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Regent Theatre, Piccadilly, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, 01782 213 802

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      07.12.2009 18:04
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      Something very low out of 10 I'm afraid.

      Forbidden Planet was one the greatest shops in Stoke on Trent in the years that it was known as Another World and located in the arcade that is now TK Maxx, it was a stunner. It is a retailer of graphic novels, comics, computer games, cult and science fiction, band merchandise, DVD's, toys and magazines. If I were to write a review in its general section I would have given it more stars as some of the other stores are fantastic and its website is very good too. It has been in its new location for what must be a number of years now. Once you manage to fight your way in into the store with its exceptionally heavy metal door, you will go into the downstairs floor which contains second hand and new computer games, comics and some figures. Plus other random stuff. The games selection used to be huge but seems to have dwindled, I suppose with competition with other stores and online retailers possibly. There is always music in the store, last time they were playing Nickelback. The carpet is dirty with chewing gum all over it and the whole place just feels grubby unfortunately and smells too, a massive let down from what an amazing retailer it was years ago where you could spend hours looking through every single nook and cranny, now it is a quick scoot around and then to upstairs which are very steep and narrow, but painted really well with some cool artwork. It took me about 30 seconds to look around the whole top floor, there was nothing in particular of any interest, a good range of plastic figures etc the Simpsons were available. There is a little bit of band merchandise available from such bands as Metallica, Iron Maiden, amongst others, a few metal and punk bands. There used to be an amazing range of Nightmare Before Christmas stuff which I usedto keep going in for now there is hardly anything, I have asked before if I can have stuff ordered in but have always been told it is not possible. The whole place is not very well laid out, the previous location was not either but it had a certain charm about it and was very enjoyable. I would love to work here it looks like one big massive doss listening to music and talking all day, I am not saying there is anything wrong with that, I am jealous and wish it was me instead of slogging away at my current day job. The prices are a bit on the dear side, especially considering the availability of such things as they sell now on eBay and other retailers, why traipse round uninspiring stores when you can sit at home and do it, especially with their website as it is pretty good. I wish the shop went back to how it used to be, an Aladdins Cave of wonderments, unfortunately I will never be shopping here again. Very poor.

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