Toys R Us

Toys R Us Closing Stores... With an Asterisk

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, March 15, 2018

Toys R Us has been having some problems, and as of today we're seeing articles like Toys R Us tells court going-out-of-business sales to begin immediately at all U.S. stores.   Tens of thousands of people are going to lose their jobs, and the domino effect is going to knock some toy manufacturers out of business, or into mergers, which will probably cost tens of thousands more jobs in the subsequent months. 

This is not a good week to be in the toy business.

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Toys R Us To Liquidate

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, March 8, 2018

This story is making the rounds everywhere.  Bloomberg's headline says it all: Toys ‘R’ Us Is Prepping to Liquidate Its U.S. Operations.

But what does this actually mean?  It's hard to say.  Will someone swoop in and buy Toys R Us assets like the brand name, the stores, or the inventory?   Will their other assets be sold off? What happens to their exclusives?  Is our collective childhood finally over?  Will those people be able to find jobs?

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Toys R Us Liquidation Begins Today

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The 182 closing Toys R Us stores started their sales today.  The sign out front of mine boasted "Up to 30% Off!"  Another, "Nothing Held Back!" was a little less precise - it's worth noting that most action figures are 10% off but NECA toys were excluded.  Also excluded: select video games and books.

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Toys R Us to Close 182 Stores

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Last year Toys R Us announced some problems and mentioned they may close some stores.  Today, USA Today has a list of 182 Toys R Us stores to close by April - including the two I frequent the most.   Check the list to see if your store will remain open.

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Revealed - Star Wars: The Black Series Action Figure - Rey (Jedi Training) on Crait

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, September 19, 2017

New at Toys R Us, the exclusive  Star Wars: The Black Series Action Figure - Rey (Jedi Training) on Crait has been revealed!  She's due in November for $34.99.  The figure is a new one, more or less, with added cloth elements and a display base.

Toys R Us in TRUble?

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, September 6, 2017

According to CNBC: Toys R Us hires law firm as it explores possible bankruptcy filing.  The toy seller had some restructuring over the past couple of decades while some of its competitors started to loose its shine.   Back in the 1970s and 1980s, Sears and Montgomery Wards were a couple of power players in toys.   They're gone.  Then Kay-Bee and Kmart took over - which are gone, and not doing well, respectively.  

Hopefully it's no big deal, but toys are an increasingly tough sell as the speculator's market of the 1990s is over, modern children move to games faster, and collectors eventually fill their homes. 

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Commander Gree Coming to SDCC

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, July 6, 2017

3348 Debuting at San Diego Comic-Con at Entertainment Earth's Booth #2343, the Toys R Us Exclusive 6-inch The Black Series Star Wars Commander Gree is looking fantastic - it's just one of several items on sale there, including stuff from Twin Peaks, Guardians of the Galaxy, Transformers, and Justice League.   Check it out, and get yours at the show!

Hasbro Confirms 6-Inch Clone Trooper Commander Gree as Toys R Us Exclusive

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, April 13, 2017

The info just keeps rolling in!  Hasbro's PR department informed us that Commander Gree is coming to Toys R Us as an exclusive. When? We don't know, but the 6-inch The Black Series figure looks pretty sharp.

More information as we have it - and it's nice to see the prequels getting some love out there.

Toys R Us Hasbro Star Wars Rogue One Cassian Andor and Stormtrooper Exclusive Figures Hitting

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, November 13, 2016

3207 It's here too!  For $14.99 - and apparently not qualifying for the 20% off sale right now - the Star Wars Rogue One Cassian Andor and Stormtrooper Exclusive Figure Two-Pack is in stores now. As always, I found it in Phoenix, AZ and it was the last one at the store I visited.  Good hunting!

The set includes Cassian Andor from the U-Wing fighter (with slightly better paint), a redeco of the single-carded Stormtrooper, Sabine's zipline, and more.  That's a decent amount of plastic for $15.

Hasbro's Official Rogue One Checklist Reveals New, Unannounced Exclusives

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hasbro's PR firm sent us a note this morning to inform us that there's an Official Star Wars 2016 Collector ChecklistClick here to grab it.

Since this is produced on the official timetable, you won't see some known-but-not-listed items like Wave 2 3 3/4-inch action figures, 2-packs, 6-inch figures, and so on.  But what is on here may amaze you - a bunch of exclusives we've not yet seen!  Read on to find out what you'll find in stores as the year goes on.

Press Release: Hasbro Reveals Many New Rogue One September 30 Exclusives

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 23, 2016

Hasbro's PR team kindly sent along a press release with many new and some neewish exclusives! More are coming this fall, but for now, here's a look at what you can expect on (or around) Friday, September 30. None of the 3 3/4-inch figure exclusives are listed here, but 6-inch, prop replicas, Nerf guns, and more await you after the jump.

Black Series 6-inch Astromech Droids - NOT At Comic-Con

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, July 8, 2016

Toys R Us will have an exclusive Black Series 6-inch set of Star Wars Droids during San Diego Comic-Con, but will not be at Comic-Con.  As I work for Entertainment Earth and will be working on the booth for the show, I reached out to me for confirmation - and I can confirm this item will be sold online.  (I also assume at stores later.)  The droids are identified as R2-A3, R5-K6, and R2-F2 on the packaging.

Entertainment Earth Booth #2343 will be selling a number of other items for Toys R Us as well as their own exclusives, including some other Star Wars and Hasbro items. Click here to see the droid item at Toys R Us' web site.

It's Back: Toys R Us Exclusive Snowtrooper Officer Action Figure

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, June 28, 2016

It's back!  The Toys R Us exclusive 6-inch Snowtrooper Officer action figure had a new production run and is showing up in stores all over Phoenix, AZ - and perhaps in your town, too!   No obvious changes were spotted, but if you missed it here's your chance to snag one at a reasonable price.   I saw them at two different stores so far this week, and it's only Tuesday.   Happy hunting! 

20% Off Star Wars Action Figures at Toys R Us Through 11/21

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, November 1, 2015

Toys R Us is offering a deal from now through November 21!  "20% off ALL Star Wars 3.75" figures & vehicles." What they don't tell you is that some other items are on sale, and the asterisk is that Black Series doesn't count.  My advice to you - scan every item you see, just in case what you want is on aisle.

Found: Toys R Us Star Wars Sandy First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter Exclusive

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, September 24, 2015

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It's here! Very few new exclusives have actually hit, but Toys R Us' exclusive First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter is out now.  You get a little more paint for $42.99, a $3 markup over the regular version at $39.99.

The pilot is very similar to the regular version, but with added red stripes on his helmet.  If you've seen the 181st Pilots or some of the specially marked ones from the original trilogy, you know what to expect.   The TIE itself has some light brown dusting, but not any scorch marks on the wings.  Just dust.   The good news is that both the figure and vehicle are both visually quite interesting.  The bad news is that it lowers the bar for vehicle deco variants - snow on the boots were a thing we've seen on figures for a few years, but sand damaged vehicles is, of course, a completely new thing.