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.
Found! Just announced and revealed at San Diego Comic-Con, the 3rd wave of Force Link 2.0 figures from the Star Wars [Solo] line has arrived at retail! Longtime JTA reader indysolo007 found the latest wave at his local Walmart in Saugus, MA. It’s time to start hunting again (for some of you)!
JTA reader vikingrobot’s father found the new Star Wars [Solo] Two-Packs at a Walmart in Clearwater, Florida on clearance. Also, JTA reader and friend Russ T. sends us an image of the brand new Princess Leia (Hoth) Force Link 2.0 figure on clearance as wel. His store just got these too. Retail has no idea which end is up.
If there is a picture perfect example of what is wrong with brick and mortar distribution, it would be these two photos. JTA reader Nathaniel D. from Canada sends us two images from th esame Walmart store in the Toronto area. Click through for more as he explains what’s going on in his area.
Admittedly, there has been little to no reason for me to go on toy runs for longer than I can remember at this point, but I did need something at Walmart today (much to my chagrin) and stopped by the toy aisle. I couldn’t believe what I foubnd. Would you like shelf space with your Resistance Tech Rose figures, Walmart? Curious, I stopped at two more local stores where I witnessed these same overbearing pileups. If you look closely, you will also find Rey figures on significant discount too. Hasbro needs to plan future case assortments carefully, and choose the best characters that will appeal to their customer base. Why must this constantly feel like wash, rinse and repeat with every new Disney Star Wars film release?
Keep checking your local Walmart clearance aisle’s folks. I found the entire wave (bought the Hoth trooper) for $11. This is the first time I had seen the full wave at any Walmart in my area. I’ve seen other reports of people finding them for even less than $11 (no pics, sorry).
Sigh. If there were ONE item that 6″ collectors should have supported in full, it would unequivocally be the Dewback and Sandtrooper. 3.75″ super-articulated collectors would die for an update for this. But Walmart has already marked them down to $45, and some have reported lower sale prices. Special thanks to Facebook page 6″ Black Series Collectors for the image.
The ADORABLE Mos Eisley Cantina plush set is IN STOCK at Walmart online. I picked this set up at my local Walmart recently and it is literally one of the greatest things I have purchased so far this year. Special thanks to JTA reader Craig for the alert!
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