The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

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Fun News of Toysrus Stores Still Thriving Around the World

Postby william-james88 » Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:01 pm

The Toysrus bankruptcy of last year is still a very sour spot for fans as well as Hasbro's CEOs and fellow investors, where it monopolizes shareholder meetings even in the latest quarterly discussions. However, I thought it would be fun to look at how well Toysrus is doing in the places where it is still thriving, in the wake of the international stores fully separating themselves from the original American company with a look at Canada and the Philippines.

In the Philippines, the store in Robinsons Galleria now has a giant Cybertron/Galaxy Force Optimus Prime tearing through the Transformers display. This works perfectly with the upcoming leader class figure.

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In Canada, Toysrus is making sure kids have something to do for March break (next week) with activities every day. They can be seen below. This was posted on their Facebook page along with a video showing them keeping a yearly tradition. They had a contest to find the next Chief Play Officer. The announcement happened to take place at your fellow editor's local Toysrus store.

You can watch the video here

After months of searching, we are pleased to announce our newest Chief Play Officer, 11 year old Méganne Dagenais!! We surprised Méganne at her local Toys “R” Us Canada store in LaSalle, Quebec, to announce she had won the coveted role to be our brand ambassador. Check out the video to see! #CPO #Play


And here are the March Break activities:

MONDAY
Dragon Trainers Unite!
Five years have passed since Hiccup and Toothless united the dragons and Vikings of Berk.
Join “Us” for a puzzle make and take and tote bag giveaway to celebrate their return!
Max. 70 per store.

TUESDAY
Design & Create a Bracelet
Spin up some fun with the KumiKreator™ from Spin Master! Your child and their bestie can enjoy an interactive product demo that will have them and our product expert spinning up a unique bracelet!
Max. 100 per store.

WEDNESDAY
It's Morphin' Time!
Your kids can become a certified Ranger. Take part in our Power Rangers training activities and learn to think, act and dress like a Ranger. PLUS free swag!
Max. 50 per store.

THURSDAY
Build a LEGO® City Dragster
Ready, Set, Go! Join the racing crowd at this awesome LEGO® make and take activity!
Max. 100 per store.

FRIDAY
Express Yourself with Beads
Spell it out and express your individuality with the Alphabet Bead DIY activity! Kids can create a unique bracelet or keychain and take it home!
Max. 100 per store.
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby TFanPage101 » Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:40 pm

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Whenever I bring up Toys'R'Us, someone points out the US closing. It's gotten a little annoying tbh, especially when they have to tell me 'TRU is closed, what are you talking about'... not in Canada.
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby william-james88 » Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:56 pm

TFanPage101 wrote:Whenever I bring up Toys'R'Us, someone points out the US closing. It's gotten a little annoying tbh, especially when they have to tell me 'TRU is closed, what are you talking about'... not in Canada.

Agreed!
The first comment on twitter whenever an article like this is posted is "What's toysrus" or "Toysrus, you sure about that?" or some BS like that. Its annoying, but we all know why they do it, they are just jealous :-P
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby Burn » Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:00 pm

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william-james88 wrote:
TFanPage101 wrote:Whenever I bring up Toys'R'Us, someone points out the US closing. It's gotten a little annoying tbh, especially when they have to tell me 'TRU is closed, what are you talking about'... not in Canada.

Agreed!
The first comment on twitter whenever an article like this is posted is "What's toysrus" or "Toysrus, you sure about that?" or some BS like that. Its annoying, but we all know why they do it, they are just jealous :-P

So for something different then.

Your video is geo-blocked.
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby william-james88 » Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:05 pm

Burn wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
TFanPage101 wrote:Whenever I bring up Toys'R'Us, someone points out the US closing. It's gotten a little annoying tbh, especially when they have to tell me 'TRU is closed, what are you talking about'... not in Canada.

Agreed!
The first comment on twitter whenever an article like this is posted is "What's toysrus" or "Toysrus, you sure about that?" or some BS like that. Its annoying, but we all know why they do it, they are just jealous :-P

So for something different then.

Your video is geo-blocked.


:lol:
That sucks though, no wonder it wasnt showing up :(
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby KTRfan224 » Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:05 am

Toys R Us is still in Korea since they've always been part of Lotte malls. As for Transformers... pretty much non-existent other than TLK and Studio Series...
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby Editor » Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:14 am

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TRU Canada has been doing the Chief Play Officer for a while. I know I've seen segments on Breakfast Television Vancouver with the CPO over the last few years.

Even with the troubles last year, they had a child in the position.
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby TFanPage101 » Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:37 am

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william-james88 wrote:
TFanPage101 wrote:Whenever I bring up Toys'R'Us, someone points out the US closing. It's gotten a little annoying tbh, especially when they have to tell me 'TRU is closed, what are you talking about'... not in Canada.

Agreed!
The first comment on twitter whenever an article like this is posted is "What's toysrus" or "Toysrus, you sure about that?" or some BS like that. Its annoying, but we all know why they do it, they are just jealous :-P


My favorite (not really) is always the 'You sure about that' comments. Or like I made the mistake.
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby o.supreme » Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:22 am

Motto: "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes"
well, if it doesn't exist in murica... ;) . Seriously though, in a recent episode of The Simpsons, they did a mock up of one of those old contests, where one lucky kid would try to fill up his shopping cart with as much as he could in 5 minuets. Of course the Simpsons version twisted it, (Krusty Toy store instead of TRU) and had 3 contestants (Bart, Ralph & Milhouse), it was more a race, rather than a timed event, and only one of the 3 kids would get to keep all the stuff they grabbed.

My instant reaction was to feel sad in that most kids wont even understand the reference. But I guess that would only be kids in the US.

---And honestly, I'm not jealous. I am saddened at the closing here, but genuinely happy for others that still have TRU available to them. There are still articles about the potential return in the U.S. via website sometime this fall, and KB toy stores possibly returning....I know not every one of them is newsworthy, until something more definitive comes forth.


Also for the record, everyone says Blockbuster Video has been dead for years (it basically is... ;) ), but there is still one store left in operation
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Re: The Toys R Us Troubles Thread

Postby william-james88 » Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:58 pm

o.supreme wrote:---And honestly, I'm not jealous. I am saddened at the closing here, but genuinely happy for others that still have TRU available to them. There are still articles about the potential return in the U.S. via website sometime this fall, and KB toy stores possibly returning....I know not every one of them is newsworthy, until something more definitive comes forth.

Well the closing of toysrus in the US was not completely unexpected by collectors. It was the death of an era but many had not set foot in there for collecting purposes, as I understood it. It stayed alive in the countries where it had good management, good initiatives and good inventory practices, what a big coincidence :lol:

And yeah, I see those articles too. They will become newsworthy the minute they sell Transformers toys. And I dont know when that will happen because Hasbro is mega burnt over it.

One last bit about dead franchises, in Canada Dunkn Donuts is (almost) officially dead. It was big once but with Tim Hortons becoming so big, Dunkn didnt bother putting up a fight and didnt support Canadian franchisees. So little by little it all crumbled until there were just a few left in Quebec (my province). Last year they closed the final 4 BUT one of them stayed open and simply changed the name. So you can still buy Dunkn Donuts at 1 store in all of Canada haha.
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