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Postby Liege Evilmus » Sat Sep 29, 2007 6:11 pm

Cyber Bishop wrote:Make friends, the more friends you have all working for the common good of finding the toys the better.

Form a group with local collectors and inform each other of what you find (since you can't always hunt, someone from the group may be able to hunt a bit more than you).

Wal Marts get trucks every day except Sunday. Now they may not shelf every day they get trucks all the time.


Maybe you can help me on this, I can always make small talk with Moms, and Grandparents who don't realy know what they're looking at. For me it's a fun way to share what I know, and I like opening conversations with "You know they'll hate you if you get that one!"

These people are always looking for whatever advice they can get, and again, I love sharing it.

But as for local collectors, unless they're with a supportive girlfriend, they are very untalkative, you can tell even somewhat afraid of the interpersonal contact, and they run off :???:

Maybe they feel embarased about being grown and collecting toys for a hobby, but I'm doing the same thing.

The guys that are taken are the exact opposite, they wanna talk, get coffee next door, and all that jazz, which in itself is kinda weird.

So I guess I'm asking, with out slapping them in the back of the head or sharing any of my women, how do I make the shy guys like the taken guys?

I wouldn't mind meeting some other collectors in my area. I know tons of sci-fi people, and I have fun with them. But outside of this, I could care less about most sci-fi. TFs are something very specific, and I wouldn't mind meeting some locals with that same particular intrest.
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Postby Dark JIM » Tue Oct 02, 2007 10:32 pm

KoH4711 wrote:A few things I've picked up that might be of help...

o If you've got a 24 hour Wal-Mart Supercenter, check them out after 11:00 PM or so. This is usually when they put their stock out. This is one of the nice things about working a graveyard shift. This is actually where I've found most of my stuff.

o Target.com has a nifty feature that lets you check store availability for items, but there are a few catches. One, it seems to be based on SCU, and not DCPI. Also, this may show things like cases that are missing/stolen or just hanging around in the back room. Our nearest Target showed that Deluxe figures were Available for a week or so, and these turned out to be wasted trips.

o Don't go first thing in the morning to Target, Toys R Us or KB Toys. It's possible that these stores will stock things overnight, but more often than not, it's done during the day.

o In my experience, Tuesdays and Thursdays are good days to go looking, especially Thursdays. I'm not sure if this is because they're trying to get product out for the weekend rush or just a quirk of scheduling, but I've found most of my stuff on those days.

o For the love of Primus, don't just cut open boxes or go rifling through ones that are already open. At the very least, it's rude. At worst, I've known of vindictive managers who'll kick people out of stores. However, looking at boxes loaded on a palette isn't quite as bad.

o If you ask an employee to help you, don't be pushy, and don't be offended if they turn you down.

o KB Toys gets a shipping manifest. Toys R Us can look up item codes and see approximate arrival dates. They tend to do this for people who are regular, reliable customers who are nice people. This is why the previous list is so important.

And this is my personal rule... if I ever hear a kid in a store who is looking for something I have in my hands, I always give it up. This past Christmas, I snuck a Cybertron Soundwave to a mom after her son was upset they couldn't find it. She said it probably just made her son's Christmas, and that was worth more to me than having him on the shelf ever could be. (*end warm fuzzy moment*)
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Postby JTKranix » Mon Oct 08, 2007 8:34 am

http://www.schumanfamily.com/fatwallet/targetasin.php

I found this, it will let you look up a Target DPCI or ASIN number. It doesn't work with every DPCI number (such as 087-06-0905 - Evolution of a Hero) but it works with lots of others.

Might be useful for someone at some point.
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Postby Highbeam » Tue Oct 09, 2007 4:40 pm

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Does someone know the DCPI for Voyager Blackout?
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Postby JTKranix » Wed Oct 10, 2007 1:33 pm

Highbeam wrote:Does someone know the DCPI for Voyager Blackout?


Sadly it's going to be the same DPCI as every other Voyager except the G1 Starscream. 087-06-1021.

If your looking for Blackout though, you might want to try Toys R Us. I have seen quite a few of the "Desert Sneak Attack" sets showing up again here in Lansing.
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Postby Tigertrack » Wed Oct 10, 2007 5:36 pm

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JTKranix wrote:
Highbeam wrote:Does someone know the DCPI for Voyager Blackout?


Sadly it's going to be the same DPCI as every other Voyager except the G1 Starscream. 087-06-1021.

If your looking for Blackout though, you might want to try Toys R Us. I have seen quite a few of the "Desert Sneak Attack" sets showing up again here in Lansing.


Actually I was just at the Westland TRu and they had Blackout, and also the Westland Target and Ford Rd. Walmart had him, I believe.
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Postby Highbeam » Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:15 pm

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tigertracks 24 wrote:Actually I was just at the Westland TRu and they had Blackout, and also the Westland Target and Ford Rd. Walmart had him, I believe.


I'm going out there tomorrow now! I hope one of them still has him! *fingers crossed*
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Postby Highbeam » Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:12 pm

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tigertracks 24 wrote:Actually I was just at the Westland TRU and they had Blackout, and also the Westland Target and Ford Rd. Walmart had him, I believe.


I found him!!! Thank you so much! He was at the Westland TRU (the Walmart and Target didn't have any). Thankyouthankyouthankyou!!! :D He is now guarding my computer while mini Scorpy bothers deluxe Scorponok :b
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Postby Tigertrack » Fri Oct 12, 2007 4:29 am

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tigertracks 24 wrote:Actually I was just at the Westland TRU and they had Blackout, and also the Westland Target and Ford Rd. Walmart had him, I believe.


I found him!!! Thank you so much! He was at the Westland TRU (the Walmart and Target didn't have any). Thankyouthankyouthankyou!!! :D He is now guarding my computer while mini Scorpy bothers deluxe Scorponok :b


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UPCs for Movie Toys, Cybertron

Postby shmax » Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:05 pm

Hey guys, you can get UPC numbers and product and assortment numbers for most of the movie toys (as well as a fairly complete, interactive checklist) here:

http://www.shmax.com/Database/422?tab=0

Here's Cybertron:
http://www.shmax.com/Database/238?tab=0

You can register with the site if you like, and not only "tag" the toys you own (and get a sig like mine), but also add missing items to the database yourself. The site's still in "beta", but I'm always ready for more brave tester types.

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Postby muswp1 » Sat Oct 13, 2007 10:09 pm

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The UPC's for the Best Buy Exclusive Megatron and Ratchet are:

Megatron: 653569286868

Ratchet: 653569286820

Both have the same SKU: 8367171

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Re: UPCs for Movie Toys, Cybertron

Postby Autobot032 » Sun Oct 14, 2007 12:17 am

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shmax wrote:Hey guys, you can get UPC numbers and product and assortment numbers for most of the movie toys (as well as a fairly complete, interactive checklist) here:

http://www.shmax.com/Database/422?tab=0

Here's Cybertron:
http://www.shmax.com/Database/238?tab=0

You can register with the site if you like, and not only "tag" the toys you own (and get a sig like mine), but also add missing items to the database yourself. The site's still in "beta", but I'm always ready for more brave tester types.

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Thanks for the heads up. I registered and did the checklist. Yeah, someone needs to really update the heck out of that thing for ya. I know I have well (well!) over 200 figures. (I count Mini-Cons as separate entities from their partners) And I've got the terrible lack of room to prove it. lol

...My collection has more room than I do. Hmm...planned out? No. Handled correctly? No.
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Re: UPCs for Movie Toys, Cybertron

Postby shmax » Sun Oct 14, 2007 11:15 am

Autobot032 wrote:Thanks for the heads up. I registered and did the checklist. Yeah, someone needs to really update the heck out of that thing for ya. I know I have well (well!) over 200 figures. (I count Mini-Cons as separate entities from their partners) And I've got the terrible lack of room to prove it. lol

...My collection has more room than I do. Hmm...planned out? No. Handled correctly? No.


Welcome aboard! And ya even figured out how to do the sig! So, you say you have a lot of figures... got a camera? :-P
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Re: UPCs for Movie Toys, Cybertron

Postby Autobot032 » Sun Oct 14, 2007 2:41 pm

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Autobot032 wrote:Thanks for the heads up. I registered and did the checklist. Yeah, someone needs to really update the heck out of that thing for ya. I know I have well (well!) over 200 figures. (I count Mini-Cons as separate entities from their partners) And I've got the terrible lack of room to prove it. lol

...My collection has more room than I do. Hmm...planned out? No. Handled correctly? No.


Welcome aboard! And ya even figured out how to do the sig! So, you say you have a lot of figures... got a camera? :-P


Thank you! Dude...I saw the sig and had to get one. I'm big on freebies. lol

I actually do have most (but not all) Armada figures that Hasbro released. Along with Energon and Cybertron. (minus those darned Mini-Con 2-Packs, I mean seriously...who needs thirty repaints of the same boring mold? Ach!)

Problem is...my camera. I have a Webcam that's not bad, but not perfect. I have a 6.1 MP Digital, and I even built a crappy light box, but everything comes out yellow, I can't get the macro (or other settings) figured out, etc. Not to mention it eats batteries. If I get some batteries and a bunch of courage, I'll do my best to help. lol

BTW...does anyone have a checklist, or a link to a site that might be able to tell me exactly how to set my camera for the best pictures?
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Re: UPCs for Movie Toys, Cybertron

Postby shmax » Sun Oct 14, 2007 2:46 pm

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shmax wrote:
Autobot032 wrote:Thanks for the heads up. I registered and did the checklist. Yeah, someone needs to really update the heck out of that thing for ya. I know I have well (well!) over 200 figures. (I count Mini-Cons as separate entities from their partners) And I've got the terrible lack of room to prove it. lol

...My collection has more room than I do. Hmm...planned out? No. Handled correctly? No.


Welcome aboard! And ya even figured out how to do the sig! So, you say you have a lot of figures... got a camera? :-P


Thank you! Dude...I saw the sig and had to get one. I'm big on freebies. lol

I actually do have most (but not all) Armada figures that Hasbro released. Along with Energon and Cybertron. (minus those darned Mini-Con 2-Packs, I mean seriously...who needs thirty repaints of the same boring mold? Ach!)

Problem is...my camera. I have a Webcam that's not bad, but not perfect. I have a 6.1 MP Digital, and I even built a crappy light box, but everything comes out yellow, I can't get the macro (or other settings) figured out, etc. Not to mention it eats batteries. If I get some batteries and a bunch of courage, I'll do my best to help. lol

BTW...does anyone have a checklist, or a link to a site that might be able to tell me exactly how to set my camera for the best pictures?


Excellent idea for a discussion! I've been wondering how to take nice pictures myself, and you're not the first person that's mentioned a light box. I'm bidding on one on eBay at the moment, but even if I get the thing I'll have no idea what to do with it. In fact, I think I'm going to start a new thread so the experts can chime in--will post a link once it's up.
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Postby God Magnus » Sat Oct 27, 2007 10:59 am

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Postby Maximum Burn » Wed Oct 31, 2007 5:39 pm

When does Wal-mart, Target, and Toys R' Us stores usually restock?
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Postby Autobot032 » Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:47 pm

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Maximum Burn wrote:When does Wal-mart, Target, and Toys R' Us stores usually restock?


Wal-Mart: Receives a truck every night. Sometimes Saturdays and Sundays no shipments come in, depending on the size of the store.

Target: Last I checked (but it changes, cannot confirm) Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays. Nothing on Fridays, Sundays, etc. (This was the case at my local Target, so I'm going based on their shipping setup.)

TRU: Tuesdays, Thursdays. (Usually stocked the next morning. Wednesdays, Fridays.)
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Postby Maximum Burn » Tue Nov 06, 2007 4:24 pm

Target says the best time to call and check is in the morning when they open, since the scammers come in the morning to pick the restocks that were up put during the night. Call and they'll check, if it's there they'll reserve it for you. Not sure how long though.

PS: Anyone know the walmart number for the voyager class ironhide? Also DPCIs for G1 recolors of movie version starscream and jazz?
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Postby Collector Maximus » Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:15 am

God Magnus wrote:Masterpiece Starscream
UPC: 065356927551


and here's some more help.
Since I just got the Wal Mart Mp Starscream I thought I'd share a pic of the the actual case he comes in.
BTW there are 3 per case.
And It doesn't look like other Hasbro Transformers boxes.

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Postby Agent 007 » Thu Nov 22, 2007 1:07 pm

My rules of thumb-
Call around first, don't waste time driving around and getting notta. However, Wally has pretty bad costomer service, at least in Chicago, try going there first. And of course be polite, that always helps :)
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Postby Agent 007 » Thu Nov 22, 2007 1:09 pm

Liege Evilmus wrote:
Cyber Bishop wrote:Make friends, the more friends you have all working for the common good of finding the toys the better.

Form a group with local collectors and inform each other of what you find (since you can't always hunt, someone from the group may be able to hunt a bit more than you).

Wal Marts get trucks every day except Sunday. Now they may not shelf every day they get trucks all the time.


Maybe you can help me on this, I can always make small talk with Moms, and Grandparents who don't realy know what they're looking at. For me it's a fun way to share what I know, and I like opening conversations with "You know they'll hate you if you get that one!"

These people are always looking for whatever advice they can get, and again, I love sharing it.

But as for local collectors, unless they're with a supportive girlfriend, they are very untalkative, you can tell even somewhat afraid of the interpersonal contact, and they run off :???:

Maybe they feel embarased about being grown and collecting toys for a hobby, but I'm doing the same thing.

The guys that are taken are the exact opposite, they wanna talk, get coffee next door, and all that jazz, which in itself is kinda weird.

So I guess I'm asking, with out slapping them in the back of the head or sharing any of my women, how do I make the shy guys like the taken guys?

I wouldn't mind meeting some other collectors in my area. I know tons of sci-fi people, and I have fun with them. But outside of this, I could care less about most sci-fi. TFs are something very specific, and I wouldn't mind meeting some locals with that same particular intrest.
I suppose u could just politly ask if they need any help, or ask if their in to tfs too. I've made quite a few collector friends that way.
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Postby Deadpool. » Tue Dec 11, 2007 2:41 am

TIP:

Always pop by those old, rundown looking stores.

There's usually some very old stuff there.


I got a MISB Japanese COnvobat/ Bat Primal at 788 Yen from one such store.
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Re: DCPI's, SKU's, Case Assortment #'s, and other tools for find

Postby Maximum Burn » Wed Dec 26, 2007 2:31 pm

Anyone know the number for all-spark figures? Also, my cousin says that his k-mart has the figures but won't release them anytime soon because it'll destroy the store.
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Re: DCPI's, SKU's, Case Assortment #'s, and other tools for find

Postby JTKranix » Fri Dec 28, 2007 7:21 pm

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