessory and it's not.

I wish they would stick these on separate aisle with all those new educational SW toys.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: November 9, 2009, 10:34 AM »
Yeah, I wish I could post a pic before I send it back. I'm pretty hopeless with that stuff though.

All I know is that I examined both repeatedly and stared REALLY hard trying to convince myself the two were different and I could not. Whereas I look at the pic you posted and the difference is quite obvious.

I went ahead and snagged that All-Tan-Limb Klaatu I had my eye on...even without the weapon this was too good to pass up for the price. I looked closely and definitely have the grey version already, so this should complete my Klaatu run. (Not worried about the mix and match color variants, and I don't buy that "blue face" variant people are trying to pass off on eBay)

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