As many of you may have begun to notice the Star Wars window boxes at TRU are being changed out from the classic trilogy to the ROTS line.
This change has brought 2 very interesting things to light that, as a LEGO merchandiser and avid SW fan, I feel it is my resposabilaty to share with my fellow collectors.
1) the classic trilogy peices are to be "disposed of as the store deems fit to" they do not have to be thrown away, as some managers believe, many times local stores give them to employees or hold raffles.
2)The first batch of ROTS boxes are very poorly packed and are being utterly destroyed in shipping, I have seen them where all the ships are destroyed (and since they were glued together the peices are broken) the Turbo tank ripped from it's wheels ...etc. these also have been deemed "dispose as you see fit" and new ones are sent.... this is of interest because there are a couple ships, The ARC-170 and Droid Tri-Fighter, which are tie wrapped to the side of the box and wrapped in packing material and therefore undamaged.
The point here is ASK YOUR LOCAL TRU MANAGER, alot of this stuff is dumpster bound and it doesn't have to be I have a few here in Cincy that are holding things if local customers/employees don't want them I will get them next time I come around.
Just a Heads UP!!