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Final Rant of 2018

Last evening,  I stopped by my local Walmart and naturally went into the toy section.  The Star Wars scene at this store is essentially the same at every Walmart and Target in my area.

I love this hobby, but am so frustrated by the current direction of the merchandising.  Almost every time I see people for the past year looking at Star Wars stuff, it ends the same way… with the potential buyer shaking their head and walking away.

So I decided to post a new rant in the forums and threw out some ideas on how Hasbro/Disney could potentially start making Star Wars toys that their retail partners can have more confidence in selling to the public again.

Check it out and share your thoughts here or in our forums by clicking on the image above.

TVC’s the Season… of Pegwarmers

Here we are just a week before Christmas, and Walmart and Target stores are stocked to the gills with TVC that launched 9 months ago.   And Walmart continues to get even more of the initial wave in.

How many figures did Hasbro produce from this wave anyway?  How can 2019 be a successful TVC year when they shoot themselves in the foot right out of the gate with mostly repacks?   Why aren’t there barely any sales or pricing rollbacks on these at retail?  Share your thoughts here or in our forums.

TBS 6″ Series Figures Cheap at Ross

Full divisions of Snowtroopers are marching in for the ridiculously low price of $3.99 at Ross.  If you’re looking to army build General Leia Organa, she’s even cheaper at $2.99.

Personal Note:  In general, is supply of 6″ figures exceeding demand?  With 5 Below stores drowning in figures for $5.00 each, very little retail distribution of a ton of figures from The Last Jedi, deep discounts on this line’s vehicles and deluxe type figures, are we seeing some warning signs with Hasbro’s “bread and butter” line?

TBS Wave 19 Hitting Target at the Perfect Time


This week Target is offering their 6″ (non-exclusive) Black Series figures for $9.99 and, as luck would have it, Wave 19 is hitting at the same time. With all of the product turnover in the lead-up to Christmas, repeat visits to your stores may be required to partake it their acquisition at this low price.

Thanks to DarthChuckMc for the image.

Note: not all stores are observing the sale.

How Low Can They Go?

If you have a Gordmans store in your area, the Rogue One AT-ACT has been marked down to $49.99.  So if you’ve held off on getting this, or looking for a fun Christmas present at a good price,  you may want to pick this up if you are able to.

Personal Note:  If Hasbro had not over-engineered this thing with the app, walking feature, Nerf, etc… and had instead made it more on par with THIS, it would have performed much better for retailers.   What say you?