Yep, I saw it more than a few times when I was a Hasbro rep; Walmart boxes up the "dogs" and sends them out to the new store opening.One interesting little thing, though. In my city, two Walmarts opened up last week. I went to both of them and found them decently stocked, but both of them also had the same weird oddity: they both had some of the 3D wave figures, mostly the two Naboo pilots and Qui-Gon. I thought maybe they'd found a box of these in distribution and decided to put them up or something, but at both stores the figures had the tell-tale layer of dust that could only mean they'd been on the pegs for a while. Really, Walmart? You're moving your unsold toys to your grand opening locations now?
Why? Is the excitement of a new store supposed to make people more willing to buy them? Has this ever actually worked with action figures?Yep, I saw it more than a few times when I was a Hasbro rep; Walmart boxes up the "dogs" and sends them out to the new store opening.
Same thing here (western suburbs of Philadelphia, PA) there's no Star Wars except for LEGO sets, and there aren't even empty pegs for stuff at the two WalMarts I visited this week. I'm guessing the toy-buyer for these stores feels the stuff isn't going to sell.My Walmart must have given up on Star Wars. Even before TBS was announced, they put their entire stock in the clearance isle but keep TVC priced at $9.96. There is no allocation of new Star Wars items except LEGO. There has always been something wrong with this Walmart. They never carried the BMF or Jabba. Luckily, they did get the exclusive comic packs, but other than that the "boys" section of the toys is half the size of the "girls" section.
No sign of TBS (or Saga Legends or Angry Birds) to ever be. Similar thing to the closest K-mart. They only have Saga Legends and nothing else. No room to expand. Not even for their Ewok/Imperial exclusives.
Ironically, I would have probably gotten the Big Vader if it had been released with a lightsaber w/removable blade, and if at least one of the hands had been able to hold the lightsaber. However, I completely agree the figure is a dud - it does come with an unlit lightsaber handle that the figure can't even hold, so IMHO the figure is quite boring & somewhat cheap-looking. Too bad, because the inner kid in me would have really liked this oversized figure. As it stands, however, the 12" Hasbro electronic DV figure that came out circa 1998 (w/removable helmet, lines from the films, and lightsaber w/blade) is far superior to this version.I'm baffled that they decided to release that giant Vader. I know a lot of the stuff we're seeing now was produced with ROTS 3D in mind, but even with the movie to promote it, that big Vader is a bit of a hard sell since it's a giant thing that doesn't really do much. Without the movie, then it's just a massive dud. Kids aren't really excited about Vader (or Star Wars, really) right now. I get that this was produced with a different plan in mind, but what in the world made them decide to release that thing anyway? Was Lucasfilm putting a gun to their head? Was it so expensive to produce that they were desperate to recoup any part of the production costs? Nothing about Big Vader makes any sense.
If I have the misfortune of seeing these pieces of crap in stores, I will purposely put figures from other lines in front of them. The people on that show make my flesh crawl - it horrifies me that they are being touted as role models for young children. Now that I think about it, how much do you want to bet Hasbro's next big idea after Angry Birds stops rotting on the pegs will be a Star Wars/Duck Dynasty line of figures?another Anakin popped up, that makes 2 now.
more importantly, the Duck Dynasty figures are in!!!
they come with great accessories- bait box, frogs, eagles, lanterns and a squirrel.
Yeah, I did miss this - Thanks. I'm not a Costco member so won't be able to get this, but good to know that it's out there somewhere. Re: the Big Vader @ Wal-mart, I'm thinking (but could be wrong) that this will sell better than it has been as the holidays come closer. Just my opinion, however.
What's worse is that the 31" tall Vader is now being joined by 31" 501st clones and shock troopers...Or that damn Vader. Who seriously thought that was a good idea?
Just in case you want one...Yeah, I did miss this - Thanks. I'm not a Costco member so won't be able to get this, but good to know that it's out there somewhere.