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PetroMan wrote: December 16th, 2022, 9:32 pm
RichardLess wrote: I wonder what the shipping process is like for these. For those who went thru Zavvi does it go from Manufactureer, to Zavi warehouse HQ then on to Customer? Because isn’t Zavi essentially the middleman on this?
I figure things would go directly from Manufacturers——>to Customer but maybe not. Or possibly Manufacturer to Hasbro HQ to Zavi to Customers. I don’t know how that would work. But with those of us who backed the project via Haslab whatever scenario occurred, just remove Zavi from that chain.
I think the part you are missing is that Zavi is Hasbro's official authorized partner that offers the crowdfunding campaign to European customers. Again, if you look up previous Haslab projects they have all played out this way. Europe gets theirs about a month before the US. The only reasonable explanation for that is the cargo ship comes through the Suez canal, drops cargo at European ports, then crosses the Atlantic and drops cargo at American ports. Hasbro would have no control over that without massively increasing the shipping costs to the customers.

I would also bet good money that the vast majority of backers are not paying attention anywhere near as closely as the handful of us on this forum are and have no clue that this is even going on right now. Why would some Hasbro exec make a decision to inform us of something they themselves are likely only seeing as a single line item as part of an entire cargo manifest? Said exec would have no reason to even know we are aware of this let alone discussing it.

(On as semi-related note, my wife wanted to know why I was humming the Oompa Loompa song so your previous reference wound up being double funny.)
Ooh ok. Interesting. Yeah the way I thought of this Zavvi company was some sort of middle man where they were just placing orders through different Haslab accounts or something. Sort of like an Amazon merchant but doing the pre orders for you. But you say it’s like they have an official agreement with Hasbro? So Zavi was just essentially the European arm(non UK) of the Haslab project?

So do we know if the order count on Haslab is a combination of Haslab and Zavi orders or were they kept separate?
#4975344
RichardLess wrote: December 17th, 2022, 8:17 am
PetroMan wrote: December 16th, 2022, 9:32 pm

I think the part you are missing is that Zavi is Hasbro's official authorized partner that offers the crowdfunding campaign to European customers. Again, if you look up previous Haslab projects they have all played out this way. Europe gets theirs about a month before the US. The only reasonable explanation for that is the cargo ship comes through the Suez canal, drops cargo at European ports, then crosses the Atlantic and drops cargo at American ports. Hasbro would have no control over that without massively increasing the shipping costs to the customers.

I would also bet good money that the vast majority of backers are not paying attention anywhere near as closely as the handful of us on this forum are and have no clue that this is even going on right now. Why would some Hasbro exec make a decision to inform us of something they themselves are likely only seeing as a single line item as part of an entire cargo manifest? Said exec would have no reason to even know we are aware of this let alone discussing it.

(On as semi-related note, my wife wanted to know why I was humming the Oompa Loompa song so your previous reference wound up being double funny.)
Ooh ok. Interesting. Yeah the way I thought of this Zavvi company was some sort of middle man where they were just placing orders through different Haslab accounts or something. Sort of like an Amazon merchant but doing the pre orders for you. But you say it’s like they have an official agreement with Hasbro? So Zavi was just essentially the European arm(non UK) of the Haslab project?

So do we know if the order count on Haslab is a combination of Haslab and Zavi orders or were they kept separate?
I think it's both. So the total backers listed by Hasbro likely includes the overseas Zavvi customers.
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RichardLess wrote: December 17th, 2022, 8:17 am So Zavi was just essentially the European arm(non UK) of the Haslab project?

So do we know if the order count on Haslab is a combination of Haslab and Zavi orders or were they kept separate?
That is a really good way to put it. Zavi is basically acting as the European arm of the Haslab project, officially on Hasbro's behalf.

Yes, the Zavi orders are part of the total count on the main Haslab page.
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Ryusui wrote: December 16th, 2022, 11:29 pm There's an awful lot of conversation going on over this topic of "who's getting it first". 😂

As long as I get mine by the date I was told when I pre-ordered, I'm happy as a lark.
1st March 2023, right? Any earlier is a bonus :lol:

Meanwhile here in Australia we had to wait SIX WEEKS for Ghostbusters: Afterlife (1st January 2022 was the release date). I basically stopped using social media and unsubscribed from everything, and managed to win tickets to an early-December screening, and yet I still saw spoilers on non-GB sites before I saw the film.

Not directly referring to anyone in this thread, but it's still mind-boggling to see American fans complaining about getting a plastic toy "less early" than other people, when there are far worse things that could have happened.

Also, has someone written a blog post yet about how to fix a Hasbro pack? Because I'm predicting 90% of the posts freaking out about how their pack doesn't work will be resolved by getting fresh batteries (based on the Spengler Wand). We'll probably need to send that to a lot of people in the coming weeks :-P
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jonogunn wrote: December 17th, 2022, 11:43 pm I already have anxiety over wearing it out. Breaking my own custom pack sucks but breaking a limited edition pack is anothert story...
You should join the FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1043282106485152

Obviously at some point people are going to accidentally damage their packs, so there'll likely be some great people to help you out in the group.
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prodestrian wrote: December 17th, 2022, 9:12 pm
Ryusui wrote: December 16th, 2022, 11:29 pm There's an awful lot of conversation going on over this topic of "who's getting it first". 😂

As long as I get mine by the date I was told when I pre-ordered, I'm happy as a lark.
1st March 2023, right? Any earlier is a bonus :lol:

Meanwhile here in Australia we had to wait SIX WEEKS for Ghostbusters: Afterlife (1st January 2022 was the release date). I basically stopped using social media and unsubscribed from everything, and managed to win tickets to an early-December screening, and yet I still saw spoilers on non-GB sites before I saw the film.

Not directly referring to anyone in this thread, but it's still mind-boggling to see American fans complaining about getting a plastic toy "less early" than other people, when there are far worse things that could have happened.

Also, has someone written a blog post yet about how to fix a Hasbro pack? Because I'm predicting 90% of the posts freaking out about how their pack doesn't work will be resolved by getting fresh batteries (based on the Spengler Wand). We'll probably need to send that to a lot of people in the coming weeks :-P


Heads up. I’m Canadian.

I know you claim you weren’t speaking directly about anyone in this thread but since you say it’s mind boggling for anyone to have that sort of reaction. Let me attempt to un boggle your mind and explain where I’m coming from.

As some of you know last year I had an incredible health scare. I came close to the black abyss. And ever since then “time” has meant something very different to me. It’s like suddenly you’re aware that every second, every day, every moment, could be your last. Sometimes it makes things precious and beautiful. But I’m finding sometimes it can make things far off, or that seem far off, feel like they may never happen. It’s a hard thing to deal with. And sometimes i can cope just fine by keeping a perspective of “love and live for today and everyday is a gift”. A quote I’ve come to find humourous but also a little apt. When I came back from the black abyss I said to myself “every day is a gift”. No more petty bullshit. Love. Just…love. But then that lasts for a few months and suddenly every day life and people’s BS and drama begin to weigh on that and it becomes, “Yeah everyday is a gift. But does it have to be a pair of socks?”. So I’m in this constant push and pull battle of “live for now” and “don’t get bogged down in the shitty minutiae of life”.

So how does this relate to something seemingly silly like a piece of plastic? Like many of you…a proton pack has been a dream of mine since being a kid. Yeah the blue plastic ones were cool and Did the job but once you outgrew em…man. Who amoung us didn’t pray for a screen accurate proton pack? Some of you built your own. But I lack the patience(surprise surprise, right?) and let’s be honest, technical skill and know how. But! Now it’s here. It’s nearly here. It’s so close we can almost touch it. The Hasbro Proton Pack! So then that part of my brain activates thinking “oh shit. Spring 2023. That’s close. But also…You were a week away from seeing GB3 in theatres.. a f****g week. And then you go to the hospital for what you think is routine and…you awake from a comma days later” After decades of waiting. Of close calls and false stops. Harold passing away and the the GB16 insanity and it was so god damn close. So the first time I saw GB3 was after awaking from a coma, completely high off my rocker lol. Instead of in theatres with a packed crowd and friends. I was so high on meds that I don’t remember it. Apparently I loved it(that didn’t last long). So I guess part of me is scared. Scared of not making it. Which sounds ridiculous. I know. It’s a toy. I’m in my 30s. But damn it Ghostbusters is so important to me. To all of us. That proton pack is such a dream. A silly toy, sure. But a dream. And so yes. I get annoyed at things maybe I shouldn’t. I don’t keep that perspective. I lose the push and pull battle. The worst of me wins.

Just please know. I was never ever mad or annoyed at anyone personally getting it before me. It was more just the annoyance at Hasbro and the lack of communication and being a slave to my own insecurities of…well…not making it.

I hope that explains it. I’m not a selfish asshole. Ok. Maybe I am. But I’m trying not to be.

TLDR: Almost died. Scared of not getting pack. I’m a selfish asshole.
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#4975369
RichardLess wrote: December 18th, 2022, 4:09 am
prodestrian wrote: December 17th, 2022, 9:12 pm

1st March 2023, right? Any earlier is a bonus :lol:

Meanwhile here in Australia we had to wait SIX WEEKS for Ghostbusters: Afterlife (1st January 2022 was the release date). I basically stopped using social media and unsubscribed from everything, and managed to win tickets to an early-December screening, and yet I still saw spoilers on non-GB sites before I saw the film.

Not directly referring to anyone in this thread, but it's still mind-boggling to see American fans complaining about getting a plastic toy "less early" than other people, when there are far worse things that could have happened.

Also, has someone written a blog post yet about how to fix a Hasbro pack? Because I'm predicting 90% of the posts freaking out about how their pack doesn't work will be resolved by getting fresh batteries (based on the Spengler Wand). We'll probably need to send that to a lot of people in the coming weeks :-P


Heads up. I’m Canadian.

I know you claim you weren’t speaking directly about anyone in this thread but since you say it’s mind boggling for anyone to have that sort of reaction. Let me attempt to un boggle your mind and explain where I’m coming from.

As some of you know last year I had an incredible health scare. I came close to the black abyss. And ever since then “time” has meant something very different to me. It’s like suddenly you’re aware that every second, every day, every moment, could be your last. Sometimes it makes things precious and beautiful. But I’m finding sometimes it can make things far off, or that seem far off, feel like they may never happen. It’s a hard thing to deal with. And sometimes i can cope just fine by keeping a perspective of “love and live for today and everyday is a gift”. A quote I’ve come to find humourous but also a little apt. When I came back from the black abyss I said to myself “every day is a gift”. No more petty bullshit. Love. Just…love. But then that lasts for a few months and suddenly every day life and people’s BS and drama begin to weigh on that and it becomes, “Yeah everyday is a gift. But does it have to be a pair of socks?”. So I’m in this constant push and pull battle of “live for now” and “don’t get bogged down in the shitty minutiae of life”.

So how does this relate to something seemingly silly like a piece of plastic? Like many of you…a proton pack has been a dream of mine since being a kid. Yeah the blue plastic ones were cool and Did the job but once you outgrew em…man. Who amoung us didn’t pray for a screen accurate proton pack? Some of you built your own. But I lack the patience(surprise surprise, right?) and let’s be honest, technical skill and know how. But! Now it’s here. It’s nearly here. It’s so close we can almost touch it. The Hasbro Proton Pack! So then that part of my brain activates thinking “oh shit. Spring 2023. That’s close. But also…You were a week away from seeing GB3 in theatres.. a f****g week. And then you go to the hospital for what you think is routine and…you awake from a comma days later” After decades of waiting. Of close calls and false stops. Harold passing away and the the GB16 insanity and it was so god damn close. So the first time I saw GB3 was after awaking from a coma, completely high off my rocker lol. Instead of in theatres with a packed crowd and friends. I was so high on meds that I don’t remember it. Apparently I loved it(that didn’t last long). So I guess part of me is scared. Scared of not making it. Which sounds ridiculous. I know. It’s a toy. I’m in my 30s. But damn it Ghostbusters is so important to me. To all of us. That proton pack is such a dream. A silly toy, sure. But a dream. And so yes. I get annoyed at things maybe I shouldn’t. I don’t keep that perspective. I lose the push and pull battle. The worst of me wins.

Just please know. I was never ever mad or annoyed at anyone personally getting it before me. It was more just the annoyance at Hasbro and the lack of communication and being a slave to my own insecurities of…well…not making it.

I hope that explains it. I’m not a selfish asshole. Ok. Maybe I am. But I’m trying not to be.

TLDR: Almost died. Scared of not getting pack. I’m a selfish asshole.
Thanks for sharing and giving us a deeper background to your views, Richard. I'm sorry you had to go through all that. I can't imagine how hard that must have been for you!
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RichardLess wrote: December 18th, 2022, 4:09 amI’m not a selfish asshole. Ok. Maybe I am. But I’m trying not to be.

TLDR: Almost died. Scared of not getting pack. I’m a selfish asshole.
Really sorry to hear that you went through that. And no, I wasn't referring to you. You were pretty clear about where you were coming from, and that you weren't upset that others were getting their packs before you, it all seemed pretty reasonable. I'm surprised we still haven't had an update from Hasbro by now, how hard is it to send an email? Even if the big announcement isn't ready, they could do a "big announcement coming soon" update, right?

It was mainly from some comments I saw on YouTube and social media from some very entitled people in the community (might have been in the comments for GhostbustersNews posts about this).

I hope your pack arrives soon, just be warned that the first time you put one on and see yourself in the mirror could be emotionally overwhelming... Not that I'm speaking from experience :lol:
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prodestrian wrote: December 18th, 2022, 2:11 pm
RichardLess wrote: December 18th, 2022, 4:09 amI’m not a selfish asshole. Ok. Maybe I am. But I’m trying not to be.

TLDR: Almost died. Scared of not getting pack. I’m a selfish asshole.
Really sorry to hear that you went through that. And no, I wasn't referring to you. You were pretty clear about where you were coming from, and that you weren't upset that others were getting their packs before you, it all seemed pretty reasonable. I'm surprised we still haven't had an update from Hasbro by now, how hard is it to send an email? Even if the big announcement isn't ready, they could do a "big announcement coming soon" update, right?

It was mainly from some comments I saw on YouTube and social media from some very entitled people in the community (might have been in the comments for GhostbustersNews posts about this).

I hope your pack arrives soon, just be warned that the first time you put one on and see yourself in the mirror could be emotionally overwhelming... Not that I'm speaking from experience :lol:
No no I believed you when you said that it wasn’t about anyone in this thread but I still felt like I should maybe clarify a bit. I was just being a cheeky dork with that “I’m Canadian” bit.

When my pack comes I truly think I’m going to break down crying lol.

As a kid my favourite toy, besides my trusty blue plastic Proton Pack, was my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael action figure. I loved it. It went everywhere with me. Except once. One summer my family moved and when I opened my box of toys…my Ralph was gone. The one time I didn’t hold on to him personally. And they didn’t make these particular TMNT toys anymore so my mom couldn’t buy me a new one. It was devastating. My mom even wrote the toy company and they sent me a free transforming TMNT toy that went from regular turtle to Ninja Turtle. But it wasn’t my Raph. My mom even drove back to our old empty house to see if he somehow got dropped or left behind. But he was gone. Somewhere…without me. So last year, after all that shit I went thru, im home for Christmas after a hellish few weeks & I’m opening a gift from my sister and…it’s the The Raphael TMNT toy. She found one on eBay. Let me tell you…I ugly cried. Hard. And I’m not a crier. At all. That’s not some macho thing it’s just an issue I have and holy shit it was like Niagara Falls. Years of pent up emotion just coming pouring out of me. That my sister remembered how special that toy was to me, plus everything I was going thru at that time? Here I was holding this piece of my childhood, a piece of my soul almost, that I hadn’t felt since 1994. It was the single greatest gift I’ve ever received. This silly piece of plastic. And I wonder if the pack won’t be like that.

Time will tell.
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Just got the email from Hasbro Pulse UK and interesting. Seems like it's a different date to change your address from - 09/01/2023. Me thinks we're gonna be definitely getting it in early January!
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Kieron W wrote: December 19th, 2022, 6:10 am Just got the email from Hasbro Pulse UK and interesting. Seems like it's a different date to change your address from - 09/01/2023. Me thinks we're gonna be definitely getting it in early January!
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Yep, same. Have to say I'm glad the January cut-off date at least guarantees it won't be coming while I'm away for Christmas!
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Alphagaia wrote: December 19th, 2022, 7:20 am My pack just landed in the Netherlands!

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My father passed away last week and I'll be ugly crying when the pack arrives. The allegories between GB: Afterlife and his passing are now synonymous to me.
Very upsetting to hear. My condolences friend.
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Thank you.

It's all so weird. We all thought my mother would be the first to go because her vains are clottering up everywhere. She just recovered from an amputation and she finally got her spark back which she lost for a good three years, since bits and pieces just dropped of her body.

To our surprise, my father just completely fractured his hip a few weeks ago, and because of his alzheimers the intense operation wouldn't work as he couldn't remember how to train his hip and muscles and would just break it all over again. When I heard the news I broke down and the painful confusion on his face changed in pity as he grabbed my shoulder and started consoling me. For a few seconds he was my dad again, but the Alzheimers quickly made him forget what was happening.

Ah well. It's for the better. My parents had to seperate because of my mother's ailing body and many operations and he never recovered from that. Always looking for her and not understanding where he was now. He is finally at peace.

Sorry to be such a downer, I had to get this of my chest.
On a brighter note: Our packs are all inching closer guys, in just a few months everyone will feel a kid again! You better be one of them, RichardLess. I demand pictures!
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#4975395
I suppose the one consolation at these moments may be that at least our parents lived a full life to a ripe old age. If any consolation at all at such a devastating time.

But yeah, I can’t believe it’s just one or two days left until the first of us take delivery of these awesome packs.

The first thing I’m gonna do is get it working and fire up that 2.5 hour Dan Aykroyd interview on Joe Rogan. The guy is the actual real life Dr. Ray Stantz, and I can listen to Ray’s (real) ghost stories for hours 👍😊
#4975396
Alphagaia wrote: December 19th, 2022, 7:20 am My father passed away last week and I'll be ugly crying when the pack arrives.
Sorry to read, Alpha. I hope his passing was a peaceful and painless as possible.
Alphagaia wrote: December 19th, 2022, 1:59 pm Sorry to be such a downer, I had to get this of my chest.
Never apologise for getting it off your chest... It's better to talk/type then to keep it bottled in. :)
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PACK TIME BABY! I admit I was VERY skeptical on them shipping early, but looks like it's really happening. Can't wait for the 1st unboxing videos.

Hopefully Haslab will do a trap or meter this year. Fingers crossed.
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deadderek wrote: December 19th, 2022, 7:36 pm PACK TIME BABY! I admit I was VERY skeptical on them shipping early, but looks like it's really happening. Can't wait for the 1st unboxing videos.

Hopefully Haslab will do a trap or meter this year. Fingers crossed.
Those definitely seem to be the most likely go-to items. If they do a HasLab trap, I'd expect it to convert between a standard trap and the RTV. The PKE... well, it'll probably just be a standard PKE without the taser feature unless they can figure out how to cram all that extra gearing into it.
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#4975406
First unboxing pics are UP!

Ghostbusters Dublin: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100072242184727
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doney84 wrote: December 20th, 2022, 3:31 am Just received mine Image

Edit - sorry not sure how to correctly link photos
Put it on an image hosting site like imgur then right click on it and copy the image address - then press the image button on here and paste the code between the tags (one says img and one says /img)

A bit complicated if you've never done it before but give it a go!
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