It’s becoming increasingly more frustrating to find anything Star Wars-related merchandise at retail. And while we are constantly bombarded by the pompous defenders that retailer exclusives are a necessary evil for the Star Wars toy line, one has to wonder what the point of all this is when literally nothing is found. (more….)
The Target Exclusive TBS Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary commemorative The Clone Wars figures are starting to arrive at brick and mortar. Daniel from the Georgia Alliance of Star Wars Collectors found these at his local Flowery Branch, GA Target.
I did a Target run today during lunch, and as I came around the corner to the Star Wars aisle my peripheral vision caught a sign of new products. I immediately started skipping in elation in expectation of what I would find. As I got close, my stomach free-fell instantly. My local Target just received a new case of The Rise Of Skywalker 12-Inch Figures. I could barely pick myself up to exit the store. What a major kick in the you-know-what. But Star Wars is the best it’s ever been some will say! It’s the “Golden Era” of collecting what others will say too!
Big Box retail and The Black Series 6″ collecting community are apparently waking up to the egregiously and laughably priced 6″ “deluxe” figures line that are $30 each. Jar Jar Binks, Boba Fett, and Din Djarin should all be $19.99, not a penny more. Likewise, Teebo (Ewok), Yoda, and Jawa shouldn’t be a penny less than $19.99. Is everyone done being fooled? Hasbro needs to figure out how to amortize costs for large and small characters by budgeting the line better My local Target marked down the unforgivably priced Jar Jar Binks “deluxe” figure down to $20.99 just a couple of weeks after it hit their stores.
Unicorns do exist! I found the latest wave of The Vintage Collection at my local Target. To my amazement, Boba Fett was still hanging on the pegs and I didn’t get to the store until 11:30 AM on Saturday. Perhaps most have already given up on brick-and-mortar for Star Wars collecting and don’t bother anymore. There is little competition it seems.
Please click the thumbnail below to see an astounding collage of the nothingness that most of us believe represents how brick and mortar looks across the USA. And because this is an anecdotal example, we’d love to have our readers comment (with evidence if possible) to show how your stores look in our comments. For me, this is how every Target and Walmart looks in my area which includes a minimum of five of each store. What’s the point of these stores carrying Star Wars action figures? Yet they seem to possess the power to dictate what Hasbro produces for The Vintage Collection. Yes, Hasbro isn’t responsible for what retail orders, but perhaps Hasbro should impose an order minimum to stock stores. Empty pegs make no sense for retail and support the narrative that no one buys Star Wars. Why would they order more? Special thanks to Jon Morgan for the collage of hell. If you’re on Twitter or any other horrific social media platform, perhaps you can tag Hasbro, Walmart, and Target and ask them what the heck is up. (more….)
It’s feast or famine, y’all! Instagram user blueharvestcollector found the latest wave of The Vintage Collection figures at his local TARGET in Boston Massachusetts. This wave includes the new Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) and Chirrut Imwe.
Something from 2015 is rearing its ugly head five years later. During the Rebels line, Hasbro released commemorative four-packs based on the Star Wars films. Today I found The Empire Strikes Back sent at my local TARGET, and a few days ago, JTA reader Jon M. found the same. Nothing is arriving to stores, so maybe TARGET is clearing out its warehouse to have some Hasbro Star Wars stock?
Target is getting ready for the first Mando Monday. Among the first items you will be able to pre-order are a Baby Yoda aka The Child Lego set and a Funko Pop of the Mandalorian with Baby Yoda. No word yet if something for the Black Series or Vintage Collection and the rumored Mandalorian build-up packs will also be released. But there will be several Mando Mondays and something Mandalorian related will certainly be revealed for the two Hasbro action figure lines. Will you be looking forward to Mando Mondays or are you already dreading the bots, scalpers and assorted other scum and villainy snatching all the products from under your nose so they can sell them on ebay? Thanks to Mike R. for the alert!
JTA reader and friend Scot G. found the latest The Vintage Collection repacks wave including Wicket, Obi-Wan Kenobi (TCW), Anakin Skywalker (TCW), and Darth Maul at his kocal TARGET in Texas. You can see all of our updated and expanded galleries on all four figures HERE, as well as the new figures in the wave. If you’re looking to purchase these figures, use DPCI 087-16-6045.
Hello everyone, and welcome back to another Toy Run Tuesday! I’m excited to share a couple of this week’s acquisitions. They are related to the clone wars/prequel era so if you like clones, this may be of especial interest to you! Click here to see more…
How did you make out at TARGET with the Galaxy’s Edge exclusives? Some have commented already that the Droid Depot 3.75″ figures were the hardest to find. Let us know and show your pictures in the comments!
We have some good news to report. JTA readers are getting their TARGET exclusive TVC Galaxy’s Edge TVC Millennium Falcon. And they’re coming in an outer shipper. JTA reader Shaun S. said his item was in perfect condition. I find it particularly charming how Hasbro has labeled this item with the letters “BMF.” This was a collecting-community generated acronym, and it’s stuck.
It appears some TARGET locations have register-locked the Power Droid figure from the rest of the wave UNTIL OCTOBER 1st! Clone Commander Wolffe, Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper), and K-2SO all still ring up, but Power Droid will put you in register jail. Let us know if you experience this too. Special thanks to JTA reader Alientek for the news.
Hasbro, you know that The Vintage Collection packaging is a HUGE part of the collecting experience. And it appears there is a STRONG possibility that the TVC Smuggler’s Run Millennium Falcon will ship WITHOUT an outer box to protect the original packaging. From the explanation on their website to confirmations made by Guest Relations at the 1-800 number, it seems collectors won’t be getting their investment protected. If the interpretation of this is incorrect, we’ll happily issue a correction, but please confirm either way. We understand they’re going to slap a shipping label right on the front of the actual TVC box. If required, can you please work with your great retail partner and advise them against this practice? Can you work with them so they can offer collectors something that will protect the packaging/box of this treasured item? Let’s prevent disaster and an angry collecting community. Thank you! Also, thank you for getting more units up for pre-order today. That was the right thing to do. But so is ensuring these large vehicles ship with protection too.
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Target.com has once again added their upcoming The Vintage Collection Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run vehicle exclusive to give collectors another chance. Hasbro has stated that quantities are limited. Let us know how you make out!
Did you blink and miss the TARGET pre-orders this morning? You’re not alone. Complain about Walmart all you want, but at least new products last longer than 90 seconds to place a pre-order. Yes, they have room for improvement too. Whether the numbers for the three new Galaxy’s Edge items revealed today are lower in production or not, Hasbro needs to work with retailers more closely and put things into place to help meet the demand. JTA reader RYOGAM left a comment with a very reasonable and intelligible option for these pre-orders. Click through to see what he suggested. In the comments, let us know what you think about his idea, or if you have other suggestions too.
Found! JTA reader Eric S. found the latest wave of The Vintage Collection figures at TARGET. Interestingly, I thought this wave was a Fan Channel outlet-only wave, so I now have concerns that they might clog up shelves if there isn’t enough support to purchase them at the brick and mortar level.
JTA reader Jason S. stopped by his local TARGET and found The Black Series [The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary] wave 1 but was denied the purchase. The store clerk told them they have a street date of August 1st. If you also find this wave in your local store, please let us know if you are told the same thing about August 1st being the release date. That feels pointless to me.
Target reported yesterday that toy sales for the 2019 holiday season disappointed and didn’t meet expectations. Toy sales were basically flat compared to 2018. Click through for more!
Again, I don’t get it. The Rise Of Skywalker is barely over a week old now. The attention span for movie marketing is nonexistent. I neglected to post yesterday that TARGET was running a Buy Two Get One Free special on all toys (it has now expired). I managed to get three of the Cave Of Evil three-packs for a decent price. But, I also noticed that TARGET has placed its exclusive Supreme Leader Snoke & Rey Galaxy Of Adventures set and The Black Series [Phase III] C-3PO & Babu Frik on clearance. Also of note, the Cave Of Evil Special Action Figure Set is still $39.99.
On the 18th day of Triple Force Friday, retail gave to me, SIX First Edition six-inch, FIVE TVCs! FOUR store exclusives, THREE Galaxy Of Adventures, TWO Funko Pops! And a new hater throwing unpublishable slurs and insults at me! Better get out there, folks! Newly arriving stock of stuff that should have been available on October 4th is entering retail as we speak!
JTA reader Jerry H. sends us our first report of The Vintage Collection wave 24 found at brick and mortar! He found the Jawa, Sith Trooper and company at his local TARGET in Atlanta Georgia! Send in your reports if you find them also!
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