Tag Archives: Toys R Us

On Sale: 10-20% Off At eBay

eBay 200

There are a couple of new eBay codes live at the moment worth checking out. Here are the details

Toys R Us & Hobby Warehouse – 20% Off

Using the code PROWESS you can get 20% off your LEGO purchases from the Toys R Us and Hobby Warehouse eBay stores. The code has a maximum discount of $300 per transaction. Multiple items may be purchased in no more than 5 transactions (up to a maximum of 10 items per transaction). This code is valid until November 1st.

Hobby Warehouse eBay
Toys R Us eBay
[Affiliate links]

A bunch of other stuff – 10% Off

eBay also has a broad but oddly vague 10% off sale running at the moment. It’s one of those things that applies to random items and has no set end date. It’s worth heading to eBay’s dedicated LEGO landing page [affiliate link] and looking around for a product and seeing if the code works. The code you’ll need is PINS10 and this one has a minimum spend of $100.

On Sale: 20% Off At Hobby Warehouse & Toys R Us eBay Stores

eBay 200

Here’s a new very specific eBay sale.

From today (September 11th) until September 17th you can get 20% off your eBay purchase from Hobby Warehouse or Toys R Us.

To get your discount you will need to enter the code PLAN20 at checkout.

Here’s the LEGO range for each store:

[Affiliate links]

On Sale: 20% Off At Toys R Us & Hobby Warehouse eBay Stores

Hobby Warehouse love to get in on an eBay Sale and it looks like that has carried across to the relaunched Toys R Us brand.

To celebrate the return of Toys R Us to eBay you can currently get 20% off listings from both Toys R Us and Hobby Warehouse.

Hobby Warehouse TRU ebay

The offer ends July 24th. There is a maximum discount of $300 per transaction. Max 5 transactions each with a maximum of 10 items.

To get the discount enter code PTOYSR at checkout.

View their range here.

Thanks to Chuck for the heads up.

Toys R Us Is Back – And Worth A Look

Toys R US Logo 200px

The tagline for the film Pet Sematary is “Sometimes dead is better”. I’m pleased to say that on first impressions that doesn’t seem to be true for the revived Toys R Us.

The new online store has gone live today with a fairly broad LEGO offering. Most of which seems to be advertised at slightly below RRP.

The store is also advertising a LEGO City Fire ATV bonus when your total is over $50 and includes LEGO. I am not sure if there are any of these still available as it does say it’s limited to 1000.

You can check out the LEGO range for yourself here.

Here’s a few of their prices…

 
Set #
Name
Theme
Price
RRP
RRP Disc
Disc %
71043Hogwarts CastleHarry Potter$598.00$649.99$51.998%
42083Bugatti ChironTechnic$495.00$599.99$104.9917%
70840Welcome to Apocalypseburg!The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part$460.00$499.99$39.998%
10247Ferris WheelCreator Expert$237.90$289.99$52.0918%
70839The Rexcelsior!The Lego Movie 2$230.00$249.99$19.998%

01_lego_atv_a3-min01_lego_atv_b-min

Toys R Us Is Coming Back

It seems that Toys R Us is returning from the dead.

toys-r-us-is-back

Online retailer Hobby Warehouse are reviving the brand, with plans to launch online and eventually have a physical presence too.

Those hoping things will immediately return to how they were you may want to temper your expectations slightly. This is a new entity and as such all of the exclusives will need to be renegotiated.

It’s certainly a good thing in terms of competition. I’m treating this news with curious interest – Hobby Warehouse loves to get in on an eBay sale, but their prices are not always spectacular.

You can find out more details about the relaunch on the Toys R Us website. The current plan is for a June 12th online launch.

New Details On 4 Former Toys R Us Exclusives

When Toys R Us closed down the question that I got asked most of all was what is happening with the Toys R Us exclusives. I can assure you that I have been doing my best to keep on top of this including regularly bugging LEGO for information.

Thankfully we now know where four of those former exclusives are going. Here’s the list…

 
Set #
Name
Theme
RRP
Exclusive To
75205Mos Eisley CantinaStar Wars$69.99Myer
75933T-Rex TransportJurassic World$99.99Myer
60196Arctic Supply PlaneCity$99.99Costco, Toyworld
41345Heartlake City Pet CenterFriends$79.99Costco, Toyworld

The two Myer exclusives are currently listed on the website

I can’t find an online listing for the other two exclusives.

What you may need to know is that according to the information provided by LEGO these exclusives are single drop. Once they are gone then you are likely going to have to resort to LEGO online to get them. Obviously plans can change though.

I know that isn’t all of the exclusives that Toys R Us had. I have been told that negotiations are on-going for anything not mentioned above.

Toys R Us – A Eulogy

Toys R Us Australia is no more.

tru-home-banner-sale-jun22

After 25 years serving Australian toy fans the company has now closed all of their Australian stores.

Growing up my closest store was at Garden City in the Brisbane suburb of Upper Mount Gravatt. I used to go up that shopping centre almost every weekend, but I went to Toys R Us less frequently. My parents weren’t the type to take me toy shopping every weekend, and even when I did have some pocket money to spend I usually found myself at Big W.

Toys R Us always had a perception of being expensive. They were the fancy dedicated toy store. Their stock and range was amazing but you paid a bit extra for that.  I know that I got plenty of toys from there over the years.

One thing that I loved Toys R Us for was that they tried to be a destination for toy fans. One of my most clear memories of the store is when my older brother drove a friend of I up there so that we could play in a Pokemon Trading Card competition. They were the place that organised these sort of events. They did more LEGO Make and Take events than anywhere else.

When I grew up and had a child of my own I got several things from the Babies R Us part of the store. My son spent the first few months of his life in a fantastic Toys R Us bassinet.

The downfall of Toys R Us may have been that people became smarter consumers. With the internet they could research their purchases and find the best prices. It no longer became a case of if you wanted a hard to find toy you went to a dedicated toy store and paid whatever they asked.

The thing is that Toys R Us did have regular sales. Some weren’t great but plenty of times they were good. I know this because I posted about them for 5 years. Almost every Tuesday you’d see if the new Toys R Us catalogue had LEGO on sale. Almost every second catalogue had some discounted LEGO. Checking the past posts reveals that there were over 130 about Toys R Us, most of those sales of some description.

I am not going to pretend that Toys R Us was the best toy retailer because they weren’t. They were one of the few stores that charged more than RRP for some sets. But they were an option, one that isn’t there anymore. Less competition is never good for consumers. The Toys R Us stores were also staffed by real people who lost their jobs.

Farewell Toys R Us Australia and good luck to all of their former staff.

Got a fond memory of Toys R Us? Share your story in the comments.

Toys R Us Closing Down Sale Increases To 20% Off

Toys R US Logo 200px

Toys R Us (or to be more specific, the administrators of Toys R Us) have sent out an email this morning to announce that in-store discounts are now 20-40% off everything.

Based on the LEGO discounts they were offering so far, I am going to assume that the LEGO will be part of the 20% off.

Today is also an important day for anybody with an outstanding lay-by or gift card. Both need to be finalised by the end of today.

To use your gift card you will need to spend an additional equivalent amount (i.e. to utilise a $100 gift card, the value of the transaction must be at least $200). 

For lay-bys; the Administrators will complete sales under a lay-by if the outstanding balance is paid, subject to stock availability. If for some reason the stock is not available then the money you have paid can be used following the same rules as a gift card (i.e. to utilise a $100 worth of lay-by credit, the value of the transaction must be at least $200).

Remember that this is a closing down sale and the staff in stores are not the ones responsible for setting prices or policies.

Toys R Us Australia To Close

Toys R US Logo 200px

The Toys R Us brand has had a dark cloud over it since the US arm first announced they were filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy back in September 2017. As we know the US didn’t recover and has now closed all stores. The same fate befell other countries shortly after.

Now, after administrators failed to find a buyer for the company,  all Australian stores will now be closing.

Regardless of how you feel about the company this is sad news – over 700 staff will be made redundant. Less competition is also bad for consumers.

The online store will be taken offline tomorrow and open online orders will be delivered to customers in cases where they have paid in full and stock is available. Gift cards must be used by July 5th, but in order to do so you will have to spend the equivalent amount yourself. For example to use a $50 gift card your purchase will need to be at least $100. Lay-bys will also be honoured until July 5th.

Toys R Us was home to several exclusive LEGO sets, with more that were scheduled for June. I have spoken to LEGO Australia about these but as of now there is no official statement on what will be happening in regards to these sets. As soon as I know more I will share that information with you.

There is likely to be liquidation sales happening soon and I will do my best to share those with you as they happen.

Toys R Us Enters Voluntary Administration

Toys R US Logo 200px

Sad news tonight for Toys R Us Australia. Following the fall of the US and UK counterparts the Australian branch has also now entered into voluntary administration.

Insolvency and restructuring firm McGrathNicol was appointed voluntary administrator of Toys ‘R’ Us Australia (TRUA) and Babies ‘R’ Us today. McGrathNicol intends to keep both businesses operating while it investigates options for a sale of the businesses.

After what happened in other regions I think the odds of a last minute savior would be minimal, but not impossible.

My thoughts are with the staff during this uncertain time. Toys R Us employs over 2700 people nationally.

Initial reports are that the appointment of administrators has had some immediate and significant impacts on the business. Firstly, Toys R Us stores will no longer be offering refunds on items. This is not a huge concern for LEGO products as you can go directly to LEGO for issues like missing parts.

The change that will have the biggest impact is that gift cards and vouchers will only be honoured if you spend an additional equivalent amount. That means if you want to use a $50 gift card your purchase must be at least $100. While this sucks for anybody with a high value gift card it is better than nothing which legally the administrators could do.

If you have a gift card I suggest using it immediately. If you have existing lay-bys I would also be either cancelling those or paying them out. As bad as it is for Toys R Us, administration can also be messy for customers.

Toys R Us have been an iconic brand for so many years it would be a shame to see them go completely. At this stage I think it’s too early to be thinking about what sales may eventuate from this situation.

Via https://thewest.com.au/