What do you do when you can't find the toys in the store?

Figures, collectables, customs and collecting.
Post Reply
User avatar
Clay
Posts: 6945
Joined: Mon May 24, 2004 2:19 am
Location: Murray, KY

What do you do when you can't find the toys in the store?

Post by Clay » Mon Aug 02, 2004 5:27 pm

Hey people,

I checked back in and saw news items Hound repaints, reissues of Predaking and Piranacon, and new combiners for either Energon or Cybertron.

However, I've checked around at four local wal-marts, a toys-r-us, and a Kmart, and they're all still on the second wave of energon, and only smokescreen and sideswipe for alternators.

And lots of them. The G1 reissues at toy-r-us are overflowing the shelves.

I keep noticing people mentioning distribution problems with hasbro, so I take it I'm not the only one. So what do the rest of you do?

I know there's ebay, but the prices there tend to get inflated to the point of having to make decisions among which to buy and which not. If they would just show up in the stores, I could afford most of the ones I want.

So what do you all do?

User avatar
Denyer
Posts: 32326
Joined: Sun Sep 17, 2000 4:00 am
Custom Title: Shooty Dog Thing
Location: UK
Contact:

Post by Denyer » Mon Aug 02, 2004 5:53 pm

There's very few I want, making eBay an option.

Bear in mind that most of what you read as far as News goes pertains to stuff which won't see release for months, in some cases into next year. It's a combination of Hasbro previews, pre-orders, prototypes and advanced sales preview items.

Energon isn't even in full swing, let alone the series which will come after.

User avatar
Sixswitch
Posts: 8295
Joined: Thu Dec 20, 2001 5:00 am
Location: Sent to outer space, to find another happy place.
Contact:

Post by Sixswitch » Mon Aug 02, 2004 6:30 pm

Order online. I've used both http://www.hlj.com and http://www.bigbadtoystore.com on more than one ocassion.

Other than that, wait and be patient.

-Ss
Image
I found God. Then I lost him. He'll probably turn up down the back of the sofa someday.
"The early bird gets the worm, but the early worm is ****ed."
"I'm not oppressing you Stan, but you haven't got a womb. Where's the fetus going to gestate? You going to keep it in a box?"

User avatar
Knightdramon
Protoform
Posts: 3621
Joined: Thu Apr 15, 2004 7:15 pm
Location: York, UK

Post by Knightdramon » Mon Aug 02, 2004 6:32 pm

All the toys you mentionned are not released yet, maybe that's why.

I live in a country where toystores like toys r-us etc do not exist, so I van understand how you feel.

We don't even have any re-issues, no alternators besides smokescreen...I could go on forever...

E-bay is not that bad. I've spotted Alternators Sideswipe for 9 british pounds, but refrained from buying him because the shipping cost was much higher. There is a majority of auctions that have a buy now option for a decent amount of money, the only problem is the shipping and handling cost.

User avatar
Clay
Posts: 6945
Joined: Mon May 24, 2004 2:19 am
Location: Murray, KY

Post by Clay » Mon Aug 02, 2004 11:08 pm

Well, I know the gestalts aren't out yet. I guess what I had in mind when I wrote that was more along the lines of Arcee, Shockblast, Sharkticon, and the like. Alternator Hound, especially.

My bad :\

User avatar
KnownEnemy
Protoform
Posts: 175
Joined: Thu Jun 03, 2004 1:55 am
Location: Canada

Post by KnownEnemy » Mon Aug 02, 2004 11:16 pm

i run home and start crying in a corner...

User avatar
Sir Auros
Posts: 12980
Joined: Sat Sep 16, 2000 4:00 am
Location: Virginia, USA
Contact:

Post by Sir Auros » Mon Aug 02, 2004 11:35 pm

Originally posted by Clay
Well, I know the gestalts aren't out yet. I guess what I had in mind when I wrote that was more along the lines of Arcee, Shockblast, Sharkticon, and the like. Alternator Hound, especially.

My bad :\


Yeah, myself and others have had problems finding the latest wave that supposedly came out in March. I usually just bitch about it on here and continue waiting for the figures. I'm really starting to wonder about the stores in my area though since I haven't seen a single new figure since Wave 2 came out in Feb.

User avatar
King Fargo
Protoform
Posts: 532
Joined: Sat Apr 06, 2002 8:14 am
Location: Wagga Wagga, Australia

Post by King Fargo » Tue Aug 03, 2004 12:07 am

I either wait, wait a bit more, and by about 3 months after the first Australian sightings, it gets in stock in Wagga.

If it's clear that said item is not coming to Wagga (ie. it's a Target exclusive, or TRU reissue), then I either phone order from Target, or go online, and see where my search takes me. Aaah, Aussie/Singaporean online dealers.
Sig? I don't need no steenkin' sig!

User avatar
RID Scourge
Posts: 13262
Joined: Sun Apr 22, 2001 4:00 am
Location: In ur newz forum. Reading ur newz!

Post by RID Scourge » Tue Aug 03, 2004 12:14 am

Hound repaint (if you're talking about the oldschool hound) and Predaking are Japanese reissues. You have to order those online.

Yeah, hasblow's been suckin' it up lately when it comes to distributing stuff.

If a store doesn't have what I'm looking for, I take a page from BW Inferno's playbook.

"They shall burn!!!"

User avatar
DrEvil
Posts: 1641
Joined: Sat Sep 14, 2002 10:24 pm
Location: Glasgow

Post by DrEvil » Tue Aug 03, 2004 10:15 am

... then they sue you

User avatar
Transfannabeel
Protoform
Posts: 1760
Joined: Thu Oct 30, 2003 4:27 pm
Location: in the corner losing my religion
Contact:

Post by Transfannabeel » Tue Aug 03, 2004 5:31 pm

Originally posted by PaladinPrime
Hound repaint (if you're talking about the oldschool hound) and Predaking are Japanese reissues. You have to order those online.

Yeah, hasblow's been suckin' it up lately when it comes to distributing stuff.

If a store doesn't have what I'm looking for, I take a page from BW Inferno's playbook.

"They shall burn!!!"


might be that the toystores are still overstocked with last waves. They're always pretty full with energon toys.

User avatar
Piranacon
Protoform
Posts: 338
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 4:43 pm
Location: NYC

Post by Piranacon » Tue Aug 03, 2004 11:44 pm

eBay is a great place to find them
________
Love Stories Advice

User avatar
RID Scourge
Posts: 13262
Joined: Sun Apr 22, 2001 4:00 am
Location: In ur newz forum. Reading ur newz!

Post by RID Scourge » Wed Aug 04, 2004 10:19 pm

Originally posted by DrEvil
... then they sue you


And their lawyers, the courts, and all who stand in my way shall burn. Mwahaha!!!

User avatar
DrEvil
Posts: 1641
Joined: Sat Sep 14, 2002 10:24 pm
Location: Glasgow

Post by DrEvil » Wed Aug 04, 2004 10:21 pm

For The Colony My Queen
;)
Image

Post Reply