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About madman1366

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  1. Was at work last night at Target in Broadview, Il and came across these... Happy hunting!
  2. True!! And hopefully they see how much interest we adults have in collecting. I never see kids buying transformers anymore. It's always adults!! That has always been my problem with Hasbro's demographics. I simply can't imagine what cooky formula they came up with to determine what peoples motivations for making certain purchases are. Surveys won't help much. They simply don't get answered by enough people to be really effective. Not to mention, some just won't admit they collect toys. The wild card in the debate which is not considered enough, is buying power. A collector will
  3. It most likely will be that TRU would never take this type of action. Not that it wouldn't be an appealing idea, but old dogs just don't want to learn new tricks. So again I wonder, how can we ever get a nation wide chain to hang our hats on for the growing need of import and exclusive items at more reasonable costs? The big retailers are starting to see a trend of more people heading back to more specialty type stores favoring the more helpful and friendly employees and better selections to choose from. This favors TRU but doesn't totally fix them. So might a new contender rise from the
  4. They sell toys in Sports Authority?? It was one of those surprise finds for sure. They had a bunch of the deluxe figs from the final waves of Armada long after they were gone. My nephew was there and just happened to spot them at one of the checkout lanes. Don't know if any tf's still show up there or not.
  5. MP Prime I saw the day I got mine and I believe two other times, one being a returned to shelf layaway. If I hadn't put mine on layaway at first sight, then I probably wouldn't have got one. I doubt they had any idea it would sell so well. They probably thought after the first MP Prime, there wouldn't be as much demand for the new version.
  6. Apparently not too many folks on facebook thought so...oh well! People think it's too much of an undertaking that TRU couldn't afford or handle. I happen to disagree. Now I know BBTS, TFSource and other online retailers would HATE the idea I'm sure. Right now, most main line action figure lines appear to be suffering a total lack of interest from kids and collectors alike. The offerings are not nearly as good as they were years ago and quality is all but gone. Specialty lines and imports are sucking money away from domestic retailers like never before and believe me, THEY (retailers and
  7. Okay, so we know TRU hasn't always handled things very well and we also know their future is not looking the brightest. They have been trying to right the ship and I give them credit for hanging in when so many others have faded away into oblivion. Well, MP Soundwave got me thinking, and I honestly believe it could be trying to show them the way, if they'll just open up their eyes and look. One store I know of yesterday sold 18 MP Soundwaves in just a few hours! I have also noticed that various collectors lines that come in tend to do pretty well, however they are random and restoc
  8. I want that Predaking!!! All these years and never even had a part to one. Every time he's been reissued it's been at piss poor times for me, and the increases in price didn't help my cause any. This Hasbro version seems to be just what I need. While the time is once again REALLY bad, I'm counting on these not selling through nearly as fast, so I'm not going to sweat it yet. The only thing that made me nervous was Soundwave and that mission is now accomplished as of yesterday. Metroplex is my next target and hopefully a semi decent sale comes along to knock down the price a little before I cav
  9. I had been trying to get an Aveo Swerve since they came out with no luck. At least 3 different times I thought I was going to get one, only to have the rug yanked out from under me. A couple of weeks ago that luck changed and I got one for $10 and change. Not a bockbuster deal, but well worth it. Over the years I've found various figures out in a store after they were long gone and already going for insane prices on ebay...usually in places nobody ever thinks to look...like Armada Nemesis Prime for $10 in a Sports Authority when they were going for crazy prices. Another time it was Energon
  10. I'm currently working on selling what I've considered one of the biggest jewels in my collection...my mint Sonic Convoy box set. I never wanted to sell it, in fact I still had hopes of opening and displaying it someday when I had more room to work with. I'm also selling my more expensive Iron Man figures. This is the costliest time I can ever remember in terms of Transformers to buy. Soundwave, Metroplex, and Predaking to start...Acid Storm, Target exclusives, and new waves of Beast Hunters and Generations all at once are simply overwhelming.
  11. Yeah, TRU is being sneaky with these in some places. I went to mine yesterday and as I walked in noticed a guy in a suit buying one and immediately thought I missed again. Of course none were out on the shelf. I went to the video game counter and asked and sure enough they had more in back. They said it was the last case they had, but I really think they are saying that to keep people limited to one without getting grief for it. Another nearby store had 18 of them and sold out within a couple of hours. The guy I was talking to said that he alone is taking over 20 calls a day asking for them.
  12. I am feeling way down lately. 3rd party figs aren't nearly that much better than Hasbro offerings as people make them out to be, and the quality is generally worse..yes even more than the current "cheap feeling" Hasbro stuff. It's like the same thing with everything else, if it's different and costs more than people fool themselves into thinking it's better. I have a bunch of 3rd party stuff, once on the shelf I'm scared shitless to even touch them. I don't know what has been going on with Hasbro or if it's even them or the retailers, but finding any stores lately keeping up with new stock
  13. What I'd like to know is how the hell are people keeping up with 3rd party stuff with the prices going so damn high and now having more companies than anyone can keep track of? $170 for that add on kit for FOC Prime/Magnus is pure insanity! It seems like every new company sets higher and higher prices, the big rub being the unknown factor...not knowing if they are really good quality or crappy like Sonicron. On top of all that they are getting munchkinized to half the size, but not half the price. NUTS! I completed Hercules and it took me 2 years to do that...Now these things are selling o
  14. Vehicon is most certainly on top for me. It's among the closest thing there is to perfection in a main line deluxe figure and one that the fandom can mostly agree on which happens.....never!!! FOC Shockwave is another very solid deluxe figure and nice representation. Prime voyager Bulkhead. Lots of flak over not getting the FE version right away made this figure unnoticed or simply not cared about by many actually turned into one of my big surprise figs for the year. Prime Ratchet is another surprise of the year to me and simply can't ignore. Prime Voyager Dreadwing. Love ev
  15. madman1366


    With the holidays over more folks will be turning their attention back to things they put off for a bit like army building. Right now i have 8 rid, 3 FE, and just 1 jet. If we get some nice price breaks then I'll get more.
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