What's it like in your hometown? How long does it usually take for the new releases to roll around in your neck of the woods? Do you have a harder time finding certain things at certain stores than others?
Sometimes, I do. Here's a good example. I've had my eye on Breez' Flea machine for a while, so I went to a few places, looking for it. It wasn't at Target and it wasn't at Wal Mart (neither were any of the invasion from below summer wave, for that matter), but I understand that since, well, these are new releases and may not have gotten there yet where I live, as I alluded to before. At Toys R Us, though, they had every invasion from below set in stock EXCEPT for that. When I asked the people there to look it up just in case, it didn't appear on their website. It's as if they didn't order that particular set at all. Just my luck.
So, whatever, right? I'll just check again in a week or so. Weirdly, though, the Wal Marts are... spotty when it comes to things like Hero Factory sets (I do not want to make this a Hero Factory thread, since we ARE talking about Lego sets in general, and this is just a specific example I'm using that pertains to me), and I often don't see any sign that the store ever carried them at all. It's not always that they ran out of stock shortly before I got there (that certainly can't be the case EVERY time)... it feels like they just don't bother with the theme, at least not around here, anyway.
So anyhow, today I called up ANOTHER Wal Mart not too far away and asked if they had Hero Factory sets. The dude who answered had no clue what I was talking about, and didn't seem to have any idea where to look. I just told him "Lego figures" to make it easier for him to understand. He was one of those aloof "yo, dude" kinda guys, you know? Now, apparently he was pretty close to the Lego aisle at the time that I called (said he was in the sports aisle), so when he took a long time to get back to me, I just assumed that he was looking reeeeally hard for it... but then he came back, and said "We don't carry those anymore."
I said, "Oh... do those sets not sell very well?"
He replied, "Yeah, I guess Legos aren't as popular nowadays, man."
This dude couldn't even find the Lego aisle to save his life. He seriously thinks Lego is dead.
Of course, we know that couldn't be further from the truth, that Lego is more popular than ever these days, but still...
That's my story. What about you guys? Are there any sets or themes that you just can't, for the life of you, find in your corner of the world? Is there any one particular retailer that quite simply drives you up a wall? Share your horror stories here!
Edited by NickonAquaMagna, Aug 03 2014 - 07:25 AM.