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[US] Toys Я Us Deals

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  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,434
    Burnsville was still at 30% off LEGO, but with dwindling choices, so I went for best price per piece. Got 4 sets averaging out to under 5 cents/per piece:
    #70617 $69.99
    #41232 $34.99
    2x #41231 $10.49
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,434
    ^ Oh, and the cashier said they close at end of June.
  • teal93mr2teal93mr2 USAMember Posts: 937
    Found a bunch of Ninjago movie display cases at TRU for $14.99
    LittleLoriSumoLego
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,330
    Stopped by one of the TRUs in my area and walked out with a couple of Starfire Dimensions packs for 6 dollars (Dimensions in the electronics area was 60% off) and a few of the #31079 Creator Sunshine surfer van sets for 24.49 each. They had a ton of the fantastic beasts and Ghostbusters story packs, but did not need them. They had the LEGO display cases of 4 (or maybe 8) there, but decided against them. They also still had a bunch of the jungle sets, but was not interested in them. Sadly no large 'exclusive' type sets though.
  • jedivalkyriejedivalkyrie Member Posts: 175
    Jackson TN TRU had zero, yes zero, Lego.  I guess it went to higher volume/big city stores.
  • Boardshorts85Boardshorts85 ChicagoMember Posts: 174
    Well my local TRU still has ~20 Ninjago Cities in stock, plus a bunch of Scuttlers and a few Quake Mechs.  Likely going to pop in and pick up a Ninjago City tomorrow night.  The parts value is hard to pass up.
    FowlerBricks
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,731
    If anyone wants a ~30% off UCS Snowspeeder, let me know. Mine still had a few.
    Ronyar
  • teal93mr2teal93mr2 USAMember Posts: 937
    Well my local TRU still has ~20 Ninjago Cities in stock, plus a bunch of Scuttlers and a few Quake Mechs.  Likely going to pop in and pick up a Ninjago City tomorrow night.  The parts value is hard to pass up.
    You're lucky man!  I would love to grab one of those at any discount, let alone 20-30%.
    MooreFXAstrobricksmadforLEGOSumoLegosonsofscevaFizyxLittleLoriFowlerBricks
  • jedijason1138jedijason1138 Member Posts: 148
    I made possibly my final visit to Toys R Us. Everything is pretty picked over. I'd guess that the Lego aisle could be condensed to one side of one section now.

    I bought the #31070 Turbo Track Racer for $41. Nothing else was really appealing to me.
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,240
    If anyone wants a ~30% off UCS Snowspeeder, let me know. Mine still had a few.
    Mine had like 60.  Bought 2 on Friday.  Hoping they go down to 40% and will buy more.  They never carried it regularly so this must have been a warehouse distribution that just happened to end up at this one TRU in my area since the others I've been to don't have that set.
    juggles7SumoLegogmonkey76pharmjodSprinkleOtterPapaBearecmo47
  • mak0137mak0137 VirginiaMember Posts: 262
    Found Lego at 50% off today although sign still says 40%. Not much left though. Bought a couple of polys.
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,439
    All near me are closed, Expresses included.
  • BoomstickBoomstick IndianaMember Posts: 247
    Anyone willing to pick me up a ucs snowspeeder if i pay them?
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,434
    I checked the Maplewood store on Thursday evening and found no LEGO anywhere in the store. Looks like all the fun is over around here, not that we really had any of the fun stuff like modulars or UCS sets that others saw.
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,086
    So will this thread live on for our Canadian friends? If only to taunt and tease the USA AFOLs at the polys and Bricktober sets that we are now missing out on.   
    Bumblepants
  • TkattTkatt MNMember Posts: 327
    I checked the Maplewood store on Thursday evening and found no LEGO anywhere in the store. Looks like all the fun is over around here, not that we really had any of the fun stuff like modulars or UCS sets that others saw.
    They had a Ghostbusters HQ, and the UCS Snowspeeder behind the customer service desk about 2 weeks ago. They were 30% off but the HQ was priced at $410 and the Snowspeeder was $225. I was there a week ago all they had was Super Hero Girls sets and a few Brickheadz- sets I'd already bought far cheaper from Target and Walmart clearance sales.
    Astrobricks
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 1,821
    My local store closes in nine days, so I went to pay my final respects tonight and bought every last LEGO set I could find: 2x ski pods, 2 Duplo polys, 1x Nexo Knights series 1 pack, 3x birthday cards, and 12x Dimensions Mission Impossible packs.
  • scotty12scotty12 United States, IowaMember Posts: 685
    ^ Same here.  I stopped by my nears TRU ( over an hour away) and the only LEGO left were a few Duplo polys, about 10 SW Rey Constraction sets, and about 8 boxes of Ninjago movie minifigures.  Sadly I walked out not buying a thing.
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,434
    ^ And the discount was still only 30%?
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 1,821
    My store it was 50% off LEGO 70% off the Dimensions.
    SumoLego
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,855
    I cleared out all of the Royal Talon polybags a few weeks ago.  I suppose I'll take a quick ride over there tomorrow for scraps...
  • teal93mr2teal93mr2 USAMember Posts: 937
    Decided to take one last gander at TRU today during lunch break and grabbed 3 #5004931 at 70% off and a meaningless pie face game. Was shocking to walk around and see all of the white space in the store. Did manage to grab what I thought was a cool relic though:



    PapaBearDeeC2_Josh
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 1,821
    ^ That's funny. I was going to inquire about acquiring one of their shopping carts.
  • MugenPowerMugenPower Member Posts: 446
    That basket looks so clean/new!  I would've bought one, too, if it was in that condition.  How much was it, if you don't mind me asking?
  • teal93mr2teal93mr2 USAMember Posts: 937
    That basket looks so clean/new!  I would've bought one, too, if it was in that condition.  How much was it, if you don't mind me asking?

    Yea that is what attracted me to it in the first place, had to kind of track it down though in the back of the store with other equipment, shelving, etc.  I paid $5 for it.
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 851
    Do you plan to use it in other stores? Like a reusable bag? Could be fun!
    BrickByBrickLittleLoriSprinkleOtter
  • jedijason1138jedijason1138 Member Posts: 148
    I would love to do something nice for the employees, but I think they just want to be done with it. They are still very friendly at my local store. A few of the regulars are gone, but enough are still there that I always seem to bump into them.
  • dehnehsudehnehsu Bay Area, Calif.Member Posts: 169
    Redwood City, Calif. Toys R Us. Down to last few days! They still had some interesting non LEGO stock available. I found a LEGO Friends  #5004920-1 Ski Pod for $1.80 and a Blue Mayka Toy Block Tape strip 6.5 feet for $3. Both 70% off. Anyone in the Bay Area interested, there were still about 5 Ski Pods and a bunch of Mayka strips in other colors left.
    madforLEGO77ncaachamps
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,609
    My store is gone for good now. :( Was hoping to snag a few Marvel Legends or Black Series figures and maybe some more Lego as well, but no such luck. It's just gone.
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,439
    I guess in the coming days this thread will have to be closed down too...
    SumoLego
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,855
    Is anyone looking to lease approximately 500 locations... cheap?
    SprinkleOtter
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,434
    R.I.P. TRU :(
    Onebricktoomany
  • dehnehsudehnehsu Bay Area, Calif.Member Posts: 169

    SprinkleOtter77ncaachampsSumoLegogmonkey76graphite
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,434
    <insert meme for ridiculously massive leveraged buyout>
    gmonkey76
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,330
    It was really sad when I saw the story about the last stores closing on the news. I will always have fond memories of going to Toys R Us when I was a kid, all the way up to today going to a TRU looking for a poly or bricktober set.

    It is really sad this store could not stick around, but I think that the groups that bought it did not help it and drove it further into the ground with the increased debt load they put on the company. I think that failure to understand the company and clientele, poor management and planning, and failure to implement the plans they wanted to do (like slashing the number of stores) killed this company. I blame TRU's demise less on Walmart and Amazon and more on poor management and when the company was made private.

    Here is to hoping a competent company or owner can bring it back to the US. I'm probably in the minority here, but I really do think that with a fresh start, an owner that cares about the brand and the clientele, and a better- and competent- business model, this chain could be what it once was without having 20% mark ups on toys.
    SprinkleOtterSumoLegoOnebricktoomanygmonkey76DeeC2_Josh
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,855
    (Don't hold your breath - I've been waiting 20 years for Child World to return...)
    madforLEGOOnebricktoomanygmonkey76
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,330
    SumoLego said:
    (Don't hold your breath - I've been waiting 20 years for Child World to return...)
    Loved Child world, but I believe they were more expensive than TRU back in the day (80's). Loved the old toy store model (both TRU and Child World) of long rows filled with a type of toy. I remember the Child World near where I grew up had a HUGE die cast car aisle, tons of Matchbox (before Mattel bought them and gutted them) and Hot wheels cars, sets, etc, and a huge LEGO aisle. Went to TRU and then Child world on Saturdays.... . ahh, those were the days
    Onebricktoomanygmonkey76SumoLego
  • teal93mr2teal93mr2 USAMember Posts: 937
    edited August 2018
    I guess it's time to shut this one down  :(


    SumoLegoOnebricktoomanydavetheoxygenman77ncaachampsstarwars4ever
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,434
    edited August 2018
    I thought it was. They all closed a month and a half ago.
    jmeninno
  • lord_relishlord_relish Member Posts: 17
    ToysRUs still exists in Canada.  In fact, they seem to be going through quite a big "modernization". I guess free from the shackles of the "must all look the same" big-box model they are opening up the isles, switching to a one-line cash desk system, and building an online pickup desk.  Lookin' good!
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,434
    edited August 2018
    Then maybe a mod could remove the “[US]” from the subject, or someone should start a Canadian TRU thread.
    Hanzojmeninnotomahawker
  • jmeninnojmeninno The Batcave (MA)Member Posts: 704
    I'm surprised we haven't had a too soon joke yet.
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,731
    jmeninno said:
    I'm surprised we haven't had a too soon joke yet.
    It's too soon for that. ;)
    gmonkey76madforLEGOAstrobricksFowlerBricksHanzopharmjod
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,330
    edited October 2018
    Apparently, thanks to @Jern92 in another thread, TRU may not be dead after all....
    OnebricktoomanyAstrobricksrd1899
  • OnebricktoomanyOnebricktoomany United StatesMember Posts: 282
    Holy Geoffrey, Batman!!   
  • ryjayryjay Member Posts: 995
    hmmmmm....interesting turn
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,434
    Ooooooh kaaaay...

    So, are they going to just move back into a bunch of the stores they just vacated? I suspect most of the space is still available, given the retail space glut out there.
  • HanzoHanzo VAMember Posts: 607
    Yeah, strange situation. I understand not letting the iconic name die in the US..... but halting the process and getting stores and employees back has to be a daunting process, not to mention costly. 
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 851
    umm... maybe they should have figured this out, say, four months ago... BEFORE the stores closed? I hope all the employees found different jobs.
    Astrobricks
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