Monday, January 18, 2010

And this is the reason I need to stay away from Target...

Also the reason I should change my morning ritual of reading all the "Toy News" out there in internet land. To be perfectly honest both were bought on two separate trips to the same store and with a small amount of Christmas money. I'm going to take the criticism and the hit though as it was money I could have used for something else.

I have decided that money received for a present should be counted in the budget, that's just me though. You might think of it as money you didn't have and it's just as good as a present. I just decided it's still money I spend or save, so it's in the budget. I also decided that a toy given as a gift will not count as a hit and that it is a bonus, mainly because I didn't make a transaction to get said toy. So, this means I will be sending links to stuff I want to my family for birthdays and holidays. This should help with my goal, since it will be mostly stuff from the list and extras I have found along the way.

Okay, enough about the list. The TIE Fighter says it's an expanded universe vehicle, but it has the coolest deco and figure, I had to have this bad boy. The pilot is from the evolutions set with all the extra articulation, a sweet pistol and holster and none of the ace striping on the helmet. The TIE itself is a white deco with a nice red "glass" color for the cockpit, which looks like it stepped out of the movie. The deal was I read people were scoring this set for 19.99 in some Targets, ours was still at 27.99, but that was enough of a savings for me from the 39.99 original price. I could have waited to see if it came down more, but our Target did something sneaky this year, it moved items to the clearance aisle and kept some in their regular spots, unmarked. So you have to take them to a scanner to see if the price has dropped. Of course you would have to know the original price in advance. Before Christmas they had tons of these TIE Fighters, I scoffed at the price then. Now, there were only three on the shelf and I thought it might not be there for another price drop, I missed a GI Joe vehicle two years ago playing the wait and see game.

The DC Infinite Hero is none other than the Barry Allen Flash. My favorite right after Batman, I paid full price for this guy, which hurt a little as these seem to be going for 6.99 now. Wow, these were 4.99 just a month ago, were they not? Not on the list, mainly because I forgot about him coming out, and also because I never see heroes I like in this line, it's always some character they have twenty of that I'm meh about. Now I already have a Flash figure from this line, but this is Barry Allen! Which I'm hoping is also released in the Mattel Retro Heroes line this spring. Now, that's on the list.

I'll open these bad boys up soon and do a whole big ole' post on each, just wanted to post an update to let everyone know I'm still around and also welcome my new readers. Be patient with me, I have two more rough weeks of designing catalogs and things should be getting back to normal.


Bubbashelby said...

Nice haul - post pics of that Tie-Fighter when you open it!

LEon said...

the price of the Tie-fighter. I have not seen this packaging of Tie-fighter yet but normally it would be around $80 SGD. You still think your end is ex? :)

Keeping in the budget is a good thing.

Dano said...

Nice swag - I keep almost buying the DC universe figures, but I always chicken out b/c I'm scared it will be a new addiction that I can't afford.I haven't bought any Star Wars toys in nearly ten years as there is just so much, it's too overwhelming. The money-as-a-present thing is sacred at our house; any money given to any family member as a gift must be used for the sole enjoyment of gift recipient. Unless, of course we happen to be in a financial crisis.But even then, the kids would obviously keep their money.