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  1. It was our first time there and we had alot of fun getting pics with all we could. I tried to post a pic of the astros we built, but the pic is too large, but my son built one like your R8-S6, and I made a black and red one that looks really cool. Would have built more but they are so dang expensive. U may already know, but If u ever head over to orlando and dont want to pay for a disney ticket, downtown disney has a droid factory inside one of the stores there, and its free to get in. Thats what I plan to do the next time we get over that way.

  2. Very nice collection. I recently became really interested in which astromechs I had after a trip to star wars weekends at Disney. I dont have very many, but I hope to add to them. The 2 down front are the ones we made at disney droid factory.

  3. And how do you know for sure he's a scalper? I'd think a scalper would have bought the whole case outright. Perhaps he's a collector who just wanted to get the whole wave at once. That's what I did when I found them last week at Target. Although I did grab the second Hawkeye for my friend. Just sayin'.

     

    I know b/c my tru employee friend Jack, has told me experiences he has had with the same guy, Steven, out right telling him, and other employees to be on the look out for, whatever hot toy is showing up at that time, b/c hes looking for it to resale. It is well known with the employees of the store that he buys toys and resales them on ebay. The collectors as a group have applied the term scalper to those ones who do this type of behavior.

  4. Apparently my tru got the all-father wave in, but i was told by an employee that another employee grabed the case, and bought all the figures except for one hawkeye. Then a third employee bought the hawkeye. The first employee is a friend of mine who told me the story. But they have the tags for them up, so maybe they will get more, or I can score some at target, and maybe walmart... I hate scalper employees!

  5. I thi.k UM looks good, but I'm sick of takara cheaping out on the stickers. These are supposed to be definitive G1 figures. So why are they leaving out details that put the finishing touches on these? For instance, the red stickers on the front of UM's lower legs, and the shields on prowel's shoulders. I dislike having to buy 3rd party stuff to "finish" my figure that is already pricey! rant over.

  6. So I was recently in ICU for about 3 weeks with an aortic disection. While in there I was missing out on hunting and it seemed everything is hitting all at once. I have 2 main collector buddies that were trying to look out for me though. But while in the hospital, I missed out on the Tampa comic con. My one friend and I had planed to go, so he went. After I came back home, he said he wanted to come over and give me a get well present. So he did and it was a Black Widow! That was awesome. So today i finally got out to some stores, and at the second Target I hit, there she is hanging on a peg behind the caps and buckys. Unbelievable. Aint that the way it goes! I still bought it bc of shear principle. and I had the parts for a 2nd mandroid! The same friend told me today he found a gamora for me at a target out of town. So now I have the 2 teams complete! Its nice having good friends that collect different stuff than you do!

  7. So I was recently in ICU for about 3 weeks with an aortic disection. While in there I was missing out on hunting and it seemed everything is hitting all at once. I have 2 main collector buddies that were trying to look out for me though. But while in the hospital, I missed out on the Tampa comic con. My one friend and I had planed to go, so he went. After I came back home, he said he wanted to come over and give me a get well present. So he did and it was a Black Widow! That was awesome. So today i finally got out to some stores, and at the second Target I hit, there she is hanging on a peg behind the caps and buckys. Unbelievable. Aint that the way it goes! I still bought it bc of shear principle. and I had the parts for a 2nd mandroid! The same friend told me today he found a gamora for me at a target out of town. So now I have the 2 teams complete! Its nice having good friends that collect different stuff than you do!

  8. I for one like having the different sizes between the combiners. I have the tfc Herc. and I love how huge he is. Devastator was always my fave combiner and having him tower over everyone in the chug line is perfect to me. I mean they are construction vehicles after all. But yesterday I was finally able to order the not menasor from fansproject (I think) and im happy to finally have the big 3 decepticon combiners in my book anyway. Devastator, Bruticus, and Menasor to face off with my chug autobots.

    I also ordered a fanstoys scoria b/c my Grimy was all alone, and a chaos/paladin to mentor my Hegmon. Cant wait for next week, it really will be christmas in july at my house!

  9. Guess tj max and ross will be my last hope. I was so tempted to buy one from ebay, but I resisted.

    6 inch figures are the main focus in my collection, so I pretty much have to buy the GOTG. I saw some today, and they look good to me.

  10. So does anyone know if the cap legends wave 2 are still considered to be "active," and the possibility of showing up at any stores? I thought they were done, but yesterday I checked out one local WM to find big restock of WS and Stealth caps, but no BW. There were even 1 each RS and BZ. But after checking the other 2 WM's, same ole' nothin! I am just wondering if I need to save up for ebay at this point. Im really disapointed with the availability issues of this wave. :-\

  11. Found an Obi, and bespin Luke at TRU today. I bought Obi and I like the figure, but I feel like Hasbro is up to their shady tactics again. So after opening the figure and poseing him, I realized something was missing. Where are his force power hands? A $20 figure that comes with only an "extended" lightsaber? I mean look at the other waves and all the accessories each figure comes with. Obi cant even get 1 extra force power hand!? I wish I would have realized this before I bought it. I would have waited for the inevitable DX Obi with outer robe, lightsaber hilt, swapable young and old headsculpts, AND force power hands!

    Thanks Hasbro, you got me again! @smilepunch@

  12. Smokedriver, on the other hand, CAUGHT employees in full scalp mode hitting multiple stores! Those red-shirts were caught.....RED......handed? (what's the emoticon for cheesy puns? @afroman@ )

     

    Right on brotha, preach it!

    But it doesn't matter ultimately. It's not really worth making a fuss to store managers, or even saying something to the employees. The're just toys after all. No one is going to change it. I can either buy online, site unseen and risk slopy paint, or chase'em down in the wild so I can give them a once over before I buy. But it seems lately i've had to deal with this at a few different stores. I could tell you some stories about it, just like almost every one of us that are in the action figure collecting hobby. The scalpers and horders are pretty bad in my area. Just in my area within about 15-20 minutes driving depending on the time of day, there are 6 walmarts, 3 targets, 3 K-marts, and 2 comic shops. Not to mention the walgreens and cvs on every other corner. I sometimes can't believe how sparse things get at times. Some things I never even see. But no biggie I guess. They are still just toys!

  13. I love these figs. I just missed black widow by mere minutes yesterday, as I came into the store at about 8:10, i passed 2 red shirt overnighters getting off carrying 3 black widows to the registers. Got wave 2 cap and WS tho. But then I quickly shot down the interstate 1 exit to the next Target store onoy to find nothing but the same two red shirts from the previous store. We happend to be walking out at the same time and I asked them, so you guys grabbed all the black widows at university target huh? they both looked at md, and one guy said yeah we got one. I said oh ok. Maybe ill find one soon. They kinda snickered and said yesh, maybe. I said im sure I will. Man this hobby is tough to keep up with when you're out pounding the pavement all by yourself! Has anyone seen any reports of wave 2 showing up at Walmart yet? I'll feel better about my chances of finding a widow what's I know they're showing up at Walmart also...

  14. So yesterday a fellow collector texted me some pics about 7pm of the entire 2nd wave of spidey figs he just found at a target. It was too late for me to go so I set out this morn to hunt them down. 1 target, the good one, only had a boomer left hanging. Bought it, then went on to another target, and score! The whole wave. I really didnt expect to find these in my area of FL so soon. I mean I just bought the first wave only 2 weeks ago, at the same target I found wave 2 no less. So now its time to do it all over again for black widow.

    Side note, the targets here also had the new TF deluxe wave out. Picked up starscream and scoop for now.

  15. Went to TRU this morning when they opened in hopes of picking up the Cap and Spidey figs I've missed. So I make my way to the section, the first one there, and they got in both sets. They werent there the night before when I stopped. The only problem is that an employee already snagged everyone except for the caps and spidey figs. I cant stand that guy. He does that all the time on in demand figures. Oh well, my hunt continues...

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