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The first wave of ships is available on Walmart.com if anyone is interested. $24.97 each with free shipping site to store.
 
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My Walmart will see the street date, and hold them until Aug 6th... 2011.
 
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I found a stray AT-ST Walker at a Wal Mart near Cincinnati, Ohio today.
 
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Saw a lone Cloud Car at one of my local Walmarts.

Nothing else, the shelves were almost bare of SW stuff.
 
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I've seen nothing thus far at my local W*M stores. Just older Legacy figures and Clone Wars with reduced prices. Probably waiting until the 6th. However, I'm certain the stores will have good stock when they do put them out. The W*M's around me have always been pretty good about keeping stocked. Either that or I'm at the right one at the right time (I have 3 in the 20 mile radius of my stompin' grounds and I'm a night owl)

 
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Dudes, as of 6 pm last night my WM has a solitary Wilrow Hood & three Gelagrubs comprising their Star Wars section, and it's been almost like that for weeks at nearly every WM & Target in my area. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Hasbro say in the latest round of Q&A that the whole street date thing was part of a strategy to allow enough time to purge existing stock so the new line would not be mixed in with older product. Well, heck! they succeeded. So, bring on the new stuff already!!
 
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Dudes, as of 6 pm last night my WM has a solitary Wilrow Hood & three Gelagrubs comprising their Star Wars section, and it's been almost like that for weeks at nearly every WM & Target in my area. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Hasbro say in the latest round of Q&A that the whole street date thing was part of a strategy to allow enough time to purge existing stock so the new line would not be mixed in with older product. Well, heck! they succeeded. So, bring on the new stuff already!!
So they confirmed that that was the reason? Well it appears I definitely called it! Good on me
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They said its to gear up for season 3 of clone wars in US
 
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Jibba said:
tierneygreen said:
...didn't Hasbro say in the latest round of Q&A that the whole street date thing was part of a strategy to allow enough time to purge existing stock so the new line would not be mixed in with older product....
So they confirmed that that was the reason? Well it appears I definitely called it! Good on me
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Oh. Well, maybe I'm just recalling your hypothesis. I knew I'd read it somewhere. Forgive my selective memory...I am an old man, after all.

jabbabon said:
They said its to gear up for season 3 of clone wars in US
Now, see, that's just silly. They'll put movie-related toys on the shelves several weeks out from the actual film's release only to put said toys on clearance a month later (read, Prince of Persia). Yet a proven money-maker like Star Wars has near-empty pegs for what seems like an eternity waiting on a new TV season. I'm sorry, but that's just goofy.

Yeah, I know, I know "In two weeks the new SW stuff will be everywhere.", blah, blah, blah...
 
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I'm gonna go with the purge storyline on this one. Hasbro said this many times in the Q&A whereas I've yet to read anywhere that this has anything to do with CW.
 
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This is probably to begin a new quarter.

Ya know, get REAL high numbers and call those figures gospel...

after holding out on true fans for months...

just for a set of 'good numbers'...

disgusting but real
 
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I'm gonna go with the purge storyline on this one. Hasbro said this many times in the Q&A whereas I've yet to read anywhere that this has anything to do with CW.
This is from this week's Q&A from Jedi News:

2) It¹s great that we have the new Saga Legends, Clone Wars and Vintage figures available to buy NOW in the UK along with the new vehicles (inc. AT-AT, Snowspeeder and Cloud Car) but the street date for these was the week commencing 6th August. How and why has this happened? With previous ?shelf dates the retailers have, for the most part, stuck to the dates asked for and this creates an uneven playing field for those retailers that were playing by the book.

There was no shelf date at all for retailers outside of North America; this was changed earlier this year and all marking were taken off of our master cartons. The reason for this is that there was no entertainment event that set up the new line launch in other countries; in the U.S. and Canada it is part of the lead-up to the launch of Clone Wars Season 3 and all licensees were held to the August date to create an event-feel to the launch.

So according to Hasbro the reason why August was chosen for the release date is due to TCW Season 3.
 
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tierneygreen said:
Dudes, as of 6 pm last night my WM has a solitary Wilrow Hood & three Gelagrubs comprising their Star Wars section,
My Walmarts should be sending that store Rex helmets and Clone rifles since that what's all that's left there.
 
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Lord_Atmo said:
I'm gonna go with the purge storyline on this one. Hasbro said this many times in the Q&A whereas I've yet to read anywhere that this has anything to do with CW.
I agree, a brief hiatus has been done with all line changes just not quite as long as this years, so it was no surprise to me.
IMO the date on the box is basically a promotional date so they can make sure product is on the shelf for TCW launch though, and not a hard street date. If I remember correctly it's the same wording as the TLC boxes had, whereas the ROTS actually had a street date on the box.
 
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Masterfett said:
Lord_Atmo said:
I'm gonna go with the purge storyline on this one. Hasbro said this many times in the Q&A whereas I've yet to read anywhere that this has anything to do with CW.
I agree, a brief hiatus has been done with all line changes just not quite as long as this years, so it was no surprise to me.
IMO the date on the box is basically a promotional date so they can make sure product is on the shelf for TCW launch though, and not a hard street date. If I remember correctly it's the same wording as the TLC boxes had, whereas the ROTS actually had a street date on the box.
That does make sense.A few Walmarts are barren of figures.Some still have a few stragglers though.
 
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There were about a dozen swords from the Airbender movie hanging where Star Wars figures "should" have been at my local Wal Mart in Michigan. Other than some stray Galactic Heroes and half a dozen old figures, absolutely nothing.

That same Wal Mart also had CV promo stickers on 2008 TLC figures (Breha Organa, among others).

Having seen that sticker on that particular figure, I defy Hasbro to tell me that this CV drawing is anything other than a complete scam to move crappy, two-year-old product.

I can't believe part of Hasbro's "strategy" with its retail partners is to have barren shelves for six weeks in the middle of the summer, when kids (their biggest buyers, according to Hasbro) are more prone to be roaming the stores.

I swear, after 15 years with the modern line, it feels like Hasbro's distribution practices get worse year by year.
 
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There were about a dozen swords from the Airbender movie hanging where Star Wars figures "should" have been at my local Wal Mart in Michigan. Other than some stray Galactic Heroes and half a dozen old figures, absolutely nothing.

That same Wal Mart also had CV promo stickers on 2008 TLC figures (Breha Organa, among others).

Having seen that sticker on that particular figure, I defy Hasbro to tell me that this CV drawing is anything other than a complete scam to move crappy, two-year-old product.

I can't believe part of Hasbro's "strategy" with its retail partners is to have barren shelves for six weeks in the middle of the summer, when kids (their biggest buyers, according to Hasbro) are more prone to be roaming the stores.

I swear, after 15 years with the modern line, it feels like Hasbro's distribution practices get worse year by year.
Yeah, 15 years ago, I was 9, and I don't remember ever going to a store and finding NOTHING like I do now. There was always something new. Now, not so much.
 
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This is about the barest I've seen stores in years, especially for such a long period. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little worried about the fact that the pegs will soon be filled, but with Saga Legends and Clone Wars repacks, with only 4 new CW figures packed at one of each per case. I'd hate to see the Vintage line pushed out or considered a failure due to pegwarming repacks. On the other hand, I'll be excited just to see fresh figures in stores!
 
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royalguard96 said:
There were about a dozen swords from the Airbender movie hanging where Star Wars figures "should" have been at my local Wal Mart in Michigan. Other than some stray Galactic Heroes and half a dozen old figures, absolutely nothing.

That same Wal Mart also had CV promo stickers on 2008 TLC figures (Breha Organa, among others).

Having seen that sticker on that particular figure, I defy Hasbro to tell me that this CV drawing is anything other than a complete scam to move crappy, two-year-old product.

I can't believe part of Hasbro's "strategy" with its retail partners is to have barren shelves for six weeks in the middle of the summer, when kids (their biggest buyers, according to Hasbro) are more prone to be roaming the stores.

I swear, after 15 years with the modern line, it feels like Hasbro's distribution practices get worse year by year.
Totally agree. They continue to blow it year after year. The majority of the Snowtroopers and AT-AT drivers I picked up for my AT-AT came from other sources besides Wal-Mart simply because the stores in my area held on to stock so long, when they put it out, I ended up missing it. And they never got restocks either. So August 6 for an October premiere. Yeah, that makes sense. And let's not forget to mix Original Trilogy figures in with Clone Wars figures too. Stupid.
 
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I found this on DailyKos... and given the topic at hand, it feels prescient.

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This is my first-ever diary, and it’ll probably ramble all over the place, so let me just apologize here in the front.

Here’s the sitch:

I work at that "corporate Death Star" Wal-Mart (thanks, Dirk McQuigley), and have for many years. I’ve worked many positions over the years, but I’m currently a "photo specialist", developing film, printing pictures, selling cameras, etc. It’s fairly skilled work, and we are fairly well-payed, compared to many other positions in the store.

This year, Wal-Mart has been "restructuring," which is corpro-speak for "raising productivity on the backs of the hourly employees." Basically, they have eliminated half the hourly department manager positions in most stores and made the folks who are left manage two or three departments instead of just one.

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Sounds bad. What's that got to do with Star Wars?

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What this has meant for me is that my department manager, also a "photo specialist", now runs the Toy department as well as our lab, and we are expected to work in Toys whenever we have "too many people" scheduled in the Photo Lab.

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As is reflected so often on this forum is the ease and user-friendliness of the WalMart toy department.

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So, fast-forward to yesterday. A new change has come down the pike: "Too many people in the photo-lab" has now been re-defined to mean "Anything greater than one person." At any given time, if more than one person has been scheduled to work in the lab, all but one must go work in Toys, or maybe Cosmetics, perhaps Sporting Goods, maybe check people out... you get the picture. Never mind that it is completely impossible to actually do our jobs correctly at that level of staffing. Forget adequately serve the customers.

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Customers? Ha! Wait- we are the customer. Or we would be if there were anything to buy at WalMart.

Here's the link. With the report that certain items didn't do well- and were sold exclusively through Wal-Mart- I wonder if Hasbro knows what's going on at the sales floor.
 
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That blog made me feel angry on soooooo many levels. Not only is it terrible for the employees, but the collecting community is being cheated out of new figures because Wal-Mart is too greedy to keep the toy department well manned.
 
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The link is showing me $6.97 for the SL Anakin and Obi-Wan with the bingo cards.
 
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does anyone know the UPC/DCPI numbers that Wal-Mart will use on the new figs and vehicles?
 
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just hoping that the Walmarts by me get a nice selection of stock and that there is plenty to go around.... I'm going to be real picky with this line
 
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royalguard96 said:
king_d said:
AaylaSecurasMan said:
Chewbacca said:
The link is showing me $6.97 for the SL Anakin and Obi-Wan with the bingo cards.
Um, yep, I posted this 4 days ago
Want a cookie?

I want a cookie.
What, no milk?


Nothing put up yet at 2 WM I've been to. Last I saw the toy aisles were more empty than an after Xmas sale at a woman's clothing store.
 
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That blog made me feel angry on soooooo many levels. Not only is it terrible for the employees, but the collecting community is being cheated out of new figures because Wal-Mart is too greedy to keep the toy department well manned.
They are really following Target's lead on the staffing thing. Target has cut it's department management down by about a third to half in most stores for a while now. Of course, they make it up by having everybody go around asking if they need help finding stuff, to give the appearance of staffing.

I too have not seen very much at all in any Wal-marts with regards to Star Wars product and keep seeing the physical home for the stuff shrink. Pretty sad when there is more Star Wars product in the clearance section than there is in the regular price area.
 
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notanerd said:
They are really following Target's lead on the staffing thing. Target has cut it's department management down by about a third to half in most stores for a while now. Of course, they make it up by having everybody go around asking if they need help finding stuff, to give the appearance of staffing.
QFT!

This is my daily struggle. Even when we're making sales forecasts, we're still asking people to not come in for shifts, or have others leave early. I'm getting too old for this...
 
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I scanned a Vintage figure UPC code that I photocopied and it rang-up a flat $7.00 at a Delaware Wal-Mart store. I can deal with that. Their SW figure section was down to 7 or 8 old Legacy figures!
 
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Darth_Chuck said:
notanerd said:
They are really following Target's lead on the staffing thing. Target has cut it's department management down by about a third to half in most stores for a while now. Of course, they make it up by having everybody go around asking if they need help finding stuff, to give the appearance of staffing.
QFT!

This is my daily struggle. Even when we're making sales forecasts, we're still asking people to not come in for shifts, or have others leave early. I'm getting too old for this...

QFT!!!

I think a whole frigging board could be filled with Target's inanity, but I'll leave that alone. I too am getting too old for this...
 
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just went to my local Walmart and not a thing new there, no figures, a few Galactic Heros, and a few of the liea comic packs and thats it.
 
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