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Title: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: skywalker1973 on September 30, 2021, 10:18:59 AM
Has anyone heard whether or not Toys R Us will be getting the Target US Exclusive Antoc Merrick X-Wing?  I see it's already hitting brick and mortar Targets so I  thought we might have heard something by now.  I haven't seen the retro prototype Stormtrooper up for order at toysrus.ca either.  Hopefully the new ownership doesn't have an aversion to bringing in Target exclusives.
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: Darth Woo on September 30, 2021, 12:13:04 PM
Generally, I find that Toys R Us just gets in Target exclusives.  They don't necessarily announce them.  They even get exclusives from other stores sometimes too.  This is especially true for Marvel Legends.
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: Darth Woo on September 30, 2021, 12:24:11 PM
Actually, this one was announced to be be TRU Exclusive in Canada already.  They stated that during the livestream.
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: skywalker1973 on September 30, 2021, 02:37:05 PM
Nice! Thanks for the info!
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: skywalker1973 on October 14, 2021, 11:00:33 PM
Picked up an Antoc Merrick X-Wing at TRU in Winnipeg today.
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: Darth Woo on October 15, 2021, 01:20:33 AM
How much was it?
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: JediPatrick on October 15, 2021, 06:46:42 AM
Picked up an Antoc Merrick X-Wing at TRU in Winnipeg today.

Cool! Finally landing in Canada!

Do you have the SKU or TRU's item number?

How many were there on the shelves? I'm a little anxious that stock might be limited...
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: skywalker1973 on October 15, 2021, 09:26:14 AM
SKN is 515523. Price is (brace yourselves) $159.99.

For the more value minded collector, Mission Fleet Millennium Falcon is on clearance right now for $29.98 at tru.  :)`
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: skywalker1973 on October 15, 2021, 09:49:43 AM
...oh also there were only 2 when I got there and I left the other one. Also there was no security device to mess up the box like they tended to do with the poe Dameron xwing and the galaxy's edge falcon.
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: JediPatrick on October 15, 2021, 09:57:32 AM
...oh also there were only 2 when I got there and I left the other one. Also there was no security device to mess up the box like they tended to do with the poe Dameron xwing and the galaxy's edge falcon.

That’s what I thought.  2 per store is not a lot. I sure hope that won’t be the case, but seeing all stock found in the USA right now makes me think Hasbro might have decided to send most of their inventory to the US to calm them down. Maybe the same is happening for the 50th TVC Walmart exclusives that we have yet to see here... :-\
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: JediPatrick on October 15, 2021, 10:35:39 AM
I'm furious. :mad0137: :mad0137:

Just talked to a TRU store manager and she confirmed me that Antoc Merrick's X-Wing WON'T BE COMING TO QUEBEC STORES AT ALL. They'll be available pretty much everywhere EXCEPT in Quebec. There is an official "ban" on it. And it's not due to the unilingual box: the box is trilogo!!!  :mad0137: >:(

And they can't even transfer an item from one store to a Quebec store.

I'm really pissed off. This is really excruciating as a hobby for me right now.

Anyway, any help  getting this would be greatly appreciated. I will cover the costs and shipping and handling fees, can PayPal the funds or etransfer them, as soon as purchase is made...

This kinda ruined my day... :-(



 
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: darthric on October 15, 2021, 11:29:56 AM
Hi, i'm in the same situation as JediPatrick, so if someone can grab one for me. It will much appreciated. Of course I will cover the shipping charge or Canada Post will with their FREE shipping each tuesday of october !

Let me know if someone could help me !

 :snowtroopers:
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: Darth Woo on October 15, 2021, 12:32:45 PM
...oh also there were only 2 when I got there and I left the other one. Also there was no security device to mess up the box like they tended to do with the poe Dameron xwing and the galaxy's edge falcon.

I kind of think that's what it'll be like here cause the TRU around me are still filled with Poe X-Wings.  I don't see them really wanting to bring over too many.

What sucks is that it's so big it'll be hard and expensive to ship.  For me, I have no room for another X-Wing.  I only wanted the figure so I'd probably end up skipping this altogether.
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: jjreason on October 15, 2021, 02:24:53 PM
Maybe Tunghori can help with just getting the figure. I'm going to browse for it periodically as I'd like one too.
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: Darth Woo on October 15, 2021, 06:40:51 PM
Yeah, that might be the way for me to go.  He has the new Walmart carbonized figures but I'm not interested in those.
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: jjreason on October 15, 2021, 07:31:34 PM
There is some possibility he will get a single carded release down the road. Hard for me to imagine they'd do all the work on that very desirable figure & card not to take another run at making some money off it.
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: iWookiee on October 16, 2021, 04:51:19 AM
Target is doing a  pre-order for BS Antoc Merrick
TCIN: 81959544
UPC: 5010993904990
Item Number (DPCI): 087-16-3069
Not Vintage, but if you just wanted the fig. TRU will probably get this one too...eventually.
https://www.target.com/p/star-wars-the-black-series-antoc-merrick-target-exclusive/-/A-81959544
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: fishfan on October 16, 2021, 09:05:35 AM
There is some possibility he will get a single carded release down the road. Hard for me to imagine they'd do all the work on that very desirable figure & card not to take another run at making some money off it.
  This is certainly possible, but they would probably change the cardback to differentiate the versions.  I'm ok with that.
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: jjreason on October 16, 2021, 09:12:37 AM
Target is doing a  pre-order for BS Antoc Merrick
TCIN: 81959544
UPC: 5010993904990
Item Number (DPCI): 087-16-3069
Not Vintage, but if you just wanted the fig. TRU will probably get this one too...eventually.
https://www.target.com/p/star-wars-the-black-series-antoc-merrick-target-exclusive/-/A-81959544

That's probably going to be a 6" version as opposed to the 3.75" - still a great choice for a Black Series figure.
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: Goldenrod on October 19, 2021, 10:32:42 AM
Found 1, or should I Say 6 in Montréal
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: jjreason on October 19, 2021, 02:00:20 PM
Hopefully JediPatrick has the same luck. I'm glad it's there for you guys.
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: Goldenrod on October 19, 2021, 02:52:45 PM
Hopefully JediPatrick has the same luck. I'm glad it's there for you guys.

We live close, I Got him one
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: jjreason on October 19, 2021, 08:53:22 PM
Awesome.  :)`
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: Darth Woo on October 21, 2021, 07:24:23 PM
I'm furious. :mad0137: :mad0137:

Just talked to a TRU store manager and she confirmed me that Antoc Merrick's X-Wing WON'T BE COMING TO QUEBEC STORES AT ALL. They'll be available pretty much everywhere EXCEPT in Quebec. There is an official "ban" on it. And it's not due to the unilingual box: the box is trilogo!!!  :mad0137: >:(

And they can't even transfer an item from one store to a Quebec store.

I'm really pissed off. This is really excruciating as a hobby for me right now.

Anyway, any help  getting this would be greatly appreciated. I will cover the costs and shipping and handling fees, can PayPal the funds or etransfer them, as soon as purchase is made...

This kinda ruined my day... :-(

I don't know if the statement is related just Quebec City or anywhere in the province of Quebec.

However, I saw a report that someone found this at a Montreal TRU. 

Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: JediPatrick on October 21, 2021, 09:23:00 PM
I'm furious. :mad0137: :mad0137:

Just talked to a TRU store manager and she confirmed me that Antoc Merrick's X-Wing WON'T BE COMING TO QUEBEC STORES AT ALL. They'll be available pretty much everywhere EXCEPT in Quebec. There is an official "ban" on it. And it's not due to the unilingual box: the box is trilogo!!!  :mad0137: >:(

And they can't even transfer an item from one store to a Quebec store.

I'm really pissed off. This is really excruciating as a hobby for me right now.

Anyway, any help  getting this would be greatly appreciated. I will cover the costs and shipping and handling fees, can PayPal the funds or etransfer them, as soon as purchase is made...

This kinda ruined my day... :-(

I don't know if the statement is related just Quebec City or anywhere in the province of Quebec.

However, I saw a report that someone found this at a Montreal TRU.

Yes, the statement was for the entire province. That'swhat the TRU store manager in Laval (near Montreal) tol me after looking at her computer, looking at all the stock numbers everywhere but showing N/A in all Quebec. She even looked and told me there was a note saying the product was not adequate for Quebec. And she even told me the system wouldn't allow a transfer from a store locted in another province to a store in Quebec.

So it seems she was a stupid MF liar. And I begin to think she probably knew I was a collector (even though I barely set foot in this store) and she just wanted to get rid of me.

Apparently there are only two stores in the Montreal area (yet) that have received this item. All others show zero stock, but that will certainly change soon.

So lesson learned: never trust a big MF b**tch working at TRU.  >:(

Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: fishfan on October 22, 2021, 07:19:58 AM
Having worked at TRU for over 10 years, I find this distasteful. You wouldn't call her this to her face and at the end of the day, you're talking about an overpriced piece of plastic.  That we live in a world where you got this animated over a mistake in a computer system that this person can only look stuff up on is ridiculous. 

There have been numerous items at TRU and other retailers that never get shipped to Quebec typically because of the language laws.  Many exclusives aren't manufactured with bilingual or trilingual packaging and as a result, don't show up there.

Grow up.
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: napseeker on October 22, 2021, 01:21:38 PM
Yes, the statement was for the entire province. That'swhat the TRU store manager in Laval (near Montreal) tol me after looking at her computer, looking at all the stock numbers everywhere but showing N/A in all Quebec. She even looked and told me there was a note saying the product was not adequate for Quebec. And she even told me the system wouldn't allow a transfer from a store locted in another province to a store in Quebec.

So it seems she was a stupid MF liar. And I begin to think she probably knew I was a collector (even though I barely set foot in this store) and she just wanted to get rid of me.

Apparently there are only two stores in the Montreal area (yet) that have received this item. All others show zero stock, but that will certainly change soon.

So lesson learned: never trust a big MF b**tch working at TRU.  >:(

This is a bit harsh.  I have a friend who works at my local TRU and she quite often has helped me out over the past decade. There have been times over the years where she swears up and down that a certain item that I'm looking for isn't in the back storeroom (and since she stocks the shelves regularly, and goes back there, I have no reason not to believe her).  BUT since I go to my local store almost daily during the pre-pandemic times, I will come into the store the very next day and that same item which supposedly didn't come in, has been put out on the shelf!

It's possible that she could've lied for some reason, or simply gotten confused and didn't realize the product was in the storeroom (the identification on the Hasbro boxes aren't always 100% easy to tell what toy is inside), but in general I don't believe 99% of TRU employees are trying to screw with customers. It wouldn't make good business sense.  It's likely that they aren't aware of everything going on around them, or the computer system isn't updated with the latest changes, maybe even confusion (she recently swore that she put out a MotU Origins Skeletor that I'd been looking for during her shift last week, but since I was there at the time, I knew she hadn't, I attribute it to misremembering on her part).

I think the key thing is not to fully and blindly trust what any one person tells you about the availability of specific stock. You still have to do your own due diligence and unfortunately make regular toyruns to verify that the toy won't still make it to the shelf in some way.


Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: TILALLR1 on October 22, 2021, 05:22:08 PM
How are you guys searching the store stock? I have been checking the last several weeks but have come up empty.
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: Ookk on October 22, 2021, 05:35:21 PM
I found one at my local (Ontario) TRU.  Wasn't showing up on stock track at all; just had a gut feeling.
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: LordPrelude on October 24, 2021, 09:56:04 AM
I scored one in a toys r us in Ontario. Box was mint and wasn’t tied up with those security tags.
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: JediPatrick on October 25, 2021, 07:11:12 AM
Yes, the statement was for the entire province. That'swhat the TRU store manager in Laval (near Montreal) tol me after looking at her computer, looking at all the stock numbers everywhere but showing N/A in all Quebec. She even looked and told me there was a note saying the product was not adequate for Quebec. And she even told me the system wouldn't allow a transfer from a store locted in another province to a store in Quebec.

So it seems she was a stupid MF liar. And I begin to think she probably knew I was a collector (even though I barely set foot in this store) and she just wanted to get rid of me.

Apparently there are only two stores in the Montreal area (yet) that have received this item. All others show zero stock, but that will certainly change soon.

So lesson learned: never trust a big MF b**tch working at TRU.  >:(

This is a bit harsh.  (...)

I think the key thing is not to fully and blindly trust what any one person tells you about the availability of specific stock. You still have to do your own due diligence and unfortunately make regular toyruns to verify that the toy won't still make it to the shelf in some way.

Agreed. I certainly was carried away in my comment. It's not what I'm used to, so sorryabout the woring.

But the thing is, I went back to the same store to inquire (again) about availability in the whole area. When she looked at me, she recognized me for the one guy who asked her the same thing the week before.  Then, she raised her eyebrows up and her whole body language told me she was not pleased to answer me. Her tone changed from a welcoming warm to a cold icy and brutal one. I didn't feel like she was servicing a customer: I felt like I asked for something I shouldn't ask and was going way too far, beyond the limit of what I should do.

Again, I'm not a regular customer for this store, visitin maybe 4-5 times a year. So I wasn't the one bugging her all the time asking for help: I didn't know her at all two weeks ago. But I stand my ground saying she didn't want to help and rather wanted to push me away from her sight asap.

Anyway, I wasn't rude to her, on the contrary was very polite and frienly, as always (I'm never rude to anyone for that matter). I was just venting here against a store employee attitude I didn't feel I deserved. But who knows? Maybe she's being harrassed all the time by other collectors and got me confused with someone else? Or maybe she doesn't really like adult toy collectors at all. In fact, I would probably be very judgemental if I didn't collect toys myself and saw grown up men asking for store exclusive toys meant for 4+ yo...  :rollfloorlaffsmiley:
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: Darth Woo on October 25, 2021, 12:55:18 PM
Have you emailed Toys R Us corporate?

Also, the employees actually don't always know what is coming.  The guy I deal with all the time at the one close to my work says they get weekly newsletters telling them what's upcoming.

Another thing they seem to be doing is breaking up cases so some stores get one figure and another one gets another figure.  This is to 'encourage' people to go to all the stores.  Case in point, I only ever saw Obi Wan and Hawk from the Clone Wars 6" line at 2 of the stores.  They told me that the store farther from me is the one that got Echo and Anakin.

The employee did say he didn't agree with that new tactic though.
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: jjreason on October 27, 2021, 09:07:26 AM
The old adage "you catch more flies with honey than you do with ****" works with store employees too. They can become powerful allies when you least expect it... and it's very rarely if ever their fault the store doesn't have/they can't find the item you're looking for. I'm not typically one for answer shopping, but in cases like this it doesn't hurt to ask a different employee to have a look if the one doesn't seem to be having much luck or motivation in finding whatever it is you want.
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: darthric on October 30, 2021, 08:14:56 AM
The Antoc Merrick X-Wing is in stock on Toysrus.ca at the time of this post!

 :snowtroopers:
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: tarkin on October 30, 2021, 08:51:17 AM
Got mine in store the other day.  Face paint app is wonky though, I'm going to see if Hasbro will exchange it.
Title: Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
Post by: Darth Woo on October 30, 2021, 03:17:05 PM
They will offer you item of equal or greater value after ou send the whole thing back.