Okay, so we know TRU hasn't always handled things very well and we also know their future is not looking the brightest. They have been trying to right the ship and I give them credit for hanging in when so many others have faded away into oblivion. Well, MP Soundwave got me thinking, and I honestly believe it could be trying to show them the way, if they'll just open up their eyes and look.
One store I know of yesterday sold 18 MP Soundwaves in just a few hours!
I have also noticed that various collectors lines that come in tend to do pretty well, however they are random and restocks are iffy. It's more like an afterthought that pans out for small gains. Stuff like popular TV show, horror movie, and video game figures. The limited supply and never knowing what they will or won't get kills it.
OKAY, now to the point. Why doesn't TRU devote a large section of their stores (complete with a big marketing campaign) towards making themselves the countries ONLY big chain retailer to feature a full selection of IMPORT and domestic high end and regular collectible figure lines. TRU already has a good working relationship with many of the Japanese toy companies, how difficult would it be to negotiate a deal with them to get some more of these exclusive things here? There is so much more beyond Transformers that would bring in lots of big wallets loaded with cash to spend.
Collectible action figures are HUGE business worldwide. Most big retailers just won't commit too much to them. TRU is really the only one that can. SO...what do you think? Could this be the missing link for TRU? The thing that finally gives them an edge over conventional retailers that they've never been able to find?