Jason McLawhorn (Gzilla2000@webtv.net)
Mon, 5 Jun 2000 20:42:38 -0400 (EDT)

I live in Glen Burnie, MD. My local Toys R Us got the kits about 2
months ago and are sold out just about every time I go there with no
signs of mass returns.

Also of interest a video game store called Power Gamer in the same mall
as Toys R Us carries the following:

HCUC kits
V Gundam MSiP
1/144 Endless Waltz kits
1/144 Turn A Gundam kits
Various older non-HG UC 1/144 kits
1/144 Ez8

The really interesting thing is the owner said the kits and action
figures sell out in 24 -72 hrs. So it seems at least in my area there
is interest in kits and action figures of Gundam that aren't Wing. The
down side or me is the prices range from $16-$25 dollars and imho that's
highway robbery.


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<< I heard indirectly via someone who knows Bandai's U.S. reps, at least one
of them claimed that the Wing kits are not selling well at Toys R Us, and
there have been massive returns because "Americans don't know how to put
model kits together". This has influenced Bandai to not sell Wing kits
anymore (or TRU not stocking more Wing kits).

It sounds like B.S. to me - Wing kits are almost always out of stock around
here, and they are not exactly unwanted items on eBay even though too many
sellers are offering them. Any of you outside of Southern California but
with a "test market" Toys R Us have witnessed "mass return" of Wing kits?
If this were true, it does not explain why Bandai of America jacked up the
price on 1/144 scale kits, but might explain why they're releasing the action
figures at almost the same price level.


All I know is that they are SOLD OUT at every Toys R Us store in my area (Suburbs north of Chicago, IL). Not unsold and therefore not restocked, SOLD OUT. What about other areas?


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