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I wonder what this time-table means for the Solo toys. Aren't they hitting in April?

If the liquidation is supposed to conclude by May 15th?  I don't think any Solo product will land at TRU.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Solo Wave 1
« on: March 19, 2018, 07:37 PM »
With all of these TBS 6" figures from Solo turning up, how is nobody winding up in toy jail?!?!  How has WalMart not been fined MILLIONS of dollars for breaking the street date?!?!?!?!


So the Barge passed 2800 backers today?  Hmmm.  It's going to be interesting to see if orders from Europe continue to ramp up through Dark Side Toys.  It looks as though the pace has picked up.

I stopped by a TRU store today and saw that they only had 3 or 4 of these X-wings left in stock.  While I know that the clearance/liquidation sales begin this Thursday, I didn't want to chance missing this one.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Toys R Us (Or: Die, Dinosaur, Die!)
« on: March 19, 2018, 03:34 PM »
An anecdotal report from my TRU store visit today...



All I know is that thread over at RS is an epic train wreck of idiocy. Like, Olympic level.

Between the people who are angry about it for any one of 10 terrible reasons, to the people who think they understand marketing better than Hasbro does... I don't know why I keep checking it.

Even a dumpster fire can be fascinating...

for a while.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Goodbye KB Toys
« on: March 18, 2018, 08:20 PM »
If the new KB Toys sticks to the same location model, they're going to have to lease store space rather than buying a lot for a large TRU style location.  That overhead will always be present.  But they have one advantage that makes them a better option than TRU:  they don't have billions in debt to deal with.  And they're going to be able to negotiate with toy companies that just lost an account that may have represented 20% of their revenue.

If TRU does truly go out?  That vacuum for retail toys will absolutely present an opportunity for KB!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Goodbye KB Toys
« on: March 18, 2018, 07:29 PM »
I didn't know quite where to post this, so I dug up this golden oldie of a thread!


Ellia Kassoff, founder of Strategic Marks, LLC posted on LinkedIn they are planning to bring back KB Toys retail stores.

Here is what he had to say:
“As some of you know, our company Strategic Marks, LLC has acquired KB-Toys about a year ago. During that period, we had been working on several models to resurrect the “Great American Toy Store” and to make sure the stores can compete with Toys R Us, other brick and mortar stores as well as on-line retail. Well, with the demise of Toys R Us, this week, we have now accelerated our business plan and hope to have our stores up and running before Christmas. We’re in discussions with many of the toy manufactures, as we try to find out the best way to support them and the 20% loss of the US toy market due to the Toys R Us liquidation. We believe we will have the infrastructure in-place and [hopefully] save the toy industry. If you are a toy manufacturer or distributor, or ex KB Toys associate, please feel free to call us at: 949-424-1664 or email us at: We hope to help the industry and at the same time resurrect the amazing KB Toys name!”

Clearly, the situation with Toys R Us's bankruptcy and liquidation has presented a vacuum in the toy retail sector, and the owners of the KB Toys brand see this as an opportunity to resurrect that chain.

I picked up this set last night.  All in all, it actually looks pretty good.  Rey seems like the only real repeat.  And even then they tried to give her some deco that would be a little different.

I had to look though my stack of TLJ vehicles last night.  Sure enough, I've been procrastinating buying this X-wing.  I'm going to pick one up soon since the situation with TRU seems pretty bleak.

Steve Evans of Hasbro shared the info about Dark Side Toys offering up the Sail Barge in Europe.  Considering it's after midnight there right now?  I think we're more likely to see a surge in orders tomorrow, once the word can get out.  But if people in the U.S. had sticker shock, I can only imagine how European collectors will react to 599 UKP.

Well, after their "EXCLUSIVE" images of Mark Boudreaux holding a box, it MUST be true!!!


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: March 16, 2018, 09:16 AM »
Marvel just dropped a new trailer for Avengers - Infinity War:

Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War - Official Trailer

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Toys R Us (Or: Die, Dinosaur, Die!)
« on: March 14, 2018, 07:23 PM »
It really is sad.  I have a lot of good memories from TRU over the years.  And I've actually made some friends with some staffers.  Some that I've known since the 90's.  I really feel for the people who are going to lose their jobs.  And I'm also that much more disappointed that I'm not going to be able to bring my kid to Toys R Us any more.

Collector's Tips / Re: Selling a Collection
« on: March 14, 2018, 10:16 AM »
My sales have been ongoing.  I may wind up shipping a dozen items a week, and other weeks it's less.  I'm seeing some progress, but for me this is going to take a while.

For some figures I'm going to start putting together lots.  It just makes more sense to do that rather than to sell every figure individually.

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