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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Recent 30AC Purchases
« on: December 19, 2007, 11:20 AM »
Hit the mother-load of Wave 8 at Toys R Us last night.

Scored enough figures to cover both myself and a friend, here's the run-down of what I grabbed:

5x Jango Fett w/Poncho & Removeable Armor
5x Fireside Padme Amidala
5x Voolvif Monn
10x Destoryer Droid (Droideka) w/Half Energy Shield
10x Clone Trooper (Training Fatigues)
10x McQuarrie Concept Rebel Trooper

Kind of an expensive evening.

All I need are five Hawkbat Battallion clones and I can finally put the TAC collection to bed.

The Legacy Collection / Re: 2008 Wave 3 - ?
« on: December 16, 2007, 10:48 AM »
While wave 3 couldn't include the AOTC versions of Owen and Beru, I wouldn't mind seeing at least a new version of Uncle Owen in Wave 3. Another cantina alien (or two) would be nice as well.

I definitely think a Vader in this wave would be overkill especially since every time they seem to do a ROTJ wave there's Vader/Anakin in there in some form or another, so I'm expecting a Vader in Wave 4 if that's a ROTJ wave.

While I'm okay with them completely ignoring EP1 in the basic line in 2008, I'm hoping that in 2009 they at least dedicate a pair of waves in celebration of the 10th anniversary of TPM.

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Recent 30AC Purchases
« on: December 14, 2007, 12:25 PM »
Picked up the WalMart Exclusive Jabba's band/performers "battle" packs today.

The presentation on these is nice.

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Recent 30AC Purchases
« on: December 13, 2007, 09:29 PM »
AAAAGGHHHH!!!!  Wow okay I started breathing again.  Thing of beauty Daigo.  I noticed one of the Tycho bodies has a Rebel Honor Guard head on him, any mods to that or could it just pop on?  Any other heads that fit the body without mods?

Agreed - what a great custom diorama.

I was so excited about it, the first thing I did when I got home was to try the head-swap between the Rebel Honor Guard and Tycho - alas, Daigo must have modified the Rebel Honor Guard head because unless you make the hole for neck ball deeper in the head, it looks like the new figure has a giraffe's neck!

Oh well... leave the customization to the talented people I will....

Here's a scary thought, what if the third set is how they'll be putting out the Secret Apprentice?

Before you discount that idea, remember that the Clone Wars vol 2 sets had unique characters to the animated line in them. Granted they were old body sculpts with new heads, I'm sure they could cobble together a version of the Secret Apprentice from previous figures and just sculpt a new head.

Hopefully these two sets will be it.

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Wal-Mart Exclusives..Where Are They?
« on: December 12, 2007, 08:19 PM »
Like the sucker that I am, I will be getting two each of the Jabba's Band Sets (if I can find them). I'm kinda digging the cardboard playset value of the packaging - it might go well with the pop-up Jabba's palace diorama.

Maybe these will be available on the release date of Force Unleashed? Didn't all the other WM sets get released on a specific SW DVD release date?

That has been the track record with the WalMarts by me. Each time the DVD came out there was a aisle display with the 3-packs. The size of the display piece varied depending on the release (large for the second DVD of the OT release, small for Clone Wars Vol 2 DVD release).

Hopefully it will be the same with these.

Despite your "Debbie Downer", realistic view of things trying to squish my dreams, I will continue to hope that they find a way to release the rings separately, because I really don't like the idea (whether practical for Hasbro or not) of rebuying all the JSFs just to get the rings.   :-\

I too am not relishing the idea that I might be having to re-buy all of the JSFs only "this time with rings!"

However, the reality is that Hasbro spent a good amount of money sculpting and tooling the Hyperspace Ring, so they are going to use it more than just this one time.

The sensible thing would be for them to come out with one more new design (such as Aayla Secura's JSF) and include the Hyperspace ring with that as an exclusive to either TRU or Target. Then on top of that offer JUST the hyperspace rings for Plo Koon's, Kit Fisto's and Saesee Tiin's JSFs as an online exclusive with

A two-pronged strategy like that would increase the ROI on the Hyperspace Ring development. I also think a lot of collectors who already have those three JSFs would be more open to the idea of just buying three Hyperspace Rings as opposed to re-buying the vehicle.

I don't have a lot of faith that Hasbro would be so kind though - so I'm kinda expecting a re-release of the Plo Koon JSF w/a Hyperspace Ring, exclusive to Target at some point in 2008, perhaps even as a Clone Wars line exclusive.

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Recent 30AC Purchases
« on: December 12, 2007, 12:18 AM »
Picked up two each of the Turbo Tank, AT-AT and Snowspeeder Transformers.

I've only opened the Turbo Tank/Commander Cody so far. Not very pleased with how that one turned out. Hopefully the AT-AT will be better. Snowspeeder looks interesting.

Also got my order from HasbroToyShop which included 2x TAC Jawa, 1x TAC Moisture Vaporator w/Luke, 1x TAC Han w/Torture Rack, 2x 7th Legion Clonetrooper, Titanium BSG Set from SDCC, Titanium AT-RT (Camo Deco), and Titanium White/Gray Darth Vader TIE.

Hey Chuck - just so you know I didn't want this thread to become a flame war. I do appreciate the help that Target-insiders such as yourself provide.

In response to your question about what kind of customer service I expect...

I guess what I was getting at was that when I go into TRU or the WalMart around the corner from my house or even the lower-volume Target that I also shop at, the people who work there recognize me, they are friendly, they know why I'm there, they've taken time to get to know me (and vice-versa), they know I'm not a scalper, etc...

The Target I'm referring to as a problem is the exact opposite. If you are a collector, you are the scum of the earth. You are mocked and you are refused service.

This is really no way to be treated.

I understand the wages must stink. I understand that customers must be rude at times. But if I'm polite and utilize the tools that the Target Corporation has placed in the stores to assist my shopping experience, then yes, I do expect some degree of customer service from the employees at this store. Since these same employees are the ones who see me regularly making purchases in the store, it would be nice if they would treat me better as a store "regular" as opposed to a "toy collecting scumbag".

Does that make more sense?

If you were to go ask the managers at this store if I was a "problem" customer - they would tell you that I am.

I have been told point-blank by the manager of this store that even though the pegs are empty and they have more product in the back, that does not mean that they have to bring more product out. I told him that Target customer service told me that I should ask for more items to be brought out of the place where they are displayed is empty. He screamed back at me that I couldn't possibly know Target policies better than him.

I have been told by the lady who manages the area that includes toys that X date is when they will reset the aisle to include an exclusive, only to return before X date, find the exclusive on the shelf (this happened with the Order 66 2-packs) and then when I ask her if she could bring out some more so I could get the rest of the set of six different pieces, be told that I couldn't even buy the ones I found on the shelf even though some of that very same product sold earlier in the day.

I have been told by this same person that even though there was only one figure on the eight pegs dedicated to SW figs, I needed to buy that figure in order to clear the pegs and have them bring more product out, only to wait for 30 minutes for them to finally bring out three figures that all looked like they had been stepped on and be told that that was all they had left in stock, only to have a friend check the price scanner two hours later and have the scanner report that more was still in stock.

Needless to say, all three times when I called the Target customer service toll free number, the operator I spoke with responded by telling me that none of these situations should have taken place. I have given them names of these managers and yet they are still working there.

It was after these events that the a.p.b.'s started going out. I have friends who are also collectors in the local area who have run into the same kinds of problems at this store but have no problems at any of the other locations where they shop.

Last point on this: I would be perfectly happy with a consistent Target policy that was adhered to at all times. But since we all know that is impossible, all I ask is for help when I go into the store.

Ok, I just got back from two targets. One the low volume store had a end cap with the exclusives, suprise the high volume store didnt even have an end cap. Ok Pete what should we do in that case? If the street date was dec 2nd..hmmmm.  If Target dosent want my $$$ for Star Wars, then they are not getting my  $$$$ for Clothes,Video game, food, or anything else they sell in their dam stores!  >:( I have to also add this same store has stocked action figures maybe 3 times since mid summer!

Are you asking me? I think you have me confused with Darth Chuck.

Personally, I would politely ask for help/assistance on whether or not they have the items in stock. In the Target I did get the exclusives at, they have the UBPs on the top of the shelves as well as some of the vehicles with only a handful of stuff in the actual SW section - I would definitely recommend that everyone check up high in all of the aisles if you're still looking for the exclusives.

Darth Chuck - I see your point, but now please hear me out:

1. I have a Target in my area that "profiles" the collectors, puts out alerts that "no new Star Wars should be brought out for the next 30 minutes" when we enter the store and outright REFUSES to stock EMPTY figure pegs even though they have more in the back.

2. I have spoken with Target Corporate Customer Service, and everytime I do they confirm to me that the price scanners with the key-pads are to assist customers in looking-up items that are not out on the shelves/pegs.

3. The same Target that I mention in item #1 will allow an 18 year old kid walk in with DPCI numbers, ask customer service for those items, get them for him and let him walk back out again. I know this for a fact - I've gone to the store with my step-son, I go in and I get denied. He'll go in after me and then call me into the store to meet him at the register to pay. WTF?

4. Items ALWAYS leak out early, all you have to do is hit the store when the dictator who manages the area that includes Toys is not working.

5. They never set limits in my area. EVER.

6. Why is it that Target seems hell-bent on lumping scalpers in with collectors? I should be able to get my two of everything w/o any hassle. Clearly I'm not buying in quantities to resell like the Granny you describe below when I'm only getting two.

7. If Target finds these exclusives such a "hassle" - I'll be perfectly happy not having to worry about even stepping foot into a Target if you guys stop getting them from Hasbro.

and last but not least...

8. I dropped over $500.00 on a single day picking up all of the exclusives and UBPs. I shop at the store for toys all year 'round. Where's the customer loyalty for someone like me? You make it sound like you'd rather let the moms who shops for toys once, perhaps twice a year get something before the toy department "regular" customers.

Let me just end with, I am not the type of person to "abuse" or yell at the Target employees if they won't help me, and I always only ask for stuff if the spot for it is empty (or close to empty).

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Recent 30AC Purchases
« on: December 1, 2007, 10:24 PM »
Dont feel bad, i thought about it. I didnt go for it, but i did think about it. I really wish Hasbro could just make a another smaller album for the UGH coins.

If they had offered something like that from, I would totally have bought one.

I wish the ROTJ set had included a TAC Stormtrooper or DS Trooper instead of Vader.  Still, I'll get one if I can score it for cheap.

I think they could have done a better job not including ANY of the characters that had previously been in one of these tin sets.

EP2 should NOT have included Mace Windu (he was in the regular edition EP3 tin)
EP3 should NOT have included Anakin (this same figure was in the regular edition EP3 tin)
EP6 should NOT have included Vader (a different Vader was in the regular edition EP6 tin)
EP6 should NOT have included a Biker Scout (the flip-up visor version was in the regular edtion EP6 tin)

EP2 should have included a Clone Pilot based off of the Evolutions figure
EP3 should have included an Obi-Wan instead of an Anakin
EP6 should have included the Emperor from the Evolutions set and a Royal Guard (just a repack of the ROTS red robed guard)

This would have made the sets at least DISPLAY better with a better variety of characters across all 9 sets.

No rest for the weary:  I found the repainted Shadow AT-AT, Imperial V-Wing, Hoth AT-ST, Trade Fed Tank, and "somewhat new" Snowtrooper on Speederbike at our WM tonight.

Let the repaint fans rejoice!  :P

Found this wave this evening at WalMart myself.

Looks like WalMart is getting display hangers that hold 18 3" Titanium ships and they are filled with this wave. Looked like a mostly even break-down with the V-Wing, AT-ST and Blizzard Force Speeder Bike each being four per case while the other two were three per case.

There were two of these and they were hanging on a metal rack near the end of the SW aisle. They were not with the rest of the Titanium 3" vehicles in the main aisle.

Nothing really thrilling in this wave since they are all repaints. It would have been nice to have at least ONE new vehicle this wave. (while I like the concept of the Blizzard Force Speeder Bike, I do not consider this a "new" vehicle since it's just a new plastic figure on top of the old speeder bike - I'm actually kinda surprised that they didn't throw this into the Hoth Set, I am sure at some point we will see this concept in the 3.75" scale)

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