SDCC Rodimus battle stories?

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  1. Lord Of Tetris

    Lord Of Tetris Well-Known Member

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    I got one. I tried to walk into Hasbro Toyshop's store, and I was treated like a criminal. The woman guarding the line was really impolite, and it was like I was trying to sneak in to rob the store. I was told I had to get a ticket from some panel, and only that would allow me to enter the line. I didn't know about the ticket thing.

    What the hell! You have to get a ticket to enter a store?

    Anyway, I went about the rest of my business and gave up on Rodimus. A few hours later, I thought of a good lie:

    "They ran out of tickets, and they said that if I said I was just buying a Rodimus it was OK." I had no idea who "they" were, but it was a good lie, and it convinced the woman to let me into the line.

    I was in line for 40 minutes. No joke. The advertisement said I could buy 3 Rodimuses and 3 Menasors.

    When I got to the cashier, I found out it was limited to ONE Rodimus, and that they were no longer selling Menasors. I pointed to all the freaking display Menasors...why the HELL have them on display if they don't sell what they're advertising? Why bother displaying them then, if they won't be sold!?

    The cashier then over-charged me by $10. I almost left the cashier with my Rodimus, just happy to have one. Then I noticed I only got $2 change for the $40 I handed her, and I asked for the rest of my money. The cashier treated me like your first grade teacher does when you talk back, and she was unhappy to return $10 to me. It was like robbing a bank. I thought she was going to call security on me.

    Anywhoo, I got my one Rodimus and treated it like it was gold. I wasted 40 minutes of Comic Con time. I didn't get any Menasors. I was treated like a criminal once for trying to get in the line, and a second time for asking for my full change to be returned to me.

    Anyone else have any SDCC Rodimus battle stories?
     
  2. Lord Of Tetris

    Lord Of Tetris Well-Known Member

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    My Nemesis Prime story is much more fun. Last year was my first Comic Con, and I didn't know about Comic Con exclusive toys. I didn't even know what "Nemesis Prime" was or how valuable it was.

    I had wanted a Grimlock last year, and Hasbro didn't have any Grimlocks. The cashier said, "But we have plenty of Nemesis Primes," so I bought one. I didn't even really want it, really, but bought it anyway on a whim.

    It wasn't until I opened it and Transformed it many times that I went onto TFW2005 and found out just how desired that guy was.
     
  3. NGW

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    Be happy you even got a damn Rodimus *walks away grumbling*

    But yeah, I completely agree with how fucking stupid HTS was.
     
  4. Lord Of Tetris

    Lord Of Tetris Well-Known Member

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    Actually, I got two: my brother got one, and I got one.

    My brother's story is interesting too. He learned from my 40-minute experience waiting in line not to do this in the afternoon, so he got in line first thing Saturday morning.

    He got in line in this fashion:

    The same Bitch Woman was telling some poor guy that he couldn't go into the line without a ticket. We'll call her Bulldog from now on. She was so mean. While Bulldog was treating the guy like a criminal, she was pretty distracted. My brother Solid Snaked under the cordon and got into the line. Pretty slick. He had a window of about a few seconds, and he pulled it off.

    In the early morning, the line was short enough, and he only waited in line for maybe 15 minutes.

    By the way, has anyone seen the movie "Waiting"? The Ryan Reynolds movie about waiters? Remember that customer about halfway in the movie who kept acting like a bitch? Snapped at the waitress, barely tipped, was an allaround monster? Ryan Reynolds referred to her as "we have our first be-yotch of the day."

    Well, Bulldog was just like that woman. Damn! I couldn't be as mean as Bulldog if I tried. I still can't believe someone was just as mean as that fictional character from "Waiting."
     
  5. GogDog

    GogDog Logic's wayward son Veteran

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    Well, I live in Florida, so I really didn't have an opportunity to attend, but I learned that the owner of my comic shop was going, and he even offered to grab me one. I then heard over the course of the last few days of how difficult it was to get anything from the HTS there, and didn't really get my hopes up on getting anything, much less that he would even remember which figure he was supposed to get for me (he knows nothing of TFs, and when I told him the one I wanted, he didn't even write it down).

    So yesterday, I called the comic shop and asked for him. He wasn't there, but the employee said that he happened to be on the other line with him. I said, "Could you do me a favor and click over and ask him if he was able to get that figure for me?" He came back a moment later telling me that he was able to get Rodimus! So yeah, not much of a battle story, but at least something went right for me, and I just happened to be an Alt completest, so in this case the scalpers didn't win.
     
  6. revlimiter

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    I found a cheap ebay scalper, paid him, and then watched the drama for the next 3 days. :) 

    LOL!
     
  7. tapestry100

    tapestry100 poke a badger w/a spoon TFW2005 Supporter

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    i patiently waited until HTS.com posted them up yesterday and got one then
     
  8. Bryan

    Bryan ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    It was intense. I was sitting in class, not listening to some jibber-jabber about rheumatology, when I saw a new thread saying they were on HTS.

    I broke into a sweat instantly--could barely type clearly 'cause my fingers kept slipping off the keys. My first few attempts to type the URL actually sent me to porn sites.

    So I took a breath, steadied myself, and tried one last time. I could here the keys pounding in my head like the ticking of a clock. It was all I could do not to scream.

    Then I succesfully ordered four. Oh, and a coupla Destros and Ti Menasors.
     
  9. megatroptimus

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    Man, I'm sorry, but I have little sympathy for your case. You had to get a ticket, what's so hard to understand about that? And the lady was just doing her job. Imagine if all attendees were like you trying to make their way in the line up without following the rules? Chances are, you were not the first one to do it that day.
     
  10. Dragonclaw

    Dragonclaw Comic Ink - Dublin, CA

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    I agree, the Hasbro people were complete ass-hats. I was among the first couple hundred people in the door on preview night...made a B-line to the Hasbro booth and the deatlers had allready filled the line!!! Seriously, the line was closed off at 6:02 when the room openned at 6:00. They kept telling people to come back in 15 minutes and they'd re-open the line once they could fit people on the carpet...and repeated that every 15 minutes while we all looked at a huge blank wall with lots of carpet. They never re-openned the line officially. Just kept screaming at people to come back yet again...and again...and again...even when the line was all the way inside their chains. Meanwhile dealer after dealer kept bringing their helpers in line with them so they could buy 8-16 of each instead of the 4 each that the limits were on preview night...and they DIDN'T stamp the badges on preview night at all. Finally they decided to do it "raffle style" for times we could line up. I got my ticket and it was for the 8:00 line (1st group) and I was told that I had to come back in 45 minutes because they absolutely would not let the people in line before 8....they let them in line 5 minutes later after I had walked off :Gouki:  So I got in line...bought my 1 (yes 1) Rodimus and was told that the guy in front of me (who was a dealer who got himself a ticket after allready buying 16 Rodimus & 16 Menasor and got in line yet again) had "just bought the last case of Menasors...you'll have to try again tomorrow". It was infuriating to say the least! I was also told that they weren't even giving out more tickets until 2pm the next day to try for another shot!

    Instead I got to the Hasbro line 1st thing and payed someone $5 just to buy me a Menasor so I wouldn't have the freaking headache that my 3 hour battle with Hasbro was the night before.

    Later they changed the rules even further by giving out the raffle tickets in a location hell and gone from the booth...literally upstairs and in a totally different wing from the convention center (and apparently didn't tell....you just had to find them)....later still they changed to a "winners & losers" raffle where they didn't even guarantee a spot in line.

    So yeah, they treated their customers like crap and continuously changed their own rules over and over. The absolute most piss poor customer service I have EVER seen. IMHO they just tried to have waaaaaaay too many exclusives and seemed dumbfounded by the response. If they really want to avoid the hastle next year I really think they should either limit everyone to 1-2 of anything from DAY 1, or have seperate booths for the lines...have the Transformers shop...the Star Wars shop...& the GI Joe shop...3 smaller lines instead of 1 train wreck of angry people.
     
  11. Banshee

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    These are downright horror stories. I didn't think the NP fiasco could get topped, but the HTS booth at SDCC seemed so much worse.

    On my end , I just got an email this morning from BBTS that my Rodimus order is processing, so I'm happy :D 
     
  12. Codimus Prime

    Codimus Prime Missouri Toy Hunter

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    *Surveys' patience and temper*

    Probably is a good thing I didn't attend and attempt to get anything. I would have started a fire you could see from the moon.

    I love the way people treat other people ;) 
     
  13. BaronV

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    No major horror story for me this year, ended going Sunday since all other days sold out for the first time. Got into SDCC right when the exhibit doors opened, got lost for a bit then found the HTS booth. The line snaked around the entire perimeter of the booth in the first few minutes of the show. They were already sold out of Menasors, none to sell for Sunday at all. I thought the tickets from Thurs-Sat. was suppose to curtail them having availability. Not having a popular item on the 4th day of a 4-day event is ridiculous.

    At least for Sunday there was no ticketing needed, just get in line. Ended up getting Rodimus instead. Later that afternoon I passed by the booth which was near empty, the Rodimus’ were sold out as well. I have no idea why they let dealers on preview night buy boxes of the exclusives, I thought this show was for the FANS? Limit of 4 for each item I think is ridiculous, why would a normal person need 4 of the same item unless they were going to scalp it? Limit it to at least 2 items so more people get a chance for the items.
     
  14. Golden Age

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    the SDCC is too nuts. Waaay too overcrowded. I would have liked to get some 25th anniversary Joes and Pepsi Prime but I didnt want to spend my day standing in line.
     
  15. Feralstorm

    Feralstorm I ship Nick & Judy TFW2005 Supporter

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    My story:

    I didn't go to SDCC, and was asleep during the time HTS had them available.

    Nevertheless, I will be getting one (possibly two) thanks to friends who did go to SDCC.
     
  16. flamingunicron

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    i didnt go to comic con but i got my friend who was there to get it for me...i just woke up and decided to call him and tell him to get it it. Surprisingly at around 2-3 in the afternoon they had rodimus...how is menasaur more popular then rodimus? Considering titaniums are about 15 dollars...ur getting charged 10 bucks extra against 5 from rodimus. And rodimus is bigger isnt he?
     
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    I was on HTS, looking at Titaniums, when all of a sudden, it took forever to load. I was like, "OH MAN, HERE WE GO."

    And I clicked add to cart on Rodimus, changed his quantity to 2, clicked add to cart on Menasor, and then I clicked check out. I entered my e-mail and password, and clicked place order.

    Damn, what a battle.
     
  18. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    I saw a subject on here that said "Alt. Rodimus is available." I decided not to buy him.

    I had a battle with 300 Spartans and lost.

    I am posting this from heaven.
     
  19. Lord Of Tetris

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    It wasn't difficult to understand that a ticket was needed to enter the line. I didn't like that rule, but I understand that it exists. My problem was with the woman being so rude to me. It was like I was trying to sneak a bomb into a plane.

    When I don't know of a rule, I don't mind it if someone explains the rule to me. I've been at TFW2005 for many years, and if I break ever a rule, I will hold no grudge against the man who politely explains to me the rule I've broken.

    I wasn't trying to sneak in. I was simply unaware of the rule that no ticket=no entry. When I first walked into the line, the woman could've chosen to be nice, but she instead treated me like a criminal. I tried asking her how to get a ticket, and she didn't tell me where or when they were given out. The fact that I didn't have a ticket seemed to allow her to treat me like garbage. I wasn't even worth her time in telling me how to get a ticket. I still don't know how I would've gotten a ticket, but from the posts above, I can see that it was far...far...far away from the Hasbro toy shop.

    Sure, the woman was rude, but she was doing her job. I don't like it, but I can see where she's coming from.

    However, I can find no rationale in forgiving the woman who gave me $2 change for a $25 Rodimus after I handed her a $40. Like I said before, when I asked for the remaining $10 of my change, I honestly thought she was going to call security. I felt like I was like robbing a bank. Does anyone remember the YTMND recording where the guy explains to someone that they did their math wrong, and charged him 10 times the advertised amount? Same thing here. It took me forever to convince her that $40-($25+tax)=$12. The woman would not believe me, and she treated me like I was trying to extort her. She was rude, she insisted I didn't deserve my $10 back, and I still don't think she realizes the error of her math.
     
  20. Greenshadow0

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    1450 Menasor left, Onesock.

    Oh, and no battle for me, just has Rodimus in cart, then sold out while in my cart.
     

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