View Full Version : Why I'm such a nice guy
06-16-2002, 12:54 AM
I'm such a nice guy .lol. Today I drove into Orlando 37 miles to do some toy runs. At WM they had so many mace windu GR's warming the pegs it was awful must have been 50 of them. Then they had tons of Jango FB, Vaders, No Lukes. So I go to Target and THERE right in front of me in the bare bare shelves where even Anakin OPD is scarce , IS YODA! that I've been looking for everywhere.He's all beat up but I don't care cause he's an opener...So I'm standing there with Him and Hanger Duel Anakin(which is as rare as Dooku here for some reason.) Well a kid about 8 or 9 walks up with his Dad and was looking all throught the shelves. I ask "Who are you looking for?" just to be nosey... The kid says Yoda and...Old guy with the beard in black.. (FLASHBACK::::: 3 years ago at TRU I see a scalper with 5 Darth Mauls stacked up and this is when he was hard to get three or four weeks after the TPM got released , A kid about 6 asks him "Since you have so many I was wondering If I could get one of your Darth Mauls..I've been looking everywhere for one.. The scalper said " No I'm sorry I got to the cases first which makes them mine"... and then the FAT JERK walked away.))))))))) So thinking of that thought and how I hate people like that. I said here ya go kid...here's a Yoda. I gave it to him cause i know what a pain it is to find some hard to get figures. Especially when you are young and your begging you parents to drive you around town to all the different stores to get a painted plastic man glued on a piece of cardboard and this one was for all the kids who a scalper told NO I got to the case first and all the rest of that BS. The Kid jumped for joy and his Dad came up and told me that he had been going to 5 toy stores everyday after work since the film came out trying to get Yoda and Dooku. He thanked me alot and I said "I must be leaving but enjoy your Yoda!" and then I was gone... I'm such a nice guy sometimes I'll get my own Yoda soon...Just going to be more patient.. Any of you have stories like these?
Very nice story. Most people would not do the same. You are to be commended.
06-16-2002, 01:04 AM
Don't have any stories like that BJ, but I'm always willing to help out anyone who needs it. Two thumbs up to you though for making that kid happy and saving his father a lot of hassle.
Again good for you. Put a smile on that kids face and probably did the same for you.
06-16-2002, 01:10 AM
I applaud you BillyJack, remember when you do somthing nice for someone, it always comes back to you. Especially when that someone is a kid. I expect that you will have a really good find, sometime very soon, for your selfless act. :)
MTFBWY and HH!!
Jar Jar Binks
06-16-2002, 01:15 AM
so if i understood that post correctly, that was the first Yoda you've found thus far? wow, that truly is commendable. kudos to BillyJack
06-16-2002, 01:19 AM
Yes that was the first Yoda I've ever seen period(aside from pictures) I had to do it. And I didn't do it to get rewarded or hope for good. I did it without being selfish. I was only thinking "This will really make this kids weekend." I hope I did. I'll see a Yoda again. I have a feeling he will be included in greater numbers in future assortments. I can have patience till that day comes....
06-16-2002, 01:24 AM
A week later... he vanishes from the light of day to the black holeness of the dreaded Toy Box.
Nice work. :cool:
06-16-2002, 01:28 AM
LOL . Yeah I was thinking Yoda will get some play then the kid will move onto whatever else is popular and yoda will sit there all the years forgotten and the kid will go to college and his mom will sell Yoda for 50 cents in a garage sell. lol. O well its the moment that matters..
06-16-2002, 07:01 AM
BillyJack,that was very,very cool. We need more people like you around.
06-16-2002, 08:05 AM
I have a similar story.
The opening weekend that AOTC came out, Jeff and I were hitting Toys R Us on Friday night, we'd seen it three times already, once that day, then at midnight and we saw a sneak of it a couple weeks before cos we're members of the press.
Anyways, there was a mother and her young son looking through the pegs at the same time as Jeff and I, so I speak up and ask her if there's anything in particular they're looking for. She smiles and says "we haven't seen the movie yet, its his (points to her son) birthday tomorrow and we're having a star wars party and we're going to see the film and he's having a bunch of his friends over. We're giving away toys in the grab bags for the kids. Have you guys seen the movie yet?
We laughed. Jeff had seen it 7 times by this point. He stayed at the theater all day opening day. So she asked "well who's cool in the movie, who are the kids gonna wanna play with?" And so I ran down a quick list with her, and jeff went to the other area and started going through the pegs there for what we needed and pulling stuff for her. She asks me what I'm looking for and at this point in time I needed/coveted/craved Count Dooku. Anyways, it ends up that jeff and I are filling a basket up for her with Anakin HD, Mace, a couple Jangos, when she thinks she and her son have enough they walk around and are looking at the legos. I walk up from the back of the store with a pair of Yodas to give to her, and her son (he's gotta be 7-8) reaches behind the legos and pulls out, yes a Count Dooku. I think this woman was almost laughing when she saw my eyes light up. At this point, I definitely looked like the kid. I handed her the two Yodas and she said "oh is this the one you're looking for?" as her son was looking at the figure. And I gulped and was like, 'yep, that's the one.'
No less than a second later she snatched it out of her son's hand, hands it to me, smiles and says, "thanks so much for your help today."
Billyjack - Karma will come back to you. In my limited time figure shopping I've found that if you leave stuff on the pegs, or you help other people out, somehow it always evens out.
Come to you soon, Yoda will, be vigilant. I will search for him too, and let you know if I come across him. Cost + shipping if I do sound okay?
06-16-2002, 08:28 AM
Billyjack others have said it -but I think that was super cool of what you did for that kid I'm sure you made his weekend. Plus maybe you have created a new SW collector???:sur: :sur: HH You'll find Yoda soon enough due to your kind act.
06-16-2002, 09:29 AM
Hmm. Two stories:
Back in March when the sneak peek figures came out, Zam and R3 were everywhere but Jango must have put on a cloaking device! I went everywhere, finally arriving at a Target, and I see a lone Jango Fett. As I reach for it, a dad and his son, no older than 2, come along. "Jango Fett? You think he's cool?" said the dad, who obviously wanted the toy for himself and not his son. (Besides, aren't the figures for ages FOUR and up?) Anyway, despite my doubts, I gave him the Jango, wondering if I'd done the right thing. Then I went to wally world and found about 40 Jangos warming the pegs. :D
Then around late April/early May, I went to wally world in search of the elusive Dooku. I found a lone Dooku and reached for it. Then this big black guy comes along, and he's like "Oh my god!!! Are you gonna get that???!!!" and I can tell that he's obviously a scalper. Words escaped me. Then his companion, an extremely attractive young woman around 20 years old, comes along. "This," the big guy said, "was Natalie Portman's stand-in in Episode I." I obviously had my doubts. She didn't look much like that actress, whom I'm friends with in real life, but I realized that this guy wanted to make an honest buck to take this girl out on a date or something. I did it anyway, and gave it to him. He was quite grateful. It was some time before I ever found a Dooku, but my karma rewarded me sooner than that: I told my sister the sordid tale, and she told Natalie (one of her best friends) of my plight. And she was...let's just say...proud of me. :kiss: :D :D
06-16-2002, 12:25 PM
Way to go Billy Jack, Good Job!
06-16-2002, 02:24 PM
How odd, I have a similar story with Yoda as well.I've been trying to find him for almost 3 weeks until I see one out in the open at a local Toys R Us. I grab it, do a little joy dance, and walk around to continue my search of other figures. Out of nowhere I hear two guys talking and searching desperately through the piles about the need of a Yoda. Their nephew's birthday was coming and they were in dire need of him, so I went to them, handed the figure w/o saying a word, and continued on my way. The look on their faces made it look like they were going to hug me (This is Los Angeles, y'know?), but we exchanged smiles and I left. A couple days later, I found 20 Yodas at another Toys R Us. Hmm....go figure!
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06-16-2002, 02:40 PM
Originally posted by BillyJAck
and his Dad came up and told me that he had been going to 5 toy stores everyday after work since the film came out trying to get Yoda and Dooku. He thanked me alot...
Dude, Yoda was for the dad. He was using his kid to play you.(':crazed:')
06-16-2002, 02:48 PM
Nah he wasn't a collector I could tell. He didn't even know Dooku's name or really Yoda's name. Now if he had started talking about case assortment and all that. I would have thought it was for him. Reguardless the kid really wanted him and couldn't wait to get home to play with it. I could tell...
06-16-2002, 03:43 PM
good stuff. kids are what makes this hobby fun. when i see kids getting stoked on star wars toys i always smile and let them root through the pegs to find what they want. us older guys have better resources than kids so its easier for us to track down our fav fig. i highly doubt any kids are hitting up e(vil)bay cause the TRU by there house doesn't have yoda or dooku.
if only more collectors were like some of us. there would be no scalping :)
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