A couple of days ago my mum and I heard that ThinkGeek was opening a storefront near us. As avid members of multiple fandoms and frequent shoppers on their website, we were eager to check it out. So this morning we drove over for the grand opening.
I’m glad we decided to wait a few hours past the official opening time. We didn’t have to wait in line to get in, and while the store was crowded, it wasn’t packed like I’m sure it was that morning. We were greeted with free pins at the door and raffle tickets (although we sadly did not win anything).
The first thing I noticed (and fangirled over) was Captain America! The store had a few life size models of characters in the windows and in the store. I also couldn’t resist a photo with BB8 from Star Wars.
I couldn’t help taking a peek at their Pokemon goods thanks to my obsession with Pokemon Go. They had already sold out of some of the different Pokemon plush key chains (including eevee sadly), but had a better selection of Pokemon things than I’ve seen in most stores in the area.
On the list of many things I lusted over but did not purchase was this Leia bunhead necklace (on right). Isn’t it adorable? They had lots of Star Wars stuff, with a nice representation of products from the original trilogy and the new movies. And the new new movies. Is there an agreed upon label for them?
They had a lot of shelf space dedicated to Pop Vinyl figurines located next to the Game of Thrones and Doctor Who merchandise. I had to get a shot of my girl River.
They had merchandise from all the fandoms that are big right now, like Harry Potter, Marvel and DC comic and movie adaptations, Star Trek, etc. There were even a bunch of things from media that I’ve seen pictures of but never actually watched, like Adventure Time. Best of all they had things from media that was older, but still beloved by fans, such as Firefly. This bag that’s designed to look like Kaylee’s coveralls also made my want list.
Speaking of my want list, while there were many things that piqued my interest, but I showed restraint and only bought a Gryffindor bow (because I have had to dress in Hogwarts house colors so many times and this will make a cute accessory), and a Pokeball plushie (because I wanna be the very best, like no one ever wassss). I also ended up with a free patch for liking their facebook page, and a cool Grand Opening pin (not pictured).
The staff was all incredibly friendly and many of them were dressed up for the grand opening in costumes! I saw a female Joker, a Batgirl, a Doctor Who weeping angel, and a Daenerys to name a few. It was nice to see that ThinkGeek had hired, well, actual geeks to work in their store.
I still remember how I felt in middle school wanting to buy fandom stuff, but having to go online or seek out specialty stores to find it because traditionally geeky things hadn’t quite broken into the mainstream pop culture yet and it was considered weird to like them. I’m thrilled that this has changed. People should be allowed to be excited about things that interest them, and the positive attitude and excitement in the ThinkGeek store today definitely embraced that.
Stay magical readers!