Yes, the summer toy drought is finally over. While Toys R Us jumped the gun and put out many of the new Star Wars and Transformers toys a few weeks ago, Target stores are in the process of resetting and stocking their action figure aisles. At two of my local Targets I found the Star Wars section jam packed with everything from Legacy and Clone Wars action figures to the new vehicles and battle packs. One even had high ticket items like the AT-AT and radio controlled Hailfire droid.
Transformer fans will also want to hit their local Target. The stores around here are packed with the first wave of Legends, Scouts, Deluxes, Voyagers and Leaders. They even had Human Alliance Jazz and Battle Ops Bumblebee. Also keep your eye out for Target’s new exclusive sets, which include two deluxe sized robots in some pretty garish colors. Needless to say, these will probably be on clearance in a few months.
Target doesn’t seem to be dedicating a lot of space for G.I. Joe. However the new Pursuit of Cobra toys are also starting to trickle out. My local Targets had a few pegs for figures as well as some shelf space for the vehicles and Mech suits. From what I’ve seen, these toys are a big improvement over the movie line and should be a big hit among collectors.
Target has slashed the price of its exclusive Star Wars Geonosis Arena Showdown sets from $12.99 to a more reasonable $6.99. This sale was not being advertised at the stores in my area. However, the sets rang up at this price.
Yakface is also reporting that Target’s exclusive G.I. Joe deluxe packs are scanning at $6.49. If your store still has them, the first wave of basic figures are also ringing up at $3.49.
While Target is known for their radical clearances, they usually wait a few months before slapping red tags on their exclusive items. Needless to say, I was a bit surprised to see that my local Target had marked down its new G.I Joe, Star Wars and Transformer toys after only a few weeks. These things weren’t exactly hot sellers, but with them marked down 30%, they’ll probably be gone by Christmas.
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If you missed some of the Black Friday sales, you’re in luck. According to this week’s ad, Walmart has rolled back the price of Star Wars and G.I. Joe action figures to $6. Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Fast Action Battlers and deluxe toys have also been marked down to $8. The sale runs until December 12th.
While Black Friday is still more than a week away, there have been numerous reports of people finding the new Target exclusive G.I Joe, Star Wars and Transformer toys at their local store. While doing my rounds this morning, I found an entire end cap full of them. Along with the Wedge Antilles X-wing fighter, they had two new Star Wars Clone Wars battle packs, the new TIE fighter with updated cockpit and the G.I. Joe Past and Present Rockslide ATAV. On top of that, they had all three of the new Transformers exclusives. Thanks to Computron34 of the TFW2005 boards for the pic.
If your local Target hasn’t put these toys out, you can use the links below to check and see if they have them in stock. Using the DPCI number, you can then have them pulled from the back room.
Didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas this year? If so, then head on over to HasbroToyShop.com and check out their After Christmas Sale. They have more than 260 items on sale, including a number of Star Wars, Transformers and G.I. Joe toys.
The first wave of G.I. Joe Mighty Muggs has begun to hit retail. While doing my rounds this morning, I found Duke, Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow and Cobra Commander at the Super Target in Fitchburg, WI.
Transformer collectors aren’t the only ones getting an exclusive at Target on Black Friday. The retailer will also be offering G.I. Joe fans an “Ultimate Battle Pack” that includes a Mobat tank, a Crimson H.I.S.S tank, Cobra Commander’s trouble bubble and six figures. While Black Friday is still a few weeks away, the pack has already shown up at some stores. Using the DPCI number (087-06-2067), gdztoys of the HissTank boards, picked up two at a Target in Beaverton, OR.
If you’re looking for some cheap G.I. Joe figures, run, don’t walk, to your local Target store. The retailer has single packed 25th Anniversary and Modern Era figures marked down to a mere $4.99. The sale runs until November 24th, but if my local Target is any example, stores are going to be cleaned out in no time.
Here’s some more good news for G.I. Joe collectors. bram1216 and Snow cat of the Hisstank boards found the first wave of Combat Heroes at Target and Toys R Us. The wave includes Snake Eyes/Zartan, Bazooka/Firefly, Duke/Cobra Trooper and Roadblock/Cobra Commander. The sets are priced around $6.99.