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The 1:18 stuff is awesome.  Now why is it so hard for Hasbro to do something like this?  >:(

Let's examine that:

1) Design skills are required on the part of the team developing such accessory type toys.  Hasbro doesn't seem to be in possession of such skills.

2) The accessories need to be scaled to the figure and to each other. When building a diorama piece-by-piece, each piece must be consistent with the other. Hasbro hasn't been able to maintain the scale of Luke Skywalker figures, what makes you think they could come out with an entire line of diorama building stuff that's all at the same scale.

3) The company making such a line needs to be in-touch with the wants and needs of the collector community as a whole. For example, military figure collectors may want to set up a WW2 war-torn street diorama, so you develop all of the pieces necessary. For Hasbro, the SW collecting community would LOVE to collect an a-la-carte Death Star playset, yet Hasbro is SO FAR out of touch they don't understand the market demand for a Death Star playset exists.

4) The company needs to make the determination what their distribution model is. Whether that be selling the items via the web or getting the regular brick-and-mortar stores to carry them. This company obviously feels that they can market and sell their stuff through their website and most likely print-ads in magazines. Hasbro on the other hand likes to be Target/WalMart's PRISON BITCH - so they bend over and take whatever the big chains want to shove where the sun don't shine, end customer be damned.

I think that about sums it up why you'll never see Hasbro do something like this Chewie.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target DPCI Number Reboot?
« on: July 29, 2005, 12:17 PM »
Somehow, I'm guessing that they only disabbled the stock check feature for toys.

And you know what - they probably did.

This is ridiculous, why are toy collectors/buyers treated any differently then other customers?

Don't they realize they wouldn't have us resorting to these measures if (a) they just stocked the shelves and (b) they didn't let managers do side-deals with local scalpers out the back door.

I had a VERY long conversation with a Target public relations manager  who was located at their headquarters in MN.  The policy, according to this person is that IF there is space on the shelves AND they have more product in the back, they are required to bring out the new stock.

If they have stock on the pegs for say Collection 2 and the Collection 1 figure pegs are empty and there's more in the back, since they have a different DPCI number, they are obligated to stock those pegs.

If on the other hand, the pegs for Collection 1 are full, don't expect them to bring out more Collection 1 just 'cause you ask.

This is a fair policy and in a time of product drought, the second condition doesn't even factor-in.

So I would (a) print out the DPCI codes I posted above, (b) get the scanners to acknowlege they have more of a certain item in stock; (c) call on the nearest customer service phone to toys; (d) tell the employee who comes up that, in accordance to Target policy you want X-peg/Y-shelf space filled with the corresponding item since there are no more items on the floor and they have more in the back.

Pure and simple - they can't tell you no. If they ask how you know there's more stuff in the back, simply tell them that the price scanner told you that was the case. There's no need to elaborate on HOW you got the scanner to tell you that.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target DPCI Number Reboot?
« on: July 29, 2005, 10:01 AM »
Well - I used all of the scanned Target DPCI barcodes and UPC barcodes that I have posted recently at my local Target in Brick, NJ this morning and they all worked like a champ!

So basically, the next step is that Jared is going to help me get the hi-res versions posted somewhere either here at JD or on another site and we'll post the links to where you can download them from.

I was looking at this thread from my BlackBerry last night and I noticed how clearly the UPC BarCodes show up on the screen - I think my next "experiment" will be to see if I can get the Target price scanner to respond to a UPC BarCode displayed from my BlackBerry!

Also - over the weekend I'll scan in the UPC BarCodes for the BattlePacks and the Cups.

- Peter

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Well - I ordered myself two from SWS just now.

I may regret it when I see it available at a much cheaper price somewhere else. However, I know for a fact that somewhere else won't be a local comic-book (i.e. brick-and-mortar scalper) shop.

Perhaps Entertainment Earth will sell it for less, but I doubt it.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target DPCI Number Reboot?
« on: July 28, 2005, 06:55 PM »
Ok - sorry for the heavy duty graphics, but here are some scans I completed today:

Hasbro UPC Codes:




Target DPCI Codes:




I've printed these all out from 300dpi TIF versions and I'm going to try them out. If they do work, I'll upload .zip archives containing those tifs to my AOL myspace or somewhere else that will host the files so everyone can download them, print them out and beat Target at their own game!

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If they took the blasters away (which never should have been in there in the first place) - why did they leave it so the tray has space for them? They should have changed the tray to just have the figure standing in the center of the bubble, facing forward.

Pretty sloppy IMHO.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Jedi Temple Assault Battle Pack
« on: July 27, 2005, 06:09 PM »
I head one rumor of these guys hitting, and with respect to the guy who reported it, I think the person who told him didn't know what they were talking about. Let's just hope they treat these like the cantina scenes an put out pleanty.

Yeah - the report read something like this "They had the Jedi vs. Sith Battle Pack and the clerk told me the Jedi set had also been put out, but it was now gone"

My initial thought was that it could have been the Jedi Temple Assault Set. But then the more I thought about it, it seems to me that the KMart employee might also use those words to refer to the Anakin Evolutions set since that looks like it could also be a "Jedi Set".

So I don't think these have hit.

Like the Cantina Sets these will be plentiful.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target DPCI Number Reboot?
« on: July 27, 2005, 05:55 PM »
Jared and I are all over this sh*t...

Here are nice scans from the packages themselves of the Collection 2 and Unleashed figures:







I've printed them out here at work and I'm going to try them on my way home - if they work, I'll scan in the rest of the items:

Evolutions, 500th Vader, Battle Pack, Target Cup, Collection 1, Deluxe Figures, etc...

I may even scan in the Target Clone and Lava Vader ones - I'm pretty sure the DPCI number REMAINED THE SAME with those two - perhaps the Stealth Cammo and Lava Reflection Jedi figures will fall under the same DPCI as well...

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I like the design tweak while still staying true to the Vintage type packaging. I'm glad we'll start to get some PT waves regularly as well.

Not too keen on the mini-holo figure idea, mostly 'cause I don't know much about it. Like for example, if there are 6 new figures and only 3 new holos and then each of those 6 figures come with each of the three different holos, THAT WILL SUCK - especially for the super-strict variant set. For me it will force me to hunt not just for the figure, but for the figure that contains the mini-holo I need/want.

So if they always pack the same mini-holo with any one figure, that will make me happy, but then if the same mini-holo figure comes with more than one figure, that will mean I'll have LOTS of mini-holo figures floating around.

I dunno - I would have rather they revisit fact files or just include sculpted bases instead of the gray rectangles. Anyone who was on the fence about buying the figures isn't going to make the purchase based solely on the inclusion of the mini-holo fig, so I don't truly understand the marketing behind this decision....  ???

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target DPCI Number Reboot?
« on: July 27, 2005, 09:33 AM »
Ok - so as I posted over in the Evolutions thread - I'm willing to scan in the bar-codes from recent items so we can build an image library of assortment barcodes that can be used in lieu of typing in the DPCI number. Here are the lines I can think of:

Collection 1 Basic Figures
Collection 2 Basic Figures
Target Cups
500th Vader
Deluxe Figures
Unleashed Figures
Battle Packs
Evolutions

If anyone wants anything else let me know here and I'll let you know if I can accomodate the request. Just so everyone knows in advance, I do not collect: Galactic Heroes, the [du]MPire turds, Force Battlers and Jedi Force so I do not have source materials to scan for those.

I have the inserts from the Vader/Ventress/Sidious+Yoda Unleashed wave here at my desk along with the collection 2 insert I was using today so I could scan them here at work to get this started.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 27, 2005, 09:29 AM »
The numbers may do you no good - many price scanners at Target stores are now unable to process keyed-in DPCI numbers.

Apparently this has been a new change in policy at Target to across the boards, disable this function.

Also, you may be hard-pressed to find an employee who is willing to key in the number.

What would be the best thing is if someone could scan in the barcode from the package and post it here.

I have it at home and could do it tonight if everyone is interested. You print that out and then scan that in the price scanner and you can get around the key pad lock-out. You know - I think I'll do that tonight for the following:

Target Cups
500th Vader
Battle Packs
Evolutions Sets
Collection 1
Collection 2
Deluxe
Unleashed

Can anyone think of any other lines they would want to check regularly?

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target DPCI Number Reboot?
« on: July 27, 2005, 09:26 AM »
Talking with the manager at my store they have taken some (not all) of the systems where you can type the DPCI #'s in and disabled that function. So unless you can find a figure and actually scan it, the system will tell you that the # doesn't work.

See - THIS is what I suspected, but didn't want to cry "conspiracy" after the train-wreck thread regarding the theft of Commander Bly...

I think that Target decided that collectors coming in with the DPCI numbers and getting stuff from the back was too much an annoyance and they put a stop to it.

This morning I brought with me to this same Target the bar-code insert piece from both Commander Baccara and Governor Tarkin - both came up as not in stock, but at least the system recognized the DPCI numbers.

When I typed them in manually it said "Item Not Recognized"

What a bunch of jerks.

So now - there's no way to get them to bring out the Stealth Cammo and Lava Reflection Obi-Wan & Anakin figures when they're holding them in the back for the employees and friends of the employees unless you get the barcode from them (which is impossible if you never have seen the figs in the first place) OR if by some miracle they've set up a peg for the item.

Well - one way that I think I'm going to combat it is I'm just going to take the peg tags for the Collection 1, Collection 2 and Deluxe figures, get them laminated and keep them in my wallet. If/when I see the tags again for the cups, battle packs or evolutions, I'll take them too and do the same.

There are ways around this issue - Target's not going to like them, as far as I'm concerned they brought this on themselves.

Disabling that functionality indeed.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target DPCI Number Reboot?
« on: July 26, 2005, 11:17 PM »
The Target in Brick, NJ has had the punch-in, whether or not there is more in the stock-room type price scanners for over a year now - so it's not one of those cases where they just put new price scanners in.

Perhaps the computers were just acting screwing as a side-effect of pending reset.

This is the same Target where they have over-run their Star Wars aisle with all manner of crap simply because they don't have the SW stock to fill the aisle.

You know - Hasbro PAY$ to have a "feature aisle" like that, Target just doesn't GIVE them one. Granted some of that "pay" may be in the form cheaper cost to Target for exclusives, more exclusives, etc.... nevertheless, Hasbro still gave Target "something" to have that aisle through August.

Now since Hasbro can't get the stock to the stores fast enough, they've filled the aisle with toys from all of Hasbro's competitors.

Good job Hasbro!!!

 :P

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Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars "Choppers"?
« on: July 26, 2005, 11:13 PM »
OMG - I've been laughing for the past five minutes at the prospect of a "Bump-n-Go Darth Vader on Evil Sith Chopper"

*sigh*

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Revenge of the Sith / Target DPCI Number Reboot?
« on: July 26, 2005, 05:49 PM »
I was in the Brick, NJ Target store - which is still as baren as the wastes of Tatooine and I thought I would check the price scanner for items and NONE of the numbers we have work anymore.

Are they re-assigning the toys new numbers or is this phenomenon just local to me here in NJ?

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