Well, I got the UPC off of Walmart.com and had a friend of mine from work show me how to use the item locator on the store computer. The computer didn't even register the UPC which meant that it had never been entered in, because our store had never actually received a shipment. My friend, who's been working there for over 10 years, said that it was unlikely that we would ever get one in our store if the computer didn't recognize the UPC. So that kind of took the wind out of my sails.
So, I did a search on the store website and found out that one of the Walmarts in Springfield supposedly had these sets in stock, so I took a trip up there on Wednesday. It wasn't the only reason I wanted to drive up there, but I found myself getting more and more excited about the prospect of actually seeing this set as I made the 1-hour drive. I went to the big, new Walmart on I-55 and nothing. Then the other small Walmart next to Target and again, nothing. I was actually surprised by how disappointed I was to not see this set.
I also stopped by Target and TRU and saw no sign of the Hoth UBPs, vintage boxed Snowspeeder, TIE Fighter or AT-AT, and only an empty spot on the shelf where the CW Rise of Boba Fett Slave 1 used to be. However, I can't say that I'm really all that worried about missing out on any of that stuff.
On the way home, I was resigned to getting Jabba off of Ebay and deciding how much above retail I wanted to pay. I think I had decided that I would be willing to pay up to $50 for this, but I figured I could wait until after the new year to start looking.
Well, I had to work last night and, after we got released at 7 AM, I decided to make my regular walk over to the toy aisle to see what was new over there. I was planning on buying some more Sandtroopers to build up my squad of those guys, but quickly lost interest in that. So I walked over to the clearance aisle to see if they had dropped that CW Y-Wing down in price any further (I think it's still sitting there for $45) and lo and behold there is a Jabba's Throne set just sitting on the bottom shelf of the clearance aisle. No shelf label or anything for it, so I snatched it up and took it to the register and it rang up as $38.88 and ended up being $37.53 after taxes and my employee discount.
I'm looking at it now and am just totally amazed at the overall quality of the entire set. Especially the detail work on Jabba. Oola looks pretty good too, but I'm probably going to display it with Leia. Definitely worth the $38 to me.
Now I just need wave 3 and I'm done with Star Wars purchases for the year.