Toy Aisle Trolls > Galactic Zeroes

Toy Aisle Trolls is a feature highlighting acts of vandalism to in-store toy items. If you find a ruined package, a stolen figure, a swapped-out figure, or any other such acts, take a photo (cell phone photos are fine if they’re not blurry) and email them to poe AT poeghostal.com.

Today’s TAT comes from none other than Jazwares product developer and customizer extraordinaire Joe Amaro.

What it’s Supposed to Look Like: This

The Problem: Writes Joe, “Someone took out most of the figures and replaced them with C-3P0s.” They seem to have stolen Uncle Owen, that creepy bug-version of a C-3P0 droid, both Jawas, the Gonk and left a couple extra C-3P0s, Garindan (why?) and a Yoda in their place.

Karmic Payback: Who steals from a little kids’ toy set? What human being is so petty, so selfish, and so uncaring that they would do this? Assigning karmic payback to someone so obviously bereft of any joy or positive emotion in life just seems sad, but I’ll do it anyway: may he pass a kidney stone for every toy he steals.

Poe’s Thoughts: Y’know, the title of some of these Star Wars sets weirds me out a bit. The titles create an odd parallel in my mind with those pieces by Renaissance artists that depict some famous scene from the Bible, such as the Last Supper or The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist. Four hundred years from now, will “Purchase of the Droids” be gawked at by tourists in the holodeck equivalent of the Louvre?

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  • Good lord that's appalling. I love these little figures and if I stumbled across this in a store, I would make sure to go to the front desk to report it.

    Poe, have you gotten any response from corporations about these happenings?

  • Crap like this pisses me off for two reasons. The first of course is that some douche decided to pull a fast one. But more importantly, the stores seem oblivious to the problem.

    Last summer I brought one of these repackaged rip offs to the attention of a Target Store Manager (as in the GENERAL Manager) and she said that they'd just mark the price down.

    She didn't get that she's no longer selling the product on the box (the return actually had Star Wars figures from the 90s in it!).

    Stores don't care. Toys are toys to them and unless it was an opened video game or electronic item, they can't be bothered.

    /off soapbox