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Revenge of the Sith / Re: 500th commemorative figure... Vader?
« on: June 29, 2005, 01:20 PM »
Nice story, Pete. Stick it to the man!

Anychance you have the VOTC Vader? If so, could you compare it with the Chamber Vader? They look almost the same to me in pics...

I can dig out my VOTC Vader when I get home tonight and make a post about the two tomorrow - fair enough?

I'd post from home tonight except that the new house still doesn't have cable so my cable modem is down for the count at the moment.

But I will definitely be comparing the two. In setting up my office I've decided to decorate my desk with Vader, Clones and Wookies - so I've been wanting to drag out the VOTC Vader anyway.

- Peter

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: 500th commemorative figure... Vader?
« on: June 29, 2005, 12:58 PM »
I usd to work TRU in the late 80s and that's true, we put stuff aside to buy all the time. though back then, there wasn't an 'ebay' to sell stuff one.

You know what - I know that is done and I know that is just part of collecting. It's sort of like a dirty little secret. It's done, TRU management knows it's done, they know they really can't do much about it, but if the employees are going to do it:

(a) you don't make it obvious

and more importantly

(b) you don't BRAG about being able to do it to customers and claim it is a perk advocated by the company you work for

In retail you just don't do that - you treat the customers with respect, even if you are telling them a lie, you do it with a smile on your face and with a plesant tone so the customer leaves the store happy. You don't infuriate them even more because you have a pre-conceived notion of what type of person I am.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: 500th commemorative figure... Vader?
« on: June 29, 2005, 12:50 PM »
That is an awsome story Pete!

Thanks - I just got done opening up the figure and I absolutely LOVE this thing.

I'm pleased that the plastic dome that goes over the figure for the packaging is so sturdy, I was planing on throwing it out, but I've decided I'm going to keep it with the dome cover over it. Kudos on Hasbro for giving us a piece that even after you open it, it can still have some of that "MIB" display-ability.

I think it's also great that they gave us a spare right hand/glove and the lightsaber. They really didn't need to give us either, but the fact that they did makes all the difference - since it means you can display the figure in the chamber or out, whichever your preference is.

Since we're getting the Evolutions Vader soon as we already have the VOTC Vader from late last year - this Vader will spend most of his life sitting comfortably in his chair!  :)

Definitely worth the $17 IMHO!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: June 29, 2005, 12:17 PM »
Picked up my first 500th Vader today - the packaging is beat up so it'll be my opener. Check out the thread on the 500th Vader for my tale on how I got it!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Wookiee Helicopter with Wookiee
« on: June 29, 2005, 12:16 PM »
I thought the same thing but the wookie on the back has to sit with the legs straight out.  I used a preview wookie thinking the legs would hang out but they don't.

I guess what I mean is that even if the legs are straight out sorta like driving a go-cart - you never are completely "Straight Legged" - understand what I mean? There's still a slight bend in your knees - while my Preview Wookie's legs are straight out, I did bend the knees a little to give it a slightly more "realistic" look to the rear gunner at his post.

It's a minor thing, but for me my loose collection is display pieces and I like them to look as good as possible. So I'm big on figures fitting PERFECTLY in vehicles and actually looking like they're at the controls.

I know - I'm nuts.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: TOMY Remote Control R2-D2 at SWS.com
« on: June 29, 2005, 12:13 PM »
Since the R2 is scaled to match the Hasbro action figure line - I could NOT pass this one up! I'm really happy that the shop.starwars.com has offered this up so you can easily obtain one in the US.

I ordered two of them since I'll definitely want to open one up and play with it, my two little kitties will be driven nuts by the thing!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: 500th commemorative figure... Vader?
« on: June 29, 2005, 12:10 PM »
Well - I had quite an adventure this morning when the TRU near where I work opened up at 10 AM....

Yesterday I went there at lunch and asked if they had any in stock. They said that they didn't but the computer system indicated that they were coming in on that day's truck and to come back or call back around 6PM. I did come back at 6PM and I was told that they were behind on un-loading the truck and to check back in the morning.

At this point, this really isn't a problem, I'm very appreciative of their assistance since hitting this TRU isn't a big deal at either lunch time or after work.

Fast forward to this morning, I am the first person in the door and to my surprise, there are no 500th Vader figures on the shelf. In fact the shelf tag that had been there was now gone.

The Hasbro rep is in the store on Wednesdays so I went up to her and with a smile said "Hey Kathy, where are the 500th Vaders? They got a truck in last night with them on it" - to which she replied "I know, but all I found this morning was an empty box - the same thing happened last week."

So I go to the front desk and ask what's up and where they are. The manager of the store is there and says "We only got one case which has three pieces in it and they were purchased by the employees, that is one of the perks of working at TRU" - this infuriated me - I have always known that the employees grabbed stuff, but here is a manager advocating the practice.

So I asked him - "what's the name and number of your district manager, I would like to speak with them and have them tell me that TRU advocates that practice" - he refused to give me the name or a number explaining that TRU did advocate this practice and there was no need for me to bother a district manager.

So I headed back to over where the Hasbro rep was to tell her what happened and while I was telling her an elderly gentleman who has seen me come into that TRU regularly for over five years now came up to me and said "The district manager and her assistant district manager are having a meeting in the break room in the back, if you want to talk to her wait for the meeting to be over"

So I did.

While I was waiting, a manager from another store who was coming into this store for the meeting came past me and asked if I needed assistance. I told him what happened, what the store manager had told me about the policy and I told him I was waiting to speak with the district manager. He then told me that the store manager had lied to me, that TRU does not advocate the policy and that he would go get the district manager.

A few minutes later she came out and she allowed me to tell the story. Shortly after we were joined by her assistant who had investigated whether or not the store actually got them in and had found out they did and confirmed that all three were "purchased" by employees.

While I was standing there talking with the two district managers, who both told me that the store manager should have never told me that they were sold to employees and that was a perk of working for TRU, the manager came up and decided to chime in, his comment was "what is the difference between you (referring to me) and I (referring to himself) buying the item? you're just going to resell it on the internet" - this made both myself AND the district manager mad.

I raised my voice really loud and pointed my finger at him and said "That is where you are wrong, this toy is going to become part of a large collection that my step-son and I have been building since 1995, I don't know what YOU are going to do with it, but since you think everyone who buys stuff re-sells it on the internet, that must be your motives"

Needless to say, one of the three Vaders was put in the store manager's office for him to purchase later. The district manager got it out and gave it to me for purchase, so I was able to walk in and buy at least one. I'm of the mindset that employees should come LAST, not FIRST. I told the district manager "Make me a TRU employee, so I can come in the building at 8AM - I'll help stock the shelves and I'll buy the stuff before the door opens at 10AM and you won't even have to give me a salary - how's that for a perk?"

Some employees were smiling at me, 'cause obviously this is what this manager does - grab all of the hot toys to resell on eBay or wherever, but there was two younger guys who must have been the other two who bought the rest of the case who were giving me nasty looks. I really don't care, if I get hassled from employees at that store, I'll definitely be giving the district manager a call, she gave me her card.

I also said to the district managers - "If the store manager had said to me, 'We didn't get them in, even though the manifest said they were on the truck' - even though that's a lie, I would have believed him, thanked him for his assistance and left the building. It was the fact that he had the stones to BRAG that he and two other employees snatched them up before the store opened 'cause it was a perk of being an employee." To which the district manager replied to me, "I will be having a conversation with him with regards to how he communicates with customers in the future."

Whether or not that's a scolding or just a remark to "lie" in the future, I don't know - but I hope he gets his ass handed to him.


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Jocasta's Reading Room / Re: This week in SW Comics.....
« on: June 28, 2005, 03:49 PM »
The General Grievous series artwork could be A LOT better. I just picked up #3 (along with Republic #76) at lunch time and I'll be reading them tonight.

I did thumb through the GG #3 and to be honest, what I was looking forward to more than anything else was that Grievous' "experiment" actually came to fruition. While I know to some people that may seem cruel, but a month or so later from the time period of this book, all of the Jedi children are slaughtered anyway, so to see the technology of GG's body wedded to one of those younglings would have been a dark and interesting look into how truly perverted and evil Grievous is.  I think the series in general would have been better served with (a) better art and (b) a more adult storyline as opposed to (a) kindergarten level art and (b) a kid-friendly story.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: TRU Exclusive Clones!
« on: June 28, 2005, 03:13 PM »
My guess will be that these are going to be specially painted Deluxe Three-Packs. My guess is that TRU will get cases of six (2 of each color) sets.

The more sensible way to go (since they could still get mileage out of the #41 clone) would be to use the dye-cut for the evolutions packaging, develop generic clone artwork (like they did for the four EE SA clone packs) and then have the three sets packaged EXACTLY like the Evolutions sets.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: 500th commemorative figure... Vader?
« on: June 28, 2005, 10:52 AM »
The TRU near where I work has the shelf tag but alas NONE of them in stock.   :-[

This is a piece I will proudly display on my desk for quite a while so I am seriously chomping at the bit to get two of 'em so I can open one of them up!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Deluxe Clone 3-pack
« on: June 28, 2005, 10:48 AM »
So far I've found plenty of the Red/Rust variant, the Green Variant and the Blue Variant - but so far I've only been able to score ONE all White Variant.

Has this variation stopped shipping or are people still finding it?

I also hope that now that I have at least one of all four variants that they DON'T release the set that includes all three colored clones in the same 3-pack. If they do that I'll be super pissed 'cause all they REALLY needed to release in the first place was one set all white and one set of the three colored variations. There was no need to make us pay $40 to get a complete set of all variations ($80 of you collect like me and Matt and you get a second set just to open  >:()


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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Wookiee Helicopter with Wookiee
« on: June 28, 2005, 10:35 AM »
Picked up the two I wanted of this vehicle today. Can't wait to open it up tonight when I get home from work.

Even though I already had four preview Wookie Warriors by the time of the 4/2 launch, I picked up a fifth one back on the 2nd (just 'cause the TRU had a bunch in stock still) for the express purpose of putting him in the rear-gunner seat. I can't wait to see if the preview Wookie fits - since the Chewie and Tarful figures don't bend at the knees, to me it seems like they would be awkward in the vehicle with their legs straight out.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: June 27, 2005, 01:45 PM »
For me, these three figures are as close to "perfect" as I could have ever hoped for. The accessories, the sculpt, the articulation and the likenesses are all top notch.

Personally, I would prefer that they start doing this for EVERY major character of the Saga - if you think about it, the on-going appeal to buying these sets is infinite - in other words, if they put these Evolutions sets in generic Saga type packaging they could keep pumping them out from now until the license expires.

Give us Evolutions now of:
Jedi Masters (Qui-Gon, Mace Windu, PT Yoda)
Obi-Wan (PT only - TPM, AOTC, ROTS)
Padme (anything, she's horribly overlooked action figure-wise)
C-3PO (TPM, AOTC, EP3-6)
Luke (X-Wing Pilot, Bespin/Dagobah, ROTJ)
Leia (Ceremony, Hoth, Endor)
Han (Hoth, Bespin, Endor)
Lando (Smuggler, Skiff Guard, General)
Bounty Hunters (Aurra Sing, Zam Wessel, Bossk)
Fetts (Jango, Young Boba or Red Training Uniform Adult Clone, ESB Boba)

And then just keep shipping those sets (along with the other three) and you would keep all of the MAIN characters that kids and new collectors would ALWAYS want. Top it off by offering a box set of the 12 VOTC figures as a OT "Starter Set" and you could just keep pumping the same stock out over and over and over again for the next 13 years.

With the main characters covered, you could then use the regular carded figure line as a way of getting odd characters out that typically appeal more to collectors than the casual or younger buyer.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Figure with Cup Sets
« on: June 27, 2005, 01:30 PM »
I too was able to get these for less than $12.99 each - and since I bought two complete sets, it was a great savings.

They weren't scanning at the register and the clerk said "do you know how much these were?" to which I replied "$6.99"  ;D

She then proceeded to punch in a DPCI number that was all 9's and entered in the price of $6.99 for them! Much more appealing to get them for that price and save $36 on the total purchase!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: June 27, 2005, 01:28 PM »
*** Modified based on finds Monday night and Tuesday morning ***

Haven't been able to post for a while since I just moved... anyway, here's what I was able to get since I last posted:

Anakin on Mustafar, R2-D2 and Baccara wave (x2)
Clone 3-Pack w/Red Dots Variation (x2)
Clone 3-Pack w/Green Stripes Variation (x2)
Clone 3-Pack w/Blue Stripes Variation (x2)
Target Figures w/Cups Wave 2 (x2)
Clone 3-Pack all white Clones (x1)
Wookie Flyer (x2)

I still need:
500th Vader (x2)
another all white Clones 3-pack
Figures #45 (x2); #46 (x1); and #47 (x1)

Found the Red/Rust Dotted Clones at the WalMart near me in Manahawkin, NJ last week along with figures #48 - #50 (LOTS OF THEM - like seven/eight cases worth).

Found the Blue Stripes variant Clone 3-pack last night at the Brick, NJ Target.

Found the Green Stripes variant Clone 3-pack this morning at my local WalMart in Manahawkin, NJ

Found the Wookie Flyer this morning at the same Brick, NJ Target

So things seem to be hitting stores again. I just hope I can get those last few things I need before the Evolutions and Battle Packs start to hit.

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