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Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: February 18, 2005, 11:15 AM »
I prefer Target to WalMart simply for the same reasons that Matt stated above. Granted your shopping experience can vary depending on how helpful the Target employees are, but that is a wholely different matter - at least in Target, I know there is a CHANCE I might get some help - at WalMart, forget about it.

Did you all know this: At WalMart they have the same guns as the Target employees do, that they can use to scan the labels on the end of pegs and get info on whether or not they have any more of an item in stock in the back, in the overstock offsite warehouse or EVEN if they have more on the way and what the delivery date is?

I actually got the toys associate at the Toms River, NJ Walmart to help me right after the OTC figures started to hit - they had pegs, but no figures. So she was like "hold on" - went and got a gun from heck knows where, scanned the bar code and was like "We don't have any more, but we're getting them on this date" - I was shocked that they have the ability to help customers like this, but yet they don't.

Unless the pegs are full, I have NEVER had any trouble getting a Target employee to either re-fill them if they have more or check to see if they have more (if it's a store with an older price scanner) - to me, that alone makes the trip to Target a million times more satisfying.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: The Mustafar Playset...
« on: February 18, 2005, 11:07 AM »
What are the discs that the pack-in Anakin and Obi-Wan figures are on? Are they FIXED to those bases? If so I am even more disappointed in this playset. I had hope (for some silly reason) that this would be where they would pack in a superarticulated version of each character.

Sometimes, I don't even know why I bother...

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Fair 2005 - Feb 19th-23rd
« on: February 17, 2005, 05:17 PM »
The hoping for two things:

1) A good look at the ARC-170 and the Mustafar playset. I hope both are done well but both could end up *bleh* - for the ARC-170 if it's been scaled down so much that it only accomodates ONE pilot, I will be VERY disappointed. With the playset, if they make it so it can be added to later like the Droid Factory section of the Arena playset, then I'll be okay with it, but if it's flimsy and gimmicky like the Theed Hangar playset then I'll be disappointed.

2) At least ONE item we hadn't heard solid confirmation of yet: Whether that be the AT-TE or the Turbo Tank, I don't really care which of the two really - I'm just really hoping that Hasbro will deliver on one of these larger vehicles.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: February 17, 2005, 03:30 PM »
Personally, I don't mind variations in height among the Wookies. All humans aren't the same height, so why should Wookies be all the same height?

The actual height of Tarful is difficult to tell from that shot with Yoda simply because (a) they are on a hill and (b) Tarful isn't at the same depth as Chewie - Chewie is closer and thus might appear "taller".

My hope is that the farewell picture is a DRAFT composite shot combining the digital environment and the three actors and since it was originally created, the characters have been adjusted for correct size (specifically Yoda reduced in size). Otherwise, it might be argued that Yoda is closest to the viewer and he is indeed only about Knee-high on the wookies.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: February 17, 2005, 01:50 PM »
Yeah, I see what you're saying Pete.  I don't mean to imply that Hasbro will reduce production at all.  It's more of a reference to how Canadian retail seems to work (i'm in Canuckada, just so you know) and that we get the short end of the stick fairly quickly.  I'm hoping to at least be able to find all the clones we've seen thus far locally, but you just never know up here.  For AOTC/Saga we didn't see the Emperor or Djas Puhr until December and then only a handful ever showed up.  Cynical, that's me. 

Yeah - I can understand, I know that you guys in Canada are often left out in the cold when it comes to new releases.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: February 17, 2005, 01:22 PM »
I was just checking Jeff's list for the figure release dates and the clone commander is slated for May release.  Hmmm, maybe we'll get a big, ole pile of figures right at the outset?  I wonder.  I really don't want to wait for all the clones, because I expect everyone will over-order collection 1  ::) and we'll be left with a bunch of fat Padme's on the pegs. 

I have to say, the clone assortments look simply awesome (and $$$).

First off - the Clone Commander figure looks AMAZING. I'm definitely liking all of the different clones that are being made for this film!

As far as whether or not we'll see his wave on April 2nd - while I would welcome it, I'm not going to expect it. Waves 1 & 2 from each collection is more than sufficient for the onslaught. Will it make the waves that immediately follow those harder to find? Possibly, but I don't seem to recall the follow-on waves of AOTC figures being hard to find at retail either.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Enjoying the quiet?
« on: February 17, 2005, 12:25 PM »
The "quiet" I'm experiencing is merely on new purchases. I'm still out in the stores every morning hoping to find the new wave of Unleashed.

Grabbed Anakin's Jedi Starfighter early in the week and I think it's awesome - best new one-man fighter vehicle they've released for the PT yet! So as far as the 3" line goes, I'm all caught up until April 2nd or until I stumble across an accidental product leak.

Since I also collect Transformers, I'm also always keeping my eyes out for new Alternators and the limbs for the Energon gestalts - but there too, I've had little success, I'm not even sure what I'm looking for is even out yet.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Basic Figure Leak: Already?
« on: February 17, 2005, 12:10 PM »
Wow - of all of the places that I would NOT expect these to show up it is a TRU - especially with their history of making an event out of MidnightMadness and all...

Locally, I've been checking the Targets via their price scanners to see if they have them in stock and so far nothing. The only good news there is the confirmation of the $5.99 price tag.

Did the poster say anything about how much they rang up for at TRU? I'm curious if they rang up as just preview figs or if they actually rang up as EP3 C1 figures.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: February 15, 2005, 06:58 AM »
This is all just a bad dream...... I'm going to wake up any second.... no more metallic figures....

Is this figure going to come with a Target name tag and a phone headset like Vader was geared-up in the Black Friday wake-up call commercials?

His action feature should be "You're request for me to fill the empty pegs with toys that the price scanner indicates are in stock is insignificant next to the power of standing around and b.s.-ing with my fellow Target employees"

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Basic Figure Leak: Already?
« on: February 14, 2005, 03:34 PM »
Guess they must not have meant the Sabers, because they seem to be leaking out all over the place... 'scum is reporting ANOTHER early leak:

This time it is the RotS packaging sabers that were found, not just the OTC version w/DVD.   :o  Found at a K-Mart, $21.99 each.


Yeah - I don't know - I'm going to have to ask him about the sabers. While I personally haven't heard from my collector friends about these hitting locally, when I see my friend who is the Hasbro rep this week at TRU, I'm going to ask him what the deal is.

My guess however, is that the SKUs on the lightsaber assortment is the same for EPIII as it is for POTC as it was for OTC so leaks like that entirely possible.

It's entirely possible that my friend could be speaking purely from his point of view which is being able to look at what is in the distribution warehouses LOCALLY combined with what his boss is telling him on when to expect to see the product and when to start looking out for mistaken shelf placement before the April 2nd date.

He did tell me one other thing and this primarily relates to the 2nd itself - he was told that it is mandatory that he works Friday, Saturday and Sunday that weekend. He did not know his store assignments yet though.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Basic Figure Leak: Already?
« on: February 11, 2005, 09:16 PM »
The way it was described to me was that the regional distribution hubs should have the stuff by the middle of March and then a week before April 2nd (last week of March) the stuff will be distributed to the stores individually.

Apparently right before AOTC, while leaks was a problem, so was employees at local stores riffling through the stuff in the stock rooms simply because the boxes where there.

I guess he was trying to imply that the distribution hubs would have the stuff by say March 14th and the stuff would be sent the end of the week of the 21st. That's plenty of time (I would think) for the distribution hubs and stores to have their acts in gear.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Ep3 Sneak Preview Anakin's Starfighter
« on: February 11, 2005, 05:08 PM »
ok guys, check out this link of pictures of someones starfighter opened. it has R2's body below the dome painted with the normal blue/white R2 deco. my R2 is totally white below the dome. the box i have also shows the deco below the dome. what gives?

Could the colored details be stickers you have to apply and not paint-ops?

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Celebration 3 Figure: Talking Darth Vader
« on: February 11, 2005, 02:49 PM »
Does anyone know if there is a one to one relationship between pass and attendee? In other words can one person with two passes buy double the limit?

Basically the reason why I'm asking is that if I buy an extra pass for someone and give them the money for three of these, will they be able to get three more on top of what they already want to get with their own pass?

If that is possible, I'm willing to buy someone a weekend pass and give them the money to pick me up three of these things (I think the limit for a weekend pass is four).

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Basic Figure Leak: Already?
« on: February 11, 2005, 01:42 PM »
I agree with Jeff - I fail to see what Target, WalMart or TRU's motivations would be for NOT putting the stuff out as early as they get it in.

This is why, if Hasbro wants a street date, they need to try and time the shipping of the merchandise as best they can.

If I was Target and I knew I was charging more than say WalMart for these figures, I would distribute them to my stores as soon as my distribution hubs received them AND tell the stores to stock the empty Star Wars pegs ASAP.

I think more than anything else: the LACK of SW product on the shelves; how fast the Sneak Preview wave is selling (at least around here); and cases that will just scream "put me out on the shelves" -- stores will take the stance -- "f-this, I'm filling my pegs with stock I have on hand NOW!" Of course that will be on a case-by-case basis, up to each individual manager. I'm sure where some of you work, there are always those one or two employees who act first knowing they'll get their hands slapped after-the-fact. Sure the manager might take a ding, but his/her store will also be the store NOT sitting on a glut of these figures come June 2005.

Now - going back to the subject of where the product is right now...

I had a nice chat with my friend who is one of the local Hasbro reps. He swore to me that NONE of the EPIII stuff has hit the distribution hubs for any of the retailers at least locally here in NJ. His guess re: the story that started this thread is that a lone case was shipped from Hasbro by mistake with the rest of the Sneak Preview figures, not that Hasbro has already sent Target their C1 and C2 EP3 figures yet. His guess is that Target/WalMart/TRU wouldn't see these in their distribution warehouses until the middle of next month.

I made him swear he was telling me the truth and not the corporate line, so I have to believe him.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Ep3 Sneak Preview Vehicle
« on: February 10, 2005, 02:49 PM »
Not trying to defend the design here, but the ARC-170 which I would consider more of a predecessor to the X-Wing than the Jedi Starfighter has the slot for the astromech unit behind the front cockpit (where the pilot and co-pilot sit) of the vehicle and "behind" the astromech is the rear-gunner cockpit. So already at this point in the SW universe, ship designers have seen the need/importance of putting the navigation droid in a safer spot.

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