If you fancy yourself a collector, you might want to take note: Walmart is getting into the game in a big way. The sprawling megachain will be adding a "Collectibles" section to 3,500 of its stores nationwide starting on Oct 15.
Ahead of the launch, Walmart has announced a partnership with Loot Crate, the gold standard of online collectibles, which will offer six exclusive collector boxes at the new section's launch in mid-October. In true Loot Crate fashion, each of the six boxes will feature their own distinct theme.
In a statement released earlier today, Loot Crate CEO Chris Davis said, "Loot Crate creatively collaborates with top licenses to deliver collectibles that are unique, and something that super-fans could only find at fan conventions, but now they can fill out their collections at Walmart stores nationwide."
Of course, Loot Crate's not the only company getting in on the action. By the end of October, Funko will also sell six different exclusive chrome-plated Thanos POPs!, one for each color of the Infinity Stones. The only other place you can pick one of these up will be at New York Comic Con this weekend, which seems to coincide nicely with the timing of Walmart's announcements.
Along with Loot Crate and Funko, McFarlane Toys, EA Sports, and CultureFly will all offer up their own exclusive figures and collectibles for the new section.
Given the fact that Walmarts are ubiquitous in the U.S., this does give fans more opportunity to obtain unique and otherwise hard-to-find items. Outside of the conventions themselves, tracking down certain collectibles often means dealing with the whims of after-market resellers online. So long as they get there before the shelves are bare.
Will you be checking out Walmart's new Collectibles section later this month? Let us know in the comments.