Is it odd that Canada is getting them first, or is it normally like that?
We never get anything first, and never in any quantity or breadth.
Before a passport was required to cross the border, I'd drive over on toy hunts and be blown away at your in-store selection. You guys got stuff I'd never heard of. (I recall the KRYPTO toy line as only one example. I still have my ACE the Bat-hound!)
From what I've read Canada would sometimes get final waves of cancelled toy lines.
For example, I remember getting the final wave of INDIANA JONES figures when the line was pulled.
(Temple of Doom wave. With Short Round and Willie Scott etc.)