Clayface's story is the reason I quit "the hunt" a couple of years ago.
I used to think I was saving on shipping by going to the stores to buy the figures, but
really I was just racking up hundreds in gas bills by driving endlessly around the city,
most of the time for nothing. The "Pile of Loot" option at Big Bad Toy Store is much more
time and cost efficient.
I agree, I haven't really hunted for anything & mainly stopped collecting at retail after JLU
because of the gas wasted & headaches of " the hunt. " But when these multiverse figures
came out I wanted a few of them. I made it a rule not to go out of my way to get them.
If I am at a store for something else, I'll look. I found Batman at Walmart when I was
shopping for other things. There's a mall/plaza literally 2 minutes from where I work with
Toys R us, Target, & Walmart, so it's not wasting gas to go there everyday & look for this
Penguin & Imaginext Poison Ivy/Scarecrow. Target in that plaza never gets them in, Walmart
Just gets Zod, Batman, Freeze & Deadshot. There case doesn't contain the Penguin. I heard
here that Toys R Us is the only one that gets him. I was tired of going to that close Toys R Us
& seeing the same 12 figures on the shelf. I was just going to buy Penguin on ebay but they are
going for too much. A loose one I was bidding on went for $18 plus shipping. So I decided to
just start calling all the Toys R Us around me everyday.
If I had just wanted this figure, I wouldn't have done this & went out of the way for it. But there
was a bigger picture behind this. Like I mentioned above, I wanted the coat for the BTAS Penguin.
Kenner did a nice job on the Penguin in the 90's. The sculpt was on point. Unfortunately, they did
a terrible job with his coat. It was cloth & didn't even look his jacket from the show. I've had an
extra one in a my " projects to get to " box for awhile now that I was going to actually sculpt the
coat on. Getting this Penguin saved me so much time. So getting this figure was more about
continuing to complete my BTAS collection. That is what is really important to me, more so than
collecting any line now.
For the record, Toys R Us seems to be funny about those price matches. I read on here that people had them match prices from online stores, but this Toys R Us wouldn't do that. Everything Toys R US is pretty much overpriced. The only reason I shopped there at all was because everyone here said Penguin was exclusive to them?