Ah, I miss those WB stores. Looking back, even though I could spend hours browsing around in them, I didn't really buy much of their exclusive merchandise (being a high school student with limited funds at the time played a big role in that). Whenever I did find myself in a WB Store, I bought the occasional shirt and usually a Looney Tunes VHS tape or history book (remember this was pre-Amazon.com). In fact, my copy of Jerry Beck & Will Friedwald's Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies book was purchased at the Warner Bros. Store in Danbury, CT around 1993 or so. I had no idea such a book even existed at the time and remember reading the thing the entire car ride back home. That book was by my side at all times for many years. I still have that same book. It's now falling apart and has pencil marks all through it. Here's a picture of the well-loved book that made me what I am today.
One piece of WB Store merchandise I still have kicking around is this "This Is It" music box. Based on the then-current revamped intro to ABC's Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show. You wind it up, pull out the little drawer, and Bugs "dances". No idea WHY I bought this. It's kind of neat, I guess.
Near the end of their run, the WB Stores found some success cashing-in on the Beanie Baby fad. They cranked out dozens of bean bag dolls based on nearly every single cartoon character they owned. I am kind of embarrassed to admit I collected these for awhile. It was impossible to resist the novelty of owning beanie babies of such obscure Hanna-Barbera characters as Yakky Doodle and Baba Looey. It turned out to be a good investment, though. Those obscure H-B character bean bags made me a decent chunk of change on eBay a few months ago (who knew there's a collector's market for Wally Gator and Squiddley Diddley dolls?). However, there were two I will never bring myself to sell. They aren't even Looney Tunes-related...Yes, they actually made a SCREWY SQUIRREL bean bag doll! How crazy is that?
Finally, one more cool thing was this 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle featuring about 200 Looney Tunes characters.