« on: September 15, 2006, 11:31 AM »
Target also has more stores than TRU. Target has about 1300 US stores while TRU is down to 587. According to Hasbro's 2005 numbers they sell 24% of their goods to Wal-Mart and TRU and Target are tied for second at 12% each.
It's possible that, just based on the number of retail outlets, Target can move more of an exclusive than TRU can. That lowers the price.
The other thing about the AT-AT, for comparison, is that that vehicle still has the sound feature, has more moving parts and comes with 2 figures now as well. I'd think that the Falcon is a better comparison and that sells for the same or a little less than what the Shuttle will be this time around.
I don't know if this will be a Black Friday item but I found it odd that Hasbro didn't take the opportunity to announce it this week when they started pimping out all the other Target exclusives for this fall. A Black Friday sale was the only thing I could come up with for it's absence from that list. If Matt's saying no, then it probably won't be released then. I just can't explain why Hasbro isn't shouting about it. Especially when they could use it in a Friday Q&A; "See, we do make vehicles. Here's a great big ship for $60. So, quit-yer-bitchin'!"