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  1. Nah, man, I'm just a fan. I don't work for them, nor they for me.
  2. Hit the south TRU here in beautiful Austin, Texas last night looking for LEGO minifigs. No luck there, but was delighted to find the uniform Rhodes and Mk VI Iron Man as well as the MAX Jet. There were two of them on the shelves (one of which I purchased). No sign at all of Delorans or HKs.
  3. He'd have to come with a recliner and TV and be packed with his greatest nemesis: a falling brick.
  4. Yeah, they're a good thing for sure. It's a chance to get some figures that we'd never get otherwise. So while they can sometimes be hard to find, I'd rather they exist and be hard to find rather than they not exist at all.
  5. Yeah, my Whiplash was also missing his whips. I e-mailed DST customer service about it. In the past, Chuck has asked that we PM him with these problems, so I did that as well. (Which I had done with a missing Wolverine Origins Deadpool sword, and he got it replaced quickly.) But didn't hear anything. Ended up just picking up a second set at TRU, so I guess it worked out for DST in the end. Heh.
  6. So has anyone gotten their C2E2 Stark Expo packs in? I ordered through my LCS, but it seems like they should have come out by now.
  7. Not sure if this was covered, but I figured I'd ask to be sure: Niether my BD Whiplash nor the main-line, normal one came with the energy whips. Were they cut from production, or did I just not get them?l
  8. Somehow, totally missed this topic until today. I missed the deadline, but will try to slip this under the door. 01) BEST MINIMATE Ares (Dark Avengers Box 2) Armored Punisher (War Zone) Sarah Conner (SWAT, Cyberdyne Assault) 02) WORST MINIMATE Wolverine (Weapon X, Wolverine TTA) Terror Dog (Energized, Ghostbusters TRU W2) Daredevil (Armored, Marvel W29) 03) BEST VARIATION Wolverine (Marvel Heroes BS) 04) WORST VARIATION Spider-Man (Symbiote Bond, Secret Wars BS) 05) SEXIEST MINIMATE Males: Wolverine (Weapon X, Wolverine TTA) Wolverine (tank top, Movie TRU exclusive) Louis Tully (GB BS1) Females: Six (Captivity, BSG TRU W2) Sand Serif (Gown, Spirit exclusive) Dana Barrett (GB BS2) 06) BIGGEST SLEEPER Armored Punisher (War Zone BS) Viper Mini-Flyer (BSG) TRU Support of Minimates 07) BEST CELEBRITY LIKENESS Logan (Wolverine TRU exclusive) 08) BEST 2-IN-1 MINIMATE Louis Tully/Terror Dog (GB BS 1) 09) FAVORITE CUSTOM (3 choices) Han Solo Hellboy Martian Manhunter, Black Lantern 10) BEST ACCESSORY Slimer flight base T-800 Arm Silver Surfer board 11) WORST ACCESSORY T-800 gun 12) BEST ACCESSORIZED MINIMATE Armored Punisher (War Zone BS) Ares (Dark Avengers BS 2) Deadpool (Marvel W28) 13) BEST PACKAGING Punisher War Zone 14) BEST BOX SET/WAVE Ghostbusters BS 1 15) WORST BOX SET/WAVE X-Factor BS 16) BEST GHOSTBUSTER MINIMATE (3 choices) Slimer (Clear, TRU W1) Ray Stanz (GB1, BS2) Washington Square Ghost (TRU W1) 17) IN MEMORIAM (3 choices) Spock (ST) Jean-Luc Picard (ST) Martian Manhunter (DC)
  9. Went to TRU today. Was surprised to not see any Secret Wars sets. Looks like they sold after all. Was also surprised to see Wave 5 there. I found Old Men Logan and Hawkeye last week, but went on a whim this evening, and found Surver and Swordsman tonight. Looks like there was a fresh case out. Saw 2 more Logan/Hawkeye. This was in Austin, TX at the south TRU. Also broke down today and picked up the Angel/Warpath set on eBay.
  10. Found Logan/Hawkeye at the south TRU in Austin today. Marvel/Black Bolt were also on the shelf, but they were there earlier this week. Secret Wars has been on display for a while now. No signs of any other 'Mates. I think this means that I'll have to do eBay for Angel/Warpath. I doubt that this store will be getting any more, though I know that some passed through (from seeing a pack or two from the wave). Hopefully Surfer/Swordsman and future waves will not be shortpacked, so Angel/Warpath will be the only ones I need from TRU.
  11. Wow, I'm surprised that these aren't all over the place. I found these here in Austin last week before the holiday. Our south store had a bunch of them in stock. I saw them there in the morning, but wanted to make sure my order hadn't shipped. Back-ordered, of course, so I called and canceled that part of the order (everything else had either shipped or been canceled) and went back to TRU after work to pick it up. It also rang up for me at the $164 price. I assumed that it was a case price, and the manager said the same thing. He got the correct price from the shelf, and I was set. I had a $10 voucher from an earlier coupon, so it was extra cheap for me. To answer some questions: Yes, there's the symbiote hood. It comes with two "flame hands." Photon's cape works fine; her arms are quite mobile. Though her hair doesn't want to stay on. I'll note that on all the sets that I saw, the paint app on Photon's head wasn't great. Right at the top border, the paint wasn't applied well, and some of the base white could be seen. There was also a tiny spot of black on Dr. Doom's outer armor that appeared on all the figures they had. Neither is a big deal, though. If anyone has trouble finding them, PM me. If you cover costs and shipping, I'll happily pick them up for you. I don't see them selling very well, since it's really a bunch of folks that either nobody knows or are in some funky outfit that nobody recognizes. This was a strange box set for TRU to pick up. Personally, I'm still looking for Angel & Warpath...
  12. Had a package waiting for me at work today with the flyers inside. I was pretty happy. Cdubya, thanks for the guide about the stickers. The written description was enough for me. Most of them made sense without needing a writeup, but for the ones that didn't, I was scratching my head. For the Viper sticker that goes in the translucent part of the cockpit, I put mine on, and it actually looks okay. Most of the sticker is over the joint that opens the cockpit, so the amount of white you see isn't very much. Plus, with the gray of that part, it looks like just an extension of the controls, so I think it fits okay. I'm loving the stubby Minimatish design of the Viper. I think the Raider is a bit "big headed" (even by Minimate standards), but it's cool nonetheless. I do wish the red dot of the eye were centered, though. But having them in hand and playing around with them makes me like them a lot more. I'm happy to have them, but wasn't terribly saddened when they were announced as not being made. But having them, I'm really glad they got done, and are super cool. Much cooler than the C3 flyers. EDIT: Quick update to my 2-packs with So after getting an e-mail one morning saying that they had no shipping date and telling me to call if I wanted to cancel, me buying the Tigh/Six pack from a B&M store, then me calling to cancel to be told it couldn't be canceled because they were leaving the warehouse...I got an e-mail the next morning saying that they were out of stock and my Tigh/Six pack was canceled from my order. Ugh. At least I was able to get them.
  13. Another "WTF?" shipping moment... A quick recap: I made a big pre-order for all the BSG/GB/Marvel 'Mates. I received, without issue, the SDCC Dark Avengers TRU set first. Next up was BSG series 2. I got notice that 2 of the sets, Ellen/Simon and Tory/Sam, had been canceled from my order. I was moderately annoyed, but happily found them at B&M. Soon after, I got two sets in the mail (Athena/Cylon and Tyrol/Cylon). The other set, Tigh/Six, was listed as backordered. So here's the update. This morning, I got an e-mail that Tigh/Six were delayed and that there was not a scheduled date for them to ship out. Annoyed, I went to my B&M TRU hoping to find this set. They got another case in, so I picked it up. The e-mail had a number to call to cancel the order, because they said that it would remain on the order. (If Oct 9 came around, and it was still not in, they'd automatically cancel it.) So I called and after going through no less than three menu trees, I got a hold of someone. I told her my order and item numbers, and asked that she remove that item from the order. She said that the computer was telling her that she couldn't. She put me on hold to investigate, and apparently, it was in the shipping process (or actually shipped out) from the warehouse today....maybe. It wasn't totally clear if it actually shipped, or if a ship date was just added in. I guess we'll see if I end up with 2 Tigh/Six packs, but I'm saving my receipt to return one of them if I need to. They may have refunded my shipping on that pack, but I'm not sure. The lady was nice, but the shipping system is crazy-disorganized. But, hey, yesterday afternoon, I got an e-mail saying the mini-flyers were shipped. I have a tracking number, and there's been progress on a package on, so I'm assuming that they've actually been shipped. I guess I'll find out next week. (In which case, expect to hear some "swooshing" noises coming from my work area.)
  14. My Deadpool from Wolverine was also missing one of his swords. Somewhere, DSTMatt said that if there are any issues to PM him, so I did. He sent me over a replacement sword, and was really nice about it. DST is pretty good about that stuff, and Matt especially.
  15. Well, after having my Anders/Tory and Ellen/Simon sets canceled, I hit TRU yesterday morning hoping to get lucky....and I did. I mean, I'm moderately peeved I'm not getting them in the mail, and I'd have preferred to buy them at retail than on the website, but at least it won't be a problem getting those two canceled sets from my order. Now I have an unknown number of packages coming. But not only from TRU, but also BBTS and AFX.
  16. Well, you guys are doing better than I am. I got an e-mail today saying that, from my order, Tory/Anders and Ellen/Simon were canceled from my order. Athena/Cylon are "in stock" with an estimated delivery between the 31st and 2nd and the other two (Tigh/Six, Tyrol/Mortar) are on hold until release on 8/25. Personally, I don't care how many shipments they use or what the status is so long as I get them all, but it appears that I won't even be getting them all, which defeats the purpose of buying from the website versus going to the store. Also on the order were the TRU T2 waves, and I have no clue what the deal with those are given the rearranging of the waves. Ghostbusters series 2 are all listed as backordered. Mini-flyers and Secret Wars are on hold until release on 8/25. At least I got the Dark Reign SDCC set. I know that they're not all coming out today, and that's cool. But I am pretty pissed about 40% of the BSG wave being outright canceled.
  17. Oh, zing! That one made me laugh. I have my reservations about these. One of which is that it's just another property for DST to see if it sticks. I don't really have much of a problem with that, except when we end up with half-done lines like SF and Rocky. (I should note that I understand why they drop the lines, but it's still disappointing.) Second, I'm just not sure where the interest is in these. It just doesn't seem like something that would sell, but I could be wrong. I'm sure there are smarter, more well-informed guys at DST that ran the numbers. Third, I'm concerned about how all the molded bits will work with the Minimate aesthetic. They've tried it out with figures like Clayface, so it could work, but these guys have a lot more stuff to them. We pay about $4/mate right now, and that's with minimal extra molding. Each of these guys will require lots of new tooling, so how much will they cost? Having said that, the originals had a ton of charm and were cool, cheesy, goofy, and fun all at once. In spite of whatever reservations I have, I'm certainly interested to see what DST does with these guys. Also, Wolfgang Walrus is the best of all:
  18. It was news to me when I heard about it. I'm thrilled I can get this set through Previews. That's my preferred method for getting Mates. Heck, I went to three TRUs today to find a complete set of Wave 1 TRU GB 2-packs. (And, of course, the third one had plenty of all of them out...) Wave 2 was ordered from; if only I could get Bullseye and Moonstone there...
  19. I can understand your frustration. I was recently at TRU asking about Bullseye/Moonstone as well as Ghostbusters, and the employee was not only clueless about the line (which I don't mind; I don't expect them to know everything about all the stuff in the store, and Minimates are still pretty small comparatively), but also clueless about how to find out what they had. The computer was right there, but he clearly didn't know how to use it or didn't want to. In their defense, there is another employee that's just stellar. When I've seen him, he's gone out of his way to check the system as well as check the system for stock at other stores. (I thought I was going to score when he said that another store had a case in the back, but it was the UJ/WM wave. That was annoying because I figured that they'd have separate identities in the system.) But all this comes with the territory when dealing with a mass retailer. Sure, I'd love to be able to search inventory from home or talk to someone that's deeply knowledgeable about Minimates, but I don't think that's a reasonable expectation. While I don't particularly like it, I can even understand doing Bullseye and Moonstone as one per case (though I think 2 would have made more sense, assuming that there was nothing external limiting them to just one per case). So I'll hit TRU every week and see what's new. I figure I'll find them eventually.
  20. My TRU has the other 11 packs from the case, missing only Moonstone and Bullseye. Hopefully they'll show up in another shipment. More of the UJ/WM pack have shown up, after all.
  21. Well, I also didn't preorder these. I'm also not sure that I'll preorder the others, even though I want them. I think I'll save the shipping and pick them up in-store. Is there any cause to think that they'll be hard to find? I haven't had any trouble finding exclusives before over there.
  22. Just saw the AA post in my RSS feeder. I squealed with delight, and am thrilled to be able to not only get the characters that were teased before, but some all new designs, too. This is awesome. (Fancy-dress Adama is an upgrade to fancy-dress Hotdog fo' sho'.) Surely this means 100% that Street Fighter will now be coming out. ;-) But, seriously, maybe Trek??
  23. Okay, so I'm looking for a single place that has all the SDCC 2009 exclusives. I want to make sure that I don't miss anything. Here's what I have so far: Marvel Champions 4-Pack (AFX) Marvel Thunderbolts 4-Pack (AFX) T2 Attack on Cyberdyne 4-Pack (AFX) Fanboy Keychains (4 colors) (AFX) Ghostbusters GB2 Venkman/Stay Puft 2-Pack (DST) Marvel Dark Avengers 1 (TRU) Marvel Dark Avengers 2 (DST) Did I miss anything? I'm counting on these being available online from the respective retailers after the show, with the exception of the keychains (which are the least important to me, anyway). Thanks, dudes.
  24. Yeah, I've been keeping my eyes peeled on eBay, but each auction I enter gets sniped at the end. But luckily for my, the cool folks in the MMMV come through. User Fizzle PMd me about this, and we worked out a good deal. Thanks, Fizz! Frankly, I can't believe I didn't even think to post in the wanted section here.... I'm such a goober.
  25. Yeah, the Marvel exclusives shouldn't be a problem to pick up on AFX after the fact. They're usually pretty readily available later. I'm not sweating it.
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