When you’re a kid there are about two things that you really need in life: candy and toys. That’s it. Sugar, plastic, it’s all good. Therefore when I was a kid one of my dream events was the Nickelodeon Super Toy Run.
Every year Nick would give one lucky kid the opportunity to run loose in a Toys ‘R’ Us with an empty shopping cart and a really short amount of time (2 minutes, I think?) to grab whatever she or he wanted. Of course, when I never won after years of entering I got a little discouraged.
I did have a perfect plan for how it’d work at my local Toys ‘R’ Us, though. I’d start out by skipping the front area – that’s where they had the seasonal items like beach toys and the like. I’d head straight for the computers (surprise) and pick up at least four new Commodores. Then, of course, every game and every accessory. I’d backtrack a bit and get a slew of games – I wonder if Boggle was on my list? – before heading over to Lego. I was big into Legoland, and having a complete collection of Lego (including the battery-operated Lego train!) would certainly be quite awesome.
And really, that’s it. I figured I could get a few things for friends of course, but I had to maximize my time. It was all about the strategy, and not the luck.
I think if anyone ever tried to do an adult version of this, and needed a locale, Costco would be ideal. I’d be up for the Costco Super Large Quantities of Items Run!
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