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What I bought - 2011

Welcome, friends, to another look at my wildly mis-spent finances (or perhaps my wildly misplaced values). Like last year, I started at the beginning of the year and kept track of everything by day. Why? Just for your entertainment, really - as well as my own embarrassment.

I did a slightly better job of sticking to the budget this year. How much better? Let's see if we can tell from the monthly breakdown:

January
01
GI Joe ROC Polar Sharc $8.47 eBay
04
Classic Alien & Predator 2 Pack ($24.99) TRU
05
Blackest Night Blue Lantern Flash $16.21 local comicshop
Blackest Night Pink Lantern Wonder Woman $16.21 lcs
11
GI Joe POC Snake-Eyes ($7.41) Target
GI Joe POC Cobra Shock Trooper ($7.41) Target
12
Blackest Night Arkillo $15.25 lcs
Blackest Night Black Lantern Superman $15.25 lcs
Blackest Night Red Lantern Mera $15.25 lcs
MU Secret Wars Thor/Enchantress $--.-- gift
15
Marvel Universe Iron Man 2020 ($9.00) TRU
WWE Legends Kamala ($15.89) TRU
24
MotU Classics Vikor $28.70 Mattel
26
Blackest Night Yellow Lantern Scarecrow $15.25 lcs
Blackest Night Orange Lantern Lex Luthor $15.25 lcs
Blackest Night Black Lantern Flash $15.25 lcs
Marvel Select Juggernaut $20.98 lcs
Totals
17 purchases (22 figures) $182.07
February
01
GI Joe POC Cobra Commander $5.83 Target
Six-Armed Spider-Man/Lizard Minimates $7.68 CornerStoreComics
X-Force Warpath/Professor X Minimates $7.67 CornerStoreComics
Thing/Doombot Minimates $7.68 CornerStoreComics
Trenchcoat Thing/Doombot Minimates $7.68 CornerStoreComics
Iron Man 2 Arctic Armor Iron Man $5.82 Target
02
TNA Legends Sting ($12.71) TRU
Cannonball/Shatterstar Minimates ($7.94) TRU
Magik/Warlock Minimates ($7.94) TRU
08
NFL Julius Pepper $5.71 Target
GI Joe POC Low-Light ($8.47) Target
Halo Reach: Kat ($11.63) Walmart
10
DCUC16 Robin $16.57 CornerStoreComics
DCUC16 Robin (Silver Age) $16.57 CornerStoreComics
DCUC16 Jonah Hex $16.56 CornerStoreComics
DCUC16 Mercury $16.56 CornerStoreComics
DCUC16 Riddler $16.56 CornerStoreComics
DCUC16 AzBats $16.56 CornerStoreComics
DCUC16 Creeper $16.56 CornerStoreComics
19
Revoltech Professor Layton ($50.74) Amazon
SW Jorg Sacul ($14.95) Amazon
Resident Evil Alexia ($29.95) Amazon
22
Action League Prometheus/Green Arrow $7.41 Target
Galactic Heroes Barriss Offee/Quinlan Vos $8.47 Target
26
Uncanny X-Force Minimates $14.68 lcs
27
Kick-Ass ($16.97) Amazon
Hit-Girl ($16.98) Amazon
Totals
29 purchases (38 figures) $194.57
March
01
Zombie Ghostface $15.89 TRU
Brown Wolverine/Dark Magneto Minimates $7.94 TRU
Scarabus 10-pack $294.50 Store Horsemen
02
GI Joe POC City Strike Destro $6.30 Walmart
08
PotC4 Angelica ($15.87) Walmart
16
Thor/Destroyer Minimates $7.80 CornerStoreComics
Loki/Odin Minimates $7.81 CornerStoreComics
Jane Foster/Frost Giant Minimates $7.80 CornerStoreComics
Agent Coulson/Frost Giant Minimates $7.81 CornerStoreComics
18
Mickey/Minnie Mouse Kubricks ($1.85) local comicshop
Mickey/Minnie Mouse Bearbricks ($1.85) lcs
19
GI Joe ROC Rex "The Doctor" Lewis ($8.47) TRU
DCD Arkham Asylum Harley Quinn $16.95 lcs
Thor Minimate Selvig $5.08 lcs
GI Joe POC Skydive $8.47 Target
29
GI Joe POC Shadow Tracker $3.04 Walmart
30
Excalibur Minimates $17.16 lcs
Totals
26 purchases (36 figures) $406.55
April
05
TF Animated Blackout ($67.66) Amazon
TF Generations Kup $9.82 TRU
Minimates Civilian Thor/Asgard Guardian $4.68 TRU
Minimates Sif/Volstagg $4.68 TRU
09
SHS Thor/Frost Giant/Sif $10.59 Amazon
12
Marvel Universe Jean Grey $8.44 Walmart
MU Clone Thor/Goliath $26.46 Walmart
MU Loki/Frost Giant $26.46 Walmart
14
GL Classics 2 Ion $12.00 Entertainment Earth
GL Classics 2 Medphyll/Naut Kei Loi $24.01 Entertainment Earth
GL Classics 2 Star Sapphire $12.00 Entertainment Earth
GL Classics 2 animals $12.00 Entertainment Earth
GL Classics 2 G'Hu $12.00 Entertainment Earth
GL Classics 2 Nite-Lik/Skallox $24.01 Entertainment Earth
15
MotU Classics Moss Man $28.70 Mattel
Sam Fisher $12.71 TRU
30
SHS Avengers Attack $25.43 TRU
Totals
19 purchases (33 figures) $253.99
May
03
TF PCC Icepick $5.28 Target
TF ROTF Firetrap $5.30 Walmart
05
TF ROTF Lugnut $21.19 HasbroToyShop
GI Joe POC Duke $6.35 HasbroToyShop
Iron Man Mark VI $11.65 HasbroToyShop
17
GL Rot Lop Fan ($15.87) Walmart
18
Action League Kilowog/Zilius Zox $7.39 Walmart
Action League Wonder Woman/Superman $7.39 Walmart
Action League Hal Jordan/Saint Walker $7.39 Walmart
Action League Batman/Deathstroke $7.39 Walmart
TF DOTM Megatron $19.90 Walmart
TF DOTM Powerglide $8.44 Walmart
TF DOTM Sentinel Prime $42.39 Kmart
24
WWE Legends Jimmy Superfly Snooka ($8.48) Big Lots
WWE Legends Iron Shiek ($8.48) Big Lots
WWE Legends Jake the Snake Roberts ($8.48) Big Lots
Captain America International Patriots ($21.19) Kmart
TF DOTM Shockwave ($4.05) Walmart
31
AoA Sabretooth/Blink Minimates $7.94 TRU
AoA Nemesis/Morph Minimates $7.94 TRU
Galactic Heroes AT-ST $37.09 TRU
Totals
21 purchases (34 figures) $203.03
June
01
GA Captain America/Dum Dum Dugan Minimates $7.94 TRU
Gabe Jones/Hydra Flame Trooper Minimates $7.94 TRU
04
Milk & Cheese ($33.92) TRU
06
Captain America/Red Skull Minimates $7.80 CornerStoreComics
Frontline Captain America/Bucky Minimates $7.81 CornerStoreComics
Howard Stark/Hydra Soldier Minimates $7.80 CornerStoreComics
Peggy Carter/Hydra Soldier Minimates $7.81 CornerStoreComics
07
Magneto/Mystique Minimates ($7.94) TRU
Xavier/Shaw Minimates ($7.94) TRU
Emma Frost/Havok Minimates ($7.94) TRU
Nathan Drake/Chloe Frazer Minimates ($7.94) TRU
08
Ratchet & Clank Minimates $6.35 TRU
Jak & Daxter Minimates $7.94 TRU
Robert Deal/Nicholas Vanhoorn Minimates $7.94 TRU
Calico Jack/Tom Brown Minimates $7.94 TRU
Charles Vanes/"Old Dad The Cooper" $7.94 TRU
Johnathan Barnet/Nukpana Minimates $7.94 TRU
14
GI Joe Joe Colton ($24.48) Amazon
15
MotU Classics Battleground Teela $25.87 Mattel
MotU Classics Faceless One $25.86 Mattel
TF DOTM Tailpipe and Pinpointer $10.57 Walmart
21
Sam Haim/Egyptian Ghost Minimates $6.25 TRU
Captain America Crossbones $6.66 TRU
Captain Britain $6.67 TRU
JLU Superman Beyond $7.40 Target
Totals
25 purchases (44 figures) $182.43
July
01
Lion-O $32.99 Figure of the Day
05
GI Joe POC AWE Striker $8.47 Ross
Motorcycle Cop T-1000 & BD Sarah Connor $9.94 Luke's Toy Store
Evil Daredevil & Elektra Minimates $6.95 Luke's Toy Store
06
Real Ghostbusters Minimates $17.16 local comicshop
DCUC17 Wonder Woman $15.46 CornerStoreComics
DCUC17 Scarecrow $15.47 CornerStoreComics
DCUC17 Flash $15.46 CornerStoreComics
DCUC17 Atom $15.46 CornerStoreComics
DCUC17 Lex Luthor $15.46 CornerStoreComics
DCUC17 Hal Jordan $15.46 CornerStoreComics
DCUC17 Hal Jordan $15.46 CornerStoreComics
10
Harry Potter Year 2 ($40.99) Amazon
15
JLU S.T.R.I.P.E. $28.70 Mattel
16
RGB Janine/Slimer Minimates $6.35 TRU
Captain America Red Skull $8.47 Target
19
Star Wars Barris Offee $8.36 Walmart
20
Gort Predator ($19.99) Amazon
SDCC Gizmo ($19.99) Amazon
Totals
19 purchases (28 figures) $235.62
August
01
Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man $83.65 Mattel
Scouting Force X ($94.38) Amazon
02
Young Justice Artemis $21.19 Target
Marvel Universe Dr. Strange $8.47 Target
Batman Legacy Catman $16.95 Kmart
Batman Legacy GA Batman/Batmite $16.95 Kmart
Batman Legacy Batgirl $16.95 Kmart
08
JLU Green Lanterns/Despero $--.-- gift
JLU Warlord/Supergirl/wizard $--.-- gift
09
Star Wars Shaak Ti $5.83 TRU
Super Combat Captain America $5.83 TRU
Thor Odin $5.83 TRU
Thor Loki $5.83 TRU
Captain America USAgent $5.83 TRU
Winter Combat Captain America $5.83 TRU
Kre-O Megatron $25.43 TRU
10
DC Direct Man of Bats $17.16 local comicshop
DC Direct Knight $17.16 lcs
11
OMFG Series 1 $10.00 Kickstarter
12
Thundercats Lion-O $8.47 TRU
Thundercats Panthro $8.47 TRU
Thundercats Cheetara $8.47 TRU
Thundercats Wily Kat $8.47 TRU
Thundercats Wily Kit $8.47 TRU
Thundercats Mumm-Ra $8.47 TRU
Young Justice Black Canary $10.59 TRU
16
GI Joe POC Crazylegs $7.41 Target
GI Joe POC Rock-Viper $7.41 Target
GI Joe POC Cobra Commander $5.30 Walmart
GI Joe POC Steel Brigade $5.30 Walmart
19
DCUC18 Black Vulcan $17.49 CornerStoreComics
DCUC18 El Dorado $17.49 CornerStoreComics
DCUC18 Toyman $17.49 CornerStoreComics
DCUC18 Captain Boomerang $17.49 CornerStoreComics
DCUC18 Samurai $17.49 CornerStoreComics
DCUC18 Bronze Tiger $17.49 CornerStoreComics
20
DCD New Krypton Superwoman $10.00 BCC
McPedro $20.00 BCC
Marvel Universe Cable $22.50 BCC
Marvel Universe Iron Patriot $22.50 BCC
NECA Elder Predator $5.29 TRU
Classic Lion-O $11.65 TRU
23
TF Legends Starscream $3.18 Five Below
TF Legends Optimus Prime $3.18 Five Below
DCUC Crime Syndicate $79.83 Walmart
25
Thundercats ThunderTank $25.42 TRU
30
Thor Fandral $7.41 Target
Thor Volstagg $7.41 Target
Thor Hogun $7.41 Target
Totals
49 purchases (66 figures) $686.44
September
06
TF DOTM Human Alliance Leadfoot & Steeljaw $31.79 Target
08
X-Men First Class Minimates $17.16 local comicshop
21
Minimates MAX Search and Rescue $6.61 TRU
Bride of Frankenstein/Villager Minimates $6.62 TRU
B/W Frankenstein/Dracula Minimates $6.62 TRU
Fantomex/Mr. Negative Minimates $6.61 TRU
24
Psylocke/Nightcrawler Minimates $6.35 TRU
28
DCD Prehistoric Batman $17.41 lcs
DCD Witch Hunter Batman $17.40 lcs
DCD High Seas Batman $17.41 lcs
DCD Wild West Batman $17.41 lcs
Totals
11 purchases (21 figures) $151.39
October
05
GI Joe Renegades Duke $7.39 Walmart
GI Joe Renegades Snake-Eyes $7.39 Walmart
GI Joe Renegades Cobra Commander $7.39 Walmart
GI Joe Renegades Firefly $7.39 Walmart
09
Marvel Universe Darkhawk $8.47 Target
12
Logo Ghost/Killerwatt Minimates $7.94 TRU
Walking Dead B/W set $33.38 local comicshop
14
SW Heroes C-3PO/R2-D2 $5.13 TRU
Marvel Universe Avengers $17.11 TRU
19
6" Thor $15.77 Walmart
6" Loki $15.77 Walmart
6" Captain America $15.77 Walmart
Dracula Minimates $17.16 lcs
21
Stretch Attack Venom $6.35 TRU
TF DOTM Skyhammer $10.90 Walmart
22
Curse of the Mutants Minimates $17.17 lcs
25
TF DOTM Human Alliance Roadbuster $21.19 TRU
27
Gremlins Lenny $10.17 TRU
Totals
18 purchases (32 figures) $231.84
November
02
Frankenstein Minimates $17.16 local comicshop
TF Legends Goldbug $2.11 Gabe's
TF Legends Trailblazer $2.11 Gabe's
08
Femme Fatale Minimates ($17.16) lcs
09
Gremlins George $10.17 TRU
15
JLU 7-pack $65.55 Mattel
16
TF DOTM Ironhide $38.15 TRU
Nanoblock Neuschwanstein $15.89 TRU
T2 Steel Mill T-1000 $15.89 TRU
Police Station T-800 $15.89 TRU
25
JLU Batman/Joker/Gray Ghost ($34.99) Amazon
29
TF Prime Arcee $9.53 TRU
TF Prime Starscream $9.53 TRU
Young Justice Robin $5.29 Target
30
DCUC19 Sandman $17.33 CornerStoreComics
DCUC19 Atom $17.32 CornerStoreComics
DCUC19 Stargirl $17.33 CornerStoreComics
DCUC19 Kobra $17.33 CornerStoreComics
DCUC19 Hawkman $17.32 CornerStoreComics
DCUC19 Magog $17.33 CornerStoreComics
Totals
20 purchases (34 figures) $311.23
December
06
MLP FIM Pony Collection $6.49 TRU
08
Boar Predator $14.46 TRU
Shaman Predator $14.46 TRU
Gears of War Anya Stroud $13.10 TRU
TF Junkheap $11.58 TRU
12
Iron Man Crimson Dynamo $5.28 TJ Maxx
Iron Man Initiative War Machine $5.28 TJ Maxx
14
GL Brother Warth $18.11 local comicshop
GI Joe Techno-Viper $7.39 Walmart
GI Joe Renegades Ripcord $7.39 Walmart
GI Joe Renegades Scarlett $7.39 Walmart
GI Joe Renegades Tunnel Rat $7.39 Walmart
GI Joe Renegades Cobra Trooper $7.39 Walmart
15
Kingdom Hearts Sora ($30.95) Amazon
20
GI Joe Zombie-Viper $6.35 Walmart
GI Joe Lifeline $6.35 Walmart
GI Joe Sci-Fi $6.35 Walmart
GI Joe Resolute Airtight $6.36 Walmart
GI Joe Resolute Law & Order $6.36 Walmart
25
GL Hal & Bzzd $--.-- gift
GL Hector Hammond $--.-- gift
MU Power Man & Iron Fist $--.-- gift
MU Spider-Man & Captain Britain $--.-- gift
Green Hornet $--.-- gift
Kato $--.-- gift
MU Guardians of the Galaxy $--.-- gift
MU Fantastic Four $--.-- gift
TF Prime Bumblebee $--.-- gift
28
Predators 2-pack ($31.79) TRU
Assassin's Creed Flying Machine $45.56 Gamestop
MvC3 Phoenix/Morrigan Minimates $8.17 CornerStoreComics
MvC3 Dormammu/Trish Minimates $8.17 CornerStoreComics
MvC3 Deadpool/Dante Minimates $8.17 CornerStoreComics
MvC3 Iron Man/Sir Arthur Minimates $8.18 CornerStoreComics
Totals
34 purchases (59 figures) $235.73

Well, there it is. If that's not everything, then it's darn close. There were 95 days in 2011 where I bought something, and the majority of those trips involved multiple purchases at multiple stores - that works out to be a buy every four days or so. Though I'm still over-budget, I spent about $1,000 less than last year, which pleases me.

My trend of buying DCU Classics and Minimates online continued, but I was less-often caught off guard by the charges. I'd still prefer to get those figures in person, but that's the brick and mortar stores' fault, not the companies'.

A few notes: a five-figure box set counts as one purchase, but as five figures. Build-A-Figures are not counted in the totals, even if I buy all the pieces to assemble them. Things that I got in trades aren't included on the list. 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: 288
  • Total number of figures: 447
  • Total money spent: $3,274.89
  • Average spent per purchase: $11.41
  • Average spent per figure: $7.34
  • Average per month: $272.91; 23.92 purchases; 37.17 figures
  • Average per week: $62.98; 5.52 purchases; 8.58 figures
  • Average per day: $8.97; 0.79 purchases; 1.22 figures
  • By store:
    • TRU: 75 purchases
    • CornerStoreComics.com: 43 purchases
    • Walmart: 39 purchases
    • Comicshops: 29 purchases
    • Target: 22 purchases
    • Amazon: 14 purchases
    • Entertainment Earth: 6 purchases
    • Kmart: 5 purchases
    • TJ Maxx: 2 purchases
    • Ross: 1 purchases
    • Five Below: 2 purchases
    • FYE: 0 purchases
  • Longest gap between purchases: 14 days (Apr. 16-29)
  • Most days in a row with purchases: 5 (Aug. 8-12)
  • Most expensive day: March 01 ($318.33)
I got less toys this year, but that also means less things have gone un-reviewed. The main category that dropped off the radar was Star Wars: while I would have liked to get a lot of the SW figures, their prices were just too high, and something had to give. Oh, and when things finally did go on sale, nothing good was left.

Notice that the ratio of figures to purchases is better than 1.5-to-1: multipacks mean you get the most toys for your money! 2011 was an improvement over 2010, but I still hope to do better next year.


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