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The Vintage Collection / The Street Date Debate
« on: July 6, 2010, 01:43 PM »
Yeah, I had no luck again today. Nothing on the pegs, and I found out the employee guy I know is off all week. I just didn't have the energy to hash it all out with the store manager. Maybe after work I will give it a shot.

Hasbro just needs to put a blanket release on their website we can actually show the store managers. Even then, I'm not sure they'd budge around here. It's really an interesting sociological phenomenon...where "following the rules" trumps all known logic.

The Vintage Collection / The Street Date Debate
« on: July 5, 2010, 08:04 PM »
Smash - thanks for the additional info - much appreciated.

So here's my story from earlier today:

I went into the local TRU, they had nothing new on the pegs, so I went to the Customer Service desk and basically explained the whole schpeil about the Vintage line, the supposed email authorizing them to sell these, etc. Woman at the desk seems sympathetic enough, but asks a Floor Manager to come over for help. I repeat the whole Schpeil for him, we look the items up on the computer, he finds them in stock, he even tries ringing it up by the item # on the register to see if it allows the sale to go through - it does. He can't find the email though, or any kind of memo indicating it is ok to sell these. He sort of seems on the fence at this point, but suddenly enter Stock Dude. This is a younger guy who looks like he just got out of a Limp Bizkit show, knows all about the stock room and no way he is putting these out he says. He goes on to say they are waiting for the Hasbro rep to call them back since last Thursday to let them know whether it is ok to put these out or not.

At this point, it's clear I'm not going to make any headway. So I got the name of the store manager, who was out today but back tomorrow, and I told them I would check back again Tuesday. At the very least, I figure I can ask her to call the Hasbro rep back and see what the deal is. I also know one of the employees there who is very knowledgeable about the SW stuff, so I am hoping I will see him and he can help me out somehow.

What a frigging pain in the butt! Part of me just wants to forget about it and wait til August, but the rebellious, stubborn side of me feels like pressing the issue just because the situation seems so absurd on some level.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow - Vintage eBay Auctions
« on: July 5, 2010, 07:48 PM »
This was a nice one...had my eye on it for awhile, but it soon left me in the dust:

(Carded Vinyl Cape Jawa)

The Vintage Collection / The Street Date Debate
« on: July 4, 2010, 10:51 PM »
The manager of the TRU pulled up his email right in front of me and, while I didn't see it with my own eyes what was written, after reading what was on the screen he said - "yup, we can sell them now".

Yeah, is there any way we can get more details about this alleged email? (I only say alleged because I've yet to see it reported officially online, not that I am skeptical of the possibility) Was it sent out to all store managers? Was it from Hasbro directly or from TRU management?

I'm ready to roll up to my nearest TRU tomorrow and lay this out for them, but if this is just some made-up internet folklore I am going to feel like a total arse. (moreso than usual)

I hope so...I still need a Magnaguard for openers.

Hasbro did mention recently not to expect these waves anymore at retail since they have stopped shipping outright.

I did find a couple of cases of the Hondo/Aayla wave at TRU recently, so there must be some product out there still though.

The Vintage Collection / The Street Date Debate
« on: July 3, 2010, 07:42 PM »

You took the words right out of my mouth. This "street date" nonsense wasn't TRU's idea to begin with, and they certainly don't stand to profit from waiting to unload this stuff until Target and Walmart are both in the game to compete.

The only reason they would hold back is some kind of threat from Hasbro, which could easily be cleared up with mass email or 30 second press release.

Having a street date that is only applied selectively only antagonizes the fanbase. It's time to "release the hounds".  :)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: July 2, 2010, 08:57 AM » posted a report that TVC is made with a thinner cardstock. Maybe the same thinner card is used for the new TCW cards, as well?

It's possible, I have not seen cards damaged in this way before. They're totally warped, not bent or torn. The Grievous card is so distorted that the bubble is literally pulling away from the cardboard backing.

The Tank Box looks like someone just stepped on the back of it.

There was no packing material, bubble wrap, etc, so contents may have shifted during processing.

Hasbro response from most recent round of Q&A:

"There are no plans for an updated Quinlan Vos or Villie figure."



I'm already calling this as the Wave of the Year. What an assortment!

Even if Boba is a repack if the UB version, and the Mando is a repack of the Deluxe Speeder version, ya still got Shaak Ti and Embo plus a new astromech.

Hoping to see these before Christmas...

So Yakface has a cool photo with the full assortment of 38 TCW figures for this year, including numbering. Pretty close to what they had leaked previously.

We pretty much knew the first 19, but the remaining are:

Mace Windu   CW20
Commander Gree   CW21
Battle Droid Commander   CW22
Kit Fisto   CW23
ARF Trooper (Teth Camo)   CW24
Ki-Adi-Mundi   CW25
Clone Trooper   CW26
R2-D2   CW27
Clone Pilot Oddball   CW28
Mandalorian Warrior   CW29
R4-P17   CW30
Shaak Ti   CW31
Boba Fett   CW32
Embo   CW33
Undead Geonosian   CW34
Clone Trooper Draa   CW35
Clone Commander Jet   CW36
Quinlan Vos   CW37
Cato Parasitti   CW38

Kudos to them for the info; just wanted to share since I like to keep track of all this stuff. :)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: July 1, 2010, 08:25 PM »
Got my order from with TCW Fall Wave 1 plus the Interceptor Tank. Psyched to have these, but the cards were a little banged up, and the Tank has a definite smush. I foresee some swapping out in the future...

Thanks Pete, I think you are right. I haven't heard or seen any reports of the Deluxe stuff on shelves yet, I just thought it might be since it was up on like the other stuff recently.

My order from for this wave arrived today. Wow, talk about some badly warped cards! I am fine with keeping these as openers, but I'm definitely going to have to pick up some mintier cards at some point.

They're all nice, but Aurra and Pre are the clear winners. Two of my favorite figures they have done so far, for sure!

Thanks Pete!

It's weird though, I can get the figures to come up via your links, but I can't seem to find them via key search words like "Vintage" or "3.75", and I also don't see them listed anymore in the general section for action figures.

Maybe they have re-configured how they are being displayed or something. I did notice the Han was listed as "In Stock" so it seems like they would want you to actually be able to order him.

I was on yesterday and they had Vader and maybe 3-PO, the rest were gone. I wondered the same thing, that they realized a goof too late.

Interesting...I saw them yesterday too, but today - nothing. I don't mean they are sold out either, the listings themselves are actually gone from what I can tell.

Makes me wonder too - is that street date only applicable to the Vintage stuff?

Is anyone else able to find the vintage figures on anymore?

The new Legends and TCW stuff is still there, but I cannot find any listings for the Vintage figures any longer.

They do have the Cloud Car and Snowspeeder up still.

Think they pulled these after someone figured out they shouldn't be selling them "early"?

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