Better Late Than Never? Transformers Merchandise Feature Coming To Walmart in June
ExVee - Thursday, May 18, 2017
Today, as I was scanning through Tiny Turbo Changer blindbags at my local Walmart (and completely failing to find a Blackout), the toy department manager took notice and volunteered some new information, given to her straight from the local Hasbro rep, and it's good news indeed if you, like many of us in the US, have been having an awful time finding anything current in stock at Walmart, except for maybe movie line product which is pretty solidly saturated now: Walmart will be setting an "Action Alley" feature for Transformers starting in June. Keep reading to find out more!
According to this report, we can look forward to a display along the line of what Power Rangers and Guardians of The Galaxy 2 merchandise has had lately. The manager didn't have a specific date for deployment of the product feature, but around the movie's US launch day of June 21st would make sense. With any luck this will be the big "catch-up" for Walmart across all the product lines, so if you've been having little luck there of late, hang tight and watch that space! Maybe we'll even be really lucky and the entirety of Titans Return Wave 5, The Last Knight Voyager Wave 2, and Leader Wave 1 will have their general retail debut then as well!
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