Even though we have been offering items for preorder, more or less, since our first year in business, often times, I receive puzzled messages, asking “how does a preorder work….?”
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a preorder as…
“to order (something) in advance : to request to purchase (something) before it is available for sale”
Well, we’ve established that, now what? Well, until now we have never fully disclosed how the preorder system works here at Vampire Robots. With this post, we’re going to break down our official preorder policy!
We don’t like to charge preorders any sooner than 2 days before it is in stock. In most cases, we will not charge you for your order until your item is in stock and ready to ship to you. This is because some of the products we stock have a long preorder window, sometimes upwards of a year or more. Any number of factors can change between when a customer places a preorder to when the product actually arrives in stock. Upon request, we can charge customers further ahead of a product’s arrival date, but that is a case by case basis…
We can also delay charging & shipping a preorder, as long as the customer lets us know to do so before its arrival (for example, you need to wait til Pay Day). There is a 14 day limit to delays in charging preorders. After that, you will need to pay for your order, or it will be cancelled and future orders will not be accepted.
We will do our best to let customers know when a product is arriving and when to expect to see their orders charged, but with so many products having high volume orders, it’s not always possible to contact everyone beforehand. The customer is expected to be aware of what they ordered and when to expect it’s arrival. We do our best to keep estimated release dates as current as we know them to be on the preorder page of the site, as well as push that information to social media as much as possible. If you want to keep up with any of that, be sure to follow our facebook page, as well as our instagram, and twitter (there’s also links for all of our social media accounts at the bottom of the website.)
As of 12/1/2018, any preorders that are cancelled after they are charged, will be subject to a 20% restocking fee. No exceptions.
If you cancel two or more preorders in a row, regardless of how much lead time you’ve given us, you will be barred from placing any further preorders until you have either paid for any existing preorders you may still have, or have completed two transactions on the website for in stock merchandise without a problem. This has always been a fast & loose rule, and its doled out on a case by case basis, but too many folks have been ordering too many things, only to cancel most or all the orders weeks later.
So now it is all established! If you ever need to refresh your memory on our pre-order policy, there is now a page explaining it at the bottom of the site, or you can click HERE.
HEY! Another G-fest blog post! This is probably, hopefully...the last one before G-Fest. It's the super important one though, as we've decided to do another give away this year! Sure, Michael swore off doing give aways, or exclusives, or gimmicks, yadda yadda yadda...but then Diamond got this US exclusive Godzilla 2000 v2 figure last year. We liked it so much, we decided to get one JUST to give away at G-Fest XXV!
So its a give away...so what do you have to do? It's pretty simple really. All you need to do is spend $100 or more at the Vampire Robots booth in the Dealers room on Friday or Saturday. When you do, you will be given a raffle ticket. We will give it away just before the dealers room closes on Saturday evening at 5pm...
"But Michael....one hundred dollars is SOOOOOOO much money..."
Alright...get out of there with that! Gone on! GIT! It's EASY to spend $100 at our table and get a ticket for this give away! You can get one X-Plus figure. You can get one of our exclusive Burning Godzillas. You can get both series of Pacific Rim Uprising Select figures! The possibilities are endless....
Here's our original description from the product site listing last year...
"Making its debut in 1999's Godzilla 2000: Millennium, Godzilla sported a new look with a design by Yuji Sakai and Shinichi Wakasa. Originally released as a vinyl garage kit by KOC in the early 2000s, and measuring an impressive 18" long from snout to tail, this is a fantastic recreation of the popular 'Miregoj' design! "
Of course we will have a small number of these for sale at G-Fest, so if you are like God, and do not trifle with dice, you can skip the game of chance and just buy one outright, while supplies last.
So lets lay down some official rules now, to avoid any confusion and potential belly achin' later...
- If you spend $100 or more at the Vampire Robots booth, you will get a raffle ticket. In the interest of fairness, its one ticket per person, so no trying to juke the odds in your favor and expecting a ticket for every $100 you spend...
- This is good for one X-Plus 12" Godzilla 2000 v2 Vinyl Figure, and for one X-Plus 12" Godzilla 2000 v2 Vinyl Figure ONLY! No trying to trade it out for any product on our tables of equal or lesser value. If you already have one, maybe you can approach someone else at the convention about a trade. That's on you...
- At approximately 5pm CST Saturday, we will pull one ticket at random. The person with the winning ticket number MUST be present at that time to win. If no one claims that ticket number, we will pull another...and another...and ANOTHER, until we've found ourselves a WINNER! You must be able to take delivery of the figure then and there. We will not arrange any kind of delivery after the convention. If you can't take delivery of it then and there, you forfeit it, and we draw another winning number.
- Fellow Dealers are exempt! Sorry Gang, but if you're a dealer, or a dealer's helper, you should know we don't do dealer-to-dealer sales anymore on Friday & Saturday anyway…
So thems the rulez! What's better than an X-Plus Godzilla figure...? A FREE X-Plus Godzilla figure! As always, make sure to bookmark Dispatches From Master Control to get the latest updates from Vampire Robots, as well as follow us on all our social media profiles, which can be found below.
THAT'S RIGHT! After some speculation, and an not entirely unreasonable assumption that some of these products were ever coming, it can now be confirmed that ALL of the following items are arriving on July 11th, 2018...
Candie Bolton's Bake-Kukira sofubi, in the black & white marble colorway! We're only getting TWO of these, and they're $400 Shipped via pre-order...
SATAN BEETLE! This Ultraman Leo antagonist is often mistaken for Megalon, but he is his own bad guy beetle, and at $100 shipped, he can be yours too!
The Marmit Black & Yellow Burning Godzilla. One of several Marmit Burning Godzillas we'll be getting, he's also one of the few still available at $85 shipped.
Godzilla'54 by JR Rampage! This is one of the few original pieces in the GVW line up. We've still got a few available for $160 Shipped!
GVW Godzilla 68, or...69...or 71...0r 72? Look! Those are all the same suit from DESTROY ALL MONSTERS, so call it whichever you want. We still have a couple available and its $195 shipped.
GVW GODZILLA'71! One of the more popular preorders we've had. We recently reopened this one for preorders, and have six still available at $80 Shipped.
AND now, we get in the figures we currently have capped pre-orders on. Some of these have been capped since their initial offering last year, and unfortunately for those who might ask, they likely aren't to uncap at this point...Why Update then? For the people who DID order them, Jerk!
The GVW Black & Yellow Marmit Howler. Due 7/11/2018
GVW Sunguts Godzilla'62...this one is sort of a surprise today, as he had previously been canceled by Diamond. He's also arriving on 7/11...
And then, finally...
We're being told that both of these guys are indeed coming on that 7/11 medicom load as well. The standard sized Marmit Burning Godzilla was an Toho cinemas exclusive in Japan, and the Giant was a Crowncrest exclusive in Japan.
Now, July 11th is also three days before G-Fest XXV. We're working to get this shipment a few days earlier, so that we can process preorders and bring any left overs to G-fest. If you've preordered any of this stuff, expect an email around July 4th, when we can confirm that these are en route. As always, make sure to bookmark our blog here, and also follow us on social media (there's buttons at the bottom of the site for are various pages...).
This one has been teased on our instagram for the past month or so. Now that we're getting close to our annual big event of the year, G-Fest, its about damn time we reveal it in full! The third official Vampire Robots branded t-shirt! This newest shirt features our mascot, as designed by friend of Vampire Robots Jeff Zornow.
Printed on unisex Next Level brand black shirts, these run from sizes Small to XXL (most ladies looking to snag one of these are advised to not skew past size Large...). The front of the shirt features our full mascot design from Zornow, complete with laser background, and our full "Vampire Robots" logo brands the left sleeve.
Potential wearers of this shirt should be forewarned... There are unsubstantiated claims that wearing Jeff Zornow art on your person can cause highly bizarre events...You might find yourself suddenly, inexplicably popular, where once you were...Not. Your sex life can suddenly get incredibly busy. You might find yourself abducted by extraterrestrials. Others have claimed Zornow art has granted them the ability to summon and dispatch ghosts & demons while wearing it. We here at Vampire Robots guarantee NOTHING one way or the other, beyond this shirt covering your upper torso, the way a t-shirt should...
So how does one get this dope graphic tee...? This won't be for sale until G-fest XXV. They'll be available, first come, first served, at the Vampire Robots booth in the dealers room, all weekend. All sizes are $20 each. What the hell is G-Fest you ask...? Are you kidding? What the hell are you even doing on this website...? G-Fest is the largest annual gathering of Godzilla/kaiju fans in North America. Its held at the Crowne Plaza O'Hare outside Chicago, every July. This year its July 13th to 15th. You can get more information here.
Remaining sizes will be made available here, in the "Exclusives" section of the website, after G-fest is over. We plan to reload on this design, as needed, but if you want to make sure you get yours in the right size right away, and you'll be at G-Fest (or maybe have a friend or acquaintance there who owes you a solid...) your best bet is to get it at G-Fest.
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Starting today, we're running a special contest on Instagram! The lucky winner, will get one of our exclusive CCP Burning Godzillas from the Godzilla Vinyl Wars line...What do ya have to do?! How do ya win?! Simple...you have to follow us on Instagram...
See...as much as we love Instagram, we've never really seemed to break that 1,000 follower barrier...yet. So, starting today, at 3pm Eastern Standard Time, and until Monday, November 27th, 9pm Eastern Standard Time, anyone who follows us, will be entered to win one of these guys. The catch...? The Vampire Robots IG account (@Vampirerobots) needs to be at 1,500 follows by 9pm EST on the 27th. As of today, its at 857 followers. That's 643 names that will be entered, and on the 28th, one will be randomly selected as the winner!
"But Michael....I ALREADY follow Vampirerobots on IG...I WANNA WIN ONE TOO!"
Well TOUGH! This is for new followers only! And don't be trying to unfollow and follow again. We'll spot that shit. WE KEEP DETAILED FILES!
Alright...alright...FINE! In the interest of making this fair. Any current followers who tag two people NOT already following us, will also be entered into the contest, but those two tags have to follow as well. That's right, BOTH! Make sure your friends actually follow...
If you don't know, this figure was our own exclusive in 2015! Part of the Godzilla Vinyl Wars line up, we had all 200 manufactured for the US. We're down to roughly 30 now. Of course, if you hate Instagram (and if you do, you probably also hate puppies and kittens, and maybe life...), and/or want to skip the contest and just get one for yourself now, you can do so here. It's $100, plus S&H.
So here's the rules:
1. Follow Vampirerobots on Instagram (Must be a new follower) between 3pm EST Today, and 9pm EST on Monday 11/27...OR
2. Existing followers can tag two friends who also MUST follow between 3pm EST Today, and 9pm EST on Monday 11/27...
3. Our IG account MUST have at least 1500 followers by 9pm EST on 11/27. If we hit or exceed that number by then, ONE (and only ONE) lucky winner will be chosen at random. The winning follower will be contacted via DM on 11/28, to arrange delivery *PLEASE NOTE* While shipping and handling will be covered by any winner in the US, if the winner is international, they WILL need to pay a $40 S&H fee...Sorry! We can't cover international shipping (this also includes Canada and Mexico). So what are you waiting for?! This is one of the easier contests in the world, if not the universe...go follow us already!
We've decided to clear the deck, so to speak, on our current stock of magnetic bottle openers by Diamond Select Toys! With eight styles in stock to choose from, there's plenty here to grab and give away for Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa/the Apocalypse!
Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, and Angry Staypuft Marshmellow Man are all $15.00 each, plus shipping and handling, while supplies last. It should be noted that both Godzilla and MG have been discontinued by Diamond, so we will likely not be able to stock them again. Stay Puft is a SDCC edition from 2015, and is also discontinued. Quantities are limited on all three.
Need To get that weird co-worker a Christmas Pollyanna, but fear he might shoot up your work place if you shop for him at your local dollar store, and he figures that out...? WAIT! He came to work on Halloween dressed in his Marty McFly cosplay right? Well, get him a Delorean bottle opener! Also only $15 right now during this sale.
Have a niece who is really into Harley Quinn...? Like...REEEEEALLY into her? Worried that she's veered too heavily into the current, problematic depictions of Joker's girlfriend in comics and on film? Well, get her the classic depiction, feature in this bottle opener! Right now, she is only 12 bucks!
We've organized all the bottle openers onto one page, for your convenience. You can check them out here. As stated earlier, some of these are discontinued, so we likely won't be stocking them again, should they run out. These make great stocking stuffers for the beer snob in your life, or maybe you're trying to decorate a bar. The sale lasts through November 27th.
As always, to get up to date news on any and all sales at Vampire Robots, be sure to subscribe to our dispatches. You can do so on the right!
So we've had some shifting in the release dates for a number of upcoming Godzilla products...INCREDIBLE, BUT TRUE! Folks who have been collecting Godzilla Vinyl Wars have been used to Medicom's sporadic, slow output for a couple years now, but with the busy year X-Plus has been having, we've been seeing a lot of their US releases push back as well.
Due on 11/15, we've still got some spaces available for the Sakai'92. He's $215 shipped in the US, $250 shipped overseas.
More than likely shifting to December is the "Powered Up" Gigan'04. He was originally intended for an October US bow, but that ain't happenin'! There's been no up-to-date ETA yet, but our guess is it will likely be our final X-Plus release for the states for 2017. We still got some spaces available for him, $210 Shipped in the US, $245 Shipped overseas...
Clearing to early 2018, for now, are the following...
"Blue Dorsal" Godzilla 2014
Also shifting out of January, and towards March 2018, are the Gorosaurus and King Caeser figures from X-Plus' "Toho Giant Monster Series". You can pre-order them, or any of the other figures in the series, here. The upcoming Gigantics from X-Plus have also shifted to late March 2018 for now. We're only selling those at conventions, or as local pick ups. If you wish to special order any or all three, you can contact us here.
Now we get to Medicom's Godzilla Vinyl Wars lines...I know a lot of people are frustrated (and some relieved) with the constant delays for US releases when it comes to this line. Believe me when I tell you that we are as well. There's several figures in the line which are about a year overdue now. While none of the existing preorders for those have been canceled yet, we've gone ahead and listed them as To Be Determined, or TBD on the pre-order page. With no new release dates issued, and no signs of them getting on a slow boat out of China, there isn't much more we can do. Diamond hasn't canceled them outright yet, so they seem to still be expecting them at some point...
There were two that were expected to arrive this week, but did not. We now have unofficial reason to believe that they will be showing up before year's end.
While still waiting on more official word, rumor has it that these SHOULD arrive stateside before Christmas. It could also be wishful thinking on our part. Preorder spaces for both figures are currently capped. Anyone wishing to get on a waiting list for either or both can contact us here.
And now for the big news on the GVW front! Medicom finally spilled the beans overnight about both of the upcoming Marmit Burning Godzilla figures! The standard size figure is intended to be a Toho Theater exclusive in Japan next month, no doubt to coincide with the theatrical bow of the new anime film GODZILLA MONSTER PLANET. The larger scale Marmit burning godzilla will be a Japanese exclusive to wholesaler "Canyon Crest", bowing around the same time. Vampire Robots is scheduled to get both in January! Preorders are currently capped, but if you're interested in joining the waiting list, you can contact us below.
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