Here’s a quick recap of my day (from the perspective of Lego collectible minifigures).
- 3:10pm: Posted the Toys N Bricks translation of the series 4 minifig list to BrickPOP
- 7:26pm: Saw that our local oddball chain Fred Meyer had Series 3 minifigs courtesy of the SEALUG mailing list
- 7:27pm: Think to myself, this can’t be possible. It must be Series 2. Series 3 isn’t coming out until January.
- 7:28pm: Think again, nobody would make a mistake like this and post to the list excitedly about Series 2 minifigs. Start printing out coupon.
- 7:32pm: Tear down the stairs, try to convince the 9 year old to come with me. He’s playing Kinect with his sister. She won’t come either.
- 7:36pm: In the car calling Jeff. He says “can I call you back”. I say “no you cannot”. I explain the situation. He says, “pick me up in 5 minutes”.
- 7:39pm: I realize I’ve forgotten the god damn coupon. I turn around.
- 7:47pm: I’m waiting in Jeff’s driveway waiting for him to do whatever it is he’s doing. (Probably admiring his new Lego room.)
- 8:18pm: We arrive at Fred Meyer Ballard. I leave the car as it’s still spinning to a halt in the parking lot a la Bruce Willis in RED (go to the 1:39 mark). I book it into the store. Jeff thinks I will be arrested.
- 8:19pm: I can’t find any minifigs. I think they might all be gone.
- 8:20pm: Jeff finds a couple of lonely half empty cases of series 3 figs. We’re not thrilled. But it’s something.
- 8:21pm: I find the endcap with a dozen full cases of series 3 figs. JACK-F*ING*POT.
- 8:22pm: We call Daniel and ask him how many cases he wants. Three. I want four. Jeff wants three.
- 8:23pm: I convince Jeff he wants four cases. We have a 25% off coupon. He’s buying more minifigs for less money than he did with series 2. You can’t pass up a deal like this.
- 8:29pm: We are almost across the finish line. We’re in line to checkout. Will the coupon work on multiple transactions? We’re turning away other customers telling them that every other line will take less time than ours.
- 8:31pm: The cashier calls over the manager. I am freaking out. I am convinced the manager will tell us there’s a limit on these.
- 8:32pm: The manager arrives. She’s a sweetheart. Can’t figure out why people have been buying so many of these today. Confirms that they just got them in this morning.
- 8:41pm: We finish counting. 11 cases of minifigs. 25% off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We bought 660 minifigs!!!!!!!!!
I think belatedly that we should have bought 6 more just to have bought 666.
I don’t know what this January business is about. But my stress is now gone. I tell myself I’ll sell the excess on BrickLink. But we all know, that’s just not gonna happen.
And btw… I don’t blame you for saying… “jeez… could you have saved us a few figs? I just wanted some for my kids, etc.”. Here are my thoughts on that… We didn’t buy them to speculate, we bought them for us (and in my case, a bunch will trickle down to my kids as well). If they’re hard to get, blame Lego, not me. I’m not the one limiting these things. And as for those who do speculate, again, their business would be gone if Lego didn’t constrain the supply of these things. (I covered all this in my collectible minifig talk at BrickCon.)
UPDATE: Dan, per your request, here are pics of the packaging (and of the first one that I opened. The terminator robot space dude. No barcode.
UPDATE: We’re giving away a complete set of Series 3 Minifigures. Check out our Greed is Good contest to enter.