There are already two TLJ figures that feature packaging variants in the 3.75″ line. The first one, found over the weekend, switches the placement of the Porg and bowcaster accessories included with Chewbacca. The second is for General Hux which switches the position of the mouse droid (and turns it 90 degrees) and blaster. I know this info super serves a very small segment of collectors but as someone that likes to document these things, I thought I’d share it all the same.
Looks like the leaks for The Black Series have finally happened for The Last Jedi as Walmart in Canada has placed the first wave of figures out as part of their aisle shippers. And, as rumored, the wave consists of Kylo Ren, Rey (Jedi Training), Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master), Darth Vader (A New Hope), Stormtrooper (A New Hope), Hera Syndulla, and Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Thanks to Instagram user Kevin T for the heads-up.
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!
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.
Rebelscum has posted the first look at the Target Exclusive (Tesco in the UK) 12″ Hero Series 6pk set for release on Force Friday. We originally posted details for this set in our DPCIs Decoded article last week. Head on over for a closer look.
Forbidden Planet has posted the first look at the packaging for the upcoming exclusive Clone Captain Rex. This special edition will be available here in the US first at HASCON, then later at HasbroToyShop. The figure will again be offered in the red/black Black Series assortment in 2018. Click the image above for a closer look.
A new Forces of Destiny set was reveal yesterday at the Expo Disney 2017 in São Paulo, Brazil. The Princess Leia Platinum Edition features Leia in her classic white gown from A New Hope and R2-D2 presented in a Tantive IV themed box. It looks like there may be electronic incorporated as well feature Leia’s message to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Click the image above for a closer look at this Set was well as a packaged shot of Chewbacca.
For Canada residents planning on attending Fan Expo 2017 (Aug. 31-Sept. 3), the #HasbroStore will be be returning again this year and they will be offering the exclusives from this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. This includes Star Wars, Marvel, Transformers, G.I.Joe and more.
Shopko (Caldwell, ID) has gotten in on the breaking of street dates, and with it, we get the first look at the Rey with Praetorian Guard and Han Solo with Boba Fett Deluxe figure packaging. Click the link below for other products from the line due (officially) in a couple weeks.
If you’d like a preview of some of the products available on Force Friday II, look no farther that the Toys”R”Us mobile website. Using my iPhone and the Google Chrome app, a simple search for “the last Jedi” brings up about 40 different products from action figures to role play items from Hasbro, Funko and LEGO. Why reporting monumental failure of this magnitude is frowned up is unbelievable. If anything, it points out systemic problems in procedures and practices of manufactures and retailers. It is not our fault leaks like this happen and we will continue to report them.
Thanks to @Jord3217 on Twitter for the report.
UPDATE: It looks like the power that be have addressed the problem with Toys”R”Us’ site.