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    Spider-geddon is coming....
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  1. jjwspider

    Animated Marvel 'Mates

    Stopped at my nearest Walgreens tody and found the same 8 or sets that have literally been sitting there for months. This is a store that never received in any of the Infinity War waves, none of the last two animated waves and took around 2-3 months to finally get the last Ultimate Spidey wave in store. For a product that has been successful, it's becoming harder and harder to find. Even eBay has become unreliable, as the most recent waves have had very limited figures available or at a significantly higher price. This isn't the only product Walgreens has had issues distributing (POP's come to mind), but at least there they've moved to the online storefront and allowed for these items to become more easily attainable. I hope that they do something similar with minimates if they are going to continue supporting this line.
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    Animated Marvel 'Mates

    Same here for Wave 8. Walgreens has to be losing quite a few sales by not being able to distribute this line in a timely fashion or to a majority of their stores. It seems as though as soon as a Wave sells through, they inundate the store with older waves, which removes them from potentially getting the newer figures in the line. As a result, the waves get stuck warming the pegs and frustrates their customers actually looking for the product, leading to fewer and fewer visits (at least that's been my experience). I'm not sure how else to tell a company that I would love to do business with them and track down products I enjoy (minimates and POP's), yet very rarely do I ever find said products in store. So frustrating....
  3. jjwspider

    TRU Series 26

    Thanks Zach!
  4. jjwspider

    TRU Series 26

    Zach, any updates on where this wave might wind up?
  5. jjwspider

    Animated Marvel 'Mates

    I broke down and wound up picking up Stealth Spidey and Spider-Gwen individually, but still wouldn't mind finding either/both these sets complete. Very frustrating that Walgreens still haven't figured out how to appropriately distribute their product across their stores, especially after being able to find the previous 2-3 releases fairly easily.
  6. jjwspider

    Storyline themed holy grail

    Really love this idea. The What If? series was one of my favorites growing up and often introduced new and different costumes. Seconded! I would also like to see: - Slingers/Identity Crisis - Webspinners of Spider-Man - primarily for the Spider-Man Unlimited suit that they introduced - Venom - Separation Anxiety - X-Men - the late 90's "new" team with Magott, Marrow, etc. - X-Men - Joe Mad designs, primarily the Shi'ar stories and the Trial of Gambit - Nightwatch - literally any story that would give me a Nightwatch figure - Mutants vs Ultras - a long shot, but it would allow for characters like Prime, NightMan, Hardcase, Mantra, Prototype and others to make an appearance
  7. jjwspider

    Animated Marvel 'Mates

    Is anyone else having issues finding the last wave at Walgreens? I've been unable to track down Spider-Gwen or Stealth Spidey yet and I've been fairly successful with the last few waves.
  8. jjwspider

    TRU Series 26

    Interesting. I wonder if these will start showing up at Luke's or via Previews or EE like some of the other TRU exclusives.
  9. jjwspider

    Quality issues with Infinity War Box Set?

    I noticed that my Iron Spider mate has the loosest foot I've ever had on any minimate. It's almost as though the peg on the foot isn't wide enough to stay in place in his leg.
  10. jjwspider

    TRU Series 26

    I completely disagree. This isn't the proletariat vs bourgeoisie, it's a reflection of a business that has been unable to adjust to the times. It's completely unfortunate that it came to this, but we've seen this pattern before where stores increase their debt and eventually become unable to operate. Hills, Ames, Montgomery Wards, KB Toy Stores, Woolworths, etc., the list could go on and on, but each was beaten by their competitors and sustained significant debt when sales decreased. Our society has moved to an online arena that TRU was never able to develop or compete with (just look at some of the stories on these very boards for examples of TRU's shipping of goods). I do hope that TRU is able to find a buyer that has the ability to keep some of the US and Canadian stores around and eventually expand their marketplace share. At this point, it seems like a long shot, but the potential for a deal still exists. Additionally, it appears K-B Toys may be coming back with an aim at carrying much of the inventory that was produced for TRU and doesn't have a home now. Depending on how these pop up shops go, we may see the return of one toy icon while TRU is either rebuilding or already ceased their operations. Back on topic, TRU mentioned today that closing sales will begin as early as tomorrow at many of their locations. As a result, they are expecting shipping from their distribution centers to pick up over the next few weeks, with some of these hubs closing down before some stores as a result of product being moved. My guess is that if the latest minimate wave was shipped to TRU and was awaiting distribution, we'll likely see some of these hitting stores shelves relatively soon.
  11. jjwspider

    TRU Series 26

    Mnemosis, thank you for posting. Most of us can't imagine what you're dealing with right now and I appreciate you sharing your feedback. Good luck on the job hunt (and future DST position ).
  12. jjwspider

    TRU Series 26

    Agreed. As has been stated by many on this thread, my heart goes out to everyone impacted by this rather sudden news. I'm still hopefully that we see the Canadian brand and the 200 top performing US stores remain, in hopes that it someday reclaims its former luster. Unfortunately, that seems to be a long shot. On a more selfish level, I'm disappointed that the minimates line (among others) is losing a strong advocate and ally, while my kids lose one of the few remaining toy stores around. I doubt Zach has any idea what the size of the impact will be at this point, but I'm looking forward to any information he can share and what DST is looking at right now.
  13. jjwspider

    Infinity War

    I have a Star-Lord/Proxima Midnight set available if someone is still looking for it.
  14. jjwspider

    Long shots.

    Kaine Clash New Scarlet Spider costume Cyber Scarlet Spider Clash Steel Spider Blood Spider Darkhawk Nightwatch Not sure if this counts, but I'll leave this here as well:
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    Infinity War

    I don't probably need another statue, but I have a feeling that Iron Spider is going to be added to the collection once it's released. Very slick looking!