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Movie stuff is the bane of my existence. I’m glad others like it... and I like the movies themselves... but all I ever see is Minimate movie stuff hanging around. And that’s not just Walgreens. Same with all the TRU’s and Hastings I used to frequent. 

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1 hour ago, MisterPL said:

How long have Black Panther and Infinity War assortments lingered on their shelves? And movie waves are supposed to generate the most sell-through.

Although I'd be more concerned about the Animated line. However, I think I recall Zach saying there was another series of that on the way. 

Series 10 doesn't even have a release date yet 

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2 hours ago, Mystery Man said:

Movie stuff is the bane of my existence. I’m glad others like it... and I like the movies themselves... but all I ever see is Minimate movie stuff hanging around. And that’s not just Walgreens. Same with all the TRU’s and Hastings I used to frequent. 

Same on all counts.  Hell, my comic store still has minimates for Civil War hanging on the shelf.

In my experience, it's the big colorful waves that sell through the fastest (barring a few outliers like the Old Man Logan/Maestro set at TRU or Ms Marvel/Kang at Walgreens) and the movie waves that just linger FOREVER.  

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3 hours ago, fwoosheyman said:

This comes off more as minimates are done at Walgreens and being dropped during a reset later this yr.

It does feel that way. It can't be good news if Walgreens isn't interested in minimates from the most anticipated Marvel movie ever.

Given how old some of the animated minimates at my local Walgreens are they linger MUCH worse than movie stuff. Whatever the regional differences are the movie waves certainly aren't awful on that score overall, a quick look online suggests it's not exactly easy to complete your movie minimate collection if you didn't buy them when they came out. I'd also be curious what the difference in production numbers is too.

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I’ve lived between San Antonio and Austin for 5 years now.  Since then I’ve had 5 TRU’s, 4 Hastings and at least 6 Walgreens (and that’s only within 20 miles of my home). Much more access than I used to for Minimates.

Regarding comic shops, they seem to be carried by stores that are either 1) larger and can take the risk of peg-warming or 2) as a special order item that “die hard fans“ who have collected for awhile. Since moving to Texas I’ve seen 1 store in Austin carry them and that’s it. Places know what I’m talking about when I go in but don’t carry them because their store “is too small”. It’s because of this that I use Luke. My old shop in Arkansas became a hassle for many reasons, so so I went to DCBS online and have never looked back. 

Regarding Walgreens movie stuff... it’s interesting to me is that movie stuff hangs around awhile, even when it’s a big Avengers flick. That is IF it gets distributed. The second Walgreens “Infinity” set took awhile to trickle in. Otherwise, it stays and stays. The movie stuff at TRU/Hastings was just about the same way, minus variants. Comic stuff seemed to be that Secret Wars tie-in wave minus Dazzler/Howard the Duck staying around forever. 

As for Walgreens animated stuff, it’s just about the same. The stuff that doesn’t linger is the stuff with characters that haven’t been made before. Man-Thing, Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel, the Squadron Supreme.

 

I hate to be the old “told you so” person, but I swear to gosh it truly seems like the new character stuff and updates on older figures gets eaten up and the rest just lingers. 

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2 hours ago, Mystery Man said:

I’ve lived between San Antonio and Austin for 5 years now.  Since then I’ve had 5 TRU’s, 4 Hastings and at least 6 Walgreens (and that’s only within 20 miles of my home). Much more access than I used to for Minimates.

Regarding comic shops, they seem to be carried by stores that are either 1) larger and can take the risk of peg-warming or 2) as a special order item that “die hard fans“ who have collected for awhile. Since moving to Texas I’ve seen 1 store in Austin carry them and that’s it. Places know what I’m talking about when I go in but don’t carry them because their store “is too small”. It’s because of this that I use Luke. My old shop in Arkansas became a hassle for many reasons, so so I went to DCBS online and have never looked back. 

Regarding Walgreens movie stuff... it’s interesting to me is that movie stuff hangs around awhile, even when it’s a big Avengers flick. That is IF it gets distributed. The second Walgreens “Infinity” set took awhile to trickle in. Otherwise, it stays and stays. The movie stuff at TRU/Hastings was just about the same way, minus variants. Comic stuff seemed to be that Secret Wars tie-in wave minus Dazzler/Howard the Duck staying around forever. 

As for Walgreens animated stuff, it’s just about the same. The stuff that doesn’t linger is the stuff with characters that haven’t been made before. Man-Thing, Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel, the Squadron Supreme.

 

I hate to be the old “told you so” person, but I swear to gosh it truly seems like the new character stuff and updates on older figures gets eaten up and the rest just lingers. 

I would have to say it's a distribution thing. In Manhattan i have access to over 30 different Walgreens stores. The store s that still have mates are wave 8 (wasp) related. I have only seen one set of Captain Marvel figures. Just saw a second wave of Infinity War and I feel like they were held back for End Game. 

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I am not a professional analyst but I won't be far out ( in any sense) in my observations ....if you feel that I am, let's engage .

 

There have been 19 Walgreen Minimate waves in 3 & 1/2 years .

On any given day there are on average 12-13,000 'minimate' listings on US ebay.

There are currently less than 700 Walgreen minimate related listings on US ebay. The majority of those WG listings are from 'usualsuspects' minimate resellers who feel that $14+  is the 'right' price for a BIN.

There has only ever been 3 (Walgreen aka TRU 26)  Minimate 2-packs available for sale online , they are available right now @ $5.99 & if you were to buy 2 sets of each you would get all of them shipped for an inclusive price of $36.   There is no listing on ebay whereby you can buy a 2 pack for less than $6.

Certain WG Minimates are rarely seen on ebay.com at all ...but are they actually rare 'in the wild' ?  

 

My point ?  I'm not sure:unsure:

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Walgreens needs to discount older product, but since they reuse the same SKU, the most we can hope for is a buy-one-get-one sale.  Some of these older packs lingering should be $2 - $3 by now

This is how most retailers make room for new product, not sure why Walgreens is so hesitant to do this. 

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I just hope that the lack of sell out online doesn’t discourage them from trying again.

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Here in Denver I've seen Minimates from all over the time spectrum.  I was able to belated find all of the Squadron Supreme with a little searching last year.  One store had the Kraven/Hobgoblin animated - never saw them anywhere else.  I've yet to see Captain Marvel movie mates, but Black Panther and Thor Ragnarok Mates remain mixed in the Infinity War ones.

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