I'm just wondering, have any of you found yourself in that situation of "competing" to get to the toy aisle in your searches for Waves 5 & 6? After not dealing with this for several years, I had this issue this past Saturday. On weekends, I've had some luck hitting a Wal-Mart near my fiancee when they open, finding all of Wave 6, the Darktrooper, and UFG Vader and McBoba, in addition to the newest GI Joe Anniversary wave last week. Well, the other day, I'm waiting for the store to open in the hopes of finding the last few Wave 5 figs I need, and this guy walks right up to the door (mind you, there were about 5 others, mostly Senior Citizens, already waiting for the doors to open who were there first), and from body language alone I just had this feeling that I was gonna face competition. Sure enough, the loser cuts the line, walks in and picks up speed right away. I started to move fast, but slowed down when I realized how ridiculous I was acting, and got to the toy area a few seconds late. Sure enough, this guy blocked off the pegs with his body (I'm not a big guy, so I usually feel like a kid having to look around people in crowds). Luckily, all they had were freshly stocked Legends figs, so I missed out on nothing and walked away without looking for more than a minute.
Still, it bugged me for a little while that someone could be so damn selfish like that. I'd like to believe fellow collectors wouldn't be so low class as to use their size to keep another person from looking - especially since there was no one else in the aisle, so it's not like the "competition" was fierce. Maybe this guy was an ebay scalper, maybe not, but it was the first time (not counting Midnight Madness) that I've seen this type of behavior in a long time.
I used to deal with this phenomenon in the 90's when scalping was at an all time high, but it was because of the scalpers running to the pegs, blocking them off and grabbing all they could. A group of three guys from the local comic shop did this several times, one loser even screaming out the name of a new fig while we were both looking through a TRU cage bin full of the pegwarmers of the time, then running like lightning down the aisle as if he was holding the fig to try to make me feel bad (the guy recognized me from my usual trips, and there were clearly no new figs out yet). On the other hand, I remember hitting stores upon opening in college where there were a few fellow collectors who were cool about it and actually helped each other.
I'm sure I'm not the only one, but like I said, it seemed like this type of immature behavior out of so-called adults stopped in recent years, at least in my area. Just wondering if anyone else has any similar stories.