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Wampa Cave / Re: an update from TRU USA
« on: March 15, 2018, 01:52:52 PM »
http://www.toysrus.ca/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=4217985&ab=TRU_RESTRUCTURING_31518

March 15, 2018

To our valued Canadian customers,

Toys “R” Us, Inc. announced the difficult decision to seek court approval in its Chapter 11 proceedings to wind-down its business operations in the United States. Our team members in Canada are very saddened to hear of this outcome and we are all keeping our U.S. colleagues in our thoughts during this very difficult time.

In Canada, all 82 stores remain open for business to serve you, our customers, honouring all our policies, warranties, Baby Registry, Gift Cards and RClub loyalty programs without change. We are taking the necessary steps to ensure the iconic Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us brands live on for many generations to come in Canada.

Our team continues to work hard at strengthening our competitive position and making the improvements necessary to ensure that we have the products when, where and how you choose to shop with us. Our Canadian operations are continuing in the normal course and we continue to partner with the trend products you want from the brands that you trust.

For the past 34 years, we have proudly served Canada as the trend authority in toy and baby and we remain the champions of play and trusted advisors helping people become parents.

Thank you for choosing to say “yes” to shop and support Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us Canada! We are proud to continue to welcome you in Canada coast to coast in store and online at www.toysrus.ca and www.babiesrus.ca for all of your toy and baby needs.



Melanie Teed-Murch, President
Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us Canada

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Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 16, 2017, 11:17:55 PM »
Just one more comment before I head off to watch it again....

Episode IX doesn't have to directly follow TLJ time wise.  I think it will be set several years later.  They could even start with Leia's funeral.

I think you're right.

I don't know how they'll handle Leia, but suspect some time will have passed allowing for the rise of Force sensitive Resistance fighters across the galaxy. 

Right now, I'm leaning towards the story of the Saga being changed into what Luke talked about.  The Jedi basically monopolized the Force.  This was arrogant and lead to the Sith taking over the galaxy. (E1-3).  This lead to pain and suffering (E4-6).  To avoid this happening again, the Force must be accessible for everyone and not just the Jedi (E7-9). 

I'm not saying I like this.  Just guessing what the new story line will be as I suspect a new story uniting all the episodes together is needed (as it can no longer be the rise, fall, and redemption of Anakin or the hero journey of Luke) and this one could work based on what I saw in E8.

On a positive note, if anyone remembers fan trailers for E1, you might recall one that added sabers to a battle scene from Braveheart or some such movie.  Maybe in E9, we'll get that.  E9 could be quite epic. 

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Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 16, 2017, 11:05:14 PM »
  We didn't know who the Emperor was in ESB, just that he was the big bad leader.  Then he gets offed in ROTJ and we still didn't know anything about him.  Why is this a big deal now?? 

For me, I think it's irksome because up to know, the story we've been told is that there's a Light side and Dark side of the Force.  Trained Light side users are Jedi.  Dark side users are Sith.  There are only two Sith.  (Yes, I think it's tough to believe only 2 Sith can be Dark side users, but that's the world the movies showed me.)

They both die in Episode 6. 


The first time we hear the word Sith spoken on screen is in TPM.  Not in the OT.

Agreed. 

I'm looking at the whole 1-6 story.  That's the story leading into E7 and not just E4-6.  In E8, Luke even mentions Sidious by name and the Jedi's failure to stop him.  Which, from a certain point of view, sums up the story of E1-3 quite succinctly. So the prequels and their lessons about the nature of the Sith are very much a part of the story leading into E8 which means the Emperor doesn't need to be called Darth Sidious or referred to as a Sith for those terms to "exist" in the OT.  So even though the term Sith may not be used in the OT, in the context of E8, it doesn't matter as the Emperor of the OT is understood by Luke to be Darth Sidious, one of the two Sith Lords allowed according to the rules of the Sith.     

Regarding the Emperor in the OT, I'm fairly sure he's mentioned on the blockade runner.  An officer is concerned news about Leia's capture getting out to the senate could create sympathy for the rebellion and Vader basically says to not worry as the Emperor is going to get rid of the senate. 

I'll have to watch again to hear exactly what's said, but fairly sure he's mentioned in 4, then, of course, shown (via hologram in 5), and then we meet him in 6.

Either way, in Star Wars (ANH) we're dropped into a story where the Empire exists.  We know Vader's not the leader so meeting a leader later on isn't surprising to me.  I don't need a backstory for why the Empire has a leader.  (If the Empire didn't have a leader, well, that I would probably want to understand.)

When the prequels came along, they showed how the Empire came into existence and how that leader rose to power. 

Flash forward to TFA, we're dropped into a story where, like ANH, there's a battle going on.  The problem for me is I've seen the previous chapter and there's no hint of the Empire surviving. The Rebels won.  Statues were toppled.  Fireworks enjoyed.  Yet this new bad guy army dresses very much like the Empire, flies ships almost exactly like them, and talks (Kylo Ren at least) about them (well, about one of them any way).  How?  Why?

E1-3 explain how we got to the Emperor in E4.  E4-6 do not explain how we got to the Supreme Leader in E7.

If the First Order looked nothing like the Empire, I could buy into them being an entirely new villain. (A force from beyond the Outer Rim maybe.)  The Empire is dead and they (like classic villains) want to rule the universe so they take hold of an opportunity to do so.  In that case, like the Empire in 4-6, I'm not curious why they have a leader.  They should have a leader (or leadership council).  And I'm not in need of a leader backstory as he's a bad guy doing what a lot of standard villains do - looking to rule everything.   

Thing is the FO is basically a carbon copy of the Empire.  Why?  I understand that from a marketing point of view, but the movie hasn't explained why.  Why do they dress like the Empire?  Did they find unused Empire gear and went with it to save money?  Did they want to wear similar outfits to put fear in the Republic (oh no, we thought the Empire was dead, but it's not!)?  Is the whole First Order just Kylo Ren on a bigger scale (people who want to be like something they admire)?  Or maybe the First Order is the Empire; created in secret by loyalists who waited for the right time for revenge.  Other than "antagonist", I don't really know who they are; why they do what they do.  Kylo Ren, yes.  But the FO, no. 

The FO is aware of the Empire.  Snoke leads the FO.  Where was he for the events of E1-6 - the rise and fall of the Empire?  Why are we only hearing about him now?  Was he a fan of Palpatine? A rival who couldn't match him so he stayed hidden?  Did he work for the Empire?  Was he a rebel or someone in the republic who felt betrayed and wanted revenge? 

Why has he copied the Empire? 

I think his ship was the first thing I've seen that I couldn't connect to the Empire visually, but everything else is a copy. 
   
So, ya, I want to know more about the origins of the FO and it's leader. 

In TLJ, we're told they buy their weapons.  How do they afford to do that?  Where's Snoke getting all this cash from that he can build an army by himself to rival any threat from the entire republic?  (And, if he has all this cash, why does he want to spend it on conquering the republic?)  Or maybe he didn't do it by himself.  I don't know.  Maybe a book has told why, but, I don't want to have to buy a book to understand a movie.  A well made movie (or movie series) shouldn't need outside study material to be understood. 

So, ya, in short, for me, because of where Snoke first appears in the over all story, I find the amount of info given about him so far to be insufficient.

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Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 16, 2017, 04:00:35 PM »
  We didn't know who the Emperor was in ESB, just that he was the big bad leader.  Then he gets offed in ROTJ and we still didn't know anything about him.  Why is this a big deal now?? 

For me, I think it's irksome because up to know, the story we've been told is that there's a Light side and Dark side of the Force.  Trained Light side users are Jedi.  Dark side users are Sith.  There are only two Sith.  (Yes, I think it's tough to believe only 2 Sith can be Dark side users, but that's the world the movies showed me.)

They both die in Episode 6. 

In Episode 7, we meet new "Dark Side" users - though that term is not used, they act like what we've known.  One of them, we're told was a Jedi in training.  The other - nothing.  But we can see he's old.  Where was he during the events of E1-E6?  Who trained him?  Is he Sith?  If not, what?

I thought the same thing you did about the Emperor and if this was a new Star Wars and not Ep7, I don't think it'd bug me too much.  But, as it is, it does.  Am I to believe that bad guys powerful in the Force can just randomly pop up with ready made armies in the Star War universe?  And if Light rises to meet Dark, who did the Force rise up to meet Snoke?  Rey balances Ren... 

Is Snoke perhaps the balance to Luke? 

Just spit balling here (didn't expect to go this way), but is that a reasonable possibility? 

Maybe Snoke is just some rich old dude (gold robe and wealth to buy a fleet from Canto Bight arms dealers) who the Force chose to balance itself against Luke so, like Rey, he's untrained, but powerful.

I could perhaps accept that.  Rey's not a Jedi.  Snoke's not a Sith.  The explanation of Light and Dark sides of the Force needing to balance one another is given in the movie and we know it can happen because of "no training needed" Rey.  That would actually be good enough for me. 

But I want something.  I want some kind of reasonable movie based explanation of where this powerful in the Force evil guy came from. 

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Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 16, 2017, 02:11:29 PM »
About 5 minutes after the movie ended I did want to see it again to make sure I hated it! lol After sleeping on it for a night I knew there was just too much wrong with it, and I thought to myself, I'm not going back to support it, I 'm not buying any merch from the film and as much as it pains me to not have the full collection on Blu-ray I won't buy it unless its second hand or clearance lol

I don't disagree.  The "see it three times" thing was a bit of a tongue and cheek way of saying a bad Star Wars movie will still make big bucks.

One of the things not sitting well with me about TLJ is that Star Wars is a classic good vs evil story.  Dark side.  Light side.  Both powerful.  Very powerful.  TLJ introduced Canto Blight and the idea the good and bad guys are all just puppets of arm dealers.  It could be argued it's just the Resistance and First Order and not the Empire and Rebellion, but still, it lessens the primary rivalry and introduces an unnecessary baddie.     

In Star Wars, the good rises to fight the bad.  Will anyone rise to fight these arms dealers? 

(On a side note, I didn't mind when this idea was addressed in Iron Man 3.  I actually liked that movie.  But it doesn't, in my opinion, work in a Star Wars movie.  Maybe an episode of Rebels, but not a movie. And you shouldn't add a new out of nowhere big "bad guy" in the second to last movie of a nine movie story when they're not needed.  The fight between the Dark side and Light side is enough.  And, yes, if they're purposely stirring the pot or letting it be stirred in order to profit off civil war and the tragedy it creates, they are a "big" baddies.) 

Like jedijay, I don't plan on getting the DVD. 

Before the movie, I bought a 5poa Rose, but that was based on price matching it for $2.97 (and a good idea she'd be a main character).  I have no plans on picking up any more TLJ figures - even Jedi Exile Luke (I already have a Jedi Master Luke though).  Drop the price to under $5 and I'll consider it, but it's not a done deal by a long shot. 

Before the movie, I saw a salt planet speeder for just under $23.  Seemed like a good deal (though I passed). I don't think even a $10 price tag would inspire a consideration of a purchase now. 

Before the movie, I planned on grabbing a playskool TIE Silencer for my kids.  Now, not so much.  I still might, but the price has definitely gotta be right.  It is a cool looking ship after all.

Before the movie, I could put on TFA and enjoy it as a fun ride set in the Star War universe.  (Plus, I really like Ford's Han.  I didn't know what an old Han would even be like, but when I saw Ford in TFA, I thought he nailed it.) Now, I don't care to watch it again any time soon.

Before the movie, I thought Kylo Ren's mask was bad guy cool.  TLJ told me it's not bad guy cool.  It's a sign of weakness.  Masks are one of my favourite things in the Star War universe so I didn't like seeing one of the better ones being, in my view, put down.  It's tough seeing a mask that's been ridiculed (and the film does nothing to counter that ridicule) as bad guy cool anymore.

I'm hopeful E9 will make things better.

The reaction is interesting.  On RT 93% of critics like it.  Audiences - 57%. 

I'm interested in seeing how the toy aisles empty - or don't - in the following weeks.  That will help tell me if audiences actually like TLJ.  After all, Disney can please movie critics all day long, but at the end of that day the stockholders will have their say.  And they want profit.  Not praise.


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Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 16, 2017, 10:49:05 AM »
This movie did have great parts just not enough to make it a good movie, the audience score on rotten tomatoes now ranks lower than the phantom menace, its raking in the bucks though. I wonder even if die hard star wars fans and a lot of viewers don't like it, but brings in tons at the box office if Disney will look at it as a success, and model more movies after it?

That's an interesting question. 

It kind of reminds of what I've read about the Hasbro situation with Star Wars toys.  Hasbro won 't make play sets because they say they don't sell.  For TLJ, they make a giant BB-8 with a bad guy base in his belly and ask $200 for it.  It's not going to sell.  Does not selling a bad play set prove all play sets don't sell?  For Hasbro, it probably will and it'll be an excuse to never make a Death Star or Jabba's Sail Barge.

With TLJ, it's proving to be a disappointment with the general audience.  But, it's a live action "chapter" of Star Wars.  It's going to make money.  How many of us who didn't like it will attend a second or third screening?  I suspect many.  It's like that SNL skit about buying Star Wars toys.  We'll see it once because it's Star Wars.  If we don't like it, we'll see it again anyway to confirm we don't like it because maybe we missed something.  And if we still don't like, we'll still go a third time just to make sure.  Then we'll buy the bluray/DVD/digital combo of a movie we don't like because we don't want an incomplete collection.

Will Disney/Lucasfilm look more at the dissatisfaction or the profits?  I have no idea.

I suspect this may, however, increase the pressure for Solo to perform well. 

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Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 15, 2017, 04:01:59 AM »
Maybe I'll like it better in the morning.

Some initial (knee jerk; thought mostly jerk) thoughts - apologies now, it's late and I should probably be in bed, but here I go anyways:

1. When Leia said the "spark had gone out", I thought, yep, that basically sums up my opinion of TLJ.

2. This isn't Star Wars.  It's Swerve Wars. 


Ren's going to fire on Leia.  No, he's not.  He only kills dads.  (How Oedipus of him.)  She's safe.  Wait, the other ships fire.  She's not safe!

Gasp!  Leia's dead!  No.  She's not.  She's not dead!  She's ... flying? 

Luke's going to train Rey (assumed). No, he's not.  Yes, he is.  (Was there a lesson 3?)

Rey's knocking on the door.  No.  Rey's knocking down the door.  Oh, it's Chewie.

Ben attacked Luke.  No, Luke attacked Ben.  No, Luke only considered attacking Ben.

Rey's in the cave.  We're going to see her parents!  No, we're going to her reflection!  Good one Disney!

Luke's going to burn down the Jedi tree.  No, he's not.  The tree is safe.  No, it's not.  Good one Yoda!

Rose and Finn have found the code breaker.  Oh no, the po-po have found Rose and Finn!  Wait, could they have found another code breaker?  No, DJ's just a common thief. No, he is a code breaker!  But he does only care about money - he takes Rose's special pendant! Wait!  No, he gives back the pendant.  He's nice!  Wait!  He's not!

Rose and Finn are going to save the day.  Thanks, Poe!  Oh no, they're captured by alarm clock heads.  Hurray, they escape.  They really are going to save the day!  Thanks, DJ!  Oh no, Phasma knows!  (Uncle Jesse's not going to like this DJ!)  Time to die ... but not for them.

Holdo(?) has no plan.  Oh, yes she does.

Holdo's escaped.  She's going to get Poe.  No, she's not.  It's Leia!  Poe's safe.  Oh no he's not.

Kylo's turned.  He and Rey are going to be bestest friends ever!  Wait, cancel the cupcakes!  He's still a nogoodnik!

Finn's going to suicide the laser to the ground.  No, Rose saved him.  Oh no!  She's dead.  Oh no she's not.

Luke is back to save the day.  Wait.  He is, but he isn't.  But, he is okay.  No, wait.  He's dead!

Playing a drinking game based on the amount of swerves in this film could be ... cost prohibitive.   

3.  The language.  I'm of the mind that Star Wars films are for 4 year olds - not 40 year olds.  I like Star Wars heroes my kids can emulate.  I do not want to hear my kid call someone a B----RD (like Finn).  Or say, hey dad, check out that big a-- door!  (Of course, it's not Star Wars without someone using the term "big a--" so I should probably strike it from the list.  "Wow, Qui-Gonn, this sure is one big a-- shiny ship!"  "My mom always says the problem with this big a-- universe is people aren't kind enough." "Master Yoda, I've discovered a big a-- amount of clones.  More than enough to make one big a-- army for the Republic."  "Luke, you need to come with me to Alderaan. I'm getting to old for these big a-- adventures." "You ask for the impossible!  How am I supposed to lift that big a-- ship."  "Oh, the shield generator is still very much operational.  Your friends are in for a big a-- world of hurt.  Yes, I have foreseen it, young Skywalker.)

4.  So I guess the core story of Star Wars isn't Luke's hero journey.  Nor is it the rise, fall, and redemption of Anakin Skywalker.  Rather, it's, basically, silly Jedi.  The Force is for everybody. 

4b. What's left for the ST to pour cold water on?  Han and Leia's storybook romance doesn't end with happily ever after.  The peace won by the Rebels is short lived.  Good guy Luke is actually sometimes "confused about good" guy Luke and helped create bad guy Ren.  Good guy X-Wings are sold by the same guy that sells bad guy TIE fighters.  The Jedi are dumb heads. 

5. Hey, at least now we know why Hasbro's TLJ line doesn't feature any interesting looking aliens, robots, bounty hunters, space pirates, rebels, ...

6. What happened to the Knights of Ren?

7. So, Rey's dead beat parents dumped her off for cash than took off in a space ship ... to another part of Jakku. 

8.  So, Snoke is a powerful Force user old enough to have been alive during the Empire and probably the Clone Wars and we get to find out ... he likes yellow robes and red wall paper.  What's his motivation?  Why form the First Order?  How did he get his scars?  Why ask why?  He's got wonderful taste in bathrobes.  Do we really need to know more than that?  Sidious wanted to wipe out the Jedi because of an ancient rivalry between the Dark side and the Light side.  The Rebellion wants to defeat the Empire to bring freedom to the galaxy.  Snoke wants to do stuff because ...

9.  Rose was cool.  I liked her addition to the universe.  Of course, a new robot (other than BB-H8), a new space pirate, a new bounty hunter, a new anyone not human would have been nice, too.

10. I hoped Han's death would appear, I don't know, more meaningful after seeing this, but TLJ made me see his death more like it really was just a contractual obligation to get Ford to appear in TFA.

Well, it's late so I'll end with the closing credit font is nice.  What comes before it ...  not sure yet. 

If you liked the movie, great.  Don't let my initial cynicism spoil it for you.  For me the magic just wasn't there.  Maybe another viewing will change my mind, but, for now, I'm just not eager for more of TLJ's universe.  I think I see where they're going with the next one with perhaps a kind of Ratatouille "anyone can be a Jedi" theme, and  that can be cool, I guess.

But I do kind of miss the days of Star Wars just being a fairly straight forward rollicking space adventure that was fun for the whole family.

Just my tired two cents.  Time for bed.

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Scout Report / Re: Superstore
« on: November 24, 2017, 12:55:03 PM »
Sorry guys.  I thought the wave 2 question was referring to an older post about Yoda and Kenobi showing up at Superstore.

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Scout Report / Re: Superstore
« on: November 23, 2017, 09:11:46 PM »
I don't want to speak for Darth Woo, but am fairly sure it was the Obi/Yoda wave he was talking about.

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Scout Report / SOME STAR WARS BLACK FRIDAY DEALS
« on: November 22, 2017, 09:35:33 AM »
TOYS R US
Rogue One 3.75” figures:  $3.74
Basic Lightsabers: $7.47
ANH Vader Electronic saber: $14.97

EB GAMES
Star Wars Monopoly: $19.99
Funko Holographic Leia and R2: $19.99

Not specifically Star Wars, but close enough

THE BAY

20% off “all” Toys (excludes a few non-Star Wars items)
6" TFA Poe v. Trooper is in stock (on clearance so may not qualify for 20% off)
Free shipping on all items online (Friday only)

SUPERSTORE
No Tax (Friday only)

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Scout Report / Kellogg's Toy Coupon - 2017
« on: October 31, 2017, 10:27:25 PM »
The Kellogg's Toy coupon is back.

The boxes are hitting stores now and it looks like they'll be available for around $5 at a bunch of stores this coming week.

For those unfamiliar with the coupon, basically you buy 2 boxes of Kellogg's cereal (family size - look for the present on the box).  Inside each box is a pin code.  Sign up on Kellogg's site and for every two pin codes entered, you can receive a coupon for $10 off of a toy or game (any brand) or $10 off of a toy purchase of $25 or more.

I know in the past, the coupon has been accepted at TRU, Wal-Mart and Canadian Tire.

Nice deal for regular cereal buyers.

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Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: October 23, 2017, 11:23:54 PM »
Well, at least we are getting Target exclusives here.  Maybe there's hope that the 6" Deluxe Luke will show up at Canadian Tire.

I checked the CT site.  Didn't notice the 6" Luke, but they do have the ROTJ 3-Pack with new DS Luke, ERG, and Emperor - $34.99.

http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/star-wars-episode-6-figure-battle-pack-6-75-in-0502223p.html#srp

The Emperor looks crazy good!  POTF2 Emperor has been my favourite modern version so far, but I think this one will top it for me.

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The Last Jedi (2017-2018) / Lack of Rebels in TLJ Line
« on: October 23, 2017, 11:11:53 PM »
After seeing Rebels released as part of TFA and R1, I'm a little surprised there's nothing in the TLJ line so far - especially given there are new costumes for main characters.

I'm also surprised no one really seems to care.  Maybe I haven't been visiting the right forums, but I haven't noticed much concern about a lack of Rebels.

I'm certainly not heartbroken over the lack of Rebels, but wouldn't have been against getting more.

For myself, I expected to see a new Kanan and Ezra, but hoped for a new Kallus (with removable helmet).  An improved Hera would be a nice addition, too.

So, I'm just wondering, does anybody here really care about the lack of new Rebels (or heard reports of new figures on the way)?







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Scout Report / Re: Superstore
« on: October 23, 2017, 10:39:58 AM »
I'm guessing it doesn't as the price has to scan higher than the shelf tag.

If the item is not in the system, the scan probably won't produce a price.

If the item scan doesn't produce a price, the shelf tag price will most likely be used.

The price doesn't surprise me too much.  It's happened before that a new item at Superstore has been priced wrong.  I've only heard of the price being too low. 

I think it may have happened with the first wave of Vintage.  I know it did happen with a talking Iron Man - should have been around $30, but scanned at around $10. The price ended up fixed.

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