Well, I watched the guy at TRU pull one out of a case, alongside the Ezra and AT-RT repack.
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I do expect more than a few "ripples in the Force" coming up too. Targets around here have showed zero signs of prepping so far, and I find it a little hard to believe they will all magically have their aisles reset by 8am tomorrow when the doors open with all the new stuff on display. Just like I find it hard to believe that at 12:01am every Walmart computer will update instantly to allow the proper ring-up, pricing and sale of the new stuff. I foresee many possible checkout line frustrations...
Does anyone know Target's plan? Are they just going to put these on pegs in the normal aisle, or will they drop these on standees like they did for the refresh when the movie was released in April? Last year my local Targets had stuff in both the toy aisle and in a "seasonal" aisle in the back dedicated to TFA product (clothing, toys, cereal, etc.).
Doubtful. Who even knows if the AT-ACT will hit at this point as no boxed shots or shelf reports have turned up for it yet.
Didn't CHEWIE see one at a TRU last week or something?
I'm actually fine to wait. The more $$$ I can save this week, the better.
I was fortunate enough to go into the stockroom at a TRU today, and was able to see what they have ready to go onto the floor... they had a LOT of the first wave of 3.75 (20 cases?) and about a dozen cases of the first wave of Rogue One TBS 6"... and lots of 3.75" 2-pks... looked like a fair supply of vehicles too... was able to open some of the cases, and for 5POA, these do look extremely good.
A little more details about when the employee at my local TRU allowed my son and I into the stockroom yesterday.
The quantity of 3.75" figures was impressive. It had to be about 20 cases. He popped open a case (all was Wave 1 there) and I got to look at the figures. They all looked extremely sharp for 5POA. They also had quite a few cases of the 2-pks. The figures looked great, except for Poe. He just looked ridiculous... that set will pegwarm. I did notice that the Sabine I saw had REALLY sharp paint apps... much better than ANY Rebels figure I've seen.
He also popped open a case of the 6 inch wave. They looked good... didn't realize that Rey was in there again, with her lightsaber... I don't think she needs to be release AGAIN already, but whatever. Mask-less Kylo looked good. And the Rogue One figures looked awesome. They had at least a dozen cases of that wave.
He said he thought there were TIE Strikers and U-Wings buried behind all the other stuff and I thought I saw a couple TIE Striker cases. But lots of figures at least were there. I didn't see the AT-ACT or I would have asked if he'd pop a box open. Also, he said they were expecting another big shipment of Rogue One stuff Tuesday this week.
For anyone with a TRU in your area that is doing Midnight Madness, I was able to go into a local TRU stockroom last weekend. The employee gave me an early look at what they had - which was a ton of Wave 1 3.75" Rogue One, a lot of 6"TBS Wave 1... much more than what they got in last year for the event. Obviously this will vary by store, but I'd be surprised to see my area Walmarts have as many of these figures out on Day 1 as what this TRU had ready to set in the aisles.
I fully expected the possibility of getting shut down. I didn't even bother to argue, because it wasn't worth it. I can just go back to the same store on Friday.
I just found it annoying that they put that much new stock out without heeding the street date instructions on the cases.