Don’t be shocked by what’s missing in action when holiday shopping

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Flipping through a 40-page toy catalog, a shopper might think they’ve just spotted the perfect gift for that future Steph Curry on the list. A $50 pro basketball hoop that hangs over a door and has cool LED lights and electronic scoring.

One small problem: The hoop never came into the store for early holiday sales as was expected when the catalog was being designed in the spring. A $50 remote control robot is missing in action, too, in the supply chain tie-ups. 

“I’m still waiting for him,” said Nori Klar, owner of Toyology Toys, which has stores in downtown Royal Oak, the Orchard Mall in West Bloomfield and the Bloomfield Plaza in Bloomfield Hills. 

Several items, even though they were ordered back in June, are still not on the shelves.