Toy Aisle Trolls > DC vs. MOTU 2-Hacks

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. Also, please note: I’m deliberately being over-the-top with my condemnation of these people–I don’t actually wish bodily harm upon them. Just severe mental anguish.

Poester T16skyhopp pointed me to these two travesties, courtesy GTR-prime0088 on the TF2005 forums.

Where to start with this crap? First off, that’s the lame Superman from way back in Mattel’s early 2003 “Batman” days. This asshole couldn’t even be bothered to put a decent He-Man in there. That’s douche-y enough.

Then he puts a Green Goblin body with a first-release(?) Skeletor head on the non-Skeletor side of the second pack, and crams The Leader–THE LEADER–into what’s clearly labeled as the Skeletor side? And this thing was on the shelf at TRU?!

First off, may the jackass who did this be forever stuck in his parents’ basement until the despair drives him to suicide by masturbation. Second, while I try to have sympathy for beleaguered, overworked, underpaid toy store personnel, this is pretty ridiculous.

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15 Comments

  1. Snakeeyes22

    That Skeletor’s head is vintage, baby!
    Or commemorative. Whichever.

  2. 3B

    I'd like to be upset at the crook, but the real fool is the employee who accepted this return. These were really obvious substitutes.

    I found some WWE Elite figures swapped out at my local Target. They were Edge & Orton figures, but the jerk was clever, he swapped them with Jakks' versions of the same wrestlers. I didn't take a pic of them, though.

    @ Chris: you're right, that Skelz looks cuddly, LOL! Kind of looks like a good base for a Mum-Ra custom.

  3. PresidentJuggernaut

    I can't help but laugh at this one. And find that Goblin Skeletor somewhat desireable…

  4. JediCreeper

    yeah… some guy tried returning one to my TRU with a 2002 mer-man in place of skeletor.. luckily, my co-worker and friend (and MOTU subscription holder) happened to be there at the time and made sure the customer service girls put the kibosh on that.

    on the other hand.. twice, some jackass stole the gold sword from the skeletor pack… it's just beyond lame to me.

  5. awww, that Skeletor is kinda cute in a mummified way.

  6. Dan C.

    The lobotmized Skeletor in the first pic is even funnier than Molarr.

  7. MiloelGato

    May the jackass who did this be forever stuck in his parents’ basement until the despair drives him to suicide by masturbation

    I can't keep from smiling imagining the voice of God from The ten Commandments yelling out loud these word…

  8. Reverend Ender

    @americanhyena: I've got an original Supergirl, if you want to trade for sumthin.

    LMK

    reverendender@gmail.com

  9. dayraven

    i hope this party's junk falls off… but this time, i have a special dispensation for the employee who put this back on the shelf… i hope their eyes get pecked out by birds carrying avian flu!

  10. Nik

    TRU by me is pretty good. Walmarts are the only places I usually see this kind of stuff.

  11. Mario

    I just can't believe how often this type of shit is encountered. There's a T.A.T. article every week. In all my years of collecting, I've never once stumbled on to crap like this.

  12. PrfktTear

    I was wondering how long it'd take for someone to hit the 2-packs.

  13. Andrew D

    As a retail employee, if I saw this, I'd lose all faith in my coworkers. We at least TRY. I very rarely see this stuff at my store. The fact that its a Kmart in Indiana and no one ever buys toys there also contributes.

  14. americanhyena

    Not condoning this, but it just made me think about how irritating it is that Mattel packed that same Luthor with both Skeletor AND Supergirl.

    I got the former and finally found the latter last night, but I just can't justify spending another $30 for her and getting my third battle armor Lex.

  15. Dead Man Walking

    That Green Goblin Skeletor is hilarious.

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