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What Happened to the Days of Halo Merchandise?

OP x N7 117 x

No matter where I go, I can't seem to find any Halo merchandise whether it be figures or something as small as pins in the clearance baskets. Me and my wife have just come back from visiting a GameStop, and there was nothing. Not even a Funko POP despite how many others they were selling. Even in my hometown in England, in shops like Game and HMV, there is nothing.

Is it just my luck or are shops just not stocking Halo merch any more like they did in the days of Halo 3 and Halo: Reach?
I used to see Mega Blocks stuff at just about every big box store in town, but don't see them anymore for some reason. Honestly, your best bet would be ordering merch from online retailers like Amazon.
A lot of merchandise you're going to have to find online. One of the best ways to get Halo merch. would probably have to be either through Loot Crate or I even recommend through the Halo Waypoint Store, or the Microsoft store. You also have to keep in mind that GameStop is a dying franchise so a lot of what they have is what they got left.
I used to see Mega Blocks stuff at just about every big box store in town, but don't see them anymore for some reason. Honestly, your best bet would be ordering merch from online retailers like Amazon.
A lot of merchandise you're going to have to find online. One of the best ways to get Halo merch. would probably have to be either through Loot Crate or I even recommend through the Halo Waypoint Store, or the Microsoft store. You also have to keep in mind that GameStop is a dying franchise so a lot of what they have is what they got left.
Yeah, it really does seem like online is more or less the only way to buy Halo merchandise. It's a huge shame as I miss the days when you could walk into a toy store or any shop that sells video games and buy a Halo: Reach action figure or Halo 3 one.
Very hard to find! I don’t know if it’s Toy R Us going out of business or not which has caused an upset, but Halo Mega Construx (last year or so items) and Mattel Figures are even hard to get on Amazon...usually says out of stock or ships 1-3 months.

On occasion I’ll find something in a Wal-Mart or Target (I know that does not help you). You can try Mattel’s site and try to buy direct. eBay, but usually prices are astronomical on new hard to find items...but not always. Lootcrate was good, but they seem to be struggling.

I lost $160+ on a pre-order Kelly Helmet replica with Project Triforce. You have to be careful with who you purchase / pre-order Halo product from and how long a subscription you buy. I only say this because it was not cool when I experienced my loss. Microsoft and 343 are great, but they can’t guarantee all the folks licensed to sell product. I learned the hard way!

Good hunting!
Last I saw was Toy R us selling some mega blocks. In my hometown in England there was a shop selling all kinds of Halo merch. I use to go in there to buy some pop and other figures but the shop closed because the owner sadly passed away. I see the odd comic shops selling Halo comics but no merch. Since moving to Japan I haven't seen any yet but I wouldn't surprised if there was any Halo merch being sold in Akihabara. It's a shame because I remember in the Halo 3 days merch for Halo was everywhere in every game shop nearly.
I only have luck finding stuff online but even that is limited. Just bought a Blue Team hat that’s one size fits most, but it doesn’t fit my average sized 22 year old dude head. It’s a bummer for sure
x N7 117 x wrote:
No matter where I go, I can't seem to find any Halo merchandise whether it be figures or something as small as pins in the clearance baskets. Me and my wife have just come back from visiting a GameStop, and there was nothing. Not even a Funko POP despite how many others they were selling. Even in my hometown in England, in shops like Game and HMV, there is nothing.

Is it just my luck or are shops just not stocking Halo merch any more like they did in the days of Halo 3 and Halo: Reach?
Whole heartedly agree with you.
Only reason I bought a 3D printer was that I didn't feel there was enough Halo merchandise out there!

Personal Experience (anecdotal, but can be telling): I tried selling Halo based items on my wife's Etsy shop when we had thousands of visitors, but we sold 4 items total with over 10000 items sold in the shop.

The demand just doesn't seem to be there and it is more expensive for companies to build out something through China that just won't fly off shelves. No one seems to want to buy custom items because that adds more money to the product.
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More possible is the tell tell symbol of 'Lootcrate'. The fact that you have to get Halo items from them may signal a complete disregard to the community, i.e. 343/Microsoft is not building out the Haloverse as much as they said they were trying to do before. I remember reading an interview where they wanted Halo to be the next Star Wars in how expansive it was. I am not seeing this outside of the books. I believe what helped build out Star Wars universe was merchandising, but doesn't seem to hit the same mark here.

Now I feel I am getting to deep into this.
Synopsis: Ya it sucks, buy a 3D printer and build stuff, that is what I have been doing. I have my Halo candy dish, pen holder, fidget coins (my personal creation), etc at my desk at work.
I find it easier to find the glory days merch on sometimes Amazon, but also Ebay.