To be or not to be, that is the question.
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing, end–Oh, sorry there! If you haven’t already guessed by me linking to a Renaissance poem last time around, I’m a bit of a bibliophile. So, before I started randomly reciting Shakespeare, I was about to tell you guys about an e-mail I had with Desiree Taylor, a Jakks Pacific executive who follows this blog. This correspondence led into two things I would like to discuss.
The first item is something that you have likely been looking forward to for quite a while. I received confirmation from Desiree Taylor that the long-awaited Pop Disco collection should be shipped to stores hopefully as we speak. The major problem with the budget dolls (which Pop Disco is confirmed to belong to) is finding them: you can’t find them at Walmarts or Targets like you can with the other collections. I can’t be exact on where to buy them, as I’ve only seen the Season Four ones once. Those were at a Walgreen’s, but this isn’t necessarily where the Pop Disco dolls will go. It might be a good place to check out, though. (And if your hometowns are anything like mine, they’re practically on every street corner!)
The other thing is this: a lot of you guys may have noticed that Harmonix dolls are much harder to find than we might have expected. Toys ‘R Us stocks a good amount of them, but you’d be lucky to find one Bloom Harmonix at a Target or a Walmart. This has been making me wonder why Believix dolls are so much easier to find, and Desiree gave me the answer: because of a little something called “overstock.”
Overstock is what allows many large franchises to have numerous items in their inventories without wasting too much money on one industry. You see, for every month, a certain area of items is in demand. Let’s look at this month, for example. June demands include Father’s Day gifts, summer clothing, and outdoor items. Toys (other than pool or water ones) are considered to be “winter” items because of the holiday rush. Large stores only get small amounts of money to spend on items, and they don’t want to spend too much on things that people aren’t shopping for. So they buy certain items in bulk so that they can easily replenish inventories. Then they use most of their marketing on the items people are most likely to buy. So, if you open up an ad from last Sunday, you’d be more likely to find a bathing suit or a barbecue grill on sale than a Winx doll.
Before Nickelodeon acquired the rights to Winx, it was an obscure brand that only appeared a few times in stores (I had only seen Mattel dolls once, and they were pretty hidden in the toy department). So, with an inexperienced franchise, Jakks had to figure out how much of each doll the store could buy in bulk. Assuming that Bloom was the main character, and therefore the most wanted doll, they made more of her than any of the others. (That’s why you’re just about guaranteed to find a Bloom Believix doll just about anywhere.) They only gave stores one of the so-called “minor characters” (Aisha, Tecna, or Musa) per set, and it seems to depend on location which one most of them stocked. For instance, Tecna was the easiest to find of the three in my hometown, but I couldn’t find any Aisha ones. I had to buy her online.
The important thing to clarify is that Believix dolls are not still being made. Jakks stopped making them when the Harmonix line came out. It only seems like they’re still being made because of the overstock situation in the stores. So, as long as there are still Believix dolls in the warehouses, there will always be more of them than Harmonix dolls. This can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. If you’re still looking for a Musa, Tecna, or Aisha Believix, you have a bit more time to get them, but if you’re looking for a Harmonix doll, you could still scan the stores, but eBay might also be a good bet.
Before I reveal this post’s music videos, I’d like to ask a question of the fans: “What was the most random situation that made you think of Winx Club?” This is something that most fandoms experience, so I’d like to hear from you guys. (In case you’re wondering, mine was when I read Macbeth and whenever the three witches in the play appeared, I subconsciously thought about the Trix.)
Anyway, I got a lot of responses about the Aisha/Nabu relationship song I found. Now it’s Musa/Riven’s turn with “I’m Not in Love.” Whenever Musa and Riven have an argument (which is practically every season), this pretty much encompasses that moment.
And here’s the other song: “Hello.” While a lot of people don’t like Roy (and I’m not even sure that I do), this is pretty much the song that best suits the little bit of personality he’s given in Season Five. Since he doesn’t know about Nabu (presumably), the heartwrenching part about him is that he doesn’t even know if Aisha will truly like him or even accept him. She’s just an unattainable girl to him.