Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross

Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross

Thursday, March 15th, 2018 11:27pm CDT

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As many of us know, the tail-end releases of lines can often be hard to non-existent to find in big-box retail stores; think Combiner Wars Sky Lynx; Thrilling 30 Arcee and Chromia; and Titans Return Overlord. While these figures elude many shelves at Walmart, Target and Toys R Us (RIP :-( ), they often find their way to discount chains like Marshalls and TJMaxx. Case in point? Titans Return Slugslinger and the rest/repacks of the Wave 6 assortment have found their way to Ross! This particular sighting comes to us from the Ross store located in West Bountiful, Utah, courtesy of yours truly. Priced at just $7.99 (!), I found two of Slugslinger as well as one each of Hot Rod and Hardhead.

Transformers News: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross

Transformers News: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross

Have you seen any hard to find figures out and about at your discount chains? Please let us know, and as always, post away in your local sightings forum to help fellow local collectors out.

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Re: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross (1946454)
Posted by LevelRage on March 15th, 2018 @ 11:36pm CDT
Guess I'll be checking my local Ross' in a few days then. Not sure if I'll pick any up though.
Re: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross (1946455)
Posted by The_Bob81 on March 15th, 2018 @ 11:39pm CDT
Wave 6 found at Ross but wave 5 never sighted within 60 miles of me at any store
Re: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross (1946459)
Posted by Bounti76 on March 16th, 2018 @ 12:03am CDT
The_Bob81 wrote:Wave 6 found at Ross but wave 5 never sighted within 60 miles of me at any store



I never saw Wave 5 anywhere at all except online.
Re: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross (1946467)
Posted by Aimless Misfire on March 16th, 2018 @ 3:42am CDT
Yeah, wave 5 is the hard one to find. Wave 6 was easy to find at Walmart.

But of course Misfire is my favorite so as usual I get boned. If Misfire was in wave 1 then wave 1 would have been impossible to find. :-(
Re: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross (1946474)
Posted by BATTLEMASTER IIC on March 16th, 2018 @ 5:21am CDT
The only one I found from wave 6 was Slugslinger. I couldn't find Overlord or Misfire. Heck, even on Amazon I don't remember Misfire being under $25 :BANG_HEAD:
Re: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross (1946478)
Posted by Randomhero on March 16th, 2018 @ 6:03am CDT
Bounti76 wrote:
The_Bob81 wrote:Wave 6 found at Ross but wave 5 never sighted within 60 miles of me at any store



I never saw Wave 5 anywhere at all except online.



Yeah I never saw anything passed wave 4 and I have 8 Walmart’s and 7 Targets and 2 toysrus around me. Ended up just going online for the rest except Windblade and just got the Legends version this week. Gotta say I’m pretty impressed with her.
Re: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross (1946482)
Posted by X3ROhour on March 16th, 2018 @ 6:44am CDT
Bounti76 wrote:
The_Bob81 wrote:Wave 6 found at Ross but wave 5 never sighted within 60 miles of me at any store



I never saw Wave 5 anywhere at all except online.

me 2
& im an avid hunter.

:HEADHURTS:
Re: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross (1946492)
Posted by Aimless Misfire on March 16th, 2018 @ 7:27am CDT
So if wave 5 never hit stores & they're not even hitting Ross, WHERE THE HELL DID THEY ALL GO???



BATTLEMASTER IIC wrote:The only one I found from wave 6 was Slugslinger. I couldn't find Overlord or Misfire. Heck, even on Amazon I don't remember Misfire being under $25 :BANG_HEAD:


I got my 2 Misfires off Amazon for $19.99 each when they were first released. I bought the 2nd for a custom & to get free shipping.
Re: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross (1946508)
Posted by o.supreme on March 16th, 2018 @ 9:22am CDT
Aimless Misfire wrote:So if wave 5 never hit stores & they're not even hitting Ross, WHERE THE HELL DID THEY ALL GO???


Purchased by scalpers from online sites like TFSource & BBTS, and now found on eBay and Amazon for ridiculous prices.
Re: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross (1946518)
Posted by Aimless Misfire on March 16th, 2018 @ 10:27am CDT
o.supreme wrote:
Aimless Misfire wrote:So if wave 5 never hit stores & they're not even hitting Ross, WHERE THE HELL DID THEY ALL GO???


Purchased by scalpers from online sites like TFSource & BBTS, and now found on eBay and Amazon for ridiculous prices.


Ok, say places like TFSource & BBTS ordered the usual amount they do for every wave. But places like Walmart & Toys R Us didn't order any. Does that mean Hasbro didn't produce as much of that wave? Or does it mean all the cases that Walmart & Toys R Us would normally get are still out there somewhere?

How does distribution work when a huge store like Walmart totally skips over a wave?
Re: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross (1946522)
Posted by o.supreme on March 16th, 2018 @ 10:38am CDT
I'm inclined to think there was just way less produced in this wave. Apparently a few Targets & Walmarts in the U.S. did get them if the sightings section is accurate, but they were few and far between. In other places such as Canada and Asian markets, these items were not in short supply, so either they produced more for those markets, or yes, there are a ton of figures just sitting in a warehouse somewhere. If that were the case though, one would think they would have shown up at Ross/TJMaxx and the like a while ago. Of course the same thing happened with Kre-o. I had to really hunt for the last few Kreon Transformers figs. I even called Hasbro customer service to ask why these toys were being sold in Canada, Brazil, and Asian markets and NOT in the United States, and nobody could give a definitive answer.
Re: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross (1946525)
Posted by Randomhero on March 16th, 2018 @ 11:11am CDT
Aimless Misfire wrote:
o.supreme wrote:
Aimless Misfire wrote:So if wave 5 never hit stores & they're not even hitting Ross, WHERE THE HELL DID THEY ALL GO???


Purchased by scalpers from online sites like TFSource & BBTS, and now found on eBay and Amazon for ridiculous prices.


Ok, say places like TFSource & BBTS ordered the usual amount they do for every wave. But places like Walmart & Toys R Us didn't order any. Does that mean Hasbro didn't produce as much of that wave? Or does it mean all the cases that Walmart & Toys R Us would normally get are still out there somewhere?

How does distribution work when a huge store like Walmart totally skips over a wave?



That’s not how it works. I work in retail and deal with Walmart’s and targets and such. A lot of times stores don’t order certain franchises when they’re sitting heavy on other franchises. If a store is sitting on pallets and pallets of nerf guns they won’t order other stuff still their backstock is gone no matter how empty transformers are or something else.

Now with Star Wars back in full force and marvel having a movie out every fall spring and summer they’re sitting on tons of that. Star Wars especially. I had a Walmart I had as an account and I heard them say flat “don’t order anymore toys until we burn through our nerf and Star Wars backstock.

Late waves like wave 6 end up in discount stores because they sit in Hasbro a warehouse and they dump them off on Ross and TJ maxx and marshals at cost just to get rid of them or they do big sales on the Hasbro store.
Re: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross (1946529)
Posted by nycPrime on March 16th, 2018 @ 11:21am CDT
Randomhero wrote:That’s not how it works. I work in retail and deal with Walmart’s and targets and such. A lot of times stores don’t order certain franchises when they’re sitting heavy on other franchises. If a store is sitting on pallets and pallets of nerf guns they won’t order other stuff still their backstock is gone no matter how empty transformers are or something else.

Now with Star Wars back in full force and marvel having a movie out every fall spring and summer they’re sitting on tons of that. Star Wars especially. I had a Walmart I had as an account and I heard them say flat “don’t order anymore toys until we burn through our nerf and Star Wars backstock.

Late waves like wave 6 end up in discount stores because they sit in Hasbro a warehouse and they dump them off on Ross and TJ maxx and marshals at cost just to get rid of them or they do big sales on the Hasbro store.

I appreciate that insight. What this tells me is that Hasbro needs to get more involved in, or improve, the distribution of its toys. Maybe it needs to rethink everything, but something has to give. It is a major problem if there are products that its customers want, and Hasbro can't deliver that product because it's sitting in a warehouse. That just shouldn't happen. And with TRU going out of business, now is a great time for Hasbro to rethink through its strategy and figure out how to best get its products into the hands of its paying customers.

I'm sure the solution is much more complicated than anything I can come up with, but a great start would be to revamp its online store. It should make everything it sells available online, and you should be able to tell if something is in stock without clicking into the product page, for starters. I'm sure there are a ton of other suggestions we can easily come up with for the site.
Re: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross (1946530)
Posted by o.supreme on March 16th, 2018 @ 11:30am CDT
I believe that is part of why Hasbro is rebranding Transformers and many of its other brands presumably *every year*. Instead of a particular line such as CW or TR that lasts 18 months-2 years, they will be rebranding every year. Presumably the toys may not change that much (The beginning of the next line may have toys intended for PotP...) we can only hope. Still, one would think, even if walmart decided to hold off on purchasing any toys, Hasbro still would have produced them...we did not see them at discount, so where'd they all go? is still a valid question...unless truly they did not produce as many for TR deluxe wave 5
Re: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross (1946531)
Posted by Randomhero on March 16th, 2018 @ 11:32am CDT
nycPrime wrote:
Randomhero wrote:That’s not how it works. I work in retail and deal with Walmart’s and targets and such. A lot of times stores don’t order certain franchises when they’re sitting heavy on other franchises. If a store is sitting on pallets and pallets of nerf guns they won’t order other stuff still their backstock is gone no matter how empty transformers are or something else.

Now with Star Wars back in full force and marvel having a movie out every fall spring and summer they’re sitting on tons of that. Star Wars especially. I had a Walmart I had as an account and I heard them say flat “don’t order anymore toys until we burn through our nerf and Star Wars backstock.

Late waves like wave 6 end up in discount stores because they sit in Hasbro a warehouse and they dump them off on Ross and TJ maxx and marshals at cost just to get rid of them or they do big sales on the Hasbro store.

I appreciate that insight. What this tells me is that Hasbro needs to get more involved in, or improve, the distribution of its toys. Maybe it needs to rethink everything, but something has to give. It is a major problem if there are products that its customers want, and Hasbro can't deliver that product because it's sitting in a warehouse. That just shouldn't happen. And with TRU going out of business, now is a great time for Hasbro to rethink through its strategy and figure out how to best get its products into the hands of its paying customers.

I'm sure the solution is much more complicated than anything I can come up with, but a great start would be to revamp its online store. It should make everything it sells available online, and you should be able to tell if something is in stock without clicking into the product page, for starters. I'm sure there are a ton of other suggestions we can easily come up with for the site.


Well they can’t. Just like with my company places like Walmart’s targets and all they are their customers and they deserve to be treated as such and in the end Hasbro makes most of that stuff so it’s not like they’re hurting when a store has a warehouse of Star Wars and marvel toys because people want that more than transformers. That’s just fact
Re: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross (1946560)
Posted by Etseterrestrial on March 16th, 2018 @ 2:01pm CDT
Good thing the closest Ross to me is 219 miles away.
Re: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross (1946561)
Posted by Sparkimus Prime on March 16th, 2018 @ 2:03pm CDT
Etseterrestrial wrote:Good thing the closest Ross to me is 219 miles away.


The Ross where I am never has anything, don't feel bad. The only time I saw anything was a single g2 boxset for menasor.
Re: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross (1946585)
Posted by Relic0037 on March 16th, 2018 @ 6:21pm CDT
Amazon.com has POTP Rippersnapper for only $16.99 right now. This looks like one of the first of the Wave 2 figures I've seen on there not being sold by scalpers:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B072MZ21 ... ref=plSrch
Re: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross (1946586)
Posted by nycPrime on March 16th, 2018 @ 6:23pm CDT
Relic0037 wrote:Amazon.com has POTP Rippersnapper for only $16.99 right now. This looks like one of the first of the Wave 2 figures I've seen on there not being sold by scalpers:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B072MZ21 ... ref=plSrch

Nah all of wave 2 was available earlier in the week. I only ordered the Dinobots, and it's arriving on Monday.
Re: Titans Return Wave 6 Found at Ross (1946587)
Posted by highburn on March 16th, 2018 @ 6:30pm CDT
So let me help with something. I used to be an Operations Manager for a big box retail chain. Most stores, have the wave in a system by its SKU. The SKU is usually keyed to auto replenish when stock hits 1.

Lets use POWER OF THE PRIMES Starscream as an example: Most of us thinks the figure sucks...the store gets the initial shelf stock an a refill usually. So we now have 6 Starscreams sitting on a shelf because everyone wanted Grimlock. We have to wait until there is 1 left for it to trigger the auto order of the new wave. Then we get all the Elita’s and Hungrrs everyone wants, and we clean the shelf fast. Usually an auto order system will see a trend and order more stock. So say wave 3 is Starscream and Hungrrrr...well now we as collectors are all stocked on what we want... so wave 3 sits on the shelf...we miss wave 4 because 3 is on the shelf, we get wave 5 because someone took pity and bought the Starscreams and Hungrrs left over. So once you see this pattern you will see when you need to go online and order. Stores care about peg space and looking full, they don’t care about wave or assortments.


Also those people who buy a figure and switch them, or the returns also clog those systems. Returns are usually sent back once, maybe twice a month. They are in most inventory systems as a 1...which keeps new waves from showing up and an empty space on a shelf as well. Takes around 3 weeks for a return to clear an inventory system and another 2 weeks for it to restock a shelf.

AND NOW YOU KNOW......

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