I saw this story making the rounds today. I'm taking it with a grain of salt for sure and not holding my breath. BUT if there is any truth to it, coming in with TRU on the way out, could be a big deal for the toy industry and most importantly, could maybe save some of those 30,000+ jobs. However, the cynic in me wants to say this is a cruel early April Fools gag, but if legit, I hope all the best for them in their comeback.
Last Edit: Mar 18, 2018 16:43:46 GMT -5 by iacon45
Well, if it's an April Fool's prank, it's not only early and elaborate, but I imagine it'll be exposed soon enough. If businesses try contacting them, they'll figure out if they're not on the up-and-up.
And if it's the real deal...then my local toy store may just be getting a new sign and some rearrangement of the merch. But hey, if the TRU building isn't to their liking, the general area where it's located has several other long-vacant storefronts for them to choose from (the nearby K-Mart closed a while back). Heck, I took a picture of one for a bit on a short I did for my show last year.
If you want something done, it's going to take time. If you want something done RIGHT, it's going to take longer.
The guy that's doing this specializes in buying up defunct brands and bringing them back. He bought the trademark for Hydrox and brought them back in 2015. Problem is, I haven't seen any Hydrox carried in stores lately, has anyone else? So while he has the rights to the KayBee name, I seriously doubt he could bring it back. He's probably posting this now hoping to get support in the immediate wake of all the nostalgia having to do with Toys R Us. I'd be shocked if he could create a brick-and-mortar toy chain, basically from scratch, and have it be both competitive and successful especially now that all the big toy manufacturers and going to get burned out of millions by the TRU debacle.
Greatshot: Yeah, transplant from Arkansas, moved here for work. Recognized the hat, chatted football for a bit. Totally would have asked for her number if I wasn't at work, but hitting on customers is never a good look.
Sept 15, 2019 0:54:09 GMT -5