The websites are completely rubbish. Users complained ages ago they wanted to be able to filter out out of stock items, which triggered a series of successive changes that have just made the sites worse and worse. Basically the best way to navigate them is by going to the pre-order site, hovering over the pre-order menu and then clicking on the section you want. On the Omegalock site, hover over Transformers and do the same. They are primarily 3P importers and have a sister company in Hong Kong that runs through a third website. In terms of proper Transformers, they're good for anything that Hasbro Asia gets. Like I had Siege Jetfire over a month ago because that figure reached Hasbro Asia before the UK/US.
I don't understand why they think their sites are user friendly; I'm a huge fan of the company but would be the first to criticise actually finding anything on their sites.
I saw that posted on Kapow's FB. I didn't know if they were just plugging it or if it was new. I must go and have a look myself. Seems odd that both he and All The Cool Stuff are both down in the New Forest.
Dangerous though, I always buy something from him at TFN. Having an actual shop close by could be expensive!
I will be checking out a couple of vintage toy shops in Blackpool weekend after this week. I will report back.
The vintage place I went to last summer and forgot to say where was in Gloucester, Southgate St. It looked like a new store then and doesn't show on Google maps yet but was opposite Brunswick Baptist church.
Ive been using Zenmarket. If something ever goes wrong they may end up being no better than SMJ, but so far so good. They do offer a photo service for items once they get them which given my experience with SMJ I should use but at £3.50 a time it would quickly add up. But useful if you have concerns.
Flat rate fee of 300Y for purchases, pretty good range of options for packing and shipping and after the first 5 (i think) purchases they give you 10000Y credit rather than having to permanently leave a deposit. After 10? it rises to 40000Y.
Only annoyance so far is that they give the weights of the items Ive won when the recieve them, so I use that to try and figure out the best groupings to post to the UK to stay under certain weight limits. No matter how much leeway I give myself they always seem to over package them in to the next price bracket. Everythings always well protected but it often seems they just Amazon style grab the nearest oversized box and pad it out.
Anyone fretting about getting US exclusives, I use a service called Stackry for US bits. Gives you a US address to send stuff to, then you can consolidate and ship to the UK. Plus you can declare the value of the items yourself to avoid fees.
Avoid getting anything too large/heavy, otherwise you'll only be able to send to UK via horrendously expensive FedEx option. Consolidation is $2 per package, so can add up if you get loads of things. And better to avoid buying loose items on ebay and the like, unless you can ask the shipper to bubblewrap/protect the item really well.