Hit Amazon at 11pm CST, or midnight on the east coast. Not sure when the stuff went on sale but the Death Trooper sold out as I had it in my cart, so I couldn't get one. Not too worried though. They also didn't have unmasked Kylo but I have no doubt that one will pegwarm, since the CE exclusive took an hour to sell out, and people are Kylo'd out I think.
Then I preordered a bunch of Japanese figures, so overall a successful night of online shopping for me. I'll check out some stores over the weekend.
Last year wasn't bad in terms of crowds but the amount of product differed from store to store, and each store got MAYBE 2 cases of everything. In addition to not taking the day off like I did last year, I'm going to remain hesitant on merchandise until after the movie comes out. This stuff should be everywhere by October anyway... hopefully.
I'll hit the LEGO Store after work on Friday to take advantage of their promotions though.
Snagged the Doc Ock Mech set with Vulture and Captain Stacy yesterday at Walmart since it was randomly on Rollback at Walmart for $6 off. I have now acquired all 3 of the fall Spider-Man sets for under MSRP. I wish I could find deals like these on Star Wars sets more often!
Found these at a local HEB (grocery store) tonight. They were mixed in on the pegs with the old TFA figures. Looked to have been a fresh case... 2x Jyn, 2x K2, 2x Kylo, 2x Stormtrooper, 2x Ground Crew, 1 Kanan and 1 Sabine. I grabbed a Jyn and a K2 and that'll probably be it for me 3.75 inch wise.
So if these Walmarts are putting stuff out early, will they even have stock to put out on Friday? I can easily see people lining up only to find empty pegs, or the same TFA pegwarmers that have been there for a year. This MM is shaping up to be just as much of a disaster as last year's.