NECA TMNT Target Exclusive Wave 3 Official Images

by Jay Cochran
January 07, 2020
NECA has released official images for their upcoming 3rd wave of Target store exclusive 7" Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles classic animated series wave 3 figures which includes Casey vs Slashed Foot, April vs Bashed Foot, and Leatherhead & Slash. Assuming you can find them, they will be out in the Spring.
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InspectorZartan - 2020-01-14 @ 6:11 am
On 1/8/2020 at 4:30 AM, JayC said:

I think overall they look decent. April's face in this image seems like could use a bit of tweeking. The one on display at the cons looked better.

The thing is, and I don't necessarily put all the blame on NECA, probably Target is more responsible for not stocking these worth a dam then NECA. I'm sure NECA would be willing to supply Target with as many of these figures to meet demand if Target was so inclined. Regardless of who is at fault though, I am not going to collect a line I have to constantly resort to going to the secondary market for and paying double or triple prices. The first wave was worse than this one to find. I at least saw the other figures on shelf and online for wave 2 though granted except for Rocksteady and Bebop the others were all basically reissues. I am still holding a sliver of hope Target will restock online but Im not playing the game of having to hit Target stores daily hoping to get lucky and find one. If Target wants to stock their shelves well enough so on my schedule when I walk into a Target I can find one then I am happy to buy it at the store, but otherwise this has essentially become a dead line to me from a personal collecting standpoint and IMO no one should have to deal with that kind of frustration to buy or collect something.

According to someone I speak to who works in the stock roomat one of my local Targets here in Los Angeles, the NECA items are not/can not be stocked by Target employees and once the NECA inventory arrives at the store it actually goes into a locked cage in the back room (similar to electronics) where it sits locked up until someone from NECA comes out to stock the shelves. AverageTargetemployeesdo not have access to this cage so even if they wanted to stock the items they cant. So at least in Los Angeles, this problem seems to be exclusively NECA.

This, however, leads me to a different question. Who exactly is this person from NECA that exists in every town that goes from store to store to stock those shelves? Smaller markets might only have one store so hiring someone to do this as their job really doesnt make much economic sense. In larger markets with lots of locations (like Los Angeles) then sure hiring someone to go from store to store to do this does make some sense and could be a real job for someoneBUT at least around here things dont seem to get stocked that often and according to the local stock person I know things can sit in that NECA back room cage for weeks even though though the NECA store shelves are 90% bare.

I know a while back NECA was talking about having fans/collectors volunteer to go out to the Target stores and straighten up the displays for them. I wonder if they are using a similar fan volunteer model for stocking the inventory. If they do that could be another factor in why these types of items may not be hitting the shelves. If you pay someone to stock your stores then the applicants are just people who are looking for a pay check but if you are asking for volunteers to stock your stores then youre going to get applicants who just want the toys for themselves and thus you are essentially giving them full access to grab the items themselves or go and stock the shelves with a collector friend who can tag along to buy the items instantly. I dont know that this is something that is happening but I do have to wonder.

Darth_Primus - 2020-01-13 @ 6:46 pm

I'll most likely pick up the April 2 pack if I ever have the opportunity to buy it.

Wifeycollector - 2020-01-11 @ 7:38 am

Hopefully we will be getting these since honestly got the last two completewaves the first couple of days of release. Walked right into target first thing in morning and found multiple full sets of both waves.

Batman1701 - 2020-01-08 @ 10:18 pm
6 hours ago, Sprunt said:

EB Games / Gamestop up in Canada has been awesome about pre-ordering these sets. Got my B&R 2 pack on order there and will be getting all these there as well. It's a sad state when a video game store is a better toy store than Walmart or Toys R Us. So far they've been knocking it out of the park for ordering collectibles though for my Canadian friends.

You know, I've found this to be true here in the US too (at least my neck of the woods): I walk into Walmart or Target, and there's Marvel Legends from six months ago, no new product. I walk into Gamestop (which causes me physical pain, mind you, I HATE the company with a PASSION), and I find the latest ML releases, and collectors figures I can't get anywhere else. On the subject of TMNT, the "Batman Vs TMNT" 2-packs that came out recently, I was able to literally walk in and grab them off the shelf on release day, didn't even have to pre-order, THAT'S how good my local Gamestop has been about stocking in-demand collectible toys.

Target? There isn't a local target within a 75mile radius that stocks the TMNT Cartoon figures AT ALL. Not just out of stock, they simply don't have NECA sections PERIOD at their stores. None. Within 75 miles in every direction.

@#$%in' insane, man. *SMDH*

Sprunt - 2020-01-08 @ 4:11 pm

EB Games / Gamestop up in Canada has been awesome about pre-ordering these sets. Got my B&R 2 pack on order there and will be getting all these there as well. It's a sad state when a video game store is a better toy store than Walmart or Toys R Us. So far they've been knocking it out of the park for ordering collectibles though for my Canadian friends.

Kenwriter - 2020-01-08 @ 3:59 pm
10 minutes ago, SubZero said:

Are the NECA TMNT Target and Gamestop exclusives the same line?

The Target exclusives are based on the original cartoon series and the GameStop exclusives are based on the original movie.

SubZero - 2020-01-08 @ 3:47 pm

Are the NECA TMNT Target and Gamestop exclusives the same line?

Belmont13 - 2020-01-08 @ 1:54 pm

From what I have seen and heard, Target employees don't really do anything with NECA product; they get the shipment and apparently instructions are to set the box aside and wait a for a NECA rep who's going to put the product on the shelves and assign it its space. While these look nice and I loved the series as a kid, I'm not into collecting them, not enough space and budget and I prefer the movie ones anyway. I also feel like everyone here where it's very frustrating for the consumer to go to so much trouble just to purchase something they love.

mako - 2020-01-08 @ 1:23 pm
19 minutes ago, Batman1701 said:

As noted, I'm slightly more tolerant of the after-market situation, but I wholeheartedly agree that this is annoying AF.

Agreed completely. While there are three Targets within a twenty minute drive of where I live, checking them all two or three times a week in hopes of finding one of these sets just isn't an option. I'd be spending a fortune on gas AND time. At the end of the day, I'mactuallySAVING money and frustration by paying twice the price to get thesesets off Ebay . . . and that SUCKS. I've always said feeding the scalpers is bad policy.

I tell you, as much as I hate Super 7's business model, for three cents I'd drop Neca for them in a New York minute.

Batman1701 - 2020-01-08 @ 1:04 pm
22 minutes ago, JayC said:

"Target is more responsible for not stocking these worth a dam then NECA. I'm sure NECA would be willing to supply Target with as many of these figures to meet demand if Target was so inclined. "

This is actually 100% incorrect. Both NECA and Target have repeatedly stated that the NECA Collectibles section is stocked and maintained exclusively by NECA. Back when Toys R Us was still around, they had specific local NECA reps that worked in the region and stocked the NECA section . . . and it was a notorious problem, as many stores' NECA sections would go untouched for MONTHS at a stretch. Now, with the deal with Target, Target employees DO usually do the stocking (although some areas still have a NECA rep), but NECA delivers their product on THEIR terms, distributing whatever product they deem suitable to the stores with NECA sections . . . and not every store HAS a NECA collectibles section. They don't even come on the usual Target trucks, NECA has them delivered directly via FedEx or UPS. It's kinda crazy, and a LOT of collectors, Target workers and management, and other toy websites have been rather frustrated by the situation. NECA has REALLY bad distribution, and it is ENTIRELY on them.

29 minutes ago, JayC said:

Regardless of who is at fault though, I am not going to collect a line I have to constantly resort to going to the secondary market for and paying double or triple prices. [...] Otherwise this has essentially become a dead line to me from a personal collecting standpoint and IMO no one should have to deal with that kind of frustration to buy or collect something.

As noted, I'm slightly more tolerant of the after-market situation, but I wholeheartedly agree that this is annoying AF.

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