It’s cold. If you’re living in the lower 48, you can probably relate. Our local schools were closed today because they couldn’t get the buses to start. Despite the frigid temperatures, I braved the elements and went to Toys R Us. While standing in the NECA aisle, the power went out due to the cold.
Have you ever been in a store when the power goes out? It’s happened to me a few times, and it’s always an odd sensation. Of course, the temptation to fill your pockets and run is there, but hopefully, you don’t give in to that thought. (Kids, stealing is bad.) I was possibly the only customer in the store and it was pretty creepy. I half-expected Kim Cattrall and Andrew McCarthy to show up. Luckily, after a few minutes, the emergency lights kicked on and the store started to power up again. All the television screens come on before the overhead lights. I guess it’s more important to sell toys than to actually have lighting!
While I was stumbling around in the dark waiting for the cash registers to come online, I found this…
I didn’t know these were even being sold in the stores. I had been on the fence about this figure but actually seeing it in person convinced me to buy it. I paid $24.99 for it and the DVD, which is less than they sold for online last month. If you’re looking for one, I found him in the DVD area at a kiosk in the front of the store, not with the other DVDs or action figures — certainly not where I would have expected to find him, but Batman’s like that.
Will West says
Glad to see you got the full bundle. It seems like a lot of stores have just given up on it, and have just been selling the figure by itself. I found the figure, but not the Blu-Ray. I wanted the full combo! Which version of the Blu Ray did you get? There’s been a controversy because it’s supposed to come with the Dimaond Luxe 25th anniversary edition, but a lot of TRU’s have been selling it with the 20th anniversary edition instead. I’ve got a friend on Facebook who’s losing his mind because TRU keeps sending him the wrong version of the Blu Ray.
I got the regular Bluray edition. I wish I could have just bought the figure, but the DVD was just gravy.
Rich Nerd Nook says
that “mannequin” reference got a lol from me 😉
I’m hitting up TRU to check for that Batman! Looks awesome!
Good luck! 🙂
John gaither says
Saw these the other day and was tempted but passed….for now.
I’m holding out for the video game version, due to the uniqueness and my love of the original NES video game. But if I found this one first I might just have to bite.
I just can’t get into that purple and blue guy. 😉 They’re pretty common around here at the moment if you need me to pick one up for you.
The Rebel says
Hahah……love that Mannequin referenc e!
I really want that set! Yea, like most, I’d only care about the figure (already have the blu ray btw)..but at $25 I won’t mind really. Sad thing I don’t see any of ’em popping up here in my country….*sigh*
Do you guys get a whole different assortment of character-based toys over there, or is it pretty much the same as it is here in the states? I’ve been starting to dabble in vintage foreign-made toys which has really widened the collecting possibilities for me.
The Rebel says
We pretty much get about 60-70% of the same stuff as you guys do in the States but our TRUs usually/conveniently sometimes omitted certain lines (we don’t get the McFarlane Walking Dead figures nor any of the NECA figures over here). We usually had to resort to specialty toy stores for most of our fix.
Funny when you say vintage foreign-made toys, I immediately remember how the 80s Masters of the Universe toys were made in Malaysia (where I am now) rather than in China or Taiwan etc.
When I was a kid, I lived in South Korea for a couple of years, and I remember all the Gundam kits and knock-off items that I had never seen in the States. If only I had a time machine, I’d go back and scoop up all that stuff and be an eBay millionaire! 😉
Nice find – and with the randomness of wandering through the dark, it was clearly meant to be! 😉
It was fate! 😉
which TRU was it — I live in Northern VA, thanks
Manassas. I left two for you. 😉
Love the Mannequin reference. Story would’ve been over the top if you would have found Batman while it was dark. Kinda like finding Batman in a batcave.
You don’t find Batman, he finds you. 😉
I have yet to pick this figure up but, I might have to. I love that they reused the Toy Biz package design.