Was that back in the poft2 days?Humans quickly turn savage when survival is on the line. :hmm:
I was cruising a Wal-Mart soon after the Han Bespin and Slave Leia figures started hitting the shelves. An employee must have just finished filling an end-cap because there was a guy with about 25 Slave Leia figures lying bubble-to-bubble flat at the bottom of his cart. He picked the pegs clean; leaving not one. He was searching through the Hot Wheels (looking for Treasure Hunt cars no doubt) when I asked him, very politely, if he would give up one of his Leia figures. Without even looking, he grunted through a barely discernible, "No I got here first you should have been earlier." You won't give up one of them? "No."
So a walked two aisles over, picked up one of the heavy boxed vinyl swimming pools, and dropped it into his cart. Bubble crunch galore. He wasn't happy. I was. He put most of them back on the shelf. I got one.
End of story.
I was even younger back then, and I remember having the hardest time locating monkeyface leia. This was still during the red card era.
I remember my Mom driving me to every store in town for what seemed like weeks(maybe months), to no avail. Then one day, my mom wanted to go to the garden center at WalMart, so I excitedly went with her in the hopes of finding Leia. When I perused the aile, I was disappointed to find the same figures I'd seen for a year. I wasn't going to give up that easy, and promptly began pushing boxes on the baseboards in the hopes that somebody may have hid her behind a larger toy. Nope, nothing there. I then looked up, and thought I saw little white feet poking out over the top of the overstock. This was the pre christmas stock up, sometime in August I think, and the boxes were probaly 12 - 15 feet high. There was no way a customer would have been able to hide her up there, and I quickly deduced it was some resourceful employee. I decided not to ask for help, because I didn't want to get the employee who had hid her in the first place, so I went to work climbing the aile. Luckily it was early enough in the day that nobody else was in that section of the store, because I knocked so many toys and boxes over into the aile, I am sure I'd gotten kicked out if I was caught. I felt like achilles scaling the walls of Troy!
When I got my hands on her, I held on for dear life, and I remember looking around feeling like some employee would run up and take her from me. When we finally got out of the store, I felt like I had just won the lottery!