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    Default Re: Where did you get your old vintage figures, toys, & videogames when you were a ki

    The primary one for me was Children's Palace. It was sort of like Toys R Us but it had a panda mascot. Not far from there was Toys R Us which I went to from time to time, but not nearly as often. And of course we would get toys from the Walmart every once in awhile. The KB Toys in the mall with something I went to as I got a bit older but it wasn't something I ever really visited as a small kid. Further down the road from us was Lionel's Playworld. I really like that place but it closed and I was pretty young, probably before I was even 10 years old. But it's memorable because that's a place where I bought some of these old Marvel cartoon video cassettes with huge clamshell cases. I had one for Captain America one for the Fantastic Four, and one for Spider-Man. These were cartoons from different points in time some of the Fantastic Four cartoons were from the 60s, the Captain America had some of his sixties Kirby animated comic cartoons + 1 episode of the Spider-Man cartoon from the early 80s. One memorable ToysRUs moment for me though, was when I broke my arm when I was 5 years old. My parents brought me there and said I could get any toy I wanted. So of course, I chose the power punch He Man figure.

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    TG&Y was the main place I bought my toys when I was a kid. I bought everything Star Wars, Transformers, and GI Joe that they had. I still remember that GI Joe figures were $2.24 a piece there so I could get two after mowing a lawn for $5. Toys R Us was out of town so it was a big deal to get to go there--usually to pick out a birthday present or as a reward from my parents.

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    Hell, yes! I remember there being so much stuff on the shelves that I generally didn't worry about being able to find a figure or vehicle. It was just a matter of having the money to buy it.

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    Child World. Such a great store back then around here. I still have my Death Star playset that I got as a kid in it's original box with sticker from there ($19.99).

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneralZodLives View Post
    Hell, yes! I remember there being so much stuff on the shelves that I generally didn't worry about being able to find a figure or vehicle. It was just a matter of having the money to buy it.
    Exactly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay1138 View Post
    It was Toys'R'Us, KB Toys and Circus World for me. Each trip to the toy store was an event! The selection was always a mystery and possibilities were endless.
    So true. I remember getting a lot of mystery toys. I found and repurchased a Super Go Bot I had when I was young. Turns out it was in Space Adventure Cobra. Also, I'm trying to get a few vintage MASK vehicles that I owned but lost.

    Quote Originally Posted by EVILFACE View Post
    Walmart, TG&Y, Montgomery Wards, Sears, Target, Venture. TRU was overpriced and I knew I could get 3 joes at the other places instead of just 2 at TRU.
    I remember Venture. I got those old ripcord TRON lightcycles from that store.

    I think either Montgomery Ward or Woolworths were other smaller type stores in regards to toys and videogames. I recall after school I would go with a friend and look at the NES game covers behind a small glass case in one of those stores. I'm talking a small case not even taller than I was back then. And they had to open the case with a key on the rare time we purchased a game. I recall the smell of the plastic since the games were locked in that case.

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    That's beautiful. I wish I could go back and get some of those boxed figures and vehicles.

    I think I might have picked up some toys at FAO Schwarz. I remember there was one in a major mall and we would go there after movies and McDonalds. Kids were always playing NES Duck Hunt in the early days on the system. NES was still new then and the ROB robot was sold with it. Small Smurf figures were really popular then. All of them were in glass cases. I didn't know where to begin with Smurfs and only picked up a few from back then. And they struck me as more foreign or perhaps higher end I think because they were like statues with good paint jobs when compared to GI Joe and other action figures that were meant to be played with.

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    I had those Smurfs

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    How did u guys have money when you were a "kid" too collect, did your parents just buy you whatever you wanted anytime you went to a toy store. Endless possibilities seem limited by what your parent were willing to spend on you, if they spoiled you thats a different story. Dont get me wrong i liked going to toy stores as a kid, but since i relied on my parents to buy things collecting was very limited. My parents werent the type to just buy me anything and everything i wanted so most of the time i left toy stores empty handed. I would get a star wars figure here and there but if it wasnt my birthday or xmas i didnt expect them to buy me much, let alone buy enough to be considered a collector. I didnt really start collecting until i was in my early teens and earned my own money
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