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... were pretty non-schelant about their jobs.

It's "nonchalant". Unless they work on the planet Vulcan, then it's non-sehlat. (Uh-oh, making a Trek joke on a SW board is worse than correcting the webmaster's grammar!  :o)

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I just know when I try dealing with the CS desk at WM, it's like they're all over-medicated.

They have to be to deal with typical Wal-Mart customers.

 
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And I'd say at least 50% of the time I try returning something at Target it's like they feel they're doing me a favor instead of their job, and that I'm getting the cash back from their wallet instead of the drawer.  Kind of annoying, and doesn't seem like they're all that pleased to be there... 


A major reason I hate returning things. Those folks who just buy stuff willy-nilly only to return it because they changed their mind...I can't do that. 

Clerk (7 out of 10 times, a hot girl you could never get even if you were rich): "What's wrong with it?"

Me: "[Sweating nervousy] Uh....nothing...I bought it for someone who already had it"

Clerk: "Oh, okay...I'll need this person's phone number, and your signature IN BLOOD."

Me: "My blood or someone else's?"

Clerk: "This blood...[pulls out fully sanitized  commercial contract blood]"

Me: "Uh...maybe I'll keep the item..."

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars on Blu-Ray
« on: August 31, 2011, 05:58 PM »
Any word/rumors on free goodies stores might be giving out on release day? I'd rather pre-order from Amazon but I'm holding out to see if there's anything good at retail.

Buy any of the Blu-rays at Walmart and you'll also take home a poster of this gorgeous and not-at-all-ridiculous Star Wars artwork.



After seeing this, Standard and Poors lowered Star Wars' merchandise rating to "bad unicorn paintings", just a notch above "dollar store ceramic frog".

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Remember the days when people use to steal the red r2 from the Queen's Starship. It got so bad that an intact Queen's Starship was a rare thing. Hasbro even gave away free red R2s if you write to them complaining the red R2 was missing!

Is that offer still good?  :D

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Since it's theft, I really don't find it "funny" myself... 

Don't mistake amusement for approval or endorsement. Yes, it's stealing. If the folks at the return counter weren't dolts (or just plain don't care) it would happen less often. 



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I think it's a waste of time to get angry over, because usually the stores don't care. And if they do notice, it adds to the (sometimes irrational) animosity that retailers (or their employees) seem to often have for collectors. (Like the dimwits who took a job at TRU ignorant to the fact that, yes, adults collect toys, and yes, they can be as annoying customers as anyone else.)

I think swapping  funny more than anything else, especially the weirdos who put customs in the returned item, like the now legendary Ponda Baba painted as Bossk.

Isn't that the better ROTS evolutions Clone Pilot? I'd considering keeping that over the Evo Trooper.


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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 24 (2011 Fall Wave 2)
« on: August 28, 2011, 09:13 PM »
Trademark fees, it would drive costs up..."we could call them by their proper names, but then we'd have to remove the wrist joints."  ;)

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I didn't actually buy anything at one Wal-Mart I visited last thurday, but I did rearrange all the Legends and Clone Wars pegs so that each one had an Obi-Wan figure of some sort in the front. HA! Take that, somebody! They still had at least one of that awful AOTC  or whatever Legends variant Obi-Wan there.  :-X

Years ago, I did the same with Darth Vaders.  >:D

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I just got another email from them - Friday and Saturday all Legacy Collection Battle Packs will be 50% off with the coupon on the email.  The cool thing is in the email they have the Jabba the Hutt CW BP pictured - if I see that one shelves I would nab that for sure.

They do that with the print ads, too. Show Legacy battle packs that they likely won't have, such as Resurgence of the Jedi and Hoth Speeder Bike Patrol. The only ones I've seen in the past 2 years were Tatooine Ambush, Birth of Vader, Holocron Heist and Jedi vs. Sith (CW) . They keep having sales on them, but they never seem to go away.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 24 (2011 Fall Wave 2)
« on: August 25, 2011, 05:46 PM »
Wow, the TRU one shafted in the accessories department.

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars on Blu-Ray
« on: August 23, 2011, 09:10 PM »
Yeah, no way they'll ever "officially" replace the original puppet with a CGI version.  It'd be disrespectful to Stuart Freeborn, Frank Oz, and everybody else who helped bring him to life.


Send that arguement straight to Jeremy Bulloch or even Sebastian Shaw.   

Bulloch never got axed, it was the guy who did Boba Fett's original voice, Jason Wingreen, that got replaced.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 23, 2011, 05:26 PM »
Army of the Republic Battle Pack for $17 at Wal-Mart. Which is cool...I guess....if I had a Costco and a membership to it...2 for $26.

Maybe the other Wal-Marts reduced their many Gelagrub Patrol sets...but I still wouldn't pay $17 for it...maybe $12 on a good day.

The RC Hailfire is reduced to $35, IIRC.


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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 22, 2011, 09:53 PM »

Yeah, but if we were real collectors, we would be supporting the Legends line and buying up all these great figures we already have dozens of.  Truly, the fault here lies with the collectors.

You already have dozens of the Spacetrooper? Lucky man!  ;)

Think how fun it will be if/when Vintage and Legends merge into one line...and cases, like some Clone Wars cases, contain nothing but reissued figures of main characters.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Four Discussion Thread
« on: August 21, 2011, 09:01 PM »
 I won't debate Tartakovsky's style much, other than not caring for some of his character designs (I could same the same for the current Clone Wars, too) and the exaggeration of force powers. Some of his action scenes are quite cool. But  storywise, the only segment that mattered (besides the introduction of Grievous, which is muddled by the inconsitencies between CW and ROTS versions of the character), was the attack on Coruscant, that leads into ROTS (and was far better than the opening battle/rescue of ROTS that follows it...I'm definately giving Tartakovsky credit there.)

Anyone could argue that parts of Filoni's series don't matter much or don't mesh with the movies. I'd probably agree with them on some points.


Final note: Best thing about the micro-series is that they f-ing killed off Asajj Ventress without dragging that weak ass storyline way past its due. Filoni seems completely unable or unwilling to kill any villains in his series, just good guys. So as a result you have a whole universe of major league scumbags walking around that have somehow scattered into the woodwork prior to ROTS.


The microseries didn't kill Ventress off concretely enough for other folks not to reuse her. 

 Ventress and Durge were one-note disposable characters. It's only  Filoni's Clone Wars use of Ventress that makes her anything to me. Before that she was an EU baddie that as far real canon goes, might as well have never existed Durge was created to replace Jango, then offed immediately...dispite being harder to kill than most life forms (yeah, he came back in a comic book...I don't care).  Filler characters until Grievous comes along, only existing because we can't have the Jedi battling movie characters, that would mess with the flow of the next film (Oops...someone forgot to tell Filoni and Company...."I'm twice as powerful as when we last met, Dooku!"....."Ah, yes on Tatooine...no, I mean when were prisoners of those space pirates..."  :P)

Also the microseries' battle droid voices were better.

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars on Blu-Ray
« on: August 20, 2011, 08:35 PM »
I'm wondering where the alternate Office Duel is from ROTS, the one where Anakin was there the whole time and Palpatine used Anakin's lightsaber. It was in the near-final cut of the film long enough that, IIRC, Lucas called the actors back for a reshoot.

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Vintage Rumors
« on: August 20, 2011, 06:01 PM »
Assuming those Sith and Villains are Vintage/Realistic and not Clone Wars packs. They'd either be one of the other.

I'd lean towards CW...they'd want to milk the new Savage Oppress sculpts...plus they could reissue Sidious...


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