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Toys R Us Australia Responds To Store Closures

The global brand Toys R Us is in trouble. All American and UK stores are going to be closed in the coming months. It is a devastating move that will leave thousands of people without jobs.

When the US arm of Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September last year it was positioned as a move to restructure the business, not a step towards shutting it down. We were told that the move wouldn’t impact the Australian operation. We now know that the restructuring either didn’t happen or didn’t work and now the stores are closing.

The closure of all of the UK and US stores has huge implications for the Australian business. According to financial reports Toys ‘R’ Us Australia lost $7.6 million in the 12 months to January 28, 2017. The year before that was a $9 million loss. The Australian business’ most recent financial statements and reports, filed in June 2016, warn that its future relied on the financial support of its American parent company. That American company is closing all of it’s stores.

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In an attempt to ease growing concerns Toys R Us Australia have issued a statement on their Facebook page. It reads;

To our Valued Customers

While we are saddened by the news regarding our U.S. operations, in Australia we remain committed to delivering the best products, services and experiences possible to the many Toys”R”Us kids who have supported our business throughout the past 25 years.

We are working through a range of options for our business locally and as always will relentlessly strive towards bringing fun, joy and happiness to the hearts and minds of our customers for many more years to come.

Our stores remain open and our amazing staff are ready to serve you!
Our Gift Cards, VIP club points, Layby, returns policy and other services remain unchanged, however if you have any worries at all please reach out to our customer service team for more information.

There is one line in this statement that particularly stands out – “We are working through a range of options”. Obviously we have no way of knowing what those options are but in light of what is happening in the rest of the world it would be naive to think that closure wasn’t at least a possibility.

Should you be avoiding shopping at Toys R Us? I don’t think so. If you are buying LEGO there is no real concern about the store you buy it from closing down. Missing and broken parts can be handled by LEGO directly. The only thing I would say is that maybe it’s an idea to be cautious with gift cards and lay-bys. Those are always the things that catch people out when a store closes. If Toys R Us Australia does go into administration your gift cards may instantly become worthless.

Toys R Us Australia reportedly employs over 2,700 people in Australia. My thoughts are with those people and I honestly hope that Toys R Us Australia can find a solution to this difficult situation.

Financial figures via https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/toys-r-us-store-closures-put-2700-australian-jobs-at-risk-20180315-p4z4go.html

75192 Millennium Falcon Now Available For Pre-Order From Toys R Us

It seems that slowly the UCS Millennium Falcon is becoming less impossible to buy. The latest option is to pre-order the set from Toys R Us. They are charging RRP but you will also need to add in postage.

 

75192 MF Toys R Us Preorder

 

The catch that may make this less appealing is that the item is due for delivery in March. If you are happy to wait then it is an option worth considering. You’ll also get Toys R Us VIP points worth about $10.

You can pre-order the set via https://www.toysrus.com.au/lego-star-wars-milennium-falcon-75192_8013781/

Thanks to David for letting me know about this.

On Sale: Buy One, Get One Half Price At Toys R Us

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With all the excitement yesterday with Millennium Falcons and the Ship in a Bottle set I completely forgot to post about the Toys R Us sale that kicks off today.

Toys R Us are offering buy one get one half price on all LEGO from today (January 11th) until January 30th.

If you buy two identically priced items that works out to 25% off RRP.

These sales always apply the discount to the lowest priced item, so if you are buying multiple sets you may need to split it over multiple transactions to make the most of the offer.

You can find their online LEGO page here or of course head in-store. Stores should hopefully have some of the January sets on shelves now.

On Sale: 20% Off At Toys R Us

Toys R Us sent out an email earlier tonight to their subscribers with news of a new pre-Christmas offer. Using the provided voucher you can get 20% off any full priced item.

The offer starts tonight online (use the code SANTA at checkout) or tomorrow (December 8th) in-store. If you are shopping in-store you will need the barcode below. Click on the image below for a larger version.

Toys R Us 20percent Off December 7 2017

This offer runs until Sunday December 10th.

Toys R Us also have a catalogue out with some sets on sale, which means you won’t be able to get the 20% off those items. The catalogue runs until December 24th 2017. You can view a copy of it here or see the list of sets below.

On Sale: Selected Sets Reduced At Toys R Us

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The latest Toys R Us catalogue kicks off today and for some odd reason it features two identical pages of LEGO sets on sale. I am guessing it’s some sort of glitch.

With so many sales on lately this is hardly going to blow people away, as it’s a fairly small selection with modest discounts.

The sale runs from today (November 29th) until December 12th.

You can check out the catalogue for yourself here, or as usual see the list of sets below.

On Sale: 20% Off At Toys R Us

Toys R Us sent out an email yesterday afternoon with details of a slightly unexpected offer.

Until Sunday (November 19th) you can get 20% off all full priced items. You’ll need to use the barcode that was sent out (below) or use the code MATE on the online store.

TRU 20percent Off November 2017

“But wait, doesn’t Toys R Us currently have a buy one get one half price sale on?” you may be thinking to yourself. Well you are right, and this offer kind of stacks with that one. If you add two sets to your cart, and then apply the 20% off code you well get one set at half price, and one set at 20% off. Here’s an example below…

TRU Mate Stacking Example

On Sale: Buy 1, Get 1 Half Price On Selected Themes At Toys R Us

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The latest Toys R Us sale kicks off online tonight and depending on what it is that you are after it might be a more tempting offer than Click Frenzy.

From tonight online, or tomorrow (November 15th) in-store you can take advantage of buy one, get one half price on sets from selected themes. The included themes are City, Friends, Technic, The LEGO Batman Movie, Star Wars and Duplo. You will be able to mix and match across those themes.

The offer runs until Tuesday November 28th.

As always with this type of sale the lowest price items will be the ones discounted, so for example if you are buying 4 sets you may need to split it up over multiple transactions to maximise your savings.

The catalogue also features LEGO Boost for $20 off RRP.

You can view the catalogue for yourself here, or this link should have the included sets.

On Sale: Selected Sets Reduced At Toys R Us

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The latest Toys R Us catalogue is all about joining the fun this Christmas. I don’t know about you but the fact that Christmas is so close isn’t fun, it’s scary.

In their attempt to make things fun the catalogue features some LEGO sets on sale. There are discounts on Minecraft sets, which aren’t often included in other retailers sales. There are also several sets that are exclusive to Toys R Us.

This sale starts today (November 1st) and runs until November 14th.

You can view the catalogue yourself here, or view the included sets below.

On Sale: 15% Off At Toys R Us For Grandparents Tomorrow

Here’s one for the older Bricking Around readers – tomorrow is Grandparents Day and Toys R Us are offering 15% off full-priced items for all grandparents.

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There are some conditions to this offer – it’s tomorrow (October 29th) only, you need to be a Toys R Us VIP member and you have to present the barcode. The voucher also states that this is only for grandparents, so if you are young looking you may be out of luck depending on how strictly stores enforce this.

More information and a larger version of the voucher can be found at https://www.toysrus.com.au/grandparents-day/

On Sale: 20% Off At Toys R Us With Family & Friends Voucher

Toys R Us are feeling friendly, with a surprise Family & Friends 20% off deal this weekend.

The offer is available in-store and online from Friday to Sunday (October 13th – 15th). If you are shopping online you will need to use the code FAMILY, in-store you will need to have the barcode available to be scanned (either printed or on your phone).

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The offer specifically says full priced items only so won’t apply to clearance items. You should also get the Bricktober minifigure pack if you spend over $75.

You can find out more via the Toys R Us website.