Force Friday RecapSeptember 7, 2015 at 3:47 pm | Posted in Collecting, Events, Star Wars | 1 Comment
Tags: force friday, the force awakens
Force Friday was an event I just couldn’t resist, so after work, I hit the stores to see what Star Wars items were out and about. From toys to clothing, there was a lot to pick from. On top of that, there were a lot of stores participating, each with their own little displays of Star Wars goodness. Here’s a look at what the midwest had to offer for Force Friday.
Most Walmart stores had their Star Wars displays setup in the aisles so everyone would see them.
In order to grab even more attention, they had cardboard cutouts of Kylo Ren and one of the First Order Stormtroopers.
One Walmart I went to had some free LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales posters, The Force Awakens buttons, and some booklets on The Force Awakens products.
Selections varied store-to-store with some getting hit harder than others. I went toy hunting in the evening so I was looking at what was left over. The Hasbro 6-inch Black Series figures were the hardest to find, whether it was Walmart, Target or Toys R Us. The 3-3/4-inch Hasbro figures were the second hardest hit, but it wasn’t too hard to find them all if you checked out a couple stores.
Luckily my local Walmart was relatively untouched and had lots of 6-inch figures to choose from still.
Some stores were still utilizing pegs. Looking above and below, you can see the difference between stores. Some were hit really hard with hardly any figures left over.
One thing that caught my eye were the posters. They had two different sets: one stylized like blueprints for $9.98.
And the others being much more traditional movie posters for only $4.98. I picked up two of the movie poster style ones.
Books, on the other hand, were harder to find. Only found one Walmart store with a selection of the new Journey to Star Wars The Force Awakens novels.
Target had some interesting The Force Awakens displays that certainly topped the Walmart stores I visited. Every Target had First Order Stormtroopers on the doors…
…a Chewbacca inside that would greet you with a roar.
And best of all, a life size BB-8 that beeped and booped. I’m pretty sure everyone out there is coveting these guys and wonder what the Target stores will do with them when they’re no longer needed.
Like Walmart, Target’s toy selection varied store-to-store with the 6-inch Black Series being the hardest to find.
Note the price on the 3-3/4-inch figures at Target. At Walmart they are only $6.94. The 6-inch figures were also cheaper at Walmart ($19.99 at Target; $18.84 at Walmart).
Worth noting, those Chewbacca plush toys are huge.
While I was only able to hit one Disney Store, I was quite impressed with what they had to offer. Part of their exclusives are Elite Series diecast figures that are roughly 6-inch scale. They also had some cardboard cutout displays, Star Wars movie clips playing on the tvs in the checkout area and super friendly employees.
They also had a neat figurine playset with really good detail.
Toys R Us
Toys R Us had a big display that looked untouched, however they had no Hasbro 6-inch Black Series from The Force Awakens. and no 3-3/4″ figures from The Force Awakens except for a couple vehicle packs.
They did have some interesting ski masks.
Barnes & Noble
Interestingly enough, Barnes & Noble did not have the young adult novels for Journey to the Force Awakens, they only had Aftermath and Star Wars: Everything You Need to Know.
On a whim, I stopped by JC Penny because I thought they might have some Star Wars shirts. Not only did they have a large selection, but they had some good deals going on too.
I almost picked this one up because it had Jaxxon on it.
On the other hand, I couldn’t resist Captain Phasma.
In addition to clothing, they had these really nice posters mounted to a heavy wood backing. They were smaller than the normal 24 x 36 inch poster size and were around $30. They had one for Star Wars, and one for The Empire Strikes Back, but none for Return of the Jedi or the prequels.
V-Stock was running a buy 2 get 1 free sale on most of their stuff excluding toys which were 33% off instead. I appreciated their selection of the new books which they had on display.
This was the first time I got to look inside the Star Wars Little Golden Books.
Also worth a look are the poster books. They’re filled with images from The Force Awakens.
In addition to the above stores, I also hit Walgreens. However every store that I went to had absolutely zero The Force Awakens products, only some old 6-inch Black Series figures still lingering on the shelves.
At the end of the day, I went home with a little of this and a little of that. It was a good day and I had a lot of fun. Plus it was a great excuse to spend some money on Star Wars.
Had to get the Captain Phasma shirt at JC Penny.
Elite Series on the left, Black Series on the right.
Black Series 6-inch Rey and BB-8.
Elite Series diecast Kylo Ren.
3-3/4-inch Captain Phasma.
3-3/4-inch First Order Clone Trooper.
Black Series box versus Elite Series box.
One thing to take note of with the Elite Series figures, they have lots of annoying plastic tie straps restraining the figures in their plastic carriages. They are a serious pain to remove.
But the figures look beautiful.
And there is a marked difference between the Elite Series and the Black Series. Above is the Elite Series First Order Stormtrooper, below is the Black Series 6-inch First Order Stormtrooper.
I also picked up the 3-3/4-inch First Order Stormtrooper. He looks so sad with his five points of articulation.
And I had to get Captain Phasma.
Here’s the Black Series 6-inch Rey and BB-8.