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Target Watch - Speed Racer and reset

It's been a while since we had a formal Target Watch, so today is high time to amend that! The local Target is dwindling on their stock in the toy isles, with everything from Star Wars to TMNT to Matchbox cars showing bare wall. Supposedly there is an early/mid April reset of the section coming, which might actually introduce placeholders for some of the excellent new lines that we're all looking forward to. That still seems a little on the early side, though, so it may be a staged roll-out. What we do know, however, is that two end-caps of Speed Racer product are planned to go up within the week, so anyone who is looking for those to hit the shelves should get themselves prepared!

Also, the three AllSpark Target Exclusive scout class figures finally made it to my town, though in vanishingly small numbers and they are seeming to fly off the shelves. The tail end of a line is always interesting, and it's becoming clear that those scouts are popular, while the two Leader class figures of Nightwatch Prime and Desert Brawl aren't really selling. I can't say I'm surprised - I've been keeping up with the full collection but put the brakes on at the thought of another $80 for those two repainted figures. Hopefully they will continue to not sell well, and some clearance action is in the near future. A concerning sight is the first wave of the DC Universe classics figures which are clogging their own pegs. The first shipment sold well (mostly to me, I guess) but the restock has been left high and dry. Not only is this a pain because they will not order wave 2 until there is room, but given Mattel's lofty plans of 25 figures a year for 5 years, with variants, for this product line, it'll have to sell a lot better to realize those goals. The saving grace is that the wave 1 figures seemed to sell much better in the 'big city' so hopefully the slow sales are not a national trend.
Posted by charlie on March 26th 2008, 08:57 AM
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