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#1 Video_Invader OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:20 PM

Anyone else have these on any of their boxes? I have two of them so far. One on my Intellivoice module and one on my Atari 5200. After some reading, i see where they failed around 92. Its cool finding stickers that show where something was originally bought.

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Posted Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:24 PM

It was Children's Palace around me.  I remember them well.  Not sure that I have any stickers still present for them though.



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Posted Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:13 AM

Do those even exist now?

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Posted Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:26 AM

Ah, Children's Palace.  As a kid I saw one on a vacation road trip around 1980.  The very idea of such a massive store just for toys blew my tiny sheltered mind at the time.  I think I fainted as we drove into the parking lot. OMFG!



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Posted Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:45 AM

I don't recall a Children's Palace , but I do remember a Child's World by a mall my parents used to frequent.

 

Definitely recall going there around the late '80s cause of the fact of I purchased some of my NES and SMS games at that particular store. I also to seem to recall they were slightly more expensive as compared to

Toys 'r us. Maybe that's why they folded?

 

That timeline seems about right to on when they cease to exist. The one I mentioned I don't think made it past 1990...

 

I always keep the price stickers on all my games... kinda of a blast from the past thing.

 

Some notables:

Zayres

Service Merchandise

Woolco

Montgomery Ward

Camelot Music

Toys By Rizzi

Venture

McDades catalog house (Chicago area)

 

to name a few....



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Posted Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:49 AM

I got my C64 and 1541 at Children's Palace. The boxes may have tags on them still, I haven't seen them lately.

 

I remember going to buy my 1541. I had scraped up a bunch of money, probably all small bills. The old woman running the register handed me my change and made a joke about being careful with all that money in my pocket.



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Posted Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:59 AM

Anyone else have these on any of their boxes? I have two of them so far. One on my Intellivoice module and one on my Atari 5200. After some reading, i see where they failed around 92. Its cool finding stickers that show where something was originally bought.

We had Children's Palace by us as well growing up. I believe the Children's Palace/Childs World was somewhat regional. I know all of Ohio it was call Children's Palace. At the time it was much larger than Toys R Us. Oddly enough when the Children's Palace by me went out of business, a Toys R Us opened across the street. I still think Children's Palace was a better toy store. Heck, that's where most of my video game stuff (until about 1991) came from. 

 

Here's a video with the Children's Palace jingle that I remember the most (it starts at 1:05):

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=B3ojV6ddsAc

 

"Children's Palace, A super toy store and a whole lot more"!



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Posted Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:39 PM

I don't recall a Children's Palace , but I do remember a Child's World by a mall my parents used to frequent. Definitely recall going there around the late '80s cause of the fact of I purchased some of my NES and SMS games at that particular store. I also to seem to recall they were slightly more expensive as compared toToys 'r us. Maybe that's why they folded? That timeline seems about right to on when they cease to exist. The one I mentioned I don't think made it past 1990... I always keep the price stickers on all my games... kinda of a blast from the past thing. Some notables:ZayresService MerchandiseWoolcoMontgomery WardCamelot MusicToys By RizziVentureMcDades catalog house (Chicago area) to name a few....



I remember Camelot Music. We had one here in the mall till it became fye. Used to have a Kay-Bee toys store. Whatever happened to them? Are they still around? I pre-ordered my Dreamcast there in 99. I remember several years ago when they still had a few sealed 7800/2600 games leftover that they were trying to clear out.

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Posted Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:31 PM

No, Kay-Bee Toys was killed by some creepy public equity firm... I think it was the one Mitt Romney was running.



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Posted Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:37 PM

It was called Child World in my area, I remember they had a Panda or something as a mascot. I bought quite a few games there, mostly Colecovision and C64 stuff in the mid 80's. Also used to by D&D books there too, if I recall. :P



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Posted Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:50 PM

I remember Camelot Music. We had one here in the mall till it became fye. Used to have a Kay-Bee toys store. Whatever happened to them? Are they still around? I pre-ordered my Dreamcast there in 99. I remember several years ago when they still had a few sealed 7800/2600 games leftover that they were trying to clear out.

 

I frequented Camelot Music BITD. I don't recall them ever selling video games. But then again, I was there to purchase 8-tracks and vinyl.

 

I remember Kay-Bee selling games. And I clearly remember the bargain bins when the video game crash happened.



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Posted Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:28 PM

I don't recall a Children's Palace , but I do remember a Child's World by a mall my parents used to frequent.

 

Definitely recall going there around the late '80s cause of the fact of I purchased some of my NES and SMS games at that particular store. I also to seem to recall they were slightly more expensive as compared to

Toys 'r us. Maybe that's why they folded?

 

That timeline seems about right to on when they cease to exist. The one I mentioned I don't think made it past 1990...

 

I always keep the price stickers on all my games... kinda of a blast from the past thing.

 

Some notables:

Zayres

Service Merchandise

Woolco

Montgomery Ward

Camelot Music

Toys By Rizzi

Venture

McDades catalog house (Chicago area)

 

to name a few....

 

Yup, I've got some Service Merchandise, Montgomery Ward, and some from Best



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Posted Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:38 PM

In Milwaukee around the north side there used to be Northridge mall and surrounding it was a Children's Palace.  Although it had competition from Toys R Us and a Kaybee store inside the mall.  



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Posted Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:42 PM

I bought almost a complete collection of Vectrex games from Children's Palace for less than $5 a game after the crash of 84.  Years later a flood destroyed the games but it was fun playing them when I had them.



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Posted Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:55 PM

No, Kay-Bee Toys was killed by some creepy public equity firm... I think it was the one Mitt Romney was running.


oh ok. I always wondered. Alot of good memories back then.

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Posted Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:50 PM

I don't know about your local KB's, but ours was too small and always a mess. Not much of a loss when they closed up.



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Posted Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:16 PM

I remember Camelot Music. We had one here in the mall till it became fye. Used to have a Kay-Bee toys store. Whatever happened to them? Are they still around? I pre-ordered my Dreamcast there in 99. I remember several years ago when they still had a few sealed 7800/2600 games leftover that they were trying to clear out.

 

I had to look it up. Looks like there were bought out by the parent company of the FYE stores in the late '90s. Kinda weird, since the Camelot we had went bellyup, it became a bookstore instead of another music store. Hmmmmm....


Edited by schuwalker, Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:16 PM.


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Posted Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:19 PM

 

I frequented Camelot Music BITD. I don't recall them ever selling video games. But then again, I was there to purchase 8-tracks and vinyl.

 

I remember Kay-Bee selling games. And I clearly remember the bargain bins when the video game crash happened.

Ours had games up till the crash. I remember they had these bins setup outside their store entrance w/ tons of games for sale. I distinctly recall picking up Frontline, Frankensteins Monster and Hero for $3.99 pop! *sigh* After that firesale they did away w/ the games.

 

Rip St. Charles Mall Camelot store

 

 

Back to Child's World, I had this flashback of picking one of these up probably one of the last time(s) I went there before their disappearance...

 


Edited by schuwalker, Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:21 PM.


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Posted Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:36 PM

I don't know about your local KB's, but ours was too small and always a mess. Not much of a loss when they closed up.


Ours was on the small side and i do remember seeing items on the floor that were knocked off shelves. I always wondered about that. As for Childs World, i kinda wish they were still around. Just as well though. If they were, They would be selling ps4 instead of Atari.

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Posted Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:34 PM

A quick look didn't reveal the exact link I was looking for, but this site has/had a section where they showed old mall and store pictures: 

 

http://plaidstallions.com



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Posted Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:49 PM

No, Kay-Bee Toys was killed by some creepy public equity firm... I think it was the one Mitt Romney was running.

EDIT: I dumped my post, as it was probably too political.

Edited by Mxyzptlk, Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:59 PM.


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Posted Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:09 AM

I think those price tags sum up the crash pretty well.

 


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Posted Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:16 AM

$.50 for Berzerk?! Don't remember seeing it that heavily discounted at the usual outlets.

I'd say that's less of an indication of the "crash" and more telling of a retailer that simply couldn't unload the game. One aspect that isn't as talked about, is the fact there were a ton of non-traditional (gaming wise) retailers selling Atari games in the 80's. Grocery stores, drug stores, five and dime, small ma and pa hardware stores, Ace Hardware, etc. Target audience obviously wasn't gamers, so it was at these types of places where you could find great deals sometimes.



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Posted Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:52 PM

Yeah i never came across anything that cheap back then. There was a store called Altmans Discount many years ago that sold quite a few Atari Xl/XE 2600 and 7800 games. I bought several of them myself. Store closed sometime in the 90's but i cant remember what year. They were similar to todays Big Lots. Carrying closeout and dis-continued items. Then there was Bud's Discount Warehouse. Bud Walton. Brother of Sam Walton (Wal-Mart). I remember buying a dented brand new vcr for $10 when they were normally over $100. They had some SNES and 3DO games at the time. That store closed in the 90's too.

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Posted Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:27 PM


I remember Kay-Bee selling games. And I clearly remember the bargain bins when the video game crash happened.

 

  Without those KayBee bargain bins I never would have had funky titles like Planet Patrol and Chuck Norris Superkicks.  ;D  I think they were about $2-3.


Edited by bkrownd, Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:28 PM.





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