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  1. A listing has shown up on Walmart.com along with a package image for a TMNT Movie Super Shredder (Shadow Master) figure from NECA. The figure is not available for purchase not has NECA officially announced it as something they are doing, though that is likely to come soon.
  2. Shown below are images for the upcoming Mortal Kombat Sub-Zero vs. Shao Khan 2-Pack from McFarlane Toys which is being released as a Walmart exclusive. It's available for pre-order now and slated with a June 30th release date. Sub-Zero: Grandmaster of the Lin Kuei clan. Kuai Liang beat death to redeem his clan for the evil committed by Sektor and the Cyber Lin Kuei. He rebuilt the Lin Kuei and brokered peace with their Shirai Ryu rivals. Now, he hopes to finally close the book on sins of Lin Kuei past. Shao Khan: Emperor of Outworld. For millennia, Shao Kahn dominated the realms, rapidly expanding his Empire by conquest. But when he set out to claim Earthrealm, he was blocked by the rules of Mortal Kombat. Deterred but determined, Shao Kahn demands absolute victory.
  3. For what I believe is NECA's final reveal of the day, they released this teaser images for what appears to be a figure set based on the Spinter's origin story in the 90's TMNT movie. The figures are of Splinters master Hamato Yoshi, Oroku Saki (Shredder before he was Shredder) and a rat in a cage named Spliter before he was transformed. You can see a clip from the movie with the scene here: This will likely be a Walmart exclusive but no other details are available at this time.
  4. Shown below via mjerrett are new in-hand images for NECA's first wave of 7" The Defenders of the Earth figures. This wave includes The Phantom with Zuffy, Flash Gordon and Ming. Here in the US these figures should start seeing release at Walmart stores, and then about 30 days later they will be available at other retailers. Look for them on shelves any day now.
  5. Every day I look around, whether it’s on my own site message boards or various social media pages, what I generally see are a lot of frustrated and even angry action figure collectors. There are a number of reasons for this including the fact that the world itself just hasn’t been a terribly fun place this past year or so. Sticking specifically to the world of action figure collecting however, most of the things that seem to be frustrating collectors the most can be traced back to two sources, Walmart and Target. Now before we go any further, I want to note that I don’t have any solutions to these problems, and in fact we may very well be past the point of no return. My point for writing this article isn’t to tell you how we can fix these things, because I honestly don’t know. However I do want to try to help people understand how we came to this point based on my own observations having covered this industry, the toy manufacturers, and the people who make up the hobby for the last 20+ years. That being said, this is all just my own personal opinion, and while I have often gotten looks behind the current of this industry that many of you reading probably have not, I am still just someone looking in from the outside. One other quick point I want to state before we go on is that everything I talk about here is in regards to the US market. There are other factors at play that effect markets outside the US, and I know many of those who live outside the US have their own frustrations to deal with, but for today I am only focusing on those in the US. Ok, so next let me clearly state what I see as the number one cause frustrating most collectors today. Lack of product availability. The irony is that in the past couple years we are actually seeing some of the coolest action figure-based products being made by the toy manufacturers since I started covering the hobby, but that just compounds the frustration collectors feel when they can’t actually find the products on shelf. Now, I think it’s fair to point out that in some cases it’s not necessarily real lack of availability, but a perceived one. Or it’s a lack of availability only in some locations. For this point I want to use Hasbro’s G.I. Joe Classified line as a prime example. Setting aside the exclusives for that line, I often hear people complaining about not being able to find the figures, even the regular release ones. Well that’s just not true. Yes, finding G.I. Joe Classified figures on shelves at places like Target and Walmart can be a challenge, but those regular releases are easily obtainable online at the small etailers, even the army builder figures which retailers have the ability to order solid cases of. The biggest downside going that route however is you usually have to wait longer. Almost always, these things start showing up at the big box retailers even if only in limited capacity. Still, once something starts to show up at the big box retailer, you then start to see those who usually are willing to hit those stores up daily finding the items and then posting pictures of them on their social media. You’re sitting there waiting patiently for your pre-order to arrive in the mail and then you see all these other people finding the stuff in stores. Of course then you go to the store and all you end up finding is NOTHING. That in turn creates frustration. Eventually you are going to get your figure, but nobody likes waiting. Still, there are action figures that are truly almost impossible to get your hands on unless you are willing to go to extreme measures to get them, and generally those are the figures that have the word “EXCLUSIVE” attached to them. I would say the word EXCLUSIVE has become one of the most hated words in the action figure collector’s vocabulary. EXCLUSIVES have always been part of the hobby, but there is no denying in recent years they have become more and more common. Seems like more figures today get released as a store EXCLUSIVE than not. And if it’s not a straight up EXCLUSIVE then it’s a LIMITED EXCLUSIVE. A LIMITED EXCLUSIVE is when a certain store is given first crack at the product. They get to sell it for a certain period of time before any other retailer is allowed to sell it or even take pre-orders for it. In the past year this practice of LIMITED EXCLUSIVES has become more and more common, and not from just one toy manufacturer. Whether it’s Hasbro, Mattel, Jazwares, McFarlane Toys, or NECA, they are all doing it. And of course it’s not the small guy who gets these EXCLUSIVES, it’s Walmart and Target. I know most of you reading this probably look at this in regards to just not being able to get the action figure you want, which is a legit concern, but I look at the bigger picture. These tactics of having all these EXCLUSIVES or LIMITED EXCLUSIVES seem to have one primary purpose. Putting the small retailer out of business. Now I don’t think the toy manufacturers really want to put the small retailer out of business, but I do think Walmart and Target do. Where I fault the toy manufacturers in this, is that they seem perfectly willing go along with these tactics, which is probably because they don’t want to upset their biggest customers which are Walmart and Target. Now before we go any further, this is another point I feel needs to be made, because I see a lot of confusion about it. In general, you as the individual collector are not the manufacturer’s primary customer. When you buy a Hasbro action figure from a retailer, your money doesn’t go to Hasbro. It goes to the retailer you bought that action figure from. Hasbro’s customer is that retailer. The retailer buys the inventory they sell from the manufacturer. By the time you see that Hasbro action figure on shelf, Hasbro has already made their money. So keeping that in mind, which retailers do you think purchase the most product from the manufacturers? If your answer is Walmart and Target, then I would say you would be correct. Even though Walmart and Target aren’t carrying action figures in the numbers we the individual collectors would like to see, they are still ordering far more inventory than any of the online toy etailers. In fact you could probably combine the order numbers of all the toy etailers together, and my guess is that it would fall short of what Target and Walmart order. Also let’s not forget companies like Hasbro and Mattel make more than just action figures, which they rely on the Walmarts and Targets to sell. The only online store that probably comes anywhere close to being able to order as much product as Walmart and Target is Amazon. This grip Walmart and Target have had on the toy industry has gotten steadily worse over the years, but became even worse when Toys R’ Us went out of business. So now that we are clear on who is really the biggest customers of these toy manufacturers, when those customers go to the manufacturers and say we want all these exclusives or first access to your product, do you really think the manufacturer is going to say no and risk pissing off those customers??? Of course not. And yes, money talks and BS walks. Welcome to the world of business. Now that’s not to say the toy manufacturer isn’t doing everything within their power to try and convince Walmart and Target to carry more of their products. Anyone who really thinks that Hasbro doesn’t want collectors to be able to walk into their local Target and see their products overflowing on shelves is crazy. The more product those retailers order the more money that goes into Hasbro’s pockets. Look at NECA, we have definitely started to see some improvement when it comes to their TMNT Target exclusives. It’s still not great but has gotten better, which I am sure is thanks to NECA doing what they can to get Target to carry more of it. I do think the toy manufacturers are just digging their own graves long-term as they continue to blindly cater to Walmart and Target. Eventually Walmart and Target are going to have a complete monopoly on the toy market, and at that point in my view it’s ENDGAME, especially for this hobby. Other than the occasional lip-service, I don’t think Target and Walmart are ever going to truly take the adult action figure collector demographic seriously or be willing to cater to it that much. Walmart launched an action figure collector section on their website last year, but then shipped collector-oriented products out in bags or small boxes so they often get damaged in transit. That’s assuming you can actually buy them online. So the next logical question you should be asking yourself is, why aren’t Target and Walmart willing to order more inventory? Why don’t they take the adult action figure collector demographic more seriously? Why does it seem to be such a struggle for the manufacturers to get these stores to carry their stuff in greater numbers? Well the simple and most obvious answer to me is the numbers aren’t there. These retailers aren’t basing their order numbers on social media comments, they base them on sales data, and the unfortunate reality is that I don’t think the data supports ordering large numbers of inventory. I would say the data suggests that these retailers should order small, and then if a particular item shows an increased demand, go back and re-order more of it. This of course then takes longer time for the item to show up in greater numbers. From the retailer stand point, my guess is they think its better to order conservatively to ensure they sell through their initial inventory than ordering large numbers and being stuck with unsold inventory that collects dust and eventually goes on clearance. You know when you sit there waiting for stuff to go on clearance because you don’t want to pay full price. Well short term that may be a good strategy for your wallet, and we’ve probably all done it. Long term however it sends a message to the retailers that they shouldn’t be ordering larger numbers of the stuff. So why the exclusives? If there aren’t that many collectors out there, why bother carrying it at all, let alone to do it exclusively? Well keep in mind I didn’t say there wasn’t money to be made here. It’s probably a drop in the bucket for Walmart and Target’s overall bottom line, but that’s not to say there isn’t money being made. The main purpose of an exclusive is to get you in the doors of the store. It doesn’t matter if you find the exclusive or not. Once you are in the store, the general thought is you will likely end up buying something. That’s a sale they wouldn’t otherwise have gotten. In fact it works out better for the retailer if you don’t actually find the exclusive, because that means you will be back to try and find it another day. Scarcity in its own right also creates artificial demand. If you as the consumer think something is easy to get, you are less likely to make it a priority to go out and buy. In fact if you think it’s going to sit on the shelf you may wait for it to go on clearance. When it’s deemed “hard to get”, you are out there hunting for it, sometimes daily, and the moment you see it you buy it. Sometimes you may even find your self buying something you otherwise would not, simply because it’s hard to get. How many times have you focused more on the hunt thinking it’s something you just have to have, and then after you finally get it, the item just sits there on the shelf where you barely think about it again? I know that has happened to me from time to time. Another factor of when the perceived value of something is artificially inflated with these tactics is that it brings out the scalper element of the hobby, which sadly I think has become a sizable portion of the collector demographic. I don’t want to go down the scalper rabbit hole in this article since that is a subject that can easily fill an entire article of its own. But I think it’s important to note that a sale is a sale in the eye of the retailer, regardless of what the final intentions of the buyer is for that product. As I mentioned above, I do feel many of these things long-term will have detrimental effects on this hobby and the manufacturers making these toys. Short-term from a business perspective I can totally understand needing to cater to your largest customers, but long-term I see it is just digging a hole that eventually the manufacturers will never be able to get out of. The more frustrating it is for collectors to find stuff, the more collectors will leave the hobby never to return. Instead of growing a small demographic into a large one, you are just making it smaller to a point where eventually there will be little to no one left.
  6. If you've been wanting to get that Walmart exclusive 6" Black Series Spirit Yoda figure, now is your chance to get it cheap. It's currently available on Walmart's website for $14.99. Thanks to kylocollector for the heads up.
  7. Despite many people who pre-ordered this figure months ago having their orders canceled yesterday by Walmart, the exclusive Star Wars Vintage Collection Din Djarin With Grogu set is available again on the Walmart website. I am not sure why the original pre-orders were just canceled, though it may be due to the fact that changes were made to the set since it first went up for pre-order earlier this year. It now includes an exclusive Grogu pin.
  8. Todd McFarlane, one of the most iconic comic book artists of the late 20th century, has unveiled a brand-new DC Multiverse Batman action figure designed, created and produced by McFarlane and his award-winning McFarlane Toys company. This new Batman action figure is inspired from the mind of Todd McFarlane. McFarlane has created a new never-before-seen before version of Batman’s costume. It features a Black Cape and Cowl, comes with two swords, a base, and includes a collectible art card with Todd McFarlane's Batman artwork on front and character biography on the back. The incredibly detailed 7-inch scale figure is designed with McFarlane Toys' signature "Ultra Articulation" with up to 22 moving parts for a full range of posing and play. In the 1980s, Todd McFarlane began drawing Batman professionally, working on the classic storyline "Batman: Year Two™" in Detective Comics™, and creating iconic artwork, including his dynamic cover for Batman #423. Todd went on to become a titan of the comic book industry but has always had an affinity for Batman. "Batman has always been my favorite character- excluding Spawn," said McFarlane, creative force and CEO of McFarlane Toys. "I've always liked the fact that Batman has no superpowers. When it comes down to it, he's just a dude in a costume trying to combat evil. Conceivably, if Batman were in a huge battle in space, without any of his gadgets and tech, he could potentially die, unlike Superman™. I've always had an affinity for Batman, and it’s an honor to design a brand new version of a Batman figure for all fans and collectors." McFarlane Toys is also bringing collectors and fans a brand-new collector program. With the launch of the new Batman figure by Todd McFarlane, McFarlane Toys has announced its new McFarlane Gold Label Collection Series that will feature characters from your favorite pop-culture and entertainment brands. All figures released in the McFarlane Gold Label Collection will be highly limited and showcased in limited- edition packaging with a McFarlane Toys Gold Label Collection printed in foil. Look for more McFarlane Toys Collector Series announcement coming soon. The McFarlane Gold Label Collection Batman by Todd McFarlane figure will be available for pre-order in mid-Oct at Walmart.com. The figure is exclusive to Walmart but will be available at select international specialty retailers. The retailer release date is January 2021. MSRP $19.99
  9. Shown below are in hand images for the newest wave of Masters of the WWE figures from Mattel. This wave which is the 4th includes figures of Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, Jake "The Snake" Roberts And Mr. T. Check out the images below in our GALLERY! The figures are sold as Walmart exclusives. The figures are currently listed on the Walmart website as out of stock, but you can request in-stock alerts for when they become available again. The figures are also being sold in physical Walmart stores. WWE Masters of the WWE Universe Seth Rollins Action Figure SKU#614214099 WWE Masters of the WWE Universe Jake the Snake Figure - SKU#238351331 WWE Masters of the WWE Universe Mr. T Action Figure - SKU#475135481 WWE Masters of the WWE Universe "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt Action Figure - 524618231 Some of the backdrops featured in the images below are from our sponsor Diorama Prints which you can purchase now from our other sponsor BigBadToyStore.com. The figures were provided by Mattel free of charge for review purposes.
  10. Looks like we are getting some new Black Series figures from Hasbro based on the final season of the Clone Wars animated series. The wave includes Ahsoka Tano, 332nd Ahsoka Clone, Mandalorian Loyalist and the Mandalorian Super Commando with the Darth Maul inspired helmet. Thats the good news. The bad new according to Gizmdo is that the price for these are going to be $25 each and available exclusively for pre-order at Walmart tomorrow from 10 a.m. EST tomorrow, June 17. It's not clear if these will be actual Walmart exclusives or that Walmart just gets first crack at taking pre-orders for them.
  11. The G.I. Joe 3.75" Retro Wave 2 figures which include Scarlett, Roadblock and Destro along with the new Cobra F.A.N.G. Helicopter and pilot are available for pre-order at Walmart.com. Unlike Target, Walmart seems to be learning some and has continued to have these available for a few hours as I type this. The figures cost $12.93 each and the vehicle costs 24.99. The figures are listed with a January 5th release date and the vehicle a February 5th one. Check out the new promo images for all of them below.
  12. If you are lucky enough to find Hasbro's new 3 3/4" G.I. Joe Retro figures which are Walmart exclusives at your local store, there is apparently a decent good chance you won't find the cardbacks for them in very good shape. Now I can't personally speak to this because I have yet to actually find any of the figures at my local store, but I am told the material Hasbro is using for the packaging on this line isn't the most durable. On top of that the first wave of figures apparently shipped on the pegs of this special in-store display as seen here. While the display piece is kinda cool and I've seen many collectors taking them home to use for their own display purposes, the cheap material used on the packaging combined with them shipping to stores on these metal pegs has caused this to happen to many of the figures. You can see in the second image which comes via Duke, all the cards have been torn where they were hanging on the pegs. I've heard this happening at quit a few stores. So just know this isn't due to someone intentionally ripping the cards, but because of bad planning and cheap materials. It's a shame since for many who are collecting this line, they are doing it more for the nostalgia packaging and less for the figures themselves.
  13. NECA announced today that they are looking to offer some of their 90's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie 2-packs on their own NECA store website for both US and International customers this Thursday (7/16). Previously they had said these would only be available at physical Walmart stores. Also the first TMNT wave 3 Animated 2-pack to be released at Target stores will be the one with the Casey Jones & Foot Soldier figures. The official release date for both online and physical stores is this Friday (7/17), but we are seeing reports of folks already starting to find them in stores. The release dates for the other 2-packs in wave 3 are 8/6 and 8/20. We don't yet know which set will be released on which date. Here is the place holder link for the Casey and Foot Soldier set: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - 7" Scale Action Figure - Cartoon Series 3 Casey Jones & Foot Soldier. The deluxe animated series Metalhead figure is also slated to hit shelves and online this Friday at Target. We do not have a placeholder link for that one to share at this time.
  14. NECA has released new images for their upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret Of The Ooze Deluxe Super Shredder figure as well as online purchase details. In the US the figure is being released as a Walmart exclusive, however for online purchases you will be able to buy it through the NECA Store website. Starting on August 10th at 1pm EST, a limited quantity of this figure will be made available to the US and International customers in 20+ countries. All orders will be limited to 1 per person. While the exact quantities of this figure being released have not been made public, NECA insists that the quantities have been significantly increased from previous TMNT Movie offerings from Walmart. The figure will also be sold in physical Walmart stores around the same time, though we don't yet have an exact date for when they might start showing up there. Walmart# 579002900, SKU# 269034699, UPC# 634482541289. The figure at Walmart should cost $30, however it is unknown if the price through the NECA store will be the same or if it will be raised some. With some of NECA's other recent Walmart offerings, we've seen the online price be a bit higher than the in-store one. In other related NECA TMNT news, NECA has recently indicated on their social media that if all goes well, folks will have an opportunity to pre-order the Target Exclusive TMNT Animated Series Deluxe Metalhead figure when it gets restocked soon. While this doesn't seemingly appear to be something completely set in stone yet, it does appear NECA is continuing to at least try and make some of this stuff easier to get. It's unknown at this time if NECA plans to take these pre-order on their own website or if this will be offered through the Target website. Hopefully it will be something offered through NECA's website as its a little more prepared against Scalper Bots than Target's own website is. As more details on this become available, we will be sure to pass them on to you.
  15. This morning I was checking the Walmart website to see if by some of chance they had any of Mattel's new Masters of the Universe Origins figures actually in stock. After all the official release date for these toys was August 1st, and at least for now Walmart is the only place to get them. As usual, all the figures were listed as SOLD OUT until I came upon the Masters of the Universe Origins Teela figure. To my surprise Teela was showing as being available for purchase. Then I noticed the price. Instead of being listed with the normal $14.99 price these figures are supposed to cost, Walmart has Teela listed with a WHOPPING price of $36.00. That is more than double of what she should cost. At first I thought perhaps this was from a second-party seller you sometimes see on these big-box retail sites, which I might note are very annoying in their own right. When it's a second party seller however it is generally indicated somewhere on the page as such. Not here. There is even the option of having it sent to a physical Walmart store for pick-up which I don't believe is offered when its a second-party seller. So what exactly is going on here? Has Walmart taken product they have essentially released in limited numbers, hence creating an artificially inflated demand for them, and now trying to take advantage of that by gouging collectors who can't find these figures anywhere else??? That is certainly what appears to be happening. It's bad enough when we collectors have to deal with scalpers with this kind of thing, but this is taking it to a whole new level. Hopefully once word of this comes to light someone at Walmart will fix this, probably say it was just listed in error, but regardless this is just another example of what collectors are having to deal with on a regular basis simply to buy products that really shouldn't be the difficult to get.
  16. For the many still trying to get their hands on the first wave of Masters of the Universe Origins stuff from Mattel which is hitting Walmart stores in limited numbers now, I am sure it is probably hard to start thinking about per-ordering the second wave. Never-the-less, the second wave of figures have gone up for pre-order on the Walmart website and are being listed with an October 9th release date. The figures went up for pre-order yesterday and have gone in and out of stock spasmodically since then. At the time of me posting this story, I believe the only figure currently listed as out of stock is the Scare Glow one. Here are links and UPC's for each one for now and future reference. Remember these are only Walmart exclusive for this year. Next year these figures should have a greater release at other retailers. - Masters of the Universe Origins Scare Glow - Price: $14.99 - UPC: 887961875393 - SKU: 228609285 - Masters of the Universe Origins Orko - Price $14.99 - UPC: 887961875386 - SKU: 110220109 - Masters of the Universe Origins Man-E-Faces - Price: $14.99 - UPC: 887961875362 - SKU: 111638551 Masters of the Universe Origins Trap Jaw - Price: $14.99 - UPC: 887961875416 - SKU: 889472276 Masters of the Universe Origins Man-At-Arms - Price: $14.99 - UPC: 887961875379 - SKU: 187651633 Check out images for all these figures below.
  17. NECA has release a new preview image for their upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie Tokka & Rahza 2-Pack which will be released later this year as a Walmart exclusive here in the US.
  18. NECA gave a number of updates today on their Twitter account on upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles products. Of note they stated the upcoming Walmart exclusive 90's TMNT Movie Turtle 2-packs will not be available on the Walmart website. You will have to go into the physical stores to try and find them. Some have noted that actor Elias Koteas who played Casey Jones in the 90's movies has publicly stated on Twitter that he is now open to having his likeness featured on an action figure. Randy Falk has previously stated that they actually sculpted an unmasked headsculpt for the Casey Jones movie figure featured in the current two pack, but could not use it due to likeness rights. NECA today acknowledged that they were aware of Koteas change of heart about the use of his likeness, but a deal between the two parties had yet to be struck. They are hopeful it will happen and that we could see a unmasked figure released at some point. Doesn't look like there will be any NYCC exclusives offered this year, especially if the convention is canceled. For the wave 3 Target Exclusive 2-packs. It looks like they won't be releasing all three two packs at the same time. Previously NECA had given three different release dates for wave 3 (7/16, 8/6, 8/20), and it looks like they will be staggering the release of the three 2-packs in the wave during those dates for both online and in store. The video game based versions of the Rock Soldiers are in question. NECA stated their fate is to be determined and they will be releasing the comic versions first. The 2020 TMNT SDCC Exclusive set announced earlier today will only be made available here in the US on the Target website and physical stores. NECA's other SDCC exclusives for this year will be sold at Walmart stores and on the NECA website. They plan to release links to the Target website for the TMNT SDCC exclusive set the day they go on sale. The Raph/Casey 2-packs are still shipping to Walmart stores and they haven't even released half of their inventory yet. Some of the other TMNT Walmart 2-packs MAY have their online orders handled by NECA directly. They are working on hammering out those details and things have yet to be determined. NECA also gave a cryptic answer about how the Tokka & Rahza 2-Pack might be released. An announcement for the release of their Toon based diorama seen at Toy Fair is expected to be made during their online SDCC reveals. NECA stated we could possibly see more Mirage based TMNT figures in the future.
  19. Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the classic Predator 2 movie, NECA is proud to announce the City Demon! This stealthy Predator is cast in clear plastic with lightning accents to capture his appearance climbing the towering buildings in 1990 Los Angeles. The figure features over 30 points of articulation, retractable wrist blades and articulated shoulder cannon. It comes with 5 interchangeable hands, discs, combi sticks, and a skull. Comes in special 5 panel window box packaging that activates a lightning effect when open. Available in Walmart Stores on Thursday(7/23)* - $29.96 USD Available online (US & International) through thenecastore.com on Thursday(7/23) - $34.99 USD For more details, visit the NECA site: https://neca.io/2ZvJf4r
  20. Since the actual San Diego Comic Con itself has been canceled, at least the physical version, many have been wondering how or where they will be able to get their hands on Hasbro's exclusives this year. Well Walmart has launched a Comic-Con exclusive section on their website which features a countdown clock showing just over 4 days until launch (As I post this). This section appears to be an area comprised of various 2020 SDCC exclusives Walmart will be selling this year from various companies. While no actual product for Hasbro is yet listed, there is this banner on display there that has logos for several Hasbro brands including Star Wars: The Black Series. We have no idea how many exclusives Star Wars might get this year. Hasbro mentioned something about a Black Series exclusive in their last Fan-Channel live-stream event but have yet to provide any details about it. It's also not known if the Vintage Collection will get an exclusive this year or not. While it seems like a good bet Walmart will be a place to get Hasbro's exclusives, it's not clear if all of Hasbro's exclusives will be offered through Walmart or if Walmart is the only place people will be able to get them. It also isn't clear if any of these exclusives will be available at physical stores or just online. All those details I am sure will be coming soon from Hasbro.
  21. NECA has stated that they would officially start revealing details about this years San Diego Comic Con exclusives next week starting on Tuesday (7/7), but it looks like one of them has already started to see a release at Walmart. Over at the NECA Fan Group Facebook page images have surfaced that gives us a heads up about one of them which appears to be Gremlins based. It's said this figure was found on the shelves at Walmart. In an interview back in May, Randy Falk said NECA would be offering 4 exclusives this year, one of which would be TMNT based. He also said that the exclusives this year would be offered online and at brick and mortar stores like Target and Walmart, since the actual SDCC convention was canceled this year. Last week NECA posted a release schedule for upcoming TMNT products at Walmart and Target stores. With that, they listed two TMNT SDCC Excluive items coming to Target stores. -Exclusive Figure Boxed Set - 7/23 -Exclusive Merchandise Bundle - 7/23 Stay-tuned for more details next week on these and whatever else NECA has planned for Comic-Con exclusives this year.
  22. After last week's debacle with their Walmart exclusive TMNT Movie Casey Jones and Raphael In Disguise 2-pack sale, NECA has said they have heard the feedback from you and are actively working to improve things. Expect news in the coming weeks regarding our SDCC offerings and future TMNT availability online. They have also put out this phase 1 release schedule for both their TMNT Target and Walmart products for in stores and online. Cartoon Target Exclusive -Wave 3 - 7/16, 8/6, 8/20 -Metalhead - 7/16 -Bebop And Rocksteady Restock - 9/3 SDCC Exclusive Items (Target Exclusive) -Exclusive Figure Boxed Set - 7/23 -Exclusive Merchandise Bundle - 7/23 Movie Walmart Exclusive -Casey & Raphel In Disq - 6/29 -Leonardo/Donatello - 7/6 -Michelangelo and Raphael - 7/6 -Super Shredder - 8/10 Arcade (Specialty Exclusives) -Wave 2 - 7/14 While it's nice to have these release dates, the real fix for the problems collectors have had finding these items, is making sure the stores are stocking them in sufficient enough numbers. If the product is made readily available, then the scalpers won't buy them all up to try and resale them on the secondary market, because the demand will no longer be there for that. In other words they have to start shipping enough so they don't sell out in seconds, or require someone having to be there the moment they are put on shelves in order to get them. As much as we hope NECA is successful in accomplishing that, at this point we will believe it when we see it.
  23. Shown below are in-hand images for Mattel's third wave of Masters of the WWE which will be sold exclusively at Walmart stores here in the US. The wave includes the following figures - The Rock, The New Day, Braun Strowman and Glow-in-the-Dark Undertaker. A big thanks to Mattel for sending these out to us, and stay-tuned for an in-depth review of these to be posted soon.
  24. Back in February during Toy Fair, NECA announced that their TMNT Movie figures going forward would be exclusively sold at Walmart stores. During Toy Fair they showed off a new TMNT II The Secret Of The Ooze Super Shredder deluxe figure as well as 2-packs featuring Tokka & Rahza and Casey Jones And Raphael In Disguise. NECA has just recently stated that we can expect to start seeing the Walmart figures on shelves in June. These will also be sold on the Walmart website. The next wave of Target exclusive TMNT Animated series 2-Packs should also be out by the end of June. Check out images of the Walmart movie figures that were on hand at Toy Fair below.
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