And sometimes at the height of our revalry....
Well, 21st announced some bad BAD news today for us as collectors.
They will no longer be selling German items through Toys R Us, nor any other major retailer. The German Battle of the Bulge figures will ONLY be available through purchase through Online "E-tailer" retail outlets (Small Blue Planet, etc...), and they will also be made available through 21st Century Toys themselves through their fan club.
Ground Pounder's site should have updates when they arrive in-stock.
Toys R Us has been facing pressure from "groups" to stop sales of World War 2 German product for some time now, and they've officially decided NOT to carry it anymore.
As GP said in his statement, this could be bad as far as the variety of German product we see. I'm hoping we see a good bit more, and that maybe 21st can even diversify product now that they aren't focusing on children as their target market, but we'll have to wait this out and see.
Just walking into a store and buying the odd German infantryman would've been great, but apparantly that won't happen.
Let's just hope they're readily available... The German product was always the LAST to sell anyway, so maybe this is for the best?
21st is definately on shakey ground as it is, financially, so I just hope this isn't yet another nail in the possible coffin of the company.
On a better note, Japanese Infantry are to follow the USMC WW2 figures that just had pictures released, and on top of that the 2 'Eastern Warrior' figures and the "Delta Team" figure (Which someone identified as a British Special Forces soldier!) are shipping to stores as we speak... supposedly.
Keep yinz guys eyes pealed!