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Maradona
10-26-2011, 03:43 PM
Black Friday often brings great BR/DVD deals. Bide your time...

Tycho
10-26-2011, 05:56 PM
I picked Capt America up at Target.

Cowboys & Aliens comes out on my birthday, Dec. 6th!

I know what I'm getting myself anyway!


Smalleville Season 10 comes out November 29th - Black Friday I guess.

And there's this one History Channel special on General William Tecumseh Sherman that's really good which I want to buy as soon as it becomes available.

figrin bran
10-26-2011, 10:51 PM
I know it's overpriced but hearing about a possible low production run on Luke's Tauntaun made me pick it up along with the Han Tauntaun battlepack.

bikerscout
10-27-2011, 09:25 AM
Went to a few stores yesterday, most of them were duds. (LF tru and mid-valley targets chiefly) The only things good were at burbank tru -remnants of wave 9, everything but the certain Knight from the old republic and the rebel fleet trooper. The latter was stashed by my friend. Dunno where he put it. The colt wave of CW was put out too. Didn't stash them, but moved em toward the back.
Joe fans - I saw 1 hazard viper at burbnk target. Really cool looking.

El Chuxter
10-27-2011, 03:45 PM
The Hazard Viper was originally released in black and red as the "Volcano Viper" pilot for the Lava Pod, currently available at most Ross stores for less than the price of the Hazard Viper.

In any color scheme, he rocks. I use them as the replacements for the "Leaky Suit Brigade." :)

JediTricks
10-27-2011, 05:01 PM
Thanks gang.

Haven't done much hunting, but also haven't found much when I have. I did pick up the Landspeeder at Target, and TF Cyberverse Guzzle at WM Crenshaw. The Landspeeder is ok, not a great value and the weathering isn't fantastic, but decent overally. Guzzle is a tad more boring than I expected, very simple transformation and not really doing much in either mode.

Maradona
10-28-2011, 12:53 AM
I know it's overpriced but hearing about a possible low production run on Luke's Tauntaun made me pick it up along with the Han Tauntaun battlepack.

I hadn't heard that. I guess I should pick these up if (hopefully when) I find them. Should I presume the land speeder is in the same production run?

Tycho
10-28-2011, 05:45 AM
JT, does Guzzle ship with Cyberverse Soundwave?

Is Soundwave out already?

I've found nothing but I won the Titanium Ultra Magnus and Hot Toys T-800 Endoskeleton off eBay. They're both awesome!

Tycho
10-29-2011, 02:14 PM
See my post above if you haven't already.

Meanwhile, I got the Republic cannon-walker today at TRU. It's 1 per case and ships with Cad Bane's ship, Obi-Wan's Jedi fighter, and a Vulture Droid. So these will get out there slowly as most folks already have the other ship or don't want them.

JediTricks
11-01-2011, 06:30 PM
Target stores here on the west side have been pretty dry lately, as has WM Crenshaw. I think they are putting out a very small amount of new product, but I am not engaged enough in either of my Hasbro lines right now to go out early on a hunt - TF and SW have been in a product slump the last few months.




JT, does Guzzle ship with Cyberverse Soundwave?No, Guzzle is a Cyberverse Commander, Soundwave is a Cyberverse Legion figure, they are different pricepoints.


Is Soundwave out already?I believe there have been 1 or 2 sightings.

Tycho
11-01-2011, 07:38 PM
Oooh. I looked up pics of Guzzle and I can use him as a Brawl "Devastator -Mv1" knockoff. SOLD!

My Halloween partying pretty much lasted 7 days since I got my Wilfred costume. Darn good times acting like a dirty dog all over town.

But I wasn't coming home or staying out anywhere I could easily leave and go hunt toys down.

So as far as San Diego - save for that one great find, I have no idea what's out there (toy-wise anyway).

JediTricks
11-03-2011, 08:23 PM
Picked up CW Commander Jet at W.LA Target yesterday, was quite surprised to see it there.

W.LA TRU had 4 TVC figures with the Boba Fett stickers and inserts, but they were all older figures (half were Revenge of the Jedi cards, the others weren't).

Beverly Center Ross had nothing of note, although I bought a very nice baking sheet for $6 - no wobble at all, very thick-gauge metal, I've never actually use a baking sheet like that before.

darkagent
11-04-2011, 12:14 PM
After seeing these Target exclusives, Hasbro/Target must really think collectors are stupid. You have the Tauntaun BP with two figures for $25, sitting right next to the vintage packed Tauntaun with no figures for the same price. You'd think they'd try to hide this, maybe by splitting one of the exclusives to Walmart or TRU.

Chaddymac
11-04-2011, 01:20 PM
After seeing these Target exclusives, Hasbro/Target must really think collectors are stupid. You have the Tauntaun BP with two figures for $25, sitting right next to the vintage packed Tauntaun with no figures for the same price. You'd think they'd try to hide this, maybe by splitting one of the exclusives to Walmart or TRU.

Yeah, but at least in my case, they're right. I love the new Tauntaun mold and they are technically different sculpts. Plus the vintage packaging...

Do I know I'm getting hosed? Yes. Do I still allow myself to get hosed?

Yeah...

Tycho
11-04-2011, 06:51 PM
You Hoser! ;)

bikerscout
11-11-2011, 05:12 AM
Bueller?...................................anyone? ...................... Bueller??.............

Bel-Cam Jos
11-11-2011, 09:09 AM
Beverly Center Ross had nothing of note, although I bought a very nice baking sheet for $6 - no wobble at all, very thick-gauge metal, I've never actually use a baking sheet like that before.Ooh! Was that the one with General Grievous-shaped muffins, or the lightsber breadsticks? :rolleyes:

There've been some Revenge cards here (Kevin Federline, Ackbar, AA Meeting R2 mainly) and SW ones with Fett stickers (Death Star Luke, Yavin Han, Skippy the Jedi Droid), but none of the SW/ESB/EU/AOTC ones (Echo Trooper, Ponda, Padme, Bastila, etc.) that look cool enough to actually buy. Once I got my two Fett stickers, I've bought nuthin'. :sad: Have picked up the Tauntaun and Landspeeder (then put them back down on the shelf), plus looked at K-Mart's B-Wing in the stores, but passed on 'em all.

JediTricks
11-11-2011, 04:36 PM
Ooh! Was that the one with General Grievous-shaped muffins, or the lightsber breadsticks? :rolleyes:That would be a baking PAN if it has shapes in it. A baking sheet is merely a flat expanse (a baking pan can also be a flat expanse, but if it has shapes it has to be a pan or a mold, not a sheet). It's a really nice baking sheet though, I used it and it was quite a fine experience. Like going from a T-16 trainer to a T-65 fighter. :p

I'm thinking about hitting Target and WM later today.

JediTricks
11-12-2011, 12:50 AM
Culver city tru has several cases of ponda, hoth rebel, and bastila above the main racks. They close tonight at 11.

bikerscout
11-15-2011, 09:15 AM
Sorry so late, but yesterday pan. city wally had some newer CW wave figs - shirtless Oppress, new deco Arf, andsnow Plo. Also had blitz BP. They also had some older Aotc wave TVC - peasant Anakin, travel Padme, SBD, Obi-wan, and Zam. 2 of her were stashed for me (as a contingency in case 1 was uncovered), only bought 1. Other still stashed, PM or text for location. Big shouts to the darkknight4516 for that one!! Thanks again! Never have seen Zam in the wild.
Plenty of TF, but didn't see any Joes at that wally really.

bikerscout
11-16-2011, 10:13 AM
Another quick report:

Sh. oaks Target had some of the newer CW wave, shirtless savage, and snow plo and had traces of Tvc wave 9. Think there was a blitz BP too. Remember, CW figs (& SL) are still on sale. Too bad those prices don't apply to tvc.
TF fans - dlx Darksteel, specialist Rachet and the armored wreckers were there as well.

Noho target -- CW CC Jet -didn't stash. There was one. Also spotted the newest deluxe wave TF here as well.

Tycho
11-16-2011, 04:38 PM
At a San Diego Target I bought:

2 CW Chewbaccas
2 CW Even Piels
1 CW robed Savage Opress
2 CW JarJar Binks (Jedi robes re-issues)

I'm looking for two of every size variation on the DOTM Soundwave figures and 1 CW Seripas figure.

For Seripas, I'd trade one of my Even Piels I think.

JediTricks
11-16-2011, 05:03 PM
Target W. LA had CW shirtless Savage Opress on Saturday, I ended up buying him despite not originally wanting that version. The head sculpt is very good, the articulation works well with the shirtless sculpt's arms, and I like both blade accessories - even the missile-firing one. The eyes get great sithly paint and it comes out very well, the angry mouth works, the horns are pointy yet seem strong. I hope the heads will swap from shirtless to armored. This shirtless version poses extremely well though, lots of character, and I think the CW aesthetic works great with his physique's sculpt.

TRU Culver City on Saturday evening had been fairly raided but I was able to get Chaddymac his Ponda and Hoth Rebel.

Star Trader at Disneyland on the Monday night Annual Passholder special invitation event had 1 each of Ponda, Hoth Rebel, and Bastila Shan! Considering those figures are $11 and TRU had them for $10, I was surprised to see them there.

I'm still looking for Seripas and Savage Armored, but that's about it for now.


Bikerscout, glad to hear you finally got your Zam figure.

Tycho
11-17-2011, 02:25 PM
Being first in the door at TRU this morning at 8:59 am, I saw (and left) more Chewbacca, Even Piel, JarJar, etc. The Armored Savage Opress was gone, but I know there's an employee who collects and I bet that figure is his.

They also had (as did Target) the red Voyager repaint of Ironhide. It's nostalgic, but I don't need him. Ironhide already saw red- the red firetruck form of Sentinel Prime and that was the last thing he ever saw.

JediTricks
11-19-2011, 12:35 AM
Reverse order of my day, starting with most recent:

Target Culver City had Revenge TIE Fighter Pilot and ARC Trooper Captain, among others. I stashed those 2, PM for details (it wasn't a great stash so don't be slow).

TRU Culver had CW ARF Trooper Skyboard and Cmdr Wolfe, and it looked like 1 more case of Ponda was above the racks.

Target W.LA had nothing of note.

Walmart had a bunch of their TF exclusive Dlx Optimus repaint with the Voyager's weapon - looked pretty sharp.

Target Burbank had a single TF deluxe Air Raid, I bought, it's a weird figure.

TRU Burbank had a few of the ARF Trooper Skyboard figures and the other figures from that wave.

At least I got some errands taken care of and met up with Chaddy for a trade.

No armored Savage or Seripas, but I clearly missed the latter at TRU Burbank as Spacejet Rex was there.

El Chuxter
11-19-2011, 05:23 AM
Target in Redlands had several Renegades figures, as well as a lone Steel Brigade (version 2, all I'm seeing, which makes me glad I bought the only version 1 I found). So, after getting nothing for about a year, it looks like Target finally moved all those damned Arctic Destros to a single peg and started putting other stuff out.

I doubt it will happen as they seem to share a SKU, but I'd love to see them clear out the Arctic Destros. He's not from anything, there aren't too many other Arctic-themed figures (the now-elusive Snow Job and the Cobra Ice Cutter are, I think, pretty much it), and he doesn't have $8 worth of customization potential, so that guy is never selling otherwise.

bikerscout
11-19-2011, 01:20 PM
Do you think stores will stock well before Thurs. for thanksgiving & black fri. sales?? (guess it depends on peg & shelf space)

Tycho
11-19-2011, 04:37 PM
Bikerscout, I wouldn't be surprised if they used their doorbuster sales to blow out old cases of merchandise that has been lingering in warehouses.

Would be nice if some Human Alliance Barricades (the Decepticon police car) showed up - maybe even at the discount stores.

El Chuxter
11-19-2011, 05:29 PM
TRU will have the GIJoe mechs as "doorbusters" for $9.99. They're rather prominent in their ad, and I think it says something like "Our lowest price EVAR!!!11!!!"

I wonder how many parents will rush to get them, oblivious to the fact that Marshalls and Ross have had them at that price for ages.

bikerscout
11-21-2011, 01:55 AM
Got lucky & found a bastila at La Cienega tru. Round 5pm too. Not sure if I'll use it for a gift or keep for myself yet. Definitely won't open. Target had T2 skynet edition bluray for $4.75. Couldn't resist, so I picked 1 up. Now I have T2 and T4 on bluray. T3's not worth havin on blu. The original is, probably grab it on a good sale. Speaking of good sales k-mart currently has games on clearances. Worth checking out.
Now where is that armored Savage?

chuxter -- the Sky striker would make a good doorbuster. They need to rerelease the Flagg at some point. Maybe not now during the recession though

Chaddymac
11-21-2011, 10:27 AM
T
chuxter -- the Sky striker would make a good doorbuster. They need to rerelease the Flagg at some point. Maybe not now during the recession thoughIt'll never happen. You saw how huge that thing was at comic-con. Never gonna happen. If the BMF was over $100, the FLAGG would be over $200, easy.

Maradona
11-21-2011, 10:30 PM
TIt'll never happen. You saw how huge that thing was at comic-con. Never gonna happen. If the BMF was over $100, the FLAGG would be over $200, easy.

You're right in that it probably will not be rereleased, since Hasbro has stated that the tools are gone. Hasbro began to design a new version within the last couple of years, I believe, but it never got beyond the design point. That said, I would explode with joy if I ever saw a retail FLAGG again. At least once a year, I have a dream that I walk into some rural retail toy store and find a dusty one on clearance MIB. Oh, the stuff dreams are made of...

JediTricks
11-21-2011, 10:39 PM
Target CC - Bom Vimdin.

TRU CC - The Revenge of the Jedi figures are now backing up horribly at that store, and all the upper stock cases have been ravaged.



Do you think stores will stock well before Thurs. for thanksgiving & black fri. sales?? (guess it depends on peg & shelf space)Not likely, the point of Black Friday is to move as much old stock as possible, it's the sale that creates the day when most businesses go into the black.



Would be nice if some Human Alliance Barricades (the Decepticon police car) showed up - maybe even at the discount stores.That already happened almost a year ago.



TRU will have the GIJoe mechs as "doorbusters" for $9.99. They're rather prominent in their ad, and I think it says something like "Our lowest price EVAR!!!11!!!"

I wonder how many parents will rush to get them, oblivious to the fact that Marshalls and Ross have had them at that price for ages.
I doubt anybody will rush to get them, there's something incredibly uninspiring about those mechs they released. I'm a big fan of mech-suit toys, but those haven't tempted me at any price - they seem somewhat lazy and not fun and repetitive of other stuff from the last few years.



Got lucky & found a bastila at La Cienega tru. Round 5pm too. Not sure if I'll use it for a gift or keep for myself yet. Definitely won't open. Target had T2 skynet edition bluray for $4.75. Couldn't resist, so I picked 1 up. Now I have T2 and T4 on bluray. T3's not worth havin on blu. The original is, probably grab it on a good sale. Speaking of good sales k-mart currently has games on clearances. Worth checking out.
Now where is that armored Savage?

chuxter -- the Sky striker would make a good doorbuster. They need to rerelease the Flagg at some point. Maybe not now during the recession though
Damn, I didn't remember to hunt for that T2 bluray, I looked at the front racks but got distracted.

They'll never re-release the Flagg, the odds of them even having the tooling isn't high, and then the cost would be astronomical if they did.



TIt'll never happen. You saw how huge that thing was at comic-con. Never gonna happen. If the BMF was over $100, the FLAGG would be over $200, easy.
Over $300 is more likely in terms of shelf space or even shipping. It's a simpler tool than the Falcon in some ways, and its electronics are pretty darn basic, but just the sheer size, cost of materials, packaging, cost of manufacturing, even printing over 100 die-cut stickers... oh man, that'd be a nightmare to put back together.

El Chuxter
11-22-2011, 01:43 AM
I dunno.

Some real turds have been wiped out on TRU's sales floor on Black Friday, after having lingered for months or even years, because of an advertised BF sale. People think they're getting a deal, and parents don't care. Those mechs are going to be gone... at TRU. They'll still rot everywhere else.

I've got one Deviant myself and have seriously considered buying extras because the pilot is so awesome. (He's basically a Techno-Viper in red.)

JediTricks
11-22-2011, 04:34 PM
Eh, I'm not seeing it. It's the same Sigma 6 mold from years ago, which wasn't exciting then and was designed for that line's smaller figures. It seems like these 2 mechs aren't moving at ANY store, much less TRU who has the worst track record with old junk. And most of their product is the dustiest since it's been out for a year and TRU is so gross usually.

bikerscout
11-22-2011, 08:01 PM
TIt'll never happen. You saw how huge that thing was at comic-con. Never gonna happen. If the BMF was over $100, the FLAGG would be over $200, easy.

Ya, the odds may not be in our favor, but the Falcon debuted at $150-160 and people were buying it. Iirc there was an animatronic pony/horse toy what was between $200-300 two or three yrs. ago and people were buying that too. I think it was called Butterscotch - furreal friends. Hasbro. Attachment added.

JT -- I saw that Bom vimdin. Also, very true about CC Tru. Checked those ravaged cases. Had to wait 10 min. + for two super-annoying ladies stuffing their carts full of toys before I could check up high though. They knew I was waiting & didn't even try to leave.

The Defiance shuttle was awesome too. That'd be a cool rerelease too, along with Fortress Maximus. Lol. I'm pipe dreaming away aren't I??

Tycho
11-23-2011, 12:17 PM
I got that Transformers tank figure (Cyberverse commander) that reminds me of Brawl. Found several at Wal-Mart.

I'm up-to-date on Star Wars save for the Mandalorian Transport vehicle (if anyone's found it).

I still need 2 of every Soundwave product from DOTM and have never seen them yet.

JediTricks
11-23-2011, 04:03 PM
Ya, the odds may not be in our favor, but the Falcon debuted at $150-160 and people were buying it. Iirc there was an animatronic pony/horse toy what was between $200-300 two or three yrs. ago and people were buying that too. I think it was called Butterscotch - furreal friends. Hasbro. Attachment added. Yeah, but that's an entirely different market, and wasn't the same manufacturing process either.


JT -- I saw that Bom vimdin. Also, very true about CC Tru. Checked those ravaged cases. Had to wait 10 min. + for two super-annoying ladies stuffing their carts full of toys before I could check up high though. They knew I was waiting & didn't even try to leave.

The Defiance shuttle was awesome too. That'd be a cool rerelease too, along with Fortress Maximus. Lol. I'm pipe dreaming away aren't I??
Sometimes you just have to pardon yourself and push through them. They don't have a monopoly on shopping.

The Defiant space vehicle launch complex was INSANELY cool, but a re-release would be... unthinkable. It was a large coffee table in size! :p Fort Max wasn't half the complexity of the Defiant complex, which is saying quite a bit. Fort Max got a Japanese re-release though, but it's a simpler tooling and a robot.

Chaddymac
11-23-2011, 04:28 PM
The Defiant space vehicle launch complex was INSANELY cool, but a re-release would be... unthinkable. It was a large coffee table in size! :p Fort Max wasn't half the complexity of the Defiant complex, which is saying quite a bit. Fort Max got a Japanese re-release though, but it's a simpler tooling and a robot.

Fort Max almost got a domestic re-release too (as Brave Max) but didn't pass the child safety drop test. Word from the co is that they made several attempts to bring the toy up to current regs, but couldn't do it in a cost-effective manner. I think we got screwed on that one. But maybe they'll completely re-design him or Metroplex for the Generations line. Wow, Bikerscout. It IS fun to dream the dream.

Maradona
11-24-2011, 12:19 AM
The Defiant Shuttle complex is amazing. I would love to have that in good shape. Back in 1998, at the dawn of eBay, I bought the shell of it for $40. It was too huge to keep in doors. It was lost in a move, though I believe I still have the shuttle.

Fortress Maximus was available as Brave Maximus both in Japan and Korea, with the Korean version being rather affordable (circa $300) up until last year, at least. If it were released in the states, that's not horribly far from where it would be priced. I have a Fort Max MIB which I bought from a friend for $300 a while back. I've never worked up the courage to remove it from the styrofoam. An Encore series rerelease might eventually happen, where I'm hoping Scorponok and Trypticon will return through.

Since this has become a tread for super huge 80s toys that we'd love to, though would never see, rerelease, I'd like to point out that the Mobile Command Center was brought out again some years ago and languished at TRU, even on clearance, where I bought one for $25, as I'm sure many did. Maybe Hasbro will give us a Terror Drome next year for the movie release... The ROC PIT certainly didn't go far, though.

bikerscout
11-24-2011, 05:47 AM
superquick SW report - burbk Target had a CC Jet and spacetrooper
Brbk TRU had an A7(?) mobile assault cannon. Put it behind the y-wings. Not a good stash. sorry

JediTricks
11-25-2011, 05:55 PM
Fort Max almost got a domestic re-release too (as Brave Max) but didn't pass the child safety drop test. Word from the co is that they made several attempts to bring the toy up to current regs, but couldn't do it in a cost-effective manner. I think we got screwed on that one. But maybe they'll completely re-design him or Metroplex for the Generations line. Wow, Bikerscout. It IS fun to dream the dream.
Hasbro is so weird. They make items specifically for collector use, but require EVERYTHING to pass their safety tests for ages 3 and up. Don't get me wrongo, I think their commitment to toy safety is admirable, they don't crow about it but they have extremely stringent requirements for safety, well above US minimums. But in this case, it's not a toy, it's an adult collectible and there won't be parts eaten by kids, so there's less chance that someone is going to whip out their lawyer.



The Defiant Shuttle complex is amazing. I would love to have that in good shape. Back in 1998, at the dawn of eBay, I bought the shell of it for $40. It was too huge to keep in doors. It was lost in a move, though I believe I still have the shuttle.

Fortress Maximus was available as Brave Maximus both in Japan and Korea, with the Korean version being rather affordable (circa $300) up until last year, at least. If it were released in the states, that's not horribly far from where it would be priced. I have a Fort Max MIB which I bought from a friend for $300 a while back. I've never worked up the courage to remove it from the styrofoam. An Encore series rerelease might eventually happen, where I'm hoping Scorponok and Trypticon will return through.

Since this has become a tread for super huge 80s toys that we'd love to, though would never see, rerelease, I'd like to point out that the Mobile Command Center was brought out again some years ago and languished at TRU, even on clearance, where I bought one for $25, as I'm sure many did. Maybe Hasbro will give us a Terror Drome next year for the movie release... The ROC PIT certainly didn't go far, though.When I was a kid, I bought a used one in perfect condition for $50, had to wheel it home to my grandma's. It stayed in her place until I was 17 and had to move out of state, she put it outdoors and then gave it to the neighbor kid... with all my Joes still in it!

Didn't they recently recycle the Mobile Command Center for a different license? I think a Marvel license.

The ROC Pit looked like a pale imitation, a snore.

El Chuxter
11-26-2011, 12:33 PM
JT, you act as if parents care what actually looks any good when they see a deal. I just know that, every year, there's one moldy piece of crap that TRU touts as "our lowest price ever!" (and usually the same price or a buck higher than Ross and Marshall's have tons of the same thing selling for), and the parents clean them out because they're clueless and think they're saving money.

The ROC Pit was also worth the $45 it was eventually blown out for. :D

Stopped by the Walmart in Beaumont last night to see what was left. To my utter surprise, I found Transformers Generations Deluxe Sky Shadow. I didn't even know this wave was going to get a US release. No sign of Scrapheap, but now I'm looking for him.

(Ordinarily, I would've passed on a Japan-only character, but he looks awesome, and, well, the ratio of five Autobots to every Decepticon always bugged me.)

bikerscout
11-27-2011, 12:44 AM
Sending you a new PM Chuxter.

Anyone find any good stuff since Thurs.??

Tycho
11-27-2011, 11:43 AM
I found my 2 Cyberverse Soundwaves.

Now I need:

2 x Human Alliance Soundwave
2 x Deluxe Soundwave

1x Clone Wars Mandalorian Transport vehicle


I'm not sure any of the above are shipping though, especially to Southern California.

El Chuxter
11-27-2011, 06:23 PM
Thanks to a tip from bikerscout, I scored Junkheap this morning at the Redlands WM. They still had one Junkheap and two Sky Shadows.

What's up with Junkheap? I thought it was "Scrapheap" and he was going to have a new head....

JediTricks
11-29-2011, 09:41 PM
Thanks to a tip from bikerscout, I scored Junkheap this morning at the Redlands WM. They still had one Junkheap and two Sky Shadows.

What's up with Junkheap? I thought it was "Scrapheap" and he was going to have a new head....Scrapheap has a new head and is a Japanese 3-pack-release only. Junkheap has a new head separate from Wreck-Gar and Scrapheap, and if yours doesn't... um, it probably does and you just didn't compare them. :p

Maradona
12-02-2011, 06:52 PM
Not sure how many of you are considering going, but Wonder Con 2012 registration is finally open. I suspect it will be an eventful show. This might be Anaheim's pitch to host the real thing. At $40 for all three days, I couldn't let it pass.

bikerscout
12-02-2011, 08:28 PM
Hmmm. I might check this out. Esp. if the panels strike my interest. Anyone else goin?

Tycho
12-03-2011, 01:17 AM
I guess the controversy is whether San Diego holds on to the INTERNATIONAL Comic-Con (versus Anaheim, L.A., etc.)

See, because San Diego gets such a draw from locals like myself, they're always going to have a Sci-Fi / Comic Con here.

Since other cities have the New York Comic Con, the San Francisco Comic Con, etc. - San Diego should not lose the name.

Are they going to have the convention in Anaheim and call it the San Diego Comic Con (In Anaheim)?

So my thoughts are they will always have a convention down here. We also used to have Star Trek Conventions as well.

Now I don't want to lose the INTERNATIONAL Comic Con as it has been set up for decades now.

But now that all the above has been brought up, why doesn't Anaheim and L.A. just start their own conventions?

If they get better attendance, then they'll get more draw.

All they are competing for is the International company's patronage. Let them compete - but have them throw their own conventions in order to do it.

Duh.

Maradona
12-04-2011, 12:42 PM
Wow! First, let me say that NO convention is like SDCC. I look forward to it every year and hope it stays in San Diego, especially if the city decided to expand the convention to meet the monstrous demand.

That said:

Los Angeles has no conventions? Really? Granted we don't have SDCC and none equal its scope, but we have a variety of shows every year. The Los Angeles Science Fiction and Comic Book convention has run monthly for decades, first at the old Ambassador Hotel (which I'm old enough to have attended) and now at the Shrine Auditorium. The E3 is held here each year. Bot Con is here just about every other year (how many of those have been in San Diego, Tycho ;)?). The best of all the Star Wars Celebrations, IV, was here (anything in San Diego?). Wizard World has shows here on annual basis, as does the Disney D23. And there are probably shows I've neglected mentioning.

Wonder Con is owned and operated by Comic Con International. It is usually held in San Francisco, but due to renovations at its usual facility, the show was moved down to Anaheim. I suspect, purely speculation on my part, that CCI is going to gauge the viability of this venue for potentially staging their annual INTERNATIONAL comic con there. From what I understand, the City of San Diego and CCI are butting heads a bit about the expansion of their convention center. CCI might be holding the show in Anaheim just to leverage their position a bit about moving the show elsewhere. Who knows for sure, but I annually plan my summer around a July weekend in San Diego.

I truly hope that Comic Con stays in San Diego, that great suburb of Los Angeles. :smiley_simmons:

JediTricks
12-04-2011, 07:03 PM
Comic Con International is the non-profit group who runs SDCC, so if they choose to move their efforts to LA or Las Vegas, what they really will be taking with them is the organizational power behind SDCC, the connections, the legal teams that negotiate the contracts, the financial treasury that is able to buy up advertising all over town, the staff that's able to convince local businesses to cooperate with the convention so both can benefit from the relationship, and the glad-handers who know the right people to talk to in order to get the big name draw personalities and events to participate in the show. It's not about how many fans the town has, it's about the organizers' ability to mobilize those fans into creating a powerhouse of a convention. So ultimately, it's not about where any group of fans go, it's where the CCI non-profit organization goes, and the CCI board is there only to serve the convention itself, which means serving both the fans and the exhibitors in equal measures, so if San Diego cannot serve those 2 halves of the convention, then it won't matter if all 135,000 attendees lived in San Diego, the show will move.

Tycho
12-05-2011, 11:42 PM
Thank you. I get it JT.

I really wonder how many more vendors think they can be successful at SDCC?

That's not an evaluative statement. I'm honestly asking with no prejudice.

I realize there's more revenue by renting the floor space to dealers, but will they do enough business to come back? Does CCI care or will it just be "we'll sell the space to someone else next year." If there is more space, there will eventually be empty space if the dealer room reaches "whatever" saturation point, you'd think? Right?

Or do the big houses like Dark Horse and Star Wars want even more floor space? I'd think they could get it now.

What about the meeting rooms? Are more panels desired? Is Richard Hatch running out of room to bring the original BattleStar Galactica back?

The popular panels are those Ball Room 20, Hall-H events, and some of the "A-B-C-D" multi-room shows. The problem with them is not having "more space," but having more time.

Really "2 Evening(s)" with Kevin Smith is more appropriate with people getting free admission tickets in advance if they register for those events. First-come-first-served. Stuff like Sons of Anarchy and Wilfred, Walking Dead - all filled up. Let people request passes for those events before they enter the Convention Center and then they won't wait in line for nothing. Then "ROOM CLEAR" after each event excet for ticket holders (like if you had free tickets for back-to-back events).

I do not support room clearing as the waiting line situation stands right now.

Meanwhile, you use that log-in code that they want people to have now to become "members of Comic Con" in order to buy tickets, to also pick your programs according to the schedule, published later (I'm aware of that). Then when you arrive to get your badge, you get your tickets.

They can have wait-lines for no-shows at presumably "sold-out" panels. But people know what they're getting into. Also, people with tickets will still have to line up early, to get the best seats of course.

Maybe I'll look into applying for a job with CCI?

I have lots of ideas, like requireing "x-amount" of Slave Leias per attendees admitted. Just to make sure there's an ample supply ;)

JediTricks
12-09-2011, 04:59 PM
JT, you act as if parents care what actually looks any good when they see a deal. I just know that, every year, there's one moldy piece of crap that TRU touts as "our lowest price ever!" (and usually the same price or a buck higher than Ross and Marshall's have tons of the same thing selling for), and the parents clean them out because they're clueless and think they're saving money.So, although I've already responded to this comment once, I found another angle to take in response to your argument:
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/7/imag0339w.jpg/
I took that on Monday at TRU. :p

El Chuxter
12-09-2011, 05:02 PM
Holy snot. The ones here have absolutely none. Maybe it's a different mentality here, where people try to snatch up bargains... even if they aren't.

JediTricks
12-09-2011, 05:25 PM
Thank you. I get it JT.

I really wonder how many more vendors think they can be successful at SDCC?

That's not an evaluative statement. I'm honestly asking with no prejudice.

I realize there's more revenue by renting the floor space to dealers, but will they do enough business to come back? Does CCI care or will it just be "we'll sell the space to someone else next year." If there is more space, there will eventually be empty space if the dealer room reaches "whatever" saturation point, you'd think? Right?

Or do the big houses like Dark Horse and Star Wars want even more floor space? I'd think they could get it now.

What about the meeting rooms? Are more panels desired? Is Richard Hatch running out of room to bring the original BattleStar Galactica back?

The popular panels are those Ball Room 20, Hall-H events, and some of the "A-B-C-D" multi-room shows. The problem with them is not having "more space," but having more time.

Really "2 Evening(s)" with Kevin Smith is more appropriate with people getting free admission tickets in advance if they register for those events. First-come-first-served. Stuff like Sons of Anarchy and Wilfred, Walking Dead - all filled up. Let people request passes for those events before they enter the Convention Center and then they won't wait in line for nothing. Then "ROOM CLEAR" after each event excet for ticket holders (like if you had free tickets for back-to-back events).

I do not support room clearing as the waiting line situation stands right now.

Meanwhile, you use that log-in code that they want people to have now to become "members of Comic Con" in order to buy tickets, to also pick your programs according to the schedule, published later (I'm aware of that). Then when you arrive to get your badge, you get your tickets.

They can have wait-lines for no-shows at presumably "sold-out" panels. But people know what they're getting into. Also, people with tickets will still have to line up early, to get the best seats of course.

Maybe I'll look into applying for a job with CCI?

I have lots of ideas, like requireing "x-amount" of Slave Leias per attendees admitted. Just to make sure there's an ample supply ;)
I've gone to 5 Comic-Cons, and I have never seen an empty booth the way I have at other cons. Also, a large number of booths are given to the same exhibitors as the previous years, even in the ghetto sections down in the low addresses at the north side. I would think that means there's a significant value to any exhibitor, big or small, to renting a table at SDCC when dealers from all over the country take time and money out of their pockets to return year after year. With the convention full as it is, I'm sure they have a backlog of exhibitor-hopefuls lined up to take the place of anybody who pulls out of the convention late in the game.

As for the big dogs, I don't think they're looking to expand into larger stalls, they have enough floor space for themselves, it's now about how to use that space better. I don't really think they could get bigger space if they wanted, they're surrounded by large entrenched competitors.

Panels may be a different situation as there are a lot of moved panels and small panels who don't get much action, but there is a plethora of those little panels that also get long lines to fill 200-seat rooms, and they're limited by time rather than by space so if someone pulls out around them, SDCC can either fill with another panel hopeful or just extend the time or simply schedule dead-time for the room which won't look like anything from the outside since it's just a bump in the schedule. And Richard Hatch will keep doing those panels no matter what may come, I suspect, because the BSG faithful keep donating money to rent panel time with him. Of course, now that Universal is doing a BSG-classic movie, there will be renewed interest in his noise, I suspect.

They started renting Hall H for Sundays this year, which I think took some pressure off, but then they stopped renting Ballroom 20 on Sunday, so they need to aim more stuff like that. They also started offering Panel Playbacks at the ends of Thursday through Saturday nights, but it was by popular vote to decide which panels got played back, and that's too risky. So they're trying new stuff with big-ticket panels, but have a long way to go.

Most other cons do room-clearing, and while it's generally not a problem, at SWC IV, it was a big problem because they'd schedule same-interest panels back to back, so you'd have to leave and get right back in line hoping to get in. For small cons where you're likely to get in, just as a seat in the back, that's not a problem; but for a big con like SDCC where they counter-schedule EVERYTHING, it'd be a disaster. Imagine wanting to see Hasbro SW and the books and the CW panels but having to leave in between each one: you'd spend more time in line than in a panel seat.

BTW, you don't get a job with CCI, it's a board you have to be elected to sit on, I believe.

JediTricks
12-09-2011, 05:28 PM
Holy snot. The ones here have absolutely none. Maybe it's a different mentality here, where people try to snatch up bargains... even if they aren't.
I took a shot of the ones on the shelf proper as well, but it wasn't an interesting shot, just a few boxes under the new vehicles.

Are there NONE on the shelf proper? Maybe they have a few on the shelf and more product stuck in the back room? Otherwise, perhaps TRU shifted product from a slow-moving store to one with a bigger buying market after the most recent sale.

Tycho
12-09-2011, 06:14 PM
Thanks, JT. A very informative response.

BTW, I think my idea would work in your example of the SW panels:

It's all in 6ABC or 7ABC rooms every year, right?

1) So when you register, you request tickets for 6ABC from 11-12, 12-1, 1-2, 2-3 - however many panels you plan on.

2) After the 11-12 panel, say it's Hasbro, you can stay in your seat for 12-1, which might be Clone Wars. The usher comes around and collects from you your ticket for that panel or asks you to leave the room if you do not have one. Then someone with a ticket for the 12-1 Clone Wars comes in your place. There are standing room tickets (seats would be first-come-first-served) and capacity filled with those allowed to stand.

3) If the seats or standing room is not filled, the wait line is admitted for non-ticketed guests who take the chance they want to get it. Then they have to leave before the next panel unless they have the ticket for that.

THE TICKETS MUST ALWAYS BE FREE - JUST REQUESTED IN ADVANCE OF THE CON ON YOUR ACCOUNT ORDER - AND YOU CAN ADD TO THEM UP TO THE TUESDAY BEFORE BADGE PICK-UP BEGINS ON WEDNESDAY - even though everyone will have to buy their actual Convention badges far earlier. (This is just because the program is never finalized until the last minute). Problems with the rest of this proceedure might have to be answered by "tough luck, Senior." Though I don't want to stretch this post out to try and anticipate every problem with the policy. It can be adapted of course. We learn by doing.

4) Those that want to hog a seat up front in Hall H for example, can still do so, if their event is at 3pm and they get their seat for every event from 11-12, 12-1, 1-2, and 2-3, or work with friends to keep it (with tickets though). Then it's the same as before: if you want to see the Avengers presentation at 3, you keep your seat by sitting through the Smurfs sequel at noon, and the Charlie Sheen impersonators at 2, until what you want to see comes on at 3. Else, you can still be assured you'll get in at 3 with your ticket to Hall H for 3, however, you'll sit in the back (probably - unless no one else is interested in The Avengers).

Now, what did you mean by "renting Hall H or Ballroom 20 on Sunday?" I saw Sons of Anarchy on Sunday, as they also had that in Hall H the year before, and also on Sunday. So I thought they always had programs in there. NO WAIT! You are correct I think. I remember there being years where I did not go to CC at all on Sunday because there were no panels I wanted to see and I didn't need to spend any more money, haha.

If anything, I think CC has gotten better, because for the past several years, I have attended on Sunday with an interest to see things. I think I even saw a Smallville panel or 2 on Sundays with you, JT. (Those were on Sundays, right?)

I attend Comic Con first for seeing the new Star Wars / Transformers and visiting with Hasbro, and 2nd for the panels, most likely - as I have almost never stood in line for exclusives or done much shopping - save for those Hot Toys Terminator figures I had to have.

Also, where and how do you vote to see the panel re-caps? Then where do you watch them? It still holds to be more fun to actually go to the panel - like a live SoA panel will have mostly Sons of Anarchy fans in it, so I can meet others who like what I do. There may be some saving their seat for the panel afterwards of course (even with my new ingenious and amazing and awesome and perefectly-well-thought-out-seating-system that I invented above) but at a recap showing of popular panels voted for, you're really likely to find yourself seated by people of varying interests (like meeting only Thundercats fans while I'm trying to enjoy the Walking Dead panel recap and the people next to me say "Rick? Shane? Herchel? I don't know who you're talking about." What a bummer, especially when I would know nothing about Thundercats to enjoy talking with them about.

Meeting other fans (of your stuff you like) is also part of the fun of a convention.

El Chuxter
12-09-2011, 08:51 PM
None on the shelf. None that I can see up above. I can't say anything about the stockrooms.

I did see several Crimson HISS tanks today. I really want the driver. I can use HISS V (VI?) to get it, even though I seem to be the only person underwhelmed by it. (I'll get one in red with a new driver. Black with the same driver, nah. The dark brown is fine by me.) But not for TRU's $25. I hope this isn't something I regret, but HTS has it for cheaper, even.

bikerscout
12-11-2011, 06:45 PM
dude, this shirt is so tempting for so many reasons, but i probably won't pull the trigger... (ha! pun intended)

http://riptapparel.com/shirt/12/11/2011/full-die-cast-jacket


only available till the end of the day. Use code SEIBERTRON for 5% off.

figrin bran
12-12-2011, 04:16 PM
I didn't realize I had been away from the thread for so long!

Interestingly enough, I got my Bastila and Ponda on the same day that JT saw them at Star Trader in Disneyland, though I got mine in the morning.

The Starspeeders scaled to 3.75" figs are available at DL now, incidentally. Even with the pass holder discount, I decided to wait for a review or two before making a decision on it. Also, Muppet SW figure 2 packs are out. Sam/Obi wan, Gonzo Vader (Dearth Nadir actually) and Camilla Stormie are the best of the 4 sets available.

JediTricks
12-13-2011, 04:43 PM
Thanks, JT. A very informative response.

BTW, I think my idea would work in your example of the SW panels:

It's all in 6ABC or 7ABC rooms every year, right?

1) So when you register, you request tickets for 6ABC from 11-12, 12-1, 1-2, 2-3 - however many panels you plan on.

2) After the 11-12 panel, say it's Hasbro, you can stay in your seat for 12-1, which might be Clone Wars. The usher comes around and collects from you your ticket for that panel or asks you to leave the room if you do not have one. Then someone with a ticket for the 12-1 Clone Wars comes in your place. There are standing room tickets (seats would be first-come-first-served) and capacity filled with those allowed to stand.

3) If the seats or standing room is not filled, the wait line is admitted for non-ticketed guests who take the chance they want to get it. Then they have to leave before the next panel unless they have the ticket for that.

THE TICKETS MUST ALWAYS BE FREE - JUST REQUESTED IN ADVANCE OF THE CON ON YOUR ACCOUNT ORDER - AND YOU CAN ADD TO THEM UP TO THE TUESDAY BEFORE BADGE PICK-UP BEGINS ON WEDNESDAY - even though everyone will have to buy their actual Convention badges far earlier. (This is just because the program is never finalized until the last minute). Problems with the rest of this proceedure might have to be answered by "tough luck, Senior." Though I don't want to stretch this post out to try and anticipate every problem with the policy. It can be adapted of course. We learn by doing.

4) Those that want to hog a seat up front in Hall H for example, can still do so, if their event is at 3pm and they get their seat for every event from 11-12, 12-1, 1-2, and 2-3, or work with friends to keep it (with tickets though). Then it's the same as before: if you want to see the Avengers presentation at 3, you keep your seat by sitting through the Smurfs sequel at noon, and the Charlie Sheen impersonators at 2, until what you want to see comes on at 3. Else, you can still be assured you'll get in at 3 with your ticket to Hall H for 3, however, you'll sit in the back (probably - unless no one else is interested in The Avengers).

Now, what did you mean by "renting Hall H or Ballroom 20 on Sunday?" I saw Sons of Anarchy on Sunday, as they also had that in Hall H the year before, and also on Sunday. So I thought they always had programs in there. NO WAIT! You are correct I think. I remember there being years where I did not go to CC at all on Sunday because there were no panels I wanted to see and I didn't need to spend any more money, haha.

If anything, I think CC has gotten better, because for the past several years, I have attended on Sunday with an interest to see things. I think I even saw a Smallville panel or 2 on Sundays with you, JT. (Those were on Sundays, right?)

I attend Comic Con first for seeing the new Star Wars / Transformers and visiting with Hasbro, and 2nd for the panels, most likely - as I have almost never stood in line for exclusives or done much shopping - save for those Hot Toys Terminator figures I had to have.

Also, where and how do you vote to see the panel re-caps? Then where do you watch them? It still holds to be more fun to actually go to the panel - like a live SoA panel will have mostly Sons of Anarchy fans in it, so I can meet others who like what I do. There may be some saving their seat for the panel afterwards of course (even with my new ingenious and amazing and awesome and perefectly-well-thought-out-seating-system that I invented above) but at a recap showing of popular panels voted for, you're really likely to find yourself seated by people of varying interests (like meeting only Thundercats fans while I'm trying to enjoy the Walking Dead panel recap and the people next to me say "Rick? Shane? Herchel? I don't know who you're talking about." What a bummer, especially when I would know nothing about Thundercats to enjoy talking with them about.

Meeting other fans (of your stuff you like) is also part of the fun of a convention.And what's to prevent you from ordering tickets to panels you DON'T want to see so you can get a good seat at the one you do, or to scalp to folks in line? It'd just create the same exact problem there is now, except with the added cost and time used on taking tickets, and even more cheating. And with tickets, what happens if they have to move a panel? It happens quite a bit.

The fire marshal doesn't allow standing-room viewing, you must have a seat to be allowed into a panel room. Hell, that's the reason they have to use tickets for the HasbroToyShop booth now, the booth is so popular that it gets capped by the fire marshal. And that ticket system is a mess.


Up until this year, any big panels on Sundays were always held in Ballroom 20 because SDCC organizers didn't want to shell out the money to rent the larger, more complex Hall H (it requires more security and admin people) for only 1500 more seats (blrm 20 has 4500, hall H has 6000). This year, however, they rented Hall H on Sunday but did not rent Ballroom 20 that day.

Smallville panels were on Saturdays, I believe, in stupid 6bcf -- the room that holds 2100 and has just 1 screen right above the dais.

The "Hall H and Ballroom 20 Panel Playback" panels were Thurs - Sat, 8 to 11pm, in room 25ABC, and I have no idea how the voting worked because I didn't go. My guess is they'd just ask the audience to make noise for which ones they wanted to see. 3 hours without the entertainment clips probably would fit 4 panels in, but that's out of 16 panels between the 2 venues per day, so your odds were 1 in 4. I had them on each one of my schedules, but just never made it. I liked hanging out with people of different interests, I met nice folks at the panels I sat through for Avatar and a few others over the years - some folks just want to show how cool their thing is before they talk about whatever.

Tycho
12-16-2011, 09:39 PM
And what's to prevent you from ordering tickets to panels you DON'T want to see so you can get a good seat at the one you do,

You can sit in the room all day now. There would be no difference. The individual has to make the effort to get their tickets and plant their backside. But at least someone else that wants to see that second panel is garaunteed a seat if they pre-plan it, and don't waste their time in line.


or to scalp to folks in line? It'd just create the same exact problem there is now, except with the added cost and time used on taking tickets, and even more cheating.

All of Comic Con is scalping. Do you need the new Yuuzhan Vong figure? I'll get it for you at Wal-Mart for $6.99 right now. But if you want to pick it up from me when you come to Comic Con, it will cost you $55.99 plus a service charge fee ;)

By the same token, I can wait in the best seat in Hall H and right before "Harry Potter" starts, I can tell someone that I'll surrender my seat for them to take photographs if they give me 20 bucks. Who's going to prevent that now?


And with tickets, what happens if they have to move a panel? It happens quite a bit.

The tickets would be good in the new room. That one was simple. If a concert gets cancelled or a ball game gets rained out - event management deals with that every day.


The fire marshal doesn't allow standing-room viewing, you must have a seat to be allowed into a panel room. Hell, that's the reason they have to use tickets for the HasbroToyShop booth now, the booth is so popular that it gets capped by the fire marshal. And that ticket system is a mess.

Good point. However, I always see people standing anyway.

Thanks for the other info, BTW.

bikerscout
12-20-2011, 07:09 AM
EDIT: Super bulk deal pending on scum as of 12/20. Still feel free to pm. Thx.

Posted on scum - posting here as well (i know, wrong area). Rather deal locally though - makes things easier. Giving you and RS forumites first dibs, if they don't move soon, then they'll go up on craigslist.

I have extra TSC and TAC that I'm selling. Have to move at the end of the month. Price negotiable, esp. bulk orders. All are carded right now, MOC. Buyer pays shipping which will be USPS 1st class unless otherwise specified. I accept paypal and MO. Carded price first, loose price second.


TSC:
AT-AT Driver - $2/2
GB Shock Trooper - $2/2
Commander Cody - $2/2
H&V Destroyer Droid - $3/2
AT-TE Tank Gunner - $2/2
Clone Trooper Sergeant - $5/3
Jango Fett - $3/2
UGH Darth Vader (silver on SW logo has wear) - $6/3
UGH Han Solo (silver on SW logo has wear) - $6/3
C-3PO w/Ewok Throne (unpainted knee) - $3/2
Death Star Gunner - $3/2
Super Battle Droid (Kashyyyk Camo) $3/2
Battle Droids (Kashyyyk Camo) - $3/2
5th Fleet Security Clone - $5/3
442nd Batt. Clone (Plo Koon's batt.) - $5/3
Commander Appo (501st) - $7/5
Combat Engineer Clone (38th Div.) - $5/3
41st Elite Corps Clone x4 - $3/2 each
Firespeeder Pilot (EP3) - $4/2


Bulk deal: All TSC carded for $70, all loose for $40.


TAC:
Hawkbat Battalion Clone x2 - $5/3 each
Jango Fett (Leisure Time w/coin) - $5/3
Clone Trooper Officer (yellow) - $5/3
McQuarrie Concept Rebel Trooper - $8/5
Kashyyyk Trooper (41st Elite corps -Yoda/Gree's clones) x3 - $4/3 each
Training Fatigues Clone - $5/3
Destroyer Droid w/Energy Shield - $5/3


Bulk deal: All TAC carded for $40, all loose for $22.

Super bulk deal: All figures listed carded for $100, loose for $55.

Thx for lookin

bikerscout
12-20-2011, 10:23 PM
Update -- all figures sold.

I may post a secondary sale later. Items may include a TAC gold coin Galactic marine and MOC TSC Scorch

JediTricks
12-21-2011, 08:48 PM
Culver City TRU - SW walking cannon vehicle. No TF deluxes of any kind since they're BOGO, the emptiest pegs you ever saw.

CC Target - another SW walking cannon vehicle. TF Deluxes of both types down to $6.99 but not marked, I bought the only Junkheap, left Black Shadow and Warpath among the Kups and Wheeljacks. Voyagers unmarked down to $15.

Tycho
12-21-2011, 09:28 PM
Wished the mandalorian gunship was out

JediTricks
12-21-2011, 09:55 PM
Wished the mandalorian gunship was out
That is what I was looking for as well. They didn't have it at Disneyland either, though they did have the walking cannon on display behind their main counter (I didn't notice one on the shelves).

El Chuxter
12-21-2011, 10:38 PM
Redlands TRU was cleaned way out of TF Deluxe. Only a handful of Wheeljacks remained. Really, who in 1984 would think Wheeljack could ever be a pegwarmer?

They had a handful of Crimson HISS Tanks, too. One less now, as I picked out my Christmas present. :) Seems odd that this one isn't selling.

Also, JT, you'll appreciate this: about ten GIJoe mechs materialized out of absolutely nowhere within the last week. I foresee this continuing to hit Ross and Marshalls for quite some time to come, at this rate. I still want to eventually get a second Deviant.

Maradona
12-22-2011, 01:38 AM
Apparently, Vintage figures are showing up at Ross for $3.99. I haven't seen any, but did get some TRU and BBTS "exclusive" GI Joes there. If anyone is collecting the Batman Legacy 2-packs, a local Target has the Joker/Robin and Batman/Heath Ledger sets. I bought one of each an hour ago and left 2 sets there. PM for location. I think Target is open late tonight.

bikerscout
12-23-2011, 05:59 AM
Saw a few AOTC wave vintage at Ross yesterday. Mace and peasant Padme to be exact. Now if those TRU excl. packs would surface there or at TJ Maxx or Marshalls - wouldn't that be nice?

Maradona
12-23-2011, 11:42 AM
Saw a few AOTC wave vintage at Ross yesterday. Mace and peasant Padme to be exact. Now if those TRU excl. packs would surface there or at TJ Maxx or Marshalls - wouldn't that be nice?

Given the recent Ross/Marshalls/TJ Maxx track record, it might only be a matter of time.


I just realized this was my 1000th post. At this rate, it will take me 40.5 more years to reach 10,000...

Tycho
12-23-2011, 12:42 PM
I have not found any of TPM figures or the Mandalorian Gunship from Clone Wars. (San Diego)

I have also not found the Human Alliance Soundwave, nor the Deluxe Soundwave or Que (Transformers).

Is Target the only store location that has stocked these? And did they break a street date by doing so?

JediTricks
12-23-2011, 03:56 PM
Target Culver last night, nada. And Star Wars shelves were 80% bare.


Also, JT, you'll appreciate this: about ten GIJoe mechs materialized out of absolutely nowhere within the last week. I foresee this continuing to hit Ross and Marshalls for quite some time to come, at this rate. I still want to eventually get a second Deviant.They showed up at TRU, or at those liquidators?

I was surprised as hell to see a Water Moccasin in the GI Joe Retaliation trailer. That alone filled me with more confidence than ANYTHING in the first film's trailers, and that's coming from someone who knows that the director on this new film has only directed a few DANCE movies before. :p

El Chuxter
12-23-2011, 07:58 PM
TRU, I meant.

JediTricks
12-24-2011, 04:13 PM
Right, ok. I figured that was it, but wanted to be sure. Thanks for the info. I wonder if they had the cases in the back or if they got product moved around from other stores.

Target CC again nada last night at midnight.

Tycho
12-27-2011, 03:50 PM
JT: are you going to count TPM vintage figures for the 2011 YIR?

Perhaps some people have them, and I don't know about Steve, but in 4 days, I'd say they are 2012 figures.

Looks like with multiples, and mostly because I'll buy triplicates of podracers and Naboo Guards, I'm getting 14 figures from a wave of 12 offerings from TPM. A good start. However, I'm not buying any of the Sith or Jedi figures in that go-around. But that's OK - the kids will.

DarkKnight4516
12-27-2011, 06:52 PM
JT: are you going to count TPM vintage figures for the 2011 YIR?

Perhaps some people have them, and I don't know about Steve, but in 4 days, I'd say they are 2012 figures.

Looks like with multiples, and mostly because I'll buy triplicates of podracers and Naboo Guards, I'm getting 14 figures from a wave of 12 offerings from TPM. A good start. However, I'm not buying any of the Sith or Jedi figures in that go-around. But that's OK - the kids will.

Id count them 2012 id say. The shipping containers have do not open till jan 30th 2012 stamps on the side which i found amusing. Oh minimum wage target employees. I have a whole case unpunched i got a few weeks back and i have seen several more 6 of which cases were at the same target 4 days running. I know crunchy and bikerscout have gotten what they have needed too in that wave so its out there. Quite a bit. Also picked up 2 wedges online for 10 bucks eached shipped. they were first release so im happy.

El Chuxter
12-27-2011, 07:33 PM
I think that, regardless of intended street date, enough have hit throughout the country that they're 2011 figures. Doesn't matter what Hasbro says. If I found them in Redlands, and I have friends in California, Nevada, and Virginia who found them as well, that's widespread enough for me to go with this year.

JediTricks
12-28-2011, 08:39 PM
WM Crenshaw - nothing.
TRU La Cienenga - Revenge Slave Leia (nearly all Hasbro brands are on mix-n-match B2G1 at TRU, but I didn't take advantage).
TRU Culver City - nothing of interest.
Target La Cienega - nada.
Target Culver City - nuthin'.



JT: are you going to count TPM vintage figures for the 2011 YIR?

Perhaps some people have them, and I don't know about Steve, but in 4 days, I'd say they are 2012 figures.

Looks like with multiples, and mostly because I'll buy triplicates of podracers and Naboo Guards, I'm getting 14 figures from a wave of 12 offerings from TPM. A good start. However, I'm not buying any of the Sith or Jedi figures in that go-around. But that's OK - the kids will.No, I have no intention of counting them, they had an intended Jan 30th street date, and while that's lifted, it's a week before the end of the year. That said, I do not see anything in that lot which makes me think they'll be noteworthy figures anyway.


I think that, regardless of intended street date, enough have hit throughout the country that they're 2011 figures. Doesn't matter what Hasbro says. If I found them in Redlands, and I have friends in California, Nevada, and Virginia who found them as well, that's widespread enough for me to go with this year.Anything in the last 3 weeks of the year is generally not part of YIR, we've talked about it before, and in the rare cases where it breaks that precedent, it's got to hit HARD nationwide and it's got to be exceptional in some significant way.

Jango Speck
12-28-2011, 11:30 PM
Had breakfast at "The Brig" in Dana Point yesterday and noticed they had a bunch of POTF and TPM figures for sale in the lobby. Weird stuff...

Was in Burbank Mall today and stopped into Chubby13 for fun- not much SW to be found, except for a prominently displayed POTF Desert Skiff for $79.99. It said "with figures", and when I looked, it had all the characters from the movie scene (only Luke should be in there), but they had all fallen down, and there were a bunch of white glue puddles all over the deck. I couldn't believe my eyes.

El Chuxter
12-29-2011, 02:00 AM
In any case....

Palm Desert Target: Nada
Palm Desert Ross: Nada (unless you count two Cobra Furies with Alley Vipers torn out of them, finally marked down a whole $3.50 to $8.49... I first saw them in this condition this summer, so it's nice they eventually marked 'em down, I suppose)
Palm Desert Marshalls: Nada
Palm Desert TJ Maxx: Two metric tons of Revenge of Cobra figures. Seriously. Revenge of Cobra. And these were new arrivals. Sad, eh?
Cathedral City Target: Nada
Palm Springs TJ Maxx: Same as the one in Palm Desert. There was also one Ripper on a completely brutalized card.
Beaumont Wal-Mart: Nada

Tycho
12-29-2011, 07:05 AM
Anything in the last 3 weeks of the year is generally not part of YIR, we've talked about it before, and in the rare cases where it breaks that precedent, it's got to hit HARD nationwide and it's got to be exceptional in some significant way.

Oh they are exceptional, JT. For me (with none found thus far) they are EXCEPTIONALLY hard to find :D

Bel-Cam Jos
12-29-2011, 10:42 AM
There are now 909 pages of this thread. IE representin' ! :D

In said Inland Empire, just the discarded (pun always intended) figures from pre-holidays on the pegs. Far too many Clone Wars/Legends figs. Nothing new. Yet...

Maradona
12-29-2011, 08:17 PM
Cue the Beatles' song "One After 909!"

figrin bran
12-31-2011, 08:55 PM
No signs of the TPM wave though I did find a lone Darth Maul at Glendale Target around 2 weeks ago.

I've seen TF Sky Shadow and Junkheap at a few Targets so they shouldn't be too hard to find for everyone.

darkagent
12-31-2011, 10:24 PM
Picked up a Vintage Tauntaun today for half off (about $12.50), which is a more reasonable price.

Have a Happy New Year everyone.

JediTricks
01-04-2012, 04:38 PM
Picked up the Target-exclusive Hostage Crisis 4-pack for $12.48 at Culver City. It's not a bad set, they did a great job with the Weequay bounty hunter reusing the torso from Hondo Onaka, and Robonino is not bad either. Still, no way in hell I would have paid full price for it, the 2 Commando Droids are fine but I have plenty of those guys, even if these are in pirate drag.

darkagent
01-09-2012, 12:57 AM
Found some of the TPM vintage wave (Anakin, Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, Battle Droid and Darth Sidious) at Walmart today. They also had the new Darth Maul packaged figures, of which I picked up the Clone Wars Phase II Clone Trooper, and new Battle Packs and vehicles.

Maradona
01-10-2012, 09:35 PM
SDCC pre-registration is open, for any that haven't signed up yet:

https://secure2.comic-con.org/memberid/index.php

bikerscout
01-13-2012, 07:20 AM
TF collectors: Does anybody want my '$5.00 off any TF toy purchase of $5.00 or more' coupon?? I'm probably not gonna use it. Expires 1/31. PM, text or call me & I'll do a quick local meetup or mail it. (I am out of stamps atm & need to get more though :culpability:)

Chaddymac
01-13-2012, 04:20 PM
Is it store specific?

Maradona
01-13-2012, 04:34 PM
TF collectors: Does anybody want my '$5.00 off any TF toy purchase of $5.00 or more' coupon?? I'm probably not gonna use it. Expires 1/31. PM, text or call me & I'll do a quick local meetup or mail it. (I am out of stamps atm & need to get more though :culpability:)

Thanks for the offer, Scout.

bikerscout
01-14-2012, 09:27 AM
Is it store specific?

No. And now I have some stamps. :joyous: (Wth's up with these weird smilies??)

JediTricks
01-16-2012, 05:07 PM
I don't know, came with the software update. I kinda hate them, too many new ones and they're all weird.

figrin bran
01-17-2012, 02:21 AM
CW Saesee Tinn, found at Valencia Target has been my only find lately. Though I should have TF Prime Arcee coming in the mail from TRU.com later on this week.

bikerscout
01-17-2012, 08:41 AM
On Sunday, at figrin's favorite Pan. city wally I found the new SW products with Maul packaging. They've probably been out for at least a week or more, based on reports I've heard. Anyway, they had 2 or 3 of the deluxe vehicle packs and some CW mixed in with movie heroes and some Legends?? Saw a newer Qui-gon and a really cool phase II CW clone. The packaging is smaller and uses much less paper and plastic than previous cards. Eco-friendly. Oh ya, I'm a big Qui-gon fan, so it was great to see his ultimate FX saber on the shelf. Wally exclusive. Wonder what target's is??

darkagent
01-17-2012, 04:38 PM
Strange find for all you Marvel Universe collectors out there. Found the latest wave (Series 4?) with Storm, Thor, Patriot, Iron Fist, Shadowland Daredevil and Psylocke at Glendale Target yesterday in the clearance section for $2.56 each. They had two of each figure in the wave and they all had a white sticker covering the barcode. Each figure had a clearance sticker listing the price of $2.56 down from $9.99. All the other Marvel Universe figures from previous waves (X-23, Thing, etc), were still regular price. Only picked up a Storm and Psylocke.

JediTricks
01-17-2012, 05:21 PM
White sticker suggests they were pulled from a multipack.

Tycho
01-18-2012, 08:23 AM
I got all TPM figures I wanted from TRU.com except for Ratts Tyrell who for some reason they didn't offer. An oversight, I think, as I've heard here that he IS shipping.

Meanwhile I reviewed them in TPM wave thread.

Now, I'm looking for

SW mini-rigs that I heard were never released - the Y-wing pod and Obi-Wan attack shuttle for example.

The fighter asst. vehicle Mandalorian Transport (not sure if that's been released at all).

Transformers Soundwave in HA and Deluxe sizes.

Maybe Que (oka Wheeljack) in Deluxe.

I really wish they'd make Starscream in a Commander Class Cyberverse figure.

DarkKnight4516
01-18-2012, 11:31 AM
Oh ya, I'm a big Qui-gon fan, so it was great to see his ultimate FX saber on the shelf. Wally exclusive. Wonder what target's is??

Theres no target saber exclusive, quigon is part of the discover the force line for walmart. Target only has the darkside 2 packs so far.




Now, I'm looking for

SW mini-rigs that I heard were never released - the Y-wing pod and Obi-Wan attack shuttle for example.

The fighter asst. vehicle Mandalorian Transport (not sure if that's been released at all).

The mini ywing came out in wv2 of the 2nd edition blue skys packaging when they changed box shape almost immediately after wave 1 dropped this did it contained repacked ani and naboo skiff and cad bane with pirate bike in the same assortment prob about 5 months back.

The republic recon fighter with obiwan and boba with speeder were said to be canceled by hasbro. Although the republic recon fighter is said to be with anakin now in wv 2 of the maul packaging.

The mando assult vehicle is still MIA , EE still lists it as coming out jan and i know u can get it in tri logo on canadian shelves , there are quite a few on ebay with tri logo and one or two production samples of english ones, hopefully it doesnt fall through the cracks.

The other thing we are missing are the 2 dvd 2packs that walmart was supposed to have they came out in the uk but are still missing over here. The 2 brain invaders packs.

on another note i have gotten most of the new stuff just missing the new vintage repack vehicles and the discover the force line and a few new CW thats about it.

Chaddymac
01-18-2012, 03:37 PM
SW mini-rigs that I heard were never released - the Y-wing pod and Obi-Wan attack shuttle for example.

The fighter asst. vehicle Mandalorian Transport (not sure if that's been released at all).

The mini-rigs were cancelled. Last word was they were looking to use them as an exclusive in 2013. I don't remember what the word on the Mandalorian Transport, but I have a nagging feeling that it wasn't good.

Tycho
01-18-2012, 07:49 PM
So will there be more Y-wing mini-rigs shipping?

I sure hope so. That vehicle is cool.

JediTricks
01-18-2012, 09:50 PM
La Cienega Target had the 2010-exclusive The Hidden Enemy DVD 4-pack... for $31! That's $7 more than the damned thing originally cost! And since it's so old a set, the torsos on the figures had all started to yellow. They also had some straggler Geonosis 2-packs, I didn't bother price-checking. It's a sad time for SW collecting.

bikerscout
01-19-2012, 04:32 AM
That's terrible to hear JT.

Tonite I stashed a TPM Quinlan vos at san fernando mission/Balboa target. PM or text for location. Text will be most efficient.

-scout

Tycho
01-19-2012, 01:36 PM
If they'd only make a JarJar to Gungan Submarine Star Wars Transformer Cross-Over, things would be back on track!

figrin bran
01-20-2012, 12:02 AM
Vintage Prototype armor Fett arrived in the mail today!

Maradona
01-20-2012, 01:35 AM
I've read reports that $0.99 stores are getting Green Lantern movie figures. A new low...

El Chuxter
01-20-2012, 08:56 AM
I saw some of those at the Yucaipa 99c Only, and didn't bother posting it since those figures are crap.

JediTricks
01-20-2012, 11:11 PM
Walmart Crenshaw has the new Movie Heroes, awful carded Battle Packs in name only, and a few boxed vehicles, nothing exciting. However, they have all the blue-packaged stuff on sale on a rolling rack by the Hot Wheels for basic figures and a mid-aisle endcap just beyond the Transformers for vehicles. Basic Clone Wars and Saga Legends are $3.40, I bought a Snowtrooper, Death Star Trooper, and another Embo. Vehicles including the Hyena Bomber are $12.40, and the remote control TX-120 tank is $21.40 down from $50 (they also have a couple Republic Attack Shuttles for around $35, but you should already have gotten it at Amazon for that or less a few weeks ago). There's a single, beat-up but intact Blu Ray 4-pack for TPM that has Maul, Battle Droid, Obi-Wan, and Qui-Gon for... I think also $12.40, that is on the clearance aisle between toys and pool stuff, middle of the aisle mid-height.

WM also had a licensed Transformers watch of Optimus Prime, it's like those old Kronoform watches from the '80s where the face of the watch pops off the band and becomes a simple robot. I was VERY tempted to buy OP in this style, but held back due to finances and pretending to be an adult.

Target La Cienega, Culver City, and Inglewood had nothing of note, big surprise. Inglewood did however have the graphite Kindle 3g on sale for $99 where the others only had the white one, so I finally bought a Kindle to upgrade from my little Astak EZ Reader Pocket Pro 5" (it was nice for its time, but limited by the modern Kindle's speed and 3G connection and highlighting and searching and dictionary).

Bel-Cam Jos
01-21-2012, 10:32 AM
WM also had a licensed Transformers watch of Optimus Prime, it's like those old Kronoform watches from the '80s where the face of the watch pops off the band and becomes a simple robot. I was VERY tempted to buy OP in this style, but held back due to finances and pretending to be an adult.Finances I understand, but everyone always can pull the "gift for my _____ child" fib card any day. :rolleyes:

JediTricks
01-21-2012, 05:45 PM
Finances I understand, but everyone always can pull the "gift for my _____ child" fib card any day. :rolleyes:You misunderstand, I'm not embarrassed about buying the watch, I'm trying to be more responsible in not buying stuff I'm not really going to use. I haven't worn a wristwatch in over a decade, I'm certainly not going to start with an Optimus Prime one.

Bel-Cam Jos
01-22-2012, 12:26 PM
I gotcha. I too have passed on many an item I "might want" for that very reason.

Maradona
01-24-2012, 12:20 AM
The San Gabriel Valley bender struck at West Covina Target on TVC Phantom Menace figures. The cards weren't too bad, so I was able to pick up a Quinlan Vos, Naboo guy, Qui Gon, and Obi Wan. I can always replace these if I find them again. The bender (or benders) have previously struck at Pico WM, where thanks to them I found a Marvel Legends-ish Loki.

El Chuxter
01-24-2012, 12:25 AM
The San Gabriel Valley bender struck at West Covina Target on TVC Phantom Menace figures.
Is this him?

25869

bikerscout
01-24-2012, 06:16 PM
Those benders incense me -- someone should put them in a lock, take their hand and fingers and bend them the wrong way. Heck - break their fingers. Or take them to that place in Casino where Robert DeNiro took care of the cheaters. Cattle prod & hammer style. &*^$%^& *(^&*^s!!!!

Bel-Cam Jos
01-24-2012, 09:04 PM
Or bite him with a shiny metal-

JediTricks
01-26-2012, 07:41 PM
Culver TRU had remnants of the TPM Vintage wave at $10 a pop: Queen Manface, Battle Droid, Qui-Gon, and Obi-Wan. As I had expiring $2 and $4 rewards coupons, I bought the Battle Droid.

The store also had multiple walking cannon vehicles but at $28 each, no thanks; and the front promo section was Star Wars with the new movie heroes and new Clone Wars (no new CW figures though), each a whopping $10 so they are crazy. There was also the new mediocre battle packs, the new movie-figure Class 1 fleet vehicles, Titanium Series 3packs, and those little eraser-like multipacks which are destined for the liquidation stores just based on the fact that none of those have caught on in other brands so far.


La Cienega TRU had none of that stuff. No TF Prime at either store.

Chaddymac
01-26-2012, 07:50 PM
Did they have the pod race multi-pack?

JediTricks
01-26-2012, 09:59 PM
Did they have the pod race multi-pack?

Ah, yes, I had forgotten about that, but they did, I held it in my hand for a moment, they had 2 or 3. It's not a bad set for newcomers, but for the rest of us who have been in the game long enough to have all these guys, it's just a box of flags.

Chaddymac
01-27-2012, 12:08 AM
New flags! I want it, I want it, I want it! Me, me, me, me!

bikerscout
01-27-2012, 05:28 AM
This is probably a shot in the dark, but is there any possibility the TF: Prime wheeljack will be out before the end of the month? Still have that Tf coupon handy. He looks really awesome

Chaddymac
01-27-2012, 10:29 AM
This is probably a shot in the dark, but is there any possibility the TF: Prime wheeljack will be out before the end of the month? Still have that Tf coupon handy. He looks really awesome Yes - sightings have come in from locations around the country including some in California.

bikerscout
01-27-2012, 09:01 PM
Yes - sightings have come in from locations around the country including some in California.

Hmm - what store again??

And will the packaging say 'robots in disguise' or am i confusing that with a separate line? thx.

Chaddymac
01-27-2012, 09:11 PM
Hmm - what store again??

And will the packaging say 'robots in disguise' or am i confusing that with a separate line? thx.
That's what it will say. So far, just TRU, but unlike the recently cancelled First Edition waves, this line will be available at most retailers.

Tycho
01-28-2012, 03:06 AM
JT, you would have mentioned it if they had the Mandalorian transport vehicle, right?

Also, where are the Deluxe and HA Soundwave figures, already? (And Que...I guess).

JediTricks
01-30-2012, 04:51 PM
JT, you would have mentioned it if they had the Mandalorian transport vehicle, right?

Also, where are the Deluxe and HA Soundwave figures, already? (And Que...I guess).Yes, I would have mentioned if I had found the Mando Shuttle, which I haven't and am beginning to wonder if I ever will.

Transformers seems to be in a tailspin. Target was supposed to have a 2-pack of deluxe Leadfoot and Topspin, that never materialized.

Maradona
01-30-2012, 10:54 PM
Saw the 2012 version of SW "Battle Packs" for the first time at Montebello TRU yesterday and was appalled. I'm far from a completist and the figures are essentially all repacks that don't pique my interest, but I was still stunned. The price for 3 figures was $26.99 and the sets were blister carded - fewer figures, less packaging, higher price. I'm not against positive change and I'm definitely in favor of less packaging. I was disappointed when the Battle Packs dropped from 5 to 4 figures, but to have the audacity to call 3 figures a battle? Maybe a skirmish or a raid or a stand off, but a battle? Next seems sure to be figures of lesser articulation and quality (I seem to recall a discussion on making figures in the vintage, Kenner-esque, barely articulated vein). Those figures seem bound to come at a premium price. After the past couple of years, I guess the SW Yu-Gi-Oh (?) style card game is here to stay. I respect Hasbro trying to expand the market for figures, but I doubt a plastic die, cumbersome stands, and a few cards add so much cost. I know Hasbro will tout the cost of material (primarily petroleum based plastic, but oil prices are at roughly the same prices as they were in 2008 - hovering around $100 - cheaper in fact from their peak of that year at around $150 a barrel). When oil dipped to around $50 and stayed in that range for about a year, figure prices remained consistent. Yes, other costs are sure to be claimed, but I wonder how Hasbro sees its collector base. We absorb every price increase they send our way without much complaint. Does Hasbro feel we have no ceiling or will they just continue to grow the price until the collector base abandons them and moms/kids outgrow an increasingly expensive past time? Where will that leave the line then, as an overpriced (though I'm guilty of owning one from the beginning) subscription a la MOTUC and soon to be non-movie related GI Joe? Who knows? Anyway, rant over.

Jango Speck
01-31-2012, 12:25 AM
Finally saw the new TRU Phantom Menace display. I have to say, having walked away from all Hasbro collecting 3+ years ago, this new packaging is awesome and the figures are very impressive. It's hard to believe how crappy the TAC/Legends cards looked when you see the new Darth Maul designs.

Tycho
01-31-2012, 07:59 AM
At Toys R Us, I got 3 Ratts Tyrells, since the rest of the figures I ordered at TRU.com could not include him as they mistakenly didn't offer him.

I thought about improving the paint apps on my Queen figures I bought in my mail-order, but I've already opened one Padme from that blind order since I just couldn't wait to complete my diorama of Nute's capture / Palpatine's arrival on Naboo.

I also bough the Clone Trooper battle pack.

I wanted Cut-Up for my Kamino Training diorama, and I can use the Bomb Squad Guy as the commander of Cody's clones and otherwise occupy my Cody figures.

I will find something to do with Hardcase, no doubt.

So I got 6 useful figures (including the battlepack's 3) for $8 a piece with Toys R U's B2G1F sale.

Not bad. I'm DONE with figures for likely some while now, until the Wal-Mart exclusive figures come out - if they aren't some ridiculous price.

All I know I'm currently looking for from SW is the Mandalorian Transport vehicle - unless some of the min-rigs like the Y-wing style one is released in my vicinity.

For Transformers, I'm interested in any non-Cyberverse Soundwave DOTM figures, and Deluxe Leadfoot. Maybe Deluxe Que.

A friend is selling a large collection of Playmates Star Trek figures from the 5 3/4 all-plastic-carded collection of the '90s and I am making a large cherry-picked purchase from it.

JediTricks
02-01-2012, 12:28 AM
Deluxe Leadfoot doesn't exist in the US.

bikerscout
02-01-2012, 01:23 AM
Thanks to the awesomeness of Chaddymac - I now have a TF:Prime RiD Wheeljack!! This guy's the only one I really like enough to want to own this year - and is great in both modes (courtesy chaddymac's demo). Even better, I was able to use that $5 coupon that came in the 20 for 20 offer on it's last day. Knocked it to $8. Also picked up DOTM 3D bluray for $15 at Bestbuy with another manufacturer coupon. Today was an awesome day indeed. Kudos to the Mac!!!

JediTricks
02-01-2012, 02:07 AM
Thanks to the awesomeness of Chaddymac - I now have a TF:Prime RiD Wheeljack!! This guy's the only one I really like enough to want to own this year - and is great in both modes (courtesy chaddymac's demo). Even better, I was able to use that $5 coupon that came in the 20 for 20 offer on it's last day. Knocked it to $8. Also picked up DOTM 3D bluray for $15 at Bestbuy with another manufacturer coupon. Today was an awesome day indeed. Kudos to the Mac!!!
killer! I have been looking for that figure but have come up very short around here.

I forgot, cc target had cw phase 2 armor clone and cody, plus some movie heroes and vehicles.

Tycho
02-04-2012, 04:34 AM
Deluxe Leadfoot doesn't exist in the US.


Well, I have to get myself one. I will wait at least a year for news before I go pop off and pay a lot for a secondary market, or direct retail sale, of a foreign Leadfoot.

But I want to complete my Wreckers at every scale. NASCAR is awesome and I can drink beer, smoke, eat jerky, and fart while I transform these characters.

figrin bran
02-04-2012, 10:07 PM
I actually found something for the 3 for 2 sale at Los Feliz TRU. Got Vintage Quinlan, Naboo Guard and Anakin. Ironically enough, the one figure I am lacking from this wave is Daultay Dofine.

bikerscout
02-05-2012, 04:27 AM
He shouldn't be htf once you see TPM wave again. I wonder if Bastila, season 3 ahsoka, and armored savage will be repacked? the latter 2 on new cards i presume?

Dude, those WFC bruticus teasers were epic. Still drooling

bikerscout
02-07-2012, 02:08 AM
So who's going to see EP1 3D?!?!! (I know JT will be first in line - midnite show... :-P)

Tycho
02-07-2012, 10:37 AM
I feel bad for not being too highly motivated to bother.

I might see it. But I actually want to go see another George Lucas movie- Red Tails - which I haven't had the opportunity to view yet.

Maradona
02-07-2012, 11:10 AM
I'm also not too motivated to go. I suppose I might, but it is not much of a priority. Once the original trilogy gets the 3D treatment, I'll surely be in the theater.

JediTricks
02-07-2012, 08:19 PM
It will take quite a bit of motivation to get me back to the theater for Ep 1 in regular 2D, so you can raise that difficulty exponentially for 3D. :p

Bel-Cam Jos
02-07-2012, 08:21 PM
I have some friends that like midnight showings, so I'm going with them. I did get ticket # 00001 from that theater. :D :collectorsitem: The AMC 30 in Ontario has a cool-sounding event that is only in 30-some theaters nationwide on Sat.

Tycho
02-07-2012, 10:28 PM
Recommendation for Star Wars fans: stay home and read Darth Plagueis by James Luceno or see Red Tails by George Lucas.

I hate to spoil this movie for you, but Palpatine will get a sympathy vote and cause himself to be elected Chancellor of the Old Republic while Anakin pushes all the buttons in his Naboo Fighter and causes the destruction of the Trade Federation Droid Control Ship. In between Qui-Gon Jinn is killed by a false-Sith Lord who punishes him for failing to complete his Gamblers' Annonymous curriculum and relapses during the Boonta Eve Pod Race. Obi-Wan Kenobi has a hard time understand why he's even there and becomes a single parent at the end of the film, when Yoda of all people dumps a kid on his doorstep. Re-inserted into the film is the cut-scene where Qui-Gon also leaves him JarJar. This immediately preceedes the scene where Obi-Wan screams, "Noooooo!"

As far as the dialectic masterpiece line is concerned:

TPM - Noooo! (originally when Qui-Gon dies)

AOTC - (probably best inserted when Dooku is about to kill Obi-Wan and Anakin jumps in to save him - but maybe also when Anakin is killing Tuskens).

ROTS - Palpatine, when Mace is going to kill him, Vader upon learning of Padme's death

ANH - Luke when Obi-Wan dies

ESP - Luke when Vader tells him that he is his father

ROTJ - Luke when Vader suggests Leia could be turned to the Dark Side. And Lucas will re-insert Vader's line when Palpatine is about to kill Luke.

bikerscout
02-09-2012, 03:32 PM
Bel-Cam - what is the event in Ontario?? All i know is that real D will have Darth maul design 3D glasses in limited supply for AMC moviegoers.

A friend of mine grabbed some tix for 1:20p show tomorrow at the Krikorian in redlands. Gonna be tired b/c of these graveyards I'm doing, but still psyched. Still haven't seen the bluray version, so this will be a first for me if that's the version used.

Tycho - that line was also used by you at TRU when the last DOTM deluxe and HA Soundwave were taken by the scalpers right in front of you. :culpability: :chinese:

Tycho
02-09-2012, 05:10 PM
Tycho - that line was also used by you at TRU when the last DOTM deluxe and HA Soundwave were taken by the scalpers right in front of you. :culpability: :chinese:

I think my line was like "Duh....What?"

Because I never saw that happening. He must have been some really quick scalper, Bikerscout.

I've not seen any new Transformers in the wild.

Bel-Cam Jos
02-09-2012, 07:59 PM
Bel-Cam - what is the event in Ontario?? All i know is that real D will have Darth maul design 3D glasses in limited supply for AMC moviegoers.I'll re-post the SW.com link here; it's also in the "SW Movies" section here at SSG.
http://www.starwars.com/news/episode_1_amc_screenings.html

Tycho
02-13-2012, 09:03 AM
Over the weekend, I got all the Wal-Mart exclusive figures (which will be more expensive later on their vintage cards):

Mohanic
Naboo Pilot **
R5

** I'd caution diorama builders about buying a bunch of Naboo Pilots. The figure's sculpted with gloves on. It'd be very easy for Hasbro to put on a black man's head to make Bravo team's flight lieutenant. I'd expect the variation, so buy accordingly. IF they make the female pilot...? It's up in the cards whether they'd use a different sculpt and add a more hourglass figure along with a new head and smaller arms and legs.

JediTricks
02-14-2012, 01:03 AM
Tru la cienega had 2x ben qudinaros, on sale 30% off. Also had tf prime rid deluxe bumblebee, cliff jumper, and wheel jack, tho I bought a wheel jack even at the crazy $15 price. these figs are small for deluxes! Wj is pretty good tho.

Target la cienega had 1 tf prime bumblebee $13, and back end caps had some clearance battle packs and stuff.

Target culver had tf prime cyberverse legion figs, nothing else.

Tru culver had 1x daulty dofine at $7.

Maradona
02-14-2012, 01:54 PM
I've still not been able to find a HISS Scout or Cycle Armour at any ROSS. If anyone comes across a pair, please stash (though Ross is a tough place to stash). Thanks!

JediTricks
02-14-2012, 08:02 PM
Crenshaw Walmart had 3 TVC carded figures - Ben Quadinaros, Naboo Royal Guard, and Ratts Tyrell, still at $9 per fig. I walked around with the Naboo Guard but his generic face and STUPID rainbow helmet made me put him back, I'm too broke to drop hard cash on crap like that.

Said store also had a smattering of the exclusive 3d figures, all with levels of mangled packaging. Mawhonic (who was the only one with his glasses still intact, I believe) and G8-R2 from the new figs, some other ones from the existing library. Also the TPM Vulture Droid, which at $30 is a rip-off, it's not a bad mold but it's not worth no $30.

TFP Wheeljack is pretty good, super long arms which aren't accurate to the animation model but remind me of the G1 toy in concept, twin swords that can stow behind his shoulders in cut-outs (not the spoiler), decent articulation and transformation, tons of personality, small but very attractive vehicle mode.

Chaddymac
02-14-2012, 08:17 PM
TFP Wheeljack is pretty good, super long arms which aren't accurate to the animation model but remind me of the G1 toy in concept, twin swords that can stow behind his shoulders in cut-outs (not the spoiler), decent articulation and transformation, tons of personality, small but very attractive vehicle mode.

WJ is awesome. I love how the swords stow. The arms are a LITTLE show inaccurate, but the windows on the forearms actually do show up in the animation (which I didn't expect). The thing I like about the monkey arms, though, is it reminds me of the original G1 figure.

bikerscout
02-15-2012, 10:16 AM
I've still not been able to find a HISS Scout or Cycle Armour at any ROSS. If anyone comes across a pair, please stash (though Ross is a tough place to stash). Thanks!

In the 2 Rosses I went to yesterday, I didn't see those. All I remember was a 3 pack of Destro's troops - grenadiers or whatever. Hit a TJ Maxx to, but nothing good there either.

At Target I picked up Green Lantern: Emerald Knights for 4.75. Been wantin to see this for a while. Heard it's even better than GL: First Flight and I enjoyed that one pretty well. Alllllmost bought Captain America dvd for $9, but passed at the last minute since it was the end of the night & had already spent enough. Hopefully the bluray goes on a good sale soon.

Now the best for last - at a wally in the valley I nabbed a 'Discover the Force' Aurra Sing! I actually saw her at a different store, but stashed her & a couple other for another collector *cough darkknight cough* who was lookin for them. I wanted one too & looks like my kindness paid off, by seeing her again. Also found a CW Hevy who rang up at $1. Yes, a buck. Glad I didn't buy him before & couldn't pass this time.

I'm afraid to open that TF: Prime WJ - looks so nice on card!! Also have a lot of SW and other TF to open from last year. Can't keep up!

Maradona
02-15-2012, 03:56 PM
Thanks for checking, Biker Scout. :)

For those who are attending, SDCC hotel reservations went on sale today. I was able to book a room for four nights. I stayed at the Town and Country two years ago and it was good. Free breakfast and shuttle service, though I parked at the convention center. Hope all the locals can make it this year. I've decided that this is a make or break year with Comic Con for me. If the ridiculousness I experienced last year repeats itself, I don't see myself paying to go anymore.

bikerscout
02-15-2012, 10:38 PM
Discover the force Mawhonic, Aurra sing and Naboo Pilot stashed at wally. PM or text for details.

JediTricks
02-17-2012, 11:14 PM
La cienega target had nearly the whole tvc ep 1 wave except darth maul. I stashed quinlan vos and darth sidious, pm for location.

Culver target had same except no maul, vos, or sidious.

Still a few blue packaged clearance items at both on back end caps.

bikerscout
02-17-2012, 11:21 PM
Really &*%^$%* annoying seeing TPM wave many times and only maul once. Could go for a beater card of him. On rebelscum there was a link to a new Mtv(?) video about his upcoming CW appearance this year


La cienega target had nearly the whole tvc ep 1 wave except darth maul. I stashed quinlan vos and darth sidious, pm for location.

Culver target had same except no maul, vos, or sidious.

Still a few blue packaged clearance items at both on back end caps.

Maradona
02-20-2012, 11:13 AM
Picked up 6" Sportsmaster and Superboy from the Young Justice line. It was the first time I had seen them. I don't pick up the 4.5" line, but the 6" figures mesh with the DCUC line.

bikerscout
02-20-2012, 09:29 PM
Checked the wally stash last nite. Figs still there. Shouts to Darkknight4516 hookin me up yesterday. Thee man.

Hey, does anyone have an extra TVC Kit Fisto? He's someone I forgot to get, but can't find him now. Carded or loose. Plmk, thx!

JediTricks
02-23-2012, 08:15 PM
Crenshaw WM - more stragglers of the 3D Discover the Force wave, I bought a Naboo Pilot and Gungan Warrior.

La Cienega Target - The entire TVC TPM wave, though I bought the lone Darth Maul.

CC TRU - 6x Transformers: Prime Bumblebee. Yeah, great call triple-packing that figure, now we have pegs full of Bumblebees from 3 different lines!

bikerscout
03-01-2012, 08:39 AM
Shoulda reported this earlier, but Mon. night I saw the new Avengers 3.75" figures and some TF: Prime RiD deluxes at a Target in the valley. Saw the RiD deluxes again at one more target, but am foggy on which one exactly. The Hulk figure didn't look very good. :offended: Blech

Tycho
03-01-2012, 12:15 PM
Saw the TF Prime figures at K-Mart, including the Voyager Prime and Megatron, and the Deluxe Soundwave / Laserbeak plane set, and Wheeljack.

I have not found Cracken or the Mon Cal A-wing pilot, the only vintage I want from the Deleted Scenes wave, but I have not actually been looking. (Saving gas.)

bikerscout
03-05-2012, 10:25 AM
I'll go for a Lando and Luke if anyone finds those wave 11 figures. Plmk, thks!!

JediTricks
03-05-2012, 03:24 PM
No Leia? I'm in for Luke, Leia, and Lando, and doubles on Lando.

Maradona
03-05-2012, 03:37 PM
I also need the three Ls from this wave (Luke, Leia, Lando). All I've found from this wave is the Mon Cal pilot and General Cracken (I wonder if Commander Kraken will ever get a figure - doubt it).

bikerscout
03-06-2012, 07:20 AM
No Leia? I'm in for Luke, Leia, and Lando, and doubles on Lando.

I have the TLC slave leia that came with the changeable legs. Don't see the need for another. I do not own any version of Lando in disguise (this is a great 1!!) and even though the robe is incorrect, jedi Luke is 1 of my fave all time figs, so it's a must get. I like the pilot too, but don't want him that bad. Just Luke & Lando.

I'd love to make a Jabba's palace diorama, but some key figures I need are Bib fortuna and Amanaman. I guess Yakface too. I'll go for nice vintage versions of them I guess, hopefully they update em. I have a kenner Weequay, but I should probably get a nikto guard and Kithaba(?) too.

Tycho
03-06-2012, 01:20 PM
Interesting. I was first upon this wave in Wal-Mart last weekend and I gave the Leia and Lando away to a Transformers collector I know (I think he wanted it for trade bait / friend / or possibly scalping - but I need to do TF business with him).

I kept Colonel Cracken and the Mon Cal pilot. These two are the only ones I might buy a multiple of - Cracken most likely.

I don't buy Leia, Luke, or Lando figures for the most part. The most likely exceptions would be Expanded Universe figures of them 10 to 30 years older than than they were in the motion pictures:

Leia pregnant, as Chief of State, SELCOR Executive, or Jedi Apprentice - and any combination of these

Lando as the Nkllon Mining Administrator Baron (HTTE) or the YVH Droid Industrialist / War Profiteer

Luke as a NR / GA Jedi Master, smuggler (HTTE)

and that goes for General Han Solo as well - all black NJO, Corellian General Uniform

BlueSnags
03-11-2012, 04:54 PM
Picked up the following from the WM exclusive wave this morning (using the Hasbro BOGO coupons for the final time):

Mawhonic
Naboo Pilot
Ric Olie
R8-G3
Gungan Warrior
Aurra Sing

-Snags

bikerscout
03-14-2012, 08:33 AM
Picked up the following from the WM exclusive wave this morning (using the Hasbro BOGO coupons for the final time):

-Snags

There he is!! Snags! Back from Dagobah -lol

Where did the BOGO coupon originate from? Never saw it or heard anything about it. (That's what i get for not bein on scum). Going to expire soon?

Hit a couple stores in Burbank, nothing really exciting as I didn't see any deleted scenes figs. I did manage to find tvc Kit fisto at Tj maxx for $5. Woohooo!! Card was really warped, but I opened him anyway, and this was probably already said before, but he is a supercool figure, but it is very hard to turn his head & this kills it for posing. He's the best Kit ever made so it is really a bummer to not be able to do this. Gotta pick up his headtail(s) to do it. Oh well, least I got another Upc to mail away for another proto Fett before it ends.

Chaddymac
03-18-2012, 08:14 PM
Picked up the Wal-Mart exclusive figures, betting me enough to grab another Boba Fett Proto, from Stevenson Ranch. For Transformers fans, I also picked up the four Prime Cyberverse Commanders. Good day for a hunt!

bikerscout
03-19-2012, 05:31 AM
Picked up the Wal-Mart exclusive figures, betting me enough to grab another Boba Fett Proto, from Stevenson Ranch. For Transformers fans, I also picked up the four Prime Cyberverse Commanders. Good day for a hunt!

Good score Mr. Mac! Have not seen the TF:Prime RiD figs you told me you needed unfortunately. Maybe theyre not due out yet.

I'm mildly annoyed b/c I couldn't find an extra Upc i had loose - put it somewhere, but have no clue where it is since I moved not long ago. Ah well. Maybe i used it for the 1st fett i mailed away for and forgot? darn

Did wind up goin to Wondercon yesterday. Pretty cool for a smaller convention. Although there were 2 other events/gatherings going on - some kind of big high school cheerleading tourney & another for HS volleyball. To get to my point, this made the food lines really slow for lunch with the extra crowd. It was my first time there, but I didn't really like the layout of the Anaheim CC, have to walk all the way toward one side of the hall just to get out/go upstairs. There weren't a lot of big panels and giveaways as SDCC, but i still had fun. Maybe my 11th overall Con.

Chaddymac
03-19-2012, 12:51 PM
Good score Mr. Mac! Have not seen the TF:Prime RiD figs you told me you needed unfortunately. Maybe theyre not due out yet.

Thanks. Now I only need the Arcee Cyberverse to be up to date on those. As for deluxe Arcee and Ratchet, they are out there, but only one to a case with another fleet of Bumblebees. *sigh*

Does anyone know what wave/assortment Jet pack Anakin is in?

JediTricks
03-19-2012, 02:20 PM
I hit Wondercon on Saturday in the pouring rain, nearly got wiped out on the drive up there by some jackass in a raised pickup, then had to sit for 45 minutes to get from the 5 exit to the parking lot 6 blocks away, and had to hide my camera under my jacket to avoid it getting soaked on the 2 block walk to the convention center.

The volleyball tournament was a weird sight, they seemed confused by the huge costumed crowds. There was no signage explaining that registration was downstairs, and I have to agree with Bikerscout that the layout at this convention center sucks for something like this -- the panel rooms were bad too, very shallow and wide so almost nobody gets to see the dais, almost everybody's in the wings. The exhibit hall wasn't that well organized and was smaller than I expected for a con that last year had 50k people. There were too many dealers surrounding everything, and not enough things to see. That said, it wasn't terrible, I'd like to see them either create a new con in LA or alternate Wondercon in SF and here. Oh, and they REALLY need a better system for their food facilities, that was a confusing mess and there's nothing nearby the doors of the con.

I bought 2 new Koto ice cube trays - Vader and the Stormtrooper. I meant to get the Falcon as well, but I wasn't feeling well and left early.

Maradona
03-19-2012, 08:45 PM
Overall, I enjoyed Wonder Con.

I thought there would be more of a presence by the major comic companies (DC was a slightly scaled down version of their SDCC booth and Marvel was an embarrassing shell). There was less of a studio presence, thankfully, than I expected given the proximity to Hollywood and the summer movie season.

I was able to get a variety of items at well below F&S prices, particularly on Sunday - my favorite of three days, by far, where the crowds were most manageable. Friday presented a challenge to navigate rush hour traffic after work to get there in time for the animated Superman film screening (which was very well done). I did not wait in a line for registration at all. My neighbor (his first ever convention) and I walked the hall briefly and then went up to the screening, where we also did not wait. Saturday was a battle against the elements. We were ushered away from the on site parking lot as we arrived and sent to Angel Stadium to park. We did not wait more than three minutes for the shuttle (a tour bus complete with bathroom) and the ride to the convention center was quick, but in those few minutes we were soaked. The trip back to the car that night was also brief and, thankfully, dry.

My problems with the convention were more about the surroundings of the venue. The convention center has space, but that's about it. The amenities are sorely lacking. There is nowhere nearby enough to go to eat; you've got to go a few blocks for decent food, as there was only a tiny and severely impacted food court in one of the hotels adjacent to the center. SF had a similar problem when I went last year. There were eateries within a few blocks’ walking distance, but nothing immediately adjacent the way SD has it. The Moscone Center there seemed much smaller than Anaheim.

I deal with high school students on a daily basis, so the volleyball and cheer squads didn’t bother me. In fact, I thought having them created a unique atmosphere and hopefully broadened the appeal of the event, which is exactly the point of the event, according to the mission statement on the con badge.

I hope the event returns and that the organizers try it out at the LA Convention Center.

bikerscout
03-20-2012, 03:33 AM
Haha. Based on our 3 mini-reviews, I'd say that that is a good summation of Wondercon '12 in Anaheim.

Odds & ends - my friends and I shared a lunch table at the Hilton with a HS cheerleader and her mom. She proudly showed her mother's camcorder footage of her team's routine. Good luck to her.

I didn't find the panel rooms annoying. Only went to 2 rooms I think.

Parking at the disney lot for $12 across the street was reasonable. Short walk, but yeah with the rain Sat. that was probably really s****.

Not bad for 10 bux. I had fun. Wish there were more interesting booths to see, seemed like more vendors than anything. Did not get a chance to see autograph alley either. That's always fun for a quick lookie-lou-ing stroll

JediTricks
03-23-2012, 01:20 AM
La cienega target had tf prime soundwave finally, so I bought him. They also had a pristine tauntaun set and vintage in clearance for $7.48 each, so I got those too. Nothing else of note.

bikerscout
03-25-2012, 07:44 AM
La cienega target had tf prime soundwave finally, so I bought him. They also had a pristine tauntaun set and vintage in clearance for $7.48 each, so I got those too. Nothing else of note.

Who did u get JT?

And where the *(%^ are these deleted scene figures already?? Hasbro's waiting till we're flat broke, then they'll put out a ton of em. Seems like it's been 3 mos. of TPM wave

JediTricks
03-25-2012, 03:26 PM
West Siders, the Expo line is finally opening, April 28th. And the terminus at Venice & Robertson opens a few months later. What?!? I don't know either. I guess they screwed up that terminal as the phase 1 line itself was completed to La Cienega back in December and they thought they'd have it going 1 more stop by then, but now they're looking at more delay. Phase 2, btw, has its expected completion date moved back to 2016, but it'll run all the way to the beach.


Culver City Mall Target had nothing of note in either SW or TF, but they did have TF:DOTM HA-basic Thunderhead for $5.24 on clearance, so I bought. It's not as bad as I expected, and not as good as it should be, but for $5 it's alright and comes with 2 clip-system and a 5mm weapon.


Who did u get JT?

And where the *(%^ are these deleted scene figures already?? Hasbro's waiting till we're flat broke, then they'll put out a ton of em. Seems like it's been 3 mos. of TPM waveUh, I got all those I just mentioned? TF: Prime Soundwave (dlx), Vintage-box Luke's Tauntaun, Battle Pack Han w/ Tauntaun. Or am I misunderstanding your question?

The TPM figures hit online and lightly in stores back in mid-January, so the 6 to 8 week window Hasbro was aiming for seems roughly on schedule since the Blu Ray figs are hitting online now and lightly in stores, but it's really frustrating doing it this way.


BTW Maradona, sounds like that bus was the way to go, I was so tempted to try it when I saw how crazy the drive up was, but I didn't want to lug stuff on the bus - I had my umbrella too so waiting for it wouldn't have been too bad for me, at least no worse than the 2-block trudge through to the convention center from their shared parking lot. You are so right that the surroundings are worthless and require you to walk at least a quarter-mile to get to something adequate, that's one of the reasons I've been reticent about them moving SDCC to Anaheim or LA convention centers.

When I was doing my SDCC research before, I found that Moscone was 700k square feet while Anaheim was just over 800k. SD convention center is 1.1 million sq ft and they've just approved another 600k or so expansion (which will be paid for partly by an increase in hotel taxes). LACC is just over 850k sq ft making it worthless for consideration for moving Comic-Con to, but that doesn't count the Nokia theater or Staples center (although those are separately-owned facilities and would require renting separately and separate staffing which makes it prohibitive, and a lot of the Staples Center's million square feet is arena which isn't useful in this scenario - the Nokia is about as big as SDCC Hall H though). In fact, the only other Southwest-area convention facilities I found that could accommodate Comic-Con's current numbers are both in Las Vegas, the Sands Expo at 1.2 million sq ft wouldn't really be useful on its own as it's the same size as SDCC right now; and the Las Vegas Convention Center is a whopping 3 million sq feet, triple the size of the SDCC facility. That said, nobody wants to go to Vegas in July.

At first, I thought those volleyball player girls were costume characters. :D

The thing about LACC that's bad for a Comic-Con like event, aside from being too small, is that its exhibit hall space is broken up into 4 separate areas - West hall, South hall, the concourse, and Kentia hall which is essentially a converted parking lot under the West hall. So if they were to use all that exhibit space, it'd have less flow than SDCC's giant single exhibit hall - that said, Anaheim's Wondercon exhibit hall was pretty small, it'd fit inside either the West or South hall at LACC, and LACC has adequate panel room facilities upstairs.



Biker, $10 to get in? My buddy paid $25!

Commtech
03-26-2012, 02:03 AM
What up ladies!!!! Long time no see! And of course I need your help. Can you guys stash for me the new Marvel Legends, series 1 and 2, if you see them, por favor? I'm able to only travel to places close to Burbank. Super busy right now with work and can't hunt anymore (which was something I miss)
All right, thanks in advance and good luck with all your hunting!

bikerscout
03-26-2012, 08:06 AM
JT - when u said "and vintage in clearance" i thought u meant TVC. Yeah, $10 to get in Sunday, if you registered online beforehand. $15 at door.

Commtech - i'll stash if i see them, but what scale are these guys and who's in the waves? Anyone particular u want stashed? Lmk.


I restashed a Col. Cracken at a wally. PM or text for location. This place also had 1 TF:RiD Dlx Arcee (didn't stash). Thanks to a vigilant buddy I was able to get a saber construction Luke.

Maradona
03-26-2012, 03:16 PM
When I was doing my SDCC research before, I found that Moscone was 700k square feet while Anaheim was just over 800k. SD convention center is 1.1 million sq ft and they've just approved another 600k or so expansion (which will be paid for partly by an increase in hotel taxes). LACC is just over 850k sq ft making it worthless for consideration for moving Comic-Con to, but that doesn't count the Nokia theater or Staples center (although those are separately-owned facilities and would require renting separately and separate staffing which makes it prohibitive, and a lot of the Staples Center's million square feet is arena which isn't useful in this scenario - the Nokia is about as big as SDCC Hall H though). In fact, the only other Southwest-area convention facilities I found that could accommodate Comic-Con's current numbers are both in Las Vegas, the Sands Expo at 1.2 million sq ft wouldn't really be useful on its own as it's the same size as SDCC right now; and the Las Vegas Convention Center is a whopping 3 million sq feet, triple the size of the SDCC facility. That said, nobody wants to go to Vegas in July.



I'm glad to hear that the folks in SD got together to expand their convention center and keep Comic-Con. It would be a shame to lose such an event. Call it nostalgia for the half of my life spent traveling there each year or call it fact, but I don't see anywhere out west that currently has the infrastructure to support what Comic-Con has become in these past several years. Sure, Las Vegas is king among convention size spots and I would be curious in seeing how a Comic-Con might function there, but having been there during summer, it is not pleasant; this is notwithstanding the connotation that Vegas has. LACC, should the Farmers Field project get done, will equal SD's pending new convention center size, but that is a few years away at least.

http://www.farmersfield.com/pages/la-convention-center/

If the area surrounding it continues to grow, attract restaurants (which it has more than I thought it would these past few years), and have more public transportation options open up (as you mentioned about the Expo line), then maybe the next time Comic-Con's contract is up, they might consider it. I realize keeping options open is important, but (as far as I know) Comic-Con has not signed a very long term contract to stay in SD. Could they themselves be seriously thinking about leaving or using its potential as a leveraging tool? I sincerely hope not, since my annual stops at the Carlsbad Danish Bakery (can't recommend this place enough) on the way down to Comic-Con and gluttonous breakfasts at Richard Walker's Pancake House would be terribly missed.

JediTricks
03-26-2012, 04:58 PM
What up ladies!!!! Long time no see! And of course I need your help. Can you guys stash for me the new Marvel Legends, series 1 and 2, if you see them, por favor? I'm able to only travel to places close to Burbank. Super busy right now with work and can't hunt anymore (which was something I miss)
All right, thanks in advance and good luck with all your hunting!Is Culver City too far for you? I spotted Fantomex on Saturday, so they're starting to hit around here.



JT - when u said "and vintage in clearance" i thought u meant TVC. Yeah, $10 to get in Sunday, if you registered online beforehand. $15 at door. Ah, ok, right on both.


Commtech - i'll stash if i see them, but what scale are these guys and who's in the waves? Anyone particular u want stashed? Lmk. Classic Marvel Legends scale, 6-7 inch. They look like this in packaging (which stands out considerably on pegs, but looks so toyetic that the pricetag is a bit of a tough pill):
http://marvellegends.net/Line/MarvelLegends/MarvelLegends01.htm
http://marvellegends.net/Line/MarvelLegends/MarvelLegends02.htm



I'm glad to hear that the folks in SD got together to expand their convention center and keep Comic-Con. It would be a shame to lose such an event. Call it nostalgia for the half of my life spent traveling there each year or call it fact, but I don't see anywhere out west that currently has the infrastructure to support what Comic-Con has become in these past several years. Sure, Las Vegas is king among convention size spots and I would be curious in seeing how a Comic-Con might function there, but having been there during summer, it is not pleasant; this is notwithstanding the connotation that Vegas has. Yeah, agreed on all points.



LACC, should the Farmers Field project get done, will equal SD's pending new convention center size, but that is a few years away at least.

http://www.farmersfield.com/pages/la-convention-center/

If the area surrounding it continues to grow, attract restaurants (which it has more than I thought it would these past few years), and have more public transportation options open up (as you mentioned about the Expo line), then maybe the next time Comic-Con's contract is up, they might consider it. I realize keeping options open is important, but (as far as I know) Comic-Con has not signed a very long term contract to stay in SD. Could they themselves be seriously thinking about leaving or using its potential as a leveraging tool? I sincerely hope not, since my annual stops at the Carlsbad Danish Bakery (can't recommend this place enough) on the way down to Comic-Con and gluttonous breakfasts at Richard Walker's Pancake House would be terribly missed.IMO, the Farmers Field project is the wrong call, here's a bunch of reasons why:
- Putting a stadium that close to the freeway will be a traffic disaster.
- Knocking down half the convention center to put up a stadium won't solve the actual problem of the convention center being too small -- the stadium layout will be inappropriate and useless for convention center needs, so their 1.7m sq ft number is actually the 80k sq ft SMALLER than existing size of the LACC and Staples Center which they show their map in blue as being the new design.
- They're talking about knocking down the existing West Hall AND its parking lot, putting up a new West Hall on top of Pico which is unrealistic and will have no replacement parking at all, and then tying the existing concourse right to their stadium even though it won't be owned by the LACC.
- It seems like a total scam meant to get the LA taxpayers to pay for even more of AEG's venues, they already own Staples Center, LA Live, and the Nokia Plaza right there that AEG got the city planners to shovel taxpayer money into without return.
- The silliest part is that LA already has a larger stadium not far from there, the LA Coliseum, which is actually too large for NFL (the NFL has a minimum seating percentage requirement for local teams to be able to broadcast on TV), it just needs a renovation that balances historical site status with modern facility design.
- Speaking of sports, having 2 sports venues next to the convention center will push conventions out of whack, either they'll always be stuck between sporting events or they'll have to run concurrently with them which will make parking, traffic, food, mass transit, and other logistics a disaster.

Either LACC needs to build a 3rd hall across Figueroa (an East hall and concourse would work, there's actually plenty of room if the crappy plaza gets used and the space across the street is essentially junked right now as a crummy private parking lot - of course, had the Staples Center not have been forced on top of the LACC, they could have just built an East hall there without having to cross Figueroa) or just build an all-new, larger facility somewhere else (where? I don't know, maybe south by Washington and 37th where it's just train yards and industrial buildings, but it's next to the low-used 10 fwy as well as the LA river). But Farmers Field isn't the answer.

As for the Comic-Con International committee, I think they were just using a move as leverage to force San Diego's city council to better facilitate the convention's needs - the council was being indecisive about building, they wanted CCI to foot the bill entirely and they were dragging their feet even then, despite SDCC being the city's biggest earner every year.

Huh, I've never stopped on my way to or from Comic-Con, I always muscle straight through to either Tycho's house or to the hotel. Even my visit to Legoland last year was a non-stopper, the only times I've stopped were last-minute things, once a friend and I were visiting Tycho and we stopped at Denny's, another time it was a Jack in the Box, both were last-minute and we actually were hoping to find something more charming but I got off the freeway without checking what was around first. Sounds like you've made a meal (pun intended) of the trip.

figrin bran
03-27-2012, 11:36 AM
Yet another ill conceived SDCC plan goes up in flames....

For some reason they decided to hold a "second chance" badge sales for those who did not purchase a 4 day or Saturday single day pass. In all likelihood, the total number of badges that would be available for this would have been so small, it would probably have been better to just hold those over until May when the refunded passes are released for sale.

Well this time just like with the badge sales a few weeks ago, the link they provided in the email did not work and one would have been better served just refreshing their main page, despite their claims that the provided link would be the "only" way to reach the waiting room. "Capacity" for that online waiting room was reached within 1 or 2 minutes, leaving many, including myself, in disappointment. (I have a Thursday pass but that could very well be all I get)

JediTricks
03-27-2012, 02:22 PM
Ugh, that sucks to hear! If I can make the time, I'll stop by the complaints panel and let them have an earful (hopefully this year it'll be the ONLY complaint I have to make, I've usually had 3 or 4 major complaints that crop up during the show). At the very least, you might consider writing them an actual letter, they're a small committee so they do listen to ideas.

JediTricks
03-27-2012, 10:05 PM
Target La Cienega - jack squat.


TRU La Cienega - not much. They have SW figures bogo50%off, I bought the last Naboo Royal Guard and another Battle Droid, because what the hell, right? They had another BD, 2 Daulty Dofines, and a Quinlan Vos left. Plus a smattering of Movie Heroes and CW figs, but no MH Artoo and no new MH.

They also had in all the TF:Prime Legion figs, but I bought the only Arcee for Chaddymac. They also had a bunch of the Cyberverse Commanders but the packs have DVDs and they want... $12 for them!!! TWELVE BUCKS FOR CYBERVERSE COMMANDERS! They have to be out of their frickin' minds!

figrin bran
03-27-2012, 11:12 PM
Ugh, that sucks to hear! If I can make the time, I'll stop by the complaints panel and let them have an earful (hopefully this year it'll be the ONLY complaint I have to make, I've usually had 3 or 4 major complaints that crop up during the show). At the very least, you might consider writing them an actual letter, they're a small committee so they do listen to ideas.

It's just so ridiculous and I'm rapidly approaching Maradona's "this could be my last SDCC" status. You're made to jump through so many hoops and eventually you start to wonder if it's really worth it. Online badge sales have become a contest to see who can click on the links the fastest and more and more I hear/read stories about longtime SDCC vets being left out in the cold when it comes to acquiring badges. And their misleading instructions "click on this link in order to buy badges...this link will not be posted on the main SDCC page...blah blah" is still leaving a bad taste in my mouth because it wasn't true at all. Most people got into the "waiting room" by clicking on the link posted on the main page.

Moreover, it seems like this second chance sale is a knee jerk reaction to all the backlash they received from the email link fiasco during the March 3 badge sales. Enough people made an outcry about it that they felt compelled to do something but like many of their attempts to be more "fan friendly", it just ends up backfiring.



Target La Cienega - jack squat.


TRU La Cienega - not much. They have SW figures bogo50%off, I bought the last Naboo Royal Guard and another Battle Droid, because what the hell, right? They had another BD, 2 Daulty Dofines, and a Quinlan Vos left. Plus a smattering of Movie Heroes and CW figs, but no MH Artoo and no new MH.

They also had in all the TF:Prime Legion figs, but I bought the only Arcee for Chaddymac. They also had a bunch of the Cyberverse Commanders but the packs have DVDs and they want... $12 for them!!! TWELVE BUCKS FOR CYBERVERSE COMMANDERS! They have to be out of their frickin' minds!

Whoa! They're only $9.99 at Los Feliz TRU. Gotta love how all of them have the exact same episode on the mini DVD's! ;) I'll comment more on these in the TF thread when I have time but Commander class Bulkhead's and Optimus's hollow facade bodies make them not worth their price tag at all.

Maradona
03-28-2012, 12:39 AM
It's just so ridiculous and I'm rapidly approaching Maradona's "this could be my last SDCC" status. You're made to jump through so many hoops and eventually you start to wonder if it's really worth it. Online badge sales have become a contest to see who can click on the links the fastest and more and more I hear/read stories about longtime SDCC vets being left out in the cold when it comes to acquiring badges. And their misleading instructions "click on this link in order to buy badges...this link will not be posted on the main SDCC page...blah blah" is still leaving a bad taste in my mouth because it wasn't true at all. Most people got into the "waiting room" by clicking on the link posted on the main page.

Moreover, it seems like this second chance sale is a knee jerk reaction to all the backlash they received from the email link fiasco during the March 3 badge sales. Enough people made an outcry about it that they felt compelled to do something but like many of their attempts to be more "fan friendly", it just ends up backfiring.



Ouch! That's two years in a row that you've had to deal with this nonsense. I wonder if Comic-Con would consider going to a seniority system for registration, just like universities have. Your registration time could be related to the year you began and maintained consistent attendance of the event. This method would reward the true Comic-Con attendees who have been loyal for years as opposed to late comers. I doubt they would do this. Let me know if you need any help with exclusives. I'll be there on preview night, not that it guarantees anything sadly.

I'm still debating whether to get into the 2013 badge line first thing Thursday morning. If I'm very upset after Wednesday night, I probably won't be in the mood to pay the likely higher price for the privilege going through it next year, but then the next few days might change my mind and, by then, that window will have closed. This conundrum will vex me for the next few months...

And JT, I agree that putting a new football stadium in downtown could be a traffic nightmare. If the city gets the NFL back (which after nearly 20 years, who still cares), the 8 games a year on Sundays wouldn't encounter as much traffic as the weekday Staples Center games experience, but a stadium that large would leave a huge, mostly unused fingerprint for the rest of the year. Renovating LACC to have a large enough contiguous space is a necessity, as I'm convinced LA is losing revenue from being unable to attract bigger events. But the renovation process has to include a dramatic re-imagining of that section of town, since so much of it is rather decrepit looking (which is what that same area of SD looked like in the 90s, if you remember). The bad parts of town are often the ones with the least expensive real estate, so maybe the long term potential for visible change exists.

JediTricks
03-28-2012, 12:42 AM
1) Ugh, they're the SAME episode?!? Weak sauce!

2) Bulkhead was the only one that looked decent, that sucks to hear he's a shell. I really think they need to go back to the drawing board with Cyberverse, the concept worked ok with DOTM but they're taking too many liberties for TF:P by trying to get light-up gimmicks from the vehicles to interact everywhere AND put in weapons AND stay show-accurate AND keep it at the basic pricepoint.

3) Huh, $10 instead of $12? That's a weird one! Even $10 is stupidly expensive for what you get though. There's such a quality discrepancy between the Cyberverse and Deluxe lines that I think Hasbro's going to end up killing casual consumer interest just by torpedoing the entire basic pricepoint. And their response is just to make Deluxe worse, apparently.


As for Comic-Con, I fully hear ya, the amount of bullcrap that has come between '08 and now is unfair. They shouldn't have added multiple new systems in a year, the SDCC ID thing should have come in 2 or 3 years ago back when it was easy to get passes for next year while you were still at the show, then it wouldn't have exploded so horribly as more and more people jumped on the bandwagon via scalping.

figrin bran
03-28-2012, 02:08 AM
Ouch! That's two years in a row that you've had to deal with this nonsense. I wonder if Comic-Con would consider going to a seniority system for registration, just like universities have. Your registration time could be related to the year you began and maintained consistent attendance of the event. This method would reward the true Comic-Con attendees who have been loyal for years as opposed to late comers. I doubt they would do this. Let me know if you need any help with exclusives. I'll be there on preview night, not that it guarantees anything sadly.

I'm still debating whether to get into the 2013 badge line first thing Thursday morning. If I'm very upset after Wednesday night, I probably won't be in the mood to pay the likely higher price for the privilege going through it next year, but then the next few days might change my mind and, by then, that window will have closed. This conundrum will vex me for the next few months...
.

Thanks for your offer to help with exclusives, Maradona. I do have a Thursday badge at least and so we should coordinate on Matty exclusive preorders at the very least. I may line up for the 2013 badge on Thursday morning but I figure the Shockwave HISS and Jinx variant will be one per person and this will be my only shot at them.


1) Ugh, they're the SAME episode?!? Weak sauce!

2) Bulkhead was the only one that looked decent, that sucks to hear he's a shell. I really think they need to go back to the drawing board with Cyberverse, the concept worked ok with DOTM but they're taking too many liberties for TF:P by trying to get light-up gimmicks from the vehicles to interact everywhere AND put in weapons AND stay show-accurate AND keep it at the basic pricepoint.

3) Huh, $10 instead of $12? That's a weird one! Even $10 is stupidly expensive for what you get though. There's such a quality discrepancy between the Cyberverse and Deluxe lines that I think Hasbro's going to end up killing casual consumer interest just by torpedoing the entire basic pricepoint. And their response is just to make Deluxe worse, apparently.



There seems to be this growing movement within Hasbro to make everything worse with exhibit A being the Avengers figures, none of which have any waist articulation.

bikerscout
03-28-2012, 05:50 AM
Col. Cracken stash claimed. I will still be on the prowl for a bluray Lando fig.

Reminder - prototype Fett mailaway offer ends 3/31/12. If you want another, time to boogie!!

JediTricks
03-28-2012, 04:13 PM
Ouch! That's two years in a row that you've had to deal with this nonsense. I wonder if Comic-Con would consider going to a seniority system for registration, just like universities have. Your registration time could be related to the year you began and maintained consistent attendance of the event. This method would reward the true Comic-Con attendees who have been loyal for years as opposed to late comers. I doubt they would do this. Let me know if you need any help with exclusives. I'll be there on preview night, not that it guarantees anything sadly.

I'm still debating whether to get into the 2013 badge line first thing Thursday morning. If I'm very upset after Wednesday night, I probably won't be in the mood to pay the likely higher price for the privilege going through it next year, but then the next few days might change my mind and, by then, that window will have closed. This conundrum will vex me for the next few months...

And JT, I agree that putting a new football stadium in downtown could be a traffic nightmare. If the city gets the NFL back (which after nearly 20 years, who still cares), the 8 games a year on Sundays wouldn't encounter as much traffic as the weekday Staples Center games experience, but a stadium that large would leave a huge, mostly unused fingerprint for the rest of the year. Renovating LACC to have a large enough contiguous space is a necessity, as I'm convinced LA is losing revenue from being unable to attract bigger events. But the renovation process has to include a dramatic re-imagining of that section of town, since so much of it is rather decrepit looking (which is what that same area of SD looked like in the 90s, if you remember). The bad parts of town are often the ones with the least expensive real estate, so maybe the long term potential for visible change exists.You must have posted right when I last did, I didn't see your post until now.

The way the on-site badge system works, it seems like badges will be a disaster forever and ever from here on out. You're now paying for the priveledge of waiting for the CHANCE to get another badge next year, it's totally ridiculous. Still, if you want to go, it's the only way to do it IMO (as long as you don't have panels at that time).


I care that we haven't had a friggin' team in 18 years! We went from 2 to 0 in the second-largest market in the country, and the NFL has used every bullcrap excuse under the sun to keep us from having a team so they can use the threat of moving another team here to get more money out of them in their home towns like some sort of ransom scam. Meanwhile, the damned Baltimore Ravens get split off from the Cleveland Browns, Florida has 3 football teams despite their whole STATE having less than twice as many people as Los Angeles and one of those teams is among the worst in the league with the lowest turnout per game. I say we take back the San Diego Chargers by force if the NFL doesn't give us a team in the next 2 years.

Oh, and get this, if they don't go with Farmer's Field, they're talking about building a stadium out in City of Industry. Because who wouldn't want to drive out to Frank & Sons-territory - home of NOTHING - for a football game, right? :rolleyes: At least it's in the county, unlike a certain "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim" team which isn't even in LA COUNTY!!! :p

And I don't even LIKE sports! This must drive LA sports fans insane.

Maradona
03-28-2012, 04:37 PM
I care that we haven't had a friggin' team in 18 years! We went from 2 to 0 in the second-largest market in the country, and the NFL has used every bullcrap excuse under the sun to keep us from having a team so they can use the threat of moving another team here to get more money out of them in their home towns like some sort of ransom scam. Meanwhile, the damned Baltimore Ravens get split off from the Cleveland Browns, Florida has 3 football teams despite their whole STATE having less than twice as many people as Los Angeles and one of those teams is among the worst in the league with the lowest turnout per game. I say we take back the San Diego Chargers by force if the NFL doesn't give us a team in the next 2 years.

Oh, and get this, if they don't go with Farmer's Field, they're talking about building a stadium out in City of Industry. Because who wouldn't want to drive out to Frank & Sons-territory - home of NOTHING - for a football game, right? :rolleyes: At least it's in the county, unlike a certain "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim" team which isn't even in LA COUNTY!!! :p

And I don't even LIKE sports! This must drive LA sports fans insane.

I also wish that there was NFL football in LA, but I just don't see a huge public outcry for this to happen. The Rams played in another county, as you correctly point out, and, having gone to Raider games, the clientele there was not very familial. So when both teams ran off, the city moved on. I've yet to see a strong plan to renew the NFL here, with Farmers Field being the most well put together of the bunch. Luckily, football fans have USC, whose games have an entirely different atmosphere. Now that the school has been given control of the Coliseum, I suspect they'll renovate that historic locale. Ultimately, LA has gone without the NFL so long that having it return would be an economic boon for where the prospective team plays.

JediTricks
03-28-2012, 04:49 PM
There was a huge public outcry for the first... 12 years maybe? Then people just got sick of being jerked around, and now NFL's TV ratings are way down in LA, which I think alone would be an issue they'd want to consider - they're losing TV revenues, merchandise sales, and ticket sales obviously.

The Rams were the worst because they sucked here, then went to St Louis and almost immediately took the Lombardi. The Raiders were way too popular with the thug crowd, of that I cannot argue. Now they play for thugland, so it all works out.

I thought the LA Stadium plan for City of Industry was the one with the most far-along approval right now, even over Farmer's Field and the Coliseum and Rose Bowl.

I'm not down with college ball, but if USC can make something out of the Coliseum, then I guess that's a good thing for the NFL issue.

bikerscout
03-29-2012, 08:21 AM
Saw 2 TF RiD deluxe Soundwaves and 1 Arcee last nite. Didn't stash. PM or text for location.

JediTricks
03-29-2012, 10:39 PM
Warning: FAR! :p

Yesterday, Culver City Target had TF:Prime Cyberverse Commander DVD packs and SW CW and MH on sale for $7.99 down from $9.99.

Also, CC TRU had tags up for Cyberverse Commanders, they are charging $11.99 for the DVD packs and $9.99 for the regular packs, despite Target charging the same price with or without DVD.

bikerscout
03-30-2012, 08:40 AM
How bout a sale that includes Tvc target?

On Wed. night at sepulveda Target i saw something I really didn't like. A bunch of Aotc wave tvc with bad cards were sitting on the shelf in a bin. I'm very sure these were figs from tj maxx, because I remembered which ones I saw there and the shape of the cards, so evidently some dweeb bought them at Tj for $5 and returned some other Tvc and "saved money" or "got their $ back" whatever u want to call it. Way to go giving target dead figures that won't sell and messing up their inventory system. I hope this wasn't someone on here - saw nearly 20 of these older, beater card figures. This upsets me as much as the db "let's bend the card on purpose" scalpers

Maradona
03-30-2012, 08:56 AM
How bout a sale that includes Tvc target?

On Wed. night at sepulveda Target i saw something I really didn't like. A bunch of Aotc wave tvc with bad cards were sitting on the shelf in a bin. I'm very sure these were figs from tj maxx, because I remembered which ones I saw there and the shape of the cards, so evidently some dweeb bought them at Tj for $5 and returned some other Tvc and "saved money" or "got their $ back" whatever u want to call it. Way to go giving target dead figures that won't sell and messing up their inventory system. I hope this wasn't someone on here - saw nearly 20 of these older, beater card figures. This upsets me as much as the db "let's bend the card on purpose" scalpers

I used to hate finding old JLU figures returned by people who had done the same thing. Disappointing...

JediTricks
03-30-2012, 04:34 PM
Unless the customer had bought the same figures in the last 90 days at Target, there's no way they returned figures they bought at TJ Maxx to Target - Target's return policy is now very stringent, nobody could just stroll in the door with an arm full of merchandise and turn it into mad cash. More likely, that store found an old case of figures that had gotten lost in the back room and took a beat-down from being lost in a busy back room before someone finally found it and had no choice but to put it on shelves since Target already liquidated the rest of that product from their inventory and thus couldn't return it to Hasbro. I believe that's how I got my recent Tauntaun sets. There's also another possibility, that they're the dregs of other stores gathered up and shipped to a higher-volume store, you'll see North Hollywood Target gets this a lot and their clearance prices on those items are generally lower than other Target stores for it.

El Chuxter
03-30-2012, 04:52 PM
Found the canceled Joe vehicles at two different Ross stores: Yucaipa (HISS Scout) and Beaumont (Ninja Cycle).

I would not advise looking for the Ninja Cycle unless you like to waste money.

Maradona
03-30-2012, 09:24 PM
After having given up for about a year, I found a Cable at Glendale Galleria Target. He didn't have the baby attachment, but that was a plus in my book.

bikerscout
03-31-2012, 09:02 AM
Unless the customer had bought the same figures in the last 90 days at Target, there's no way they returned figures they bought at TJ Maxx to Target - Target's return policy is now very stringent, nobody could just stroll in the door with an arm full of merchandise and turn it into mad cash. More likely, that store found an old case of figures that had gotten lost in the back room and took a beat-down from being lost in a busy back room before someone finally found it and had no choice but to put it on shelves since Target already liquidated the rest of that product from their inventory and thus couldn't return it to Hasbro. I believe that's how I got my recent Tauntaun sets. There's also another possibility, that they're the dregs of other stores gathered up and shipped to a higher-volume store, you'll see North Hollywood Target gets this a lot and their clearance prices on those items are generally lower than other Target stores for it.

I don't think that's the case - these are dead ringers for TJ and Marshall's. There was at least 7 or 8 Aotc Obi-wans, 2 peasant disguise padmes, some maces and the rest Super battle droids. All ugly cards, doubt they came from a case. Also, on several of my discount store runs this month and last, I saw these Aotc figs, told a fellow collector about it, and the next time they went or I went, they were all gone. Every time.

JediTricks
03-31-2012, 05:34 PM
Marshalls and them put price tags on their products though, hard to get off without tearing the packaging. 7 or 8 Obi-Wans sounds more like shifted product leftovers than buying at Marshalls, those types of stores get cases too. And it doesn't address the fact that employees cannot put refunds into the system for them without receipts, the system simply won't accept that stock without a receipt - and their old system wouldn't pay out on old stock at full price, but at the lowest price the product had been in their system at from the last 30 days which in this case would be bottom-level clearance lower than what Marshalls and other liquidators would charge.

bikerscout
04-02-2012, 07:39 AM
Marshalls and them put price tags on their products though, hard to get off without tearing the packaging. 7 or 8 Obi-Wans sounds more like shifted product leftovers than buying at Marshalls, those types of stores get cases too. And it doesn't address the fact that employees cannot put refunds into the system for them without receipts, the system simply won't accept that stock without a receipt - and their old system wouldn't pay out on old stock at full price, but at the lowest price the product had been in their system at from the last 30 days which in this case would be bottom-level clearance lower than what Marshalls and other liquidators would charge.

The tj maxx stickers are easy to get off. Obviously somebody returned other tvc figures they didn't want -purchased within the 90 day period and swapped them out. You're overthinkin this man. (and riddling my posts with bulletholes -lol!!!)

JediTricks
04-02-2012, 03:52 PM
One more hole: it seems really unlikely that someone was able to return that many figures at once, or that anybody but Tycho would even bother buying over half a dozen AOTC Obi-Wans and then return ANOTHER half-dozen-plus of them.

bikerscout
04-03-2012, 03:01 AM
One more hole: it seems really unlikely that someone was able to return that many figures at once, or that anybody but Tycho would even bother buying over half a dozen AOTC Obi-Wans and then return ANOTHER half-dozen-plus of them.

Missing the point -- they bought them on clearance for the low price, then returned several unique figures at full price. Not saying they'd buy 6 or 7 of the same figure

JediTricks
04-04-2012, 10:12 PM
Nothing at La Cienega Target.


Missing the point -- they bought them on clearance for the low price, then returned several unique figures at full price. Not saying they'd buy 6 or 7 of the same figureIn order to return 8 Obi-Wans to Target, you first would have to have receipts showing you originally BOUGHT 8 Obi-Wans in the first place.

darkagent
04-05-2012, 01:35 AM
Nothing at La Cienega Target.

In order to return 8 Obi-Wans to Target, you first would have to have receipts showing you originally BOUGHT 8 Obi-Wans in the first place.

Target uses DPCI codes, not the actual UPC. So all you would need is receipts for any 8 vintage figures.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-05-2012, 04:02 AM
I'll chime in to say that I've seen figures discounted at Walmart (ROTS Anakin and Obi-Wan) and TJ Maxx (the AOTC wave) that are now showing up at Targets; none of these figures were at these Targets recently (meaning they couldn't have merely been replaced by the same character), none of their casemates were at these Targets recently (meaning they weren't from long-forgotten cases in the back), but are gone from the clearance aisles at those other stores, and on cards that clearly show a good amount of shelf wear.

I'm looking at recent Target and Walmart receipts from the past few days right now - Target's show only the DCPI and a generic "Star Wars" name (for TVC figures and Class II vehicles, at least; "Class I" and "Clone Wars" are labeled as such), while Walmart has different names for TVC figures ("SW LUKE," "SW LEIA," etc.) and generic names for Movie Heroes ("SW FIGURE"), though every figure shows its unique UPC.

So yes, given the current receipt systems, it would be quite easy for someone to go to a Target, buy X amount of new TVC figures in any combination of characters (and keep them, sell them online, throw them in the trash, whatever), acquire cheaper TVC figures elsewhere in any combination of characters (be they on sale at Walmart or just having sat around at the person's house until they decided they no longer wanted them), and return them to Target using the receipts with which they bought the Target-acquired figures, and everything would look fine to the employee and Target's computers, but shifty to people like us.

bikerscout
04-05-2012, 07:16 AM
Target uses DPCI codes, not the actual UPC. So all you would need is receipts for any 8 vintage figures.


Thank you darkagent. Was going to reply with this. Thank you JabbaJohnL too. I don't consider myself that poor of a writer to not get the point across, but I now hope the new posts bring some elucidation.

Also, not to do too much of a soapbox speech, but I was going to TJ maxx very frequently even before the CW canceled walmart dvd 2 packs (Brain Invaders/Legacy of terror) were found. (Was looking for accoutrements for my new place) In fact, I think I was 1 of the first in the country to find them (around 3/12). Just didn't think much of them when I saw them b/c I thought they had been out. Told another collector and then by the end of week every collector online knew about them. This was to our dismay too because we were hoping to sell and/or trade them off before everyone caught wind. Point I'm getting at is I also saw the Tvc figures there, same AOTC (Obi, peasant padme & anakin, SBD, Mace, Zam, kit fisto) with varying degrees of card damage. Mostly bad.

I still believe in the end that this screws up Target's inventory by giving them dead weight that won't sell. With the only bright spot being collectors or customizers who need the older figs have access to them.

Maradona
04-05-2012, 11:34 AM
Target's system works that way with all action figures. There was a wave of DCUC figures that showed up at TJ Maxx about a year ago at discounted prices. As soon as that wave hit, it started showing up Targets again (and in Target after Target, I still see them peg warming). When Big Lots got one of the last waves of JLU and was selling them for $2 a pop, Target was flooded with that wave (I specifically remember Evil Rock Target being swamped with Parasites - pun intended). People buy a newer figure at Target and return the discounted one they bought from who knows where using the Target receipt. Walmart and TRU run more accurate systems.

JediTricks
04-06-2012, 03:12 AM
They've hit me with UPC matches before in their system, it doesn't show on the receipt but the receipt has the barcode which their system recorded the UPCs on. If they are no longer using it, that's a shame then that they're gaming them so easily.


La Cienega and La Brea Targets both had JACK SQUAT! Man, get on the ball, Target. Target La Cienega did have big green Hulk footstomp stickers leading customers from the main aisle over to the Avengers toys... too bad the figures are so chintzy, not even waist articulation.

bikerscout
04-12-2012, 05:00 AM
Burbank target had a TF RiD deluxe soundwave last nite. The Hulk footprints in the aisle near the Avengers toys are hilarious. Still cool though.

JediTricks
04-15-2012, 03:22 PM
Culver City Target had nothing of note in either SW or TF, but they raised their SW prices again, higher than ever, MH are now $9.89 and TVC are $10.89 or something like that. They're CRAZY! "These products were selling poorly before, so let's raise prices!"

JediTricks
04-22-2012, 05:50 PM
Target and TRU Culver yesterday had nothing of note in either brand. Sad state of affairs.

bikerscout
04-23-2012, 12:26 AM
Chaddymac!!!! Where r u???!?!?!? :nevreness:

Chaddymac
04-23-2012, 02:24 AM
Right here, bro. What's going on?

Maradona
04-23-2012, 03:01 PM
For any of you that are going to SDCC, parking is now available for pre-pay.

http://www.thepermitstore.com/comic-con/gp/

The convention center is already sold out, but the Hilton next door is available at $13.45 a day.

JediTricks
04-23-2012, 04:15 PM
I just came on to post that news.

The convention center has been sold out for days. Why? Because they made it available LAST WEDNESDAY but didn't announce it until today. I am livid, I went through hell adding their idiotic Facebook and Twitter RSS feeds to all my devices because they didn't put the announcement on their main site RSS feed EVER, and now they screw me over anyway.

Anyway, I bought and printed out all my Hilton parking, and it's still a great price $10 per day (not counting Permit Store fees) which is the same as the convention center. There's also a 2nd set of elevators, which is great because the main elevators are often full to the doors and/or broken down, but that little schlep is so much less a treat than the convention center that I essentially am looking a $67 gift horse in the mouth. ;)

bikerscout
04-23-2012, 06:18 PM
Right here, bro. What's going on?

sending PM.

Re: the cc parking, ya, that wasn't a bright move announcing today. Ugh.

bikerscout
04-25-2012, 02:02 AM
Wow. Someone really must not like Tamtel Skreej (http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Tamtel_Skreej)...............................: (

JediTricks
04-26-2012, 09:45 PM
Culver City TRU had not 1 but 2 of the exclusive Rebel Transport figure & vehicle packs. Like what black hole did those fall out of?

Culver City Target 2 days ago had a trio of figures from the TLC Episode I wave - Gungan Warrior, Queen Amidala, and Clegg Holdfast, all with the original build a droid parts. Cards were bent in a mild way. I bought the Gungan, it wasn't in the system at all, the clerk just gave it to me for $3.99 instead of calling into HQ, seemed like an alright tradeoff.

Nothing new in either SW or TF though.

Chaddymac
04-26-2012, 10:47 PM
The one from Yavin Base? Jiminy cricket...

JediTricks
04-26-2012, 10:49 PM
The one from Yavin Base? Jiminy cricket...Yup! Can you believe it? That thing was hard to find for its entire run, then suddenly there's 2 of them.

El Chuxter
04-26-2012, 11:56 PM
The guy from Spaceballs who's combing the desert with an afro pick can sum it up nicely for me.

bikerscout
04-27-2012, 07:33 AM
Chuxter -- PM sent

JediTricks
04-28-2012, 03:14 PM
We certainly haven't found ... it.

JediTricks
05-01-2012, 11:22 PM
Culver City Target - no new SW. TF Prime Legion Breakdown, I bought him, plus a Legion Vehicon (he's repacked from wave 1 to wave 2 cases, but I hear he's awful so I passed).

La Cienega Target - no new SW. TF Prime Legion Vehicons, but nothing else.

Looks like I missed Legion Evac from the new ride as he's also in that wave.

figrin bran
05-02-2012, 12:44 AM
I found TFP deluxe wave 3 remnants at a few Targets over the weekend...bought Knock Out, passed on Hot Shot, didn't see any Vehicons

Also saw wave 2 of the voyagers - Bulkhead and Starscream and bought both

And the funny thing about wave 2 of the Legions is that I've seen about 5 Evacs but haven't seen Breakdown or Mirage or the Soundwave repaint.

Oh and for good measure, wave 2 of the commanders - Dreadwing and Ironhide is starting to show up at retail.

The TF ride at Universal is really awesome, btw.

bikerscout
05-02-2012, 06:58 AM
You went on it already?!?!?

haven't seen dlx Knockout or hotshot, just the small size (Legions?) of breakdown, soundwave and vehicon

figrin bran
05-02-2012, 12:03 PM
You went on it already?!?!?

haven't seen dlx Knockout or hotshot, just the small size (Legions?) of breakdown, soundwave and vehicon

Yes, I've been on it already :) They've been having soft openings/"technical rehearsals" for the past two weeks and will continue to do so until it "offically" opens at the end of the month.

bikerscout
05-03-2012, 03:38 AM
Yes, I've been on it already :) They've been having soft openings/"technical rehearsals" for the past two weeks and will continue to do so until it "offically" opens at the end of the month.


So, you have an annual pass and got in or are you working at the park??

JediTricks
05-04-2012, 04:51 PM
So, you have an annual pass and got in or are you working at the park??He's AP.

Hasn't anybody found ANYTHING lately?!? I found a stolen Col Cracken card at La Cienega Target the other day, broke my heart, this is such a bad situation. Also, the area Targets are raising TVC prices one day and lowering them the next, it's really confusing.

JediTricks
05-05-2012, 02:33 AM
Culver City Target - nothing SW except high prices and pegwarmers. TF had Legion Evac wave, I bought Evac himself, and then noticed the WAY high prices on deluxes for DOTM and TFP - they are out of their minds, both are over $15, DOTM is $16.29!

JediTricks
05-08-2012, 05:38 PM
La Cienega Target - nada, Sunday there was a TFPrime Dlx Arcee, but that figure is in no way worth $15.29 so I left it. Gone today.

La Cienega TRU - all 5 Blu-Ray ROTJ figures, I bought the heroes and left Cracken and the Mon Cal Pilot. Thanks to Bikerscout and DarkKnight on that sighting! I had all but given up hope on getting my figures from that wave.

Sunday...

Walmart Crenshaw - jack s**t.

Manhattan Beach Target - TFPrime Dlx Hot Shot (which means I missed Vehicon) and Ratchet and Legion Evac x3. I bought 1 of each of those. I also found out MB Frys doesn't have appliances the way Burbank does, I was pretty frustrated until I at least found figures down at Target.

Culver Mall Target - nada.

DarkKnight4516
05-10-2012, 11:35 AM
Sooooooo long time no post. or should i say long time no product on the shelf..............................

I think im pretty much caught up now last week was a major haul for me , this is what i found
2 Mondays ago : both new deluxe scuba and recon fighter WV2
Thursday: whole case of Movie Heroes Wave 2
Friday: whole case of Vintage Wave 4 (excuding the 501st hes in revision 1 not out yet )
Saturday: whole case of Clone Wars Wave 2
Sunday: whole case of Vintage Wave 3 (unpunched)

Mostly at targets and walmarts it seems. Now for extras ;)

JediTricks
05-10-2012, 04:27 PM
Sooooooo long time no post. or should i say long time no product on the shelf..............................

I think im pretty much caught up now last week was a major haul for me , this is what i found
2 Mondays ago : both new deluxe scuba and recon fighter WV2
Thursday: whole case of Movie Heroes Wave 2
Friday: whole case of Vintage Wave 4 (excuding the 501st hes in revision 1 not out yet )
Saturday: whole case of Clone Wars Wave 2
Sunday: whole case of Vintage Wave 3 (unpunched)

Mostly at targets and walmarts it seems. Now for extras ;)Nice hauls, what areas?


Today, all nothing - wm Crenshaw , target la cienega, culver city, culver mall, and tru culver.

DarkKnight4516
05-10-2012, 07:01 PM
Nice hauls, what areas?


Today, all nothing - wm Crenshaw , target la cienega, culver city, culver mall, and tru culver.


movie heroes was valley cant remember lol
clonewars was crenshaw wally
wave 4 was valencia kmart
wave 3 was target hollywood
deluxes were twice actually wm in valley and target in valley dont remem specifics

Tycho
05-10-2012, 08:37 PM
I've been trying to post that I think Hasbro can't handle shipping multiple lines at the same time.

Right now, GI Joe and The Avengers occupy their utmost attention due to the movie promos and Star Wars and Transformers will return in Force, soon.

Looks like it may have begun! :)

El Chuxter
05-10-2012, 09:38 PM
Right now, GI Joe and The Avengers occupy their utmost attention due to the movie promos and Star Wars and Transformers will return in Force, soon.
In what parallel universe does Joe occupy the top spot with Hasbro, and how can gain entry to this wonderful world? lol

Tycho
05-10-2012, 11:56 PM
I don't know. I assumed they were going to do something for the upcoming movie.

Am I mistaken?

bikerscout
05-11-2012, 08:41 AM
i don't even wanna go out --finding new TVC is increasingly becoming the biggest crap shoot ever. This year, maybe the most of the 7 yrs. i've been collecting. Although I did find some CW wave 2 last week (ph.2 Rex and RC Boss), only b/c a good friend of mine elected to do a run on the outer rim. That &*% would been gone in 3 seconds at any valley or LA target/walmart.

El Chuxter
05-11-2012, 09:12 AM
I don't know. I assumed they were going to do something for the upcoming movie.

Am I mistaken?

They are doing a Retaliation line. I think it looks decent; most people seem to think it's lackluster. The number of figures seems to be down, and they're essentially putting any classic-styled stuff on hiatus. Sadly, I've got a feeling that the success of Retaliation and its toyline may be a make-or-break moment for Joes.

Figures also have the MSRP set around $10, which isn't going to help. :(

Chaddymac
05-11-2012, 10:34 AM
I know how you feel. It's so difficult to find figures and they are so expensive, it's hard to muster up the enthusiasm to want to keep going. Used to be I could buy a case because there'd only be one or two figs I don't need, but now? Eh.

JediTricks
05-11-2012, 03:42 PM
movie heroes was valley cant remember lol
clonewars was crenshaw wally
wave 4 was valencia kmart
wave 3 was target hollywood
deluxes were twice actually wm in valley and target in valley dont remem specifics"All over". ;) Wait, a Kmart was useful? Dang, that's going to confuse things. And you found stuff at my WM? NOBODY finds stuff there anymore! "Great shot kid, that was one in a million!"



I've been trying to post that I think Hasbro can't handle shipping multiple lines at the same time.

Right now, GI Joe and The Avengers occupy their utmost attention due to the movie promos and Star Wars and Transformers will return in Force, soon.

Looks like it may have begun! :)They can handle it, they aren't even contracting from the same factories with some of those lines. Each line has been shipping product fine for the past 5 months, the problem is only that they've been shipping the same wave 1 product that whole time because they overestimated the market interest, and that stems from both the SW and TF teams being gutted and replaced at the same time. Every time we have a winter drought it doesn't let up until the summer push starts.


In what parallel universe does Joe occupy the top spot with Hasbro, and how can gain entry to this wonderful world? lolDon't forget the source on that one, it's Tycho who can make up any scenario based only on the slimmest of hints and guesses. :p


I don't know. I assumed they were going to do something for the upcoming movie.

Am I mistaken?
They will release something, but right now it's not shipping. The movie products right now are Avengers and next is Battleship (it's getting its own line of figures), then GI Joe I think is later in the summer.




i don't even wanna go out --finding new TVC is increasingly becoming the biggest crap shoot ever. This year, maybe the most of the 7 yrs. i've been collecting. Although I did find some CW wave 2 last week (ph.2 Rex and RC Boss), only b/c a good friend of mine elected to do a run on the outer rim. That &*% would been gone in 3 seconds at any valley or LA target/walmart.I'm right with you. I was inspired yesterday by DarkKnight's post about his finds and hit 5 stores - all zip. We SoCal types gotta stick together more now than ever.



They are doing a Retaliation line. I think it looks decent; most people seem to think it's lackluster. The number of figures seems to be down, and they're essentially putting any classic-styled stuff on hiatus. Sadly, I've got a feeling that the success of Retaliation and its toyline may be a make-or-break moment for Joes.

Figures also have the MSRP set around $10, which isn't going to help. :(Ugh, that pricepoint is brutal, that line is going to nosedive so hard. I will buy some of the vehicles if they're not stupid-expensive though.



I know how you feel. It's so difficult to find figures and they are so expensive, it's hard to muster up the enthusiasm to want to keep going. Used to be I could buy a case because there'd only be one or two figs I don't need, but now? Eh.NO KIDDING!!! I was considering buying a wave 3 or 4 case when I thought I was going to miss out on wave 2, but wave 3 and 4 have the same awful wave 1 pegwarming garbage that wave 2 suffered with only 1 Blu Ray Luke to fill the gap. What the hell is that kind of thinking? These new brand managers for SW and TF both are sucked way too deep into the hype - SW has TPM-fever months after anybody even remembers it got released in 3D; TF seems to think that collectors want an army of $15.29 Bumblebee figures and $20+ crappy Voyager Optimus figures. Meanwhile the good stuff is limited to 1 per case, OR LESS, and is released in tiny numbers because wave 1 for each line is still clogging supply lines. So now you have to ask yourself, do you want to pay over $100 for 2 new figures and a mountain of junk you don't want? HasbroToyShop won't even break the SW TVC cases up anymore because they can't move all the garbage shipped in them.

Maradona
05-11-2012, 04:36 PM
They will release something, but right now it's not shipping. The movie products right now are Avengers and next is Battleship (it's getting its own line of figures), then GI Joe I think is later in the summer.



I think Battleship is only getting Kreo products, though what a wonderful, impossible dream it would be if Hasbro would produce 3 3/4 scale ships for this film. Cough cough (Flagg) cough cough...

The GI Joe film comes out at the very end of June. Its toyline is supposed to launch at the end of May, I believe. The last new wave of mass retail Joes hit months ago. The last Marvel Universe wave also hit many months ago. The last Star Wars wave hit in February, I think. The only things Hasbro has released since then are Transformers and the Avengers line. Every other line seems on hold.

Maradona
05-11-2012, 04:40 PM
They are doing a Retaliation line. I think it looks decent; most people seem to think it's lackluster. The number of figures seems to be down, and they're essentially putting any classic-styled stuff on hiatus. Sadly, I've got a feeling that the success of Retaliation and its toyline may be a make-or-break moment for Joes.

Figures also have the MSRP set around $10, which isn't going to help. :(

Make or break indeed. I doubt Hasbro would ever ditch the line, but they may go back to the drawing board if the new film and toy-line tank (pun intended).

El Chuxter
05-11-2012, 06:33 PM
I've seen the Battleship Kre-O's and laughed about how insanely stupid any sort of merchandise based on that "movie" is.

However, if they are making figures, I might get some depending on their construction and usefulness in customs. Any pics that you know of? All I can find is the Kre-O's.

Tycho
05-12-2012, 03:52 AM
I found it opened a brand new case of the new clone war figures tonight. Ahsoka in the scuba dear wasn't in the case. Rex Looks cool tho. Same with boss. I didn't buy anythingto though. I don't get rex in ahsoka later

bikerscout
05-12-2012, 06:15 AM
I found it opened a brand new case of the new clone war figures tonight. Ahsoka in the scuba dear wasn't in the case. Rex Looks cool tho. Same with boss. I didn't buy anythingto though. I don't get rex in ahsoka later


Tycho - were you up for 36 hrs. when you wrote that? ^^ :fatigue: :worked_till_5am:

bikerscout
05-14-2012, 03:23 AM
Yesterday evening I found and stashed a TF Prime dlx Hotshot at a mid-valley Target. PM, text or call for location and pic. It's a medium strength stash, so don't wait too long. Thx.

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Tycho
05-14-2012, 05:27 AM
I saw the figures that biker scout is talking about but I wasn't that impressed

JediTricks
05-14-2012, 02:43 PM
I've seen the Battleship Kre-O's and laughed about how insanely stupid any sort of merchandise based on that "movie" is.

However, if they are making figures, I might get some depending on their construction and usefulness in customs. Any pics that you know of? All I can find is the Kre-O's.
Maradona's right, I was mistaken about Battleship getting figures, I had seen it in Toy Fair coverage but it was GI Joe images in the wrong folder.


Tycho - were you up for 36 hrs. when you wrote that? ^^ :fatigue: :worked_till_5am:
Heh heh, it's probably him using his phone, he's still pretty wonky with it. :p