I go to a local Target to see if I can find some additions to mine and my wife's collections. Using the DCPI numbers so graciously provided on the Pony boards, I find that her ponies are not on the shelf but are in the stock room. One of the floor clerks is cool enough to go get them and I happily load them into my cart. After a swing around the store to call her on my cell to let her the good news, she gives me the DCPI for TF Classics....awesome they're in the back too! I got to ask the same guy, he starts to go back but the Dept. Manager stops him and asks me "Is this the collectors stuff?" I'm like "Well.....sorta...I guess you could call them that but they're not really classified that way". He then asks "They're the Target exclusive stuff, right?" again I say "Well, not that I know of". Ok, he finally punches in the DCPI and tells me I cant get them cause of the "release date". I understand where he's coming from but it still doesnt make a whole lotta sense to me why Store A in Jersey gets a release date of X and why we get one of X+3 weeks. Not only that, those MLP's I bought were, AFAIK, the same way i.e. released in my area already but has "release dates" in others. WTF is up with that? I dunno if its Hasbro doing that or Target but either way it sounds like an awfully effed up distribution method to me.