Canada is a strange and backwards country, and even until the mid 1990s, you could go to a lousy store, fill out an order form with a dull pencil, wait in line and proceed to be told “Out of Stock”. That was the experience that was Consumer’s Distributing!
Despite being a lousy store, it had catalogues with pictures of toys in them, and while they weren’t as good as Europe’s catalog photos, they’re better than what you’d expect! They carried the G.I. Joe line, and when you went and tried to get Storm Shadow or anyone actually cool, they’d be out of stock, and you’d often get told “We still have Baroness”
Check out the description of Zandar, it’s “Zartan’s Brother”. Dude didn’t even get named!
Also of note, is the fact that the rare as hell, and twice as expensive COBRA MOTORIZED TANK, was actually a dud, and wound up being discounted for less than 10 bucks! I feel that would be a vehicle far more common, if Consumers wasn’t a horrible place. I have never once seen one of those tanks, and I’m a Canadian who has been actively looking for one locally for twenty years.
Finally, it’s an often forgotten factoid, that Storm Shadow shipped for longer than most G.I. Joe figures, as he’s still a focal point, despite it being only 1986 figures. Really shows the popularity the white Ninja had in the 80s.
Oddly enough I live about three blocks away from an old Consumers Distributing building. In fact I still refer to it as “Consumers”. It’s now some Italian supermarket, and before that was an abandoned building for like 10-12 years.