You will not read about this in the New York Times, or in your local newspaper or online news feed. And it's not even technically accurate. But because of decisions beyond the control or influence of any of us collectors in the United States, we will find it very difficult to acquire new 2018 CollectA figures for our collections and stores.
Here is the notification received earlier today, directly from a CollectA representative:
Very much to my regret I need to tell you that we are unable to serve you any longer with shipments to the US. We have signed an exclusive agreement with Reeves International in the US which makes it impossible for us to send shipments to the US.
The labelling and batch codes of the different series making a full back-tracking of a shipment possible and it would be obvious who was the one to breach the territory rights. Contractually penalty clauses have been agreed upon and we cannot take the risk to go undiscovered.
I am very sorry and as much as we would like to serve you I hope you can understand that our hands are bound.
So, this doesn't sound so bad - just get the figures from Reeves International who has the exclusive rights for CollectA products in the USA. That would be the answer except that earlier Reeves had chosen to only carry 60 of the 200+ prehistoric figures available from CollectA. None of the 2018 pieces are among that number.
For the time being, it appears we may be at the mercy of our friends and collectors outside the borders of the USA to help us add these figures to our collections. DeJankins will continue looking for some way to provide these to our customers and will communicate with Reeves to see if some concessions can be made. Updates will be posted to this blog as they become available.