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Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: November 5, 2013, 05:47 PM »
I think the boring yellow packaging in the first line hurt the line.  It's just so bland...

I also feel that they would have been better served to release the Pale Orc in the first wave, along with one of those mountain trolls.  Perhaps one of the giant birds as well... and even a playset?  Imagine the Baggins homestead... all of that would have really made the line more interesting.

Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: November 5, 2013, 10:56 AM »
I gave my entire collection to my son.  He's got all the 3.75" figures from the first wave, adn 5- 6 each of the warg beast and goblin guy.  He keeps asking about the pale orc.  Sucks he's probably not going to be released.

As for the new TRU 5-pk, I can't believe they didn't release that with 5 new figures.  As it stands, I can't justify $30 for one new figure and the rest repacks.  Geeze.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: August 23, 2013, 07:14 PM »
Isn't there a MOTU film in the works?  If so, that's a whole new line of toys coming... I hope they go both 3.75" and 6" scale...  :)

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: August 11, 2013, 08:57 PM »
I took my kids camping over the weekend, and there happened to be a Big Lots way out in the boonies.. we stopped so we could see if they had these... low and behold, they had 5 different figures.  Got my son two of them - Grizzlor and Clawful.  He is very happy so now I can quit going to these stores trying to find them.

Pass.  I'm content with the two X-Wings that I already have that are essentially the same thing.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: August 9, 2013, 12:09 PM »
Ok, thanks... I went ahead and hit the same three Big Lots stores again.  No sign yet, but they all now had Smurfs displays and also one store had 4 sets of the Ghostbusters 2-pks. 

I usually don't do this, but I went ahead and spoke with the manager at the store that had the Ghostbusters.  She said they haven't received any He-Man toys and was not sure if they would or not.  So then I showed her a pic on my phone - she laughed and said they definitely haven't received "anything like that."  Guess I'll try again in a few more days.  I'd really like to grab a couple things for my son.

I give up.  Wasted way too many toy runs on Big Lots only to be told by another manager that they haven't gotten these in and these things are often regional.  I'm done.

Yeah - Yoda does move fairly quick in my area too.  I guess I forgot about our little green friend.

I'd say the  most popular of these figures in my area are as follows:

- Destroyer Droid (always sells fast - great sculpt and the shield is a great bonus)
- Astromech Droid
- Tusken Raider
- Darth Maul
- Gungan Warrior

...after that, the others just stare at other all day.  Well, Aurra sort of sells - just slow.  Those pilots though sit there forever.  I know I don't want more of them.  Even if I had several Naboo Fighters.  Most pilots to me are just kinda boring - that goes for the OT as well.  For some reason the only pilots that I ever really like are Snowspeeder ones.  I love those actually.

A reader at Yakface wrote in and told us that he is an assistant manager at Five Below, and that the stores do not have the power to order these on their own.  These cases are distributed throughout the company by how much sells at that particular store.

That raises a good point... how is it that Gungan Warriors seem to have been producted 10x heavier than Gamorrean Guards?

I have a feeling more is coming soon.  Resets at 5 Below SHOULD be happening before too long actually.

Yeah - hopefully this stuff gets spread out better.  But what I'm really hoping for is the Starkiller/Shae Vizsla wave.   If that wave hits Five Below across the country in good numbers... holy crap!   :)

Went by that same Five Below after work, and they must have put out another 4-5 cases over the weekend. 

Someone gobbled up the Malgus figures, but I found two Navy Commanders and bought them both for customs, and two Hoth Lukes for customs.  They had at least 3-4 more Lukes and close to 10 of the Clone Wars Anakin (hate that figure). 

So they are restocking - at least in my area. 

I highly doubt one store in the country got wave 3 in and that's all she wrote. :p

There were actually quite a few reports of the Malgus wave hitting 5 Below that same week in different parts of the country as reported by comments on the Yakface FB page.

It's really hard to say - how many cases of the Malgus wave made it to retail that Hasbro intended and how many got bought up by Five Below?  I have no clue.  I've gone back the same store twice now and they haven't put more out. 

If anything, I'd expect to see more of the Starkiller wave later at discounters - that's the wave that had the lowest distribution from what I've seen... so there's got to be a lot of that just waiting to get through a distributor.

But Discover the Force?  They seem to have an unlimited supply at Five Below!  The Tusken, Destroyer Droid and Astromech move really fast.  The other figures, not so much.

Found them at TRU today... passed on most.  Picked up a Padme, Luke and green clone.

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