Post by Dark Stranger on Nov 12, 2008 21:39:01 GMT
Not sure if I've asked this before, thought I had but couldn't find the post- see those knock-off Mirage toys that are doing th erounds? The clear/red/etc ones in the G1-accurate boxes? What's the quality of those like?
Poundland continues to surprise - I popped in when finishing my christmas shopping and noticed a non-transforming (possibly oversized) Movie Optimus Prime and a sports car that, on the basis of the car mode and packaging appears to be a knock-off of Powermaster Getaway (without engine component).
I'm planning to go into town on Thursday for a few items. I'll pick one up for you.
Sorry Phil, I didn't manage to buy one. I visited the Poundland in Hanley on Thursday, but was turned away by a staff member because there weren't "sufficient number of people in the store". I guess that the expense of keeping the store open - staff, heating, lighting - was higher than the expected revenue for new year's day. I won't be going back to Hanley for a while, but will keep an eye out for Getaway in other stores.
In other news, I spotted KOs of Cybertron Red Alert, Hot Shot and DownShift being sold under the 'Gear Force' label, as well a KO (Power Ranger?) lion combiner robot in a shop called Mr Big Deals - the same place I bought the KO Alternator Grimlock last year. The build quality looked quite good, but I could not stomach the bright yellow colour scheme and decided to save some money.
Woah there Ducky! I must point out that I saw them in Mr Big Deals - a shop that specialises in providing the residents of Stoke with Toothpaste, cleaning products, gnomes and other useless household objects. The packaging invariably contains several alarmingly large labels featuring text written in Urdu, Hindi and Arabic.
I was staying with family over Christmas. I actually went to school in Tunstall, though I haven't been back in a long time. I always think of it as the semi-derelict town of my youth with only charity shops and a few pubs, though the appearance of Asda, Matalan and various other stores have reinvigorated it in recent years.