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I see that MP Soundwave all the time.  It's Devastator who's missing here.

You sure it's Soundwave with his 5 cassettes?  He hasn't been in distribution for a while and was fairly hard to find nationally based on the TF boards.  You should buy up whatever you see and sell them on Ebay for profit - one just sold today for $249.

Oh!  That one.  Isn't there another Soundwave out now that's orange and actually plays music?  I guess that's the one I meant.  Too many names to keep track of for every toy lines now.  I did see that MP Soundwave once and that was it.

They could, but I feel the sense would be "damned if they do, damned if they don't."  They'd get more online purchases, yes, but then we'd get fans that are waiting to find them in stores complaining that they can't.

If more collector's were able to preorder online why would there be more complaints about not finding them in stores? 

I guess my thinking is not everyone would be able to get a pre-order or don't buy online because they don't want to pay shipping, want MOC, want to see the paint apps first before getting one, etc, that they are waiting for the to see it in person at the store.  So if TRU has only 20 cases available and pre-sell 10 cases, have 15 stores and give remaining 10 cases to random 10 stores (maybe 8 if an extra case went to each of the two big market stores), means there isn't enough for every store or the market in general... meaning someone would miss out due to shortage and distribution.

Or maybe just put up your preorder when you say you're going to put up your preorder $%*#! TRU.
-Still Bitter

As Jeff posted above, they did put the preorder up when they said, so you can't be mad at TRU that you assumed by meant on on.  You do know what assume means, right?  ;)  Relax, Justin, you'll find them in stores in a month (hopefully.  Hard to have hope with the lack of product since the 4th).  But in the end, it's only a toy to be bitter about this.

If they plan on making a lot of these they should just go ahead and allow more pre-orders then.

They could, but I feel the sense would be "damned if they do, damned if they don't."  They'd get more online purchases, yes, but then we'd get fans that are waiting to find them in stores complaining that they can't.

I see that MP Soundwave all the time.  It's Devastator who's missing here.

I bet these are overproduced as well... Along with everything else but they are slow to release it all until November...that's my guess.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Exclusive 6" Imperial Shock Trooper?
« on: September 16, 2015, 11:30 AM »
Another clone/stormtrooper/FO Stormtrooper repaint.  Imagine that.

They free ship to store too.  *shrugs*

I've never had problems with Kmart exclusives either...  that said, ship to store wasn't an available option at this time.

Other Collectibles / Crackdown on Japanese Star Wars Licensees Coming
« on: September 13, 2015, 10:40 AM »
I guess get these if you can. 

Potential Bad news: Sounds like there's a crack-down on Japanese toy makers to sell outside of Japan (according to a blog).  Probably means the end of Kubricks, too.

Originally Posted by Bruce's Scale Modeling Domain

HEADS UP FOLKS!! I have received some feedback regarding the restrictions imposed on Bandai from selling their Star Wars kits outside Japan. Apparently the directive and pressure is from Disney themselves, and not from Revell or any other party as indicated from other forums and posts. In fact, Disney may be beginning to apply pressure on other Japanese Manufacturers involved with Star Wars merchandises to restrict their sales to only within the country, and may include other items such as PVC figures, statues, toys, etc etc. Hence depending on the company's agreement with Disney, we can expect more stuff to get pulled out of the overseas market later. I can't reveal my source due to legal reasons but I can tell you they are dependable - and very worried about their sales and profit margins. In the event this rule is applied nationwide (since I still see a few shops selling them) the only option is to get Kit Hunters from Japan to get them for you. Look for my notes section to see who these people are. If you are residing in Japan and not affiliated with any shops there but are willing to help, please let me know and I'll include your contacts there.

 UPDATE: Apparently I just found out the original contract between some of these manufacturers and Disney did state that the merchandise were indeed for sales within Japan only. Somehow these got through to online shops that didn't know about this rule. So now we have a lot of very unhappy vendors there as well as very unhappy fans outside Japan.

 UPDATE II : I have been asked to list down all the effected merchandises. Unfortunately I don't have a list given to me. The only ones I know for sure were the Bandai kits since I am more into model kits. But if you were to look at Hobby Search's Japanese site and compare it to the English site, you can already see some of the things not model kits related there (at the Japanese site) missing from the English site. As for other brands like SH- Figuarts, Kotobukiya, etc etc, I have no idea if they too will be effected. I was only told Disney is applying some pressure to have these Japanese Manufacturers comply with their agreement

Full link of blog here:

The Force Awakens / Re: Force Friday: What are You Buying?
« on: September 9, 2015, 03:42 PM »
Try  When I checked this morning they had all the wave 1 6" and 3.75" stuff.  Army builders (Stormtrooper, Phasma, Flametrooper) were all there.  And no minimum for free shipping!

The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: September 9, 2015, 10:17 AM »
Hasbrotoyshop has several of the 3.75" (non-SA) and all of the 6" figures (wave 1) up on the site.  At the moment you can get Kylo Ren (both scales), Phasma (3.75), Stormtrooper (both scales), Flametrooper (3.75).  All for decent pricing and no minimum for shipping.

They did limit the figure to 2 a person.  I bought two to share with Chewie.

I talked to a TRU assistant manager (who's gotten to know myself and a friend over the last few years) prior to the event and he said he didn't even know about the "blue trooper" and he was in charge of the event itself. So if not even the in-store personnel knew about a product they were supposed to be selling...

I'm not saying this is the case regarding your friend, but I've encountered several people at TRU or Disney who have no clue about things coming into their store.  You'd think there'd be some staff training leading up to special events, otherwise when a customer asks a question regarding product that's supposed to be in their store s/he gets the deer in headlights look.

Anyway, back to the point, my issue is that if you publicly state "This item will go up for preorder on 9/6" and then it goes up two days early and (pre) sells out, that's, to put it bluntly, bull****.

I'm not sure why it went early, but I kind of wonder if TRU felt shorted with the inadequate stock for Force Friday that they decided to give the disgruntled fans who got nothing something/anything even if it was a pre-order 2 days early.  But then again, you and Justin (and countless others) get to be the disgruntled ones because you weren't looking for this on Friday and got nothing. 

These are supposed to be released end of October (22nd, I believe).  I wonder if the Clone lieutenant (and the snowtrooper) will show up then?  At least that's what I heard from the TRU guy was "next month".

There was a press release stating the Snowtrooper Officer Exclusive would be available for pre-order on 9/6 (today).  Then the figure goes up for pre-order 2 days early and sells out well before 9/6.

True.  I forgot about the 9/6 Pre-order date.  I just hear that they had them up so I just went for it.  But for the casual person who doesn't check fan sites, etc... just figured they'd wait until Sunday, it'd be a disappointment to say the least.

What is a Crimson Stormtrooper?  I'd only want half of what's there, so hopefully these come out on single cards.

I would suspect that these will be in stores in October/November.  Don't hate yet.

Very true, Nick... except for Daisy Ridley for me.  ;)

Although I am wondering if this Vader's right hand will come off to show some exposed wires at the wrist.

I think I read the hand comes off... wouldn't be a proper to the scene if it didn't.... but, yeah, exposed wires is a must.  It's too bad we don't get some Force lightning to encompass the figure.  Have that instead of the lightsaber (not needed since this is a scene specific figure).

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