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What I bought - 2014

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 better job of sticking to the budget this year. Is that good or bad? Let's see if we can tell from the monthly breakdown:

January
02
Venture Bros. Monarch ($9.99) Entertainment Earth
07
Walking Dead Michonne & One-Eyed Zombie $5.29 calendar store
Walking Sailor Zombie & Leg Bite Zombie $5.29 calendar store
Walking Dead Andrea & Stabbed Zombie $5.29 calendar store
Walking Dead Amy & Stabbed Zombie $5.29 calendar store
ML Captain America $14.83 Target
ML Red Skull $14.83 Target
ML Hydra Trooper $14.83 Target
ML Baron Zemo $14.83 Target
ML Superior Spider-Man $14.83 Target
ML Electro $14.83 Target
ML Black Cat $14.83 Target
ML Ultimate Beetle $14.83 Target
ML Carnage $14.83 Target
Team Fortress 2 BLU Heavy ($22.52) lcs
Team Fortress 2 BLU Soldier ($22.52) lcs
28
Wasp Predator $12.71 TRU
30
Colonel Stars & Stripes ($23.48) Amazon
TF Ratbat ($40.18) Amazon
Totals
21 purchases (26 figures) $182.17
February
02
Robocop: ED-209 ($23.95) lcs
08
Marvel Legends Original X-Men $76.31 TRU
ML AIM Soldier ($21.19) Kmart
Simpsons Tom Hanks $10.71 TRU
Simpsons Hugh Hefner $10.71 TRU
Tomb Raider Scavenger & Archer Minimates $6.35 TRU
Tomb Raider Storm Guard & Stalker Minimates $6.35 TRU
Aliens Sgt. Windrix $14.41 TRU
11
MiWorld Dairy Queen ($15.87) Walmart
17
MOTU Classics Modulok $54.29 MattyCollector
21
GI Joe Cross-Country $44.00 GIJCC
22
Minimates Wolverine/Ultron $4.29 TRU
Minimates Thor/Absorbing Man $4.29 TRU
23
Pacific Rim Knifehead ($28.61) Amazon
Pacific Rim Tresspasser ($28.61) Amazon
24
BioShock Infinite Motorized Patriot ($38.99) Amazon
25
ML Boomerang $15.89 TRU
ML Spider-Girl $15.89 TRU
ML Toxin $15.89 TRU
Marvel Universe Mysterio $9.00 TRU
DCD Arkham Origins Anarky ($11.50) lcs
Totals
22 purchases (29 figures) $287.30
March
05
Pacific Rim Cherno Alpha ($22.25) Amazon
Pacific Rim Coyote Tango ($22.25) Amazon
06
ML Black Widow $19.07 Target
ML Stealth Captain America $19.07 Target
ML Winter Soldier $19.07 Target
TF Generations Mini-Con Assault Team ($15.86) Walmart
17
DCSC Aquaman $33.29 MattyCollector
18
Arrow Oliver Queen & Deathstroke ($45.04) lcs
22
Marvel Universe Cloak $8.47 TRU
Marvel Universe Dagger $8.47 TRU
Totals
10 purchases (13 figures) $107.44
April
03
GI Joe Cobra Commander $5.30 Five Below
GI Joe Duke $5.30 Five Below
Walking Dead Eugene/Emaciated Zombie $6.35 TRU
Walking Dead Abraham/Military Zombie $6.35 TRU
GI Joe Snake-Eyes $8.47 TRU
Star Wars Black Series Storm Trooper $15.89 TRU
08
TF Skywarp ($15.86) Walmart
TMNT Mutagen Man ($9.41) Walmart
Totals
8 purchases (10 figures) $47.66
May
03
Simpsons Lucy Lawless $12.71 TRU
Simpsons Pete Townshend $12.71 TRU
Simpsons Roger Daltry $12.71 TRU
Simpsons John Entwhistle $12.71 TRU
09
Toon Tech Titans Bluster & Trench $64.35 PlanetSteelExpress
14
DCD Talon ($22.48) lcs
18
TF Cosmos/Paylod ($11.99) lcs
TF Swerve/Flanker ($11.99) lcs
Minimates Colossus/Rogue ($10.72) lcs
Minimates Wolverine/Brood ($9.94) lcs
Minimates Dazzler/Longshot ($9.99) lcs
20
Game of Thrones Daenerys Targaryen ($18.01) lcs
25
Minimates Human Torch/Blastarr ($8.23) Amazon
Minimates Alicia Masters/Moloid ($7.84) Amazon
Minimates Mr. Fantastic/Puppet Master ($9.97) Amazon
Minimates Invisible Woman/Moloid ($9.99) Amazon
Minimates Wolverine/Brood ($10.99) Amazon
Totals
17 purchases (28 figures) $115.19
June
03
Game of Thrones Jon Snow ($16.95) lcs
10
Game of Thrones Hound ($16.95) lcs
11
GotG ML Star-Lord ($21.17) Amazon
GotG ML Drax ($21.17) Amazon
GotG ML Iron Man ($20.16) Amazon
13
TF Skrapnel/Reflector ($10.59) Target
TF Tailgate/Groundbuster ($10.59) Target
Game of Thrones Ned Stark ($16.95) lcs
16
DCSC Ice $14.99 eBay
17
Game of Thrones White Walker ($16.95) lcs
Super Mario ($22.52) lcs
21
MOTU Unnamed One $28.00 Twitter
24
Super Mario Playset A ($18.01) lcs
Totals
13 purchases (15 figures) $42.99
July
01
Super Mario Playset B ($18.01) lcs
Earth-2 Wonder Woman ($22.52) lcs
08
GotG ML Rocket Raccoon ($21.16) Walmart
GotG ML Gamora ($21.16) Walmart
13
Iron Factory DinoArmor $23.99 eBay
14
Pacific Rim Crimson Typhoon ($24.48) Amazon
21
Spider-Gremlin $39.74 TRU
Portal ATLAS $26.49 TRU
Portal P-Body $26.49 TRU
27
Walking Dead Tyreese/Farmer Zombie ($10.77) Amazon
Walking Dead Hershel/Farmer Zombie ($5.95) Amazon
Walking Dead Dexter/Dreadlock Zombie ($3.98) Amazon
Walking Dead Riot Gear Rick/Guard Zombie ($8.91) Amazon
Selvig/Dark Elf Minimates ($5.00) Amazon
Darcy/Dark Elf Minimates ($4.00) Amazon
Thor/Malekith Minimates ($7.50) Amazon
Loki/Heimdall Minimates ($7.50) Amazon
Totals
17 purchases (25 figures) $116.71
August
02
GotG Yondu/Sakaaran Minimates $7.49 TRU
05
DCSC Doomsday $46.99 MattyCollector
DCD Earth-2 Batman ($22.52) lcs
Hot Wheels Let's Go ($1.03) Target
12
X-Men Legends Storm ($20.71) lcs
Buddy Christ/Mooby Minimates ($9.00) lcs
18
Loot Crate $16.37 Loot Crate
19
X-Men Legends Stryfe ($20.71) lcs
24
McFarlane's Monsters Hunchback playset $4.00 lcs
McFarlane's Monsters Dracula playset $4.00 lcs
McFarlane's Monsters Wolfman playset $3.00 lcs
World of Springfield Barney Gumble $2.00 lcs
The Shadow's car $5.00 lcs
The Shadow's cab $5.00 lcs
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs car $5.00 lcs
27
Days of Future Past Minimates $19.99 AFX
Walking Dead Days Gone Bye Minimates $19.99 AFX
Sin City Bloody Marv $16.88 AFX
Totals
18 purchases (33 figures) $155.71
September
03
ML Agent Venom $21.19 Walgreens
New 52 Orion ($22.48) lcs
06
Simpsons Penn $10.80 TRU
Simpsons Teller $10.80 TRU
Simpsons Bret Hart $10.80 TRU
Simpsons Leonard Nimoy $10.80 TRU
Pacific Rim Scunner $26.49 TRU
09
NFL Brandon Marshall $15.89 TRU
Super Mario Bowser $18.01 TRU
Kill Bill Minimates ($18.01) lcs
15
DC Total Heroes Batman Beyond $30.29 MattyCollector
16
X-Men Legends Cyclops ($20.72) lcs
Pulp Fiction Minimates ($9.00) lcs
17
TF AOE Hound $21.19 HasbroToyShop
Marvel Universe Death's Head $8.47 HasbroToyShop
Marvel Universe Thor $8.47 HasbroToyShop
Marvel Universe Valkyrie $8.47 HasbroToyShop
Marvel Universe Rhino $8.47 HasbroToyShop
23
X-Men Legends Magneto ($20.72) lcs
New 52 Red Hood ($22.52) lcs
30
Universal Select VanHelsing ($22.52) lcs
Magic the Gathering Chandra Nalaar ($23.42) lcs
TF Generations Jhiaxus $12.71 HasbroToyShop
TF Generations Windblade $12.71 HasbroToyShop
TF Generations Jetfire $38.15 HasbroToyShop
Totals
25 purchases (30 figures) $273.71
October
04
GI Joe Battle Below Zero $42.39 TRU
07
Magic the Gathering Ajani Goldmane ($23.42) lcs
08
Simpsons Mr. Burns ($13.77) Amazon
TF AOE Slog ($18.01) Amazon
ReAction Rocketeer ($10.37) Amazon
14
Kre-O Zarana ($3.17) TRU
Magic the Gathering Liliana Vess ($23.42) lcs
BioShock Infinite Booker Dewitt ($22.52) lcs
Mystery Minis Ghostface ($7.20) lcs
Mystery Minis Predator ($7.20) lcs
TF AOE Stinger ($8.45) Walmart
17
OMFG 4 $12.00 Kickstarter
21
Magic the Gathering Garruk Wildspeaker ($23.42) lcs
Mystery Minis Jayne ($7.20) lcs
Minimates Aliens Warrior ($5.40) lcs
Minimates Aliens Attacking ($5.40) lcs
Minimates Aliens Battle-Damaged ($5.40) lcs
Minimates Aliens Wierzbowski ($5.40) lcs
Minimates Aliens Spunkmeyer ($5.40) lcs
Minimates Aliens Burke ($5.40) lcs
Mystery Minis Bloody Leatherface ($7.20) lcs
22
WWE Hawk $20.13 Target
WWE Animal $20.13 Target
25
New 52 Red Robin ($22.48) lcs
28
Magic the Gathering Nissa Revayne ($23.42) lcs
TMNT Leo the Knight ($9.41) lcs
TMNT Donnie the Wizard ($9.41) lcs
TMNT Mikey the Elf ($9.41) lcs
TMNT Raph the Barbarian ($9.41) lcs
Totals
29 purchases (36 figures) $94.65
November
01
Jetpack Robocop $23.54 TRU
Armor-Up Baymax $18.84 TRU
04
Marvel Legends three-pack $39.75 Target
11
Sin City Minimates ($21.19) lcs
Clerks Minimates ($21.19) lcs
Pulp Fiction Minimates ($21.19) lcs
Elder Predator $21.19 TRU
Bad Blood Predator $26.49 TRU
GI Joe The Eagle's Edge $21.19 TRU
15
ReAction Wolf Man $5.66 TRU
Plants vs. Zombies Mad Scientist $9.27 TRU
Plants vs. Zombies Foot Soldier $9.27 TRU
20
1989 Batman $33.98 eBay
21
Plants vs. Zombies All-Star $12.60 TRU
Kre-O Zartan $2.69 TRU
28
GI Joe Tread Ripper $--.-- Big Lots
Marvel Universe Juggernaut/Colossus $--.-- Big Lots
Wolverine Silver Samurai $--.-- Big Lots
Amazing Spider-Man Lizard $--.-- Big Lots
GI Joe Kre-O Arashikage Dojo ($14.99) TRU
GI Joe Kre-O Firebat Attack ($7.49) TRU
Pacific Rim Gipsy Danger ($19.99) TRU
Pacific Rim Tacit Ronin ($19.99) TRU
Lego Metalbeard ($34.97) TRU
Totals
24 purchases (55 figures) $224.47
December
02
Lego Rocket Raccoon $5.29 TRU
GI Joe Social Clash $11.12 TRU
BTAS Batman ($22.48) lcs
03
Avengers Assemble Leader $5.30 Five Below
09
BTAS Catwoman ($22.48) lcs
16
TF Arcee $12.71 HasbroToyShop
TF Chromia $12.71 HasbroToyShop
TF AOE Snarl $12.71 HasbroToyShop
GI Joe Night-Viper $7.40 TRU
NES Batman ($22.48) lcs
Marvel Zombies Villain Minimates 2 ($18.01) lcs
DCD Son of Batman Damian Wayne ($17.94) lcs
23
BTAS Mr. Freeze ($22.48) lcs
Game of Thrones Jaime Lannister ($18.01) lcs
Game of Thrones Brienne of Tarth ($18.01) lcs
Planet of the Apes Luca $7.40 TRU
30
Alien Queen $100.69 TRU
New 52 Thrasher Suit Batman ($31.53) lcs
Totals
18 purchases (23 figures) $182.76

Well, there it is. If that's not everything, then it's darn close. There were 77 days in 2014 where I bought something, and the majority of those trips involved multiple purchases at multiple stores - that works out to be a buy every five days or so. But this year is also the least amount of money I've spent on toys since I began tracking my spending this way in 2007.

But the main reason for that is that I got most of my things through my local comicshop, using store credit rather than cash. What's really shocking is how few purchases I had at normal retailers - I got more things from Hasbro's website than I got from Walmart, for instance. Toys Я Us continues to outpace all its competition, though.

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 15% 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: 222
  • Total number of figures: 323
  • Total money spent: $1,830.76
  • Average spent per purchase: $8.25
  • Average spent per figure: $5.67
  • Average per month: $152.56; 18.5 purchases; 26.92 figures
  • Average per week: $35.21; 4.27 purchases; 6.21 figures
  • Average per day: $5.02; .61 purchases; .88 figures
  • By store:
    • Comicshops: 71 purchases
    • TRU: 56 purchases
    • Amazon: 28 purchases
    • Target: 18 purchases
    • HasbroToyShop: 11 purchases
    • Walmart: 7 purchases
    • Mattel: 4 purchases
  • Longest gap between purchases: 26 days (Apr. 9-May 2)
  • Most days in a row with purchases: 5 (Feb. 21-25)
  • Most expensive day: Jan. 7 ($169.46)
I bought a lot, but not everything I wanted. For instance, if Star Wars Black Series had actually appeared in stores, I likely would have spent much more than I did.

Notice that the ratio of figures to purchases is not even 1.5-to-1 this year: clearly I didn't buy enough multipacks.


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