A trip to WalMart outside of my small town, though only to the next slightly larger town over, has netted a whole bushel of new and exciting things! It is interesting to see the variation in WalMart ordering practices, when you would imagine that they are all so cookie cutter similar. In fact, there is a complex web of financial decisions and sales volume that plays into which stores get the toy exclusives that we all are looking for, with some of them never getting any at all! My local store never, to the best of my knowledge, had a single Masterpiece Starscream on the shelves, though that fateful late night run over an hour away secured a copy for both the Preserve archives and The Uncle
What my store did get in the past was the first wave of WalMart Exclusive Transformers deluxe figures: Jolt, Divebomb, Grindcore and Big Daddy. I kept patiently waiting for the new wave of three more exclusive deluxe figures to show up, but to no avail. Word around the internets was that many WalMart stores had a giant blue center aisle display with a variety of Transformers items, including a great sale of $7.77 on the deluxe figures, including the new exclusives! Now, to bring everyone up to speed on at least one important point of the new exclusives, the figure 'Fracture' is awesome because it is an homage to the old GoBot 'Crasher' which was a girl, and a villain! Always rare, in demand and a delightful idea to include that in the exclusive set as a repaint of Classics Mirage.
Well, as you have already figured out, the other WalMart that was cased today certainly had exactly that great big blue display, complete with marked down exclusives! Of additional convenience was the Indiana Jones Cairo Henchmen Deluxe two pack which had up until now eluded us, but the real crown jewel of the day was a set we'd never even seen reports of before. Another WalMart exclusive, and on a size scale that makes the heart skip a delighted beat, "Indy's Ultimate Adventure Playset" is a thing of glory. We'll have pictures up soon, and you better believe we'll open it and check it out, so a full report is on the way!
Posted by charlie on September 22nd 2008, 11:53 AM