|01-26-2009, 05:12 PM||#21|
Joe Grapping Specalist
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Louisville, KY
I miss the Toys R Us of olds. They even had cool commercials advertising their toys, but now nothing. It's very sad.
|01-26-2009, 05:16 PM||#22|
Join Date: Sep 2008
its all the internets fault, and video games......
''it does'nt mean that much to me, to mean that much to you'' -Neil Young
|01-26-2009, 05:17 PM||#23|
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Richmond, Virginia
The places I used to get my Joes as a kid:
GC Murphy/Murphy Mart - gone
Ames - gone
Hills - gone
Service Merchandise - gone
Children's Palace - gone
KB Toy & Hobby - recently deceased
Kmart - dying a slow, ugly death
Places I buy Joes now:
TRU - hemorrhaging
Target - schizophrenic, but still upright
Walmart - getting really, really fat
Online vendors - pricy and sometimes slow to get product, but typically dependable
What does this mean? Probably that someday not so far into the future it will be Walmart vs. the online stores. That will be our choices.
|01-26-2009, 05:20 PM||#24|
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: San Diego , California
It pains me to see this happening ... first toy store that closed here in San Diego was Playco .. then Fao then KB is disappearing and the only one left is Toysrus ... a moment of silence please
|01-26-2009, 05:20 PM||#25|
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Battle Creek, MI
www.RicksToyRoom.com - Newly renovated - Updated!!
|01-26-2009, 05:33 PM||#26|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: dallas tx
|01-26-2009, 05:44 PM||#27|
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Pana, IL
As it has been stated, kids just don;t play with action figures/toys anymore. Most kids want the game consoles, ipods, DS, PSP and other electronic gizmos.
The days of going in the back yard with an arm full of action figures, setting them up for a day long battle is over.
My 7 year old nephew and his friends get toys for Xmas and Bdays, and right after they open them, they go into his room, never to be seen again.
My 10 year old son's friends actually bring over THEIR toys and ask if I want to buy them from them.
It's a sad day, kids do not have the imagination that we had. My son hasn't played with action figures since I bought him some power rangers about 7 years ago.
I have 2 rooms full of toys, and he doesn't share the enthusiasm. Most of his friends come over, see them and say wow, and then they run back to the living room to play the Wii.
Stores know this and focus on what sells. Adults may be the buyers of toy lines, but the stores don't see eye to eye with that logic and write the stuff off as a loss and invest more into the electronic areas.
|01-26-2009, 05:51 PM||#28|
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Northeastern, Pennsylvania
|01-26-2009, 05:54 PM||#29|
Feck Off, Squirrels...
Join Date: Nov 2008
Children's Palace - Children's Palace - Everything a toy store should be...
Children's Palace was the $hit when I was coming up in the 70s and 80s. They always had good inventory and sometimes harder-to-find items and I think that franchise was among the last to hold out on the non-neon replica guns, too - the sweet ones like EnterTech and whatnot.
Yep. Discount retail killed big-box toy retail just like big-box toy retail killed local toy retail (anyone in the Midwest remember Jolly's Toy & Hobby?). Imagine it won't be long before the only place you'll be able to buy collectible toys and get any semblance of selection will be WalMart and Target.
|01-26-2009, 05:59 PM||#30|
I SMELL VICTORY
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bridgeport CT
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