…and Two Steps back…Part 2
October 28, 2009

It’s happening again!    Remember a few weeks back when I showed you the picture of the purple carded JLU 3-pack that I found at the Target closest to my house?  Well, it’s not just confined to that Target by my house, not it’s happening at the one closest to work!

Yesterday I went to Target to get some stuff for work. TheTarget I went to is the ONLY one in my area that has confirmed sightings/purchase of the 3 new 3-packs. A friend got me a full set of the 3 newest JLU 3-packs at that store over the weekend. Someone else got the other set of 3 that would be in that case of 6 pieces.

Whoever got the other 3 3-packs must have been sitting on some old stock, because they returned the following 3-packs to that store: Purple carded Ultra Humanite 3-pack, old yellow carded Zatanna, Batman, Shining Knight 3-pack and the Vixen, Dr. Fate, Hawkgirl 3-pack.

So not only does that Target now still have 5 Captain Atom and 2 Question 3-packs on the pegs… now they have even OLDER stock!

It’s amazing we can still find anything new in these parts.

Sorry for the blurry picture.  It was taken with a camera phone while in a hurry.


Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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  • Danny CantinaDan says:

    Gah, that’s heartbreaking.

  • red Ricky says:

    How can you tell it isn’t Target’s old stock?

    I mean… I don’t doubt you. And I expect the ol’e switcharoo to be more prevalent once those Eclipso JLU 6-packs start hitting the shelves at $25 to $30 a pop!

    But by the same token, one of my happiest moments as a collector happened in 2005 when, by chance of needing a new pair of cleats; I happened to walk into the KB Toy store across the hall from a Virginia Champs Store.

    And to my surprise, someone had unearthed a box of Toybiz Hulk Classics that contained a Smart Hulk, Mr. Fixit, Absorbing Man and Savage Hulk. As you can imagine, I was in collector Nirvana. And then of course, I spent the next 8 months hoping to find a Mecha-Hulk or a F4 Dragon Man; but no such luck.

    My point is that:

    A- Sometimes both customers hide merchandise, and employees misplace them.

    B- Sometimes, the stores’ inventory system messes up.

    C- And Finally… The Ultra Humanite, Green Arrow, Shining Knight and Vixen are figures that still command a pretty penny on Ebay; so I’m pretty sure they’ll find a good home soon. Maybe even faster than those Questions & Captain Atoms you mentioned.

    • Daniel Pickett JuliusMarx says:

      My great hope is that there are collectors that would find those and need them.
      What makes me think they are returns as opposed to lost stock is that there are three of them (same number as the new sets) and that they are from different waves/assortments. It’s not like they put out a full case of purple carded 3-packs. And usually when I find something in a Target that was lost or hidden, there is the appropriate layer of dust on them for how long they have been lost. Just last month I went into another local Target and found 5 of the “Revenge of the Sith” Target Exclusive Lave Refelection Obi Wans (from 2005). These had clearly been unearthed from under a a shelf base when they did their latest reset.
      I supposed it’s possible they were finds, but that was my thought process.

  • Erik superfriend says:

    My experience is similar. At this point, I have almost given up collecting DC hero toys from Mattel. The only product I can find is Brave and Bold, which they tell us is a “kids” line.
    No JLU post Question.
    No DCUC post wave 7. Except the Walmart 5 pack.
    No DCIH. Except Target Superman/Batman movie packs and Walmart Titans 6 pack.

  • Howard the Duck says:

    One can only hope that someone still needs them, or that the holidays help move them on out. But I don’t think this would happen at all if the retail price was still $9.99 and not $15.99.

  • You’d think the Arrow/Humanite pack would move. That’s a pretty good pack cept for Supergirl.

    • stcardinal says:

      True, personally I’ve yet to see that pack. My Targets have been carrying the orange packs for a few years now too.

  • darth_helios says:

    Now please don’t tell me that these old stock carry the new price tag…THE HORROR

  • Mike says:

    I live in St Louis and i have not seen any of the new 3 packs as well around August we got in the 2 6 pack they went quick. But now they have restocked them but no new 3 packs same old same old. We have a toyshow here every other month but only seen one 3 pack there.

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