So does anyone have pics of TF's in toy aisles from the 80s

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  1. elburrito

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    Had to go to the US for toys r us. Folks only took us kids a couple of times, but I agree, toys r us was special in the 80s. They seemed to have anything a kid could think of (and was located close to chuck e cheese)
     
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    You’re not! Any time we visit this thread, we all think about the time travel-currency dilemma. That’s why you time travel with gold in your pocket. Or a sports almanac ;-)
     
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    Hmmm.

    But seriously, that was genius and would probably work. Or you could just go invest in early Apple.
     
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    No need for a Toys “R” Us? Blast for me

    But seriously Toys “R” Us helps keep prices a bit lower not only in their own stores but in other stores as well

    By the way what area were you from
     
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    Western Canada. The closest TRU was Washington state.
     
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    Toys r us from 1980 tour and news clip!

     
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    :lol  Can only wonder how many parents were driven slowly mad by that R2D2 toy at the end. Love how even the reporter seemed hypnotized by it. :lol 

    Some of those kids didn't know what a special time they were living through, though. "It's just getting old, now." :lol 
     
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    OMG, at 16:13 of that clip the mom is carrying a Jaws toy that I had myself! Man, I haven't thought about that toy in at least 25 years. Memories!

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    Rare TRU training video from about '87, lots of tfs including throttle bots, Terrorcons, cassettes and even Metroplex!!
     
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    Back in the day... when there was literally 30 of each on the shelf
     
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    Firstly, that's amazing. Loved seeing that. These are like time capsules.

    Secondly... I couldn't help but laugh at a lot of how unironically serious - like life and death serious - it was presented as being.

    "An empty peg hook, can pose a serious safety problem. If you see an empty or near empty peg hook, restock it... immediately!"

    "Pegged items should always be separated by one hole of air space. This lets a customer easily select an item from one peg without disturbing merchandise on any nearby peg hooks." *Hand on video demonstrating this immediately bumps into item above the item being selected while removing it despite one hole rule being followed.* :lol 
     
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    the_old_force on Instagram delivers again.
    A picture from a well stocked Danish toy store at Christmas 1988:

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    Great thread. Just discovered it. Sometimes I was thinking that stores like TRU when I was a kid in the 80’s were not that full of toys on the shelves and the pegs and it’s probably just my memories being nostalgic and remembering it wrong. Glad to see those pics and that training video. It was indeed like a remember. It was so great.
     
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    You mean retailers actually stocked merchandise?
     
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    The toy aisles I see these days at WalMart and Target are terrible. Almost everytime there are hardly any Transformers in stock. Don't know if it's because the shipments are that small or people just buy them up so quickly.
     
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    people buy them up quickly. i've seen it with my own eyes.
     
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    You'll find in some areas that someone will walk in and buy literally every transformers product, take them to a swap meet, and sell them for +25%
     
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    True never really thought of that. The EBay people as well.
     
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    This is back in the day when every toy aisle was over flowing with product. Sadly these days, if you want that kind of inventory then the only place to find it is online.
     
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