I made an unplanned stop at a Target this morning on the way to San Diego (a toddler saying she's about to poop her pants has a way of making one do so). Since I was there, I figured I'd check out the toy aisles, and almost carped my own pants when I saw Utris M'toc sitting right on the front of a peg. I expected him to come with the HK-50 part, but, no, he has the BG-J38 right leg.
Any idea what's going on here? I was under the impression this variant would only be in the EU wave, now a TRU exclusive. There were a few remnants of the ESB and ROTS waves (including Willrow--sorry, Tycho, this took me so by surprise I forgot momentarily you wanted more of him), but all of them came with the proper HK-50 and YVH-1 parts.
So, is the wave sneaking out early, and at stores other than TRU? I kind of doubt it, unless someone snatched up all the EU figures and somehow missed Utris. Then again, I've not read any reports of anyone finding Utris mixed in with the ESB or ROTS waves, and it really makes no sense for one figure with one part of an as-yet unreleased droid to be released with an earlier wave.
Adding to the oddness, one of the ROTS wave figures they had was the concept IG-88. He had the proper right leg to YVH-1. However, across the back, where the strip that says "Collect these awesome characters!" is printed, there's a sticker that says "Product not available in all countries" in 17 (!!!) languages. Also, the entire bottom side of the bubble has a large sticker covering the bar code and legalese, with the legalese again in multiple languages and a different UPC that wasn't in the Target system. (The cashier just scanned Utris twice.) Oh, and the Eopie sticker isn't on the front, and there's a sticker on the right side of the bubble with the Hasbro logo, lion head in triangle, CE logo--all the stuff that doesn't fit on the bottom because of the 17 languages thing. It's clearly not been opened or re-packed, though. I didn't notice any other figures with the extra/missing stickers.
I'll try to get pictures tomorrow (too exhausted right now to mess with the camera), but I'm not sure which of these finds is weirder. Pretty happy to have Utris and a second concept IG-88, though. Anyone else come across either of these oddities, or know what's going on?