Clearance Season at Target

Target has finally begun the process of clearancing out product that has been desperately staring back at you for nearly the past year. Β While most of these are the “lower tiered” 5POA style toys that even the kids seem to have no interest in, you will also likely find items from TBS getting marked down significantly as well.

While it’s good to get out with the old, seeing what is on clearance, and more importantly, knowing what NEVER MADE IT to retail, is a chilling sign for just how bad the brand is being merchandised these days. Β We can only hope that Hasbro has a much Β better game plan for the upcoming two films and beyond and turns this frown upside down.

Head on over to the forums for some close up images of the items marked down at my local store in the STL area, as well as the markdowns (which are already significant)… and for a personal rant.

  • Rykrof_Enloe

    Went back today… and doesn’t look like a single item has sold since I took those pics. Wow. It’s THAT bad.

    • Brian Beck

      I went to 5 stores today, I have never seen so many figures–dumped out all over the place. I did get a FO tie pilot, just to get the base for that build a gun thing (don’t ask).

      Of interesting note-one store didn’t really have any, the pegs were -meh. it BTW was the only store that ever got wave 3 RO figures.(it’s outside my shopping zone of course) I wonder if they never had this massive back log of figures, and they were able to get new stuff, unlike these other stores. still doesn’t explain where 4 cases worth of TFA figures came from, after all this time.

  • 80sRobot

    Hasbro:

    1. Stop holding back on figures of characters that everybody wants. They need to be released in Wave 1 and Wave 2.

    2. Likewise, stop pairing the most desired characters with less desired ones in two packs.

    These two look to be the reasons why we’re seeing RO figures, Waves 1 and 2, stuck on the pegs, and why there is a huge backlog of TFA figures.

    Please quit trying to manipulate your customers, Hasbro. Regular buyers (for children) and collectors are both annoyed and well aware of what you’ve been doing.

  • Fiery Little One

    This looks like a few Targets I’ve been to lately, plus the odd Walmart. It’s a little depressing.

  • RumSleg

    “We can only hope that Hasbro has a much better game plan for the upcoming two films and beyond and turns this frown upside down.”

    I wouldn’t hold my breath. πŸ™

    • Rykrof_Enloe

      I can’t imagine they would keep basically the same model moving forward after so many figures aren’t making it to standard retail the past couple years… but who knows. They are definitely a slow turning ship though (which THAT is understandable, I get that based on my own line of work in working with big accounts).

      • RumSleg

        I’m just not sure how much they have the power to change. They can get smarter about case assortments, but is that enough to stop Wave 1 gridlock at the big box retailers? Or do the retailers have to change what they’re doing things to really improve?

  • Brian Beck

    A Death Trooper, and its on clearance ?

    • Rykrof_Enloe

      Yeah surprised that he snuck onto the pegs! I did buy him.

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