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 Post subject: Where are the THOR: THE DARK WORLD figures!?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:20 am 
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This is the week that THOR: THE DARK WORLD premieres in theaters.

So where are the action figures? I have been regularly checking the Walmarts, Targets, and TRUs in my area. TRU has had a small smattering of Thor items, very little of it in the form of the 4" action figures which one would believe is the core of the line.

Walmart and Target -- NOTHING. Not even any shelf space, at least not for figures. I saw some hammers at Target today. Hammers, no figures. What they DO have is a lot of Iron Man 3 and Superman Man of Steel stuff gathering dust. Why is this product not being clearanced to make room for new merchandise that might actually sell?

I know -- I could get the Thor toys online. I don't like to go the mail order route if I can help it. And let's be honest. The Thor toys SHOULD be in the stores -- but at least around here -- they're not. I am curious if this is the same situation elsewhere. What's the Thor supply like in your area?

If this is the same everywhere, then I am very concerned. It doesn't not speak well of either the toy companies or the retailers that they're unwilling to mark older movie-related merchandise down to clear it out to make room for new.

Worse, a trend like that could be very bad news for FUTURE movies. In the next couple of years, we've got Captain America: Winter Soldier; Avengers: Age of Ultron; X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Superman/Batman to look forward to. One would think there would be action figures for most of these movies. But will we see them?

I question whether any toy line intended for mass merchandise stores can survive as an online-only offering. This is not a good thing for the toy companies, the retailers, or the action figure world in general, because it is far too limiting. Kids who don't see a Thor toy in the stores aren't going to want to wait for mail order.

The action figure world is in dire enough straits these days without this sort of thing happening. THOR should be in the stores NOW, but he's not, at least not much around here, and I question whether he will be. And that's a very sad situation to contemplate, of itself and in its future ramifications.

Somebody tell me the supply situation is better in their area...?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:43 am 
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The TRUs near me have put out a little bit of them, and most of them have sold. And that's it. I'm still kicking myself for not getting the Dark Elf when I first found them because I haven't seen him since. I was hoping they would restock, but they have not. And nobody else has them at all.


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 Post subject: Re: Where are the THOR: THE DARK WORLD figures!?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:25 pm 
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I got the main baddie (ugly monster guy whose name escapes me).

I'd like at least a couple Dark Elves, but I have yet to see them.

I think they (the retailers) got burned a bit on the first movie and so cut back quite a bit this time around.

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 Post subject: Re: Where are the THOR: THE DARK WORLD figures!?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:46 pm 
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It's incredibly annoying, but not all that hard to believe. Me, I just want some Dark Elves so I can go back to not caring that this line exists, so it'd be disingenuous of me to be miffed that they're not turning up on all the usual store shelves.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 4:51 pm 
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I've been wondering this as well. Kind surprising nothing in the other 2 big box stores. I'd like a dark elf but i need to see one first to decide. I had chance on HTS but it was going to be like 17 shipped and no real option of a return if i changed my mind (same thing with leader).

isn't sad that they will put only one of the most desired figure but 4 of a figure no one but the hardest core marvel movie fans would even consider buying. Hopefully a wave 2 will have more dark elf. You know, i guess if i find one, i find one. I hunted for a destroyer forever, had no luck then boom, i found a bunch, same thing with widow, hawkeye, skrull and nick fury. So if its meant to be, it is meant to be.

What strikes me is if they are going to fold mu into movie and avenger assemble lines finding these figs will not only become difficult but expensive too. I think folding MU into their other lines is going to be a disaster for us collectors. I know they don't want to pay Marvel/Disney lisc fee for MU name/brand thus making it cheaper for them by deleting one and rolling it into movie an AA lines.

Well, we shall see what happens.


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 Post subject: Re: Where are the THOR: THE DARK WORLD figures!?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:06 pm 
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Well, it did take over a year, but I eventually found King Laufrey and Sif, so I figure we'll find a ton of Dark Elves by Thanksgiving . . . 2014.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:09 pm 
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I'm a huge Thor fan, and I want everything this line has to offer. But someone has to put it on the shelves for me to get it. This is a huge missed opportunity for the retailers, as the iron will likely never be hotter than it is right now.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:54 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Where are the THOR: THE DARK WORLD figures!?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:09 am 
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Ive seen this line at several TRUs multiple times-- but never a dark elf, but nowhere else.


What is odd is that one of the stores only had Kurses left, which is a very nice figure.

And the other- tons of Thor (of course)

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 Post subject: Re: Where are the THOR: THE DARK WORLD figures!?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:24 am 
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I picked up Kurse and Poncho Thor at TRU a couple of weeks back. Only seen them at TRU so far.


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 Post subject: Re: Where are the THOR: THE DARK WORLD figures!?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:31 am 
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Me, too. It might as well be a TRU exclusive right now.

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 Post subject: Re: Where are the THOR: THE DARK WORLD figures!?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:57 am 
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TRU is the only place I saw this. I saw the Dark Elf once and didn't pick it up cause I didn't think it was going to be that difficult to find :(

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:15 am 
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I finally found them at TRU. I picked (as Dan so aptly named him) "poncho" Thor, and Loki. I'd already gotten Kurse from a friend, and there were no Dark Elves to be found. Anyone know what the case pack is supposed to be for these?

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 Post subject: Re: Where are the THOR: THE DARK WORLD figures!?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:39 pm 
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This Thor: The Dark World 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures Wave 1 Case contains 12 individually packaged action figures (subject to change):
3x Thor #1
3x Thor #2
3x Kurse
1x Dark Elf
2x Loki

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 Post subject: Re: Where are the THOR: THE DARK WORLD figures!?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:48 pm 
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Seriously? The only troop builder in the assortment, and it's packed one per case? Sigh.

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