As most of the folks know on this site I am a manager at Wal-Mart. With that said there is nothing better than stocking fresh cases of figures on shelves for folks to find. I usually order three to four cases at a time, and although I no longer have to hunt since I work where I shop, but I still remember the thrill of the find, so I am eager to order cases for local collectors. I can tell that people find stuff when inspecting my sales.
Well three weeks ago on 9/15 I got wave 9 of the OTC in stock. This wave has 1 of every new fig from Darth Hoth to Lando General. I ordered 6 cases and got 2 cases of the Gammorean Guard and four other cases which were old assortments. I thought I was in the clear to order a large batch of 10 cases so I could make a new endcap because with the Gammorrean wave there was only one to a case (thus no pegwarmers), and the post OTC figs on the way it seemed so sweet a prospect.
Well they arrived over the past two days, and this is what I got after three weeks of waiting:
3 cases of the Jawa/Tusken wave - This case comes with a bunch of old figs and 2 Jawas and 2 Tuskens
1 case of the Admiral Ozzel wave - Thats right. This assortment is over six months old with no OTC packaging.
Finally the big dissappointment:
6 cases of the Han Solo AT-ST case. This case is labeled Wave 9A R1: It comes with 3 Han AT-ST, 3 General Madine, 3 General Lando, and 3 Bespin Leias!
Since I have got 6 cases of the last group I now have 18 Bespin Leias. I have had two Leias on the shelf for over three weeks now. As a result these are now pegwarmers with the Ozzel Wave, and all the extra old figs.
I just thought that many would find this post interesting because as a retailer it takes three weeks to get new stuff into our store. When we do get something it's always the luck of the draw on what we get. No matter how hard I try to keep new stuff on the shelves so folks around my area don't go through the web to pay more I am reguarly dissappointed when Hasbro (not our warehouse) sends us garbage. Having 18 of 4 figures just creates a considerable mess for my department manager, for the collectors in my area, and me.
I'm sure that other stores try to keep up with this also. They do have the same hard time with this topic as my store. So the next time you go in a store and the shelves have been empty for over a month, give the person in charge hell for being lazy. But if you go in a store that sometimes get new stuff, and all the sudden they are barraged with old pegwarmers try not to think poorly of the store.
All I can say is I wish I had the power to give Hasbro hell for their inconsiderate case assortments both for my stores sake and the local collectors sake!