Rumor Report: Will The Distribution Problems of TFA Repeat on FF2?

We are less than a week away from the official Force Friday launch of products for The Last Jedi,Β there is worry among collectors that the distribution problems that plagued the launch for The Force Awakens will present themselves once again. With all of the store reports coming in and product flooding eBay, you’d think we were past this point of concern. Don’t be. Click on through for a report that I’ve received from a major retailer.

It might not be time to commit ritual suicide in the toy aisles quite yet, as there is still time for shipments to be received by brick and mortar retailers, but we have heard that some stores may have under ordered (again), and product is already being split up at distribution centers in order to spread it out to other locations or Β only a single case of a particular product is enroute to one store.

Some examples:

  • A store may have ordered a case of an exclusive figure and instead of getting a sealed case of 12, they are getting 8.
  • A single case of Black Series wave 1, a single case of each basic figure assortment, a single case of figure 2 packs is in stock or enroute to the store
  • A vehicle that is packed 3 to a case and a store is only getting 2 of that vehicle – total

Obviously with low numbers like that, the first few midnight launch shoppers could wipe out the inventory very quickly.

The point of this article is not to incite more piling on to an already troubled launch, but to encourage you to temper expectations, once again, and hope for the best and plan for the worst.

Stay tuned as we put the finishing touches on our Force Friday 2 Product Checklist which will be released on August 31 in an effort to be complete as possible.

 

  • Matthew Leuck

    This is probably in reaction to the Rogue One product under performing, largely because it was mostly the wrong kind of product for that kind of film – There should have been much more collector-targeted product and less kid-targeted product for what is the most “adult” Star Wars movie. The kid-targeted product line should have been focused on the whole saga more, with some Rogue One items peppered in. Movies like Ant Man and Dr. Strange had almost exclusively collector-targeted toys, while Guardians of The Galaxy 2 and Spider-Man have more of a mix of kid and collector targeted stuff. The Episodic movies will always appeal to kids.

  • Tim

    For TFA, my toysrus had extra 6 inch (Finn and Chewbacca) and at least 3 CASES left of 3 3/4 figures except for Rey the day after Force Friday

    For RO, my toysrus did a ticket system for the Black series, one ticket bought you one black series figures. They still had extra towards the end.

    If my toysrus does this again, I will be set

  • John Morin

    star wars Collection cockroach No Vintage Collection SA 3.75 yes

  • John Morin

    star wars SA 3.75 2018 1999 5poa cockroach 2018 Spider SA 3.75 yes or yes 5poa cockroach LOL

  • John Morin

    star wars 5poa is cockroach SA 3.75 and 6 inch Spider LOL

  • John Morin

    star wars 1999 5poa 200 SA 2013 SA 2014 SA 2015 5poa 2016 5poa 2017 5poa

    hasbro y 1999 SA 2015 SA 2016 SA 2017 yes SA 3.75 and 6 inch no SA 5poa 20181999

  • John Morin

    5poa figures BS

  • John Morin

    no the last Jedi wave 3.75 black series Hasbro y

  • Eric Danner

    In the last 48 hours I have found two different stores that had the first wave of Black series. They were both Meijer and they both received two cases total. I snagged a Thrawn and a Hera and a Vader and they rang up fine. They had tons of other episode 8 stuff but I didn’t really bother looking at any of it. Oh, and they received three cases of 3.75″ at one of those Meijer’s.

  • John Morin

    Where is the 3.75 Black Series, the Last Jedi Figures. I really hope they are coming. I would like to have the First Order Executioner Trooper, cause I know he will be executing a lot of characters in the new movie LOL I would surely buy at least 6 or more of them.

  • jerome

    just found the royal guard wave and entire line of last jedi figs at kmart only 1 case of each, hopefully that’s not typical or friday theres going to be alot of frustrated collectors. and i dont mean 1 case of each fig, it was 1 case of figs and 1 case of vehicles.

  • Superflukullus

    Is the force link band even coming out it hasn’t even been leaked early

  • jerome

    lets see my choices are stand in line for hours to pay full retail if im lucky to even see them, or sleep like baby and get later on clearance? hasbro distribution sucks and the only thing good about it is whoever has that job has the best job security ever! fortunately whoever is in charge of production will make sure every peg in america is flooded with figures eventually due to gross over production. but luckily for those basement dwelling. scalpers the few in demand figures will only arrive in small numbers at a time so that scalpers can continue to invest their moms money wisely.

  • 80sRobot

    I predict: The TIE Silencer will be the hardest one to find. It will be the vehicle most people want, but it will be in limited quantities. The Rey vs. Praetorian Guard pack will also be popular, because it’s the only way you can get any of these Guards for now.

    Finn could be the peg warmer, because to the average toy buyer, this figure doesn’t look different from the TFA version (although it is a new sculpt).

    • CT-7567

      Agreed about the Rey pack. The Silencer is something I’ll probably wait on. The A-wing is the only vehicle I might get before a sale or clearance.

    • Eric Danner

      There is a Rey vs. Praetorian Guard pack? Is that the same as the Guards of Evil pack at Gamestop?

  • GIBBS v2

    Might 40th wave 2 magically show up on FF? Anyone?

    As far as I know they never came to any stores in my area.

    • No

      • CT-7567

        Are the 5poa figures going up in price?

        • No

          • CT-7567

            Thank you. πŸ™‚ Someone posted that they were increasing to $9.99. That would be unacceptable. Thanks for the quick response, too. πŸ™‚ You have no idea how helpful you and this site have been with all the revealed stuff that Hasbro wants kept a secret.

      • GIBBS v2

        Thanks, I think. : ( Are they still coming?

  • LaurenceQuint

    Actually, at the time this article was published, we were actually still MORE than a week away from Force Friday. Since it’s at midnight on Friday and it’s not midnight yet.

    • Rykrof_Enloe

      Starts at 11:59pm Thursday night… i.e. 12am Friday morning.

      • LaurenceQuint

        Ohhhhhh. I was honestly confused. Okay, you’re right. Sorry about that. Yikes, I sounded like a real idiot there. Snarky AND an idiot. Oy, what a combination.

        πŸ™‚

  • Sam Salazar

    not wasting my time this yr. everything i want dpci say out of stock… i spent money on things not on my list to satisfy my splurge. not again! i will wait for the walmart tent

  • Fiery Little One

    I might be able to indulge again this year. It just depends on when the friend I go out with can take me. In general, I usually go in expecting to come back out with little if anything worth my time.

  • Riot trooper triggs

    This doesn’t make sense but me, last year for rogue one they had tons of stock, regardless I’ll still hold on to hope until force friday. I’m planning on being first in line so hopefully I’ll have good luck

    • 80sRobot

      Things were pretty good for RO in my area, too. I visited a 24-hour Walmart and right at midnight all the RO stuff was out and available to buy.

      I’m thinking FF may not be a good thing. It just causes stock to get sold out too fast, and encourages hording. What benefit is this for fans, Hasbro or Star Wars? (It’s not like TLJ needs the publicity.)

      • CT-7567

        Agreed. It’s also too early. The PT stuff was released a month and a half before the movie. I want the stuff next week, but I think releasing it closer to the movie was a better idea.

    • CT-7567

      Same here. Last year it was !Ike nobody cared. I didn’t goat midnight because my TFA midnight experience was lame. I still had to go the next morning to get most stuff. With RO I got what I wanted in one morning at a couple of stores. I think these events are bigger for Saga films.

  • Rivesjunctionite

    This is exactly what I expected. Not going to waste my time at another FF after the TFA debacle.

    • David Young

      I remember being 10th in line at TRU and they let the first 2 guys literally arm scoop stuff into their cart until it was full. I wanted to rip every figure they had up lol

      • Rivesjunctionite

        Yep, I was way back in line for TFA, and I got one scout bomber. I was miffed.

        • CT-7567

          I had a cart that my mom was guarding for me. People kept trying to take stuff from her. Everyone assumed there were boxes of extra figures in the back like they had for the PT events. When the manager announced that what was on the pegs was all they had people got mad and panicked.

          • don

            This is true. They have no more. Walmarts warehouses are already out of stock

    • CT-7567

      Agreed. The TFA FF that I went to at a TRU had only a couple of cases of figures for about 75-100 people. I still had to hit Target and Walmart the next day. Plus TRU is more expensive sometimes. A dollar more for a basic figure isn’t that bad under normal toy hunting conditions. But if you’re buying a whole bunch it adds up. My local TRU, both years now, has s BOGO 40% sale on the weekend of FF. In 2015 I brought my receipt from midnight madness to get a refund. They gave it to me, but reluctantly.

  • David Young

    I just want Hera syndulla, I can do withlut the praetorian guard for now and have the thrawn and luke/rey sdcc exclusive. They really need a Supreme Leader Snoke black series 6inch. I dont know if I feel like doing the midnight thing for a figure that will go down to retail like sabine.

    • Eric Danner

      I was surprised to see that the Guard guy isn’t in the first wave at all.

  • Jonathan O.

    I’m going out just to have fun. I’m only looking for 2 or 3 things at first and will probably snag em online. I went to the midnight sales when episodes 1-3 came out and for all intents and purposes were way successful compared to these last 2. I was in 8th grade when ep1 came out and had a sick job with money coming out my ears when ep3 came out. So nothing will compare to that time, just like I know how that first round in the 70s and 80s had to have been for you guys.

  • Danny

    but this is only ONE store lol. My neighbor works at a local un named store and they are “ready” for FF πŸ™‚

    • Rivesjunctionite

      My WM has one 4′ section of one aisle set aside for TLJ. They’re going to sell out in minutes even if they are “ready.”

      • Brian Beck

        Just today I made a third mart take down the stuff they had out already.

    • This report is accurate. You saw our report on this very same thing a day or two ago as well. It’s nearly impossible for Hasbro to meet full demand for these launches anymore.

      • Alice Charlie Scoles

        If they can’t meet demand then why even have them? Why have a street date? Holy crap back in the day we only showed up at a hills, children’s store and found Han solo in hoth outfit on a peg and it was like “Oh yeah!!! They are making another movie and where is this hoth? Look at the new star wars people!!!!!!”””
        Worked back then-just put the stuff out!!!!

      • CT-7567

        I don’t get it. For AOTC and ROTS TRU had little kiddie swimming pools full of figures and big, photocopies of the checklists on the walls. Tons of ships and 12″ figures. For TFA the TRU I went to literally had two cases each of TBS6 and 5poa for a !I’ve of people that was longer than the front of the store.

  • General Hux

    As long as my TRU stocks a decent amount I’ll be fine, not many collectors in my area.

    • bmales01

      You are not staying up to Midnite young man.

      • General Hux

        Ha! Done it the past 2 years and I’m doing it again…I’m up past midnight nearly every night regardless if it’s a school night or not. πŸ™‚

        • bmales01

          In that case, buy me a Probot please. I think that’s all I need. I cant make it to midnite at my age.

          • General Hux

            I’ll see what I can do, but if they only have one I’m buying it for myself. πŸ˜‰

          • bmales01

            no deal. Me first

          • bmales01

            seriously, I know you’re rich, but dont really buy me one. This will be everywhere pretty soon and I’ve waited this long

          • General Hux

            I was joking anyway ;). Everything from wave 1 usually comes out in bulk for the rest of the year.

          • bmales01

            I assumed, but you never know who will take something said on the internet way too seriously πŸ™‚

          • General Hux

            That is a very good point. LOL

          • Rivesjunctionite

            Defenders was awesome!

          • bmales01

            I liked it. Didnt love it. But 8 eps was about right.
            I may be inappropriately comparing it to Avengers which has a totally different budget

          • Rivesjunctionite

            It was way better than the fist show, and I really enjoyed seeing them all in action together. I thought the villainy was pretty decent. I liked it better than DD season 2. The short season helped it out a LOT.

          • bmales01

            Yes, definitely better than Iron Fist. The villiany was good, but mainly b/c Weaver is a fine actress. The action was decent but I thought the banter would be snarkier.

          • General Hux

            Wasn’t better than DD season 2 in my opinion, the Punisher just made that season so amazing.

          • Rivesjunctionite

            DD2 was too schizophrenic. The first half was great, but it started meandering after Elektra showed up. Defenders got right down to business, tied a lot of loose threads together, and redeemed the Iron Fist just a little bit. And Jessica Jones was back and awesome. So Defenders wins.

          • Let’s keep this thread topical please.

          • Rivesjunctionite

            Defenders is a topic

          • General Hux

            Elektra was terrible in DD2, but she was decent in Defenders.

          • General Hux

            I really liked it, but I get why most people didn’t “love it.”

          • General Hux

            Defenders was great! How bout that final episode?!

          • Rivesjunctionite

            Very satisfying. Wish they hadn’t just made the domestic terrorism thing go away at the end. That was a little too convenient, but with the story wrapped up, it was probably better that they didn’t make a fuss about that.

        • Rivesjunctionite

          Well, good hunting to you.
          I’ll order mine from amazon during the early morning hours after getting a decent amount of sleep.

          • General Hux

            Past 2 times I’ve been in and out of there in less than 20 minutes, then I come home open a few figures and go to bed usually before 1AM.

          • Rivesjunctionite

            I’d have to drive an hour just to get to TRU. Not worth the hassle.

          • General Hux

            Nope, that isn’t worth it. If the closest TRU to me was an hour no way in heck would I go.

        • LaurenceQuint

          Did you do your homework??

          • General Hux

            Eh, I always get the job done even if I procrastinate until after midnight. πŸ˜‰

        • CT-7567

          Do you drive yet? Plus, if or when you do, did you ever think about taking a day off of school and going to the places Ferris Bueller went to? πŸ™‚ I’d definitely have done that if I lived there.

          • General Hux

            I’ll drive soon enough, and I’ll definitely be taking a Ferrid Bueller day off sometime soon! πŸ™‚

          • CT-7567

            Awesome. πŸ™‚ When I got my license a few of us tried taking a “day off” using locations in Boston similar to the places Ferris goes to. It wasn’t nearly as cool. Except Fenway Park, which is always a great ballpark to visit. John Hughes loved Chicago. All his films are with based there or start out with characters from there.I’ve always wanted to go to the Sears Tower. Especially the glass part that you can walk on. I love heights. πŸ™‚

          • General Hux

            I am extremely afraid of heights so I have yet to go in the little glass box in the Sears Tower… πŸ˜‰

          • CT-7567

            I can see how that would be terrifying if you don’t like heights. I’d personally find it exhilarating, but I definitely understand the fear of being up so high. They “say” it can’t break, which is probably true, but I’d still be a bit worried.

          • General Hux

            I’ll probably suck up to it eventually but not yet. Lol

    • CT-7567

      Really? Aren’t you in the suburbs of Chicago? I’m in the Boston suburbs and there are tons of collectors here.

      • General Hux

        I’m more in the suburbs of the suburbs ;). I’m about an hour away from Chi town so when people ask where In from it’s easier just saying “I’m suburb of Chicago” lol.

        • CT-7567

          Got it. Well, consider yourself lucky you don’t have tons of competition for toys. πŸ™‚ Where I live there’s a lot of places where people from several towns shop. So it’s not just collectors but kids and parents, too.

          • General Hux

            There is quite a few scalpers in my area though, I may only know of a few collectors but last year some jerk tried to buy 5 of the same figure at TRU and I don’t think he got away with it. I’ve seen some others too, they’re annoying. Lol

          • CT-7567

            Only five? I’ve seen a LOT worse, unfortunately. Remember those SOTDS vehicles that were sold later in two-packs? I got one with the Cloud Car and Snowspeeder and they had a ton more. Some guy bought them all. About ten two-packs. I never got the awesome Mandalorian Transport from TCW and he had about four. I hate scalpers. I go by the rule of two, as I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before. But on the first TFA FF I made sure other people(the nice people that I could tell were actual collectors) got stuff before getting a second of something.

          • General Hux

            The five he took were the last of Hovertank Pilots at TRU on Force Friday, but there was a limit on how much you could buy of the same figure so I think they took 3 of them, I’ll run into people that I know are scalpers in the toy aisle, you just kinda tell. I keep in touch with one collector in my area (on the Yakface forums no less).

  • Rykrof_Enloe

    If this is Target, and they feel a bit gunshy — who can blame them? Sub-par product from Hasbro for TFA and Rogue One that has to get clearanced will eventually result in less excitement from retailers.

    • General Hux

      Exactly right, it makes perfect sense that Target is cautious with how much they order.

  • SteveU1

    I can confirm this at a target in philadelphia area. I hope they get more stock next week

    • Which Target in Philly? The South Philly one or the one in NE?

      • Ryan Bariana

        I found the two-packs at Walmart on Wheatchief Lane, but of course couldn’t get them. They at least seem to have cleared their pegs, except for putting out TBS 3.75 inch Jyns and Cassians FINALLY. Targets seem to still be flooded with TFA/RO merch. TRU is even worse – entire aisle of that clearance crap at the South Philly one.

  • 11Eleven11

    The big question for me: will the four TLJ TBS 3.75″ figures be at WM next week? I am thinking no, as I have seen no reports of those leaking at retail or showing up on eBay.

    • James

      Exactly where is SA TBS 3.75″?

  • Jair Arqueros

    Any word on online FF2 availability, primarily BS. I see Amazon already has up the unmasked e8 Kylo. Will items be available midnight? Pst/est?

  • Paul

    So it sounds like we’re looking at product that was under ordered at the retailer buyer level which is now forcing split up of items at the distribution center level, which is leading to partial cases being sent to brick and mortar stores.

    This recently happened at Target with the Thor marvel legends wave and wave 2 of the SW 40th anniversary line.

    I am curious if we are seeing a lack of retailer confidence in these lines due to overstock and lack of sell through or if product is being produced in fewer numbers by Hasbro.

    • 11Eleven11

      Yes indeed, and I understand that is the reason why what few 40th anniversary Wave 2 figures that did make it to Target shelves were badly damaged. I only saw DSC and Jawa, and both of them were crushed.

  • RumSleg

    I spotted one case of Orange W1, one case of Teal W1, and one case of the 5POA two-packs on a pallet at my local Walmart this week. I thought it was odd that there would be only one case of each, as it would make more sense for the store to receive its full allotment of FF merchandise at once, rather than having the cases trickle in.

    I really hope the few cases I saw weren’t meant to be the full allotment of 5POA basic stock for this store…

    • don

      That is what i have seen in every walmart here in milwaukee. And they have no more coming in. Ware house has non either. So yes i was right.Sorry to say. The younger people that order for walmart know nothing about collecting at all. Back in the day spending 300 a week was like nothing. Now they quit ordering items. And hasbro with the figures no one wants is part of the problem. The will still do it to the new movie figures.

      • don

        28 years of collecting has brought knowledge. Also what hasbro need are the reps back in the stores again.Corperate officers do not need more money give it to some reps to help the collectors out. That way hasbro sale will go back up maybe?

        • Rykrof_Enloe

          Yes! Where are the reps??

          • don

            There is no money they say to pay them. The big Corporate officers are making a fortune. If you look at it this way. The reps would clean up at the stores. Stores would get more product. Because they will not be sitting on backstock/pegwarmers. And the big shots can still make their extra bundles$.

          • don

            Please don’t take this wrong either. I think that the companies are run by 20 30 somthings and they really don’t know much. College taught them nothing.