Column by Scott Thorne
Posted by Scott Thorne on November 20, 2023 @ 3:01 am CT
Geez, I was about to write about how interest in Disney Lorcana had waned, as there was not much interest in the shipment of the First Chapter set that arrived last week. Almost all of the calls we received about Disney Lorcana, which had dropped off in recent weeks, were to inquire about the expected arrival date of Disney Lorcana: Rise of the Floodborn (see "Next 'Disney Lorcana' Set") and what our price would be on the product (neither of which we were too sure of until this week). A restock of Disney Lorcana Chapter One boosters arrived last week and while I loathe to look a gift horse in the mouth, I couldn't help but wish that these had showed up in mid to late October when customers were salivating for Lorcana and before I had been hit with shipments of all of the recent Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon TCG product that arrived in the last few weeks.
I've read some stores complaining that their initial orders were cut by 80% or better, leaving them unable to satisfy all of their preorders, and I can sympathize. I fear that we will see a repeat of what happened with Magic: The Gathering’s Fallen Empires and Homelands in the mid-90s. Expecting allocations, stores increased their preorders dramatically for these two sets. Wizards of the Coast, unexpectedly, delivered all the product ordered, and ended up putting several stores out of business when they could not move it due to product saturation. I haven't seen anything so devastating since, and hope we do not see it with a future shipment of Lorcana.
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