D'oh, I forgot Ben Franklin...the only store in my home town that carried toys. Otherwise it was a 30 minute trip to the Target in Coon Rapids. This was after we moved to the sticks from Robbinsdale and the nice proximity of Crystal Target and Brookdale
A trip to Children's Palace in Rosedale was a once every other month affair. A trip to Target happened every other week as my Mom and Grandma needed to resupply their households, but BNen Franklin was just a bike ride away to the local"mall" if you can call a Grocery Store, Snyders, Ben Franklin, Hair Salon, and Pet Store a "mall".
There were many times I sat in the aisle at Ben Franklin wondering if I should buy a particular figure or not. Buying it now meant that I had the figure I wanted immediately, but waiting until a trip to Target might save me a $0.50-$1.00 BUT they might not have the figure I wanted. Decisions, decisions.
I know I grabbed Storm Shadow (v1) at Ben Franklin, I didn't care that he was almost $1 more there than Target, because I had to have that Ninja something fierce! Same went for RotJ Jedi Luke and Endor Han, both picked up at Ben because I couldn't wait!