This bothers me. Today I took a trip to Wal-Mart on my lunch break and pursued the toy Aisles. I do this from time to time to see what is new. The last time I was there I had noticed that they had goten quite a few characters from wave 14 of DC Universe Classics. which I thought was strange since those figures had been gone for a while. They had actually only recently disappeared from those same toy shelves. As I pursued the packages I noticed something was odd in a few of the figures. The Build a Figure piece was missing.
In some modern toy lines They have created Build a Figures. where you get a peice (an arm or a leg etc) of a figure so that if you collect them all you can guild a new complete figure. As I looked over the figures I realized this piece was missing in ALL of the new arrival wave 14 figures. They had all been "Repackaged"
Repackaging is what someone does when they buy a figure, takes the parts out that they want (sometimes replace it with something else) Reseal the package so it looks as if it has not been opened and then take it back. This, of course is stealing.
Its annoying on a couple of levels. 1) Like I said above it is stealing. 2) the store doesn't know it has happened and puts it back on the shelf for regular retail price, and 3) someone could buy it!
Its really quite despicable that people would do this. I understand that the figures are expensive. I understand that you might not want all of those figures, to get the one that you do want, but there are other ways to get them. Ebay usually has a huge stock of these pieces that you can buy for decent prices, and other places online as well.
Here are some pictures I took of the repackaged figures and their packaging.
Where the piece is missing