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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Purchases
« on: October 30, 2009, 12:55 PM »
The rumor is false.

Just thought I'd second that statement. A buddy at another site found this wave at a TRU in upstate NY, so they are in the US and in B&M stores.

Greg, awesome post - thanks a ton for that info. That makes 1 new fig wave, 1 new BP, and 2 new Deluxe Vehicle Fig sets for TCW line spotted at a TRU today. (I assume you buddy's find was recent?)

Yep, I picked a great week to bitch and moan about the lack of new product.  ::)

Oh yeah, we were due for some East Coast love.  :D

If anyone finds this BP, please post the UPC or item # code in here so I can call around and see if any of the other VA TRU's got 'em in stock.

It's not listed on the TRU website yet, so I don't have a place to look this up.

Thanks! Good hunting!

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: October 30, 2009, 11:42 AM »
Thanks, I am in total agreement with you on the Ugnaught. I actually had the purple version from back in the day, so I look forward to comparing side by side.

Thanks, i can't read their forum at work so wasn't sure. Weird that it wasn't Cali or Texas.

I found no new BP's, but as I just posted in the other thread, I did pick up both new Deluxe Vehicle/Fig Sets. (Woot!)

Richmond VA is the center of the toy universe, at least for one brief, shining moment!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: October 30, 2009, 11:37 AM »

The new TCW Deluxe Vehicle/Fig Sets have been spotted at retail!!!

I just bought the Count Dooku w/Speeder Bike & Obi-Wan w/Freeco Speeder at the local TRU!

First reported sighting (I think) ANYWHERE ONLINE!

Jedi Defender Exclusive!

Hey, some good news on the JTA front page today. This BP, along with the other Legacy ones in the same case, have been spotted at an actual brick and mortar TRU. (Not sure where - no details given)

Our local TRU opens up in 15 minutes...I am headed over to check ASAP. Will post back if I find anything good.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars AT-TE
« on: October 30, 2009, 10:39 AM »
I didn't have any issues until the second or third week - legs just started falling off due to the body's own weight.  Perhaps they fixed that with the latter releases?  Tubing worked great.

LOL, you just know 10 years from now someone is going to be selling AT-TE's on eBay listed as "Rare, unfixed leg variant!" and charge an exorbitant price to some poor geek.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: October 30, 2009, 10:35 AM »
I paid $25 with shipping for the Brown snake Yoda variant. (The cane is a different color too as is his skin tone, and maybe something different about the eyes, not sure because he is not in hand yet) I generally don't like to pay that much for the more standard variants, but some you just don't see that much and this was a nice copy.

Yeah, the green snake variant may be subject to some conjecture, just like Blue Smock Ugnaught (Which I personally believe is a legitimate variant, not a color degradation). I guess it depends on your own point of view.

There are definitely some eBay autions out there for the Green Snake version, and the photos I have seen look legitimate, but who knows?

Variants are a slippery business, it's really difficult to gauge the legitimacy of a lot of these things because there are just so many out there but not a lot of corroborating evidence.

So how much is too much for a minty loose Sand Skimmer?  ;D

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: October 29, 2009, 04:12 PM »
I'm kicking myself for paying too much, but I finally picked up Brown Snake Yoda. Green snake isn't likely to come cheap either.

I'm pleased to at least be making a dent in the Vintage List. I think I'm down to 10 POTF figures, 1 replacement Luke, and about a dozen or so variants. (That variant total shifts though, as I continue to stumble across worthy additions)

Looking forward to rounding out the vehicles and playsets next.

I saw these today for the first time...looked pretty cool, ample supply of both sets on the shelves.

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Distribution Whining
« on: October 28, 2009, 09:10 PM »

Here is what they read:
Got Matchstick, Clone Tank Gunner and Ziro's Assasain Droid from TRU Leeds today, they had plenty of them along with the rest of TCW waves. They had no Padmés however.

Got Luminara, Matchstick, Padme, Clone Tank Gunner, Ziro's IG Droid from TRU. Shame they never had Clone Commander Thire and AAT Driver Battle Droid.

Picked up Matchstick, Zero IG-86, Clone Gunner and Cad Bane from Tesco this morning.

Granted these are collectors in the UK, but they have made it to retail "somewhere".

Also, RS doesn't post store reports on their front page. They're cool like that.

Fair enough, but plenty of other sites like JTA and Galactic Hunter DO do this and it's mega helpful. (A simple blurb saying "Hey this was spotted in AZ by one of our eagle-eyed forum members", maybe with a photo, is really cool)

I guess I should have qualified my remark with "IN THIS COUNTRY" but honestly I figured that went without saying. I'm sure we could jet over to Malaysia to pick up a few new toys too, but I'm really just venting about the situation in the US. I can't speak to the foreign markets because that is a whole different animal.

Adam, thanks for the informed insight, I get what you are saying but I just have a different take on the whole "street date" thing. I think it helps a lot to make new releases an "event" based on firm dates because it allows you to build a targeted marketing and production push at a national level. If Hasbro had any control over when their product hits the shelves, it would really enhance their ability to accurately forecast sales projections over the course of the year, so they can refine the release dates over time and optimize their strategy.

The way things are right now, it must be a nightmare trying to coordinate all these moving pieces and data mine for any kind of useful analysis that could actually help grow the business. From a business standpoint, it just seems like any success is in spite of the current system, not because of it.

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Distribution Whining
« on: October 28, 2009, 05:18 PM »




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Want to give me a re-cap?  ???

If someone from RS actually spotted these in a store, why did it never make their front page?

I barely even go looking for crap anymore, but the 3-4 Targets I have hit in the past week or two have all had that Panno, Giran, etc wave on the pegs. I saw full waves of TPM before that, multiple times. (Mostly at Walmarts though)

I'm not saying you don't have to put a little effort into looking, but there's out there. (And I live in VA for the record, which isn't exactly a toy mecca, but there's not a lot of competition either)

I feel like I am getting on the bad side of some of you with these comments for whatever reason. Thinking it is probably time for me to shut up on this topic.

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Distribution
« on: October 28, 2009, 05:02 PM »

Given all that, I think it's pretty difficult to offer accurate street dates every time (they are usually pretty close in most cases) and completely unrealistic to think that all retailers are getting the same product within a week or two timeline.  The only time that seems to happen is when there is a brand new line coming out and that usually comes along with an official "do not release until..." street date.

Fair enough. But the very thing you are describing as "completely unrealistic" is EXACTLY what they do with DVD's.

Transformers 2 has a street date.

On that street date, I can walk into ANY Walmart, Target, etc in the country and buy that DVD. Regardless of how may "older" DVD's they have sitting on the pegs. Somehow they ALWAYS find a place for the new releases.

I don't have to drive to six different Walmarts to find the DVD I want.

I don't have to worry that the studio only packed 1 copy per case, so if some random ahole gets there before me I am out of luck.

And somehow magically, the retail outlets are able to cycle through older inventory without having to sacrifice ordering the new stuff.

Now THAT's an oversimplification. But it's also a great illustration of how Hasbro has a crappy business model.

I don't want to derail the whole thread with this rant, my only point is that the whole business paradigm for toys in this country is seriously messed up. If you tried to sell another product like that (music industry comes to mind) you would fail miserably.

Please don't flame me...I'm just throwing out an opinion - there are probably a lot of other frustrated collectors out there that would agree.

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Distribution Whining
« on: October 28, 2009, 01:21 PM »
ANH and the ROTS wave have shown up at TRU and Walmart stores according for JTA.

Oh, no no no no...totally different waves. I was referring to TCW Wave 7 with Matchstick, Padme, Ziro's Assassin Droid, etc. I know this is the wrong thread but it just started as a tangential topic.

That Legacy stuff is hitting in droves around here. I'm strictly talking about those 4 TCW figures, which have been available online for weeks now but there hasn't been a single reported sighting at a brick and mortar reported ANYWHERE online.

I literally wake up EVERY day and check all the fan sites hoping to see that someone found one of these, but I am disappointed every single day.

Hell yes, I'll buy anything with a Clone Wars logo on it. (Except for that educational junk)

I want to see them roll out The Twilight next year at this price point. It would be awesome!

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