The year on year increase in exclusives suggests a certain confidence in Generations by US retailers which we don't see here.
I imagine part of the lack of confidence in the UK from retailers has been Hasbro UK's inability to supply product.
Missed this at the time.
I'm laying the blame firmly at Hasbro UK's feet. I'm seeing a lack of new Hasbro product, not just TFs, across the board. There's a quantity of new to us SW in The Entertainer, but that's older stock and I suspect Grey Imported (will check) That's about it. What has been into the country appears to be in low numbers: Micromasters w2 came into the country, went to the online retailers and sold but has not been seen at retail beyond the sci fi specialists. Deluxe w2 only came in as solid cases, and the one of the characters was missing. Again, not seen at retail beyond specialists. We know the Euro w2 case exists because it's been seen in Germany.
Lots of factors at work here which might be influencing WHY Hasbro UK is making a pigs of it, some of which may be beyond their control.
As posted elsewhere (I have no idea where the thread is now) it seems that it is Hasbro worldwide that is to blame. At the moment. Although given Hasbro UK's track record to date I won't completely absolve them.
Last night was enough to tell us some are coming, if you read the WFC numbers. We know Fasttrack's, if we assume he's the highest numbered w3 deluxe and work gap there's a two toy gap. If he's not the highest numbered w3 deluxe the gap is bigger
RFC are saying Hasbro Pulse have said to Premium members that they should be on hand Saturday 1.30-4.00pm Eastern logged in with card details to hand for early access to pre-ordering exclusives that will be announced at Toy Fair.
I hope so. Last year's EA annoyed me. It was like Matty Collector days. Exclusives that are unavailable after a few minutes are rather divisive. I'm still annoyed at not being able to get the Skywarp set.
Yeah, the brown box Select stuff wasn't a problem because our import shops got them through Hasbro UK. Of all of those exclusives, the only one that were a real problem were the Target sets. Everything else was available to buy through various routes. Skywarp was on amazon.com for ages. Even Ratchet was around enough to be able to get one eventually, if at inflated prices. But the MM set and the Rainmakers were nowhere.
Another Exclusives Apocalypse tomorrow. From Star Action Figures FB:
'Just a heads up, there will some pre-orders going live tomorrow from 3pm. Star Wars and Marvel at 3pm, followed by GI Joe and Transformers at 4pm. There only a few figures from each line, and nothing that is part of regular waves, all US Stores exclusives.
As things are at the moment, the Star Wars line is limited, and we will limit them to one per person. **We do not expect them to sell out tomorrow, but to try and limit traffic, we will be adding half our allocation at 3pm, and the rest during the evening between 7-8pm, although we do not expect them to sell out at any point, so don't panic if you cannot get on the site straight away. They should be available throughout the evening.'