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Hi all,

I've got a number of BS 6" for trade or sale:

Luke Skywalker Jedi Master
Rey (Jedi Training)
40th Chewbacca
40th C-3P0
40th Han Solo

40th R2-D2
K-2S0 (White eyes variant - small crunch in the bottom left corner)
Han Solo (Orange Box)

Slave Leia (US Box)
Boba Fett (US Box)
Ahsoka Tano
Captain Phasma
Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath)
Lando Calrissian

Emperor's Royal Guard
Elite Praetorian Guard
Captain Poe Dameron

Also I have 3.75 BS of
Emperor's Royal Guard
Admiral Ackbar
Imperial Death Trooper
Ahsoka Tano

What am i looking for?

There is a long list of Vintage Collection figures I'm looking for - some are the more common ones but most of the rarer ones I'm still looking for
  • Grand Moff tarkin
    Ahsoka Tano
    Emperor's Royal Guard
    Leia (Hoth Outfit)
    Jango Fett
    Han Solo (Yavin Ceremony)
    Luke Skywalker (Dagobah Landing)
    Dr. Cornelius Evazan
    Ponda Baba (Walrus Man)
    Nien Numb

and to a lesser extent:
  • Dack Ralter
    Super Battle Droid

I'm also looking for the 40th Luke X-Wing pilot .

If you want to simply buy, let me know what you are interested in and I'll give you a fair price. 

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Online Shopping - Who's Got the Hot Items??? / Re: Barnes and Noble
« on: September 21, 2017, 08:06:57 PM »
I ordered the Royal Guard 4 pack from Barnes and Noble today. They only charge $6.50 in shipping to Canada, at least for me. With exchange the whole thing came out to just over $114. This works out to just less than $29 per figure and this is what we pay in Canada anyway for the regular figures. Even if I get taxed at the post office when it arrives it really is no different than buying it in country.

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/toys-games-star-wars-the-black-series-guard-action-figure-4-pack/31435658?ean=0630509602810

Now if only I can get the Snoke somewhere other than Gamestop. I am hoping EB Games brings it here.

Wow - I mean it's $90.75 US which is about $112 right now (more I suppose when it appears on your credit card) which is WAY less then these exclusive generally are here.  I'm remembering the Astromech set at TRU being 89.99 + tax and that wasn't shipped to my front door.  And this is 4 full-sized figure.

Good Deal.

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Wampa Cave / Re: TRU files for bankruptcy protection
« on: September 21, 2017, 07:56:06 PM »
Hasbro, on the other hand, has done their homework. They have figured out how to force their customers (big & small) to order the max number of cases to meet demand for the few really interesting figures - it's the same as the comic companies forcing stores to buy 100 copies of a book just to have access to 4 copies of the desirable cover. Hasbro still sells their 1000s of cases, even if 3/4 of the product is never going to be sold at regular retail price. And to top it all off - in order to keep their Hasbro distributorship, the buyer MUST meet certain target purchasing numbers or they can't buy any more!! Talk about a game rigged in someone's favor!  :speechless-smiley-004:

For sure.  They are purposely harming their distribution channel's run rate.  Without pegwarmers, you'd think they can move through more stock -
 that means somewhere there is a bean-counter that has either convinced (or proven) that using that method, lazy as it may seem, to be more profitable than to be more agile in meeting their customer needs. 

I'm sure it's not all tin-foil hats there - some of it is they just guess wrong.  Like sometimes you make Constable Zuvio and then the character gets cut from the movie and what can you do?  You've already mass produced Constable Zuvio.  Other times you guess wrong on how many Jyn Ersos and Cassians are wanted and how many Chirruts and Bazes are wanted and you screw up there too. 

But it's all about those case assortments, one way or another.  (Case in point - we are going to see a LOT of Kylo Rens on the shelf this season)

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Wampa Cave / Re: TRU files for bankruptcy protection
« on: September 21, 2017, 10:14:10 AM »
I'm not sure you understood my point.  TRU does NOT have the options.  Hasbro took them away in the name of operational efficiency.

But they do. Customer buying patterns can be analyzed on multiple levels in order to support purchase orders. Historical sales data is there not only for Hasbro but for all manufacturers, categories of toys, age groups, gender etc. Instead of doing their homework and basing orders largely on historical demand and current trends, Toys R Us buys a little of everything winding up with too much of some items and not enough of others. If they did a better job at their analysis to support their ordering, they would be more successful, regardless of what buying options the various toy manufacturers offer.

No doubt.

But they do NOT have the option to buy whole cases of a single figure even when it's clear that the figure is far and away the most popular, nor do they have the ability to avoid the figure that will warm their pegs when they try to fill back up their shelves, as was stated originally.  They don't have the option to get a mix of their choosing to reflect regional differences - just an algorithm that re-orders product when stock levels are down, and even if they had that option, they would need a person, not an algorithm to do so, raising their costs.    Sure, they could steer clear of white and orange Stormtrooper blasters in favour of *more* figures, but that would only exacerbate the peg-warming issue - to which is the only issue I'm stating can't be reasonably resolved by TRU. 

I have had an account with Hasbro before.  I could do all the homework I wanted and still it would never, ever allow us to avoid receiving mountains of peg-warmers. 

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Wampa Cave / Re: TRU files for bankruptcy protection
« on: September 20, 2017, 09:40:34 PM »
Those days of non-sigma six shipping are gone - and logistically not realistic. You are assuming there is someone like yourself who cares at every level of the chain (including store level, district and national level) about *which* star wars figures are being bought and sold at TRU.  Now stretch that across every toy line they've got - that's a lot of people - and a super unlikely scenario to actually occur.

That's precisely my point though; Toys R Us has options at their disposal to take advantage of to please the customer, but they aren't doing it. If a retailer could monitor selling trends back in 1978 and place additional orders for high selling items, then a company in 2017 surely can.

I'm not sure you understood my point.  TRU does NOT have the options.  Hasbro took them away in the name of operational efficiency.

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Wampa Cave / Re: TRU files for bankruptcy protection
« on: September 20, 2017, 07:22:50 PM »
I'm not sure it's 100% Toys R Us fault on that one.  I'm sure the Hasbro Corp sales people are pushing all those role-play items that take up enormous amounts of shelf space and rarely, if ever, move.  But it's obvious they have totally lost touch with what items are likely to leave their shelves and run-rates for those items.   It's not just Star Wars items either.  Other segments are equally poorly served.

Definitely, but there are things that they can do to satisfy the customer that they aren't doing. For instance, in the vintage era, Kenner (now Hasbro) would ship solid pack cases of one figure if it was difficult to keep in stock if retailers ordered them. If Toys R Us would take advantage of that these days, it would eliminate people from having to buy online from the USA for elusive figures like the Emperor's Royal Guard.

Those days of non-sigma six shipping are gone - and logistically not realistic. You are assuming there is someone like yourself who cares at every level of the chain (including store level, district and national level) about *which* star wars figures are being bought and sold at TRU.  Now stretch that across every toy line they've got - that's a lot of people - and a super unlikely scenario to actually occur.

Anything less than that amount of work and you won't get what you want.  And if that happened, I don't think you'd like the increase in price as the massive headcount would require TRU to charge.

No the problem is mostly Hasbro's there.  They *do* have people who are in charge of their product lines, and they are almost solely responsible for the terrible waves of figures which keep their own product from moving out the door.  They boggle the mind. While I appreciate they probably make these decisions months before they would know about existing pegwarmers and sometimes have to guess fan interest, it's like they are deliberately obtuse about understanding their own market.  For example, how many times does the ERG have to be a chase figure before they repack it in a 2nd wave?  The last time I recall the ERG appearing again in a wave after it's original release was 1997 Freeze Frames..

Apparently Toys R Us Canada is in the black and has been helping to prop up Toys R Us USA for some time now:

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/retail-marketing/profitable-toys-r-us-canada-granted-court-protection-after-u-s-parent-files-for-chapter-11/wcm/55c27a9f-67b6-4718-83cb-1f532c780eb9

I find this very, very interesting, but ultimately less surprising when I thought about it.  There are, really, only a couple of places to get toys in Canada. (This was the only good thing about having target around).   And there are still people who simply will not set foot in a Wal-mart - and they have to buy toys for their kids/presents.

And Toys R Us .ca is not too shabby.  They really, really need to put some of that cash into a top-notch place to retail toys.

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Wampa Cave / Re: TRU files for bankruptcy protection
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:04:53 AM »
On the Star Wars front alone, they should know by now that the 3 3/4" action figures are king, yet they only stock on average about 8 - 12 pegs of them; many of them being several years old. Many new items are hard to find, and they often skip waves forcing collectors to turn to other US-based companies to buy product.

I'm not sure it's 100% Toys R Us fault on that one.  I'm sure the Hasbro Corp sales people are pushing all those role-play items that take up enormous amounts of shelf space and rarely, if ever, move.  But it's obvious they have totally lost touch with what items are likely to leave their shelves and run-rates for those items.   It's not just Star Wars items either.  Other segments are equally poorly served.

The whole industry needs a shake up - Toys R Us is just suffering because their entire business model is based on the toy industry.

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The Toys - Snowtrooper Reviews! / Kylo Ren's Tie Silencer
« on: September 07, 2017, 06:28:38 PM »
I'm gona keep this short and to the point - If you buy any vehicles at all, do not miss this one!

It's got a great design, the "rocket firing that may not actually ever happen in a movie" are well hidden (you don't ever have to see them, and they take nothing away from the design). and the sheer blackness of the vehicles just makes it look badass.  To be perfectly honest, if the ship wasn't even in the movie, I'd still want it.


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Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: September 07, 2017, 12:58:18 PM »
I noticed similar bends down the right hand side of the cards at my local TRU so it may indicate that the cards came that way out of the case.  The cardbacks are very lightweight and probably that makes them more prone to damage.

Unlikely.  It wouldn't be the first time there was a cadre of benders on a crusade to make sure the "saclpers" weren't getting the toys.

Could be we went to the same TRU though, OMB, but I think this one where I saw them is south of the one you would have gone to.

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Announcements / Toy Shows / Contests / Re: Fan Expo 2017 Toronto
« on: September 02, 2017, 08:38:22 PM »
It's Hasbro and toys r us....so unfortunately taxes are always extra.  Even though it's all Hasbro products, it's more of a Toys r Us store as you get a Toys R Us receipt when you cash out. Even though there is about 100000 people at the show, I did not have to wait in line for the hasbrostore....I just walked in. There is a limit of 1 of each and every item.  I went in the store 3 times today...spoke with the same Hasbro folks and they didnt give me a hard time. Lots of stuff still left.

If everyone is wondering why there is no product on the shelves at Walmart or Toys R Us retail stores it's because it's all at Fan Expo.

Saw some of the stars there today....Norman Reedus, Anthony Daniels, Famke Jansen, Richard Dryfuss ( please excuse the spelling of names).

Yeah I didn't know about the limit, went in with my daughter and they would not let me buy an extra Hera or Rey for her.  So of course I sent my wife and picked up what I needed.

And yup, all the product was at Fan expo.  I did some math and I'd guess they had anywhere between 300-400 cases there of everything *per day*.

Curious, did they have any of the theoretically WM exclusive small Black Series figures or the 6" ERG there? Hoping to see those on the shelves soon.

Nope - only waves of the new stuff.  That wave is gonna be scarce here in Canada.  EB Games had some of them, though all the ERGs were gone on Thursday when I was there.

Did you happen to see the G.I. Joe Cobra Missile Command Headquarters and if so how much it cost?

A friend is going on Sunday and she offered to pick up a couple things for me. Am hoping the missile command HQ is still in stock.

I saw it there.  Sorry can't remember the price.  It looked darn cool.  Super retro.

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Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: September 01, 2017, 06:50:33 PM »
The Hasbro Store at Fan Expo had hundreds of everything.  Probably still do at this point they just kept stocking the shelves from what I could see.

I picked up the 6" wave (minus Vader), the Rey and Kylo Titanium series (I'm really liking these), the Thrawn Exclusive (easily the best exclusive packaging ever) and Rey's speeder for my daughter (it was too expensive, but bought it anyway)

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Wampa Cave / Re: Prowse documentary
« on: August 23, 2017, 01:38:40 PM »
I saw it.  I didn't feel as sympathetic to Prowse the way the documentary seemed to want me to be, except for the way he was seemingly blacklisted.

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I got the Rogue One 6" 3-pack and the Saga 7-pack from Target.com - seemed to be a good deal.  You have to pay the customs but with the free shipping totally worth it.


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The Black Series (2013-2018) / Last wave of 6" in Canada?
« on: August 04, 2017, 06:00:04 PM »
I'm not sure the 2017 Wave 3 (Qui-Gon, Lando and ERG and Tusken Raider with repack K-2S0 and Krennic) is gonna show up in numbers in Canada - possibly not on any shelves at all.  While I've seen a few on sale from eBay members in Canada, not really sure that they got theirs on the retails shelves.

With The Last Jedi figures on their way in less than 1 month and the clearance on all the figures on the shelves not actually clearing these out, If you are looking to get these figs I'd look to online retailers soon.

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