I don't know if anyone else has noticed it, but at our stores in town it really seems like different retailers support the various lines (at least the ones I pay attention to) at different levels. For example, Target seem to push Star Wars stuff the most - despite their high prices. They have a larger section overall, and usually have the most stock this year. I stopped by there this morning and they had 3-4 basic figure pegs (mostly Derlins and Geo bugs), 3-4 VTSC pegs (freshly stocked with everything), pegs for Galactic Heroes, Unleashed BP, Force Battlers, Transformers, Talking Vader Helmets, Ultimate Lightsabers, and a place (although no stock) for the Senate pack. On the other side of things, Star Wars seems to be almost an afterthought to our WM. I mean, I did find the VTSC figures there in abundance first, but the remains (all Greedos and Hans) have now been moved to one of those little racks hanging on the aisle down by the model cars. They have 2-3 pegs for basic figures, which are right now full of Geonosians and a few other figures, but have spent half of the year being filled with other non-SW product. WM has an absolute ton of the SW transformers and Unleashed BPs, but haven't had Galactic Heroes since December of last year.
On the other side of things, from the Superhero (Marvel/DC) figures I look at. Since the reset, Target has one peg for Marvel Legends, 2 for the X-Men line, and a couple more for SMC as well as some other Spidey stuff. They have 1 Legends figure I believe, a Thing from the Legendary Riders series. They do however support the DC stuff better than WM, with pegs for DC Superheroes, and a few for Justice League Unlimited. WM on the other hand has all sort of space for Marvel Legends, especially with the new WM Wave, 2 Packs, Masterworks, etc. They also have a full stock of SMC, but no X-Men or F4 figures as of now (or yet this year). They haven't carried DC Superheroes yet this year, although they do have a peg tag for them, and they briefly carried the JLU singles before getting rid of them and now just seem to carry "The Batman" and some Superman Returns stuff on the DC side of things.
Anyways, I just though it was interesting how different stores here treat the different lines. Do any of you see similar situations at your stores? TRU is probably the most consistent overall, as far as space for the lines. Star Wars has a nice sized section, they carry all of the Marvel lines, as well as the DC stuff (and probably everything else) - but they normally don't keep up very well with selection (or prices in some cases). I know they have had 6 Hoth Vaders and 1 ROTS Mas Amedda on their pegs for over a month now. Anyone else notice differences?