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What I bought - 2015

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 worse job this year. Worse at what? Let's see if we can tell from the monthly breakdown:

January
06
Game of Thrones Arya Stark ($18.01) local comicshop
12
Robocop vs. Terminator Heavy Gunner ($20.13) Toys Я Us
MiWorld Mrs. Fields $3.73 Walmart
13
X-Force Minimates ($18.01) lcs
20
Game of Thrones Khal Drogo $10.43 lcs
27
Game of Thrones Robb Stark ($18.01 Amazon
Totals
6 purchases (9 figures) $14.16
February
03
SH Figuarts Luigi $10.26 local comicshop
Sin City Hard Goodbye Minimates $10.26 lcs
07
Planet of the Apes Caesar $17.55 Toys Я Us
Pacific Rim Romeo Blue $18.47 TRU
Adult Swim Brak's Parents $8.00 lcs
The Shadow $2.00 lcs
10
SH Figuarts Playset C $8.90 lcs
Kill Bill Masters of Death Minimates $8.90 lcs
12
Twilight Victoria ($14.98) Amazon
15
Schleich T. rex $29.65 Walmart
MiWorld Vending Machine $10.57 Walmart
24
Quicksilver/Vision Minimates $7.94 TRU
Mysterio/Spider-Man Minimates $7.94 TRU
Space Iron Man/Ronan Minimates $7.94 TRU
DCD Comissioner Gordon $20.45 lcs
Totals
16 purchases (25 figures) $168.82
March
01
ML Anti-Venom ($23.31) Amazon
ML Daredevl ($23.31) Amazon
ML Spider-Girl ($23.31) Amazon
ML Spider-Man ($23.31) Amazon
ML Spider-Man 2099 ($23.31) Amazon
ML Spider-Woman ($23.31) Amazon
02
TF Bombshell $8.47 HasbroToyShop
TF Nemesis Prime $8.47 HTS
TF Roadbuster $16.95 HTS
03
Pacific Rim Otachi $73.13 TRU
Bloodshot/XO Manowar Minimates $7.94 TRU
Simpsons Stan Lee $12.71 TRU
Simpsons Matt Groening $12.71 TRU
10
Simpsons Weird Al $12.71 TRU
Simpsons 90s Homer $12.71 TRU
11
8-bit Rocky ($9.30) MattyCollector
24
Figma Motoko Kusanagi $19.46 lcs
31
ML Avengers 2 Hulk ($21.16) Walmart
ML Iron Man Mk 43 ($21.16) Walmart
DCD BtAS Joker ($22.48) lcs
Totals
20 purchases (23 figures) $185.26
April
01
ML Avengers 2 Captain America ($23.31) Amazon
ML Batroc ($23.31) Amazon
ML Hellcat ($23.31) Amazon
03
Marvel Universe Sandman $10.32 Target
MU Sandman variant $10.32 Target
ML Agents of SHIELD $37.09 TRU
07
BtAS Man-Bat ($22.48) local comicshop
08
Pulp Fiction Bonnie Situation Minimates ($18.01) local comicshop
Quicksilver/Scarlet Witch Minimates $7.94 TRU
SW Chewbacca $21.16 Walmart
SW Bossk $21.16 Walmart
14
BtAS Robin ($22.48) local comicshop
15
WWE Doink $21.19 Target
TF Skydive $13.50 Target
TF Firefly $13.50 Target
21
ML Spider-Woman ($18.03) Amazon
TF Silverbolt ($21.99) Amazon
29
WWE Sgt. Slaughter $18.60 Target
Totals
18 purchases (24 figures) $174.78
May
13
Jurassic World Stegoceratops ($8.36) Walmart
27
New 52 Poison Ivy $10.59 Amazon
Totals
2 purchases (2 figures) $10.59
June
09
TF Ultra Magnus ($43.33) Amazon
SW Commander Doom ($11.29) Amazon
MU Armored Daredevil ($10.59) HasbroToyShop
MU Thunderstrike ($10.59) HTS
TF Air Raid ($14.30) HTS
TF Hot Spot ($18.01) HTS
30
ML Ant-Man $21.19 Target
ML Wasp $21.19 Target
ML Giant-Man $21.19 Target
ML Grim Reaper $21.19 Target
ML Bulldozer $21.19 Target
ML Tiger Shark $21.19 Target
Pacific Rim Horizon Brave $18.87 Toys Я Us
8-bot Dog Alien $21.19 TRU
Totals
14 purchases (15 figures) $167.20
July
07
Donkey Kong $12.71 Toys Я Us
08
TF Blades $14.30 HasbroToyShop
TF First Aid $14.30 HTS
TF Rook $14.30 HTS
TF Streetwise $14.30 HTS
15
Rocketeer ($18.01) local comicshop
19
ML Misty Knight $19.07 TRU
ML Superior Venom $19.07 TRU
ML Scarlet Spider $19.07 TRU
ML White Tiger $19.07 TRU
ML Ghost Rider $19.07 TRU
ML Kraven $19.07 TRU
22
Firefly Wash ($18.01) lcs
28
SDCC Ant-Man set $78.39 HTS
ML Black Ant $21.19 Walgreens
29
Firefly Zoe ($18.01) lcs
Totals
16 purchases (20 figures) $283.91
August
02
Mr. Mxyzptlk ($11.50) eBay
05
Firefly Mal ($18.01) local comicshop
06
TF Roadblock ($20.22) Amazon
TF Dispensor ($21.21) Amazon
09
b/w TMNT Minimates ($19.93) Amazon
12
MOTU Evilseed $39.00 MattyCollector
MOTU heads $1.80 MattyCollector
20
Aliens Lt. Ripley ($21.99) Amazon
Aliens Bishop (Queen Attack) ($21.99) Amazon
21
Evolve Goliath $21.19 Toys Я Us
Evolve Hank $21.19 TRU
Evolve Val $21.19 TRU
Totals
12 purchases (22 figures) $104.37
September
02
Firefly Kaylee ($18.01) local comicshops
10
MOTU King Chooblah $39.00 MattyCollector
16
Gotham Minimates $11.44 Books-A-Million
BlueLine Batman $42.92 BAM
18
GI Joe Gung-Ho/Shadow Guard $15.89 Toys Я Us
27
Zombie Ed ($14.97) eBay
Totals
6 purchases (8 figures) $273.71
October
01
Firefly Jayne ($22.00) Amazon
ML Chameleon ($19.99) Amazon
12
MOTU Ceratus $39.00 Matty Collector
14
ML Ultron/Hulk/Vision $47.69 Target
17
Heroes of the Storm Nova $20.72 Toys Я Us
Commando $21.66 TRU
21
BtAS Riddler ($22.48) local comicshop
MotU Minis He-Man & Mer-Man $14.10 MattyCollector
MotU Minis Skeletor & Moss Man $14.10 MattyCollector
MotU Minis Scareglow &Stratos $14.10 MattyCollector
MotU Minis Faker & Man-At-Arms $14.10 MattyCollector
MotU Minis Zodac & Beast Man $14.10 MattyCollector
MotU Minis King He-Man & Clawful $14.10 MattyCollector
24
TF4 Junkheap ($14.95) lcs
28
NECA Superman ($37.98) eBay
Totals
15 purchases (23 figures) $213.66
November
11
MotU Queen Grayskull $39.00 MattyCollector
27
Black Widow/Falcon Minimates $9.45 Luke's Toy Store
Captain America/Agent Rumlow Minimates $5.96 Luke's Toy Store
Prof. X/Future Magneto Minimates $7.21 Luke's Toy Store
Bone Claw Wolverine/Charles Xavier Minimates $7.21 Luke's Toy Store
Mystique/Young Magneto Minimates $7.21 Luke's Toy Store
Future Wolverine/Future Storm Minimates $7.21 Luke's Toy Store
Wolverine/Blob Minimates $6.72 Luke's Toy Store
Destiny/Jubliee Minimates $6.72 Luke's Toy Store
Avalanche/Storm Minimates $6.72 Luke's Toy Store
Banshee/Pyro Minimates $6.72 Luke's Toy Store
28
Captain America/Winter Soldier Minimates ($19.49) Amazon
Agent Sitwell/Batroc Minimates ($20.98) Amazon
Totals
14 purchases (29 figures) $141.92
December
01
ML Daredevil $15.89 Walgreens
WWE Defining Moments Undertaker $14.83 Toys Я Us
WWE Create-A-Superstar Undertaker $18.54 TRU
02
BTAS Scarecrow ($22.48) local comicshop
09
SW Kylo Ren $26.49 Kmart
Kre-O Slipstream $3.17 Walgreens
10
MOTU Prahvus $39.00 Matty Collector
11
NBX Pumpkin King/Zero Minimates $7.94 TRU
NBX Santa Jack/Easter Bunny Minimates $7.94 TRU
Planet of the Apes Caesar $16.96 FYE
15
NBX Wolfman/Mr. Hyde Minimates $7.94 TRU
Gravity Falls Dipper/Gnome $9.53 TRU
Gravity Falls Mabel/Waddles $9.53 TRU
Gravity Falls Stan/Bill $9.53 TRU
16
BtAS Batman & Phantasm ($40.55) lcs
20
Playmboil Martin Luther ($15.98) Amazon
1966 Batmobile ($17.26) Amazon
Anchorage Attack Gipsy Danger ($7.59) Amazon
24
ML Spider-Gwen $21.19 TRU
ML Spider-Carnage $21.19 TRU
ML Beetle $21.19 TRU
Amanda Ripley $23.31 TRU
27
Tanooki Suit Mario $9.53 Target
29
Age of Ultron three-pack $9.43 Target
Bionicle Kopaka $14.59 Target
31
SW Captain Phasma $25.73 Monkey Boy
Totals
26 purchases (35 figures) $317.56

I did not do a good job of keeping track, this year. I'd forget to keep track of things for months at a time, leaving me to play catch-up. As such, I know this is certainly not everything I bought. For instance, there are at least three Kickstarters that didn't make it onto the list (which would have added many dozens of figures and hundreds of dollars to the total), and I forgot when I picked up small things, like Mystery Minis. My resolution for the new year is to do a better job keeping track.

Judging by the numbers I did manage to track, I spent $100 more than last year, but got 100 fewer figures. Inflation has been flat, but toy prices just keep going up as companies try to squeeze more money out of a dwindling market. There were at least 71 days in 2015 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.

It's also interesting to see how companies' poor distribution plays into things. I go toy-hunting at Walmart and Target at least once a week, if not more, but rarely spend my money there. Even Toys Я Us only held onto its top spot because I placed a lot of online orders.

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: 165
  • Total number of figures: 235
  • Total money spent: $1,933.47
  • Average spent per purchase: $11.72
  • Average spent per figure: $8.23
  • Average per month: $161.12; 13.75 purchases; 19.58 figures
  • Average per week: $37.18; 3.17 purchases; 4.52 figures
  • Average per day: $5.30; .45 purchases; .64 figures
  • By store:
    • TRU: 41 purchases
    • Amazon: 28 purchases
    • Comicshops: 24 purchases
    • Target: 16 purchases
    • Mattel: 13 purchases
    • HasbroToyShop: 12 purchases
    • Luke's Toy Store: 10 purchases
    • Walmart: 8 purchases
  • Longest gap between purchases: 20 days (June 10-29)
  • Most days in a row with purchases: 3 (Mar. 1-3)
  • Most expensive day: June 30 ($167.20)
I bought a lot, but not nearly everything I wanted. I could easily have spent twice as much money, especially if things ever appeared in stores.

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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