Collector and Lamley Reader Joe Navarro in Chicago sent these pics from his local Target:
It is pretty easy to figure out what this story is. It is becoming more and more common. And considering the person that bought these, swapped the wheels, reconnected the rivets, and reattached the blisters, ALL to keep the Real Riders, this is clearly someone very involved in the hobby. And may read this blog, or at least be involved in some sort of collector community.
Whoever you are, I am not going to call you a scumbag, but man, you are better than this. The effort you put in to saving a few dollars is baffling. To be this dishonest, taking advantage of Mattel and Target, just to save a few dollars is embarrassing.
I know plenty of customizers who buy models for the wheels. They then use the bodies for something else. Maybe they use them for projects, or trade them for more wheels, or create customs as gifts. What I know about the custom community, it is polar opposite of your actions.
Whether you swap the wheels off a model, or switch the model in a package, it is all the same thing.
You don’t need any names thrown your way. You already know how pathetic this is. You are of no value to the collector and customizer community. Just give up the hobby already. We don’t want you around.
(Thanks Joe for sending these pics. Sorry you had to encounter it.)