@Walmart Introduces New In-Store Collectibles Destination With New and Exclusive Products That Are Licensed To Thrill
October 3, 2018

Walmart stores to offer one-stop shop for pop culture merchandise and the exclusive brick and mortar retail home for Loot Crate.

 

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Oct. 3, 2018 – Walmart is levelling up its pop culture merchandise for fans, announcing it will introduce a new, dedicated collectibles section in the entertainment department of more than 3,500 stores starting the week of Oct. 15. This new destination for collectors will feature:

• The exclusive brick and mortar retail home of Loot Crate, the popular subscription box will now be available for Walmart customers to purchase in store, debuting six different themed boxes featuring top movie, TV and game franchises reimagined as limited edition collectibles.

• An assortment of the best brands and selection of exclusive, accessories, toys, collectors boxes and more, with new and exclusive product from Funko, McFarlane Toys, and CultureFly.

“Pop culture fans are passionate about their fandoms and look for ways to incorporate it into all aspects of their life,” said Brent Duwe, senior buying manager, Walmart U.S. “We’re introducing a new assortment to serve fans in a way we haven’t before. Our new collectibles section will be a destination for our customers to find exclusive merchandise at the best prices for all fandoms, with more to come!”

Fan-Favorite Merchandise For All The Fandoms

There has never been a better time to be a fan than now and Walmart is excited to bring exclusive items for customers to show love for their fandoms. Whether you’re a casual collector or a dyed in the wool fan, there will be something for everyone.

Walmart will be the exclusive brick and mortar retail home for Loot Crate, the worldwide leader in fan subscription boxes. Customers will have their choice of six different boxes, all around a unique theme such as Best of the 80s, Space Out, Merc with a Mouth, Not of this World, Gaming Treasures, or Gaming Legends at launch for $19.88.

“We’re excited to curate fandom experiences with our partners at Walmart,” said Chris Davis, CEO of Loot Crate. “Loot Crate creatively collaborates with top licenses to deliver collectibles that are unique, and something that super-fans could only find at fan conventions, but now they can fill out their collections at Walmart stores nationwide.”

Funko Funatics will have a new spot to hunt Funko Pop! vinyl figures, as Funko merchandise moves from the toy department to their new home in Walmart’s collectibles section.

“We’re thrilled that Funko products will be joining the brand new collectibles section at Walmart stores across the country,” said Brian Mariotti, Funko Chief Executive Officer. “Collectibles is a brilliant addition to the merchandise display as is evident by the millions of people that shop pop culture favorites. We are eager to showcase Funko’s vast assortment of Pop! products in this new area and continue bringing joy to Walmart customers.”

Coming to stores and Walmart.com in late October, Walmart will have an exclusive chrome Thanos in six different colors, one for each of the Infinity Stones. But if you’re attending New York Comic Con, you might be able to snap up the Mad Titan a little early. Follow our friends at Funko for more details!

 

Joining Funko in their move from toys to collectibles will be products from celebrated action figure maker McFarlane Toys. In addition to the exclusive NBA 2K19 line of figures, Walmart will have three exclusive figures from EA SPORTS™ Madden NFL 19 Ultimate Team: Tom Brady, Dak Prescott, and Jason Witten. Plus, fans of Stranger Things will be able to find Upside Down Will in mid-October.

Finally, following a successful launch last holiday season, CultureFly returns to Walmart with their exclusive collector’s boxes, featuring unique products fans are sure to love. Customers will have their choice of boxes featuring a variety of items from Harry Potter, Fallout, Rick & Morty, and PlayStation for $19.88.

“Working with Walmart to bring new CultureFly boxes to their new collectibles section has been exciting,” said Edward Erani, CultureFly, Co-Founder. “I am confident that consumers will fall in love with the assortment and feel like they are walking a mini comic-con at their local Walmart.”

This news follows a recent announcement from Walmart to offer more toys than ever before and deliver the best shopping experience through in-store events and demos, and a new specialty toy experience online.

For more information, please visit http://news.walmart.com.

 

About Walmart

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 265 million customers and members visit our more than 11,200 stores under 55 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2018 revenue of $500.3 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

 

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, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.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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1 Comment »

  • Thomas Wheeler says:

    It is laughable that Funko is mentioned in this article. Walmart should know better. Those bobble-heads are on the way out so badly most stores can’t get rid of them.

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