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Chuck said very directly in the panel that the TRU situation threw them for a pretty hard loop. He listed off Target, Walmart, GameStop, etc. as potential substitutes but it sounded like nothing was in place yet. In the meantime, it seems that Walgreens will be the safety net going forward. 

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16 minutes ago, CBMM1 said:

Chuck said very directly in the panel that the TRU situation threw them for a pretty hard loop. He listed off Target, Walmart, GameStop, etc. as potential substitutes but it sounded like nothing was in place yet. In the meantime, it seems that Walgreens will be the safety net going forward. 

That's good to hear that they are at least seeking those retailers, and I think everyone on the forum would be pretty excited if they landed minimates at one or two of them in the future.

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Considering DST hasn’t been able to get minimates in Walmart/Target for years and the one time GameStop had them they were a huge flop, I wouldn’t be too optimistic. 

DST Kingdom Hearts figures are also flopping everywhere and that doesn’t help convince stores to buy more product from you.

As others have said DST needs to get creative and offer some new formats, etc for minimates in order to get in these stores and win back speciality. I also think they need to embrace online more, revamp their own store and start one on Amazon. 

Putting all your eggs in one basket again is just one Walgreens buyer change away from complete oblivion. 

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10 hours ago, Chigarillo said:

It's an alternate universe story involving a version of the Avengers in 1,000,000 BC...

The main Avengers are here:

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And the big purple robot is a Celestial that they fight in the story.

So basically alternate versions of Thor, Ghost rider, Dr. Strange, Iron Fist, Phoenix, Hulk, and Panther with a Celestial.

It’s actually a canon story in “616”  that is happening now. This is the earliest Ican recall a minimate wave happening for a recent story. 

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UGH I HATE WALGREENS. No option to ship to Canada!!!!! Seriously thanks to Luke and occasionally BBTS there's almost no options for Canadians, and we still have our shitty TRUs! (Which by the way don't carry TRU exclusives, at since TRU Wave 14) 🤬

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TRU 26 is Walgreens 1 now?

I’m sad now. Looks like I’ll never get Spot. :(

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Yeah, shifting further towards a retailer that doesn't exist in the country isn't good news for Canadian collectors. And if there are as many distribution problems as people say, it might not be good news for American collectors, either. It's great that DST has support from another store now that TRU is gone, but how well can they be doing if no one can find them?

I've heard a fair few complaints about Walmart, but that would actually be my best case scenario as a new location for Marvel Minimates. They don't seem like they're on the brink of bankruptcy, and there's even a chance that some exclusives could show up in Canada.

No new LCS announcements is too bad, but not particularly surprising. Hopefully when wave 77 shows up it'll be exciting, because while the last couple waves have been well done, the character selection hasn't really appealed to me much.

As far as the figures themselves, they all look good, especially Rocket & Warlock and Strange & Ghost Rider.

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Diamond gets Disney Exclusive Select figures, why not go through them as a new route. I've never had a problem getting exclusives from their website 

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From what I recall Chuck saying in the past, Disney Store exclusives are made at the request of Disney, meaning DST only produces what they are asked to make.

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29 minutes ago, Heinous said:

Diamond gets Disney Exclusive Select figures, why not go through them as a new route. I've never had a problem getting exclusives from their website 

Because everything there is/was expensive and it made a shit ton of stores close down. 

Sorry, you were talking about the website?

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Disney Store exclusives happened in the past, since we're not still getting them we could probably assume they aren't interested. They were available online but if I remember correctly they sold out quickly.

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I think the Peter Pan sets soured Disney Store on minimates. They were a huge dud.

Can’t blame DST for it though they were well done it was Disney Store that requested them.

 

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Did they announce what retailer the Sonic minimates will have? Also no new license reveals?

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@DSTZach - If the TRU wave is now at Walgreens, do you know how they will be distributed? Walgreens has been getting 4 2-packs. TRU was getting 3. Will Walgreens get 6 for this set? Or will different Walgreens get a second of different packs?

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19 hours ago, fwoosheyman said:

Considering DST hasn’t been able to get minimates in Walmart/Target for years and the one time GameStop had them they were a huge flop, I wouldn’t be too optimistic. 

 

TRU was probably at least part of the reason other retailers stayed away from the niche line. With TRU gone there’s a greater chance one of them might reconsider. 

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On 7/19/2018 at 4:30 PM, stack32 said:

I'd still hope that at least wave 76 would be out now but I'll save the freaking out until Sunday.

I'm not exactly freaking out but I can't remember the last SDCC where there wasn't at least one minimate reveal I was excited about. One new bizarre Marvel comic wave and some animated stuff doesn't reassure me much . I understand DST is in a tough spot with TRU closing so I shouldn't be surprised but it's still disappointing.

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On 7/22/2018 at 7:17 AM, arnim zola said:

Gmonkey, that's what the community is for bud.

^THIS^ - We've heard moaning for literally years about TRU distribution, how bad the web site is and how poor their deliveries are managed. But the community has always helped eachother out. The same will continue on for Walgreens. 
I won't name names, but my collection exists because of the awesome peeps on this board. Other collectors outside the USA (BHM comes to mind) would probably say something similar.

1 hour ago, stack32 said:

I'm not exactly freaking out but I can't remember the last SDCC where there wasn't at least one minimate reveal I was excited about. One new bizarre Marvel comic wave and some animated stuff doesn't reassure me much . I understand DST is in a tough spot with TRU closing so I shouldn't be surprised but it's still disappointing.

I feel you. There's not heaps to go crazy about for me either. However, I am surprised by how much I love the BC1M line. I will definitely be begging someone in the states to grab me that Phoenix! 

Also - I am super relieved to see that the TRU wave with Madame Masque, modern Rogue and X-Face Cyke has found a home. The minimates themselves are not a new announcement, but locking in a retailer and a rough date for release is actually huge news after the fall of TRU.

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