Commiserating Over Toys ‘R Us
Last week brought the sad news that Toys ‘R Us was going to be shutting the doors on all of its stores, that the franchise was folding. I penned this emotional tribute. Then, this past weekend, I made it a point to visit my nearest store. I wasn’t the only one. The place was packed, more crowded than I’ve ever seen it, except maybe at Christmastime. And this before they’ve even started marking down the inventory. (Yes, I bought an armload of stuff, just in case I don’t get the chance to go back before the store closes.) Most of the people there must have been thinking the same thing. And it doesn’t surprise me at all to see that other Monsterkidz like me are also in mourning over the closing of the last brick-and-mortar toystore available to us.
The kindred spirit over at bloody disgusting worries that some companies, like NECA specifically, could be done in by the closing of the franchise. I don’t expect that to happen. NECA and its ilk could conceivably survive off online sales alone, although they will for sure take a hit from the closing of Toys ‘R Us. But also, nature abhors a vacuum. Something will fill in the void. A greater presence online, maybe. Ideally, a new toystore chain. There’s still hope that some company will buy up Toys ‘R Us in the weeks to come. I spoke with employees during my visit, and they told me the store would be open for at least another couple of months. As my fellow Horror and toys mark stated, “[I] urge you to cherish [Toys ‘R Us] while you can.” I concur, and I intend to myself. I’ve got my eye on this big rubber Bigfoot figure, just waiting for a markdown. But I’d buy it at full price if only Toys ‘R Us would stick around.
I captured for posterity some of the products on the shelves that should be of interest to monster and werewolf marks. Maybe they’ll encourage you, if you haven’t already, to hit up YOUR nearest Toys ‘R Us location.