Another occasional outing to the Markham area this week primarily to meet someone for another Kijiji deal at Markville Mall as well as to pick up another Hot Toys arrival.
I deliberately scheduled for us to meet a bit later so that I could nonchalantly do my toy checks without any competition – you know, just in case – however, it made no difference since both Walmart and Toys “R” Us didn’t have anything particularly great anyway to my sheer and utter disappointment. 😒
Before my Kijiji meeting, I did a price adjustment to get the Edge Platinum discount for my 2 Hasbro PulseCon Exclusive Power Rangers: Lightning Collection – Lord Drakkon EVO III (orig. $69.99, 10% off – $62.99CAD). Did my Kijiji meeting shortly after at ~11:50am. In addition, the buyer also wanted a Star Wars: Black Series – Mandalorian Super Commando and offered $45CAD for it… of course, I accepted it. 😎
Buyer paid $145 total in cash for my 2 items: Power Rangers: Lightning Collection – Drakkon Evo III and Star Wars: Black Series – Mandalorian Super Commando, with me walking away with a net profit of $39.93 after stupid taxes. Not bad. I never intended to be a scalper but sometimes it just works out that way. 🙈
I actually pick up extras (if satisfactorily painted) primarily to compare the quality of paint jobs with what I have at home. If they happen to be desirable figures, then I’d keep them as trade bait in hopes of swapping for other hard-to-find items I am seeking in order to avoid paying any stupid marked-up secondary market prices. It just so happened that someone preferred to buy it off me instead of trading. 🤷🏻♂️
After the deal was completed, I proceeded with my regularly-scheduled itinerary. At Toys “R” Us, I returned a ton of stuff and also got a bunch of price adjustments since all McFarlane Toys collector figures were $5 off – making them all $19.99CAD each for the next two weeks – which included McFarlane Toys: Mortal Kombat – Baraka that I first spotted at TRU today as well as my previous purchases of Johnny Cage and Sub-Zero. Now that the prices were satisfactory, I can finally open and enjoy them! 😁
Swung by Winners just in case there might be some surprises and ended up picking up a Power Rangers Beast: Morphers Beast-X King Morpher for $12.99CAD (orig. $19.99CAD everywhere) since I just loved Go-Busters that much. Possibly an impulse buy though – only time will tell and I can always just return it after Christmas.
Next stop was First Markham Place where I picked up my Hot Toys: Han Solo (Solo ver.) that I pre-ordered last year at Toy Square. I heard the Hot Toys Solo figures are all somewhat rare because so few people preordered since the movie wasn’t popular. Well, speak for yourself because I actually liked it – and I mean really, REALLY liked it. Enough to make me want that big Vintage Collection Millennium Falcon! 😱
Still have trouble deciding if I want Hot Toys: Lord Maul (Crimson Dawn ver.) or not… even though I already have the Episode I version of Darth Maul. That’d be another $370CAD + tax if I wanted this one too though. 🙈
It’s such a shame that all he did was appear for a few minutes via FaceTime hologram while seemingly taking a dump in the movie. Heh. I actually never really cared much about Maul with robot legs until I watched the final Season 7 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008–2020) the other day. My god, it was so epic!
Basically, for the uninitiated, Darth Maul survived the events of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) quit being a Sith (“…formerly Darth, now just Maul…”) and became an underworld crime boss instead – giving birth to Crimson Dawn – during which he also ruled over Mandalore briefly. While I did watch the show 10 years ago when it first started, I eventually lost interest when they stopped released nice Bluray packaging after Season 3. My interest was reinvigorated when I heard the latest Season 7 also ties into Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), the Order 66 conspiracy and Ahsoka Tano’s story during the Purge – hence, a MUST WATCH for me!
Initially planned to get some Omelette Ramen from one of my usual spots Brown Donkatsu & Ramen (formerly Sonoya Ramen) only to be disappointed that they were closed on Tuesdays. Sigh. So I ended up looking around for other food & drink options as consolation and discovered Yi Fang Fruit Tea. Saw their current special Super Trio Milk Tea w/ Tapioca Pearl, Grass Jelly and Sago for only $3.99 – it’s been ages since I enjoyed any kind of Bubble Tea so why not! 🤤
Back in my neighbourhood, there was nothing good at my Walmart store that was new – though I did stumble upon another Mauldalorian. It was somewhat satisfactorily painted so I had to get it even though I have a bunch already. 😅
Over at my local preferred EB Games, I did a price adjustment to get my Edge Platinum Discount for the Hasbro PulseCon Exclusive Star Wars: Vintage Collection 501st 3-pack and also picked up Star Wars: Black Series – Darth Nihilus. In addition, Star Wars: Vintage Collection – Moff Gideon was available for preorder at EB today ($5 deposit required) as well as the Mandalorian Armorer. 😎