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jedi-cpa
05-30-2003, 03:24 PM
Great another target eclusive I will have to pay double for...I hate Hasbro.

Beast
05-30-2003, 03:27 PM
You don't have to pay double, if you order them from a place like Yestertoys that is only a couple bucks more then retail typically. Don't give into Ebay, that leads to the dark side. :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

keith koth
05-30-2003, 03:51 PM
Oh, that's just great! Another Scalper Exclusive :(

icatch9
05-30-2003, 03:56 PM
Originally posted by jedi-cpa
Great another target eclusive I will have to pay double for...I hate Hasbro.

I don't know where you live, but there has got to be a Target within driving distance. These won't be hard to find. The B Wing was much cooler and a totaly new vehicle and it was plentiful. It even made it to the clearance isle for around $10.00. Such will be the case witht the A Wing.

Val Da Car
05-30-2003, 04:34 PM
Yes sir, icatch9......I drive about 25 miles to and from work and a minor detour and WHAM!! 2 Targets are right there and boom...a little further south and boom..2 more Targets.

All worth visiting.....for the exclusives that elude other forum members...

or to share.

jpak001
05-30-2003, 04:46 PM
There are about a million Targets where I live, but I never was able to find the Skiff or Y-wing..... :cry: The B-wing was around in abundance though, and I did find that one on clearance :)

I really do want one of those A-wings though, lets hope they ship in larger numbers like the B-wings did!

Dark Marble
05-30-2003, 04:48 PM
Yep, there is a Target and a Super Target in my neck of the woods, and the B-wings and the Luke Speeder bikes made it to clearence at both of them. But I agree that yestertoys is a good alternative. They have been very good to me and the prices are with in reason. I wish the exclusives would go away however...:(

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-30-2003, 05:24 PM
I live in th same area as Dark Marble, so same situation. Target is usuall good with exclusives, but unfortunately I never got the Skiff or B-wing even at $10, I didn't have cash. :cry: But, I never see any of the Wal-Mart exclusives (other than the Cantina sets and the Holiday set, but only for a short while), so I'm glad that Target has them. :)

Vortex
05-30-2003, 06:17 PM
I work down the street (actually a few blocks north) of the Target HQ and HQ store and the B-wing was non-existant at the store, and the Troop builder packs were scarce or non-existant for a long time and to date...I've only seen a hand full and most have been the Hoth pack. The target by my house has totally eliminated their star wars section for the hulk stuff, and turtles.

I do wonder if I'll see the A-wing at that store or the HQ. If not there's a target on almost every corner here in MN.

I think it all has to do with distribution from the regional offices.

Droidlover
05-30-2003, 11:47 PM
Actually there is only one Target(not a Super Target either) near me within a reasonable driving distance, so I understand how frustating it can be trying to get anything exclusive there. But what exactly is the difference between this A-wing and last. I have an extra one of those packed up in the garage.

jpak001
05-31-2003, 01:04 PM
The new one is the green version (forget the actual name), and it has a different pilot. Looks pretty damn cool IMO!

There's pics in the database, check it out:

http://systems.figures.com/database/index.html?page=detail&sdomid=5&sitemid=30610

Droidlover
06-01-2003, 12:29 AM
Okay. I think I might paint my extra one, that leaves one for you guys. I do like the A-wing and it is one of my favorite ships, right behind the Y-wing.

JangoFart
06-01-2003, 02:05 AM
I missed the official word where it said that this was an exclusive. Did I overlook something?

J

jpak001
06-01-2003, 03:26 AM
Hey Jangofart,
It says it on sirsteves database page, check it out!

plasticfetish
06-01-2003, 03:39 AM
Green A-wing = nice, nice, nice.
Our new 23 story super Target is opening in October, I'm sure it'll be there. If not I've got 20 other Targets around to choose from.

AND. You know ... the eBay thing is baloney. Sure, see it on eBay for $40 for a few months and then maybe in a year you'll be seeing them for ten bucks.

sith_killer_99
06-01-2003, 09:36 AM
It must be nice to have Target's in abundance. I used to live in Hawaii and there isn't a single Target on the entire Island. I missed every Target exclusive, including the B-Wing, up til 2001!

Fortunatly there are 2-3 Targets relatively close to me now. But I still sympathize with collectors in Hawaii.

Oh, I did eventually get a B-Wing (traded for a TIE Interceptor), a Y-Wing (also traded for a TIE Interceptor), and a Skiff (bought one here for $25.00 loose).

Turbowars
06-01-2003, 11:17 AM
Man the hardest Target exclusive for me had to be the 12" Scout with Speeder. I had to beg an employee to bring one out from the back. I ran across about 20 Skiffs one morning, man if I only knew. I did see the B-wing sitting around for awhile, but it was never 10 bucks and it always was missing the pilot. For the most part I don't like Target, the Employees act like the toys are theirs.

sith_killer_99
06-01-2003, 12:23 PM
Thankfully I do not collect the 12 inch stuff. Though I probably should, seeing as how I have run across most of them with relative ease in my hunting. I even found the 12 inch Clone Trooper early when everyone else was finding the 3 3/4 inch stuff (just before the "street date" for SAGA). ***I bought one and traded it for something 3 3/4 inch, I forget now.***

I don't mean to knock Target, but I have had bad luck with them. I remember finding the Troop Builder accessory sets for the first time (WOW, my first Target exclusive). Unfortunatly, I didn't think I would find them, I had been searching for weeks, so I didn't have but $24-$25 in my wallet and no ATM/debit card (my wife had it). I found the sets and grabed 1 of each plus an extra Scout and Death Star Trooper. I passed an employee and asked where Layaway was.

This fat zit faced teenie bopper looks at me, then at what I am holding and snots "Huh, we don't have layaway." This guy is acting all high and mighty and he's a snot nosed kid working at Target. No layaway?!?! Target must be about the only major department stoe without a layaway, but they sure push that "Target credit card" on me every chance they get. No thanks you can keep your "low introductory interest rates".

Well, I learned my lesson, now I only go to Target with plenty of cash in hand and it's straight to the toy dept. and then straight out the door if they don't have the exclusive. Everything else is pretty much bought at Wal-Mart. They have better prices anyway...and they price match on all sales ads from other stores.

Didn't Target do that thing for a while, where they were using paper hole punches to put holes in cards, or somthing?

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure there are some great Targets out there. I am just saying that my personal experience with them has been bad. Just like some people have had bad experiences with Wal-Mart.:Pirate:

Turbowars
06-01-2003, 01:05 PM
I'll be the 1st one to say Target SUCKS and yeah they used that hole puncher for awhile.

sith_killer_99
06-01-2003, 02:48 PM
That just goes back to my whole theory on Target's Anti-collectors policy. Their policies (past and present) are a MOMC collectors worst enemy.

Among them:

Limit 2 per customer.
Please do not ask us to get stuff from the back during the day.
Punching holes, HOLES!!! in perfectly good cards.:rolleyes:

They seem to think that if you aren't opening them, then you don't deserve them.:Pirate:

Target is the only store I have ever been to where the employees have NEVER helped me find stuff, i.e. pulled a new case from the back. Whenever I have asked it's always "What we have out is all we have."

I once had an employee at TRU pull 3 new cases from the back (Swimming Jar-Jar wave!!!). Granted, they had the room on the pegs for them. But the point is they would, if they had the room and you asked nicely. If they didn't have the room they would tell you "I'm sorry, but we can't put any more out til we get more room." (i.e. sell more product).

I even had a lady at KB Toys ask me what Epic Force figures I was looking for and then open a case to get me a Boba Fett!

I have had similar experiences at Wal-Mart and K-Mart, but not once at Target.

I will admit, that I have only been to 4 (different) Target's since I have started collecting, and those have only been in the last 2 years.

jpak001
06-01-2003, 03:05 PM
The only good experience I've had with Target is when I had a freind that worked there. Now that he doesn't work there anymore, Target sucks once again......

Actually I did have one other good experience there. Someone had returned a 12 Scout speeder when they were on clearance for $12.00. I happened to be there when they restocked it (luckily it was an older lady stocking. If it was one of those zit face, snot nosed kids stocking, it wouldn't have seen the light of day).

But yeah, you guys are right. In most cases Target employees will not help you. They say they're "not allowed to check for back stock"....... What a load of crap......

I've had the best experiences with KB and TRU, and the worst with Target and WalMart.

Turbowars
06-01-2003, 03:21 PM
What is it with some of these Target employees? Is it because they make minium wage and are mad that they have to work? I was a department manager in retail for 6 years and I never held anything back from the customers. If they wanted it they got it. The more I sold the happier my boss was. After all Stores are in it for the $ not to make people mad and not come back.

plasticfetish
06-01-2003, 04:46 PM
Originally posted by sith_killer_99
It must be nice to have Target's in abundance.
It's super. No parks or trees, just Targets and Wal-Marts for miles. OK an exaggeration, but soon LA will look like Bladerunner ... only difference is that the city will have just one big Target sign and one big Wal-Mart sign on top.

Originally posted by sith_killer_99
I used to live in Hawaii and there isn't a single Target on the entire Island.
Thank God.


Originally posted by turbowars
What is it with some of these Target employees? Is it because they make minimum wage and are mad that they have to work?
We've been down this road before.
I think in many cases you've got a person making lousy money, working for a crappy manager and for a company that doesn't respect you as an employee ... and then you have to stand there and be "nice" to someone who's farting around collecting toys. Now, there's no reason why they shouldn't be nice ... it's really no harder than being rude, but we've all seen the way "some" people act toward store employees and I'm sure that after a while it's possible for a clerk or stock person to build up a little resentment toward toy collectors. "Hey, I've gotta work and all this rude jerk does is collect Hot Wheels all day ... what's up with that?"
So the answer to your question is ... yes. But if the employees attitude is bad, I'd suspect it's only because they are reflecting the attitude of management or the company.

Turbowars
06-01-2003, 04:57 PM
Ok, that sound good and all but, no one is forcing these unhappy people to stay there. If you work at Target I'm sure you can get a job at some other retailer if it's that bad. Find a job and than lose the other. I did that about 4 times before I found my calling. Sure days suck and you wish you were collecting a monthy Lotto check, but if you are getting paid to do a job you should do the job. Customer service sucks, but thats part of the job.

plasticfetish
06-01-2003, 06:53 PM
Agreed, agreed and agreed.
My point is though, after a while you realize that if you're constantly having to deal with employees that are unhappy and unhelpful at a place ... it's probably less to do with "them" and more to do with the store and the company. (Employees don't walk in off the street into a minimum wage job with brilliant people skills most of the time. They are supposed to be trained and guided by their superiors.) Next time you get treated poorly from a person "on the floor", go to the manager or call corporate and ask them how serious they regard customer service. Without naming names give the person at the top a hard time and let them know that whatever crappy environment that they've created for both employees and customers alike in a particular store just isn't working. Look at K-Mart ... the worst customer service in history and what do they have to show for it? Any other company can go the same way just as easily and they all know it ... sometimes you just have to remind them.

sith_killer_99
06-01-2003, 06:58 PM
Without naming names give the person at the top a hard time and let them know that whatever crappy environment that they've created for both employees and customers alike in a particular store just isn't working.

Hmmm, sounds a lot like "Socialism" to me. What are you, some kinda Anti-American rable rouser? JK;) :D

plasticfetish
06-02-2003, 01:47 AM
Hah!

Like DeNiro said in Brazil ... "We're all in it together kid."

Droidlover
06-04-2003, 11:24 PM
Well to save you guys an exclusive, I dug out my extra A-wing and painted it green. I always loved the A-wing, but the only problem I had was why did they not have astro droids. I thought maybe since they were not long range, multiple jump point fighters. While I was at the custom, I decided I would make a retro-fitted A-wing that has a slot for an astro and I stuck R4-M9 in it. Of course he is not centered behind the cockpit, more like the Jedi Starfighter, and he stands up a little more than the other droids, but I like it.