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.
Mysterious Stranger writes in:
This particular swap caused me to do a doubletake. At the Burbank Toys R Us I found two of the Hasbro Marvel Legends Dum Dum Dugan/White Hand Ninja 2-packs mixed in with the same 3 Skrull/Kree packs that have been there since Thanksgiving. One was at the back of the shelf and one at the front. The one at the front had the Dum Dum head swapped with the generic S.H.I.E.L.D. trooper head. I didn’t notice the swap at first until I pulled out the pack from the back of the shelf. I looked to make sure the trooper head wasn’t just swapped with the Dum Dum head in the package as a packaging error but the trooper head with helmet was in its spot in the tray. The side of the box where the front flap is taped was a bit sticky where the tape had been removed and replaced and the crotch of the figure was thrust forward due to the figure not being put back into the tray completely.
There were no other signs of tampering that I could see. I did go ahead and buy both sets since I wanted them for S.H.I.E.L.D. troopers (and got them at a discounted price due to them being stocked on the wrong shelf tag, a TRU mistake not the swappers). This person most likely has an extra Nick Fury figure and just wanted the Dum Dum head so they saw this pack, swapped it out and returned it with the trooper head. Probably one of the more clever swaps I’ve seen though I still think the guy that did it is a tool.
Indeed he is, Mysterious Stranger. In fact, he’s a Dremel, if I’m not mistaken.
CURSE: As his crime isn’t quite as malicious or cruel as some of the examples we’ve seen so far, may his flesh be only partially consumed by beetles.