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What I bought - 2008

Last year, I tried this same thing, but actually forgot to start taking notes until the beginning of February. For 2008, however, I was on top of things from Day One - or actually "day two," as you can see below.

The list looks a bit bigger this year, because I included more stuff. The wife's Legos, the several hundred dollars I sent to Rustin Parr for black tar heroin SDCC, things like that. But enough preamble! Let's get to it:

January
02
TF Screen Battles: Final Stand $14.21 Target
04
Superhero Squad Giant-Man $10.59 Target
06
ML Black-Suited Spider-Man $5.30 Wal*Mart
08
The Batman: Hawkman $7.39 Wal*Mart
09
Zombie Iron Man/Black Panther Minimates $6.67 local comicshop
12
Player Select Altair ($13.35) FYE
Doctor Who Regeneration two-pack ($21.19) TRU
Lego Exo-Force Golden Tower $31.80 Wal*Mart
14
Marvel Select Alien Legends $8.99 FYE
Marvel Select Alien Legends $4.49 FYE
16
ML2: Ultimate Wolverine variant $15.25 lcs
USAgent/Taskmaster Minimates $6.67 lcs
GI Joe Snow Job $5.82 Target
GI Joe Iron Grenadier Destro $5.82 Target
17
Masterpiece Megatron $110.08 BBTS
Totals
15 purchases (21 figures) $233.08
February
03
DCU1 Orion $10.59 Target
DCU1 Batman $10.59 Target
DCU1 Penguin $10.59 Target
DCU1 Etrigan $10.59 Target
DCU1 Red Tornado $10.59 Target
04
Sports Label Convoy $19.88 eBay
Sports Label Megatron $19.88 eBay
10
GI Joe Comic Pack #30 $10.59 Kmart
15
DCD Juctice Gorilla Grodd $13.56 local comicshop
DCD Armory Nightwing $10.98 lcs
DCD Armory Flamebird $10.98 lcs
DC Minimates Flash/Grodd $6.76 lcs
DC Minimates Batman/Clayface $6.76 lcs
DC Minimates Ambush Bug/Lobo $6.76 lcs
Stargate Atlantis Dr. Weir $13.56 lcs
Naruto Gaara $6.32 Wal*Mart
17
TF Nightwatch Prime ($42.38) TRU
Superhero Squad X-Men set $10.82 TRU
20
Astrotrain reissue ($60.48) Amazon
21
Lego Indiana Jones Temple Escape $59.35 TRU
GI Joe Cobra Air Trooper $6.35 TRU
27
GI Joe Armored Cobra Commander $5.77 Wal*Mart
Halo 3 Spartan Soldier (CQB) $10.21 Wal*Mart
Star Wars Comic Pack #15 $10.47 Wal*Mart
29
TF Rescue Ratchet $--.-- trade
Star Wars Jango Fett $--.-- trade
Galactic Heroes Obi Wan/Sandtrooper $--.-- trade
ML3 Marvel Girl $--.-- trade
Totals
23 purchases (37 figures) $281.95
March
03
Black Optimus Prime ($53.30) eBay
04
Rocky III Clubber Lang ($14.48) Amazon
MotU Sssqueeze ($14.48) Amazon
MotU Rio Blast ($14.48) Amazon
09
GI Joe Crimson Guard ($6.35) TRU
GI Joe comic pack #32½ ($10.59) TRU
Star Wars Vader's Secret Apprentice $13.13 TRU
Naruto Neji $7.20 Wal*Mart
Star Wars Shadow Guard $7.03 Wal*Mart
Star Wars Juno Eclipse $7.03 Wal*Mart
Star Wars Darth Vader (Battle Damage) $7.03 Wal*Mart
Star Wars Maris Brood $7.03 Wal*Mart
Star Wars EVO Trooper $7.03 Wal*Mart
Star Wars Jumptrooper $7.03 Wal*Mart
12
Halo 3 Cortana $15.89 Hot Topic
19
SHS Fin Fang Foom/Iron Man $10.56 Wal*Mart
Lego Castle Final Joust $11.65 TRU
Lego Castle Catapult Defense $12.71 TRU
Lego Indiana Jones Motorcycle ($11.65) TRU
22
SHS Iron Man Face Off $10.59 TRU
Iron Man Prototype $10.59 TRU
GI Joe comic pack #36½ $10.48 TRU
26
Iron Man Stealth Operations Suit $10.56 Wal*Mart
Totals
23 purchases (31 figures) $155.54
April
01
Star Wars Elite Forces of the Republic $53.96 EE
02
PotC Cannibal Jack $5.27 Hot Topic
Superhero Squad Thor/Loki $6.35 Target
05
Resident Evil Lab Coat Zombie ($9.43) FYE
Old Man Zim ($16.95) eBay
07
Shadow Trooper 2-pack $20.97 StarWarsShop
Shadow Scout $13.96 StarWarsShop
12
MotU Leech ($18.89) eBay
MotU Snake Face ($18.89) eBay
MotU Webstor ($18.90) eBay
15
JLA Dr. Impossible $14.30 lcs
Afro Samurai Kuma $14.30 lcs
DCD Trinity Ra's al Ghul $16.21 lcs
GI Joe HISS Tank $10.59 Target
GI Joe SHARC $10.59 Target
16
GI Joe Torpedo $7.25 Wal*Mart
Star Wars Tsui Choi/Clone trooper $10.59 Target
20
Spawn 33 Jackal King $13.77 TRU
Spawn 33 Spawn the Immortal $13.77 TRU
23
Spawn 33 Crocodile King $13.77 TRU
Simpsons The Raven ($9.43) FYE
Kingdom Come Batman ($9.43) FYE
Star Wars Shadow Trooper $8.47 Giant
27
Marvel Legends Sunfire $13.60 HasbroToyShop
29
DCU2 Aquaman $10.59 Target
DCU2 DCU Firestorm $10.59 Target
Totals
26 purchases (43 figures) $268.90
May
03
TMNT Leonardo $12.78 local comicshop
TMNT Donatello $12.78 lcs
TMNT Michelangelo $12.78 lcs
TMNT Raphael $12.78 lcs
Dark Knight Joker $12.16 Wal*Mart
Dark Knight Gotham City Thug $12.16 Wal*Mart
Superhero Squad Planet Hulk/Silver Savage $6.74 Wal*Mart
Adventure Heroes Sallah/Mummy $6.74 Wal*Mart
Adventure Heroes Indy/Tribal Warrior $6.74 Wal*Mart
Adventure Heroes Indy/German Mechanic $6.74 Wal*Mart
Adventure Heroes Belloq/Ark Ghost $6.74 Wal*Mart
Adventure Heroes Mutt/Irina $6.74 Wal*Mart
Adventure Heroes Indy/Cairo Swordsman $6.74 Wal*Mart
Adventure Heroes Indy/Marion $6.74 Wal*Mart
07
Dark Knight unmasked Batman $12.16 Wal*Mart
Transformers Stockade $7.41 Target
Transformers Salvage $7.41 Target
08
Lego Indy Lost Tomb $17.80 TRU
Lego Indy River Chase $17.80 TRU
TF Stealth Bumblebee $7.41 Target
10
Transformers Jetstorm $21.19 TRU
15
Star Wars Covert Ops Clone Trooper $7.41 TRU
Star Wars Utapau Shadow Trooper $7.41 TRU
Superhero Squad Iron Man Hall of Armor $8.47 Target
21
Transformers Landmine $7.41 Target
Indiana Jones w/ horse $10.59 TRU
IJ Nazi Motorcycle $10.59 TRU
IJ Cairo Swordsman $7.41 TRU
IJ Belloq $7.41 TRU
Indiana Jones w/ Golden Idol ($7.41) TRU
IJ Mutt Williams ($7.41) TRU
27
Doctor Who Rose/K-9 ($12.72) Suncoast
Doctor Who Martha Jones ($12.72) Suncoast
AvP Predator $14.30 Spencer's
Warriors of the Zodiac Aries $16.21 Spencer's
Warriors of the Zodiac Taurus $16.21 Spencer's
Spawn 33 Scarab Assassin $13.77 TRU
Spawn 33 Soldier of Ra $13.77 TRU
1:18 scale motorcycle $9.00 Rite Aid
Naruto Shino $3.18 Family Dollar
1:18 scale motorcycle $9.00 Rite Aid
29
GI Joe Viper $7.25 Wal*Mart
GI Joe Comic Pack #115 $10.47 Wal*Mart
1:18 scale motorcycle $9.00 Rite Aid
1:18 scale motorcycle $9.00 Rite Aid
IJ Marion/Cairo Henchman $9.53 Target
IJ Sallah $7.14 Target
IJ Cemetary Warrior $7.14 Target
GI Joe Arctic Snake-Eyes $7.25 Target
31
Chalice of Guudenuph $25.00 WWP
Civil War Minimates $16.00 WWP
DCSH Mr. Freeze $20.00 WWP
Disney Indiana Jones $35.00 WWP
Spuda Fett $25.00 WWP
Bellatrix Lestrange $17.50 WWP
Lucius Malfoy $17.50 WWP
Ramayana Ivory Rama $20.00 WWP
Ramayana Hanuman $15.00 WWP
Blades of Athena Kratos $15.00 WWP
Golden Fleece Kratos $15.00 WWP
Totals
60 purchases (82 figures) $670.46
June
05
Transformers Brawl capsule figure $1.00 local comicshop
Bladehunters King Draco $21.16 lcs
GI Joe Wild Bill $7.25 Wal*Mart
GI Joe Spirit $7.25 Target
Iron Man Titanium Man $8.47 Target
08
TF Animated Blackarachnia $10.56 Wal*Mart
TFA Optimus Prime/Megatron $20.95 Wal*Mart
11
Robot Heroes Ironhide/Dispensor $6.25 Target
12
Bladehunters Tyr $13.77 TRU
Superhero Squad Deadpool/Punisher $7.41 TRU
DC Direct Justice Batman ($7.10) Suncoast
Gears of War Marcus Fenix ($16.21) Suncoast
Bladehunters Ogre $13.77 Spencer's
15
TF Screen Battles First Encounter $20.95 Wal*Mart
17
Minimate Batwoman/Question $6.67 lcs
Minimate Cyborg/Raven $6.67 lcs
DCD Jonah Hex $15.25 lcs
18
Superhero Squad Ghost Rider $6.77 TRU
Superhero Squad Wolverine/Psylocke $6.77 TRU
20
Iron Monger $8.47 Wal*Mart
24
Deep Space Starscream $21.19 Target
26
Fraulein Revoltech Pocco ($26.99) Amazon
27
Force Unleashed Rancor $21.18 Target
Transformers Incinerator $14.68 Target
Superhero Squad Planet Hulk/Hulkbuster $4.74 Target
Spider-Man 3 Venom $7.39 Target
Lego Creator Train $5.29 Target
Galactic Heroes Saesee Tiin/Agen Kollar $7.41 Giant
Totals
28 purchases (40 figures) $271.27
July
01
Superhero Squad Spider-Woman/Hulk $5.84 TRU
U-Repair WALL*E $10.04 TRU
Search N Protect EVE $10.04 TRU
WWE Andy Kaufman/Jerry Lawler $20.09 TRU
WWE Killer Bees $20.09 TRU
Wolfman $8.46 KB Toys
TF Ironhide $14.68 Target
WoW Archilon Shadowheart $15.25 local comicshop
WoW Sprocket Gyrospring $15.25 lcs
02
TF Animated Lockdown $8.48 Target
TF Animated Lugnut $19.07 Target
05
Spawn 32 Phlebiac Brothers $15.17 Spawn.com
10
DCD Cyborg Superman $15.25 lcs
GI Joe Barbeque $7.25 Wal*Mart
GI Joe Ninja Ku $7.25 Wal*Mart
GI Joe HISS Driver $7.25 Wal*Mart
GI Joe Bazooka $7.25 Wal*Mart
GI Joe Hawk $7.25 Wal*Mart
Star Wars Han Solo/R-3PO $10.56 Wal*Mart
11
Hellboy II Mr. Wink $15.89 TRU
Hellboy II Johann $15.89 TRU
Spawn 33 Warrior Isis ($18.01) FYE
Movie Masters Batman $12.16 Wal*Mart
Movie Masters Scarecrow $12.16 Wal*Mart
16
TF Universe Tankor $10.56 Wal*Mart
19
Hellboy II Prince Nuada $13.33 TRU
TF Crossover Venom $14.20 TRU
23
Lego Batcycle/Harley Quinn $29.67 TRU
Lego Tumbler/Joker $42.39 TRU
Galactic Heroes Jabba's Palace $21.19 Target
26
Galactic Heroes R2/Slave Leia $6.78 TRU
Galactic Heroes Shaak Ti/Bodyguard $7.13 Wal*Mart
Lego Exo Force Dark Panther $11.05 Target
Totals
32 purchases (58 figures) $436.92
August
02
Spawn 34 Pirate Spawn $13.77 TRU
Spawn 34 Poacher $13.77 TRU
Hellboy II Liz Sherman $15.89 TRU
Hellboy II Abe $15.89 TRU
Heroes Claire $10.59 TRU
06
Star Wars Kit Fisto/R4-H5 $10.56 Wal*Mart
Star Wars Watto/R2-T0 $10.56 Wal*Mart
Star Wars Plo Koon/R4-F5 $10.56 Wal*Mart
Star Wars Luke/R2-D2 $10.56 Wal*Mart
Star Wars Vader/K-3PX $10.56 Wal*Mart
10
ML Elektra/Ronin $21.16 Wal*Mart
ML Captain America/Nick Fury $21.16 Wal*Mart
TF Animated Slag $10.56 Wal*Mart
TF Animated Jazz $10.56 Wal*Mart
JLU Grodd six pack $19.07 Wal*Mart
11
Iron Man Through the Ages $16.00 SDCC
Invaders Minimates $16.00 SDCC
Marvel Select Skrull Elektra $20.00 SDCC
DCU Lobo $25.00 SDCC
MotU King Grayskull $30.00 SDCC
JLU Giganta $20.00 SDCC
GI Joe Cobra Commander $10.00 SDCC
ML Savage Land $30.00 SDCC
TF Nemesis Prime $25.00 SDCC
Titanium Skywarp $20.00 SDCC
TMNT Mousers $16.00 SDCC
Bronze Conan $20.00 SDCC
Mid-Cloak Predator $20.00 SDCC
12
Superhero Squad Wolverine/Ninja $6.88 Target
Spawn 32 Raven Spawn $6.15 FYE
BtVS Watcher's Guide $9.49 FYE
Avatar State Aang $4.24 Five Below
Avatar Arctic Stealth Zuko $4.24 Five Below
Fin Fang Foom $120.00 SDCC
Combat Heroes Snake-Eyes/Timber $9.75 HasbroToyShop
Superhero Squad Avengers four-pack $11.55 HasbroToyShop
Galactic Heroes Jar-Jar/Droideka $8.85 HasbroToyShop
Lego Indiana Jones Peril in Peru $58.29 TRU
19
DCU Green Lantern $11.65 Target
DCU Deathstroke $11.65 Target
DCU Nightwing $11.65 Target
DCU Sinestro $11.65 Target
20
DCU Robin $11.65 Target
23
Stealth Predator ($14.30) FYE
Halo Spartan Soldier (EVA) ($14.30) FYE
29
Diablock Convoy ($58.57) Amazon
30
AvP Hybrid Predalien $13.77 TRU
Totals
47 purchases (94 figures) $784.68
September
01
TF Animated Soundwave $10.56 Target
TF Animated Oil Slick $10.56 Target
02
DCD Justice Batgirl $16.21 local comicshop
DCD Justice Toyman $16.21 lcs
04
Ultraforce Ghoul $4.85 BBTS
BSG Minimates Series 4 $16.83 BBTS
GI Joe Comic Pack #14 $5.83 BBTS
Star Wars C-3PO $4.33 BBTS
Young Indiana Jones $7.84 BBTS
16
TF Universe Galvatron $11.65 Kmart
DCU Electric Superman $11.65 Kmart
17
DCD All-Star Batgirl $15.25 lcs
DCD All-Star Super Lois $15.25 lcs
Transformers Fracture $8.27 Wal*Mart
Transformers Blackout $20.95 Wal*Mart
Cult Classics Beetlejuice ($14.30) FYE
Halo Spartan Soldier (EOD) $12.71 Spencer's
Star Wars Comic Pack #32 $13.77 Target
ML Black Spidey $15.89 Target
21
Lego Castle Tower Raid $32.85 TRU
Lego Speed Racer/Snake Oiler $22.95 TRU
Lego Flyers Cargo Copter ($22.95) TRU
Lego Stegosaurus $52.99 TRU
Lego City Rescue Copter $43.45 TRU
Lego Castle Troll Battle Wheel ($42.39) TRU
TF Universe Prowl $11.65 TRU
TF Universe Sunstreaker $11.65 TRU
TF Universe Acidstorm ($11.65) TRU
Superhero Squad Thor/Ares $7.13 Wal*Mart
TF Animated Ratchet $8.27 Wal*Mart
Torpedo Iron Man $10.56 Wal*Mart
23
ML Wolverine $15.89 Target
27
Stargate Atlantis Athosian Teyla $10.00 BCC
Stargate Atlantis Field Ops Shepherd $10.00 BCC
Stargate Atlantis Ascension two-pack $10.00 BCC
Final Fantasy Yuffie $15.00 BCC
Halo Spartan Soldier (ODST) exclusive $13.77 GameStop
28
Halo 3 ODST $12.71 Spencer's
JLU Stargirl $5.29 Target
30
Halo Spartan Soldier Scout $12.71 Spencer's
Totals
41 purchases (62 figures) $525.48
October
01
Halo Spartan Soldier Rogue $12.71 Spencer's
ML Wolverine/Forge $23.19 Wal*Mart
04
Transformers Mudflap $21.19 TRU
Combat Heroes CC/Roadblock $7.10 TRU
Combat Heroes Snake-Eyes/Zartan $7.10 TRU
GI Joe Iron Grenadier Command $15.89 TRU
Star Wars Comic Pack #22 $13.77 Target
TF Animated Grimlock $15.89 Target
06
TF Titanium Grimlock $21.19 TRU
TF Titanium Prowl $21.19 TRU
08
DCD Secret Files Two-Face $16.21 TRU
ML Union Jack $15.89 Target
ML Silver Savage $15.89 Target
ML Adam Warlock $15.89 Target
ML Spiral $15.89 Target
09
TF Animated Swoop $8.27 Wal*Mart
TF Animated Sentinel Prime $8.27 Wal*Mart
14
Indiana Jones Tank Showdown $16.95 Target
15
Minimate Iron Man/Pepper Potts $8.58 lcs
Minimate Iron Monger/Tony Stark $8.58 lcs
Minimate Iron Man Mk I/Jim Rhodes $8.58 lcs
17
GI Joe VAMP/Double Clutch $14.83 Kmart
Star Wars Leektar/Nippet $7.41 Kmart
Lego Indiana Jones Jungle Duel $8.47 Kmart
18
Hellboy 3¾" Hellboy $8.47 TRU
Hellboy 3¾" Liz $8.47 TRU
Hellboy 3¾" Mr. Wink $8.47 TRU
Dread Pirate Roberts (16.21) Suncoast
19
DCU4 Wonder Woman $11.65 Target
25
Galactic Heroes Mos Eisley scene $26.49 TRU
26
Indiana Jones Mutt w/ Motorcycle $10.59 Target
28
TF Binaltech Arcee ($53.05) Amazon
Totals
32 purchases (59 figures) $403.07
November
05
Minimates original Avengers set $15.25 local comicshop
DC Direct Despero $16.21 lcs
GI Joe Firebat/AVAC $12.71 Gabe's
Last Crusade Grail Knight $6.35 Gabe's
Last Crusade Elsa $6.35 Gabe's
ML Ultimate War Machine $11.07 Wal*Mart
ML Heroes Reborn Iron Man $11.07 Wal*Mart
ML Human Torch $11.07 Wal*Mart
ML Scarlet Spider $11.07 Wal*Mart
Power Rangers White Ranger $7.39 Wal*Mart
06
Hulk Bi-Beast $7.95 Wal*Mart
Hulk Ironclad $7.95 Wal*Mart
Schleich Black Knight $12.71 Target
Schleich Green Knight $12.71 Target
10
Galactic Heroes Rancor Pit $26.49 TRU
Combat Heroes Bazooka/Firefly $7.09 TRU
DCU4 Ares $11.65 TRU
DCU4 Batman Beyond $11.65 TRU
DCU4 Captain Atom $11.65 TRU
DCU4 Cyborg $11.65 TRU
12
Last Crusade Henry Jones Sr. $6.35 Gabe's
ML Vision $11.07 Wal*Mart
ML Guardian $11.07 Wal*Mart
God of War Dark Odyssey Kratos ($16.21) FYE
Star Wars Breha Organa $7.36 Target
Galactic Heroes Anakin/STAP $7.36 Target
16
Halo 3 Master Chief $10.81 TRU
17
GI Joe Wraith $0.29 Target
TF Universe Onslaught $23.41 TRU
18
Hellboy II 3¾" Johann $7.20 TRU
Frosty the Snowman $7.20 TRU
Star Wars Sith Legacy $23.10 Target
DCU5 Riddler $12.60 Wal*Mart
19
Lego Agents Mobile Command $63.06 TRU
Dark Knight Coin Blast Two-Face $8.36 Wal*Mart
21
SportsPicks Devon Hester $7.38 Wal*Mart
24
GI Joe Mutt & Junkyard $5.29 Target
25
DCU5 Black Lightning $12.60 Wal*Mart
DCU5 Atom $12.60 Wal*Mart
DCU5 Eradicator $12.60 Wal*Mart
DCU5 Amazo $12.60 Wal*Mart
28
Stealth Launch Batmobile $21.55 Wal*Mart
Star Wars Comic Pack #24 $13.88 Wal*Mart
Star Wars Comic Pack #25 $13.88 Wal*Mart
Galactic Heroes Pit of Carkoon $23.45 Wal*Mart
Golden Compass Iorek $6.47 Big Lots
Golden Compass Iofur $6.47 Big Lots
GI Joe Comic Pack #25 $10.65 Wal*Mart
TF Animated Ultra Magnus $30.68 Wal*Mart
GI Joe Cobra disguise Flint $7.53 Target
GI Joe Zartan $7.53 Target
GI Joe Specialist Trakker $7.53 Target
GI Joe Glenda $7.53 Target
29
Superhero Squad Danger of Dreadknight $11.07 Wal*Mart
30
Lego Creator Street Speeder $13.80 TRU
Lego Pirates Kraken Attack $5.29 TRU
Lego Pirates Soldiers' Fort $52.99 TRU
Lego Pirates Shipwreck Hideout $21.19 TRU
Star Wars Comic Pack #41 $13.77 TRU
Hellboy II Princess Nuala $16.95 TRU
Hellboy II Wounded Red $16.95 TRU
Hellboy II Goblin $16.95 TRU
DCD Showcase Superman $8.45 lcs
DCD Wonder Woman Donna Troy $8.45 lcs
Minimates Wonder Woman/Cheetah $4.23 lcs
GI Joe Snake-Eyes/Hard Master $10.47 Wal*Mart
Universal Monsters Wolf-Man $1.00 toy show
Castlevania Alucard $20.00 toy show
Castlevania Succubus $25.00 toy show
TF Cybertron Metroplex $10.00 toy show
Real Ghostbusters Wolfman Monster $2.00 toy show
Totals
71 purchases (111 figures) $908.06
December
02
ML Crossbones $11.07 Wal*Mart
ML Kang $11.07 Wal*Mart
04
DCU2 Harley Quinn $8.39 TRU
DCU2 Black Manta $8.39 TRU
Captain America Armor Iron Man $12.71 Kmart
05
Superhero Squad 8-pack $31.79 TRU
07
TF Armada Nemesis Prime ($20.00) eBay
08
GI Joe Blowtorch $7.25 TRU
10
TF Animated Skywarp $18.65 HasbroToyShop
TF Universe Hound $9.32 HasbroToyShop
TF Animated Shadow Blade Megatron $33.91 HasbroToyShop
12
Skeleflex Triceratops $7.41 TRU
Skeleflex Plesiosaur $7.41 TRU
Hellboy II Angel of Death $24.37 TRU
WoW Dranei Mage Tamuura $15.89 TRU
WoW Human Priestess Sister Benedron $15.89 TRU
DCU Mongol/Cyborg Superman $23.31 TRU
GI Joe Sigma 6 Dark Ninja Master $14.31 Kmart
Galactic Heroes Asajj Ventress/Dooku $7.73 Kmart
Street Fighter Dhalsim $5.70 FYE
Street Fighter E.Honda $5.71 FYE
Street Fighter Zangief $5.70 FYE
13
Skeleflex Stegosaurus $7.40 TRU
Skeleflex Spinosaurus $7.40 TRU
Skeleflex Akafly $7.40 TRU
Superhero Squad Punisher/Blade $7.38 Wal*Mart
Superhero Squad Spidey/Ronin $7.38 Wal*Mart
Superhero Squad Cap/Red Skull $7.38 Wal*Mart
14
TF Animated Shockwave $21.16 Wal*Mart
"TFX-ABT-01" ABT OP Upgrade kit ($35.73) BBTS
17
TF Energon Ultra Magnus ($50.00) eBay
19
TFX-01 City Commander Upgrade Kit ($113.59) eBay
21
Iron Man Minimates $7.41 TRU
GI Joe Air Command $9.53 TRU
Skeleflex T-rex $15.89 TRU
22
Blade Attack Deathstroke $4.24 Five Below
24
Halo 3 Kubricks $12.71 KB Toys
25
GI Joe Snow Serpent $--.-- gift
GI Joe RAM/Trouble Bubble $--.-- gift
GI Joe FANG/CLAW $--.-- gift
TF Universe Ironhide $--.-- gift
31
TF Universe Cyclonus $7.19 Target
Totals
38 purchases (70 figures) $395.74

Well, there it is. If that's not everything, then it's darn close. There were 127 days in 2008 where I bought something, and the majority of those trips involved multiple purchases at multiple stores - that works out to be a purchase a little more often than once every three days. I was even further away from meeting my budget than I was last year, which means I need to work harder in 2009.

I really don't regret any of my purchases - even the stuff I bought on eBay didn't end up costing me more than I wanted to pay. Bidding wars are for suckers. There's only one figure on the list I eventually returned: Mudflap. He's a piece of junk. Everything else I'm pleased to own. And going over the list, it's funny how many of these purchases I can distinctly remember; it's not just "oh, this came from a Wal*Mart," but specifically which Wal*Mart it came from. And when you have nine Wal*Marts around you, that's no small feat.

A few notes: a five-figure box set counts as one purchase, but as five figures. Things that I bought for trades aren't included on the list, but the things that I got from trades are. I get a 10% discount from my regular comicshop, which is included. Any coupons or sales have been subtracted before the items go on the list.

Here are some numbers:

  • Total number of purchases: 436
  • Total number of figures: 708
  • Total money spent: $5,347.86
  • Average spent per purchase: $12.27
  • Average spent per figure: $7.55
  • Average per month: $445.66; 36.33 purchases; 59 figures
  • Average per week: $102.84; 8.38 purchases; 13.62 figures
  • Average per day: $14.61; 1.19 purchases; 1.93 figures
  • By store:
    • TRU: 108 purchases
    • Wal*Mart: 93 purchases
    • Target: 72 purchase
    • Comicshops: 37 purchases
    • FYE: 16 purchases
    • Spencer's: 8 purchases
    • Suncoast: 5 purchases
    • Hot Topic: 2 purchases
    • KB Toys: 2 purchases
    • Grocery store: 2 purchase
  • Longest gap between purchases: 9 days (Oct. 27 - Nov. 4)
  • Most days in a row with purchases: 4 (Nov. 16-19)
  • Most expensive day: November 30 ($298.32)
With the price of everything going up, I expect 2009 will be smaller. The toys will cost more, and I've trimmed back my budget. Wish me luck.


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