Like most denizens of AFI, I’m on the hunt for DC Universe Classics Series 2. As you may have read, I have Black Manta and Superman Blue, so far. The only other figure I’ve seen is Superman Red.
The Target closest to my house is usually a disaster area by 5PM, but it doesn’t seem to be quite as strip-mined as some other stores in my sphere of collecting, so I’ve had some luck there. Last week, I checked there for DCUC 2 a few times. No dice.
The last two times I was there, I noticed there were Stormhawks Deluxe figures on the DCUC pegs. I let it slide the first time, putting it down to the usual messiness of the story but, when no one moved them and I saw them there again, I moved the Stormhawks to their proper pegs, as much by way of experimentation as anything else.
Sure enough, when I returned to that Target this past Monday, who was on the DCUC pegs but….
…you guessed it, Black Manta and Superman Blue.
So, not only are the employees of that Target so clueless (or apathetic) they can’t be bothered pegging stuff where it belongs but, when jackass me does their job for them someone else gets their grubby mitts on Aquaman, Firestorm, and Harley Quinn.
I don’t actually begrudge whoever bought those figures their toys, but it does annoy me that it took a customer who knew, or cared (or both) more about the store than the employees to allow them access to what they wanted.
I know it’s a smaller scale (than Target, not the toy department) but, when I worked at Tower Video over a decade ago, I knew every movie we had, where it was, and a good bit about what was coming out and when. I know it makes me just another Grumpy Old Man, but I see nothing resembling that in stores today.
Any ideas on why that might be?