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Online Shopping - Who's Got the Hot Items??? / Re: Amazon.ca Updates
« on: December 14, 2018, 08:21:07 AM »
Sales over, but L3-37 and Rio are both 15% off ($8.49) for anyone still looking for them. 

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Online Shopping - Who's Got the Hot Items??? / Re: Amazon.ca Updates
« on: December 13, 2018, 09:30:46 PM »
Here's the link - https://www.amazon.ca/b?node=18457737011&pf_rd_p=48736569-0d9c-45ff-b2e3-319684f711e1&pf_rd_r=9V0MEK2595E3Q1PJ3C0N

It's not everything.  They have a note that it's only toys sold by Amazon.ca, but even that can be hit and miss.  It's definitely not everything.

I find some items mention the 15% and some don't.

If you have two items in the cart, the new price should show on the shipping option (2 days, 3 days, etc.) page. 

When I put a bunch of stuff to see what had the extra 15%, however, it only showed on the last page (the payment page), but only as the total percent off.  It didn't show the individual items.

With Amazon generally matching TRU lego prices, if you collect lego, I'd suggest checking out that stuff.  A lot of lego seemed to have the 15% applied.

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Online Shopping - Who's Got the Hot Items??? / Re: Amazon.ca Updates
« on: December 13, 2018, 11:50:38 AM »
Amazon.ca's offering an additional 15% off toys today.

It's not being applied to everything they're selling, but some nice deals can still be found.

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Wampa Cave / Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
« on: November 16, 2018, 04:05:10 PM »
Hadn't considered Mouse.

I've mostly checked out customiser sites for options (like Vortious Customs), but that MU Rogers head had really stuck out to me. 

It's shape is closer to the original Flash than the 25th one is (more oblong than round like the 25th Flash), the hair reminds me of Flash's illustrated appearances, and the intensity on its face is reminiscent of the orginal card art.

Ultimately my kids will be getting it so it probably doesn't really matter if I can "improve" the head or not, but since Flash is one of my faves and the 25th version (in my opinion) was so off target, if I get the chance to pick up a good replacement at an acceptable price (i.e. single digit shipped), I probably will. 

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Wampa Cave / Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
« on: November 16, 2018, 01:49:44 PM »
You might like this Darth Woo.

One of the purchases was for a TRU exclusive 3.75" Star Lord.  It uses the MU Steve Rogers head sculpt, but with darker hair. 

I planned on using that head for the 25th Anniversary Flash.  Never cared for the head that came with it.  In my opinion, it looks nothing like the comic, cartoon, original figure, or card art.

The MU Steve Rogers head is the only head I've found so far that gets closest to my "head cannon" Flash (i.e. the original card art) so when I saw the Star Lord auction at a decent price, I was all over it.

I'm hoping when the strike is over, Chinese sellers will quickly re-start shipping. 

I want to finish off my Flash dagnabit.

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Wampa Cave / Ebay, China, and Canada Post
« on: November 16, 2018, 12:06:09 PM »
I don't know how widespread this is, but I've had two orders cancelled in the last two days.

According to one seller, China Post is not accepting mail to Canada right now due to the strike.

Apparently this just started in the past day or so.

From the seller:

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The Canada postal union is oranizing a stirke now,and the postoffice stop the shipping to Ca form today,i can not send it out,sorry.

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Vintage Kenner (1978-1985) / Anyone Looking for a Blue Snaggletooth?
« on: October 28, 2018, 02:24:12 PM »
Saw this auction on ebay - https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Large-lot-of-vintage-Star-Wars-figures-over-100/163329279087?hash=item26072f046f:g:b24AAOSwKcRbzgz7:rk:1:pf:0

If link doesn't work, search "Large Lot of vintage star wars figures over 100".

100+ figures including a blue snaggletooth.

Current bid is $499 (plus $60 shipping) so not cheap, but considering a blue snaggletooth alone can fetch over $250...

Proceed with caution, of course.  Just thought I'd post in case a snowtrooper might be interested in checking it out. 

If everything's legit, seems like it might be one of those oh my gosh, you paid what for what? auctions.

Note: Ends tomorrow afternoon and not my auction.

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Feedback A-G / Re: Darth Sinister
« on: August 27, 2018, 08:14:57 AM »
Thanks Darth S. for an amazing deal on some Joes!   :rockon:

Great snowtrooper!  Easy to deal with.  No concerns.  As they say on ebay "Buy with confidence!" :D

If you're looking for Star War medicom or G1 Transformers, check out his B/S/T list - http://www.snowtroopers.ca/index.php?topic=22631.0.

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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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