YAK_Chewie wrote:Well, there wasn't much chatter about the first wave until right around Force Friday due to how tight lipped Hasbro and Disney are now... and with so many Walmart stores having zero clue about how to get the figures actually to the pegs, I would not hold our breath on more new 3.75" figures past the first wave...
Not that I can say it "won't happen" but I think most indicators are that Hasbro will be looking to make TVC great again and washing their hands of TBS in the 3.75" scale very soon. The online outlets that get them in will be doing so due to Walmart's lack of interest in managing it properly (which we also know, Hasbro is much at fault for as well).
Walmart exclusives are the worst. The treat it like ordering cases of paper towels or any basic product. They fail to understand how to merchandise a collectible type item. They don't "trickle" their product in at all - they order a ton at once, and it overloads the pegs. People then lose interest and it sits and sits. They did just that with their exclusive Comic Packs line - which prevented the non-exclusive Comic Packs from getting ordered - and that dealt the death blow to Hasbro's Comic Pack lineup.
It is strange that we already know what's coming in the early waves of the new TVC (Aphra and repacks) without knowing what, if anything, still remains for the black series.
Sure, maybe they won't be doing anything more in that line given all the issues you stated and probably the fact that a walmart exclusive for premium figures didn't make much financial sense. Lots of pegwarming figures while entire swaths of the country got absolutely zilch.
While I am very eager for the death of the black series, I can't help but think it would be damn strange not to have at least at 3.75" Rey from TLJ. She's the central character and, heck, her outfit looks like it could recycle at least some parts from the TFA version.
I guess I don't really care. All I wanted from TLJ was Rose and Luke so I'm content.
Maybe they are waiting out the death of the black series with a minimal release. Still, seems weird for such a big movie.