Toys R Us Shuts Down Website Amid Liquidation

In news that should surprise no one (sadly), Toys’R’Us has shut down its website amid it’s current liquidation. If your only means of visiting TRU was online, we’re sorry to advise that it’s no longer an option. Noted on the TRU.com website upon visiting is the following:

Thanks for visiting. We have shut down the website for any purchases but our brick and mortar stores are open and holding going out of business sales. You can keep up-to-date with the sale at http://goodbuytoysrus.com and liquidation-going-out-of-business-FAQs. We encourage you to stop by your local store and take full advantage of the deep discounts and deals available. Thank you for your business and support over the years. 

Sincerely, Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us teams.

Now that the website is shut down, will you be stopping by a brick & mortar store to say goodbye to Geoffrey one last time? Sound off on the Cobra Island Forums.

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Save Toys R Us Go Fund Me Campaign Has Been Launched

With all the sad news of Toys ‘R’ Us closing its doors, this bit of news should hopefully lift your spirits. Isaac Larian, a toy manufacturer who gave the world Bratz dolls and the current hit toy LOL Surprise, has launched a crowd-funding campaign to save Geoffrey! Larian, chief executive of California-based MGA Entertainment Inc., a privately held toy and entertainment company, and other investors have pledged over $200 million. They want to raise another $800 million in order to make a $1 billion bid to acquire “all or some Toys R Us assets through the bankruptcy process.”

Help Save Toys’R’Us – GoFundMe

You can be a part of this historic movement to #SaveToysRUs by donating today!  Your donation will help to ensure that generations to come can “always be a Toys“R”Us kid” and save employee jobs that are at stake should the company cease operation. The deadline for reaching the $1 billion goal is Memorial Day, May 28, 2018. The funds collected through this campaign would be used in the formulation of a bid to acquire some Toys“R”Us assets through the bankruptcy process. This is not a charitable donation, and certain donor disclosures apply. 

You can get the full details by visiting the campaign page listed above. Will you be joining in to help save Toys’R’Us? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

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Toys R Us Announces Liquidation Sale Start Date

Sources from around the web have shared word on the liquidation sale announced by Toys ‘R’ Us. According to Gizmodo (whose story can be linked back to USA Today), clearance sales at all stores begin tomorrow, Thursday, March 22nd. 

If there’s something you’ve been holding off on buying, (like that hidden cache of 50th Anniversary G.I. Joes), now’s the time to start buying. Will you be stopping by to say goodbye to Geoffrey one last time? Sound off on the Cobra Island Forums.

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Marauder Task Force WWII Kickstarter Campaign Update – New Bonus Items and Unlocks

**UPDATE – The Campaign has successfully funded! On behalf of all of us here at CobraIsland.com, we salute the Marauder-Gun Runners Team! Congratulations on another successful campaign!**

The Marauder Task Force WII Kickstarter Campaign by our friends at Marauder Gun-Runners is now at the finish line, with just 2 hours to go! Since our last report earlier today, there have been Four SEVEN more items unlocked as we march towards the next unlockable figure! The figures unlocked are: 

  • British Army Bren Gunner
  • BLACK Soldier (All black body, all black accessories – NO GUNS) – BONUS “We LOVE our BACKERS” Stretch Goal Added to the event!
  • Native American US Marine Radio Operator – “714 Backer Goal” BONUS Stretch Goal
  • Russian Army Rifleman
  • Russian Tanker
  • Russian Officer
  • Russian Army DPW Machine Gunner

The next figure in the series is the Russian Tanker, so head over to the Campaign and let’s get it unlocked! The campaign will be over before you know it, so GO, get that pledge in and add these amazing WWII themed soldiers to your front lines! We’re talking all about it on the Cobra Island Forums, so come join us for discussion already in progress!

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Marauder Task Force WWII Kickstarter Campaign Update – New Bonus Items and Unlocks

With only 30 hours left to go, the Marauder Task Force WII Kickstarter Campaign by our friends at Marauder Gun-Runners is showing no signs of slowing down! As reported to you yesterday via our Social Media outlets, a new Bonus Item has been added to the event, the German Panzer Grenadier in Late War Uniform! 

  • 1 (ONE) figure will be added for FREE to the “All-In” level backer reward packages and 2 (TWO) figures will be added for FREE to the “Mayhem” level backer reward packages. All other pledge levels can add the figure to their reward packages for an additional fee ($25 US and $27 International) The ONLY difference between the German Panzer Grenadier bonus item and any other bonus/stretch goal item is it is NOT eligible to be selected as one of the “you choose” items at ANY level. Either it is FREE in the “All-In” and “Mayhem” packages or can be added to a reward package for a separate fee.

The campaign has also hit its next stretch goal, the WWII Weapon set 1! Included in the set are: 

  • M1 Garand Rifle, M1 Carbine Rifle, Kar98k Rifle, MP44 Rifle, MG42 Machine Gun, 50 cal Machine Gun with Tripod, Bazooka with Rocket, BAR Rifle, Thompson Machine Gun, 45 Automatic Pistol , Nambu Pistol, Luger Pistol, T99 machine gun and Arisaka rifle with Bayonet

The campaign will be over before you know it, so GO, get that pledge in and add these amazing WWII themed soldiers to your front lines! We’re talking all about it on the Cobra Island Forums, so come join us for discussion already in progress!

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Marauder Task Force WWII Kickstarter Campaign Update – US Marine Paint Master Revealed

With less than 3 full days to go for the Marauder Gun-Runners Marauder Task Force WWII Kickstarter Campaign, the MGR team has shared images of their U.S. Marine Paint Master! 

Not only are we close to the next stretch goal, but Marauder John noted that they are announcing a VERY cool Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE figure very soon! There’s no time like the present to get your pledge in, so go get to it! Once you’re done, come join us for discussion already in progress on the Cobra Island Forums!

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Toys R Us – The End Of An Era

The end of an era. We grew up with Toys”R”Us, so the news of it closing its doors for good feels like saying goodbye to an old friend.

Just a week ago, we brought you word that Toys ‘R’ Us Is Prepping to Liquidate Its U.S. Operations. Now, the news that many of us have been dreading to hear…Toys ‘R’ Us is prepping to shut down operations. So many fond memories will be left behind – Finding new joes in the aisle, Geoffrey’ big book at Christmas, the excitement of after school trips…just the joy of being a Toys’R’Us kid.

Although online shopping played its part in bringing down TRU, the company’s biggest problem was this: TRU was saddled with billions of dollars in debt; So much, in fact, that their debt stopped it from making the necessary investment in stores. That translated to an unpleasant shopping experience that doomed the chain. The company told employees Wednesday that it would close or sell its US stores after 70 years in business. 

From all of us here at Cobra Island, thanks for everything, TRU. Hopefully there’s a Hail Mary that can save you so future generations can have the same experiences we did. Share your thoughts with us after the break on the Cobra Island Forums.

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Marauder Task Force WWII Kickstarter Campaign Update – New Goals and Unlocks

There’s a bit of news to share with you on the Marauder Task Force WWII Kickstarter Campaign front, so let’s get to it! 

Marauder John & the team have moved up the highly requested new figure designs in the stretch goal order. They wanted to make them easier to unlock.  They’ll still look at still offering the “solid” color figures to those that want them after the event (if the tools for them are unlocked). The solid Green soldier is still stretch goal #12. 

Also, to help stir up participation in the event, check out the newly added “612 Backer Level” and “714 Backer Level” Stretch Goals to the event (both have ALL NEW headsculpts): 

  • 612 Backer Bonus – Marauder Task Force WWII Japanese American U.S. Army Rifleman (Europe)
  • 714 Backer Bonus – Marauder Task Force WWII Native American U.S. Marine Radio Operator 

But that’s not the only news to share! The U.S. Marine in Camo Uniform is UNLOCKED and now in the event! There’s a lot more in store for this final week of the campaign, so make sure to spread the word and let’s see how far this event can go! You can join in on the conversation already in progress after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

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Toys R Us Is Prepping to Liquidate Its U.S. Operations

In news that shouldn’t be all that surprising, word spread across the internet yesterday that Toys ‘R’ Us is prepping to liquidate its U.S. Operations. Bloomberg shared the following: 

Toys “R” Us Inc. is making preparations for a liquidation of its bankrupt U.S. operations after so far failing to find a buyer or reach a debt restructuring deal with lenders, according to people familiar with the matter.

While the situation is still fluid, a shutdown of the U.S. division has become increasingly likely in recent days, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. Hopes are fading that a buyer will emerge to keep some of the business operating, or that lenders will agree on terms of a debt restructuring, the people said.

TRU has been one of the few go-to locations to find G.I.Joe product in recent years, so this is a big blow to those individuals that still enjoy the thrill of the hunt. For those of us that grew us as “Toys ‘R’ Us Kids”, this news is definitely heartbreaking. Let’s hope that TRU is able to fix its woes. What’s your take on this latest bit of disheartening news to hit Toys ‘R’ Us? Will you be happy to see them go, or do you hope they’ll dig out of the hole? Share your thoughts with us after the break on the Cobra Island Forums.

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Marauder Task Force WWII Kickstarter Campaign Update

There’s a bit of news to share with you on the Marauder Task Force WWII Kickstarter Campaign front, so let’s get to it! 

First and foremost, it was discovered that there was a slew of fraudulent pledges made against the campaign that falsely inflated the total contribution level. After the fake pledges were removed, the campaign took quite a hit. You may wonder “So, what about the stretch goals that were unlocked?” Well, Marauder John being the class act that he is, has noted the following: 

Yes, there has been an adjustment to the pledge contribution total.  The majority of the fake pledges have been canceled. ALL stretch goals that were unlocked do to the coordinated attempt to sabotage our event are STILL UNLOCKED!  Regardless what some dishonest people tried to do to our project, we are still covering any stretch goals that were unlocked due to their poor behavior. So the MG42 Gunner and the 50 Cal Gunner are UNLOCKED and IN the event.   Sad to see anyone behave in such a way, but we will NOT let anything they try to do HURT our supporters! 

The middle of any Kickstarter campaign is the “slow” time and we are still on track for a very interesting finish!  We have some cool surprises in store!

Thanks again for your support!

 The campaign is now sitting at just above $152K, marching towards a new stretch goal, the U.S. Marine in Camo Uniform! Let’s help our friends at Marauder Gun-Runners and our fellow Taskers unlock the next one! Have you pledged yet? Let us know and join in on the discussion on the Cobra Island Forums!

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