Funny that most people on here have at least some Vintage already, but a few Target stores are holding out until the 6th.
Does anyone have a good explanation for the street dates on toys? I get doing this with media where you have big events around the launch and potential for leaking tracks/copying etc. But I would seriously like to hear a sound arguement on Hasbro's behalf of using street dates on their figures. Seems to just cause confusion and make people mad in my opinion.
The only rational idea I've been able to think of is if they somehow "sold" an earlier release date to Toys R Us. Maybe it was part of the package deal with the exclusives, but if they use it as a bargaining chip with a lone retailer, then I can see where it would make sense. If other retailers don't honor that date, then the benefit to TRU would go away. Outside of that, is there any real reason to do this other than trying to control that which you don't need to control?
Hasbro claims the street date was to create an "event" feel around the Season 3 Premiere of The Clone Wars.
There are so many problems with that idea I don't even know where to begin. Like the fact that the actual show won't air until September or October. Or the fact that Legends and the Vintage Collection have virtually no connection to the animated program. Or the fact that foreign territories were exempted. (The show airs roughly the same schedule abroad as it does here)
It's almost like they wanted to create some kind of massive clusterf**k on August 6th. Luckily stuff started leaking out early or people would have had a had time finding everything on that day. (IMHO)