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i've just put my expectations to the end of july, beginning of august. That way i'm not disappointed anymor. we're just last wave now to my mind, instead of  in the first waves. i think even late backers are being pulled before ours? Or am i misremembering

 

ah well

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Just got my shipment.  The box was split open on two sides and it looked like someone had taken a sledgehammer to it.  I was sure that I had lost one or more items, but I took an inventory and everything was there.  The packing itself -- the placement of the items in the box -- was up to Reaper standards.  So, I'm pleased.

 

However, of all the shipments I have received from Reaper, this had the flimsiest cardboard.

 

All's well that ends well.

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22 minutes ago, Highlander said:

Just got my shipment.  The box was split open on two sides and it looked like someone had taken a sledgehammer to it.  I was sure that I had lost one or more items, but I took an inventory and everything was there.  The packing itself -- the placement of the items in the box -- was up to Reaper standards.  So, I'm pleased.

 

However, of all the shipments I have received from Reaper, this had the flimsiest cardboard.

 

All's well that ends well.

Reaper used plastic packing straps on previous Kickstarter boxes that I've received.  Are they using them this time?  BTW, all of my previous Bones Kickstarter boxes arrived intact.

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1 hour ago, Serenity said:

 

 

Reaper used plastic packing straps on previous Kickstarter boxes that I've received.  Are they using them this time?  BTW, all of my previous Bones Kickstarter boxes arrived intact.

 

 

No, no straps this time.  They are reusing the larger shipping boxes that Expansions etc were shipped from the factory and were intended to be shipped neatly stacked in a shipping container, not tossed about by UPS.  

 

There have been quite a few photos on Facebook of crushed, torn, and holed boxes on their FB page.

 

Mine arrived with one edge smashed in and a couple small holes, and Core Set and A couple of the Expansion boxes crushed to various degrees, but nothing missing, and no figures damaged from the box collapse.

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3 hours ago, Ratmaster2000 said:

That is disappointing, I know a lot of people like to have their boxes in good shape, especially if they are collector's.

 

Some post offices/couriers like to abuse boxes :/

 

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8 hours ago, House of Dexter said:

Unfortunately I suspect that they have the very large orders left...which will take longer to pull...

 

 

If meaning ships: maybe. Otherwise: I dunno. Mine is a quite small order caught in the holdup, aside from the ship's being large.

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I dread to see the actual weight and physical size of my order. Kind of went overboard again, but there was just SO MUCH GOOD STUFF. Shipping was 130$, if that is an indicator. I have no doubt there will be some creative language on the part of the order puller and the UPS driver bringing it up to the third floor. Stairs, no elevator. It is honestly easier to say what I did NOT order (LTP kit, paints, busts, bases). Multiples of several items - Core x 2, 3 of each siege engine, 2 catfolk, 3 dragonfolk, 2 daimyo, 2 fan favorites, 2 chronoscope, 2 greek odyssey, 2 extra elves, 4 extra walls of stone, 4 extra walls of thorns, 2 fantasy dinos, 4 mounted wraiths, 2 mouslings, 2 gallogard, 2 ravenholme, 2 storm giant, 2 beastmen, 2 full moon fever, 3 rune wights, 2 yokai, and 3 pirate ships. Some of my extras are orders for friends (i only want one ship for myself, for example), but a lot of the extra stuff is because I am a wargamer, ordering units and batteries. The extra elves, plus the core set ones are going to make a sweet unit of archers. I also do conversions, taking fantasy figures and doing a sci-fi or post-apocalyptic take on them. I did up a bunch of early edition skaven clanrats with some plastic firearms I bought in bulk (from aliexpres).Looking forward to seeing what I can do with my new bones when they arrive.

 

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Found this assortment by doing a search for "lego guns". The scale is just right, IMO.

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6 hours ago, Cyradis said:

 

Some post offices/couriers like to abuse boxes :/

 

Courier companies barely feed their machines, so sadly we tend to have rather hungry conveyor systems...  Jams happened all the time when I was working at UPS, or the trailers were stuffed to the roof so there was only one real way to get the stack down safely - grab what you could and coerce it into collapsing sort of safely... 

 

Which is precisely why you use a sturdy box in the first place... 

 

Sadly though, there are also individuals who like to treat packages poorly. 

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12 hours ago, Serenity said:

 

 

Reaper used plastic packing straps on previous Kickstarter boxes that I've received.  Are they using them this time?  BTW, all of my previous Bones Kickstarter boxes arrived intact.

 

Don't think Bones IV had straps for me. 

 

18 minutes ago, WhiteWulfe said:

 

 

Sadly though, there are also individuals who like to treat packages poorly. 

 

Yeah. My post office and UPS center beat the heck out of boxes both large and small, more than other folks in my area have seen (diff post offices). Back in CO we had a jerk mailman who'd stomp my flowerbed, then stop delivering when we asked him to not do so. He left an official looking note saying our porch was unsafe (it was fine)... was not documented by post office. And then he'd be very awkwardly oogling me and other women while we did gardening work. Ugh.  

 

At least the guy who delivers paper mail to the apartment here is polite! 

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Also a lot of the weaker boxes are meant to be used on wrapped pallets, for stability and protection. But if you put palletized material in a UPS/USPS delivery van/jeep, you lose the cubic footage of the pallet as shipping space. a 4' x 4' x 6" pallet is 8 cubic feet of space. The reason shipping companies use pallets is that the container can be unloaded and back into service faster, generating more profit for the company. The manufacturer that sent the boxes to reaper, on the other hand, did NOT palletize the boxes, in order to fit the maximum of boxes per container. Plus, in my experience (tradeshows and warehouses), most of the Chinese made cartons and cardboard boxes are made with a cheaper grade of material that is softer to the touch and less durable. The funny thing is a lot of the Chinese exhibitors I see on the show floor will actually abandon their structures, rather than dismantling them, as it costs more in shipping and labor to repack and send them home than it would to just replace them. It is a crazy, and quite wasteful, industry.

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