Toy Wizards Guide to the Best Place to Pre-Order Your Toys and Collectibles

Here at Toy Wizards, one of our goals in sharing toy news and preorder announcements is helping you find the best store to serve your collecting needs. And with that, we often receive questions about which store/e-commerce site is the best place to purchase goods. As toy collectors ourselves, we’ve got you covered. That is why we have put together this handy guide with the pros and cons of each store that we most frequently use to help make sure your collection is as big and pretty as you want it to be. Happy Collecting, everyone!

Big Bad Toy Store ✯✯✯✯✯

Pros

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  • Great Packing and Shipping
  • Pile of Loot
  • Easy ordering
  • Low Shipping costs

Cons

  • Sometimes takes a while to get orders shipped

Entertainment Earth ✯✯✯✯✯

Pros

  • Gets items in early
  • Great Packing and Shipping
  • Easy ordering
  • Low Shipping costs on in stock items

Cons

  • High Shipping costs on pre orders

HobbyLink Japan ✯✯✯✯

Pros

  • Specializes in Japanese products
  • Has a huge catalog of collectibles
  • Very reasonable shipping costs considering its from another country
  • Items come very carefully packaged

Cons

  • Certain items are arbitrarily high in cost in spite of currency exchange rate

Hasbro Pulse ✯✯✯✯

Pros

  • Everything Hasbro
  • Hasbro Pulse membership Free Shipping
  • Easy ordering
  • Hasbro Pulse Exclusives

Cons

  • Pre order items are short stocked and sell out quick
  • Hard to keep track of account orders
  • Packing and Shipping can be poor at times
  • Items are sent out much after EE and BBTS

Amazon ✯✯✯

Pros

  • Amazon Prime free shipping
  • Easy returns
  • Easy ordering
  • Ease of keeping track of orders
  • Quick shipping
  • Gets items first most of the time

Cons

  • Pre order items can sell out quick
  • Market prices after Amazon sells out
  • Packing and Shipping can be poor at times
  • Damaged items can not alway be replaced
  • Can and will put shipping label right on the box

Target ✯✯✯

Pros

  • Easy ordering
  • Easy returns online or in store
  • Ease of keeping track of orders
  • Quick shipping
  • Items packed well

Cons

  • Pre order items are very limited
  • Exclusives can be difficult to order online
  • Damaged items can not alway be replaced

Walmart

Pros

  • Easy ordering
  • Easy returns online or in store
  • Ease of keeping track of orders

Cons

  • Pre order items are very limited
  • Exclusives can be difficult to order online
  • Wrong items sent at times
  • Packing and shipping is very very poor

Sideshow Collectibles ✯✯✯✯✯

Pros

  • Easy ordering
  • Superb Packing and shipping
  • Ease of keeping track of orders
  • Payment Plans available

Cons

  • None

Toy Wiz

Pros

  • Gets Items early for pre orders
  • Large online selection

Cons

  • Above average price on pre orders
  • Very high prices
  • Expensive third party seller on multiple other sites

Megalopolis City of Collectibles No Stars

Pros

  • Cheap sales
  • Cheap Pre Orders

Cons

  • Very very poor customer service
  • extremely long packing and shipping times
  • In Stock and pre order items not filled after weeks with no response from customer service
  • No refunds on in stock orders being cancelled even after weeks of not filling that order
  • Very slow to refund

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