This week I stopped into a local Dollar General and encountered a royal bitch. I also nearly bought a $3 toy, but alas it wasn’t meant to be. All that and more in the latest TALES FROM THE TOY AISLE!
We open with some double pack figures from The Corps. For $3, this isn’t a bad deal. I almost picked up a couple guys to go with my Ethan Crowne figure. I like the two pack idea, but unfortunately the Corps are all the same figures. I’m not likely to pay $3 for two when I can get the whole lot for about $12. Corps should repaint these dudes, but I guess it’s cheaper not to.
They have these guys for a $1. They remind me a bit of the old Remco Sgt. Rock figures. I’m sure they’re not as good. For $10 though, you could buy a whole army’s worth. That could be fun?
Mattel has a presence with these Batman figures. They’re still around. Overpriced at $5, though. I wish Mattel was still cranking these out. I have fond memories as a kid buying Batman Dark Knight Collection and later, Batman Animated Series figures at Dollar General.
Here is a “Erect It” set. Someone really doesn’t get naming these toys. ERECT IT SET?! Come on…
See the $3 sign above this? There was a Playmobil-like Western set. I wanted to buy it. It looked cool, but when I got to the register… It rang up for $8. I wasn’t going to pay $8 for it. I don’t have any photos of it, because I was going to review it. Long story short, the lady at the counter was a bitch and said in a nasty tone that the sign says “Starting at $3!”… However, as you can see above it doesn’t say starting at, it says $3. I didn’t feel like arguing over a stupid toy I was buying for the sole purpose of reviewing it here. Anyway, she was a bitch, and now she’s immortalized as one.
You can’t beat a classic, though. I still think this is a little overpriced. A $1 would be better.
Speaking of $1 toys, you can get a couple of crappy looking wrestlers for $1. These are a little bigger than the bootleg Mistico AKA Sin Cara that I bought last year. Looked like some of them used old deteriorated Jakks head molds as well.
These sort of neat looking bootleg robots were only a $1 too. They include a LED light, a staple of bootlegs everywhere. One of these days I’ll buy one.
I really liked the card art on this wind-up $1 robot. I can imagine using this in a cool plot with my GI Joes as a kid. Sadly, I’m too devoid of energy to do it these days.
For $6 you can get this Ninja figure with all sorts of weapons. This was definitely one of the better offbrand toys that they had. It still didn’t appeal to me, but it’s nice to see toys like this. I remember when the Power Rangers were first big, there were all kinds of cool knock-off versions.
Army men have been repackaged as TEAM EXTREME! I thought that was the Hardy Boyz & Lita? Anyway, it’s a classic and it’s only $1.
Of course the poor man’s Mighty Beanz with a stunt track is only $2! Which would you spend your money on? I did see a kid and his dad shopping in the toy aisle for another kid’s birthday. Sadly, I did not see what they left with… But they did buy something!
Girls always seem to have the best knock-off stuff. This offbrand Littlest Pet Shop junk is almost as good as the regular versions. Speaking of, they did have the regular versions there for a few bucks more. I doubt little girls would mind either way.
This big headed Bratz-like doll is another example of girl’s stuff being better than boys. This doesn’t look like a cheap toy at all. Heck it even comes with a pet chicken! Or maybe that’s a Chocobo.
Unfortunately often you can find some real name brand items at these places, but they’re always a bit overpriced. Such as Obi-Wan here. Nice toy for $2.50, but not worth $5 to me.
I’ll leave you with this Police gun set. It’s not particularly good or interesting, but it is colorful. I could totally see buying this as a youngster and then imagining a whole world around it. Futuristic Cop hunting down space alien criminals. Dick Tracy in space. Good times!
That’s it for this time, but beware that just around the corner, lurking in the darkest corners of the department store, just past the cashier who’s a bitch, is something your wildest dreams could never imagine when we venture into TALES FROM THE TOY AISLE!