TRU does so count as mass retail. It's part of the "Big Four" that contains it, Walmart, Target, and Kmart (KB Toys used to be in this as well, making them the "Big Five"). Discount stores are part of the "Market Six" branch, but TRU is a main retailer.Primeultimus wrote:GuyIncognito wrote:Primeultimus wrote:
When they show up at retail outlets other then discount stores or Toys R Us let us continue the conversation.
Well they're available through retailers now; that's the point. Why don't TRU and discount stores count as "retail" in your definition?
Because they are specialty retail. They do not carry the same items as Target , Walmart and Kmart usually do. They are Retail and do carry certain cancelled or so thought cancelled items like the First Edition , GDO , Power Core Combiner and Reveal The Shield Lines as well as Skyquake from the Prime Line.
As for the things you mentioned that TRU carries that other retailers don't, Power Core Combiners and Reveal the Shield were both mass retail lines found in plenty of Targets, Walmarts, and Kmarts; Prime Skyquake was just a late arrival and only found at TRU becaue TRU still had Prime RID toys for sale at a time when other retailers had emptied their Prime RID stock and were already deep in Prime BH toys; and both the Prime First Edition and Generations GDO toys were exclusive to TRU, meaning they were never going to come to mass retail since no other store would take them. They weren't canceled if they came to the store they were meant to come to.
And TRU having exclusives is no different from Target or Walmart having exclusives of their own.