Hawaii Transformers Sightings

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  1. BrownBoy808

    BrownBoy808 I likes "jabongs."

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    I got both Kup and Scourge from Kapolei Target nearly a month ago and my friend got them from Salt Lake about 2 weeks ago. I can assure that both stores should still have a few of them sitting in the back, as on our respective pickups we both had them pull multiple cases to assess what they have, but due to lack of funds ultimately only took one of each figure. Also with both stores' shelves so clogged with loads of Skullgrins and a handful of other prior Generations figures, everything else they brought out for us went right back to the stockroom with no signs of anything being brought back out since. Sadly nothing whatsoever of Wheeljack, Thundercracker, or Warpath yet. And with the movie toys on the horizon it's not looking good. I have it on good authority that Toys R Us has had DOTM toys sitting in their stockoom for over a month now and are specifically waiting for the May 16 launch, which is why they haven't gotten much of anything else in and their TF section has looked like crap since about January. Target's recent clearance sale of all Reveal the Shield deluxes and what few HFTD stuff they still had would suggest they've gotten DOTM stock in as well. But for those considering hitting up Target for Kup and Scourge take heed that the workers/managers there can be total douches when it comes to asking for toys from the back (Salt Lake MUCH more so than Kapolei), so you've gotta be VERY creative with pulling shenanigans to convince them to bring stuff out....
     
  2. ichiboto

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    wassup guys! newbie lurker here. anyone see a rts wreckgar anywhere? just went to mil walmart, and salt lake kmart but nada. salt lake did have turbo tracks and dirge if anyone's looking for those.
     
  3. BrownBoy808

    BrownBoy808 I likes "jabongs."

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    Kapolei Target put out the load of wave 2 RTS deluxes for their clearance sale about 2 weeks ago. But frickin' scalpers wiped everything out except for the Bumblebees and a handful of G2 Primes within less than a day. Salt Lake Target might be harboring more RTS in their stockroom but I haven't been there in over a week so I can't say for sure.
     
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    BrownBoy808 I likes "jabongs."

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    Both Targets appear to be wiped out of everything RTS. Confirmed as of Tuesday, Salt Lake does have quite a few of wave 2 Generations cases (Kup and Scourge) if you can convince them to pull from the back. Oh, and played some shenanigans at Kapolei today and managed a hell of a score.... :D 
     

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    Congrats on the early score. I am going to try and go to the Salt Lake Target this weekend and see what I can do to get those Generation Deluxes. In the past this Target has been terrible to work with compared to the one in Kapolei!
     
  6. mtmte586

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    Hi Peeps. I'll be visiting Waikiki and Maui in a couple weeks. I have 1 Thundercracker, 1 Scourge, and 2 Wheeljacks. I can also probably get Kup in the stores. I'd prefer to trade for older Classics, if you have spares. Otherwise, I'd be willing to help you out at retail cost. Note that sales tax is 9.25% in Santa Clara, CA.
     
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    Thanks to your advice I was able to get the Kapolei Target to bring out a case of Deluxes and finally took home Kup and Scourge. It was like pulling teeth to get them to do it. I really don't get the big deal. The pegs could easily hold 2 or 3 boxes, but they keep them hidden in the back. When do they plan on putting them out with the DOTM toys launching very soon!
     
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    BrownBoy808 I likes "jabongs."

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    Congrats on your score, Schnafe! They're both really awesome figures. And yeah, I really don't get it either why some stores are so nails about pulling product from the back. We're paying customers right? Shouldn't making sales for the store/company be more important than trying to prevent shelfwarmers or whatever? I guess besides being mindful of your words and actions it's just the luck of the draw with what kind of employee you ask for assistance. Some are cool to hook it up, some are stubborn with the "unwritten rules" of the store, and some are just straight fuckin' lazy.

    Had to have an absolute sweetheart of an employee go through hell and back this past week to pull it off, but managed to score one each of Wheeljack and Warpath for myself and my bro from Toys R Us yesterday. And holy shit they were $15.99 a pop! The remainder of the case (1x Kup, 1x Scourge, 2x Thundercracker) probably went on the shelf this morning, if not yesterday afternoon right after I left. Sorry to say, don't expect them to be getting any more since apparently they're gonna discontinue carrying Generations and pretty much everything else in favor of DOTM. And from the looks of things Walmart could possibly be doing the same thing. I checked with all locations except for Korea-moku (I stopped bothering with that store about 4 years ago because I've personally never found shit there since they opened) that they have no overstock in the back and no pending shipments for the forseeable future. So other than spending an arm and a leg online, that pretty much leaves Target as the last hope. They're still listing Generations as active (for now) but they'd have to move through a huge chunk of their current old stock right in the midst of the DOTM rush before they'll get the later waves in. And that's not gonna come easy unless they put them on clearance for like $5 or something, which is extremely doubtful.
     
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    BrownBoy808 I likes "jabongs."

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    No bullshit, I found RTS Legends at a store today. $7.99 a piece. They had one Megatron, a couple Primes, one Starscream, and a few Gold(bug) Bumblebees. No Prowl or Trailcutter. Only got the one Megs though, since he's all I wanted from this series besides Trailcutter. Unfortunately I cannot reveal the identity of this place because my bro regards it as his "secret stash" since apparently hardly anyone knows about it. So if anyone is looking for any of these I can try go back and hook it up. I'll go 10 dollars even a piece ($799 + tax = $8.37, plus a buck and some change for gas/time) or maybe work out a trade if anyone has anything interesting.
     

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    Has anyone seen a Thundercracker or Wheeljack yet?
     
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    BrownBoy808 I likes "jabongs."

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    Check two posts back, my bro and I picked up the only two Wheeljacks and Warpaths that Toys R Us got in this past Saturday but left the Thundercrackers behind. They're probably gone by now but try call first to make sure and they'll hold it for you.
     
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    alright, i give up looking for wreckgar. does anyone have an extra they want to trade? i have a generations wheeljack if anyones interested.

    Edit: no longer have wheeljack but I have a warpath loose with packaging if anyone's interested
     
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    I'm visiting Hawaii this week, any import stores in the area that carry Takara stuff?
     
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    If you're travelling to Oahu then you can try a place called toys n joys. Google them for their contact info. Be warned tho cause their things are usually really overpriced.
     
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    Another few places to try are

    ToyLinx Ideal Collectibles 650 Iwilei Rd #120 Honolulu, HI 96817

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    Shirokiya 1450 Ala Moana Blvd # 2250 Honolulu, HI 96814

    Shirokiya is more of a Japanese department store, but I have come across quite a few Takara toys there in the past.
     
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    TRU has DOTM figures out, just thought I would let everyone know.
     
  17. mtmte586

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    I'm going to be in hawaii the next 2 weeks; first few days in honolulu and the rest in maui.

    any recommendations on really good cheap eats and any other tf/robot stores not already mentioned?
     
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    BrownBoy808 I likes "jabongs."

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    I would highly recommend giving Sugoi's a try. It's a plate lunch type place that's reasonably priced with good portions. Their spicy garlic chicken is absolutely AWESOME (they have regular garlic chicken too if you don't like it hot). They also have other good "local style" food as well. They're located on Dillingham Blvd. in a neighborhood named Kalihi, kinda on the outskirts of downtown/Waikiki. As for TF shops, if you're looking for Takara stuff your best bet would be the two stores previously mentioned by a few others--Toys n Joys and Toylinx. But hell yes, they are quite on the pricier side.









    Tried to get in some hunting today before the world ends :lolol , but it was a total bust. Everyone's mostly sitting on/restocking the various wave 1 stuff as well as some wave 2 deluxes here and there. No luck whatsoever for those still looking for the later Generations and RTS releases. No signs of Shockwave or Skyhammer yet, though it's impossible to tell since like Megs and Ironhide they're packed with TWO FRICKIN' PRIMES. What very few remaining Crankcases I came across were all stamped 10601. I did happen to stumble upon one Cyberverse Blackout at Kap Target but passed since all I want is Powerglide. Then ran into big time roadblocks trying to get a worker to pull more from the back so I said fuck it and bounced. I'm so fucking tired of playing games with these stores already. They choose to make these "unwritten rules" as well as use lazy/inconsistent restocking habits as a means to combat goddamn scalpers, yet it's both normal fans/collectors like us AND the little kids they claim to be "protecting" who end up truly losing out. Overall this whole week has just been completely bizarre and ridiculous. Oh well, blame it on Tuesday's full moon I guess....
     
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    thanks, Brownboy808!

    RTS is discountinued, so there shouldn't be any new stock magically appearing. Generations still has a place next to DOTM. One can only hope that there will be new inventory.
     
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    I ended up getting Wheeljack from a fellow TF member from Canada. Also got the elusive Grapple (grappel) and Windcharger! My friend ended up getting ThunderCracker for me from those comic book stores for $18, definite scalpers I tell you. Had I known some of you earlier I would had helped picked up the Wreck-gars for you folks. I ended nabbing 2 since I want one robot and one alt mode. Next thing I knew, it was clearanced. Hopefully, they will be re-released soon. I'm about to get a warpath from another TF member. I love this site!
     

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