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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: September 27, 2016, 03:29 PM »
I posted a bit about this over on the vehicle thread in my post about finding Hera's A-Wing. So in one WalMart I went to, I got there as the girl working the aisle was putting the figures on the pegs. I asked her if I was allowed to buy them and she said "yes". I took them up to the register but was shut-down. Took the figures back to her, she scanned them and indicated that scanning the figures yielded no information about them being blocked or prohibited from sale. She said maybe it had to do with the fact that she hadn't set the "mod" for the figures yet, which she was going to do later in the morning. So I left and thanked her for the help.

This morning I went into the store to find 2x of Kylo Ren, 2x of the Imperial Ground Crew and 1x of K-2SO on the pegs - the remaining figures were gone.

I took those five figures up to the register and was again denied. This time I asked if I could please purchase them as it seems someone else had already purchased the other 12 figures in the case. They indicated that they had the figures up front, but when I asked if I could see them to confirm, they denied my request saying that they couldn't let me see them. So as far as I'm concerned they probably sold a few of them, maybe they had some others, who knows, doesn't matter really.

My point though is that there is nothing on these figures indicating a street date, it's a computer-thing ONLY. So basically this is going to keep happening throughout the week as more and more product starts to trickle in and employees put them out on the shelves...

While I'm never gonna try to "beat" the system and scan and alternate item, it would be nice if I could score a nice percentage of stuff early, so on FF, it's just a matter of hitting a few stores for a few minutes and being "done". I have contemplated the thought if just zeroing in on Kanan and Sabine and then ordering a case from EE of the wave 1 figures.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Class II Vehicle Sets
« on: September 26, 2016, 11:45 PM »
Was able to get 2x of the A-Wing with Hera this morning at a WalMart I pass on the drive into work. They were out on the shelves. I took them up to the register fully expecting to be shut down, but they scanned just fine and I was able cross one of the five "new" vehicles off my list for this Friday. I'm hoping to score a few more items "early" just to cut down on the bulk of Friday.

I was at another Walmart and they were putting out Wave 1 on the pegs - I asked the girl if I could take them and she said yes, so I took the set of 7 figures to the register and was denied. Took them back to the girl in the boys toys aisle to tell her what happened and she even called a manager over and he was like "what the heck?" Hasbro's communication of this imaginary street date has been FANTASTIC!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: September 21, 2016, 12:01 PM »
Hahaha, Psycho Chris was on Agents of Shield last night. Hopefully he will be moving there permanently.

I certainly hope not. But I did say to my wife - wonder if this means he's not long for FTWD.

I would not be upset one bit if both Travis and Chris were killed by the end of this season.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: September 7, 2016, 01:56 AM »
Ophilia must be some kind of secret Ninja badass to have gotten out of there without being eaten or spotted by anyone.

She doesn't need to be, she merely jumped off the balcony of whatever room she was in, got up and walked away.

What takes me out of the moment for this show is that CLEARLY whoever is running the show has never watched a single episode of TWD. I don't care if those walkers had only been dead for a couple of days, just like any human body that falls out of a building 15+ stories up - it goes "splat" when it hits the ground and even if it doesn't go "splat", every bone in the body would be shattered and regardless of the mindless "will" of the virus, there would be nothing that walker could do to get up and actually walk. That was courtesy of the wonderful writing last week.

This week it was father-of-the-bride who dies of a heart attack and turns in under a minute. Meanwhile, back in season one, Andrea holds her sister all night waiting for her to turn. I don't care if you turn instantly or if it takes time, but whatever it is - STICK WITH IT.

Every time I see a new group of people get introduced, I am hopeful that it means there is a chance of pruning some of the show's "regulars" - at this point, I could care less if Madison, Strand, Travis, Chris, Nick, Ofelia or Alicia were all to die - and a new group, like say for example the survivors of the wedding party and the hotel manager are the new group that we follow.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 2
« on: September 7, 2016, 12:25 AM »
I agree on the pack ins...  They're painted, labor to put them together...  Just pack in an extra gun and articulate them a little more and you'll make more people happier I think.  But hey whatever. These weapons and zip lines and crap...  Meh.

Agreed - I would much rather have cut-angle elbows to at least give *SOME* semblance of an elbow joint than over-sized zipline accessories that most kids are gonna lose/toss and most collectors are just gonna throw into a bin of excess junk...

LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: September 7, 2016, 12:23 AM »
Picked up the Star Scavenger from The Freemaker Adventures tonight since TRU is running the Star Wars Lego sale - it was the only remaining released Star Wars Lego Set I didn't have yet. Bring on the Rogue One stuff at the end of this month I guess - but since Lego is starting the double rewards points in October, I'll probably hold off until Oct 1st and then order all of the new sets. I'm still not sure I want to get the "new" Death Star, it's a bit too much like the 2008 one for my liking...

Got my R2-B00's in the mail today. Love the coloring on this droid - nice mix of Halloween-inspired colors.

LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: September 6, 2016, 02:36 PM »
Nice score.  I checked around me and they're either not in yet or all sold out.  Not available for order on the site.

However, I did find them available at for $34.  I always get this and the Lego Friends one for my kid (also $3 off), so I picked them both up with free shipping.  Not bad.

I used the Toys R Us mobile app - plugged in the Lego set # and it told me they had them in stock at the store nearest to me. When I got there they had none, so I asked and it turned out they were unloading the truck and they were happy to pull one for me - pretty great customer service.

LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: September 3, 2016, 03:49 PM »
Picked up the Advent Calendar as well at the Toys R Us nearest to my house - they're running a sale on Star Wars Lego at the moment, so it was discounted down to $31.99 - not bad!

Ooh, I need this too. Once you start down the dark path of buying these, you might as well buy them all. :P

Looking forward to the eventual R2-TKY Thanksgiving droid and the R2-DRNK NYEve droids!  :D

Actually, I think they are starting to do figures around their "events" - if you think about it, yesterday (the 2nd) was the start of the 2016 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party which runs through October 31st - so I'm sure this BAD is tied to that.

Last year, the R2-H15 came out around the time of the 2015 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

So maybe they're going to start doing a new droid each year for both of those events (or alternate) in addition to May the Fourth (or possibly Revenge of the Fifth) - there are plenty of excuses for Disney to crank out more, like the D23 convention, park anniversaries, etc... It's been all over the place so far, but compared to 2015, 2016 has been a "light" year (fingers crossed it stays that way)

2015: R2-D60, Holo R2-D2, R4-D23, R2-H15, TFA Droid 4-Pack, 25 Dome Wave added to the parts bins
2016: 4 TFA Domes added to the parts bins, R4-M5, R2-B00

I'll be there around the holidays - so if they do end up having another Christmas Party themed figure, hopefully it's still around for me to grab a few when I'm there. I'm not sure how well R2-H15 stuck around post Christmas day last year...

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: August 31, 2016, 09:57 PM »
I'll probably look to get one MIB and use things like R-Us Rewards bucks to help bring the cost "down".

Definitely not getting an opener at that price, it will have to be at a deep discount that I pick it up so I can have one to actually open and display.

The Bullpen / Re: LEGO Makes Theirs Marvel
« on: August 30, 2016, 08:20 PM »
The new Spider-Man Bridge Battle set is currently 20% off on Amazon

I snagged it and used some reward points to knock the price down even further. Great deal, and good to have this big set out of the way.

I'm not sure who was copying who, but the 20% off was at Toys R Us last week as well, I had $15 in Rewards bucks and I combined that with the $80 price tag to get this set for just a bit less than $70 with tax included. Definitely not a bad deal!

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: August 30, 2016, 06:52 PM »
I think they did repack Kylo in TBS line.  I saw a few on the pegs the other day when I found Han and Rey.

They did - as well as the First Order Stormtrooper, Finn and Rey - as a mix of figures completely ignoring the previous waves, that last case had a pretty good mix of figures. The only way it could have been better would have been to include Chewie and Poe instead of ROTJ Luke and Vader.

And a battle damaged Kylo Ren?  Guess what?  That will be coming.  But not before Hasbro and the retailers sell through this one, and at least another three months pass.  Maybe we'll see that at Toy Fair 2017, but probably not any time before that.  ROGUE ONE is going to be the focus now, and we're going to see some REBELS and other saga characters sprinkled in until we get to the whole EPISODE 8 cycle.

You realize your paragraph contradicts itself. If Rogue One is the focus AND Darth Vader is in it AND they want to sprinkle in REBELS since it's an active show, logically, omitting Kylo Ren makes sense.

I'm not prophetic but post this push of Wave 1 figures this coming Sept 30th, I forsee nothing but a sea of unsold Kylo Ren figures with a Kanan in Stormtrooper Armor being a close second. Sabine won't be packed 2-per-case so she'll be the one everyone grabs for and the four ROGUE ONE figures will sell easily.

Healthy or not, Kylo Ren appearing in every assortment eventually will turn into too much of a "good" thing.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: August 30, 2016, 11:38 AM »
Kylo Ren is necessary FOR HASBRO.  And for the retailers.  Why?  Because he sells through.  He has sold through on refresh case after refresh case of third tier characters.  And he probably will in this instance, too.

Hasbro is not going to blow their ROGUE ONE load on a single wave of figures.  Especially since the ROGUE ONE line launch will no doubt feature more than a single wave of 3.75" Basic Figures.  The launch will probably consist of at least 2 waves of basic figures, 1 wave of deluxe figures, 1 wave of 6" figures, and 1 wave each of Class I, II and III vehicles.

Actually, I think there will only be one 3.75" 5POA wave at launch. There was a lot of confusion with retailers regarding Jungle/Space/Desert/Snow assortments which was further complicated when not enough product hit stores for the Force Friday launch and managers arbitrarily starting limiting how many of each assortment you could buy.

I think the retailers would want the launch to be as simple as possible which means 1 case of each item type.

Based on the character list of Rogue One, there are a lot more than four characters in Rogue One, especially since the first wave appears to have just Jyn, K2S0, Stormtrooper & Deathtrooper - that leaves plenty of Rogue One characters for Hasbro to put in future assortments - I hardly see how those four figures is Hasbro "blowing their Rogue One load".

The inclusion of Kylo Ren - throws the case off packing ratio wise, which is a frustration more than anything else. A nice 2x pack-out would mean that you could order from EE or JTA and skip the nonsense of Force Friday. He also doesn't sell out, in the local stores around me, there was regularly 5POA Kylo re-releases from the PZ / Goss wave and I'm pretty sure I could walk into at least one of my local WMs right now and score the 3.75" TBS exclusive Kylo Ren. He was done to death and the only version anyone is interested in is the one with his helmet off. If a Kylo Ren absolutely had to be in there, a battle damaged version from during the fight with Rey would have made much more sense.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: August 29, 2016, 05:51 PM »
The Kylo Ren was entirely NOT NECESSARY for this wave - they should have kept it to the four Rogue One figures and the two Rebels figures and shipped them at 2x per case. At least that way, those of us who wanted to skip Farce Friday 2016 could just order a case of these and be done with anything new until the movie comes out...

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