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Title: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jeff on January 31, 2021, 11:33 PM
Starting up a separate thread for these so that we have a place to bitch incessantly once Walmart ***** up the pre-orders and sales discuss these exclusive figures.   :-X

Here are my notes from watching the live-stream just now.

AT-ST Driver - repack of old sculpt with photo-real deco

Paploo - repaint (new deco) with new hood, new staff, new dagger

Endor Leia - new headsculpt with photoreal deco, new helmet w/new weather deco, new soft goods
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on February 1, 2021, 05:48 AM
Starting up a separate thread for these so that we have a place to bitch incessantly once Walmart ***** up the pre-orders and sales discuss these exclusive figures.   :-X

Paploo - repaint (new deco) with new hood, new staff, new dagger


Someone surmised that Paploo is actually a repaint of the TVC Lumat.  And with Romba on the card, in keeping with Kenner's screwup from 1983.  SMH....
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: JediJman on February 1, 2021, 12:27 PM
Are they really going to do remakes of all the originals?
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: StBrianOfMinneapolis on February 5, 2021, 11:19 AM
Are they really going to do remakes of all the originals?

Original TVC or original vintage?
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on February 7, 2021, 11:19 AM
Do we know when the preorders for these are going to start?
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: P-Siddy on February 7, 2021, 11:56 AM
Do we know when the preorders for these are going to start?

And then the cancellations?
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Darth_Anton on February 7, 2021, 01:23 PM
Do we know when the preorders for these are going to start?

And then the cancellations?

Right?!
I'm just dumbfounded that WalMart exclusives are still a thing.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on February 7, 2021, 01:38 PM
Do we know when the preorders for these are going to start?

And then the cancellations?

Right?!
I'm just dumbfounded that WalMart exclusives are still a thing.


It's all about money.

Money for Hasbro in maintaining a good relationship with the world's biggest retailer.

Money for Walmart because exclusives are designed to drive internet traffic to their website and foot traffic into their brick and mortar stores.  Because odds are that if you step into a store you are far more likely to spend money on something else while looking for exclusives.

Nevermind the fact that almost every Hasbro Star Wars exclusive at Walmart has been a complete train wreck.  But I digress...
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Pete_Fett on February 8, 2021, 10:42 PM
VC190 Paploo
VC191 Princess Leia (Endor)
VC192 AT-ST Driver

Like many of you, I agree that Walmart getting these as exclusives is just mind-boggling.

As much of a pain & a chore the Walmart exclusives have been - this past week has brought the ability to order figures that had long been unavailable/sold out. I was able to order (and I received today) the Black Series Mandalorian Super Commando and Mandalorian Loyalist - this time shipped in a box so that the items arrived in a non-crushed state.

And starting Wednesday according to tracking, my remaining eight Incinerator Troopers that I had originally pre-ordered, had cancelled and then ordered over the weekend when it went back up should start arriving.

What boggles my mind is the fact that (a) Walmart canceled everyone's orders in the first place; and (b) is SO inept when it comes to their own inventory, that they had ZERO idea that more stock was coming since they mailed out notices saying that they were absolutely, positively "never" getting any more.

I understand that Star Wars toys are just a grain of sand in a desert of WalMart merchandise, but with computer tracking these days, it should be something that a single nation-wide toy merchandise manager *should* be able to manage.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on February 9, 2021, 10:25 AM
The Incinerator Trooper is still showing in stock on Walmart's website.  I wonder if they now have such a huge supply of these things that they can' unload them all.

I honestly hope that will be the case with the next three exclusives.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on February 9, 2021, 10:54 AM
That's crazy given how it was before... my best guess is that they thought they were among the 2000 containers that were lost at sea and started canceling orders... then it turned out they were still on the deck of the ship, but it took forever to find them and get them unloaded because it looked like this:

(https://i.imgur.com/GNuSrLO.jpg)

https://gcaptain.com/one-apus-arrives-in-kobe-revealing-cargo-loss-of-epic-proportions/
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Dave on February 9, 2021, 11:07 AM
It just seems odd that they sent the never getting anymore email, sent gift cards, and then just a week later put it back online and fulfilled orders.  It seems to be a total communications cluster.

These containers had to be in the US within the past couple of weeks, within the window of sending these emails.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on February 9, 2021, 11:16 AM
It just seems odd that they sent the never getting anymore email, sent gift cards, and then just a week later put it back online and fulfilled orders.  It seems to be a total communications cluster.

These containers had to be in the US within the past couple of weeks, within the window of sending these emails.

It's like they could not order more from Hasbro because all the molds were destroyed or something!
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Pete_Fett on February 9, 2021, 06:19 PM
It just seems odd that they sent the never getting anymore email, sent gift cards, and then just a week later put it back online and fulfilled orders.  It seems to be a total communications cluster.

These containers had to be in the US within the past couple of weeks, within the window of sending these emails.

It's like they could not order more from Hasbro because all the molds were destroyed or something!

It is EXTREMELY odd re: the timing of the emails saying "we will never get anymore" suddenly becoming "oh hey, remember that product we said we'd absolutely NEVER get any more of? we have it, in stock, and uh, can you please buy some?"

It's 6:18PM on Feb 9th and the figure is STILL in stock and available for purchase now.

The one thing I hope more than anything else right now is that there will be MANY, MANY, MANY scalpers out there who have double-digits of these things - that they acquired for a few dollars over retail and were hoping to turn in to a $40 sale, they now CHOKE on them.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on February 9, 2021, 06:35 PM
I'm happy that scalpers are choking on these.  If it's one thing I've learned in the 40+ years of being in this hobby is that patience pays off.

I'm hoping that with these next exclusives coming up that Walmart has learned from this recent tomfoolery and can un-**** how they handle exclusives.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jesse James on February 10, 2021, 01:53 AM
☝️THAT is funny.

Suck it opportunists!
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Darth_Anton on February 10, 2021, 02:02 PM
I'm happy that scalpers are choking on these.  If it's one thing I've learned in the 40+ years of being in this hobby is that patience pays off.


Amen!
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jeff on March 12, 2021, 10:31 AM
Hasbro PR has confirmed that the first three "Last 96" figures (Paploo, Endor Leia, AT-ST Driver) will available for pre-order starting on Monday, 3/15, at 1pm ET

https://www.walmart.com/cp/collectibles/5967908
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Dave on March 12, 2021, 10:33 AM
I think I'm passing on all of these as there doesn't seem to be enough new with these figures that is worth tracking down.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on March 12, 2021, 12:08 PM
I'll probably try to snag a couple of the Leia, since the existing version is ******* terrible. But shame on Hasbro for only changing the head on this one. The body is terrible.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jeff on March 13, 2021, 10:23 PM
Hasbro PR has confirmed that the first three "Last 96" figures (Paploo, Endor Leia, AT-ST Driver) will available for pre-order starting on Monday, 3/15, at 1pm ET

Links courtesy of Jayson/Yakface - bookmark them now and get ready to refresh like a mofo on 3/15 at 1pm ET.

VC190 Paploo (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Star-Wars-The-Vintage-Collection-Paploo-3-75-Inch-Lucasfilm-First-50-Years-Action-Figure/522902775)
VC191 Endor Leia  (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Star-Wars-The-Vintage-Collection-Princess-Leia-Endor-3-75-Inch-Lucasfilm-First-50-Years-Figure/496623669)
VC192 AT-ST Driver (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Star-Wars-The-Vintage-Collection-AT-ST-Driver-Toy-3-75-Inch-Lucasfilm-First-50-Years-Figure/332820124)
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on March 14, 2021, 01:45 AM
This is where the fun begins.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: JediJman on March 15, 2021, 12:18 AM
This is where the fun begins.

Or the opposite...
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jesse James on March 15, 2021, 01:16 AM
As always a big thanks to Jayson and Jeff, for making this as painless as is humanly possible.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on March 15, 2021, 01:02 PM
Nice, I was able to order 2x Leia and 1x Paploo, which is what I was shooting for.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: P-Siddy on March 15, 2021, 01:02 PM
And done!  Thanks for the links, Jeff and Jayson!
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on March 15, 2021, 01:03 PM
I ordered one Paploo, 2 Leias and 3 AT-ST drivers.  No real issue ordering, now we get to wait to see if Walmart will actually deliver!
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on March 15, 2021, 01:07 PM
Just ordered one Leia, one Paploo, and a pair of AT-ST Drivers.  Easy, no issues for a change.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jeff on March 15, 2021, 01:07 PM
Ordered 1x each of the figures.  Free shipping and I was able to apply my $10 apology gift card to the purchase.

now we get to wait to see if Walmart will actually deliver!

Yeah, this is the key part, isn't it.  Really hoping they've learned from last few screw-ups.  :-\
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jesse James on March 15, 2021, 01:14 PM
Put two orders in.

3x Lumat and 2x Leia

Then an order of 1x each of the 3 just to be safe?  I dunno. 
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on March 15, 2021, 04:38 PM
Just went back and ordered a couple AT-ST drivers. I probably need a couple somewhere.

I actually just got around to comparing this Paploo with the Legacy Collection one, and man, they look really different. It's almost like a whole new Ewok, rather than a repack. I'm hoping we get some pleasant surprises with Leia (but I'm not expecting much more than the new head)
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on March 15, 2021, 05:54 PM
I have issues with this version of Paploo.   Itís SUPPOSED to be Paploo.  In reality, itís a repaint of the TVC Lumat with a headdress like Paploo and different accessories.

It seems quaint that Hasbro is paying homage to an error from 1983 by keeping the original Kenner cardback art error.  Just like back then the Ewok in that photo is actually Romba, and not Paploo.

Personally, I like the previous release of Paploo.  Heís one of the Ewoks that had a very distinct face, especially the teeth.  The Legacy Collection version nailed that, along with the height.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jeff on March 15, 2021, 07:56 PM
I'm hoping we get some pleasant surprises with Leia (but I'm not expecting much more than the new head)

Hasbro has confirmed a few times it's just the head/helmet that are getting upgraded on Leia, not much hope for any body changes.

I have issues with this version of Paploo.   Itís SUPPOSED to be Paploo.  In reality, itís a repaint of the TVC Lumat with a headdress like Paploo and different accessories.

Yeah, I agree with you that it is kind of an odd choice to repaint the VC104 Lumat figure as Paploo instead of just using the existing Legacy Collection Paploo.  I guess they wanted to upgrade the articulation to the newest Ewok Body, but you're right that the face is just lacking something because of it.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Darth_Anton on March 21, 2021, 04:35 PM
I was lucky to pick these up without a hitch.  :)
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jeff on May 3, 2021, 02:15 PM
I lucked into a set of these today (Thanks again, Hasbro Star Wars PR team! :)). 

Planning to open them up tonight after my "at home" work day is done...

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E0e3bfaVkAIf614.jpg)
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jedi Idej on May 3, 2021, 09:40 PM
Very cool of them. Let us know how you think the real deco AT-ST driver compares to the original release. I vowed not to buy reissues but I'm a liar (and some of the others were really nice).
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jeff on May 4, 2021, 11:24 AM
Announced today - another round of Walmart "Original 96" Figures...

- Death Star Droid (repaint of the Legacy BAD sculpt on a new TVC card)
- Endor Luke (new portrait head with non-removable helmet, new poncho)
- Tusken Raider (old sculpt with new elbow articulation, new headsculpt, new deco)

Up for pre-order tomorrow 5/5 at 1pm ET.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: P-Siddy on May 4, 2021, 11:33 AM
- Death Star Droid (repaint of the Legacy BAD sculpt on a new TVC card)

It will be nice to get him, but, ugh, that is a bad (none capitalized) sculpt and needs to be retired.  The Disney build-a-droid is so superior.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on May 4, 2021, 11:40 AM
Did they specifically say that the Death Star Droid was the TLC sculpt?  I missed some things during the livestream.

I did catch the bit about the molded on helmet with Luke.  I think it's fine, personally.  And you have to expect that some people will do some head swaps if they REALLY want to display Luke without the helmet.  But if only Hasbro would release a TVC speeder bike to go along with the Leia and Luke releases!

The Tusken Raider looks good.  And it's good to see that they've updated it from the VTSC release.  I can appreciate the need to improve the elbows.  With Tusken Raiders turning up in The Mandalorian I think Hasbro just had to get them back into the line.  It looks like they might have beefed up the Gaffi stick, too.  Maybe that's a sign that Hasbro is working on a Nomad Boba Fett?  Because him using the Gaffi stick in The Mandalorian made for some fantastic fight scenes.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Muftak on May 4, 2021, 11:43 AM
Did they specifically say that the Death Star Droid was the TLC sculpt?  I missed some things during the livestream.

They specifically said it was an updated paint job on a previously released figure.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jeff on May 4, 2021, 11:49 AM
Here are some snips from the live-stream...

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E0jf0HxXoAUzqBm.jpg) (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E0jf0HIXEAkAPY7.jpg) (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E0jf0G_WEAESBbB.jpg)

Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on May 4, 2021, 11:50 AM
The tusken raider looks good.  It's been awhile since they did that one...
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on May 4, 2021, 11:53 AM
They gave him ball jointed elbows too, which is awesome. I'll pick up a few.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on May 4, 2021, 01:36 PM
I like the Tusken.  I will try for multiple of him.

The Death Star droid looks nice, even if it isn't vac-metalized.

The Luke looks ok, don't like the non-removable helmet, but perhaps I could pick up another Jedi Luke and head-swap it.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jesse James on May 4, 2021, 02:10 PM
They gave the tusken new elbows?

Iím def down for Luke and DSD...  the Tusken if he has new arms too but I didnít think he was changed at all.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on May 4, 2021, 02:13 PM
They gave the tusken new elbows?

Iím def down for Luke and DSD...  the Tusken if he has new arms too but I didnít think he was changed at all.

She mentioned it specifically. I'll see if I can find a screen grab.

Yup, new elbows and new headsculpt, according to the rep on the video.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jeff on May 4, 2021, 09:58 PM
They gave the tusken new elbows?

She mentioned it specifically. I'll see if I can find a screen grab.

This is the best look at the ball elbows on the Tusken...  click to enlarge the pic.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E0lsQ5eUUAEiFVZ.jpg)
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on May 4, 2021, 11:00 PM
I do like this Tusken!  I wonder if he'll sit on the Bantha?
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jesse James on May 5, 2021, 03:35 AM
Thatís awesome they did that much of an update.  I liked the old one honestly.  Iím down for a handful of these dudes now, a couple Lukes and a couple Droids too.  Good wave, really.

I guess some bitching about Lukeís poncho and helmet is out there... 

Now, this may shock some of you but I kinda like removable helmets.  But you canít do that on a Luke like this without the head looking oddly small or the hat looking oddly large.  And the poncho is a nice improvement (to my eye) over the last one we got (which was ok to me). 

Leiaís poncho was especially nice I thought with the green being more prominent from what I recall. 

I take what we get and try to find the positive these days.  I feel like these are pretty damn cool.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on May 5, 2021, 09:40 AM

Now, this may shock some of you but I kinda like removable helmets.  But you canít do that on a Luke like this without the head looking oddly small or the hat looking oddly large.  And the poncho is a nice improvement (to my eye) over the last one we got (which was ok to me). 


Didn't they do an Endor Luke with a removable helmet already?  I don't think it looked bad at all.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on May 5, 2021, 12:11 PM
Is there a link to these figures on Walmart like they had last time?
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jeff on May 5, 2021, 01:08 PM
Death Star Droid (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Action-Figures/409549461)
Endor Luke Skywalker (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Action-Figures/853939177)
Tusken Raider (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Star-Wars-The-Vintage-Collection-Tusken-Raider-Lucasfilm-First-50-Years-Collectible-Figure/726042601)
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: P-Siddy on May 5, 2021, 01:11 PM
Death Star Droid (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Action-Figures/409549461)
Endor Luke Skywalker (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Action-Figures/853939177)
Tusken Raider (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Star-Wars-The-Vintage-Collection-Tusken-Raider-Lucasfilm-First-50-Years-Collectible-Figure/726042601)

They must slowly be putting these up.  Luke is up, but DSD just got the image.  The Tusken is still the template page.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on May 5, 2021, 01:12 PM
Only Luke is in stock... I'm not ordering until they're all there so I can get free shipping. 
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: P-Siddy on May 5, 2021, 01:15 PM
DSD just went up.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on May 5, 2021, 01:20 PM
Tusken too.  Got my order in.

Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: P-Siddy on May 5, 2021, 01:21 PM
Tusken too.  Got my order in.

Yes! Got all three at once.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Diddly on May 5, 2021, 01:25 PM
Now, this may shock some of you but I kinda like removable helmets.  But you canít do that on a Luke like this without the head looking oddly small or the hat looking oddly large.

In a perfect world, we'd get 2 different head sculpts (one with a helmet, one without), and a spare empty helmet.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on May 5, 2021, 01:27 PM
I ordered three Tuskens and a DS Droid.  I don't really need the Luke.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Darth_Anton on May 5, 2021, 01:33 PM
Managed an order for 2 each of all three!
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on May 5, 2021, 01:35 PM
I got 2 Lukes, 2 DS Droids and checked out with free shipping. Then I went back when the Tusken was available and got 4 of him.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jeff on May 5, 2021, 01:55 PM
1x DSD, 1x Luke, and 2x Tuskens for me.

Now the waiting game begins where we see if Walmart can actually fill pre-orders without a cycle of cancel/reorder....   ::)
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on May 5, 2021, 01:56 PM
1x DSD, 1x Luke, and 2x Tuskens for me.

Now the waiting game begins where we see if Walmart can actually fill pre-orders without a cycle of cancel/reorder....   ::)

Truth.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on May 5, 2021, 02:25 PM
I was only able to find them in stock one at a time.  Thanks to Jayson for finding those links, BTW!  I was able to add everything to a wishlist.  As each item came into stock I just added it to the cart and checked out.  I wound up getting 3 of the Lukes, 3 of the Death Star Droids and 5 of the Tusken Raiders.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Dave on May 5, 2021, 02:57 PM
Now the waiting game begins where we see if Walmart can actually fill pre-orders without a cycle of cancel/reorder....   ::)

I already had one of my 6" figure orders cancelled by them  ::)
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jedi Idej on May 5, 2021, 03:40 PM
Dear IRS. Apologies that my tax forms aren't in order. Please understand that I got caught up ordering merchandise online. Not just any items, but Star Wars action figures.

Can't believe that I'll have spent more time clicking on different sites to see toy availability than I will on my tax returns.  :-X
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Brian on May 5, 2021, 09:25 PM
Iím actually kind of excited by these as well. I know not technically anything ďnewĒ character wise, but at this point I just get excited by these more definitive updates of OT characters. I ordered 2x Luke, 2x DSD, and 3x Tuskens....and now we hope/wait.

Iíve seen the complaints about the non-removable helmet on Luke as well. I usually like the removable helmets as well, but I also get it. These Endor figures in particular have always looked a little wonky, so this might be a good compromise. An alternate head would really be the perfect scenario, but thatís probably too much to ask.

All in all, I didnít mind the showing yesterday. Not a ton of newness, but I liked what we saw. Now new Mando figures please  ;)
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on May 5, 2021, 09:47 PM
If they're really doing all 96... Sim Aloo isn't far behind.

I'm also moderately worried that this new push to get them all done is some sort of secret indication that the 3.75" line is in trouble again...

Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jesse James on May 5, 2021, 11:45 PM
I got more than I shouldíve and had to get Tusken separately so I think 3x him, 3x Luke/2x Droid.  Free shipping motivator.

But as Jeff stated, now ya wait for the other shoe to drop.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jesse James on May 10, 2021, 01:45 AM
So how do they do Lobot and not lay an egg? 

Heís boring.  SA is kind of funny to use on a character like him.  Buy can they take the last figure we got and tweak that enough? 

What direction do they go to get Lobot out?  Even the Ugnaught is easier for them than Lobot will be.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Muftak on May 10, 2021, 09:46 AM
But as Jeff stated, now ya wait for the other shoe to drop.

I may be misremembering things, but didn't Jayson find these three (The "Triangle" wave) had already arrived in the US, like two weeks ago? Hopefully they ironed out the problems of having WalMart do preorders before they have product in hand and accounted for, which seems to be where the TVC exclusives have been getting screwed up all the way back to Island Rey, and finally came to a head with the Incinerator Trooper.

Not shipping something already in their warehouse until September sounds like a good recipe to get them lost, though...
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on May 10, 2021, 10:11 AM
So how do they do Lobot and not lay an egg? 

Heís boring.  SA is kind of funny to use on a character like him.  Buy can they take the last figure we got and tweak that enough? 

What direction do they go to get Lobot out?  Even the Ugnaught is easier for them than Lobot will be.

Honestly, if they take the OTC Lobot and update the joints in the knees, elbows ankles and wrists I'd be happy.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on May 10, 2021, 10:30 AM
Sim Aloo is going to be the last one isnít he. 
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Muftak on May 10, 2021, 12:55 PM
Sim Aloo is going to be the last one isnít he.

I really think he has a much better chance based on sheer notoriety at this point than an updated POTF Anakin Skywalker. At least Sim Aloo is still in the movie.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on May 11, 2021, 05:54 AM
The OTC Lobot was a great likeness, but a huge pegwarmer.  This is one instance where I absolutely do not care if it's a Walmart exclusive.  Each of those WM exclusive TVC figures is shipping in solid cases, so they can finesse the distribution numbers and favor the other couple of figures in that wave.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on May 11, 2021, 09:37 AM
The OTC Lobot was a great likeness, but a huge pegwarmer.  This is one instance where I absolutely do not care if it's a Walmart exclusive.  Each of those WM exclusive TVC figures is shipping in solid cases, so they can finesse the distribution numbers and favor the other couple of figures in that wave.

They could....but they won't.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on May 11, 2021, 02:32 PM
They're doing that with the first Original 96 wave.  Hasbro explicitly stated that they're solid packing Endor Leia, Paploo and the AT-ST Driver in their own cases.  And they're going to release more AT-ST Drivers than the other figures.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jesse James on May 11, 2021, 10:49 PM
Theyíre not (yet) doing Lobot according to any rumors...  paploo, Endor Leia, atst, Endor Luke, sandperson (? I counted him as done personally), and DSD are the 6 ďweíve gotta get this **** doneĒ figures.  Potf Iím betting maybe happen on regular TVC cards not special ones like that Yak (never know tho) and so thereís a fair bit left to do...  ugnaughts, bespin guard(s), Hammerhead....  if sandperson is an indication then Greedo would need redone, anh Han and Luke if Iím not mistaken, Leia too....  if theyíre not counting the votc/vtsc and all that.  I did, but hey, sandperson. 🤷‍♂️

I dunno...  this could get stupid kinda fast, all for card backs. 😕
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on May 11, 2021, 11:39 PM
Why was the Tusken Raider part of this push anyway?  Wasnít he one of the first TVC figures? 
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Muftak on May 12, 2021, 12:29 AM
The TVC hardliners don't include the VOTC/VSTC figures as a part of the VTC collection because they don't have TVC numbers, even if they were on Vintage cards and really were the precursor to the TVC line itself. I don't keep track myself because  don't collect packaged figures, but for sure the original Star Wars card Han, Luke, Leia will all need redone/rereleased in the TVC line to complete the 96. I'm not sure what the position is on Threepio, he has only been on an ESB card so far, right? Artoo and Chewie made it out in TVC on Star Wars cards in 2019...I don't have a vested interest in keeping track, but the people who do have  list that they are ticking off from what I understand.

Judging by General Lando, Endor Luke, and Stormtrooper Luke (can't think of any others off the top of my head) the POTF card is not necessary for the figure to be counted as a good enough update to check off the figure as done for the 96. The Imperial Gunner is a sticky one, since he was issued on a Rogue One card. They might call that one a "needs to be redone."

It just seems like there are still a lot of figures to go to have the 96 on TVC cards, and many many many of them will be reissues of figures from the last 20 years. There is just a handful that can be classified as "never updated from the Kenner figure." Greedo, IG88, Bossk, Scout Trooper, Hoth Han need reissued from VSTC. Lots and lots need pulled forward from the modern era. Sticky points like "does the FX-7 mold from POTJ still exist? How about 8-D8 and EV-9D9 from POTF2?" make the prospect of recarding all these things muddy at best. New tooling is hard to come by these days, my mouth waters over the prospect of a new Hammerhead sculpt or Amanaman, but do we really want it used for another General Madine or 2-1B?
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jesse James on May 12, 2021, 02:31 AM
Iíd take 21B...  Lobot, with all due respect to the Duplex, is one that I just have a hard time imagining how they do it.  Especially now that theyíre upping the ante of sorts, by updating the Sandperson sculpt to be more TVC-esque.

I feel like anything they did update has to be at least as nice as Snaggletooth...  that means basically Lobot needs at minimum new arms and legs.

So much of this stuff I could live without... 
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on May 12, 2021, 09:58 AM
The TVC hardliners don't include the VOTC/VSTC figures as a part of the VTC collection because they don't have TVC numbers, even if they were on Vintage cards and really were the precursor to the TVC line itself.

Hasbro doesn't count them either.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on May 12, 2021, 10:19 AM
Thanks for the explainer... I guess since I open everything I never paid that much attention to how they count these things.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on May 12, 2021, 10:40 AM
The TVC hardliners don't include the VOTC/VSTC figures as a part of the VTC collection because they don't have TVC numbers, even if they were on Vintage cards and really were the precursor to the TVC line itself. I don't keep track myself because  don't collect packaged figures, but for sure the original Star Wars card Han, Luke, Leia will all need redone/rereleased in the TVC line to complete the 96. I'm not sure what the position is on Threepio, he has only been on an ESB card so far, right? Artoo and Chewie made it out in TVC on Star Wars cards in 2019...I don't have a vested interest in keeping track, but the people who do have  list that they are ticking off from what I understand.

Judging by General Lando, Endor Luke, and Stormtrooper Luke (can't think of any others off the top of my head) the POTF card is not necessary for the figure to be counted as a good enough update to check off the figure as done for the 96. The Imperial Gunner is a sticky one, since he was issued on a Rogue One card. They might call that one a "needs to be redone."

It just seems like there are still a lot of figures to go to have the 96 on TVC cards, and many many many of them will be reissues of figures from the last 20 years. There is just a handful that can be classified as "never updated from the Kenner figure." Greedo, IG88, Bossk, Scout Trooper, Hoth Han need reissued from VSTC. Lots and lots need pulled forward from the modern era. Sticky points like "does the FX-7 mold from POTJ still exist? How about 8-D8 and EV-9D9 from POTF2?" make the prospect of recarding all these things muddy at best. New tooling is hard to come by these days, my mouth waters over the prospect of a new Hammerhead sculpt or Amanaman, but do we really want it used for another General Madine or 2-1B?

There definitely seems to be a kind of purity test in some TVC groups about a number of issues.  And it's a little over the top, at least from my perspective.

Regarding the Original 96?  I just want the FIGURES made in order to get that sense of completion.  This obsession with them all being on TVC cards seems just like that - an obsession.  Now some of the most extreme of them are demanding figures on POTF cards, and I just start to shake my head at the shifting goalposts with these people.

When Derryl DePriest ran the Star Wars team he spoke quite freely about what he just regarded as "Vintage".  Notably, people would ask at events about "bringing Vintage back", and to Derryl that always included the VOTC and VTSC releases.  So when TVC launched in 2008, Derryl basically said that Hasbro was bringing Vintage back.  And to me that just seemed like a natural continuation of those earlier releases in terms of the packaged presentation as well as the sculpting and articulation aesthetics.  But some people just got so ******* hung up on it being a numbered line of figures that they can't see beyond the numbers.

Not all of those VOTC releases were perfect, and there's room for some improvement on some of them.  Sculpting and articulation have definitely improved.  But the demands of some collectors now seem over the top, wondering why the most un-action-like figures don't have rocker ankle joints. 
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on May 12, 2021, 11:28 AM
I remember this all started out as getting a modern version of the original 96 regardless of packaging.  Granted, that was before modern figures were released on vintage style cards.

For me (generally an opener), I do not care about the package the figure comes in.  I just want the best version of each character to display in my collection room, plus army builders.  Not only the original 96 (I didn't even have all of the original 96 as a kid!), but from the Prequels and the Disney era as well!  I love all these characters and want them immortalized in plastic figures approximately 3.75 inches tall depending on the relative size to the other characters.

Is that too much to ask for?  :D
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on May 12, 2021, 11:38 AM
Yeah I'm in the same boat, I don't care which package it's in. I just want outstanding figures. Pack it in a dirty diaper for all I care.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on June 24, 2021, 09:54 AM
I got a shipping notice for Leia, Paploo, and the AT-ST Driver. 
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on June 24, 2021, 10:39 AM
I've heard people are getting shipping notices for these. Nothing yet in my inbox.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on June 24, 2021, 11:33 AM
I've been seeing similar reports.  But with all of the preorders that I have that are scheduled for a July release, I haven't seen any charges hit my cards.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: P-Siddy on June 24, 2021, 11:36 AM
I got the shipping notice too. Hope they donít arrive all mangled.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on June 24, 2021, 12:00 PM
I received a shipping notice for one Leia I ordered and one Scout Walker driver.  Should be here by Saturday!
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on June 24, 2021, 12:11 PM
The delivery date on mine isn't until July 3!
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on June 24, 2021, 01:16 PM
I got the July 3rd delivery date, too.  We'll see.  Walmart's order fulfillment seems to be all over the place.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jedi Idej on June 24, 2021, 02:00 PM
Mine is expected eod 6/29, decent time from Georgia to Nor Cal. My last 2-3 WM figure orders arrived from Southern California (on-Trac) in under 40 hours.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on June 24, 2021, 02:29 PM
I got the July 3rd delivery date, too.  We'll see.  Walmart's order fulfillment seems to be all over the place.

It said July 3, but just got an email saying they've been delivered, but there's no package out front.

EDIT:  We moved last month and I think they got delivered to my old address... got to go over there to pick them up.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on June 24, 2021, 02:47 PM
I just chatted with walmart to change my other TVC preorder with the Tusken Raider and what not, and they said they aren't able to update shipping addresses on orders.  When I moved, I updated pre-orders with Hasbro, Super 7, Target, Entertainment Earth, Amazon... no problems.

But Walmart's only option was to cancel my order.   ::)
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on June 24, 2021, 03:05 PM
What shipper does Walmart use?  Because I think you can get UPS or FedEx to update your delivery address.  After I registered with both of those carriers I was getting shipping updates from them when they received tracking information about my orders. 

With FedEx you can probably do a Hold at location.  For UPS, they might have different options. 
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on June 24, 2021, 03:20 PM
What shipper does Walmart use? 

For this order, it looks like Fed Ex, but they've used different shipping companies in the past.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on June 24, 2021, 04:59 PM
Yeah, it's FedEx.  I can call and try to re-route it, but it's also only a 15 minute walk to the old place, so I'll probably just leave it alone and walk over when they say it's delivered.

it's just insanely dumb that Walmart can't change an address.

Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jesse James on June 25, 2021, 01:11 AM
Got all my shipping notices today...  which was a weird barrage of emails.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on June 25, 2021, 09:17 AM
That's probably because each figure is coming in its own envelope.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: P-Siddy on June 25, 2021, 12:01 PM
I only got 1 shipping notice, but 3 packages.  Each package was different:  1 came in a padded mailer, another came in a box in which the figure snugly fit into , and the last was a bigger box.  They aren't perfect, card-wise, but livable for me.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on June 25, 2021, 04:20 PM
I had to do some digging to find shipping info, but something is in fact on the way.  No shipping notification emails here.  And what's in that shipment, or what condition it arrives in is anybody's guess!
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on June 25, 2021, 08:41 PM
I received my two AT-ST drivers (was only expecting one compared to their website), and I still have tracking for one of the Endor Leia's expected to be here tomorrow.

So weird.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Darth_Anton on June 26, 2021, 12:37 PM
Mine said July 3rd as well, but got them within the next two days of my shipping notice. I ordered 2 each of Leia, Paploo and AtSt driver. For some reason they shipped Paploo separate. Leia and AtST driver arrived in a box and in surprisingly good condition. I didn't even get a padded envelope for the Paploo's and the delivery guy tosses the non-padded envelope against me door. Needless to say, Paploo did not survive.  :'(
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on June 27, 2021, 02:25 PM
I got the first of the two Leia's that I ordered.  When I saw that it was a single figure I was completely expecting it to arrive in a bubble mailer envelope.  But it arrived in a shipping box (which had suffered some kind of spill).  And miraculously the card was in decent condition.

I also got a shipping notification for one of the four AT-ST Driver's that I ordered.  All told I ordered 8 figures, and yet the first two are coming individually.  WTAF, Walmart?  Get your shipping logistics together in something approximating efficiency.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Dave on June 27, 2021, 09:40 PM
Have the cards gotten even thinner and flimsier on these figures?  I got a Paploo in the mail yesterday and the card is all warped but feels really weak.

I'm an opener so it really doesn't bother me, but feel for those that are trying to get a mint carded version.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on June 28, 2021, 10:02 AM
I've done a couple of more reviews:

AT-ST Driver. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6V3QCpylTs)

Endor Leia. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCo2X951c_A)
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jedi Idej on June 29, 2021, 08:06 PM
Have yet to watch the Leia review. The AT-ST is a nice one. Didn't realize who the likeness was of. Now I have to search if I have the other version with the likeness of the other guy.

As for shipping, I an liking OnTrac more and more. Got an email from Walmart that a figure had shipped. Clicked and saw Paploo went out yesterday from Southern California... and was already dropped off at my front door this afternoon. Sure it's only 400 miles, but 1 day+ from a Sunday is still impressive.

Meanwhile, after scanning in IL, Endor Leia has traveled the Midwest more than I have and will arrive a day later than the initial estimate.


Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Brian on June 30, 2021, 01:13 PM
Iím honestly not usually one to stress too much about packaging, although the shipping the past couple years has been atrocious, because I generally open about everything. The exception to this is retro carded stuff, particularly the Vintage Collection, and even more specifically the figures that were in the original line.

Iíve started getting my figures in over the past week too. I ordered two of each in the hopes that maybe one of each would be passable. First was a lone Paploo, who did arrive in a box, and was in fair shape. A big crease in the bottom right of the card, but otherwise largely ďokĒ. Iím hoping for a minty set of TVC Original Trilogy figures, but with the WM exclusives that might be too much to ask.

Then today I got in two AT-ST Drivers, packed separately for some reason. One in a bubble mailer, pretty much destroyed. The other in a box, also destroyed (the box was too small). Iím not sure that ordering more would help. First world problem, for sure, but just a bummer.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on July 1, 2021, 03:46 PM
I received the rest of my order from Walmart with my second Endor Leia and Paploo.  They came in a box so they were mostly ok (the Leia's card was a little warped).  Glad to have this wave complete and now I'm just waiting for the next wave for the Death Star Droid and Tusken Raider.

I did a review of the Paploo figure and compared him to his Legacy Collection release.  You can watch it here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IraQ54VrwSw).
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on July 1, 2021, 09:43 PM
The 2nd figure of 8 in my order arrived - the AT-ST Driver. And again in a box that seems like it was barely big enough to hold a TVC card.  It got to me in decent condition, but the way the helmet is sitting on the figures head looks weird.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on July 5, 2021, 01:42 PM
I saw these yesterday in my local Walmart.  They have a special endcap display and are not in the Star Wars section.  Come to think about it, there's nothing in the Star Wars section.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jesse James on July 8, 2021, 02:24 AM
If thereís nothing in the Star Wars section, is it a Star Wars section anymore?  🤔
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on July 8, 2021, 10:06 AM
According to the planogram....yes.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on July 8, 2021, 01:36 PM
If thereís nothing in the Star Wars section, is it a Star Wars section anymore?  🤔

It's so common to see absolutely NOTHING now.  I went into one Walmart and there wasn't anything in the action figure aisle.  The only was I was able to discern that there had ever been Star Wars inventory was by searching the peg tags to see if it might just SAY Star Wars.  To call it piss-poor distribution and merchandising is a massive understatement.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on July 8, 2021, 03:42 PM
Very common. 

I stopped in a Walmart last weekend and they had two random toys on two random pegs.  No stock, no labels.  No SW section.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jeff on July 8, 2021, 04:02 PM
To call it piss-poor distribution and merchandising is a massive understatement.

They just don't make enough stuff anymore.

  1,900 Target stores
10,526 Walmart stores

That's 12+ thousand stores.  If the current rumors are true and the average production run is about 15-25k per 3.75" figure, then there are barely enough figures to get one/two of each figure to each Target/Walmart, let alone have stock for Gamestop, Walgreens, Amazon, Pulse, EE, BBTS, etc etc.

It's no wonder everywhere you go has empty pegs.  It's hard to distribute what isn't even being made. It was much easier to stock stores when they were cranking out 50k-100k of each figure.  :-\
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on July 8, 2021, 04:37 PM
And that's why I pre-order virtually everything.  It saves on gas.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jesse James on July 9, 2021, 01:50 AM
Look how fast stuff sells out too though.  Production numbers are low low low.  Itís tough to blame hasbro because contrary to the rose-colored glasses crowd, everything would see sales and clearances, including the beloved TVC. 

And itís not Disneyís fault.  Itís not Rey or Rose...  complacency among collectors maybe?  Prices hitting their limits to what a broader audience would support perhaps?  Look at stuff like the Tantive IV hallways.  Perfect display items for shelves and ignored.  Itís not just TVC either.  Look at the centerpieces.  Those are awesome and ultimately weíre ignored.  I donít even like 6Ē and I liked those as 3.75Ē compatible.

Thereís always excuses and finger pointing that it canít be the collector realmís fault, and for the diehards it isnít.  I think itís just now that we are seeing Hasbro adjust how the line is dialed up or down based on the size of the audience they feel is there and willing to spend money.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Muftak on August 7, 2021, 10:15 AM
Last week I discovered a sidekick / endcap shipper piece at my local Walmart with the AT-ST Driver, Paploo, and Endor Leia on it. It was strapped to the end of the bike aisle, quite a few rows away from the (completely empty) Star Wars section that has no designated pegs for TVC figures anyway. It struck me as really odd,, because this is one of the smaller WalMarts and traditionally has not received any of the TVC or Black Series exclusive figures that I have found to be abundant at other, larger area WalMarts.

Having the option to look over paint apps, I finally picked up an Endor Leia.

I was there yesterday and the thing remains untouched except for the one missing Leia and a missing Paploo that was already gone when I discovered it. Maybe it's because it is basically hidden, maybe collector's got their fill online after all, maybe everyone has been too busy at Target chasing rainbow Fetts to stop in to Walmart on a toy run. Whatever the reason, these aren't moving here.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on August 29, 2021, 09:29 AM
I'm seeing more reports of people getting a hold of the new Endor Luke, Death Star Droid and Tusken Raider.  Does anyone know if these are coming directly from Asia, or are these actually showing up in Walmart stores?

We should be getting close to the delivery date for this next Walmart wave, but with the shipping slowdowns it seems like almost every shipping date has been revised lately.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jeff on September 1, 2021, 08:58 AM
We should be getting close to the delivery date for this next Walmart wave, but with the shipping slowdowns it seems like almost every shipping date has been revised lately.

I got an alert this morning that my CC was charged.  I checked my Walmart.com account and it looks like my Luke, DS Droid and Tuskens were shipped and should be here middle of next week.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: P-Siddy on September 1, 2021, 09:43 AM
We should be getting close to the delivery date for this next Walmart wave, but with the shipping slowdowns it seems like almost every shipping date has been revised lately.

I got an alert this morning that my CC was charged.  I checked my Walmart.com account and it looks like my Luke, DS Droid and Tuskens were shipped and should be here middle of next week.

Same here.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on September 1, 2021, 10:04 AM
I got shipping notices for the two Tusken Raiders, no Luke or DSD yet.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jeff on September 1, 2021, 11:07 AM
I got an alert this morning that my CC was charged.  I checked my Walmart.com account and it looks like my Luke, DS Droid and Tuskens were shipped and should be here middle of next week.

Got my email confirmation just now too.  Two separate tracking numbers: one box with Luke and DSD; one box with 2x Tusken.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on September 1, 2021, 12:32 PM
I didn't get any email confirmations, but when I saw some increased chatter on social media I checked my Walmart account as well as my Fedex account.  Most of my order seems to be shipping.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jesse James on September 1, 2021, 02:17 PM
Mine are shipping but no emails just shipped.  Didnít notice any notes from my CC either.  Theyíre all shipping random too.  Tuskens havenít shipped yet too which sucks.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: JediJman on September 1, 2021, 03:10 PM
So mine shipped, but are going to my old work address.   >:(

Walmart says they have no way to change an address once an order is placed, which is kind of insane in this day and age.  They suggested contacting Fed Ex, and of course Fed Ex says only the shipper can change the address.  I thought about adding a delivery note in the Fed Ex delivery comments say "Don't deliver here!  Please hold at your location for pickup!" but the delivery comments at Fed Ex aren't working for me.  Even on stuff that hasn't shipped, Walmart says the only option in their system is to cancel the order then place a new order on the website.  Not very handy for pre-orders that have been sold out for months.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on September 1, 2021, 03:50 PM
My three Tusken Raiders and Death Star Droid have shipped as well.  Walmart's page sats I should have them by Friday and the ontrac tracking says I should have them tomorrow.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Muftak on September 1, 2021, 07:09 PM
My two DSDs shipped separately today. The Tusken is still getting prepared to ship. (I didn't bother with Luke.)

I bought three figures to get the free shipping. So it makes sense they would get sent in the most inefficient way possible.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on September 1, 2021, 07:50 PM
With this wave I ordered a total of 10 figures.  So is Walmart shipping them together?  Of course not!  The 10 figures are spread across 7 packages, all of which are originating from the same distribution center.  Who knows what kind of condition theyíll actually be in when they arrive?
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jesse James on September 1, 2021, 09:23 PM
Seems like all mine have shipped...  lotta figures.  Lotta separate boxes.  Lotta inevitable bitching to mock in the near future.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jeff on September 2, 2021, 08:28 AM
Got my email confirmation just now too. 

The confirmation email said "Arrives by end of day Wed, Sep 8" but the FedEx tracking says they will be here today - that's a nice surprise. :)


edit: don't want to double post so I'll just edit - FedEx just dropped these off!  I'm an opener, but all four arrived nice and minty. :)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E-SzCF0X0AIVy2Z.jpg)

VC197 - DS Droid
VC198 - Endor Luke
VC199 - Tusken Raider
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on September 2, 2021, 12:43 PM
Looks good Jeff!  I passed on the Luke, mainly because the helmet was not removable.  Had they done that, he would've made a nice throne room Luke with that Emperor coming out!
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: P-Siddy on September 2, 2021, 01:43 PM
So far, I only got Luke, though the others are supposed to be here today as well.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on September 2, 2021, 02:47 PM
I originally thought I would receive my order with Luke, the Death Star Droid and Tusken Raiders today.  But it looks like a lot of shipments got put on hold due to the remnants of Ida making their way through PA and NJ over the past 24 hours. 
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on September 2, 2021, 03:42 PM
I just got 3/4ths of the orderÖ just waiting on my second Tusken Raider.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: GrandMoffNick on September 3, 2021, 11:47 AM
I really like the Luke. I'm only gonna display with helmet on so don't really care about that.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jedi Idej on September 3, 2021, 12:28 PM
DS Droid and Luke yesterday and Tuskens on Wed. Walmart is as Walmart does with the quality of packing and separate shipments. Happy to have them, though.

Might need to grab another Luke. Face deco on mine makes him look like a mannequin.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jesse James on September 3, 2021, 02:33 PM
None of my figures came mint but I open anyway so whatever. 

Tusken with updates elbows is nice enough, but not really that special if the previous figure didnít bother you.  The weapons are abysmal though.  Insanely soft plastic, and wilt over time.  Theyíll be swapped out with other figureís accessories.  Really disappointing plastic choice.

The Luke figure is a really nice portrait of MH and the removable helmet isnít a real issue since there are like a thousand Jedi Lukes out there.  The head would swap easily with the last DS Luke we got and most have an extra.  It wouldíve been nice had they included an extra helmetless head but not really expected either.  If anything, given Ahsoka and Maul, it makes me long for ground up resculpts of Jedi figures haha.  The poncho is a nice update too, and the accessories are nice.  The blaster isnít even necessary really, but Iíll take it. 

The Death Star droid is the odd surprise.  The added weathering detail goes a long way to make this figure unique to his BAD counterpart.  Very welcome update.  Makes it kind of like two different figures to me.  Heíll display much nicer with Jawas with the weathering.

Iím curious to see how they get to the rest of these rerelease-esque figures as we go forward.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on September 3, 2021, 05:04 PM
My order arrived in 4 mailer envelopes and 3 boxes, all originating from the same fulfillment center. You really canít make this **** up.

All told I got 4 figures that I would consider mint, 1 was borderline, and the other 5 are openers.  As annoying as this experience was, itís still preferable to the craziness of trying to find Walmart exclusive figures in the store. 
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on September 3, 2021, 05:29 PM
I got my last one today.

I'm starting to wish I'd ordered a few more Tusken Raiders to put with the Mandalorian stuff...
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jesse James on September 3, 2021, 06:52 PM
Yeah two more packages showed at my house...  no clue what they are as Iíve lost track of stuff but I think at least one more Tusken and another Luke. 

Glad itís out of the way now.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Matt_Fury on September 3, 2021, 10:49 PM
My order of three Tusken Raiders and one Death Star Droid showed up last night.

Tusken Raider review here. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwGvRFpJ3iA)

Death Star Droid here. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0t_S4XUf7E)
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on October 13, 2021, 10:05 PM
The Tusken Raider is back in stock if any of you are like me and weíre hoping to pick up a few moreÖ
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on October 14, 2021, 12:55 PM
The Tusken Raider is back in stock if any of you are like me and weíre hoping to pick up a few moreÖ

Awesome, thanks! I just ordered three more.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: P-Siddy on October 14, 2021, 01:37 PM
The Tusken Raider is back in stock if any of you are like me and weíre hoping to pick up a few moreÖ

Awesome, thanks! I just ordered three more.

Did the same, though at the time it said 5 left... I was worried I'd get 0, but they're already shipped!
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on October 14, 2021, 05:16 PM
Itís tempting to pick up more Tusken Raiders.  But the frozen joints are a real deterrent.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on October 15, 2021, 12:09 AM
Awesome, thanks! I just ordered three more.

Nice.  I ordered two the first time and decided I wanted more for the Mando sectionÖ picked up four more to make it an even dozen.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Rob on October 15, 2021, 12:13 AM
Itís tempting to pick up more Tusken Raiders.  But the frozen joints are a real deterrent.

Whatís this about frozen joints now?
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on October 15, 2021, 08:53 AM
I first heard about the frozen joints on the Tusken Raider from a Bosskís Bounty review (https://youtu.be/VspJM9mNgw0). He found that the neck and wrist joints were frozen on the new Tusken Raider.  And if you try forcing them there have been numerous social media posts about hands and heads breaking off.  The old customizerís trick of placing the figure in boiling water might be a remedy, but I havenít tried it with the two figures that I opened, which of course are suffering from the same issue.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on October 16, 2021, 03:41 PM
Yup, that's where I saw problems too. Pulling off the head did the trick for me, but I'm not sure I freed up all the wrists on mine.

Something you can try with your figuresóonce you have the problem parts disassembledóis to use the natural oil on the sides of your nose (by your cheeks) to give the parts a little slip. I know, it sounds super gross, but I remember learning about that oil in a science class in college. It's one of the most versatile oils in nature, outside of whale blubber.

(https://qph.fs.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-829f09f5383354ddd4a97119910d084f)
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Jesse James on October 16, 2021, 11:56 PM
My Tusken wrists were fused iirc.  Paint washesíll do that.  IG11 has some issues too. 
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: JediJman on October 18, 2021, 09:27 AM
I have run into this several times over the years.  Just take a hair dryer on high and point it directly at the join you want to loosen for 30-45 seconds.  It softens up the plastic a bit but doesn't melt it or hurt the paint.  you can then typically move the joint a bit to loosen it up.  I've also used this to fix wonky knee joints or accessories with bends in them.  Loosen it up, set it the way you want it, and let it cool.  Boiling works too, but a lot more work to set up and then you're literally boiling water into the cracks, which I feel like could come back to bite you over time. 
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on October 23, 2021, 10:05 AM
I have run into this several times over the years.  Just take a hair dryer on high and point it directly at the join you want to loosen for 30-45 seconds.  It softens up the plastic a bit but doesn't melt it or hurt the paint.  you can then typically move the joint a bit to loosen it up.  I've also used this to fix wonky knee joints or accessories with bends in them.  Loosen it up, set it the way you want it, and let it cool.  Boiling works too, but a lot more work to set up and then you're literally boiling water into the cracks, which I feel like could come back to bite you over time. 

Thanks for the tip.  I was finally able to try the hair dryer technique and it worked.  On the two Tuskens that I did this too the left wrist was the most challenging one - I actually had to wait for it to cool and firm up in order to get the wrist to swivel freely.  The heads were pretty easy, and it's no doubt because the size of the neck post and the head make them inherently stronger.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: JediJman on October 23, 2021, 06:04 PM
Glad it worked!  I have a hair dryer in the bathroom near my Star Wars cave and its sole purpose is fixing toys.   ;D
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Nicklab on October 25, 2021, 12:31 PM
Such a better way to do this - and safer, too.  I remember burning myself doing some "boil and pop" work back in the day.
Title: Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
Post by: Ryan on December 1, 2021, 04:45 AM
I decided to pick up a few of the Tuskens and a Luke. I already got the DSD from Tunghori earlier this month.

I'll have to try the nose oil trick... I've definitely never heard that one before...