The Empire Strikes Back Toys ‘R’ Us News Footage

On May 21st, 1980, ABC7NY's Peter Bannon filmed a segment about Star War toys on the day of the release of The Empire Strikes Back. The raw footage has just surfaced thanks to btm0815ma on YouTube. The film's footage is simply mesmerizing as it depicts the now-all-but-extinct Toys 'R' Us in its prime. From teeming shelves to open product displayed above and around the store, gave the retailer a feel of being a true toy store and not a cookie-cutter corporation which it would become. This film also draws significance in regards to the toy shelves of the 2020s which are notably characterized by empty pegs and shelf space. This video is a joy to watch [...]

By |2021-02-20T22:01:10-08:00February 20th, 2021|Categories: The Empire Strikes Back, Vintage|Tags: |

The Madness is Coming! #ForceFriday Roundup

With #ForceFriday just 8 days away, retailers are starting to up their game in competing for collector's attention and dollars. Here we'll take a look at the major retailers set to celebration the release of The Force Awakens toys at 12:01 AM, September 4th. Toys 'R' Us The original purveyors of Midnight Madness will be holding their 5th midnight opening for Star Wars toys (all three prequels and The Clone Wars film). According to their website they'll be offering an exclusive poster but no word on the content or producer (Hasbro, Jakks, Mattel, LFL, Disney, etc.?) of said poster. Also being offered at Geoffrey's store will a LEGO Star Wars Commemorative Brick but details on this are scare as well. And finally Rancho Obi-Wan will be [...]

By |2015-08-26T09:20:38-07:00August 26th, 2015|Categories: The Force Awakens|Tags: , , , , , |

New Toys, Videos & Displays but no Figures

Targets across the country have completed their "fall resets" (where they rearrange their aisles to make room for new merch and toy lines) and in the process vastly improved the Star Wars presence in their toy aisles. By adding large and impressive signage and new Star Wars Rebels, 6" The Black Series, Jaxx's 20" figures and Star Wars Command products they are geared up for bringing Star Wars to many a Christmas tree this winter.  But with this increased presence, not a new 3 3/4" figure is to be found. The only figures that appear to be showing up currently is the previously hard to find Mara Jade and Darth Plagueis wave of The Black Series. Now August is said to be the release month [...]

By |2014-08-08T00:07:29-07:00August 8th, 2014|Categories: Star Wars Rebels, The Black Series|Tags: , |
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