Hesei wrote:The king even in the days of Trendmasters has always been Wal-Mart. They can often dictate whether a line lives or dies....I recall a few people mentioning seeing them at Wal-Mart way back in the days of waves 1 and 2, but I'd never seen it myself. My guess is that if they really were there, they were run as a trial, and they didn't do too well.
I'm not for sure Wal-Mart had that much clout, at the time. Kmart seemed to be the one leading the charge when came to Trendmasters King of the Monsters and Godzilla Wars line. It wasn't until the '98 Zilla movie came out that Wal-Mart finally picked up the ball as Kmart started their downward spiral.
Hesei wrote:I don't believe Bandai Creation hasn't pursued Wal-Mart, but that WM's execs haven't been keen to buy in. The line has to be making some money to have lived this long and even expanded.
Therein lies the truth. Bandai Creation is making money, so why ask Wal Mart who will simply sell them at the same price while asking for a lower buying price closer to production cost.
Hesei wrote:I wonder if the price point is too high for WM, though.
Seeing as how they off $15 Transformer figures that aren't worth $15, I don't see how they couldn't attempt to sell some of the Big G. Then again, Bandai is a savy business-type.
I would venture a lot of it has to do with shelf space, as always. Why the MARS Robots are still around is anyone's guess, but a 3 Godzilla figure, side by side, planogram would not take up any more than they do.
Hesei wrote:However, with all the recent buzz, it may not be too long before we start seeing them elsewhere....
With only one monster confirmed in the film, Godzilla himself, will we not see a repeat of the '98 Zilla Trendmaster shelfwarmers?
Like a young wise man once said in a little known movie... I don't think you've got enough monsters. Kids'll want to play with them. You need some more.