So, on Wednesday, I go to my local TRU and ask about Mirkwood Elves. I get "Sorry. We don't have any,
but store X has 47 and store XX has 50 in the stockroom
." So, on Thursday, I go to TRU X, tell them my story and I get "What? We have 47!?! Let me go look for you...". After some minutes: "Sorry. I looked everywhere they might be, I can't find them."
So I ask "Can you call store XX and see if they have them and can physically touch them before I drive out there?" "Sure!" While the customer service person is on hold with store XX (they never picked up the phone), I saw a LEGO rep. I figured she could find it
. Now it's Friday. Third day, third store. I go up to the service desk, explain my situation, she checks the computer and makes a call to the stockroom. Over the two-way radio, I hear the stock clerk. He seems to know exactly what I'm talking about... or at least has a pretty good idea. He says they're on a hold and can't be released for sale until January 1st. Boo, TRU, booo.