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The Black Series 6" Figure Line / Re: Haslab Rancor
« on: November 23, 2021, 03:27:36 PM »
This video pretty much sums up the Rancor Haslab situation with RotJ hilarity:

 :rollfloorlaffsmiley: :rollfloorlaffsmiley: :rollfloorlaffsmiley:

Online Shopping - Who's Got the Hot Items??? / Re: Updates
« on: November 23, 2021, 01:27:44 PM »
In case anyone hasn't yet heard: TRU has put an end to price matching with competitors like Walmart.  Not a huge surprise after Walmart did the same not that long ago. The new owner of TRU probably felt the lack of competition meant they could strip away this option without affecting their sales.

TRU will also no longer do a lowest-price guarantee for their own special sales like Black Friday, Boxing Week, Cyber Monday, etc.  which is the one that really hurts if you ask me.   I don't look forward to when they inevitably just remove the LPG completely or just go back to 15% off sales again.

Online Shopping - Who's Got the Hot Items??? / Re: Updates
« on: November 15, 2021, 02:32:35 PM »
I just placed an order today for the Luke, Tuskan, Ewok, and DSD. It says they are to be shipped on November 19. Time will tell.

I doubt that it will show up on that date.  My re-order said that I'd receive my DSD, Tusken and Luke on Nov 16th (tomorrow).  I just got a "your shipment will be delayed" email a few minutes ago.

This stuff will show up in 2022, mark my words.

Did anyone attend this toyshow?

I am curious as to what the turnout has been for the last 2 big toyshows.  I haven't been to any of these, partly because the Ontario numbers still feel too high for my comfort level (we just climbed from a low of about 390 new daily infections back up to above 600 again today so things aren't stable and are likely to climb again as we head into the winter).

Also, it seems as if the new change to let general admission happen at 12pm instead of 11pm is a huge ripoff. I wouldn't expect anything good to be left to buy after the hardcore collectors who paid $20 to get in, are there for 2 hours and searching through every bin they can find.  That's another huge reason why I'm going to waste the money to attend.

Wampa Cave / Re: Vintage Collection Antoc Merrick X-Wing
« 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.

Online Shopping - Who's Got the Hot Items??? / Re: Updates
« on: October 12, 2021, 10:04:20 PM »
damn I have prime and wanted that but it is back up to regular price.  argh. missed out

Actually it seems like is completely sold out of the Tantive IV hallway set.  The regular price item is actually being sold by a 3rd party seller, not Amazon itself.

Not surprising that they'd sell their stock out, $30 for a figure and the playset was a great deal.

That does make me wonder if $30 is the actual wholesale price of this item...

EDIT: looks like got in 3 more of the playsets overnight (the deal is over now anyway).

Non-Star Wars Toys / Re: HASLAB Marvel's Galactus
« on: September 08, 2021, 03:21:26 PM »
Ah here we go. I found out that it was Zeta Toys that got sued by Hasbro for doing a Unicron knockoff at the same time that Hasbro was trying to push for backers of their real Unicron Haslab.

The Zeta one looks pretty good actually.

Now if Hasbro would make a Leader or Voyager-scale Unicron, I'd get him just for fun, but nothing bigger than that.

Non-Star Wars Toys / Re: HASLAB Marvel's Galactus
« on: September 07, 2021, 07:28:27 PM »
Well one could see any Haslab as an investment in a "rare collectible" that should grow in value over time.  Tell your kids: "Kids, this may look a like a giant, expensive, space-hogging toy to you, but to your old man, this is the investment that will appreciate faster than any GIC or bond, and you can sell it someday after I'm gone, to send your own kids to space-university!"

This will be followed by dead silence from your children.

ALTERNATIVE:  I believe that you may still be able to get a 3rd party Unicron that would be more affordable. I recall Hasbro threatening to sue another company that was trying to sell pre-orders for their own Unicron at the time that Hasbro had their Haslab still running.  That one may be cheaper to get.

Off Topic / Re: Alternatives to Ebay, or advice on selling on ebay...
« on: September 06, 2021, 11:23:56 AM »
If you're selling on kijiji, just put statements like "Price is firm, will not renegotiate when we meet."  in the ad, or even when you message with the seller.

My one bad experience from many, many years ago when selling on kijiji was when a guy came to my home and deliberately didn't bring enough money with him.  If I recall, it was for a Batman figure for $25, and he arrived and said he only had $20 cash on him and handed it over and took the figure right out of my hands. Said he'd likely be buying more stuff from me in the future and would pay me back then. 

Of course I never saw him again.  Really, it happened so fast and I was so flabbergasted at the audacity of someone knowingly bringing insufficient cash, that I didn't have time to think about it, otherwise I'd have just booted him out.

Non-Star Wars Toys / Re: HASLAB Marvel's Galactus
« on: September 03, 2021, 01:12:16 PM »
I'm just banging my head on walls because that Unicron -- one on top of my wish list as a child -- will most probably never be on my shelves with my Movie TFs... :( :(

It can still be on your shelf...

you just have to pay and pay dearly!!!!   :crazy:

Space is my concern, less so the cost.  The only room I've got left is allocated for whenever Hasbro deems to gift us with a Haslab for the Death Star playset... and maybe other playsets from the OT era.

Off Topic / Re: Not to toot my own horn.... but I'm a grandpa!
« on: August 20, 2021, 01:13:40 PM »
Congratulations JR, enjoy being a grandpa!

Wampa Cave / ToysRUs has been bought
« on: August 19, 2021, 05:40:09 PM »

Putman Investments to buy Toys 'R' Us from Fairfax, brimming with ideas for overhaul

VAUGHAN, ONT. -- Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us Canada are getting a new owner, who is already full of ideas for how to revamp the retailer.

Putman Investments said Thursday that it will purchase the Vaughan Ont.-based brand and its 81 toy and children's stores from affiliates of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.

The company didn't reveal the deal's value, but Fairfax chief executive Prem Watsa said in a statement that his company will benefit from a continuing royalty stream and keep the real estate it acquired when buying the retailer for $300 million in 2018 from its U.S. parent, which had filed for bankruptcy protection.

Doug Putman, who runs the family-owned and Ancaster, Ont.-based investment firm, said he pursued the deal because he felt Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us Canada were a "fantastic fit" for his company given his experience overhauling iconic retailers.

"We love buying businesses that we feel are undervalued. We love a good turnaround," he said.

"We definitely think that there's a lot more growth and opportunity with Toys "R" Us in Canada, so I think we're excited to take on the challenge and start growing the business again."

Putman Investments owns Sunrise Records and Entertainment Ltd. and HMV. Last year, it purchased recently closed DavidsTea locations to turn into locations for its T. Kettle tea chain.

The company has leaned on the nostalgia people have for the brands it has acquired when turning them around, but has also expanded into new product categories and worked on bringing a sense of discovery and excitement to the stores.

When Putman looked at Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us, he saw great products and enthusiastic staff, but thought the stores "need to get more fun" and become more of an experience for kids.

"We've got to look at everything through the eyes of a child," he said.

The Toys "R" Us Canada that Putman will take over has spent the last few years tweaking its locations and products and exploring new revenue streams.

When the U.S. entity was struggling, Toys "R" Us Canada unveiled a plan to add benches to play areas, where children can test new products or take part in crafts and games.

Former Toys "R" Us president Melanie Teed-Murch also considered allowing families to throw birthday parties at stores, opening smaller locations and exploring food and beverage integrations.

While not all those plans came to fruition, Putman appears to have similar ideas.

"We've got this list of 100 really great ideas, whether it's birthday parties or a place to eat or... because we own T. Kettle, do you do something where kids can come in and have tea with a princess or some of the other characters?" he said.

"I think there's lots of options out there for us."

Wampa Cave / These prices... they be going up
« on: August 11, 2021, 09:09:47 PM »
Yakface recently reported about this coming price increase for all toys, not just Hasbro toys, to happen in the near future.  It's pretty tough to stomach given that the last price increase (which technically happened at the start of August) is just barely being digested when an even bigger increase is coming...

Tonight I was musing to myself when this would happen. It's really tough seeing a formerly $18 TVC figure now going for $20.  Then I happened onto and saw that uhhhh, the new-new price increase seems to already be coming into play?

Emperor's Royal Guard is $23

Snaggletooth (a pegwarmer) is also $23 so it seems that it isn't only because the ERG is an armybuilder:

So is the TPM Battledroid.  There are still some figures like Bespin Leia, Greef, Endor Han, etc. that remain at the current $20 pricepoint.  I saw a Captain Rex sold by Amazon and not a 3rd party seller, for $24.

These are grim times to be a toy collector.  Grim times.

 :(  :(   :(

Vintage Kenner (1978-1985) / Re: Tantive IV Playset
« on: August 11, 2021, 08:59:09 PM »
I haven't purchased this set but am still planning on it when the price is right.

I bought two sets during a sale and while I hated the set when I initially bought two at full price, it is "okay" value when you can get it on a good sale.  The white plastic still feels super-cheap and dollar-store quality to me, and I have grave concerns that it will turn yellow over time, never mind the stickers also peeling off, but it is nice to be able to recreate the classic scene in action figure form at long last.

If Hasbro had been smart, they would've released a retro Tantive IV rebel trooper at the same time as this set, so that those who didn't have enough super-articulated rebels (from the first release many many moons ago) could at least populate the hallway with some vintage Kenner-style rebels instead.  Hasbro would've made a killling if they timed it right.  Heck, I've got enough of the SA fleet troopers and I still would've bought 6 or 7 Kenner-style rebels as well.

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