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Did you get them recently, or was it earlier in the year?

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Has anyone seen the Walmart 3 3/4" Black Series Boba Fett, Sandtrooper, Ponda Baba, Tusken Raider figures in Canada yet? Any confirmation whether we'll see these up here?


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Wampa Cave / Re: TRU files for bankruptcy protection
« on: September 21, 2017, 09:52:53 AM »
I'm not sure you understood my point.  TRU does NOT have the options.  Hasbro took them away in the name of operational efficiency.

But they do. Customer buying patterns can be analyzed on multiple levels in order to support purchase orders. Historical sales data is there not only for Hasbro but for all manufacturers, categories of toys, age groups, gender etc. Instead of doing their homework and basing orders largely on historical demand and current trends, Toys R Us buys a little of everything winding up with too much of some items and not enough of others. If they did a better job at their analysis to support their ordering, they would be more successful, regardless of what buying options the various toy manufacturers offer.

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Wampa Cave / Re: TRU files for bankruptcy protection
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:58:29 PM »
Those days of non-sigma six shipping are gone - and logistically not realistic. You are assuming there is someone like yourself who cares at every level of the chain (including store level, district and national level) about *which* star wars figures are being bought and sold at TRU.  Now stretch that across every toy line they've got - that's a lot of people - and a super unlikely scenario to actually occur.

That's precisely my point though; Toys R Us has options at their disposal to take advantage of to please the customer, but they aren't doing it. If a retailer could monitor selling trends back in 1978 and place additional orders for high selling items, then a company in 2017 surely can.

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Wampa Cave / Re: TRU files for bankruptcy protection
« on: September 20, 2017, 04:32:12 PM »
I'm not sure it's 100% Toys R Us fault on that one.  I'm sure the Hasbro Corp sales people are pushing all those role-play items that take up enormous amounts of shelf space and rarely, if ever, move.  But it's obvious they have totally lost touch with what items are likely to leave their shelves and run-rates for those items.   It's not just Star Wars items either.  Other segments are equally poorly served.

Definitely, but there are things that they can do to satisfy the customer that they aren't doing. For instance, in the vintage era, Kenner (now Hasbro) would ship solid pack cases of one figure if it was difficult to keep in stock if retailers ordered them. If Toys R Us would take advantage of that these days, it would eliminate people from having to buy online from the USA for elusive figures like the Emperor's Royal Guard.

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Wampa Cave / Re: TRU files for bankruptcy protection
« on: September 20, 2017, 04:28:52 PM »

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Wampa Cave / Re: TRU files for bankruptcy protection
« on: September 20, 2017, 01:35:03 AM »
I was never all that impressed with Toys R Us since they arrived in Canada. For a company that should have a monopoly on the toy market (especially in Canada these days), they make some poor business decisions. On the Star Wars front alone, they should know by now that the 3 3/4" action figures are king, yet they only stock on average about 8 - 12 pegs of them; many of them being several years old. Many new items are hard to find, and they often skip waves forcing collectors to turn to other US-based companies to buy product.

I think it's time we bring Toy City back again; a *Canadian* company that understood its customers and strived to please them.


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Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: July 12, 2017, 10:57:28 AM »
Congrats Old Man Ben!

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I'd be interested as well.

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Wampa Cave / Re: 3 3/4 Fan's Choice
« on: May 02, 2017, 10:56:59 AM »
Unfortunately the Tonnika Sisters are very unlikely. One actress passed away before giving permission to use her image. I'm not sure about the other actress.

Is that *really* the reason though? I heard the same excuse given to substantiate why Kenner never made a figure of Grand Moff Tarkin in the original line. Peter Cushing passed away in the 1990s yet Hasbro still made a Tarkin figure for the POTF2 line. I doubt that Hasbro ever received permission from Cushing or his estate before his passing.

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Canadian Jedi, yeah, the wind up R2 was made my Takara - not Kenner.  Allegedly it was George Lucas's favorite toy.

It was released by Kenner Canada (Irwin Toy) though:

 




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Wampa Cave / Re: Star Wars Chocolate Eggs
« on: March 27, 2017, 01:39:57 PM »
Cool! Any photos you could share?

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Interesting article. Looks like Star Wars toy sales in Canada continue to be strong:

http://business.financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/star-wars-merchandise-the-real-force-behind-canadian-toy-sales-spike

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Wampa Cave / Re: OT ships - Which versions are your favourites????
« on: January 01, 2017, 11:52:11 AM »
Vintage for me all of the way. The modern versions can't even come close to the original Kenner line.

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Scout Report / Re: Toys at The Bay
« on: September 24, 2016, 01:56:05 PM »
Cool. Maybe we can look forward to the annual opening of Toyland again :). Here's an old Bay ad announcing the opening of Toyland for the Christmas shopping season in 1978 when Star Wars was king:


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