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!
Well, this is new… I stumbled upon this image on Facebook in a great group of collectors who follow the Toy Run podcast, and was immediately disheartened. Has this happened in any of your local Walmarts? If you’ve ever had to buy spray paint at Walmart you know how hard it can be to find the guy with the keys. And we thought collecting was hard enough! Has this happened in any of your local Walmarts? Credit goes out to Criz. B for the image.
I don’t know how long these new items have been out, but JTA reader and friend Russ T. sends us images of two cool new plush sets that arrived at his local Walmart a couple of days ago. I will kill for that cantina set.
All of these store reports we’re receiving are disconcerting. JTA reader cress has purchased all of the latest The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figures he wanted for $5.00 each. We also have seen reports of $7 and $9 figures too. After the buyers realize that they made NO MONEY on these figures, Walmart will be the next retailer not to want to take a chance on the Hasbro Star Wars brand. These assortment numbers need to change more frequently so they can discontinue old stock in a more organized fashion. This insanity happens all of the time now.
Unbelievable! Reports are pouring in from toy runners that the BB-8 Mega Playset has been marked down as low as $30 at some Walmart stores. We are getting plenty of reports that it is also found for $45. Special thansk to JTA readers Allen P. and vikingrobot and others for the reports and images. This item is still over $100 on Walmart.com. What ashame. This is a fantastic playset. It should have performed better. Perhaps get rid of the droid-shaped gimmick next time.
Because that’s where you’ll probably find them! Here is another reason why Walmart should lose the right to sell Star Wars action figures. Per JTA reader Ryan C., this particular Walmart still has boxed 3.75″ The Black Series [Phase III] figures in the aisle, but brand new The Vintage Collection figures in the clearance aisle. Maybe this Walmart employee looked at the first wave of TVC and exclaimed: “Not again!”
I should have known better. I can’t wait until I have to track down their The Vintage Collection exclusives. They’re absolutely the worst. I asked the toy manager where the Solo toys were. She said “What’s Solo?” Let us know in the comments if you had better luck.
There are some great deals being found still at Walmarts around the US. Click through to find out more!
We are continuing to get great store reports on these fantastic Walmart markdowns. JTA reader John M. has found 3.75″ figures for $4.00. And yet some readers STILL haven’t seen these arrive at their local stores yet!
There is a general retail purge happening as stores prepare to welcome Solo: A Star Wars Story products, but some stores are having more aggressive sales than others. JTA reader Agustin sends us proof of what’s going down at his local Walmart.
Wow! A store report of the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] Emperor Palpatine basic figure has been made in Rebelscum’s forums. There are also other NJ Walmart sightings of this figure too. This confirms our rumor report that this figure would likely make its way out to retail in some capacity. Interesting, huh? Special thanks to JTA reader Rich K. for the news and alert! You can see Emperor Palpatine and the rest of his wave in our exclusive look in our RDRs right now!. If C’ai Threnalli and First Order Flametrooper start showing up I think Entertainment Earth has some reason to be upset!
We’re not sure yet if these are going to be popular enough to survive, but if anyone is interested in the new Mighty Muggs with the swappable faces, they’ve been spotted at a Walmart in Northern Illinois. Thanks to JTA reader Derek for the alert.
JTA reader PB Davis sends us a store report noting how much Force Link products are in his areas on clearance. He found items as low as $2, and the “beast” sets for $5. It’s a shame that Star Wars films don’t get to fully bake at retail anymore. It’s always on to the next new thing. On a related note, I have noticed that TARGET is beginning to prep its clearance of this line as well.
If you haven’t seen this awesome vintage Kenner inspired ottoman at Walmart, here it is. How awesom e is this, folks?
We’re talking about one for a fair price too! How can Mattel make a Batman vs Superman Ultimate Batcave Playset (FOR 6″ FIGURES NO LESS) for less than $100; something that stands four feet high, mind you, and Hasbro can’t make a 3.75″ scaled Death Star with enough bang for under $250? Yeah, yeah, yeah, licensing fees, whatever. Still, something just doesn’t jive anymore. Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Mark for the dose of reality.
File under: “Too Much Too Late”? JTA reader and friend Nick B. sends us an image of a Walmart kicker display that features a whole bunch of stuff most of us already have. Will there be enough gift-givers in the buying public to pick these displays clean? We certainly hope so. Click the image to see the new display arriving at stores.
JTA Reader MaxOfRen shares with us a new Walmart shipper he discovered today at a Walmart in Birmingham, AL. As you can see, it is stocked with the latest wave of 6″ Black Series, 3.75″ Force Link figures (including Obi-Wan and Yoda), and the latest 12″ figures (including Poe Dameron and Yoda). It will be nice to see these hit stores in some larger quantity. I personally haven’t seen the Maz wave in any stores near me yet.
If you haven’t been lucky enough to find the Black Series centerpieces marked down at your local walmart, they have the Luke Skywalker Centerpiece marked down to $37 on Walmart.com with free 2-day shipping. Haven’t been able to find the speeders listed on there, but Darth Vader is listed at $39.99.
We are still getting plenty of reports that TARGET (and Walmart) are getting plenty of The Black Series [Phase III] wave 13 figures in stock. I personally haven’t seen these locally, but the reports are coming in strong. Special thanks to JTA reader Derek H. for the image.
Only a couple weeks after their release, Walmart dropped the prices of The Black Series 6″ Centerpieces from $49.99 to $34.99 and The Black Series 6″ Rey and Luke Speeders from $59.99 down to $44.99. Now, it seems that Walmart are lowering the prices of the Speeders once again. JTA Reader DLane5871 shares a find at a local Walmart in Durham, NC. Both Rey and Luke Speeders were dropped to a mere $30! At this price, I would happily grab a couple more (I must admit, they make excellent display pieces). Have you see these prices near you or in another store? Let us know!
If you live in Canada, you might want to check out Walmart.ca as they have a ton of Star Wars The Black Series 6″ stuff in stock in addition to many 3.75″ figures. JTA reader hammyhamster sent us a link and we have to say we were quite taken aback with the selection. You may want to check it out for yourself as well.
When the MSRP was revealed for the Force Link Starter Kit, collectors gasped. Well, how about saving $10 to help that MSRP go down a bit? There is a promotion going on right now through December 31, 2017 where you can get a $10 off coupon when you buy specially marked General Mills products. This display was found at Walmart by JTA reader Craig F.
Wow! JTA reader Danny R. has found the BRAND NEW wave of The Black Series [Phase III] 3.75″ figures at his local Walmart in southern California. Although currently showing up at Walmart, please remember that these will be available to online retail soon.
I can’t help but post all these deals. I find myself constantly searching as all the retailers clear out the old to make room for the new. Walmart.com has two Air Hog drones on a huge sale. They have the Millennium Falcon for $99 marked down from a whopping $299, the Star Destroyer which is a mere $22., and the X-wing for $26.
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