I found myself on an errand today which put me farther away from home than usual. And close to a Target store. And thus began a toy run unlike I usually make. You have to understand. Usually I only go to a store if I am passing by. I don;t normally go out of my way to go toy shopping. Yet today, by taking a number of extra turns, I managed to ‘drive by’ 3 Targets, 2 Walmarts, and a Toys R Us. In Rhode Island. Your milage may vary. Here are the highlights in order of the stores visited.
DCUC Wave 4, at least 2 full regular sets. No variants, gold Cat Atom or Artemis.
Marvel Legends, at least a full set of the Red Hulk wave.
Ben 10 – saw Kevin figure for the first time.
JLU – new Sinestro, Bizarro, the 3packs with Question, Galetea, Capt Atom. Apokolips 6 pack.
Toys R Us
Star Wars Galactic Heroes Rancor Monster set, amoung others.
DC Infinite Heroes a plenty. Green Lantern/Manhunter 6 pack. Luthor/Metropolis 8 pack (why is this 50$ ?). Some older 3 packs on sale for 12.xx$.
DCUC. Cyborg was the only single. Cyborg & Mongul 2 pack. Batgirl & Azreal 2 pack.
Met a very nice fellow collector and his son.
Batman Brave & Bold – Deluxe figures Batman, Blue Beetle, Aquaman.
DC Inf Heroes – 3 packs of several types.
DCUC Wave 4, 1 full regular set.
DCUC Wave 2, 1 full set – both Supermen, modern Aquaman, Jason Firestorm.
JLU – the usual 3 packs, Stargirl singles, Apok 6 pack.
Ben 10 – saw Goop figure for the first time.
DCUC Wave 4, at least 2 full sets.
JLU – the newer version of the Grodd/Joker/Luthor 6 pack.
I was here just a few days ago and saw
DC Inf H singles – Black Lightning, Spectre, Dr Fate, Batman, Superman, Green Arrow.
DC Inf H – the only singles were Black Lightning and Green Arrow. But… they had the 3 packs with Jay Garrick and Bizarro.
Batman Brave & Bold – 2 packs of Blue Beetle vs Kanjar Ro, Batman vs Black Manta. Even my daughter knew that match up was wrong. Single packs of Batman, Kanjar Ro.
So what did I get out of all this? Two questions.
1. A set of BAF or CNC figures costs 50$ or more if you buy it all at once. But if you see them and don’t buy them, you might never see them again (I still have not seen Nightwing from DCUC wave 3). How many people actually have 50$ to plunk down and buy these all at once? I know I couldn’t.
2. What other segment of consumers drives to so many stores looking for the same product, which is actually unlikely to be there? Are we crazy?