Story time. I don't know if it is common knowledge worldwide, but here in the UK Toys R Us went bankrupt last Wednesday. On Friday they announced all the stores would close & that would be it. It is sad, partially for the people who will lose their jobs, but I did used to have some nice memories of the place. I haven't been in for years now as they don't sell anything I was interested in. #matchbox stopped there after 2013, & all the other things I liked also were never found there. But they used to be really good. Case in point. 2001. They were the only place in the UK I ever saw a particular large Garage playset. Included inside was this unique design #mercedesbenz 280GE #mercedesgwagon in white & blue. The set was large & quite expensive. But this was the price I paid for collecting these models. I picked up a set & took it home. Once there I opened it & took the model out to add to the collection. But I decided for a little fun to build the garage anyway. Take a few photos to post on the internet (as you do). It was then I discovered one of the ramp sections was damaged & would not slot in place. It had been mis-shaped. So I packed it all up & took it back. I know I didn't really want the set, only the model, but it was the principle. I spoke with a lovely lady on the help desk at TRU & showed her the issue. She offered me a replacement at first, but after I explained how I really only wanted it for the #matchboxmodel included, she smiled & told me to just keep the model. She gave me a full refund, as she told me if the model was there or not, being damaged it would all just be destroyed. So honesty does pay (or not in this case, as this #merc actually ended up costing me nothing). But it's one of this memories that Toys R Us UK gave me that will stay with me.
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