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Toys R Us Australia Closing Down Sale Begins

Transformers News: Toys R Us Australia Closing Down Sale Begins

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 8:56PM CDT

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So this is how it ends... not with a bang, but with a small discount. Toys R Us Australia, which you may remember announced its definite closure earlier this week, has begun promoting their 'Closing Down Sale', with discounts "up to 30%" storewide (in stores only, considering the online ordering system is already shut down at this point).

What does this mean for Transformers collectors? Well, yours truly checked a nearby store and it appears that action figures (including Transformers) are marked down by 10%. Keep in mind that this appears to be a fixed discount, not an escalating sale like US shoppers experienced; according to all available information, this is simply a flat 10% off Transformers toys presumably until all stock has been cleared out or the company closes.

If anything changes we'll be sure to let you know, but as it stands now this seems to be Toys R Us Australia's last hurrah. Despite the gloomy subject, however, we still want to hear what you have to say: does this sale entice you in any way? Let us know by posting in the Energon Pub Forums, and stay tuned to Seibertron.com for more optimistic news in the future!

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Posted by Qwan on June 23rd, 2018 @ 9:03pm CDT
Well, if I may be permitted to answer my own question: no, this sale is not enticing to me in the least. Honestly, 10% off doesn't even bring Deluxes down to a competitive price - they're still $1.50 more expensive than Big W has them for! The exact same toys as every other chain, being sold for barely less (sometimes still more) than other, more easily accessible stores. Yeah, way to clearance, TRU. Irritating to the very end. :BANG_HEAD:
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Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 23rd, 2018 @ 10:39pm CDT
Qwan wrote:Well, if I may be permitted to answer my own question: no, this sale is not enticing to me in the least. Honestly, 10% off doesn't even bring Deluxes down to a competitive price - they're still $1.50 more expensive than Big W has them for! The exact same toys as every other chain, being sold for barely less (sometimes still more) than other, more easily accessible stores. Yeah, way to clearance, TRU. Irritating to the very end. :BANG_HEAD:



Nothing annoy me more than entering a store with a big huge sign claiming "BIG SALE! 30% 50% 90%!!!" Only to notice that the "regular" prices have been boosted by 60% 100% 180%. #-o
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Posted by Burn on June 23rd, 2018 @ 10:41pm CDT
I walked in, took one look, decided I'd come back in a fortnight.

I don't see much TF stock moving in that time, the best I can hope for is a cheap Unite Warriors boxset.
Re: Toys R Us Australia Closing Down Sale Begins (1966355)
Posted by Qwan on June 24th, 2018 @ 12:23am CDT
Burn wrote:I walked in, took one look, decided I'd come back in a fortnight.

I don't see much TF stock moving in that time, the best I can hope for is a cheap Unite Warriors boxset.

The fact you even have a Unite Warriors boxset to hope for makes me frankly jealous. The one here has literally nothing except PotP and Studio Series Wave 1, RiD Crash Combiners, and a couple TR Quakes and Brawns. I don't even know what they did with their TRU-exclusive or imported Transformers products. Fingers crossed that the "liquidation through existing stores" means we might see some interesting stuff get pushed out to various places, but somehow I doubt it...

I'm out of the city for a couple weeks as of tomorrow, so it's possible TRU might be fully closed before I get another chance to check it out again (if their liquidation moves faster than in the US). C'est la vie... it's harder to feel bad about losing them when their final goodbye is so pathetic.
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Posted by Qwan on June 28th, 2018 @ 6:30am CDT
Good news, Seibertronians! For a given measure of "good", at least. It seems Toys R Us Australia is indeed following suit in its closing-down sale, and periodically increasing the discounts available much like its American counterpart.

The most recent update proclaims "Up To 40%" off items storewide, which for Transformers collectors translates to a 15% discount on action figures (up from the previous 10%). This brings all Transformers prices down to a competitive amount compared to other Australian stores, though for Deluxe and Leader figures the currently-running Big W sale is still a better deal for now.

There's still no indication whether or not the sale amount will keep increasing over the coming weeks, but rest assured we at Seibertron.com will update you if and when that does occur! In the meantime, share your thoughts (or any tips for fellow collectors) in the Energon Pub Forums, and stay tuned for any other Transformers news!

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Re: Toys R Us Australia Closing Down Sale Begins (1967357)
Posted by kurthy on June 28th, 2018 @ 7:02am CDT
This seems to be moving faster than the U.S. sales.
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Posted by ZeroWolf on June 28th, 2018 @ 9:29am CDT
By the end of the tru near me, the highest we got off tfs were 20-25% but selection was so pitiful, it just wasn't worth it in the end :-(
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Posted by fenrir72 on July 1st, 2018 @ 3:08am CDT
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Posted by Qwan on July 5th, 2018 @ 12:33am CDT
It's said that every cloud has a silver lining, but on this particular occasion it seems there are multiple silver linings to celebrate! Toys R Us Australia, as part of its own drawn-out death throes, seems to have yielded a few items of interest over the last few days.

The first and most widely-applicable is yet another increase to Toys R Us' closing-down sales. The chain now boasts "20-40% off" store-wide, and while there's no certain word on what the discount is for action figures (and thus Transformers), the pattern so far suggests that they will be riding the bare minimum of 20% off. Even so, this is a decent discount, made even more appealing given the other items of news we have to share on this topic.

Indeed, it seems that Toys R Us Australia, in the process of pushing out their stock to be liquidated, has yielded two final figures for the Australian collecting market to enjoy. As Ozformers users Caminus Prime and Handsprime shared, it seems that Masterpiece Movie Barricade and Studio Series Thundercracker are both appearing at Toys R Us stores around the country! It's not yet clear if they will be making their way to all Toys R Us locations or just those near warehouses, but for any Australians who are interested in these two previously-unsighted-down-under figures, it might be a good idea to at least check a nearby store. It's also confirmed that the universal Transformers/Action Figure discount applies to these two as well.

So, Seibertronians, does this sudden slew of relatively good news raise your spirits on the whole Toys R Us Australia subject? Share your thoughts and feelings on the Energon Pub Forums, and stay tuned to Seibertron.com for ever more Transformers news delivered straight to your screen!

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Posted by Va'al on July 12th, 2018 @ 11:25am CDT
There are even bigger sales incoming for the closure of the Australian branches of now closed down storechain Toys'R'Us, as the 20-40% reductions we previously reported on has gone up to 30-50% store wide (note: only available in physical stores, cannot be redeemed online)!

This also means that those recent sightings of wave 3 and wave 2 resurfacing for Power of the Primes may come in handy after all, if you can make it to a store this month. If you do so, make sure to share with other local fans your finds, and happy hunting!

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Posted by Qwan on July 27th, 2018 @ 5:29am CDT
The date is July 26th, 2018; barely twenty-four hours ago. A final, heaving death-rattle escapes Toys R Us Australia. And that death-rattle is another increase to their closing down sales, boosting the minimum discount on toys up to a startling 50% off!

This means whatever Transformers are left on the shelves should be currently at half-price - MPM-5 Barricades should now sit at around $90, while Studio Series Thundercracker is priced at $25... if they're in stock at any given store, that is. It seems unlikely, given the urgent tone of the flier, that the discount will be increased any further at this point; but, then again, that chas seemed to be the case for the last few price-drops as well.

If you find yourself in the mood to do so, why not share your celebrations at this incredible (especially for Australia!) discount, and your eulogies for the once-titanic company, in the Energon Pub Forums? And of course, stay tuned to Seibertron.com for a wide variety of Transformers news, from sales to ciphers and everything in between!

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Posted by Qwan on July 27th, 2018 @ 5:41am CDT
Kinda bummed that I went and picked up an MPM Barricade and Studio Thundercracker on Saturday, just barely before the sale prices increased by a full 20%. Ah well, c'est la vie.

Perhaps tomorrow I shall make another trip after all - to buy another Barricade that I can re-sell and hopefully offset some of the cost; and to pick up another three Studio Thundercrackers. I'm going to have a squadron of Sweep-headed jets headed by a Cybertron Thundercracker homage, if it's the last thing I do! :lol:
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Posted by RotorstormNZ on July 27th, 2018 @ 6:30pm CDT
Qwan, we New Zealand fans are highly envious - I don't think we ever had a single TRU branch anywhere!

Good luck grabbing some bargains!
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Posted by Qwan on July 27th, 2018 @ 7:44pm CDT
RotorstormNZ wrote:Qwan, we New Zealand fans are highly envious - I don't think we ever had a single TRU branch anywhere!

Good luck grabbing some bargains!

Thanks very much - seriously, if you want a Thundercracker or an MPM Barricade (and if there's still some there) I'm sure we can work something out! :D
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Posted by Burn on August 5th, 2018 @ 5:44pm CDT
If anyone's curious, Toys 'R Us Australia is now officially closed with the last few stores closing over the weekend.
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Posted by X3ROhour on August 6th, 2018 @ 3:26am CDT
its over

#-o

shes gone

forever...

*sigh*


i wanna be a toys r us kid

:(
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Posted by william-james88 on August 6th, 2018 @ 6:07am CDT
Z3ROhour wrote:its over

#-o

shes gone

forever...

*sigh*


i wanna be a toys r us kid

:(

Move to Canada and you can still be one
Re: Toys R Us Australia Closing Down Sale Begins (1979852)
Posted by X3ROhour on August 22nd, 2018 @ 6:04am CDT
:-(

still spark-broken.
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Posted by chuckdawg1999 on August 22nd, 2018 @ 6:02pm CDT
Z3ROhour wrote::-(

still spark-broken.


At the time I had stuff going on that was far more important but now it's really starting to sink in that they're gone and just how big a void there is.
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Posted by Starscream is lord on August 26th, 2018 @ 4:01pm CDT
Be so long since I been at TRU with my family.
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Posted by Ironhidensh on August 30th, 2018 @ 1:35pm CDT
Well, those fancy big ticket items you used to only be able to find at TRU are now at Target and Walmart, and for cheaper.


Other than that, the closing has had zero effect on me.
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Posted by X3ROhour on September 3rd, 2018 @ 11:03am CDT
i used to love just being there.
seeing all the toys and kids.
and helping someone out who seemed lost or overwhelmed.
helping a grandma find exactly what her grandson meant.
showing kids and parents where to find Rescue Bots,
when other figures were far too complex for their 4 year old.

just getting away from this idiot world
whether i got something
or not.

;)
Re: Toys R Us Australia Closing Down Sale Begins (1987281)
Posted by WreckerJack on October 2nd, 2018 @ 9:46pm CDT
Toys 'R' Us may make a return. According to IGN Toys 'R' Us has canceled it's bankruptcy auction. What this means is Toys 'R' Us is planning a revival of the brand. Toys 'R' Us closed their doors earlier this year in the US. The Wall Street Journal has the details of their plan which includes opening and operating in person stores. Things seem to be early in speculation for now so we can't draw too many conclusions just yet. We here at Seiberton will be crossing our fingers that things turn out. We will give you all of the details as they happen.

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Re: Toys R Us Australia Closing Down Sale Begins (1987287)
Posted by fruityrobo on October 2nd, 2018 @ 10:28pm CDT
HA! they just wanted fame. perfect way to grab the public's attention

TRU wasn't doing well
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Posted by Decepticon Stryker on October 2nd, 2018 @ 10:38pm CDT
Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease :PRAY:
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Posted by william-james88 on October 2nd, 2018 @ 11:01pm CDT
Decepticon Stryker wrote:Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease :PRAY:

I cannot stress how close to meaningless all this is. All they have is just a name they do not want to sell yet.

Also, seriously, do you anericans miss toysrus? Not the toysrus of your childhoods, i mean the store you could have walked into last year. Have your purchasing habits been affected in anyway since it closed?

All are welcomed to respond.
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Posted by Decepticon Stryker on October 2nd, 2018 @ 11:22pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Decepticon Stryker wrote:Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease :PRAY:

I cannot stress how close to meaningless all this is. All they have is just a name they do not want to sell yet.

Also, seriously, do you anericans miss toysrus? Not the toysrus of your childhoods, i mean the store you could have walked into last year. Have your purchasing habits been affected in anyway since it closed?

All are welcomed to respond.

Honestly, I just miss it because it was part of my childhood. Every single time I went there it felt like Christmas. What I'm hoping for is that maybe they'll just transfer fully to an online business. Trying to go back to brick-and-mortar would most likely bankrupt them again. I just want ToysRUs back in some form.
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Posted by Jelze Bunnycat on October 3rd, 2018 @ 1:06am CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Decepticon Stryker wrote:Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease :PRAY:

I cannot stress how close to meaningless all this is. All they have is just a name they do not want to sell yet.

Also, seriously, do you anericans miss toysrus? Not the toysrus of your childhoods, i mean the store you could have walked into last year. Have your purchasing habits been affected in anyway since it closed?

All are welcomed to respond.


I kinda do, next to KB Toys, as a pure dedicated toy store like you'd see back in Europe, only a lot bigger.

That said, it's not uncommon to reuse a personally owned trademark for a new start-up, but given the current state of affairs I wouldn't be surprised if they started small in a single area, and not go nation-wide from the get-go, or be the same as it once was.
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Posted by Regimus Prime on October 3rd, 2018 @ 2:34am CDT
Hope floats. My childhood may not have died completely after all. :BOT:
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Posted by Dinobot-Snarl on October 3rd, 2018 @ 3:50am CDT
I remember calling TRU when I was a kid pleading with them to open a store near me. :PRAY: The next year they did and I have been loyal to them since then. :-D Being CDN we are fine as TRU still exists here, but for you down south I hope its Phoenix will rise again. :yinyang:
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Posted by That_Guy on October 3rd, 2018 @ 6:48am CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Decepticon Stryker wrote:Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease :PRAY:

I cannot stress how close to meaningless all this is. All they have is just a name they do not want to sell yet.

Also, seriously, do you anericans miss toysrus? Not the toysrus of your childhoods, i mean the store you could have walked into last year. Have your purchasing habits been affected in anyway since it closed?

All are welcomed to respond.



Before my son and daughter I didn't go into Toys R Us as often (unless I knew about exclusives). With my kids it was sharing the experience I had as a child with my dad. My son is now 4, but during before they went away they brought out play areas to "test drive" toys and he enjoyed every min of it. Many times we would go in, but never buy a toy, he enjoyed just going through the isles pressing buttons and playing. It's not the fact it's gone that had made me sad, it was the experience of bringing in my kids like my dad and sharing that.

And while people complained (people I speak with as well) about the prices. My wife and I never had an issue. We would show them what Wal-mart priced them at and they would lower the price as well. That's just my take.

Whether it comes back or not, if it does that would be awesome, but I'm passed that point where if it didn't that would be fine as well since my son was young enough not to really remember.
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Posted by X3ROhour on October 3rd, 2018 @ 8:03am CDT
Decepticon Stryker wrote:Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease :PRAY:


fingerscrossed.png


:PRAY:
oh gods
please...
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Posted by o.supreme on October 3rd, 2018 @ 9:27am CDT
william-james88 wrote: Have your purchasing habits been affected in anyway since it closed?

All are welcomed to respond.


I don't have a Predaking on Layaway, so yes.
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Posted by TheTfboy on October 3rd, 2018 @ 12:02pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Decepticon Stryker wrote:Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease :PRAY:

I cannot stress how close to meaningless all this is. All they have is just a name they do not want to sell yet.

Also, seriously, do you anericans miss toysrus? Not the toysrus of your childhoods, i mean the store you could have walked into last year. Have your purchasing habits been affected in anyway since it closed?

All are welcomed to respond.


Homestly, It would've been a great distributor for the Transformers TCG, because I don't know about you, but here in central Florida, finding card packs is a pain.
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Posted by william-james88 on October 3rd, 2018 @ 5:42pm CDT
TheTfboy wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
Decepticon Stryker wrote:Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease :PRAY:

I cannot stress how close to meaningless all this is. All they have is just a name they do not want to sell yet.

Also, seriously, do you anericans miss toysrus? Not the toysrus of your childhoods, i mean the store you could have walked into last year. Have your purchasing habits been affected in anyway since it closed?

All are welcomed to respond.


Homestly, It would've been a great distributor for the Transformers TCG, because I don't know about you, but here in central Florida, finding card packs is a pain.

I really would not know, that is a hobby i dont participate in.
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Posted by fenrir72 on October 3rd, 2018 @ 7:39pm CDT
Since it is a potential hedge fund take over ...take this as a much ado about nothing.Also, it's IGN. Garbage tier site(a far cry from its glory days)

Hedge funds are like locusts (I'm pro capitalist) but I can use a sad example of how one hedge fund (under Mittens) killed Valiant Comics( the one under Jim Shooter) after their "cash infusion" into the company.

Valiant after the cash infusion was doing great already. Great stories and sales(those where the mid 90s) but once the "profit target" were achieved by the hedge fund, they just pulled out and left Valiant in to dry.

In TRU, there were various factors that killed it but one sore sticking point is that hedge fund involvement they gotten into. :(
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Posted by WreckerJack on October 3rd, 2018 @ 8:10pm CDT
I think if major toy companies backed TRU and they listened to customers/ran their business properly then they would have a grand success.
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Posted by Ironhidensh on October 3rd, 2018 @ 8:53pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Decepticon Stryker wrote:Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease :PRAY:

I cannot stress how close to meaningless all this is. All they have is just a name they do not want to sell yet.

Also, seriously, do you anericans miss toysrus? Not the toysrus of your childhoods, i mean the store you could have walked into last year. Have your purchasing habits been affected in anyway since it closed?

All are welcomed to respond.


Don't miss it at all. TRU died in the late '90s, early '00s. That I miss, but what we've had the last 15 or so years sucked.
Re: Toys R Us Australia Closing Down Sale Begins (1987413)
Posted by fenrir72 on October 3rd, 2018 @ 9:12pm CDT
More or less, just like what happened to Kenny Rogers "chicken", that gig was at its apex in the late 80s. When it folded (I believe only one is left in California), a Chinese Malaysian company bought the name and is now doing well in South East Asia.

Maybe the owners are holding out for a bigger offer from fat wallet Mainland China Investors to buy out the name?
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Posted by Combat Zero on October 4th, 2018 @ 10:23pm CDT
WreckerJack wrote:Toys 'R' Us may make a return. According to IGN Toys 'R' Us has canceled it's bankruptcy auction. What this means is Toys 'R' Us is planning a revival of the brand. Toys 'R' Us closed their doors earlier this year in the US. The Wall Street Journal has the details of their plan which includes opening and operating in person stores. Things seem to be early in speculation for now so we can't draw too many conclusions just yet. We here at Seiberton will be crossing our fingers that things turn out. We will give you all of the details as they happen.

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I hoped for their return as a long-time customer, let us pray for a miracle. :BOWDOWN:
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Posted by X3ROhour on October 5th, 2018 @ 9:56pm CDT
Toys R Us Rebrands as Geoffrey’s Toy Box?
Published 1 day ago on October 4, 2018 By Ashley Wilbanks
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News broke a few days ago that Toys R Us was cancelling their pending bankruptcy plans, with plans to reemerge in the marketplace. Just how and when that comeback would take place was still a mystery, until now.

Geoffrey the Giraffe was spotted at the Fall Toy Preview in Dallas sporting a “Back from Vacation” cape, which made a few headlines on Twitter and Linkedin. This led to a little Internet snooping, which turned up the following information…

Geoffrey’s Toy Box will launch consumer locations across the country this coming November as a “shop-within-a-shop” concept, initially partnering with “a prominent Midwest retailer.”

The new venture, for now, is being operated out of the Toys R Us headquarters building in Wayne, New Jersey, where a small number of former Toys R Us executives and employees continue to report to work.

How will Toys R Us succeed in a marketplace that has changed dramatically in a few short months? Amazon and Walmart are starting a huge push to replace the failed toy company. Walmart plans to add dedicated space for pop culture collectibles in the coming weeks, and Amazon has been signing exclusive rights for various toy lines (like Funko’s Primal Age line).

As always, leave your thoughts in the appropriate places…

ABOUT GEOFFREY’S TOY BOX:
Wholesale toy distributor and intellectual property company whose focus is on popular play patterns across trusted brands that kids and parents love. Geoffrey’s Toy Box is a fully outfitted organization with design, development and global sourcing expertise. Portfolio includes popular brands like Journey Girls, Fastlane, True Heroes, You & Me, Imaginarium, Just like Home and more!

Source :USA Today

https://dccollectors.com/2018/10/04/toys-r-us-rebrands-as-geoffreys-toy-box/
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Posted by Va'al on October 6th, 2018 @ 3:43am CDT
We had covered the other day a story about the ongoing troubles of international toy retail chain Toys R Us, in which a return of the store to the US had been advanced by the company on a number of outlets. You can read that again here, but also integrated with some further details below.

According to USA Today, TRU is planning on a series of strategies to remain as a presence, including keeping Geoffrey the giraffe as its mascot, using pop up locations, and changing the name to Geoffrey's Toy Box. The full article here details further what is happening, including the short term business plan, and the presence of Solus Alternative Asset Management and Angelo Gordon funds behind the new company, plus some worker discontent at the latter, and how the new Geoffrey LLC owns the name for TRU and Babies R Us in all countries except Canada. Read more below!

They are also saying they hope to have pop-ups in place inside the stores of a regional mass merchant in time for the holidays, and to relaunch Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores down the road.

Geoffrey's Toy Box introduced itself to toy manufacturers and sellers Tuesday at the opening of the Dallas toy show, with an exhibit booth and a costumed Geoffrey mascot, who was spotted wearing a cape with the words "Back from Vacation." Toy manufacturers at the show were tweeting and posting on LinkedIn that they had spotted Geoffrey and Richard Barry, the former chief merchandising officer at Toys R Us who appears to be heading the new venture for the investors.

The new venture, for now, is being operated out of the Toys R Us headquarters building in Wayne, New Jersey, where a small number of former Toys R Us executives and employees continue to report to work.


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Posted by First-Aid on October 6th, 2018 @ 11:11am CDT
That actually sounds a lot like what Amazon is doing, having "brick and mortar" locations inside other stores. I'd think that the larger chains would welcome that as a potential boon: they'd make money off the space and not have to actually purchase the product to put there. And GTB won't have to have the outlay of funding their own building. With the Internet, the days of stand-alone toy stores is likely done but this seems like a very viable alternative.

THe downside is that the space would be smaller as would the selection, potentially. I suspect they would have a robust online presence and selection, but minimal real-world footprint.
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Posted by Dinobot-Snarl on October 6th, 2018 @ 6:05pm CDT
Could not be happier to hear this! Amazing news. We are all Toy R Us kids in the end. :DANCE:
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Posted by chuckdawg1999 on October 7th, 2018 @ 1:22am CDT
I think it's important to remember that your local stores aren't re-opening, at least not in the same locations and that all those people who lost jobs probably won't be rehired.
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Posted by lakebot on October 8th, 2018 @ 11:07pm CDT
TheTfboy wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
Decepticon Stryker wrote:Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease :PRAY:

I cannot stress how close to meaningless all this is. All they have is just a name they do not want to sell yet.

Also, seriously, do you anericans miss toysrus? Not the toysrus of your childhoods, i mean the store you could have walked into last year. Have your purchasing habits been affected in anyway since it closed?

All are welcomed to respond.


Homestly, It would've been a great distributor for the Transformers TCG, because I don't know about you, but here in central Florida, finding card packs is a pain.



They are readily available in Walmart(of all places) so you might try there. I was really surprised by that but given how big the MTG and Yughio sections are, I guess I'm not that surprised.

As for the question posed by william-james88, yes. Yes my habits have changed. None of the Target's or Walmarts carry bigger items and they are very hit or miss on what they carry in general. I will say however, the big thing I miss is the non-tf toys. No other local stores carry the Necca lines unless it's the comic shops or the Think Geek store in the mall and some things are a little harder to find. Comic shops mark them up a good $5 or $10 too.
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Posted by fenrir72 on October 11th, 2018 @ 7:34pm CDT
https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/lam ... -this-time

Related. Another legend/contemporary bites(will bite) the dust for real this time

"Sears hasn’t earned a profit since 2010.

The company faces a cash crunch as it needs to stock its remaining Sears and Kmart stores for the holidays, and many vendors, from appliance makers to toy companies, now require the company to pay upfront in cash.

Sears has canceled orders from some appliances manufacturers, according to two appliance industry consultants."

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Re: Toys R Us Australia Closing Down Sale Begins (1988770)
Posted by william-james88 on October 11th, 2018 @ 8:17pm CDT
lakebot wrote:As for the question posed by william-james88, yes. Yes my habits have changed. None of the Target's or Walmarts carry bigger items and they are very hit or miss on what they carry in general.


So does that mean you now order your bigger items online?
Re: Toys R Us Australia Closing Down Sale Begins (1988889)
Posted by First-Aid on October 12th, 2018 @ 1:20pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
lakebot wrote:As for the question posed by william-james88, yes. Yes my habits have changed. None of the Target's or Walmarts carry bigger items and they are very hit or miss on what they carry in general.


So does that mean you now order your bigger items online?


Do we even have a choice anymore? I hate it because majority of the time you have to pay shipping and it always ends up costing more in the end...especially now that states have caught on and are hitting is with sales tax.
Re: Toys R Us Australia Closing Down Sale Begins (1988890)
Posted by william-james88 on October 12th, 2018 @ 1:50pm CDT
First-Aid wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
lakebot wrote:As for the question posed by william-james88, yes. Yes my habits have changed. None of the Target's or Walmarts carry bigger items and they are very hit or miss on what they carry in general.


So does that mean you now order your bigger items online?


Do we even have a choice anymore? I hate it because majority of the time you have to pay shipping and it always ends up costing more in the end...especially now that states have caught on and are hitting is with sales tax.


I dont really get either point because for the shipping:
1- Amazon has free shipping for those items
2- BBTS only charges 4$ flat rate

As for taxes, you would pay those if you bought it in stores so I dont see how that would play into this discussion. Unless you meant tax on the shipping but thats still just very marginal based on the figures I wrote above.

Just trying to understand the issues. I am personally waiting for black friday to pick up predaking on amazon and i would have done that whether I found him at brick and mortar retail or not (which turns out I did see at Brick and Motar but didnt pick up).

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