For now, at least.
Prime and I woke to the news that the president of MGA Toys–they manufacture Bratz dolls–is working to save some Toys R Us locations. It appears he has some sort of crowdfunding going on and he has raised $200 million towards his goal. We didn’t think a lot about it; we just got up and got ready for the day. What Prime was planning on doing was dropping me at our local TRU to either take advantage of the sales or to scribble down some prices. But when we got to the store, our plans changed.
Outside the doors were signs. They were posted with a brief message, informing us, along with the rest of the public, that the liquidation sale wasn’t starting today. Things were on hold, but they would keep us apprised.
I admit that I was confused at first. Then Prime blurted out, “This might be one of the stores.”
Maybe, just maybe, our Toys R Us will survive. If that happens, I’ll be happy to buy a Bratz doll in appreciation. No, I’m not a huge fan of that franchise, but in this case, I will certainly make an exception.
As for the interim, I’ve been wandering around the local mall. I grabbed some things at Target and at a Hallmark I found a new little friend to take home. Hallmark has a line of small plushes called “Itty Bitties” and some are licensed characters. There are DC and Marvel heroes, Disney princesses, Star Wars characters and the like.
Well, the line has branched out and now includes Transformers. There is a Bumblebee. He is now safely tucked away in a paper bag in my backpack. I couldn’t say no. It is Bumblebee, after all.
As you can see, I also snapped a quick photo of our TRU. I want something more concrete than a few memories. Just in case things fall through. I genuinely hope that they do not.
The times, they are a-changing. I’m not sure if I’m ready for that.