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Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: April 14, 2018, 06:18:04 PM »
The old Walmart exclusive Black Series were $17.97 as well.  It made me be very selective as to what I bought.

In fact, they were priced at 17.86$ + taxes. I know. 'cause I bought quite a few at that price.  :-\

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Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: April 13, 2018, 08:20:21 PM »
And at Walmart:

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Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: April 13, 2018, 08:19:56 PM »
I was certainly expecting more. While Toys'R'Us had all the new Solo Lego sets available on display (that's the job of Lego reps, wonderful job guys, Lego is always on the ball for these events!), Hasbro had barely NOTHING on the pegs and shelves today.

At TRU:
- Kylo Ren Centerpiece (who cares Hasbro? Really?)
- Darth Vader helmet
- A "value" Solo Millennium Falcon (what the f?)
- Nerf guns (wow!)
- Black Series 6" Dewback

At Walmart:
- 4 locations: nothing
- 2 locations: TVC figures wave 1 + Hasbro 12" Solo Shampoo Bottles... er... figures (Qi'Ra, Solo, Kylo Ren, Mud Trooper)

Very disappointing "Force Friday". Well, it wasn't really supposed to be a Force Friday for say, just an official street date before which no product was allowed on the shelves. So that could explain why there wasn't a real "Force Friday" event for the Solo movie...

You know why Lego is so successful? Because they understand that to sell products, you actually need to put products on the shelves. Hasbro failed to get that. They're quite pathetic...

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Online Shopping - Who's Got the Hot Items??? / Re: ToysRUs.ca Updates
« on: April 13, 2018, 08:07:33 PM »
I noticed the Dewback was only $89.99 in TRU stores this morning.

Did you scan it?  Wondering if it's just a case of it being put in the wrong place as the Kylo Ren Centerpiece is $89.99.  Just wondering if the product placement was wrong.

The Dewback shelf price tag was 99.99$ at my TRU this morning, but the same product was 89.99$ at EB Games. So I suspect this is truly a mistake and it should be 89.99$ at TRU.

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Scout Report / Re: Solo toys tomorrow?
« on: April 12, 2018, 10:46:36 PM »
i am thinking it be a bust if If other ones are any indication. both my local walmarts didn't even but out anything till late afternoon and even then it was just one box. and the toyrus didn't have anything till few weeks after. one reason why I decided to order them online.

It's odd that my local Walmarts had the basic figures out a week in advance for both TLJ and R1, but this time around, there aren't even any new pegs for Solo. Lots of TLJ leftovers and unlabeled pegs. That's it.

 :fett:

It doesn't look very good to be quite frank. WM stores usually prepare new toys arrival with planogram and new price tags. None of that has been seen in the past few days. To me, it tells two options: 1) they don't care about Force Friday; 2) They will work their ass out tonight to do everything, which is very doubtful.

:(

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Solo (2018-???) / Re: SOLO CHECKLIST LINK
« on: April 12, 2018, 07:51:55 PM »
I kinda doubt there will be any Force Friday for the Solo movie. At least from Hasbro. And at Walmart stores.

Today, Toys'R'Us were preparing a very end cap for the Solo Lego products. But nothing was going on for Hasbro products. With The Last Jedi stuff still there warming the shelves and pegs, and the website not even prepped for Solo merchandised, I really doubt Hasbro will be having a deluge of toys tomorrow. But we never know. TRU usually does their magic overnight, so I could be surprised going to TRU tomorrow at 8h30-9h and seeing plenty of new stuff.

It's even worse at Walmart. Walmart usually takes 1-2 weeks preparing the toy aisles for "special" events such as the release of new Star Wars toys. Well, all WM stores I've been to (that's 6 stores in the Montreal area) have not shown the slightest price tags and planogram adjustments. I've been expecting this to happen since last week, but nada. Still the half-emptied pegs with 5POA Rose and Hux, as well as 4-5 pegs filled with 6" crap that doesn't sell (who else wanna talk about the "success" of the 6inches line? Bring some proof to make us believe please, cause it's not happening in my neck of woods!) I thus expect NOTHING out of Walmart stores tomorrow. They'll fail us like they failed us for Force Friday in September.

Again, Canada is left behind. Even Germany (my brother lives there) have prepared their stores for the big happening tomorrow. Here in Canada, we're basically a huge dumpsters for whatever Hasbro fails to distribute to the US. It's maddening, really. :( :mad0137:


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Online Shopping - Who's Got the Hot Items??? / Re: Wal-Mart.ca Updates
« on: April 11, 2018, 06:22:34 PM »
And I just noticed, that the 5po hoth  Luke's scarf does indeed turn , so it will hang when he's upside down.
Mind blown  :explosion:

HAve you tried turning it yourself? Cause I did and it's well glued in place. I almost torn it...  ???

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We still need a re-made Klaatu Skiff guard card - hopefully they'll make it available to the masses......  :speechless-smiley-004:

Steve Evans made it clear, in February, on his IG account, that Klaatu Skiff Guard was to be available Spring 2019 in TVC line. The figure sculpt was shown in the HasLab Barge vids and was intended as an Easter Egg like YakFace. They made it official at that time.

Then, they announced that YakFace was to be offered on an exclusive POTF cardback in the Barge. They never said anything about Klaatu Skiff Guard. That figure is still planned to b part of TVC line, on vintage cardback. And YakFace will also be sold in the TVC ROTJ cardback.

So yes, Klaatu Skiff Guard will get his TVC cardback.  ;D

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The Vintage Collection (TVC) / Re: TVC - Jabba's sail Barge!!!!!
« on: March 27, 2018, 08:50:07 PM »
I would agree with the suggestion that people seeing the barge in "real life" could have a real effect on their interest in purchasing one. I also think there's a chance to make some money on these - but the risk is very very real. It's essentially the cost of 5 BMFs.

IMHO, the risk is almost non-existing. Starting April 4th, if the Barge gets produced, you'll end up with the rarest piece of toy ever produced by Hasbro. Just put the word "rare" and "limited" and "never again available at retail anywhere" will trigger a frenzy that will last more than just a couple of weeks. The frenzy for this toy will be even worse than any major Lego set when it gets discontinued. And people will head their head on the walls for failed to order it when it was possible to do so.

The fact is, and I've seen this during a toy show last weekend, some people still believe that Hasbro will produce more of this thing and will make them available later on at normal retail. And for far less. And that they'll be sales. It seems these people are either dumb or they don't know that Internet exists. They can't read or are plainly misinformed. They'll wake up and it'll be too late. And it'll be up to the toy stores to make them pay for their lack of vision, by electrocuting them with "price hike Sith Lightnings". Too bad for them. To the resellers, I'd simply say: Show no mercy. Show no pity. Strike them down with the largest price possible and make your yearly profits in one simple deal.  ;D


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The Vintage Collection (TVC) / Re: TVC - Jabba's sail Barge!!!!!
« on: March 27, 2018, 07:03:51 PM »
A decent Toy Shop should buy at least 1 of this to keep in store. Two would even be best. :)

If I owned a Toy Shop with possibility to resell this in Toy Shows or at the shop, with an access to a mass of customers, I'd certainly jump in and buy just more than one barge. No shops makes it difficult to resell due to the size of this thing which complicates the shipping logistics outside of selling the item directly to an in-store customer. I thought about it in the last few weeks and it simply makes no sense without a physical store with potential customer attraction.

Let's face it: in 2-3 years time, this will be the most sought after toy ever produced by Hasbro. Prices will climb up by at least 200%, if not more. The Legacy Millennium Falcon sold at the original price of 250$ later sells for 400-500$ loose and not even complete. This should be a good testimony of what this Barge represents as reselling potential.  :P

And to top this, Hasbro gave another good incentive: an exclusive figure produced at no more than 5000 units. Just consider that no toy run nowadays (even back in the Kenner days) was profitable under the 10,000 units. At 5000 units, the Barge will be the lowest production run produced by Hasbro. And so will the POTF carded version of YakFace. In 2-3 years, seeing what we see for the TVC figures on eBay currently, this thing alone will be worth about as much of what the vintage Kenner Yak Face figure can be sold nowadays (okay, the loose version).  :)

So a reseller has the possibility to resell the Barge complete and MISB (even in the shipping box) for 2-3 times of the original price. Or, you'd have the possibility to offer it at 2 times the price with a MIB (opened) version... and to cash in with a MOC POTF-carded YakFace for 400-500$.

So backing more than 1 barge makes perfect sense for a toy shop.

In fact, it would make perfect sense for anyone provided they have the money. I'd do it for sure if I had the extra cash. Which I have not. Not at this time, sadly, considering I'm just emerging from the troubled waters of loosing my job last year and my wife surviving cancer. But if I had, I'd go for it 100%.  ;D

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Wampa Cave / Re: an update from TRU USA
« on: March 21, 2018, 06:39:50 PM »
This dream of us all purchasing Toys R Us Canada can possibly only become reality if you guys are able to do one important thing first........


....BACK THE BARGE!!!....now with exclusive carded Yak Face!

Make Jabba Great Again. #backthebarge

 :P :)

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The Vintage Collection (TVC) / Re: TVC - Jabba's sail Barge!!!!!
« on: March 21, 2018, 06:33:22 PM »
OMG!!! HasLab is now going to include an exclusive carded Yak Face on vintage power of the force card with every Sail Barge purchase.

You guys know what you need to do!......DON'T MAKE ME SAY IT.................

BACK THE BARGE!.....too late, I said it.

I now feel as though I backed 3 Yak Faces and I get 3 Sail Barges as an added bonus.

Listen, if you can't back the barge,  at least BACK THE YAK!!!

I was just explaining to a co-worker who was slightly interested in the economics of the thing, that it's likely there are people who'd pay $500 for the Yak-Face and be happy with just that!

That being said, I still don't think that this is gonna make it to 5k.  However, I'm also not convince that Hasbro can look at $1.5 million + dollars and flush it all away either, despite assurances it won't go unless they hit 5k.

It'd be stupid from Hasbro to tell people they produce the Barge even if they only reach 3500 or 4000 or less than 5000 backers. Even if it is their plan and that they'll do it no matter what, why the hell would they tell people their strategy? They want to get as many backers as possible. They're a money-making company. This is not a charity fund. This is plain consumerism. They want to sell as much as possible. Every order above a certain critical breakeven level (the point at which the product is financially viable for Hasbro and probably the point that was fixed by Top Management) will generate more than anticipated revenue.

What people need to understand is that Hasbro are not amateurs. This plan was well-conceived, well planned. They studied the crowdfunding principles and it's quite obvious they are following the "rules".

They didn't throw a bonus pack-in a hurry. This POTF MOC YakFace figure is a well thought of last minute bait to attract more people. They knew they would need it. Throwing bonus stuff like that is the way to do a successfull crowdfunding campaign. Anyone who has been customers of Kickstarter projects, or who have launched such projects (my wife did last year for a book) know how this thing work. At 2/3 or so of your campaign, you need to give a huge update to make the campaign breathe. And you also need to give your backers the feeling that you're giving them a brand new bonus...

Look at this article from 4lomtozuckuss.com, it's well explained:

The Sail Barge Sailing Toward Full-Funding

This type of campaign has two major peaks: the first is at the very start. It is said that a successful campaign needs to reach at least 30% of his target in the first 3 days. Hasbro manages to hit 31% of the needed backing.

The second stage is the long flat rise. That occurred starting approx. at Day 8 and will probably last until next Monday or so, Day 38. Normal.

The final and third stage will trigger in the last week. With huge peaks of additional daily backers. This is the period where people will start realizing that the time is running out. This will usually trigger quick last-minute decisions. People afraid of missing an opportunity. Afraid of missing the boat. And the huge rising numbers will become contagious. And people will jump in even if they still have reserve on the heavy price.

So yes, the campaign will be successful. Whether it reaches 5000k backers or not. At this point, Hasbro knows they have succeeded. They just are not stupid enough to tell us. They still want to hit the 5000 backers.

Here's a quick graph I've developed to follow the trend of the Sail Barge campaign. The projection curve is based on a previous 5-days average to establish the daily number of backers. It will probably be completely off once we reach the third and final stage of the campaign, with daily backers reaching 200-300 like in the initial days. :)

So yes, we will have our Sail Barge guys. People just need to jump in the bandwagon. Cause they'll be damn if they don't, as starting April 4th, this product will take at least twice its original value... because it'll b the rarest Star Wars product Hasbro will have ever produced. Production runs of less than 10,000 are almost non-existing nowadays...

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Well, it all depends on one's point of view, right?  ;D

I'm definitely not the biggest Superheros fan. I feel these movies always follow the same recipe, involving a Ultimate villain who wish for the "End of the World" and forces all the good heroes to team up to fight this Evil. I'm kinda fed up with this type of scenario. These movies are quite predictable (absurdly long car chase or air plane of flying heroes chase, people fighting with their fists or firing at each other, fallen hero beaten to death but standing up no matter what, etc. etc.) and mostly boring in their lack of original plot line. I feel like watching the same movie but with different characters. It's becoming quite annoying. They are far worse storytelling than any Star Wars movie had given us so far. The Avengers movies are the worse of them all.

That being said, that Thor movie was good. Maybe it's because I did not take it very seriously... and because I had a nice dinner with a friend with a few beers to help it go down. For me, it was just pure entertainment. Is it the best Superhero movie? Absolutely not. The first Guardians of the Galaxy was among my top for what it was: completely unexpected and enjoyable moment. But all other movies for me are the same. The only added value I feel with these is the connection Marvel succeeded in doing: the musical score, the stones bringing us to the Infinity War plot line. Apart from that, these movies are all the same to me. But it doesn't mean I can't enjoy them. It's not just the end of the World when what I see is not meeting my expectations. Which, by the way, are non-existing for Superheroes flick... at least for me. :)

 

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Agreed! Felt the same way! I wasn't expecting anything from this movie, really went to see it for fun. Was the funniest Superheros movie in a long time! I was literally laughing from the very beginning up until the end. Was really fun! :)

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Wampa Cave / Re: an update from TRU USA
« on: March 09, 2018, 06:04:38 PM »
Well it looks like Walmart has the vintage collection figures exclusive again in Canada. I mean where else can you go brick and mortar wise?
No more Zellers, no Sears (yes they had stuff), no Target, no ToysRus.
We do still have chapters,superstore,Canadiantire,ebgames but these are hit and miss stores. Only Christmas rush, do these stores stock Star Wars.

Good point. But there's also hobby shops. Some will be getting these en masse. I wouldn't be so worried. At any rate, even their prices will be cheaper than that of TRU...

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