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TLJ Retail Leaks Continue

So many reports are coming in on social media of various products from The Last Jedi being stocked on shelves ahead of the September 1 street date.  It seems at this point, every major retailer has had specific stores with product leaks from their stockroom.

In most instances, the product won’t ring up, but in some smaller chains it will, and some of the bigger chains are over-riding the “do not sell” message at the register out of confusion or whatever reason(s).

So, who all has seen product in the stores thus far?  What are your impressions of the “in person” quality?  Are you feeling this line will be more successful at retail than TFA and Rogue One?   Share your thoughts here or in the forums!

TLJ: Street Date Woes

I came across my first TLJ item on Thursday at a Walmart in my area (Ski Speeder w/ Poe Dameron).  Even though the store had put out a full display of this vehicle (price tag $39.72), as I was afraid of, the register denied the sale.

The employee at the register said he thought “The product had been recalled because of lead paint.” – the customer behind me (a mom and her daughter) stated, “Oh my gosh!”

Obviously, that is not the case and I explained to them both that Disney must have a street date on the product since it’s for an upcoming movie.  But Hasbro/Disney, please stop these street dates.  Let your retail partners sell the product when a customer is wanting to buy it.  This tight lip product reveal policy, and subsequent “Do Not Sell” at the register is tightening the window of product to actually be sold, and also confusing store employees and consumers alike.

UPDATE – One of our readers (Joe H) was able to pick this up at retail in his area, and he posted some great loose pics for us on our Facebook page.  A few of them are in our forums for your viewing pleasure.  Just click on the image above to see them.

Also, the release date for these items officially is September 1st, aka Force Friday.  

BB-8 Adventure Playset Base @ Retail

In a surprising toy find, Yakface reader Bryan K. sends in visual proof of finding the Galactic Heroes BB-8 playset that was shown on display back in February at New York Toy Fair.

We’ve been wondering whatever happened to this, and there had been speculation that it was cancelled.  But it’s been found at a Walmart store, and our assumption is you’ll start seeing these at retail in September.

Bryan also found this at the same store, but we’re not at liberty to share the image.

Personal Note:  Seeing that we know the upcoming Hasbro 3.75″ “Mega Playset” also turns into BB-8, an educated guess tells us that this thing is going to be similar to this Galactic Heroes toy.

Mega Playset Speculation

Seeing that a 3.75″ Star Destroyer playset for The Last Jedi is on the horizon, we can’t help but speculate on what this will end up looking like.

Will this be a dream playset that that captures the diorama essence of an epic movie environment like collectors have been begging for in the 3.75″ scale for over two decades now?  Or will it feature over-exaggerated “play” features?  Or could it be a well balanced mix?  How big will it be?  Will it feel worth the asking MSRP of $199.99?

Share your thoughts on the subject in the forums!

Target Star Wars Clearance Sections

Recently, our friends at Jeditemplearchives shared news of Target’s plan to merchandise clearance Star Wars items in their very own planogram section.

While traveling today, I came across a Target store that had just reset their clearance Star Wars items following these corporate guidelines (this store also had an endcap filled with at least 30 more 5poa figures from TFA and Rogue One and a ton of Ezra speederbikes).

What kind of clearance selection are you all seeing at your local Targets?  How low do these products need to go for customers to put them in their carts?  Share your thoughts after the jump!

Great Hasbro Booth Images

Our friends at Jediinsider.com have posted some great SDCC pics for your viewing pleasure, showing off some of Hasbro’s new offerings… check them out here!

Personal Note:  Seems like what we saw today is leaning in the right direction again for the 3.75″ brand.  Who can’t be happy with that new 3.75″ scale Wampa?  Or Probe Droid?  Many of us in our forums have been pushing for those quite a bit the past 2 years, so maybe Hasbro actually IS listening more now (like they indicated in panels and interviews today)?

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.  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.  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.

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.

3.75″ Diorama Heaven

If you placed a 3.75″ space walls order with GTP-Toys, then be on the lookout as these are starting to show up on doorsteps this weekend!

The quality is amazing… and the drought of waiting for over TWO DECADES for something like this for our Star Wars action figures is finally over!

Head on over to the forums to check out a few pics I snapped with my phone today after putting together a quick setup, by clicking here!  

Star Wars Girl Power

Reports are coming in that some retailers, such as Target are receiving solid cases of the 6″ 40th Anniversary Princess Leia figure, such as the image above provided by forum member dubsack.  This also appears to be happening at some Toys”R”us stores.

Now, we’re not opposed to this great figure of our favorite princess being in good supply, but solid cases of anything in this scale at mass retail seems like it could cause problems, unless we’re talking Stormtroopers or Royal Guards (even that would be risky).

Thoughts?  Let us know what you think in the forums!