October 1, 2016 – Walmart may have been a bit slow in setting up its Rogue One displays and stocking its shelves by the time Force Friday arrived yesterday. But a visit a day later – what we tongue-in-cheek call “Force Saturday” – rewarded us with LOTS of new Star Wars products and some great prices.
Gone were the barren, forlorn shelves and pegs of the past few months. At a Super Walmart in Orlando, Florida, a healthy quantity of 6-inch and 3.75-inch action figures – including Walmart’s exclusive Black Series 3.75-inch figures – greeted customers.
Prices for some figures and the titanium vehicles are cheaper than Target and ToysRUs. The Rogue One 3.75-inch figures, for example, are now priced at $7.47 (compared to Target’s $7.99) and the 6-inch Black Series figures are $18.84 (compared to Target’s $19.99). Despite the price differences, however, Target is generally superior in action figure availability.
The more popular 6-inch figures were, predictably, all gone. No Sergeant Jyn Erso, no K-2S0, no Capt. Cassian Andor – practically no Rogue One 6-inch figures were left. If you were looking for older product, however, you could still pull a Jango Fett, Kanan Jarrus, Rey, a First Order Snowtrooper and some other retreads, all priced at $18.84 each.
Priced at $4.93 each, this could mean only one thing: Better get another shopping cart…. Titanium vehicle collectors are going to go nuts.
For $12.93, kids might like the plastic-y Force Awakens lightsabers – or the 12-inch Fifth Brother Inquisitor and other shampoo bottles ($9.92).
Deeper pockets will buy you the remote-controlled BB-8 ($59.00) or the new Rogue One “Interactech” Imperial Stormtrooper ($29.84), featuring “65+ sounds and phrases”.
A couple new Rogue One vehicles were still on hand, including the TIE Striker ($39.97) and the Rebel U-Wing Fighter ($44.88).
Lego products dominate half the aisle, including the Lego Buildable Figures of Kylo Ren, K-2SO and the Imperial Death Trooper ($24.86 each).
Lego’s Captain Phasma and First Order Stormtrooper are still patiently waiting to be adopted as well.
Lego Star Wars vehicles and playsets sell well, filling in the gap left by Hasbro:
If you are looking for even more vehicles, Walmart will be happy to oblige. A cardboard display houses dozens and dozens of classic and new Star Wars ships priced at $4.88 each.
Finally, don’t forget to check out the Clearance Aisle. Some left over stragglers from The Force Awakens, including a First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter (reduced to $19.00 from $39.99), a Hot Wheels “Escape from Jakku” playset ($20) and some Funko Pop vinyl figures ($4), might still fit in your shopping cart. Or not.
Walmart, by the way, has just released the following commercial, which promotes their exclusive Scarif Stormtrooper Black Series figure. No word yet when Walmart will release these action figures for sale.