What most folks don't realize that in a bureaucracy of a corporation like Target, fixing problems take TIME.
Assigning a new DPCI number to a product isn't something that has to wait on bureaucracy. Of course, the entire concept of the DPCI inventory and POS system is flawed, and this is just one example of it.
I really don't "get" the wrestling figures or the Power Rangers. The pegs always seem stocked to the gills, but everyone claims that the stuff is a big seller. I think it's like baby pigeons. Nobody ever see them, but they exist. Nobody ever sees anyone buy wrestling or Power Ranger figures, but some one does...
Actually, other than Transformers during the holiday season, those are THE two categories to which I actually see kids paying attention. That's what I see parents buying. Wrestling figures sell to both kids who play with them and adults who collect them. Other than that, I see younger kids with Pokémon, Naruto, or Dragon Ball Z. Spider-Man 3
sold well, but they stocked so
much of it, that you'd never know it. I rarely see kids bother to look at STAR WARS
or DC characters, and I have never seen a kid give even a second glance to any Ben 10
stuff. It must sell, but it doesn't sell when I'm shopping.
GI Joe has made a comeback with a vengeance.
In the adult collector demographic, sure, but it's still a niche product, especially compared to the other lines mentioned in this thread.
Bryan Long wrote:
Well, since this thread's gone off the rails anyway, I'll tell you an incident about children's toy preferences that scared me:
On Halloween I tried to give away some of the 40-50 extra JLU Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and Flash that I've accumulated (as a customizer, I end up with LOTS of those taking up space and I'll never use them all). I made up "three-packs" with three of each character in a set.
About 40% of the kids that came to my door said "no thank you, I just want candy." Even when I assured them it was not either/or, they could have both, they said no.
That's interesting. I gave away trinity figures for two years, and all the kids loved them. This year, though, it was R2-D2s.