theres a cool story along with this action figure. basically a few years ago i met a guy who was selling his entire batman collection. he has been collecting since he was a kid and i tried buying a few items but most went for a few more dollars than i had. anyways, he had 3 of this mego-type batman doll. and i snapped up all three, 2 are still in the packaging and the other one is removed from packaging, which i sometimes pose around (will snap pics of that another time) but its a very cool figure.
On a similar note to your toothpaste story, I saw a kid and his mother at the dollar store the other day buying Batman bubble bath. I also saw Superman and Batman kids' umbrellas at the supermarket the other day.
this year i am more into toys. buying more i mean. i am still buying some comics - bought a box of comics dating from 1957 upwards just the other week but havent sorted them yet or taken pictures. but toys, i love them. finally found one of my storage containers with some rare old toys so will take pictures soon.
btw Adam -- thanks for posting in this thread cause i like to read about other peoples experiences
one thing i have noticed more about action figures and toys is that when it comes to superhero toys often you are competing with the collectors and people who snap up 10 of each figures. its why i cannot find some of the star wars and green lantern figures in stores because everytime i talk to staff they say oh someone came in and bought our entire stock for that line. then of course they flog it on ebay, often at huge inflated figures.
so i am hoping when i visit kmart the batman legacy figures arent all sold out because last time i checked kmart the pickings were pretty slim on the racks.
Yep, that happens all the time. In fact at the local Wal-Mart an employee got fired for cherry picking the short/variant prints. A collector went in on the day a series was released, and very little of what he wanted was out. They couldn't get an answer from any wally workers, so the snagged the manager. He found the inventory sheets, and went into the back and found a case and a half of figures semi stashed away. Turns out the worker would find out which ones to look for, save them for his buddy, who would buy them and sell them on e-bay. Needless to say the employee does not work there anymore.
also cool to see some old superpowers and star wars merchandise. the star wars merchandising is out of this world; its so huge its a genre unto itself.