Based on this list of products on display can you guess what toy store I visited this past weekend? My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, Littlest Petshop, and Barbie. DCUC, Brave & the Bold, Movie Masters, DC Direct. NECA’s Twilight and Harry Potter. G.I. Joe 3 3/4 and 12". Marvel Legends, Marvel Select, Amazing Spiderman. Star Wars Legacy and Clone Wars. Secret Saturdays. Street Fighter, Gears of War, Castlevania and Final Fantasy. Give up? Here’s a hint:
There were also tons of HALO and Sports Picks figures. And a smattering of 90′s era Spawn figures obviously dug out of storage. Yup, I’m talking about McFarlane’s retail store!
After the Star Wars concert I decided to walk over and see what was new. Needless to say I was surprised to find lots of stuff that definitely was not McFarlane product. As I was scouring the pegs an employee walked over. I asked: "When did you start carrying all this stuff?" He replied: "A few months ago." Then unprompted he volunteered: "We don’t have enough product to fill the store."
I felt kinda bad. Its not my place to pass judgement on the current situation of a company like McFarlane Toys. Regardless of the various circumstances and decisions that have gotten them to this point it is none-the-less disheartening to see a company sputtering along seemingly with only their noses above water. But then I saw the price tags on the non-McF toys and my sympathy was tempered just a bit! For instance, I bought a NECA Street Fighter 4 series 2 Chun-Li for . . . $18.99. I only caved because I had been looking for her for a while and obviously missed her a few times at TRU. $11.99 for Clone Wars figures. $18.99 for DCUC. $30 for Marvel Legends Icons. But, really, they’re not trying to sell this stuff to you and I. The location of the McFarlane store is more geared towards uninformed and impulse buys.
Anyway, here’s a couple photos: