In a perfect world, retail establishments would cater to every particularity of the so called "collector". Unfortunately, reality doesn't reflect that. These are just toys and nobody really gives a shit. Retail would need an exclusive "toy team" to even begin to manage and control the demand of collectors which will never happen. But there are others that do...................
DO YOURSELF a favor and explore one of the sites sponsors to the right. I support online toy shops that create a system and inventory to get EVERYTHING I'm looking for. Factor in gas costs and more importantly time, the only sane decision is to go online. I have converted almost exclusively to this route and haven't looked back.
In a way its sort of our revenge back at retail for their poor practice in not giving us everything we want, when we want it, dammitt!!!