Looking for that hard-to-find toy? Help Me Hank has some advice, alternatives

Your local toy store may be able to help

The toys that all the kids want this holiday season are already hard to find.

DETROIT – The toys that all the kids want this holiday season are already hard to find.

The Magic Mixies Magic Cauldron at Target is already not available in some local stores or for delivery.

Another hot toy is the Akedo Ultimate Arcade Warriors Battle Arena. It’s not available on Walmart’s website. It is available on Amazon with free delivery but it won’t arrive until sometime between Nov. 24 and Dec. 7.

If you still have toys on your shopping list, you are not alone. A supply chain and shortage issue is impacting the toy industry and making getting that much-desired toy difficult.

If you have a particular toy in mind you should check with your local toy store. If they don’t have it, they may have a relationship with the manufacturer.

Another option is to use your social network. Let other parents know what you’re looking for in case they spot it somewhere first. If it’s a toy exclusive to a certain store, like Target, watch their Facebook page for other shoppers posting about it.

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Below is a list of some toy shops in Metro Detroit:

  • Toyology: 119 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067
    • 248-268-1412
  • Toyology: 6389 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322
    • 248-562-7524
  • Whistle Stop Toys: 21714 Harper Ave, St Clair Shores, MI 48080
    • 586-771-6770
  • Genuine Toy Co: 550 Forest Ave Suite 8, Plymouth, MI 48170
    • 734-414-9500
  • Throne of Toys: 8481 N Lilley Rd, Canton, MI 48187
    • 734-335-0445
  • Toy Box: 13305 Hall Rd, Utica, MI 48315
    • 586-532-5205
  • Toyland: 18900 Michigan Ave n319, Dearborn, MI 48126
    • 567-315-8838

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About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.