Friday, October 16, 2015

New Imaginext DC Red Robin Man-Bat & Thunder Punch He-Man...err Batman

It's not often I get to find new Imaginext stuff at a fairly early point their release. It took my 6 months before I was able to pick up a Imaginext Justice League Nightwing/Slade pack. I still haven't found a single pack Grundy. So I was extremely pleased to find 3 of the newest DC Super Friends figures sitting on the pegs at my local Target yesterday. Not so happy to see me find these figures were the managers at said Target.
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 These are the normal DC Suer Friends assortment, so no store exclusivity here, that means they should be far easier to find than other figures. Like Slade/Deathstroke. Grrr. That doesn't mean you won't still have trouble, either in finding them or buying them. I'll tackle that at the end. My store had Red Robin, Man-Bat and Thunder Punch Batman. The last one I can't seem to keep from calling Thunder Punch He-Man. The Superman & Metallo 2 pack wasn't on the shelves and either sold or wasn't stocked with the others.
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 The cardback on the Thunder Punch Batman features a slightly tweaked design. Instead of the small halftone pattern behind the pictures of the other toys is a image of the Hall of Justice. They also have a blurb about the Imaginext DC webisodes that have been streaming online. Nice to see those getting cross-promoted.
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 We get a shot of another new toy coming, a Battle Armor Superman. Sure as adult collectors we think it's useless, why would Supes need armor to fly? Well, he doesn't, but kids can play however they want with it. And will. New DC Super Friends logo is also present on the front of the cards along with the new Batman icon.
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 So as for the figures, I like them all. I'm not familiar with the Red Robin character, but it's a nice design. The wing backpack is a nice touch as well. The paint apps on this figures, as well as the Batman leave something to be desired though. The Man-Bat continues i the tradition of over-sized villain figures. I would love to see an over-sized hero soon, Apache Chief maybe? Please FP!
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 Surprising, my favorite of this batch is the Thunder Punch Batman. Yeah, really. I am loving this new figure design for Batman, much better than the last one. And there's still another new one coming with the Hall of Justice right? Have to double check that. But this Batman is very cool, and really does bear a resemblance to the Batman suit we've seen in the Dawn of Justice trailers. Like the last Batman single release, this figure comes with a nice translucent body armor piece. He also has a rocket firing launcher and a ginormous punching fist. The fist is silly as hell, but just keeps me thinking why are we not seeing an Imaginext Master of the Universe line? This i s a perfect Fisto weapon. Some day Fisher-Price will realize that it's an absolute no-brainer to re-launch He-Man in stores under Imaginext.
The problem that seems to arise each time Fisher-Price inserts new figures into assortments is that Target doesn't update their system to read the new figures. Target uses a very lazy inventory method in where all figures of an assortment at times share the same system code. And this can carry over multiple assortments meaning that a figure you bought last year could in fact scan the same as figure you bought last week. But each new figure has to have it's specific product code entered in under Target's own coding system, and they seem to have a difficult time doing this.

The cashier at my store attempted to scan the figures, and of course they didn't. I just mentioned they were new, and probably not int he system. I told her they were $7.19, the price of the normal DC assortment. She had already turned her "help" light on when she was going to just go ahead and enter the $7 price in for each. Of course before she could enter the price a line manager stepped in and took the figures away saying they were not sold at Target and that they would have to take them off the floor. So at this point my "are you fucking kidding me" face was already showing. The cashier turns to me and says "uhm what does she mean we don't sell them, who put them on our shelf then?" which was funny. I go to the line manager and tell her they do sell these, and that they are just new and probably not in their system yet. I repeat the price and she seems to be ignoring me while she goes to call another manager over. The 2 of them then spent the next 12 minutes looking things up on a computer before coming over to reiterate that they don't sell these toys, but they were able to price them to sell anyway. Ok, whatever. I look at the price tags which read "AS-IS" with original prices of $9.99 and $7.99 with now discounted prices of $5.56 and $6.96. Oh, and the receipt states they are LEGO toys. So in the end I got the toys under the price I had told them to sell to me. Great for me, but stupid on on Target's part.

I'll just end with this:

TARGET GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER!

And thank for not trusting me that your toys are priced at $7.19 each and insisting I give you less money.



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