Well, at the very least for toys. Just read through a couple of the other toy lines threads and could have made a similar comment in each one for the most part. So I thought I'd concentrate it here. I suppose it probably belongs elsewhere but it can be moved if necessary (or deleted, I just need to vent).
From the Marvel Legends line, I see sales on older product and guys only parting with $5 and change of their disposable income. Up here they cost $14.99 plus 14% tax and are next to never clearanced. I did score Cap and Ironman for $5 but that was about a year ago. One of our stores, Zellers, continues to stock ML II over and over and over again, seemingly unaware that III exists. Thing is so common up here, it's frightening and the retailers are probably looking at shelves thinking, hmm, this stuff doesn't sell. I can find all of series II with ease. TRU brought in some ML III but only movie Daredevil remains on the shelves with all the crap from ML II. Namor, Torch, Thing all sit forever. At least Doom sells through but I could probably pick up three today if I had to. ML IV doesn't even exist in retailers up here. It's bloody ridiculous. Walmart isn't carrying anything in this line at all even though they sold huge amounts of ML I last fall
The mini-mates/Kubricks thread was another downer. With respect to the minimates, we had some come in (the two packs at $8.95 plus that 14% tax) and they are all gone. But only the first wave, lots of those figs that Scott listed just weren't available. I think these are cool, but I just can't afford to bring in even more stuff from the US. Why?
Walmart Canada and Zellers, two of the largest retailers, are not carrying Star Wars for the forseeable future. We don't have KBtoys, Target or any of the other retailers you guys do. On top of that, Hasbro Canada is not carrying Star Wars in Canada past the Hoth Han wave, likely until the release of Episode III. Retailers (read TRU) can still bring in US product, but after the similar peg clogging from EP II and Ep I, they are reluctant to bring in much. TRU is bringing in some Unleashed, but still no idea which wave. The last unleashed they carried was Maul and Fett
LOTR is still clogged with the usual pegwarmers from TTT, no sign of ROTK stuff yet. On the bright side, TRU has gone hard and heavy with the mini figs and by all counts, they are selling very, very well. I won't whine much about this line as I don't really collect it.
Muppets have been abyssmal. We had the first round, then skipped them all to wave 4, which is not moving, IMO due to the two pigs in space characters. They're cool, but not for everyone. Rizzo goes quick and I've been able to see both the regular and 'chase' Rizzo's. Still, it's not looking promising for wave 5.
Simpsons suck. We got Wave 1 and I can still buy Homer and Bart at regular price
I think the next wave that was carried by any major retailer was 10 (there was a couple of store carrying the other lines, but at $16.99 plus that accursed 14% tax, it was a bit steep). Now wave 10 is clogging two major retailers and the line is likely to be dropped again. US is on wave 13, yes?
MOTU has been a bright spot of sorts, though we've been so behind it's frightening. I've been able to see most of the figs up here, but the first Orko I saw was about two weeks ago, roughly 4-5 months after I could have grabbed one in Wisconsin. I don't collect the line, but could the case ratios be worse? How many He-Man figs does a kid need?
Anyhoo, it's not that toys don't sell up here, it's that between retailers and warehouses, they have no concept of the quantity necessary. Kit Fisto is still in abundance and that's really not necessary. Sorry for whining but it needed to be said.