I have been thinking this for a while. I would love someone in the know to explain this. I spoke to a TRU manager a couple of months back and she was saying that some stores are "test stores" for toys. The only trends I am sort of able to identify are: - West Coast seems to get stuff first. I am assuming that this is because the factories are closer to the West Coast. - There are test stores for TRU at least. It would be great to get a list of what those test stores are. Or I wonder if the "test" stores are constantly changed. Hunting in Brick and Mortar shops has become impossible so I figure some extra knowledge won't hurt.