Who knew Golden Girls action figures would be all the rage? Not even Target

Target was the only retailer to have Golden Girls action figures in stock – briefly.
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Did you see this coming? Did anybody?

Action figures of four female senior citizens from an '80s sitcom selling out in less than a day on Target.com?

And in less than an hour at New York's Comic Con? Two days in a row?

Even the people who made and sold the action figures of "The Golden Girls" told news outlets they were caught by surprise.

Target spokesman Joshua Thomas told the Wall Street Journal – in a story picked up by Yahoo! Finance – the company was “surprised by the speed at which the product sold through. It has clearly struck a chord.”

Target's Thomas told the Star Tribune basically the same thing: “There’s an art and a science to these kinds of products and sometimes you just strike gold. Clearly there is a pent-up demand for ‘The Golden Girls.’ ”

Strike gold. We see what he did there.

But we don't see any Golden Girls action figures available on their page at Target.com anymore.

The Minneapolis-based company was the only retailer to sell the action figures made by Funko, the toymaker who became the surprise sensation at New York's convention over the weekend.

Funko's limited edition went faster than they expected but the company told the Star Tribune they have no plans to make another batch.

Which has people who were able to buy the set of four for $25 naming some pretty big prices on the resale market. CNBC says prices on eBay have climbed as high as $350.

There are other figures available for $10 per Golden Girl, but they're a different, cartoonish style that Funko made over the summer.

Who bought up all the action figures?

Where is the pent-up demand for the Golden Girls coming from?

At the convention in New York, the Wall Street Journal explored who was snapping up the action figures. While some were going to collectors who will probably never even open the boxes, others waiting in line were people planning to put their Golden Girls on display.

"Who doesn't love the Golden Girls?" Carly Hollinshead, 23, asked the paper. She was born after the TV show ended its seven year run in 1992.

And 56-year-old Steven Thewes told the Journal he'd been ordered by his 20-something nieces and nephews to go for the Golden Girls. "I didn't even know they knew the show existed," he said.

Yes, who knew?

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