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Postby lakebot » Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:13 am

I was able to stop by our local TRU today and would echo pretty much what was already stated: most toys people would be interested in actually purchasing(IMO anyway) are nowhere near the percentage off the giant signs at the door suggest. They do have what I would consider a fully stocked store though. I mean, when you walked in, had you not known the store was closing, you'd never have guessed.

I think the failure here lies in the fact that most of what is there is obviously not brand new and a lot of it is actually old/older(although finding the new Jurassic World toys there was a treat). Ok, that makes sense as they are closing. Why expect new product? However, as a collector/fan/parent shopping for their kids/whatever label you choose, for me to be driven to buy something, it needs to be something I don't already own or something that I may have passed up (for one reason or another) and now I've been given a new reason to buy it.

Simply put, they're not giving anyone a reason to buy a lot of what is on the shelves. The only figure they have left I'd be willing to consider is Cybertron and it would have to have such a steep discount for me to consider it, at this rate, I don't think it's happening.
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby william-james88 » Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:27 pm

Here's a fun fact. Did you know that there were 93 Toysrus stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland combined? That's quite a bit of stores for such a small landmass. Other fun fact, all these toys are now owned by Ireland's very own toy chain Smyth's Toys. That's right, the family owned chain which only had 110 stores yesterday will now add these 93 to their tally of owned stores. They also inherit 4 Toysrus websites and will take on all current staff and management.

This is great news since that means it is business as usual for fans, and more importantly Toysrus employees, in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It also brings Toysrus back to its routes of being a family entreprise.

Here is what Smyth's Toys co-founder Tony Smyth said about the deal: “We are convinced that multi-channel toy retailing will develop positively and that we can successfully introduce and expand our brand in Europe.”

This news was reported by Reuters and sent our way thanks to TF fan Alex.

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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby Rated X » Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:06 am

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And yet another TRU article that has nothing to actually do with Transformers. This obsession with TRUs demise is getting ridiculous. Its a toy store. Someone else will rise from their ashes to sell Transformers. Hello...Transformers anyone? #-o
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby ZeroWolf » Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:31 am

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Actually this is good news for tf fans in those regions as it means that they can continue to have more choice in where to buy the toys.
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby leokearon » Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:07 am

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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby Qwan » Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:17 am

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Rated X wrote:And yet another TRU article that has nothing to actually do with Transformers. This obsession with TRUs demise is getting ridiculous. Its a toy store. Someone else will rise from their ashes to sell Transformers. Hello...Transformers anyone? #-o

Or maybe some people live in one of those countries, used to get their Transformers from Toys R Us and will be very interested to know about this. Toys R Us is/was a huge juggernaut among toy retailers; Transformers, surprisingly, are toys; it stands to reason that ongoing information about a shake-up as big as this (that does affect at least some Transformers fans, believe it or not) would be worth sharing.
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby Carnivius_Prime » Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:48 am

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I'd like it if a Smyths took over the building where the Cambridge Toys R Us was. It's been rumoured but not seen any confirmation of such so I'm hoping it becomes true.
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby Rated X » Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:10 am

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Rated X wrote:And yet another TRU article that has nothing to actually do with Transformers. This obsession with TRUs demise is getting ridiculous. Its a toy store. Someone else will rise from their ashes to sell Transformers. Hello...Transformers anyone? #-o

Or maybe some people live in one of those countries, used to get their Transformers from Toys R Us and will be very interested to know about this. Toys R Us is/was a huge juggernaut among toy retailers; Transformers, surprisingly, are toys; it stands to reason that ongoing information about a shake-up as big as this (that does affect at least some Transformers fans, believe it or not) would be worth sharing.


Basically Smyths is buying up real estate. Those stores are not going to be a TRUs anymore. Theyre going to take those big stupid giraffe signs and toss them in the dumpster and replace them with Smyths signs. So in essence the site is front paging the grand opening of new locations of an existing toy chain. Hardly Transformers news. Its just a bizzare fetish the news guys seem to have with TRU. They wont let it go. We all poured out some liquor and told our childhood memories like a month ago. Its time to move on already. The news guys are beating this dead giraffe so hard, its blood is starting to bleed. Im sure Hasbro already has plans on what chain will carry the next exclusives, titan class figures, MP releases, etc. We just need to be patient.
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby ZeroWolf » Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:26 am

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Carnivius_Prime wrote:I'd like it if a Smyths took over the building where the Cambridge Toys R Us was. It's been rumoured but not seen any confirmation of such so I'm hoping it becomes true.

I thought they might in some locations, doubt it would happen to the now closed tru near me as we have a symths not too far away already.

Rated X@ as I said this news is important to those countries where it happened, you may be sick of the news about tru and what happens to some of its stores in other countries but you don't decide what news is, but you can just ignore it :-) I mean looking at the right this is posted above four other tf related news pieces. :-)
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby Qwan » Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:42 am

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Qwan wrote:
Rated X wrote:And yet another TRU article that has nothing to actually do with Transformers. This obsession with TRUs demise is getting ridiculous. Its a toy store. Someone else will rise from their ashes to sell Transformers. Hello...Transformers anyone? #-o

Or maybe some people live in one of those countries, used to get their Transformers from Toys R Us and will be very interested to know about this. Toys R Us is/was a huge juggernaut among toy retailers; Transformers, surprisingly, are toys; it stands to reason that ongoing information about a shake-up as big as this (that does affect at least some Transformers fans, believe it or not) would be worth sharing.


Basically Smyths is buying up real estate. Those stores are not going to be a TRUs anymore. Theyre going to take those big stupid giraffe signs and toss them in the dumpster and replace them with Smyths signs. So in essence the site is front paging the grand opening of new locations of an existing toy chain. Hardly Transformers news. Its just a bizzare fetish the news guys seem to have with TRU. They wont let it go. We all poured out some liquor and told our childhood memories like a month ago. Its time to move on already. The news guys are beating this dead giraffe so hard, its blood is starting to bleed. Im sure Hasbro already has plans on what chain will carry the next exclusives, titan class figures, MP releases, etc. We just need to be patient.

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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby g2jazz » Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:01 am

I visit toysrus germany regualry but online and in stores i can never find any reference what is gonna happen to the stores in germany. And this news gives us atleast some inform whaft is gonna happen to t

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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby Ironhidensh » Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:43 am

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Rated X wrote:And yet another TRU article that has nothing to actually do with Transformers. This obsession with TRUs demise is getting ridiculous. Its a toy store. Someone else will rise from their ashes to sell Transformers. Hello...Transformers anyone? #-o



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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

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For people living in countries that already have Smyth's Toys, how does their stock of Transformers compare to Toys'R'Us? Cause the Toys'R'Us closest to me here in Switzerland always had an absolutely terrible selection of Transformers, usually only stocking the kiddie lines of movie toys. Therefore I don't really care about them disappearing. But with Smyth's taking them over, buying Transformers in stores might actually become a viable option now
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby MemphisR56 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:17 am

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xMXUx wrote:For people living in countries that already have Smyth's Toys, how does their stock of Transformers compare to Toys'R'Us? Cause the Toys'R'Us closest to me here in Switzerland always had an absolutely terrible selection of Transformers, usually only stocking the kiddie lines of movie toys. Therefore I don't really care about them disappearing. But with Smyth's taking them over, buying Transformers in stores might actually become a viable option now


Smyths are fantastic in the UK. Since combiner wars, they have consistently been the first store to mass release every new generations toyline and have it well stocked constantly. Everything I've been looking for a single trip to smyths has always been rewarding. Combiner wars, titans return, Kreo blind bags, RID figures, etc. I've talked at length about how bad TRU UK have been for transformers (holding on to dead stock on pegs for over 10 years) so I'll not go into how bad they are when held side by side with Smyths. Their staff are polite, the stores are vibrant, everyone seems to have their finger on the pulse of what the hot toys currently are. And most importantly they don't have a killer TRU mark-up. Their prices always seem spot on to what most people are 'willing to pay' for the various size classes.

Honestly, walking into a Smyths feels exactly what walking into Toys R Us felt like in the 80's & early 90's. My only criticism of them is that they are too far away from me, and you can't order from their website. (yet, presuming if they're picking up toys r us's staff they may be expanding their online presence in coming days too.)

I'm praying quite hard that they make the same decision with buying up TRU UK and turning my local TRU ghosttown into a smyths which is actually within a sensible distance for public transport.
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby Rated X » Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:09 am

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Rated X wrote:And yet another TRU article that has nothing to actually do with Transformers. This obsession with TRUs demise is getting ridiculous. Its a toy store. Someone else will rise from their ashes to sell Transformers. Hello...Transformers anyone? #-o



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Its ironic how such a traditionally educated group gobbles up all this fake news.

TRU is not Disneyworld, Universal Studios, or any other type of "attraction". Its not a shrine to Transformers, Star Wars, or any other brand of toys. Its a store. A store that made crappy decisions that led to its demise. They failed in the US because capitalism takes no prisoners. As other countries around the world discover their own versions of Walmart and Amazon, their TRUs will collapse as well. While it may force some toy collectors to expand their horizon, that doesnt make it Transformers related. Time to let TRU go and move on buddy.
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby Qwan » Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:20 am

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Rated X wrote:While it may force some toy collectors to expand their horizon, that doesnt make it Transformers related.

What you are describing is pretty much the closest you could get to a definition of Transformers-related news, without it actually being solely about Transformers. Not to mention you skipped over every response telling you why they find these articles useful, as Transformers collectors, so you could go for the throat on the facetious post instead. Come on now.
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby Carnivius_Prime » Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:22 am

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I'm confused as to why all the arguing. Toys R Us was one of the primary stores that sold Transformers toys. Smyths also sells Transformers toys. My nearest Toys R Us was one of the few places I could walk in and see Transformers toys on the shelves and pegs and now it is gone. I'd very much like to know if Smyths would take over that building so that there would still be a toy store situated there that sells Transformers toys and Smyths tends to be better at stocking Transformers toys than the Toys R Us was at stocking Transformers toys so I'm really hoping that it'll happen and I'll again have a nice big place to go visit and potentially purchase Transformers toys. So I don't an issue about discussing stores that sell or sold Transformers toys on a forum devoted to Transformers toys. Stop arguing and go play with or admire your Transformers toys. That's why we all come here?
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby ZeroWolf » Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:36 am

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Carnivius_Prime wrote:I'm confused as to why all the arguing. Toys R Us was one of the primary stores that sold Transformers toys. Smyths also sells Transformers toys. My nearest Toys R Us was one of the few places I could walk in and see Transformers toys on the shelves and pegs and now it is gone. I'd very much like to know if Smyths would take over that building so that there would still be a toy store situated there that sells Transformers toys and Smyths tends to be better at stocking Transformers toys than the Toys R Us was at stocking Transformers toys so I'm really hoping that it'll happen and I'll again have a nice big place to go visit and potentially purchase Transformers toys. So I don't an issue about discussing stores that sell or sold Transformers toys on a forum devoted to Transformers toys. Stop arguing and go play with or admire your Transformers toys. That's why we all come here?

The arguing is more about one poster not liking how the news staff is doing things relating to the death of toys r us, so he's venting here. As far as everyone else is concerned, symths taking over those tru is good news :-) and like you I would like the same to happen here.
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby ZeroWolf » Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:36 am

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Carnivius_Prime wrote:I'm confused as to why all the arguing. Toys R Us was one of the primary stores that sold Transformers toys. Smyths also sells Transformers toys. My nearest Toys R Us was one of the few places I could walk in and see Transformers toys on the shelves and pegs and now it is gone. I'd very much like to know if Smyths would take over that building so that there would still be a toy store situated there that sells Transformers toys and Smyths tends to be better at stocking Transformers toys than the Toys R Us was at stocking Transformers toys so I'm really hoping that it'll happen and I'll again have a nice big place to go visit and potentially purchase Transformers toys. So I don't an issue about discussing stores that sell or sold Transformers toys on a forum devoted to Transformers toys. Stop arguing and go play with or admire your Transformers toys. That's why we all come here?

The arguing is more about one poster not liking how the news staff is doing things relating to the death of toys r us, so he's venting here. As far as everyone else is concerned, symths taking over those tru is good news :-) and like you I would like the same to happen here.
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby Carnivius_Prime » Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:45 am

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ZeroWolf wrote:The arguing is more about one poster not liking how the news staff is doing things relating to the death of toys r us, so he's venting here. As far as everyone else is concerned, symths taking over those tru is good news :-) and like you I would like the same to happen here.


Yeah that's what i couldn't understand. Info about big well known toy stores is totally relevant here. :)
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby Rated X » Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:22 am

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Rated X wrote:While it may force some toy collectors to expand their horizon, that doesnt make it Transformers related.

What you are describing is pretty much the closest you could get to a definition of Transformers-related news, without it actually being solely about Transformers. Not to mention you skipped over every response telling you why they find these articles useful, as Transformers collectors, so you could go for the throat on the facetious post instead. Come on now.


Finding an article "useful" doesnt make it Transformers related. These news guys have enshrined TRU like it is the holy mecca of all things Transformers. Sheesh its a freaking store...and an overpriced, out of touch with reality store at that. Im not venting as another poster suggested. All the love this failure of a corporation is getting just makes me wanna puke. The TRU saga is becoming like Donald Trumps twitter account. Every stupid post he makes becomes instant "news".
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby william-james88 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:46 am

Rated X wrote:
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Rated X wrote:While it may force some toy collectors to expand their horizon, that doesnt make it Transformers related.

What you are describing is pretty much the closest you could get to a definition of Transformers-related news, without it actually being solely about Transformers. Not to mention you skipped over every response telling you why they find these articles useful, as Transformers collectors, so you could go for the throat on the facetious post instead. Come on now.


Finding an article "useful" doesnt make it Transformers related. These news guys have enshrined TRU like it is the holy mecca of all things Transformers. Sheesh its a freaking store...and an overpriced, out of touch with reality store at that. Im not venting as another poster suggested. All the love this failure of a corporation is getting just makes me wanna puke. The TRU saga is becoming like Donald Trumps twitter account. Every stupid post he makes becomes instant "news".


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Postby ZeroWolf » Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:47 pm

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Apparently the Asia arm of the company is much wanted as several 1 billion dollar bids have been put forward for it, meanwhile all UK trus will be gone by the 30th of April, guess they were too far gone to save.
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Rated X wrote:While it may force some toy collectors to expand their horizon, that doesnt make it Transformers related.

What you are describing is pretty much the closest you could get to a definition of Transformers-related news, without it actually being solely about Transformers. Not to mention you skipped over every response telling you why they find these articles useful, as Transformers collectors, so you could go for the throat on the facetious post instead. Come on now.


Finding an article "useful" doesnt make it Transformers related. These news guys have enshrined TRU like it is the holy mecca of all things Transformers. Sheesh its a freaking store...and an overpriced, out of touch with reality store at that. Im not venting as another poster suggested. All the love this failure of a corporation is getting just makes me wanna puke. The TRU saga is becoming like Donald Trumps twitter account. Every stupid post he makes becomes instant "news".

You were doing so well RX. No one has forced you to click the news link. You did that all on your own. And what did you contribute? Criticism of staff.

Have a week off.
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