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Gimme my toy!
last modified: Sunday, March 14, 2010 (7:43:59 PM)
Yes, my name is Bunny and I have an addiction that goes by the name of "Japanese toys". Perhaps some of you also suffer from this affliction. Or perhaps some of you have visited the 'Baka no Fune'(idiot ship) on my desk at work and have noticed that the Sanji & Zoro figurines have bite marks on them.

And I can't stop adding to the menagerie.

So, as with all Pokemon fans, I had been greatly anticipating March 14. It was the day that HeartGold/SoulSilver would be released in the US. Gamestop was offering a special promotion where, if you reserved the game, you would be given a spiffy Pokemon figurine with your purchased.

And, oh, how I desperately wanted one.

I headed down to Gamestop and reserved a copy of each during the first week of March. The sign on the door told me that if I reserved my game that I would get a figurine. And the guy who took my reservation told me that I would get one too.

So, despite that fact that the majority of people in line were but infants when the first Pokemon Gold/Silver was released, I was beaming like a cheshire cat as I entered into the hallowed grounds at 11 this morning.

Until they told us that, if you reserved our games after February that you weren't going to get a figurine.


Now, maybe telling an eight year old kid that there was no Lugia for him will work, but it sure as hell wasn't going to work with me. I want my Lugia figurine! And if there's one thing I've learned living in the US is that, if you complain loud enough and write complaint letters, you can get anything you want!

(Visions of the US anthem play behind patriotic Bunny...)

So, I asked my youthful employee if I would get my toys. And he told me "no". I looked at his name tag - Emmanuel, it was. I told him that I was informed that I would get the figurines if I had reserved the game. He protested and told me that, after the fact, he could not give the toys to everyone who reserved. I smiled and told him that it would be a shame to have to mention that I was falsely promised these figurines to the coporate office.

And, as soon as I said that, a Lugia and Ho-oh figurine magically migrated to my bag!

(ears droop, national anthem hits a few sour notes) Yes, I realize that it's not the workers fault for the store policy. I worked retail before. But there's a way to handle it and a way not to handle it. Saying to an eight year that there was "No Lugia for you!" falls under the latter.

Now, if you'll excuse me, Lugia is about to make a surprise attack on the Baka no Fune(but Zoro & Sanji will be safe, I promise!), and Ho-oh just might not be able to stop it in time....

re: Gimme my toy!Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 8:12:24 PM

I hope you still wrote a letter of complaint to GameStop''s galactic headquarters. Because there is absolutely no way they should promise people figurines if they can''t deliver. Plain and simple. I''m glad to hear you got your toys and I hope the people in line behind you took careful notes. :)

re: Gimme my toy!Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 9:43:13 PM

Wow the same thing happened with my friend when she went to pick up her preordered pokemon games and figures. Methinks nintendo screwed alot of fans by this false advertisement crap. I also hope you write a letter of complaint.

re: Gimme my toy!Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 11:52:13 PM
Sui Kune

Good for you, standing up to get your figure! It''s ridiculous when they pull a stunt like that after the fact, I heard another story from someone else that they told them they didn''t give out the figures for preorders after March 1st. At least be up front about it if supply might be tight, don''t try to add something onto it after the fact.

I''m excited for HGSS as well! I preordered my copy of HeartGold on Amazon that comes with the figure, and the game guide as well, I saved $10 total along with free shipping. Downside is the wait for them to arrive. XD

And I''m addicted to Japanese toys as well! My other big hobby is collecting Pokemon (Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Absol, and Shaymin Land Forme) and Sailormoon (Sailor Saturn) toys. Actually the reason why I don''t have more money set aside for cels. XD;; The Beast Trio has been eating my money.

re: Gimme my toy!Monday, March 15, 2010 - 9:07:12 AM

lol your blogs always crack me up my dear friend

re: Gimme my toy!Monday, March 15, 2010 - 1:00:11 PM

I''m glad you were able to receive your figures. I hate when places falsely advertise like that. I hope the others in the store that day were able to get their figures as well.

re: Gimme my toy!Monday, March 15, 2010 - 9:01:35 PM

I''m just glad that Zoro and Sanji will be safe. On the other hand, perhaps Lugia is the one that should be worried when coming up against those two . . . XD

re: Gimme my toy!Monday, March 22, 2010 - 5:05:04 PM

I was in the same boat as you. I preordered last year and I arrive at the store to pick up my game my store ran out of figures. They stated that I can pick the figure up at any other gamestop if I shown them the receipt as proof that I bought the game the same day. I was heading to my sisters place, noticed a gamestop on my way and went inside. I explain my situation and ask for the figure and the woman says that she can''t as it''s store policy to only give preorders to the people who preordered from that particular store. After some bickering I gave up and demanded a refund and bought the game + figure off ebay. Your loss gamestop ^_^.