Hot Wheels! Walmart in the USA has a new exclusive assortment of cars for $0.97 a pop. This batch is based on planets. It’s the third “$1″ car batch, the previous two focused on episodes and factions.
These are quite nice - while Rogue One iconography is nowhere to be seen, you’ll see some retro graphics on the side with touristy vistas, Tusken Raiders, AT-ATs, lightsaber duels, Cloud City, and more. You’ll even notice Rey on her speeder on the Jakku one. If you ever bought the old Burger King glasses, the art style is similar to those.
So far Walmart’s have been the only Hot Wheels sets I’ve been all-in on, thanks to the lower price point and the creative designs. As a bonus, they all have distinctive card art. Get ‘em if you can find them! Designs include Kamino, Mustafar, Tatooine, Hoth, Dagobah, Bespin, Endor, and Jakku - and are numbered sequentially in order of appearance in the saga. At this time I know of no Rogue One tie-in assortment, but we've still got a few more months.
Hasbro's PR team kindly sent along a press release with many new and some neewish exclusives! More are coming this fall, but for now, here's a look at what you can expect on (or around) Friday, September 30. None of the 3 3/4-inch figure exclusives are listed here, but 6-inch, prop replicas, Nerf guns, and more await you after the jump.
That first trio of The Black Series 3 3/4-inch action figures are hitting Walmarts now - that's the good news. I spied two of them personally yesterday, neither of which seem to be significantly altered from previous releases.
Each figure is $12.93, and comes boxed. Darth Vader is a repack of the classic 500th Darth Vader mold, and now we know the dome is not glued down - the sample I saw was floating around freely in the box, the figure loose and the helmet wedged down below. Chewbacca appears to be a repack of the 2004 Original Trilogy Collection Vintage figure, which was $9.99 (and cheaper) and also repacked several times since then. I was not able to confirm if Luke has any changes, as he was not available at the stores I examined.
There's always hope! Walmart has 3 figures up for grabs now and more are coming. Tonight you can order Luke Skywalker (dirty boot redeco recolor of 2012 Vintage Blu-Ray Jedi Luke), Darth Vader (repack, possible redeco of the 500th Vader mold), and Chewbacca (possible redeco of 2004 Vintage Chewbacca.) I'm in the middle of a series of large crises so I'll update this with facts (or your comments) as time permits. As you wait, click below to see the figures at Walmart.com.
Upcoming releases include the unreleased Ceremonial Leia, Kylo Ren, and a First Order Stormtrooper.
If you ain't seen it, the Walmart Exclusive Funko Pop! Vinyl Sandtrooper and Dewback may be at a store near you - and if it's like my local Walmart, it's literally the only Star Wars thing on the aisle. The two-pack is $20.00 which means it's quite the decent deal. Good hunting!
The Walmart exclusive 2.5 foot Star Wars Rebels Millennium Falcon is now available for pre-order online. Features include a rotating radar dish, turning canon, and label sheets for $59.96. Click here to pre-order yours for an expected 10/07 ship date.
The third time is the charm! We got R2-B1 before in 2000 and 2007, but this is the one you'll want. This "newly" released hard-to-find Walmart exclusive started hitting big in the last week, so did you get yours? And should you? Read on!
The Walmart Discover The Force exclusive Royal Starship Droids and Mos Espa Arena Battle Packs are now BACK available online at Walmart.com for $24.96 each! Save time, gas and shipping and choose Site to Store to have it delivered to your local Walmart! Hurry before they're gone!
We second our dose of pasty white, angry, former padawans turned gun for hire with the all new Aurra Sing from the Discover The Force Walmart exclusive wave of figures. Twelve years is a long time to upgrade from the almost pre-posed Power of the Jedi figure, but it's a worthy and even definitive effort.
Walmart screwed up, and it's to your benefit, Hunters. They've marked down ALL their Vintage Collection basic figures to $4 (regularly $8.96). ALL means the latest The Phantom Menace and Blu-Ray Deleted Scenes waves (if you can find them).
Walmart.com has launched a Discover The Force 3D Gallery featuring various images that can be viewed with the special 3D glasses included with their DTF exclusives. Most images are featured on the DTF packaging and cardbacks but a few are rather new, including a cool dioramic preview of the upcoming MTT! Thanks to Jayson at Yakface.com for the keen eye!
The 1999 party continues and it's happening at Walmart. The Discover The Force exclusives are now being put out just in time for the release of The Phantom Menace 3D this weekend. Our initial concerns about single case assortments being found have been proven unwarranted by the wonderful revelation that Walmart stores (most of them anyway) will be placing a POS display with all 17 exclusive pieces including 12 figures, 2 Battle Packs, 2 Vehicles, and the Qui-Gon Jinn Electronic Lightsaber. Discover The Force indeed!
The Walmart exclusive Discover The Force wave of action figures have finally hit the U.S. SWCollector reports finding the entire assortment at a store in Texas. The pricepoint is relative to the Movie Heroes line at $8.96 each and looks to be packed 1 per case. This may portend to tough hunting in the onset for the likes of Ric Olie and G8-R3, since these are a few of the figures in the wave which aren't planned to be re-issued in Vintage cards later in the year.
After a lackluster January 30th that saw most merchandise released by Walmart weeks before and Discover The Force looking to be delayed until The Phantom Menace 3D hits theaters, it's time for some bargain hunting. Our Galactic Hunt Report advises you to stay on Target.
Following up on our earlier report, Target seems to be the retailer selling the Titanium 3 packs for Hasbro's MSRP of $19.99, which leads us to believe that Walmart, usually the "low price leader' amongst big box retailers, has their $29.96 pricing in error or they are getting really greedy. We lean towards the former.