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TNI Editorial: The Frustrations Of An Action Figure Collector In 2020

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This article is based on my own personal experiences of being an adult action figure collector in this day and age. Everything stated in this article is based solely on my own personal opinions, experiences and perceptions.

As an adult action figure collector who lives in a major metropolitan area, I can tell you that with each year it becomes more and more frustrating to go out an easily find the action figure collectibles I cover here in the news on a daily basis. Now I realize some area’s in the country tend to be better to find things than others, and for whatever reason I seem to live in one of the worst parts of the country for this type of thing. I have often joked that there must be some kind of invisible forcefield over the area I live in that keeps new product out of stores for as long as humanly possible. This unfortunately I don’t think is a unique problem just to me or the area I live in. I think for many including myself, it’s just no longer fun to go out an hunt for something you know you have little chance of finding.

So why is this seemingly become more and more of a problem each year? It’s certainly not because toy manufacturers aren’t making cool products. Companies like Hasbro are making some of their best product ever for collectors with things like Marvel Legends. It’s just becoming harder to find them, so why is that, and what if any thing can be done to fix the problem?

In understanding the problem, I think there are a number of factors you have to look at including distribution, price and just the perception from the big box retailers of who is actually buying this type of product.

The distribution problem as I understand it, is in large part due to a lack of infrastructure that was in place once Toys R’ Us went out of business a few years ago. Many toy manufacturers don’t have the warehouses available throughout the country to store their products once they arrive in port from the overseas factories that make them. In other words, the farther away a store is from the shipping ports found on the coasts, the harder and longer it takes to get product to them.

For the perception problem, you have big box retailers like Walmart and Target who have struggled to grasp the idea that it’s more than kids and their parents who buy things like action figures. Maybe grasp isn’t even the right word. The fact is, even though this hobby of adult action figure collecting has grown in significant ways over the course of the last decade, it’s still no where near the size of the kid demographic, especially back in the toy industries heyday. In this country toys are still primarily made for kids and the parents who buy them, and that may never change. I do believe the kid demographic continues to shrink yearly as their interest turn more and more to electronic gadgets, while the adult action figure collector demographic grows due to growing nostalgia and things like hit super hero movies that grab our imaginations. I guess you can’t really blame a big box retailer for choosing to focus more on the larger kids demographic than the smaller adult action figure collecting one. The retailer is always going to focus more on where the money is, but you might argue with the one shrinking and the other growing, it’s a short sighted view for the long run.

The price problem is interconnected with the perception one. Big box retailers are more reluctant to carry action figure product with hefty price tags. The thinking being that parents won’t want to spend lots of money on something for their kid that will quickly be broken or forgotten for the next new thing. That makes perfect sense if you’re only focused on the kid demographic, but for collectors it’s a different story. Collectors more and more are looking for high quality items that they can proudly display on their shelves for the long term. Things that hopefully will appreciate in value over time, not depreciate. This often means a higher price point. The collector has little to no interest in a cheap 3 points of articulated action figure that costs $10. They want the highly detailed and articulated action figure made of good quality material that can easily cost anywhere from $20-$80, if not more. Now obviously a collectible for adults that costs more is not going to move the same type of volumes as the cheaper toy for kids. So trying to convince a Walmart or Target to carry that type of product is no easy task, and often concessions by the toy manufacturer have to be made to lower the costs so that the retailer will sell it. Hence when you walk in to a Walmart or Target you are more often than not greeted with tons of the cheap plastic toys sitting on shelves, and not the more collector oriented stuff.

The biggest factor at play however seems to be the continued shrinking retail shelf space for toys in general. Each year it seems another retailer is closing its doors. The recent loss of Toys R’ Us and Kmart which is all but done have significantly reduced the options consumers have in finding product. While we have seen other retailers like Walgreens and even Best Buy in recent years try and amp up their presence with toys, it hasn’t been enough to offset the previously mentioned losses. For many of us, Walgreens simply doesn't have the number of stores available to be convenient enough to get to on a regular basis.

So with shrinking retail space, that means toy manufacturers are put in a weakened position of having to cater more and more to the larger retailers. It means they have less say on how or what gets made, and often have to resort to offering things like store exclusives in order to entice the retailer to carry their product. Store exclusives are becoming more and more of a problem for collectors. Not only does it limit their already limited options of where they can find something, but often times the retailers that carry said exclusives seemingly choose not to carry them in any large numbers. I often feel exclusive are used as a tool to get you in their door. The thinking being once there, even if you don’t find that exclusive you were looking for, you will end up buying something else. In fact one might argue it’s almost counter productive for them to actually have the exclusive in stock, because if you come in on the first try and find it, you have no reason to come back a second, third or even a fourth time looking for it. Because it’s a store exclusive and they are the only ones carrying it, they don’t have to worry about you getting frustrated and going elsewhere to find it. They basically have you locked in.

So what is the solution to all of this, or is there even one? I honestly don’t know and with out having hard factual sales numbers available, it’s hard to even really guess. I can tell you things I would like to see happen.

I would like to see toy manufacturers focus less on the big box retailers and more on the small individual toy etailers/retailers. The more they cater to the big box stores, the more they seem to squeeze out the little guy. I realize at least in the here and now those places don’t have the ability to move the types of volume a Walmart or Target does, but in the long run if the manufacturers changed their focus and catered more to the small guy, I think that could change. Before the Toys R’ Us and Kay-Bee’s of the world came along and put them out of business, believe it or not toys were primarily sold in individually owned toy stores throughout the country. I think there should be a focus on returning to that type of model using the technology of today like internet sales to enhance those stores performances.

I don’t think there will ever be a return to the 70’s and 80’s heyday for the toy industry. Kids will continue to move more and more away from generic toys and look to things that are controlled primarily by the larger tech companies. Yes toy manufacturers will, and have tried to adapt to that, but it’s an industry I don’t think they will ever be a major player in, so there at some point is going to need to be an perception adjustment made about profits and market sizes, and an exceptance of which market is growing and which is shrinking. Even if it means a temporary loss in profits, it seems like it would be better to focus more on the growing demographic, not the shrinking one.

I would love to see a place like Gamestop which days as a video game retailer seem numbered put all their focus on selling adult action figure and pop culture collectibles. I imagine that would require some major overhauling and corporate downsizing, but if done right I think they could re-emerge as a dominate player in what I see as a growing under-utilized market. Right now there are about 5,600 Gamestop locations out there. While that number would likely shrink, just think if you could drive to your nearest Gamestop and walk in to that store and actually find the latest collectibles you’ve been looking for, or maybe even older harder to find items???

I don’t know how practical any of these ideas actually are. In fact more likely than not from a business perspective, probably not very practical. From the perspective of this adult action figure collector though, I think it would be awesome to see.

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Good post. I particularly agree with the parts of the distribution and availability, in my country that has always been a martyrdom for collectors, the same with the exclusive figures. 

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honestly the fun of collecting have dwindled. For some reason the Marvel Legends are not released in Brooklyn, or anywhere within my vicinity. Most of the people I have seen with the exclusives have been from Queens, Bronx, Upper West side of Manhattan. I've given up. 

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Actually the idea to focus on etailers is not working well. Just look at Super 7, they want money one year before they release the figures, their prices are expensive, their quality is poor and they have a lot of problems

 

Something similiar with Neca TMNT available only at Target online, they were impossible to find =( and too much expensive

 

And a long etc

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I definitely agree with everything you said here and it surely makes sense, I even admit i am a person who likes detailed 6 or 7" figures, while i also get nice figurines as well.

But what i do agree the most is the concept of how stores don't care if you get the exclusive you're looking for or not, but especially i do wish that toy companies can go for smaller retailers and such.

Not to mention it does even sadden me when i go to the markets on mexico since it's very but very hard to find the figures you truly want and there's a lot of unwanted figures within the shelves, limited options such as Hasbro or Mattel, no NECA, no McFarlane toys and not even DC collectibles; plus walmart and costco are the only markets i have there is no Target, no Walgreens and not even a Disney store in any place on mexico I've lived and the worst part is not even the latest figures get to there until 6 or such months. I honestly hate that because i really hoped to find the latest and awesome figures, yes i can buy online to get my chances but at the same time it worries me that something goes wrong like bad shipping and such.

And let me tell you guys i do usually like to go on stores to see the toy sections or toy stores because i love to see the variety of stuff they have, which figures or toys i want to buy, but like i said in mexico there's barely any good options and heck now i see clear why they barely even come as you stated for their distribution troubles.

As i am an adult toy collector i can tend to have this childish part of me that really adores collecting and figures since they're the many things that make me so happy and free fron stress, but yeh i do hope that perhaps toy companies can reconsider going for small retailers as well, even a personal wish is if even some toy companies can maybe bring some of their products in here as well, believe me i don't expect this to happen for a huge long time or any time at all but it's just a wishful thought.

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This was a really good article as I have ran into the same exact issues in my area.

However,, I wish you had also touched on the horrible scalpers who hit the Wal-Marts and Targets every other morning after the store’s new inventory comes off the truck. 

They know that this is a niche market and they buy up all the new product for $20 a piece and immediately post them on eBay for $35 - $45 dollars. Plus shipping, so they end up making 100% profit off people like us who just want the figure. So when we casually go shopping with our family, there is nothing left-over. Most Recently, they did this with the Worthy Power & Glory Captain America and some of the 80th anniversary figures. 

I was in Target one morning and saw a guy with 3 different Alfreds from the Killer Kroc wave. I asked if he was getting one to use for each head and he didn’t know what I was talking about. He said that he “owns a shop and sells them” I asked him what if they don’t sell and he said that the store has a 90-day return policy so if nobody buys them for the mark-up price they’re guaranteed their money back no matter what! it’s a scam and they are the ones who take the fun* out of collecting. 

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Re-sellers / scalpers are right up there for top issues. Never see any of the hard to get figures from waves but always am able to find them being sold for double anywhere I look locally or online. It's killing live event markets and it's killing figure collecting. It's gotten so bad in my area that the workers at the stores are buying them using discounts before they hit the sales floor and then making FB groups to bring collectors together to sell the stuff at double price to. Love having stuff on the shelf but the thrill of the hunt in a physical store is almost dead at this point. Shopping online and preordering from reliable sites (love Amazon cancelling preorders like crazy) is the only way to stay on top of things. 

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Thanks for posting this.  I've been collecting for about 20 years, and there is no question that there has been a decline in the "fun" factor, especially with the loss of Toys R Us. Biggest issue I and some friend run into is simply availability of product. Yes, there are scalpers, etc., but the stores just don't manage the product well.  For example, we saw multiple cases of the first Avengers (Marvel Legends) wave from earlier this year but have yet to see a single case from what I can tell at any retailer near me.  And this past holiday season was bizarre. Usually that's the one time of year you can guarantee that product will be hitting the shelves, but the three stores nearest me ALL got old product from earlier in the year and even last year. So they get multiple cases of product for a market that is essentially saturated.  In the last 12 - 18 months, I can't tell you how many series of figures seem to have skipped this city entirely.

Everyone gripes about brick-and-mortar stores going away, but the stores are doing it to themselves. (Example: Walmart and Target randomly not getting even their own exclusives into their physical stores.)  I used to know that my stores would get product. Now it's 50/50 at best, so I'm forced to pre-order from online stores, which is something I NEVER did (except for online exclusives) until the last two years.  

I will say that price must play a big role in sales though as well. Walmart near me knocked all the Marvel Legends on the pegs down to about half price in the last week or so, and most of them disappeared in a flash. 

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Exactly Amazon.com isn't the problem at all. it is their own ineptitude in stocking items.

Walmart & Target both boasted last year that they would take over when TRU went under. I have yet to see either make good on that promise. Target seems to be doing better than Walmart though. My local store dropped multiple lines including Star Wars & Transformers. Then they were late in re-adding the new stuff before Christmas! They still don't stock Lanard's Corps line an exclusive Walmart item.

Target has added collector sections with those Funko Pop figures.

Gamestop has increased their toy & collector offering substantially. 

Then there is the ridiculous distribution problems. I find it ironic some of you have trouble finding Marvel Legends figures while here it is very easy to find them.

Plus then they don't want to sell items to you because of "street dates"! Right now many are finding Spin Masters new DC/Batman figures at Target but are unable to buy them. There is NO movie or media associated with this line. A "street date" makes absolutely no sense.

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It is fustrating to get figures at stores, the Walmarts near me don't even carry their own exclusives so I either have to resort to o eBay or wait until the exclusives show up on their website, which isn't always the case.

Targets around here also seem to not stock the shelves much either. I almost always order online. Would be nice to see some stocked shelves sometimes but for the most part I've given up. The loss of Toys R Us certainly doesn't up.

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15 hours ago, supermancrotch said:

Actually the idea to focus on etailers is not working well. Just look at Super 7, they want money one year before they release the figures, their prices are expensive, their quality is poor and they have a lot of problems

 

Something similiar with Neca TMNT available only at Target online, they were impossible to find =( and too much expensive

 

And a long etc

Well NECA is an example of distribution and exclusives I think. Super7 tries to primarily sell directly to the consumer which is different than working more with entailers though for that, I was really referring more to the big guys like Hasbro or Mattel. Super7 is a very small company. They are making very small quantities and trying to deal with the same overseas factories that say a Mattel uses as I understand. They order in such small numbers compared to say a Mattel that the factories give them next to no priority or discounts hence the delays and need for higher prices. In some ways honestly it’s amazing they are able to do what they do.

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14 hours ago, Sprunt said:

Re-sellers / scalpers are right up there for top issues. Never see any of the hard to get figures from waves but always am able to find them being sold for double anywhere I look locally or online. It's killing live event markets and it's killing figure collecting. It's gotten so bad in my area that the workers at the stores are buying them using discounts before they hit the sales floor and then making FB groups to bring collectors together to sell the stuff at double price to. Love having stuff on the shelf but the thrill of the hunt in a physical store is almost dead at this point. Shopping online and preordering from reliable sites (love Amazon cancelling preorders like crazy) is the only way to stay on top of things. 

Your right that scalpers is another issue which I didn’t touch on but truth is if retailers carried the stuff in enough quantities so it wasn’t  so hard to get scalpers wouldn’t be able to buy it all up and resell at higher prices, hence correcting that problem. Scalping is always a supply and demand issue at the heart of it and their will always be those that will try and profit from a lack of supply.

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3 hours ago, Goldbug said:

Exactly Amazon.com isn't the problem at all. it is their own ineptitude in stocking items.

Walmart & Target both boasted last year that they would take over when TRU went under. I have yet to see either make good on that promise. Target seems to be doing better than Walmart though. My local store dropped multiple lines including Star Wars & Transformers. Then they were late in re-adding the new stuff before Christmas! They still don't stock Lanard's Corps line an exclusive Walmart item.

Target has added collector sections with those Funko Pop figures.

Gamestop has increased their toy & collector offering substantially. 

Then there is the ridiculous distribution problems. I find it ironic some of you have trouble finding Marvel Legends figures while here it is very easy to find them.

Plus then they don't want to sell items to you because of "street dates"! Right now many are finding Spin Masters new DC/Batman figures at Target but are unable to buy them. There is NO movie or media associated with this line. A "street date" makes absolutely no sense.

Yeah Gamestop unfortunately I don’t think is long for this world, which is why I would lov e to see them restructure and become something different, but that would require overall downsizing and less revenue overall. 
 

Walmart and target don’t see enough numbers to really  fully embrace the collector. It’s improved a little but that’s why mass produced lines designated as “collector” oriented ones such as Marvel Legends or DC Multiverse have to find that balance of attracting both adults and kids to really be successful at the big box stores. 
 

That’s why I say there is no solution here that allows companies to return to the glory days of the 70’s 80s and 90s because the kids are never gonna return to the basic toys in those numbers  and the adult action figure market is never going to grow to that size. However I do see the potential for growth for the adult market even if it’s not to the size it once was. 

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6 hours ago, JayC said:

Your right that scalpers is another issue which I didn’t touch on but truth is if retailers carried the stuff in enough quantities so it wasn’t  so hard to get scalpers wouldn’t be able to buy it all up and resell at higher prices, hence correcting that problem. Scalping is always a supply and demand issue at the heart of it and their will always be those that will try and profit from a lack of supply.

Not sure how your scalpers are operating but the ones in my area are legitimately buying every sought after figure. The guy who had Storm didn't have one, he had 30. The TMNT Turtles that weren't preordered were owned by 2 people asking double and they had boxes and boxes full. It's comparable to live events and I say that because living near Toronto people know that for the 18,000 seats in the building for Maple Leafs hockey games, 95% of the seats are on reseller websites the second they are bought for double the price, or with a scalper outside doing the same. It's more an issue of not being able to control who is buying what. Store doesn't care about who is buying the figures as long as they sell through. Resellers will control the market as long as they can continue the behavior.

TRU has taken one small step to help up here in that their online store doesn't let you purchase the sought after figures anymore. On the rare occasion the site lists new figures available for purchase from a wave they have a tag on the popular one from the wave that says in store only so you can't use bots to buy up all the stock when it appears online. Even that is a double edged sword though because you stop people from using bots to buy stock to help collectors, but that doesn't mean there's someone working there or visiting at open every morning picking them up. 

Being friendly has been the only combat I've been able to use to help out. Visiting TRU when you look for something the staff, if you are friendly, has been able to help me find some of the figures because they've seen where people are hiding them for later. Other than that it's a crap shoot and the market itself is the one being hurt because people are able to exploit the market no matter where or how it is sold.  

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Its all a ripple effect from Toys R Us going out of business. Walmart and Target are not toy stores, so they dont care about these things. Buying and selling figures online is now more popular than ever.

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Good post, agreed.  "Fun" is really the whole point, surrounding one's self with things that bring optimism and enjoyment is the whole point of action figures.  I loved Avengers Endgame, Captain America is my favorite Avenger, so I also wanted that Power and Glory Cap, but still have never seen it, so I just kind of shrugged my shoulders and thought, well, okay, if I see it I'll get it, if not, also okay I won't get it.  Or if it's not marked up too much online I suppose.  Annoying because I'm surrounded by Walmarts but the figure selection is pretty meh at all locations.  I really hate store exclusives, not just Walmart. 

However, recently I was pleased to get the Star Wars black Return of the Jedi Luke Skywalker in Jabba's Palace on Walmart's website and it was delivered to my house without getting canceled!  I was happy with that experience, but it's the exception not the rule.     

 

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Great post.  Being in rural America has made it extremely difficult getting figures. The only store in town is Walmart  (who as stated barely stocks figures), and the nearest one is over an hour away.  This makes it extremely difficult to obtained figures, and not worth hunting for them.  This has made me look online for figures, and lead me to only purchase a few higher quality figures.  This year I almost entirely stopped purchasing from domestic companies and looked into imports.  

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A very interesting topic. Definitely curious to see how companies go about making toys in the future. Things are changing rather quickly, and some stores are just refusing to change.

In Mexico we only get collectibles like Marvel Legends or DC multiverse, at a decent variety of stores. We do struggle getting some store exclusives, since such stores do not exist here, but on that front we're not that bad. It's with companies like Neca, DST, and basically any Asian toymaker where we struggle, because there's no one, other than small collector stores, that brings those products here. There's only one company, DAM, that brings some of the Tamashii Nations products, but they do not really sell them, they send them to a few distributors, which again, are some small collector oriented stores, which most of the time, manage a lot of sales through Facebook, so in the end we have to turn to online shopping.

Really, a nice topic to discuss.

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Good article, you bring some very good points. As much as I enjoy this hobby, it's getting harder and harder as time passes. I face or have faced a lot of difficulties that others have mentioned above. Living in a small town in Central PA is not easy for collecting, we end up getting stuff later, but for some reason Gamestop gets them first. There's only 1 Target and 1 Walmart and no Walgreens for 2 to 3 hours in any direction so I rely on their website for their exclusives and sometimes I miss out which was the case for their exclusive Thing figure(Thank God for rereleases).  Stores exclusives are a double edge sword, while I understand that retailers ask for them and it can be another way for a company to release a figure they probably couldn't fit somewhere else, the very nature of them being exclusive brings difficulty; especially with scalpers that hear exclusive and immediately think profit, and buy them all. I never saw a Worthy Cap on the shelves, saw the 80th anniversary Cap once, thankfully I was able to find the recent ROTJ Luke on the first try but for the most part Walmart exclusives are the worst. I seem to have a better luck with Target exclusives but depending on the item, sometimes if I don't get them when they first put them on the shelves they don't stock them again and I miss out.  As much as I love hunting the figures I find myself relying on online retailers more and more, shipping cost can sometimes be less than what I pay for gas driving around looking for figures. Also I find online retailers discounting old product more often than physical stores, which means I'm more likely to get a good deal on purchases. The downside to that is that I can't inspect the figure before I purchase so I run the risk of sloppy painting but that's the way it is I guess. It's weird how things have changed, growing up I would see toy commercials and get excited about toys and I would go to Kay Bee Toys and I would see shelves with product, sometimes I would be surprised by product that I didn't know got made but it was there in the store, nowadays I can go online and see news regarding my favorite lines and with technology the way it is, I'm well aware of what's coming and when, adding excitement and anticipation only to go Walmart or Target and see empty shelves or old product that didn't move. I guess that's the way it is now, sad really, I don't want to solely rely on online shopping but at the same time brick and mortar stores are not making it easy for me to support them.

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On 1/11/2020 at 11:26 AM, Stricklandpi said:

I was in Target one morning and saw a guy with 3 different Alfreds from the Killer Kroc wave. I asked if he was getting one to use for each head and he didn’t know what I was talking about. He said that he “owns a shop and sells them” I asked him what if they don’t sell and he said that the store has a 90-day return policy so if nobody buys them for the mark-up price they’re guaranteed their money back no matter what! it’s a scam and they are the ones who take the fun* out of collecting. 

There's a guy in my town that owns a sports items store and buys the WWE Elite figures, if he can't sell them in his store he brings them back right before the return time expires, from what I have heard some employees aren't happy about it but they don't deal with returns so there's really nothing they can do about it.

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Fantastic article. The two major problems for me are definitely scalpers and distribution. Living on the East coast we definitely get shipments in last and I feel like sometimes not at all. I love going toy hunting but it’s almost to the point at certain stores it’s just all old peg warmers which means new stock isn’t getting ordered. I hate buying figures online because I’m very picky with paint and more often than not I end up with a figure with the worst paint job. I really did miss Toysrus and when the new one opened up I was very hopeful to easily find marvel legends again but I guess their new business model is carry less inventory and make it more of an interactive place for kids to play so I can’t count on finding figures there.   And with any hobby there are always gonna be people that ruin it for everyone that, being the scalpers and baf swappers. Don’t really see a way to stop scalpers but hasbro really does need to lock up their figures by packaging them a littler better. That being said happy hunting everyone! 

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8 hours ago, DylanRaven055 said:

There's only one company, DAM, that brings some of the Tamashii Nations products, but they do not really sell them, they send them to a few distributors, which again, are some small collector oriented stores, which most of the time, manage a lot of sales through Facebook, so in the end we have to turn to online shopping.

 

And DAM is totally arbitrary as a distributor, it gives preference to stores that are its "select ones", it sells them a greater number of figures than to other stores and even allows them to sell the figures at a higher price than the starting price with the excuse that the figure is already scarce.

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I've been collecting toys since the early 1970s.  Yes, I'm that old.  I remember walking into Toys R Us with my parents and finding a very large section of Star Wars toys and what not.  It was like Christmas morning. 

However, my joy of collecting definitely soured when Todd Toys hit the market in the 90s because of scalpers and other toy collectors.  I remember lining up at a Toys R Us store on Saturday morning to get the latest line.   Sometimes, waiting outside a Target or Walmart with the other collectors and scalpers for the doors to open.  And once they did, the was a rush to the toy department.   I didn't find these experiences at all joyful.  I quit toy collecting for about 15 years and sold off about 60% of my collection.

However, I got back into Toy Collecting because I could find Marvel Select and DC Direct figures quite easy at my local comic book shop.   There was never any fuss.   

Online shopping really got me back into Marvel Legends and other toy lines.

But, I understand the frustration for finding and acquiring figures nowadays.  Especially in light of social media and message boards like this one.   I mean, you'll see people online with the latest and greatest figures.  And some of the stores they visit has tons of inventory, so much so, the figures are discounted so the stores could just them off their shelves.  On top of that, some of the figures end up at discount store like Ross, Marshalls or local discount stores like Five Below.  That's the most frustrating part for me.  Seeing online that some of these figure end up at a discount store when they were never seen on the shelf of a Target or Walmart.

The Walgreens Marvel Legends exclusives have been the most challenging for me.  

 

 

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At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I agree with just about everything posted here.

@JayC  I live in South Florida and we never seem to get product on time. As a matter of fact we usually get stuff after everybody else already has it. Our local WalMarts and Targets are very poorly stocked. They carry the products but they are often 3 or even 4 waves behind, particularly when it comes to Marvel Legends. They tend to be somewhat more up to date when it comes to Star Wars, but the abundance of scalpers and collectors clean out the pegs quickly.

 

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I have to ask, is going to brick and mortar store the only (or best) option for many collectors?  For me, it's like the last resort.  Actually, brick and mortar stores is not really much an option for me for reasons posted above.   Walgreens is the only store I toy hunt because of their exclusives. Online shopping is the way to go for me.

I would prefer Walgreens or any of the big box retailers not get exclusives that collectors would want to buy three of the same figures, like Danni Moonstar and Stepford Cuckoos. I would prefer these figures be fan channel exclusives because those retailers that carry these figures better understand the collectors and what would sale and therefore keep the right amount of stock.

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