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Scout Report / Superstore Clearance
« on: September 01, 2018, 07:16:34 AM »
My local superstore was clearing out star wars and a few other toys, prices were great:
Ep8 3.75" Figures: 2.97
Ep8 3.75" Fig 2 Packs: 4.97
Ep8 3.75" Ski Speeder: 19.97
Star Wars Titan Figures (I.e. 12" cheapies): 1.97
Transformers All Spark Figures (you might not care but your son probably will): 14.97

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Scout Report / Toys r Us Falcon Mini Build Saturday June 2
« on: June 02, 2018, 09:17:57 AM »
It's for kids only, but toys r us has a lego falcon mini build today starting at 11am. They'll get to make and take a solo version mini falcon, get a "assemble your crew" solo poster with stickers, and a free $5 gift card for showing up.

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Wampa Cave / Cineplex The Last Jedi Opening Night Fan Event
« on: October 10, 2017, 12:52:19 PM »
Some Cineplex theatres will be holding a Star Wars The Last Jedi Opening Night Fan Event on Thursday, December 14.
https://www.cineplex.com/Movie/star-wars-the-last-jedi-opening-night-fan-event

Be among the first to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the 6PM Opening Night Fan Event. Fans will be treated with exclusive content, collectible cards, and a special concession offer.



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Wampa Cave / Toys R Us Canada Midnight Openings
« on: August 25, 2017, 12:38:23 PM »
Star Wars Force Friday II Midnight Openings

Friday, September 1st
12:00 a.m. (local time) opening

Five locations across the country will give fans their first opportunity to shop the brand-new toys from
Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Limited stock available. Purchase limits apply on select product. While quantities last.

The first 100 Force Friday II attendees will also receive a FREE Funko POP! Star Wars T-shirt AND a FREE collectible Star Wars poster (while supplies last).

Langley, BC - 19705 Fraser Highway
Calgary, AB - 10450 Macleod Trail SE
Edmonton, AB - 3940 Gateway Blvd
Etobicoke, ON - 690 Evans Avenue
Whitby, ON - 50 Thickson Road South

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It's currently available at $32.99.

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Amazon.com has the SDCC shared exclusive Snoke Funko Pop. $20 USD plus shipping,  limit 2.

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There's a very cool kickstarter project that's just started.  It is located here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1863512350/the-archaeology-of-star-wars-journey-to-tatooine

This one should be worth backing because of who's behind it.  It chronicles the original journey to Tunisia to find the Tatooine filming locations.  Today, with Star Wars tourism a thing, an internet search can now yield everything down to GPS coordinates for film locations, but back in 1995 not even Lucasfilm knew exactly where to look for them, let alone find them.  An individual came along and put his archaeological skills to the test to see if anything remained from decades past.  He found them all. Shortly after that Lucasfilm contacted him and eventually hired him.

For anyone that's followed the DK Incredible Cross Sections books and Visual Dictionaries, you'll notice that especially the very first ones were incredibly detailed and well written.  That's because of their details-oriented author, David West Reynolds. He's the main guy behind this kickstarter and the rewards packages look like they maintain that impressive informative/visual appealing approach that made the cross sections and visual dictionary books so awesome.

There's even one package that includes a sample of Tatooine sand - check it out!

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Scout Report / McQuarrie Concept 12" Electronic Vader $20!
« on: June 05, 2017, 01:33:37 PM »
Most of us are probably aware of it, but I don't want anyone to miss out just in case. The Hasbro 12" Electronic Duel Darth Vader is based on the Rebels version of Vader which is itself a direct copy of the Ralph McQuarrie concept painting Vader (see here for more info http://www.starwars.com/news/an-annotated-guide-to-the-star-wars-portfolio-by-ralph-mcquarrie ).

Anyways, walmart.ca has them on clearance for $20
https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/star-wars-rebels-electronic-duel-darth-vader-action-figure/6000196148717

...so technically that is a 12" McQuarrie concept Electronic Vader figure for $20!  Can't beat that deal if you're a McQuarrie fan!

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Scout Report / Cinefex Magazine Rogue One Issue Out Now
« on: March 13, 2017, 01:53:41 PM »
Cinefex Magazine #151 is the issue with the Rogue One coverage in it, it's in stores now.  I found my copy at a local Chapters store.  Good articles and photos especially on the digital Tarkin and Leia.

http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue151.htm

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Scout Report / Rogue One Blu Ray Preorder Exclusives
« on: February 26, 2017, 08:52:52 AM »
Here's what I could find for Canadian retailers offering exclusives if you preorder the Rogue One Blu Ray from them:

34.99 Steelbook version at Bestbuy.ca:
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/movie-rogue-one-a-star-wars-story-english-steelbook-only-at-best-buy-3d-blu-ray-combo-2016-movie/m2223513.aspx?path=4246b0059b3d0e80d8309d458ffaeab7en02

29.96 K2S0 exclusive cover version c/w 2 galaxy connections card discs at Walmart.ca
https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/rogue-one-a-star-wars-story-wal-mart-exclusive-blu-ray-dvd-digital-hd-bilingual/6000196818826

31.95 four lithographs in a color folder that you receive as soon as you preorder at brick and mortar Disney Store in Canada(link is for U.S. Disney store.com so you can see the lithos):

https://www.disneystore.com/live-action-movies-entertainment-rogue-one-a-star-wars-story-bluray-combo-pack-with-free-lithograph-set-offer-preorder/mp/1425984/1000318/

HMV.ca understandably has nothing :(

The regular Blu Ray with no exclusives seems to be going for around $24.96.

I did the Disney Store one since we have one in Winnipeg and the lithos looked pretty good. Same quality and format as what they did for Ep7.

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Scout Report / Zaini Chocolate Eggs
« on: February 12, 2017, 11:50:34 AM »
I found some chocolate eggs with Star Wars "toys" inside at the local co-op gas station. They're not kinder eggs though, they're by a company out of Italy called Zaini.
http://www.zainispa.it/STARWARS/
So far I've only gotten 2 erasers and from that link it looks like there's 36 different toys/figures to collect. Kinder's toys were way better and even those weren't too amazing, so piecing together a full set of these will be a task I'll leave to someone else! Thought I'd report it anyways though, especially since this, like kinder eggs, can't be sold in the USA.

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Scout Report / Gillette Rogue One Gift Sets
« on: December 03, 2016, 10:15:27 AM »
Walmart and walmart.ca have 2 of the 4 gillette gift sets shown at this link:

http://epicstream.com/videos/Watch-Gillettes-Fantastic-Rogue-One-A-Star-Wars-Story-Commercial

They have the white boxed stormtrooper set at $15 and the death trooper 3 pack at $20.
I haven't seen the xwing pilot or the death trooper 4 pack set in Canada yet.  Had to get those from Walgreens across the border. If you want them, pick them up when you see them because these kinds of gift sets typically show up at a store once or twice in low numbers before Christmas and then they're gone.

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Scout Report / The Bay Online - Royal Selangor Pewter
« on: July 02, 2016, 08:29:21 AM »
If you do a search for star wars at the Bay's online store
http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay
...you'll find underwear, luggage, flipflops and now the interesting part: a whole bunch of Royal Selangor pewter items. The pewter stuff is fairly expensive but it's probably more something that someone would buy a star wars fan for an anniversary or grad gift for someone who "has everything" rather than a line where you would try to collect them all.
Checking the Royal Selangor website
https://www.royalselangor.com/landing/star-wars-collection#breadcrumb
...the Bay's prices are less than the Royal Selangor website and they're in Cdn dollars so there's that.
Seems like the bay isn't trying to compete with walmart and toysrus, they're going for niche items that those stores wouldn't carry. Good on them,  gives us some variety.

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Wampa Cave / Getting Organized
« on: June 23, 2016, 01:12:01 AM »
Back in mid April there was a tip posted on rebelscum about a star wars lego set that would only be available on April 30 and only to lego VIP members at an invitation only event at brick and mortar lego stores.  Escape the Space Slug was the set, it looked cool. When it comes to lego I only collect star wars and I only collect the select few that I like, it ends up being about a $500 a year or less commitment. Since I'm in the VIP program I called the store to see if I could get an invite.  It turns out they had already given out all invites to a local adult fans of lego group so the best I could do was get on the wait list. Long story short, someone cancelled, I got in, brought my son, and together we rang up enough of a bill to get the space Slug set. On to my point.
The lego fan group was noticed because they'd reached out and were organized. Does anyone else at Snowtroopers.ca see some value in us getting organized so that if lego, Hasbro, disney/LFL,etc want to get in touch with the Canadian star wars fan base,  they have us as a group on their contacts list?
I'm thinking it would start with some basic correspondence with the kind of organizations I listed above that explains who we are and can list members by province. We basically make ourselves known and let them know we're willing to be of service to them since it's our hobby. If it helps them target their marketing better and figure out their fan base better,  bonus for them. If it gives us a clearer, unified voice with the organizations we patronize all the time with our hobby,  bonus for us.
What does everyone think?


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