I actually made the call this evening and found that my regular GameStop had just gotten Polar Whirlwind in and stocked her. I asked if they could hold me one as I would head straight there from work and the response was that they'd have one for me...This made me think there must have been quite a few.
I rushed up after work, despite it looking like storms were coming, and headed in...There she was on the wall...Polar Whirlwind! Just below her I saw a few regular Ninjini figures (which for many has been harder to find than Scarlet). But speaking of Scarlet, the variant, ninja genie was no where to be seen.
I took 2 Polars to the register and they rang up as "not for sale" with the street date of 6/22. I explained the promotion and that some stores were selling them and since I had called I figured it would be good to go...
Since I'm a regular they apologized, quickly pulled Polar and Ninjini off the shelf and said they'd save a Polar for me and appreciated the cooperation. With an uncertain schedule for Saturday they went ahead and hooked me up with the poster AND a generic info sheet that I assume they will have a lot of...The poster is pretty cool, but it is the info sheet we focus on in the video...In addition to having nice artwork for S3 Terrafin, we saw a new Adventure Pack:
Here is a look at the flip side of the info sheet:
And lastly, here is the 12" x 16" poster for the first 25 guests Saturday:
I can tell you that some GameStops will sell Polar (and everything else) early, but they should not do so...That said, it doesn't hurt to check your local store in the event you can for sure land Polar and avid the rush and potential headache to get her later on...
I will give you this info...
It looked like this particular store had 6 Polars and 6 Ninjinis. The flyer explicitly mentions Scarlet, so there is a good chance she could come in another shipment possibly with more Polars. Giants are generally 6 to a box and if Scarlet is up in limited quantities there should be 6. Ninjini was pulled because her SKU rang up to be street dated as well. I mention this for the simple fact I still know a lot of people who have Scarlet, but not regular Ninjini...this event may help you out.
I did ask if Polar was a timed exclusive, or a dedicated, store exclusive (ie Jade Flaswhing at Target, Royal Double Trouble at GameStop etc), and the answer was unknown. I will lean towards Polar being a dedicated exclusive given GameStop is due something special in my mind (if you recall I had predicted Scarlet would be their exclusive).
The poster is pretty cool and measures 12" x 16" while the flyer is standard 8.5" x 11" just of a better stock.
There were no signs of S2 Drobot and I can attest to Ninjini being new as she was not in store Monday when I pre-ordered the 3DS Starter Pack for Swap Force. By the time I headed out the storms were about to hit and I had to abandon my initial plan to check Walmart for S2 Drobot...
So, in conclusion Skylander Day should be a big hit...great deals on Starter Packs and Battle Packs, posters, Polar Whirlwind, and a few Ninjini or Scarlet Ninjinis hanging around the shop!
Good luck this Saturday and Happy Skylanders Day in advance!