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Tycho
12-11-2009, 07:13 AM
I got 2 HotWheels "Woodys" - one the rare red wheel variation - that I plan to give as gifts to a couple of the Hot Wheels regulars that go to my Target every morning. They are collectors and not scalpers and they're good guys.

The one car is supposedly worth $50. I guess they get a valuable gift for being nice to me and looking out for me all these years.

I don't mind spending $1 and some change on each of them.

Anyway, the Hot Wheels were just there, on the very front of the pegs.

I have never bought Hot Wheels in my entire life! I had them as a kid when my mom picked some up for me, but I've just never been interested in them since. I'm still not. But it did feel good getting something valuable for only a buck!

Blue2th
12-11-2009, 08:00 AM
Guess you found a "Treasure Hunt" Woody, with green trim on one side of the card? There are also ones called "Super Treasure Hunts" with a transparent "spectraflame" paint job that are worth even more than the regular ones. That might have been what you found.

I've got a few TH's, but I pretty much quit that. Though i did find one sitting on the pegs about a month ago I was going to trade.

Always wanted to do a documentary with a hidden camera in my hat following these guys around and standing in front of Target interviewing them (the fanatic collectors that is)

Thought it would have been cool to do that with the Star Wars collectors during midnight madness when the movies came out and everyone was scrambling to get all their stuff (including me) running to be the first ones to the toy isle.
It really was silly.
Wonder if anyone ever got that sort of behavior on film. I read reports of people even getting hurt.

Anyways there are some cool HW collectors out there who will pick up some SW stuff for you if you tell them what you are looking for sometimes. I know at least two guys who have done it for me in the past.

El Chuxter
12-11-2009, 01:09 PM
I stopped by a Target one morning. I forget what the deal was, but I was running early for an appointment and had about an hour to kill. I got there at 7:50 and just decided to wait outside. The Hot Wheels collectors were talking amongst themselves and got it into their heads (without asking me, of course) that I was another Hot Wheels scalper. When the doors opened, I was right there and went in, and they were behind me, actually yelling to each other, "We've got to get there before him!" I've not seen any more obnoxious specimen of humanity in my life, and I've seen mabudonicus! :) Not saying that's typical of HW collectors, but, dang, that was obnoxious. Funny thing is, I saw them all leaving the store... empty-handed!

Tycho
12-11-2009, 02:14 PM
Yes, I got that super-treasure hunt, but I was up so late last night that I slept in and missed everyone meeting in the morning today. So I'll give them their prizes tomorrow.

The local news media DID indeed film the Midnight Madnesses here in front of Toys R Us for the toy releases for each prequel movie. I did my best to stay off the camera for my own part. But that was harder to do when you're one of the first in line.

One morning at my Target, a new guy shows up. When the doors opened, he took off running. It spooked the rest of us regulars to run. Up the escalator in the two story Target to the toys. He was ahead of us - and passed the toys - and we saw him a few moments later, running back downstairs with a huge bag of DOG FOOD.

Ever since, when we all meet up in front of the store, at some point or another, we ask if anyone has a coupon for dog food on them.

mabudonicus
12-11-2009, 03:07 PM
Congrats on your score Tycho, that is a great gift for a collector, an item they might have otherwise had to spend $$$$ to posess.

Chux- WOW that is bad!!

I do believe there is footage of a MM in this film http://www.starwoids.com/ , my friend was telling me about it and mentioned that there was a segment of certing folks planning out their TPM MM "runs" so I would figure that in the bonus features there might be more
:beard: Iso&Baws&Topes
Too bad his genuine copy doesn't play all the way through

Tycho
12-11-2009, 04:29 PM
Sidenote: welcome back to the boards, Mabs. Maybe we've just been in other threads but I haven't seen you post in a while. Glad to see ya. :thumbsup:

Blue2th
12-11-2009, 07:32 PM
I stopped by a Target one morning. I forget what the deal was, but I was running early for an appointment and had about an hour to kill. I got there at 7:50 and just decided to wait outside. The Hot Wheels collectors were talking amongst themselves and got it into their heads (without asking me, of course) that I was another Hot Wheels scalper. When the doors opened, I was right there and went in, and they were behind me, actually yelling to each other, "We've got to get there before him!" I've not seen any more obnoxious specimen of humanity in my life, and I've seen mabudonicus! :) Not saying that's typical of HW collectors, but, dang, that was obnoxious. Funny thing is, I saw them all leaving the store... empty-handed!

Ha Ha! (in that Simpson's kid's voice)


Yes, I got that super-treasure hunt, but I was up so late last night that I slept in and missed everyone meeting in the morning today. So I'll give them their prizes tomorrow.

The local news media DID indeed film the Midnight Madnesses here in front of Toys R Us for the toy releases for each prequel movie. I did my best to stay off the camera for my own part. But that was harder to do when you're one of the first in line.

One morning at my Target, a new guy shows up. When the doors opened, he took off running. It spooked the rest of us regulars to run. Up the escalator in the two story Target to the toys. He was ahead of us - and passed the toys - and we saw him a few moments later, running back downstairs with a huge bag of DOG FOOD.

Ever since, when we all meet up in front of the store, at some point or another, we ask if anyone has a coupon for dog food on them.

I went to that Target last time I was at SDCC in 06'
Talk about a weird store layout. Didn't find any figures, but I bought a 1GB flashcard on sale to take pics.


Congrats on your score Tycho, that is a great gift for a collector, an item they might have otherwise had to spend $$$$ to posess.

Chux- WOW that is bad!!

I do believe there is footage of a MM in this film http://www.starwoids.com/ , my friend was telling me about it and mentioned that there was a segment of certing folks planning out their TPM MM "runs" so I would figure that in the bonus features there might be more
:beard: Iso&Baws&Topes
Too bad his genuine copy doesn't play all the way through

In Albuquerque during AOTC MM someone knocked a little kid over scrambling for figures. The kid hit his head on the floor.
Pathetic.
ROTS came along and it was a mad scramble again.

I'm sorta glad there are no more movies. Though it was fun at the time, I'm gettin' to old for that crap now. :ermm:

Tycho
12-11-2009, 08:06 PM
Age is all in your head. We're collecting toys approved for 4 year olds.

C'mon guys, let's keep our packed to stay forever young :thumbsup:

TheDarthVader
12-11-2009, 09:57 PM
I am in on the pact. I will always be young at heart.

Blue2th
12-12-2009, 07:48 AM
Age is all in your head. We're collecting toys approved for 4 year olds.

C'mon guys, let's keep our packed to stay forever young :thumbsup:

Yeah, I guess your right.
Just this last week with $6 a figure, I went out and scoured all the Walmarts, and bought the complete ESB, ANH, and ROTS waves (minus 2 or 3 figures I haven't found yet) plus got caught up on most of the Clone Wars figures I was missing, then bought the Dewback, AT-ST, and Droid Tank.
I think I spent what I would have on any given Midnight Madness.

So despite what my body might be telling me, my mind compels me to continue. I had all this pent up jonesing for figures, because I hadn't bought anything in a couple of months. Now I'm nearly caught up and back in the game. :thumbsup: All it took was a sale to show my true colors.

I resisted buying any Hot Wheels though but I would have nabbed a Treasure Hunt if I saw one. :)

Mad Slanted Powers
12-12-2009, 11:07 AM
I never went to any Midnight Madness before. For ROTS, I waited outside Target so I could get the exclusive Vader. They handed out coupons for that, so I didn't need to rush. For the regular figures, though, most people were walking pretty fast to get back there. The only one I missed out on that day was the Royal Guard. A Target employee also said we could only get three figures, so I picked three and went to get the rest at Wal-Mart.

I've never collected Hot Wheels, and haven't really had contact with them during my Star Wars hunts. However, a few weeks ago when I was at Target, there was a woman standing near the Hot Wheels that was talking to a Target employee. She sounded upset and wanted to talk to a manager. I heard the employee talking about how collectors come in and snatch up a lot of the cars. My guess is that the woman was expecting something would be there, and now it wasn't.

Tycho
12-12-2009, 11:26 AM
Geeze. I know that's frustrating. One day I went to buy a box of Kleenex. The package says they usually contain 182 sheets that you can blow your nose in. Well there are these special ones (you have to find them) that contain 183 sheets. After I ripped open all their boxes of Kleenex and thew them all over the floor, I'd counted 182 sheets in each of the boxes. Some other customer had bought the box with 183 sheets in it! How dare they sell to them! They should have the product I want whenever I come into the store! :mad:

I would have liked to have told my story to that woman.

Customers can buy anything they want to on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you're going to sell a lot of something in your store - order a lot to merchandise. If it's exclusive and limited and you're a customer, make the effort to find out when it's coming in and be there - or pay a re-seller for it.
Hot Wheels are $0.87 each I think. The one I found is supposedly worth $50 (to someone who will pay that much). I would like to give a gift supposedly worth $50 to some people who's only nice acquaintences, and it appeals to me to have spent only $0.87 on each of them. It's just something nice to do and $50 won't pay my debts or satisfy me if I spent profits on it getting my own toys (the Y-wing STILL wouldn't be worth $70 - and yes I already bought it at that price, but yes, that still irritates me).

The employee who said people could only buy 3 figures at MidNight Madness: did he mean 3 exclusive figures or 3 figures period? He was an idiot if he meant or made anyone buy only 3 figures period (like Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Grievous for example). He shorted his store's sales by thousands probably.

Meanwhile, I see NO APPEAL WHATSOEVER in Hot Wheels - almost. I saw these cars that change colors in water or something. They looked kind of cool. I'd like to play with one for 5 or 10 minutes. That would fulfill something missing in my life. Then could I get my $0.87 back? Actually, I think those are premium cars and cost over $1 because they're special.

Mad Slanted Powers
12-12-2009, 11:50 AM
I'm not certain about the 3 figures. We all got back there, and then this woman says there is a limit of 3 of any one thing. At first, people were thinking three of the exact same thing (i.e. three Royal Guard figures), but then she clarified it as three of any one type of thing. So, three basic figures, three deluxe figures, etc. Now, the cashiers may not have been aware, and I don't know if everyone adhered to it, but I didn't want to argue about it so I grabbed three figures that most interested me and left. Wal-Mart had already had their morning rush so there wasn't much of a crowd when I got over there. I had no problem getting as many figures as I wanted there.

I'm not sure what the situation was with the lady and the Hot Wheels. Maybe she called and was told the Hot Wheel she wanted was in stock, and it wasn't when she got there. As collectors, we realize how difficult it can be to find the figures we are looking for, and know that there are some that will be in short supply. She's probably just a mom looking for a toy her child wants, and doesn't understand why she can't get a rain check for something that isn't in stock.

I'm all for capitalism, so I don't have a problem with someone making money off of re-selling a collectible item like that. What I don't understand is Hasbro missing out on an opportunity to make that money. If it is a figure people want, make more of it, or charge more for it. Both actions might discourage scalpers a bit and make it easier for the people who actually want the figures to find them.

mabudonicus
12-12-2009, 03:00 PM
I've been here the whole time Tycho, just not had much to post (that wasn't R-rated or worse :)) but thanks for the greetings!
:beard: Iso&Baws&Topes
Were there a BayWatch topic I would be all over it

Tycho
12-12-2009, 09:29 PM
Were there a BayWatch topic I would be all over it

Michael Bay? Check the Transformers Revenge of the Fallen thread.

I'd also like him to make a live-action Smurfs film with the shakey cam and lots of explosions.

Then if you want R-rated, what about X-rated? Michael Bay can make a porno where the bedrooms keep blowing up and use a shakey cam on his actors so you can't tell which is the girl and which is the boy - or just cast Adam Lambert, then have him diving out of each bed after the porn scene and have it scripted that the room explodes (in slow motion of course).

But I'd prefer Megan Fox with uh...a certain prop piece...and if she puts her hair up, the shakey cam would eliminate the need for another actor. Plus she's experienced working with Michael Bay's explosions.

Tycho
12-15-2009, 05:08 PM
I finally gave the cars to Colin and Reggie today (the HotWheels collectors I bought them for).

They were both so stoked. Reggie wasn't there at Target, but Collin phoned him and he came to pick his up and wound up telling me the whole history of HotWheels Treasure Hunts in Target's parking lot for about 30 minutes!

He's in his 60's and runs a contracting company and is restoring a real wooden-pannel beach cruiser that looks just like the Super Treasure Hunt I bought him. He's going to frame the car and display it in his garage on the wall by the real thing he's rebuilding. I made his whole month he said. I was really glad to make someone that happy.

Did you know Treasure Hunts were first started by Mattel only in 1995 - the same year Star Wars came back with POTF2? As I was going out hunting back in those days, I thought the HotWheels guys had always been there, doing that sort of thing. But no: they'd just started themselves!

Anyway, Colin (same age as me) just took the basic Treasure Hunt version of the Treasure Hunt as he knew Reggie would want the super-hard-to-find variation. That was also very nice of him. He said he already had found the car, but he'd open his 2nd for his loose collection. That's cool.

I think it was really kind of him to call Reggie to get the extra special valuable one, but both guys were really happy with their presents and couldn't believe I found the cars just on the very ends of the pegs waiting for the first passer-bye and not snagged by employees even.

Giving makes for a good feeling. :thumbsup:

Ji'dai
12-15-2009, 07:48 PM
And I was expecting some kind of gift of the magi kind of ending too - those Hot Wheel guys having to sell their collections to get Tycho a super rare vintage carded vinyl-caped Jawa on a C9 12-back or something! I guess I'll have to settle for this happy ending.