JTA reader Andrew writes in to share his good fortune with his local Ohio Walmart and The Vintage Collection…
Despite the gloom of boxes worth of wave 1 hitting Walmart in droves this month, All is not lost, guys! I just dropped into the Wadsworth, Oh Walmart Supercenter and found, to my amazement, a treasure trove of Waves 2 and 3. I counted 3 Dr. Aphras and 2 Hovertank pilots, and plenty of Young Han and Range Troopers! Granted, the stock workers got lazy and hid the bulk of the new figures on the shelf above the pegs, but I did my duty and pulled them all down, then squeezed them onto the pegs to be found better. I’m personally set with TVC so far, so I didn’t grab any (tho I did pick up a Black Series Bespin Han that’s been there for a week), but hopefully this means others will be able to plug holes for a decent retail price.
Happy holiday hunting, guys! There hope yet for Star Wars collector’s this Christmas!
I went to Walmart late at night for some groceries, and of course meandered (first thing) over to the toy section. Christmastime is always fun because there are a good 5-10 pallets of new inventory waiting to be stocked. After searching through the pallets to see what there was, I found several boxes of goodies… and baddies! Click through to find out more.
Crazy that back in July the Mimban Stormtrooper TVC figure hit eBay, and since then, there has been only one store report from Australia that this figure has even touched retail pegs (and they don’t even have Walmarts). Yet, on the eBays, there are plenty available if you want to pay the price. If you’re wondering where on earth this figure is… It’s still in China since that’s where 135 of them has been sold from! Again: Hasbro, you are already killing us with the repacks, at least distribute the few good figures you choose to make!
Walmart had dropped hints months earlier that they would try to fill the retail toy footprint abandoned by Toys R Us’ demise. But now Walmart appears to be a little too cocky for their own good. Billing themselves as “America’s Best Toy Shop,” it looks like they have bigger plans they can handle in mind. Or maybe it’s all a facade. Only time will tell. Click the image below to see their latest ad. Special thanks to JTA reader RB for sending it our way.
Among Star Wars collectors a very common misconception seems to be widespread: that of the vendor or manufacturer that dumps some pegwarmers on unsuspecting retailers who then have to see how on earth they can get rid of all that junk they just bought. The vendor or manufacturer meanwhile leans back in their seat, counts the dollar bills, lights a Cuban cigar with a $100 bill and cackles maniacally while lightning and thunder fill the sky in the background. Ok, I may exaggerate a tiny little bit here, since the vendor is of course on a tropical island without any thunder and lightning. But one idea that is often found in comments is that of Hasbro simply dumping product on the doorstep of retailers who then scratch their heads and wonder how to sell the stuff and who then have to resort to deep discounts to clear shelf space to finally get rid of unwanted junk. Losing money in the process. The actual truth is very, very different. So click through to find out more about the complicated world of the retailer – vendor relationship.
Take one step forward and two steps back, Walmart. JTA reader Scot M. found all of the latest The Vintage Collection basic figures at his local Walmart for $2 a piece. You couldn’t make this up if you tried.
Another item you should be looking for on clearance at your local Walmart is The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Dewback. Some readers, like Tony P., have found it for $15. Where are all of the 6″ collectors?
JTA reader and friend Danny R. sends in an image to us reflecting the new life breathed into Walmart stores as of late. While I cannot say my store looks anywhere as stocked as his store does, I can say that I have witnessed signs of life that are both comforting and therapeutic. Philly was “Hasbrotopia” during the Golden Age of Collecting. For the last five years, it has become a barren wasteland. But I was one of the fortunate ones who found wave 3 of The Vintage Collection arrive (before I received my supply from my Asian sources) and General Veers has just begun to hit my local Walgreens. Before this, I didn’t find ONE Walgreens Star Wars exclusive, and there is a store on every corner out here. Plus, I expect to see the 6″ Mimban Stormtrooper hit shortly as well. Oh, and in typical fashion, TARGET has pretty much held it together well without issue, although their mainline stock is mostly dreadful. In short, I do see improvements. Do you?
JTA reader Ed. D from upstate NY recommends checking your local Walmart store for some great deals. Although applicable to limited characters, he found many for $1 each. The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Kylo Ren exclusive was $7 too.
Update: Grab the others from this wave too while they last…
Wow. This Walmart thinks The Vintage Collection is on clearance. Do they know something we don’t know? That’s doubtful, because they have three exclusives from The Black Series [Phase III] and The Vintage Collection lines that for intents and purposes have yet to arrive. I suppose our string of goodf luck could only last so long with Walmart. We all got a lift in our step when we dound wave 2 and wave 3 pretty much across the country. And we got more excited when the Imperial TIE Fighter started showing up too. Now we’re getting reports of the latest TVC figures getting out on clearance for almst 50% off. Does the Star Wars line truly have a chance at Walmart? Special thanks to JTA reader Reuben G. for the report and images.
Wow! Get The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Dewback and Sandtrooper for $34.73 with FREE 2-day shipping. Special thanks to friend Steve U. for the alert!
We are getting quite a few store reports of The Vintage Collection Imperial TIE Fighter showing up at Walmart. From NJ to CT, Tx to NC, this popular vehicle is making its way around the USA. Special thanks to JTA reader Travis L. for this photo.
UPDATE: And he’s history! Out of stock!
How about finding The Vintage Collection wave 19 at your local Walmart and then bringing them to the register where they ring up for $1.00 each! It’s true! JTA reader Brian A. from Massachusetts sends us the proof! Check it out!
Our last store report for The Vintage Collection wave 19 comes from Utah. JTA Facebook follower Aaron L. from Utah sends us a report from Utah. We have also seen a ton of other reports elsewhere from Florida, Indiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Massachusetts. Good luck to all!
JTA reader Ian from Nebraska (one of my most-favorite episodes of The Walking Dead by the way) sends us another great report of The Vintage Collection wave 19 success! Click through for his report!
The store reports for The Vintage Collection wave 19 (wave 3 in the new era) are pouring in left and right. One of our latets reports is from Texas. JTA reader Warren H. sends us the proof! “These were at my local Walmart. Looks like 2 cases of wave 2 and only 1 wave 3. I got all the better cards, some were damaged. Pearland Texas.”
Dang! This a shocker! I was expecting to find wave 2, and a friendly, competent Walmart employee (no joke) went to the back and located the case. Much to my surprise I found something quite different!
Sadly, it’s not as exciting as you think. Hoping to find wave 2, I searched the SKU on brickseek.com. Brickseek was right on the money with the number of figures that were in the store, but guess what? My local Walmart got a very nice, fresh, minty case of wave 1…
We have ANOTHER The Vintage Collection wave 2 store report, this time from Hialeah, Miami, FL. While this is fantastic news (from a certain point of view), just remember that the stores getting these cases are also getting flooded with four figures they don’t need as well. I know, I know, Debbie Downer. Let us know of your success!
How is Walmart going to be the new “Toys R Us” when they can’t even get out a single Star Wars exclusive from Hasbro? Well, maybe they won’t be able to achieve this business goal. Or maybe something will drastically change with their protocols so it can become a possibility. We have learned something shocking about one of Walmart’s exclusives and received an update on another. The answer for a third exclusive is still in limbo, however. (more….)
Wow. CNN has just posted an article claiming that Walmart wants to replace Toys R Us. Walmart is taking aggressive steps to fill the void left by Toys ‘R’ Us. Sensing an opportunity to appeal to shoppers and grab market share, the world’s largest retailer is expanding its toy selection in stores and online as it gears up for the first holiday season without Toys ‘R’ Us in decades. Walmart (WMT) announced on Thursday that it plans to increase its toy selection in some stores by 30% and expand its website assortment by 40%. It is bringing hundreds of exclusive brands to aisles and holding in-store toy demos. Walmart is also partnering with Ryan, a first-grade YouTube star, on “Ryan’s World” — a line of toys he recommends. Check out the full article HERE.
Well, take this as anecdotal evidence, or with a grain of salt as you wish, but Rey (Island Journey) is NEVER reaching Walmart stores until one major thing transpires…. like getting her UPC into their computers. This leaves even less hope for the TVC Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure too. A JTA reader who asked to remain anonymous performed an investigation and found out some disturbing news. I can reveal this. “I showed him the post from Steve at Hasbro saying the Rey figures shipped months ago. I then showed him screenshots I took of the figure on eBay. Most importantly, a picture of the UPC. He looked it up and said it was not even in their system. I asked him to elaborate, and he basically said without a number they recognize, it will never be moved to the stores.“ Is anyone else over this complete cluster of a mess? This is retailing basics, and Hasbro’s most significant retail partner is squandering the line right before our eyes. It’s maddening at this point. Hasbro, please read this. Is there anything you can do to help?
While anecdotal, you have to wonder if this Walmart store report example exemplifies the clueless approach taken to stock the toy aisle shelves at Walmart across the nation. Of course, all of us can relate to something somewhat similar at our local chain. It also makes us adamant that Walmart should never touch another Star Wars figure again. (Aren’t the 6″ Mimban Stormtrooper and TVC Rey (Island Journey) reason enough?) JTA reader and friend Russ T. has taken a three-image pictorial for us to show readers a box he found on the top of the shelving, what was in it, and how its contents could be better utilized. (Like inches away from where the box is.) We get that a new reset is coming, but why waste the free space? Click each image for the story.
JTA reader Flying2highagain has discovered that his local super Walmart store has placed the Star Wars [Solo] Force Link 2.0 figures on clearance for $2.00 each. I wonder if they’ll ever see wave 3. This line is far from over, yet retail (in general) has already stuck a fork in it. Also, is it me, or is Qi’ra the new peg-warmers in this line?
Availability of action figures at brick and mortar retail stores has been a topic of debate lately. But what is the state of the US toy industry and US toy retailers in 2018, after the demise of Toys R Us? Click through for more details!
As you all know, The Vintage Collection Resistance Rey has already hit shelves about a month ago. Walmart is just the best retailer and I’m so glad that whenever I go I find just the Star Wars toys I’m looking for. Our friends at Banthaskull agree in their latest article. Is your experience the same? Snap a photo and let Hasbro know how well Walmart does at selling their products in our comments below…
I hope this is only PART of Walmart’s new plan-o-gram for Star Wars because The Vintage Collection is nowhere to be found on it. How does Hasbro expect them to put out the Rey (Island Journey) figure if there is no spot on the shleves for her. I guess it would be too dramatic to say “Star Wars collecting is dead,” right? Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Walter P. for the report.
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