Between packed stores, sold-out stock and crazy waiting lists, shopping for toys at Christmas is no easy mission. Here, One4all tell three tales of parental determination and luck that ended with happy children on Christmas morning.
In the 1980s, Rosanne’s son put only one thing on his Christmas list: the Millennium Falcon Spaceship. ‘Michael was obsessed with going to a galaxy far, far away and accompanying Luke Skywalker and Han Solo to places likes Tatooine to rescue Princess Leia. He already had an X-wing Starfighter and figurines of Luke, Darth Vader, and R2-D2 but Han and Chewie’s Millennium Falcon was the toy he wanted most.’
Rosanne searched for the play version of the YT-1300 Corellian light freighter in toy stores in her locality and across the city. ‘I spent about 5 hours in town one day just looking for that toy, but as the franchise was so popular, it was sold out everywhere.’
She put her name on every waiting list and was shocked to get a call on Christmas Eve saying the toy store down the road had one in stock with her name on it. ‘It really was a Christmas miracle and seeing Michael’s face on Christmas morning when he saw his dream had come true made all the stress worth it!’
Cabbage Patch Kids Doll
They were the dolls that were causing vicious fights between shoppers in toy stores so when Karen’s mum Margaret saw that her daughter had requested a Cabbage Patch Kid for Christmas in the 1980s, she wasn’t too keen on hitting toy stores across the country. ‘Cabbage Patch Kids were flying off shelves and we heard the stories, people were doing really crazy things to get their hands on one.’
One day when Karen and Margaret were out shopping, she spotted a Cabbage Patch Kid hidden amongst a pile of teddy bears. ‘I couldn’t believe my eyes, we rushed over, and my mum quickly put the doll in her basket.’
However, a few minutes later, a woman approached them and tried to grab the doll from their basket. ‘My mum was shocked and immediately began to tell this woman off, but she insisted that we give her the toy since it ‘belonged to her’. She even started offering us money for it. I was on the verge of tears, but mum stood her ground and eventually security came to escort the woman out of the shop. I still have this doll and it is still the best Christmas present I ever received.’
In 2007, Paul’s daughter Laura requested a Nintendo Wii from Santa and as it was the most-wanted toy of that year, he knew it wasn’t going to be easy to get his hands on one. ‘I stood outside the local toy store from 5am only to be told by the manager when it opened at 9.30am that they were completely out of stock.’
Paul spotted an empty Wii box that was part of a display and persuaded the manager to give it to him. ‘We were going away to Spain for Christmas that year, so the kids wouldn’t be opening their presents until we got home. I stuffed the empty Wii box with tools and towels and had the game console ordered which I picked up when we were back in the country.’
And he’s delighted to say, he got away with his mischievous trick.
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