Stay on Target: 3 a.m. to 6 a.m.
We were the only ones there, but I had to have a Lava Vader. Truth be told I find this figure lame. Really really lame. If it were iridescent and the color depended upon the angle, Iíd be all for it. But really itís almost tie-die Vader, and at the cost of three normal figs to boot. Lame. Still, Iím a completionist and not ready to pay $75 for one on e-bay so to Target we went at 3 a.m.
It was 30 degrees out with a biting, harsh wind. Despite our sleeping bags and clothes we had no desire to die. I planned ahead, I put our chairs in front of the door with sleeping bags on them, then my wife and I parked in sight of the chairs. If someone came Iíd say we just returned to the car to warm up and have at least one of the first places, if not the first place in line. I worried and planned for nothing, no one came.
My wife slept in the car but I was too nervous about losing first place. I sat up keeping my Pope vigil on CNN. I get a bright idea and hit Amazon.com on my cell phone and, yes!, they have holo Yodas. I was able to buy one from my phone. How cool.
My wife got many phone calls in the night from various people checking up on us. Still we sat in a very warm car (actually sweating because I made the car too hot).
We had a troop of people scheduled to join us. I wanted 5 Lava Vaders and each store only had 36, so my wifeís parents were coming as was a friend of hers from work. 5 people = 5 Vaders. Why 5 of a lame, lame figure? Because itís exclusive. One to open, one to keep mint, two spares, and one for my wifeís brother-in-law who collects. None to scalp. My wifeís father and his wife arrived at 5:30 a.m.A much needed bathroom break was had, during which we bought doughnuts at Wal Mart. At 6 a.m. the sun started to rise, so I took my place in line while my wife sat in her dadís van.