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Ken Robichaud | September 7th, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

TRU Star Wars Minifigure Swap Meet Wrap-Up

TRU Trade In Figs

I had no intentions of going to the Toys R Us Star Wars minifigure trade in event, but things change and I ended up there at just over the halfway point. Here’s my takeaway from the event.

  • My local store was sent five baggies, with five different figs. Enough for each employee to start the event with the same set of five figures.
  • By the time I got there, the count was at two trades (I couldn’t find a couple of the associates to confirm, but that’s fairly approximate) and I witnessed one further attempt by the time I left with just 15 minutes left for the event. I say attempt because the kid didn’t want to trade either of the two figs he brought for any of the ones there. His grandmother told me he had most of them, and didn’t like the rest.
  • The employee I talked the most with was very disappointed at the turnout. There were plenty of kids in the store, but none seemed interested in the swap. The previous year was a wild success and we traded anecdotes among ourselves and with a couple of other customers. By that point the associate told me he would except any fig, just to get things going.
  • I mentioned I would be updating a post I made about the event and asked if there was anyway I could buy a set and he was kind enough to just give me a set. I wouldn’t have bothered, but they weren’t exactly flying out the door.
  • They five figs are pictured above and included the A-wing Pilot, TIE Bomber Pilot, 501st Legion Clone Trooper, Clone Trooper SGT and the Super Battle Droid. The figures weren’t specifically rare or interesting to me (though I do like the A-wing Pilot) and they weren’t to the majority of the kids around here apparently either.

In short, putting restrictions on the swap seemed to have more of a negative impact then I suspect they considered, even if these restrictions were largely at the discretion of employees that in most cases probably didn’t care. While picking a theme and selecting a few current generic army building types may have seemed like a nice new twist, it certainly didn’t go over as well here. It also told me that I’m alone here, or at least there are no other AFOLs that read the flyers…

Ken Robichaud | September 6th, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

TRU Canada’s LEGO Star Wars Minifigure Trade-In Event

13. Clone Trooper

Last year I took my son to Toys R Us Canada’s first minifigure swap meet and he really enjoyed himself. This year the event will have a Star Wars theme and while I have no idea what figures they will have to trade, I can at least give my account from the previous year. Each staff member is given a special name tag that can hold up to three minifigures and the mostly go about their business once the event starts. The figures last year were mostly random as well. I arrived about 10 minutes into the event last year and was able to find a staff member (near the back of the store) that had one of the original three they were given and my son was pleased to get the green ninja. After we were finished trading around the store and my son had three figures he really wanted, we went to talk to someone I know in the electronics department and his supervisor about the set up. They said the baggie they got seemed to have mostly basic figures like the CMF’s and a couple from various themes, but no licensed figs. However, this isn’t made to be an event for collectors and the kids all seemed to love it and the trading was fast and furious the entire time we were there. Also, the trading wasn’t limited to store staff and the kids began trading amongst themselves quickly. I really enjoyed watching these barters as negotiations between half pint traders with their fig filled sandwich baggies seemed to quickly go from very intense to giddy in a heartbeat and ended in happy dances more than once. The poker faces melt off quickly at that age. To my son’s delight he managed a trade for an Indiana Jones minifigure and he even hardballed the older kid because “it isn’t Indiana Jones if he doesn’t have the whip”. /pride

The event starts at 11am and ends at 1pm, by which point some kids will be happy and some store employees will be exhausted. They have a limit of one per customer this year and Express & Wonderlab locations are excluded. So grab that crappy old chrome C-3PO or your cloud city Boba Fett and see what you get!

While you’re there, they have most of the LEGO Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit and Super Heroes sets at 20% off and if you buy any LEGO Star Wars set (or any Star Wars toy) you’ll get a collectable $5 off any $25 purchase gift card. Let me know how it goes as I will not be attending. My son likes all his Star Wars figures.

Ken Robichaud | March 15th, 2013 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Sales News

Elrond Back @ TRU In Canada


TRU Canada has a few nice LEGO deals this week and the first is the exclusive Elrond figure with any non-WiiU game purchase and on top of that, those games are all BOGO 50% off. With the only exception being WiiU games, you won’t be able to buy LEGO City Undercover on the 20th and get both the free Chase McCain figure included with the game and Elrond. However, if you avoided buying the LEGO Lord of the Rings videogame when it first came out in anticipation of a sale, now would be a good time since the price has dropped.

They are also offering a free 30213 Gandalf at Dol Guldur polybag with a $30 purchase of Hobbit or LotR LEGO, excluding clearance and The Hobbit boardgame. That boardgame, along with all the other LEGO boardgames, is on for 30% off and they’ve got Ninjago, Monster Fighters and Technic discounted by 20% as well.

Oh, and if you do pick up any fancy new figs, they have their licensed accessories on for 25% off if you need another minifig display case. Quantities are limited and these deals end on the 21st so skedaddle.