MIDNIGHT MADNESS SALE OF STAR WARS EPISODE II "ATTACK OF THE CLONES" ACTION FIGURES AND TOYS
FAO SCHWARZ - KING OF PRUSSIA MALL, PA
APRIL 22, 2002
Garrison Carida Members and FAO Store Employees assemble in front of the store entrance in the King of Prussia Mall, 15 miles west of Philadelphia, on Monday April 22, 2002, prior to the Midnight Madness Sale of Episode II "Attack of the Clones" toys and figures. This gathering was one of several such events that occured at toy stores across the nation upon the initial release of AOTC items at 12:01 AM, April 23, 2002.
RIGHT - "Oberon" TK124 "On Guard" prior to the Midnight Madness Sale. LEFT - Trooper "Oberon" TK124 confronts the talking "Schwarzasaurus" dinosaur at the FAO Store at the King of Prussia Mall. Fortunately for Oberon, the "Schwarzasaurus" is a vegetarian!
Trooper "Oberon" stands before the display of new Episode-II "Attack of the Clones" figures and toys, prior to the Midnight Madness Sale at FAO King of Prussia. As expected, he is pointing to a Clone Trooper Figure!
TK124 & Happy Time Officer 9141 (Jason Romanoff) briefs his "Troops" prior to the "Sale".
All Good Things Must Come to an End it Seems. The FAO in King of Prussia Plaza is Closing.
As of December 27, 2003 - The Clock had Stopped - The "Schwarzasaurus" dinosaur was Dead - and the vultures were swooping-in to feast on the 30% to 50% price cuts! On January 25, 2004, the K of P FAO Schwartz closed for good with an 80% off sale, after having 60% and 70% sales on previous days.
The 10 foot FAO fiberglass sidewalk bear on the concourse fetched $16,000 while the 12 foot tall Tree House inside the store went for $5000. The "Schwarzasaurus", the Talking Lion and the FAO Clock Tower were snapped up by a local collector for an additional $9000. Similar items from other FAO Stores in Orlando, Atlanta, Kansas City, Houston and Seattle were sold or offered on E-Bay for $1500 and up. Some were sold, while others had "no takers".
The Manhattan and Las Vegas FAO Stores were purchased by new management and continue in business.
So Mote It Be.