Okay...I'm not trying to be a jerk here, I'm really not. But, have any of you sat down and done the math?
Time spent? Priceless. (You will never get back the time wasted on fruitless hunts.)
Gas spent? The price of shipping and then some. (You'll spend even more, trust me.)
Empty hands? Sucks.
I know it sucks paying double the price of a figure to get it, but I've had to resort to eBay for items I wanted and after doing all the math, it was easier and cheaper in the long run to eBay the stuff I needed. If it came out at retail later on, oh well. At least I had it, I was happy.
Sooner or later, you're just going to have to cave and go eBay or you're never going to find these guys. And if you're planning on troop building, change plans. This is a shortpacked figure, it's in high demand, and you're going to have to pay a premium for it.
It sounds harsh, cold and sobering, but I'm just being honest with you.
Vehicon: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sop=10& ... _PrefLoc=1
(One's @ $29.99 including free shipping.)
Knock Out: http://www.ebay.com/sch/Action-Figures- ... _PrefLoc=1
(One's @ $22.99 including free shipping.)
Rumble: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=Pri ... _PrefLoc=1
(A little more pricy, but not unreasonable.)
Airachnid: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=Air ... _PrefLoc=1
(Prices are dropping on her.)
Sergeant Kup: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=Pri ... _PrefLoc=1
(Prices are more reasonable than I expected.)
Dreadwing: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=Pri ... _PrefLoc=1
(This fella's pricy, but it's not too much more than what BBTS and TFSource are asking. Plus you'll get it sooner than they get it out.)
I know it sucks paying more than you're used to. I know it sucks to miss out on the thrill of the hunt. But, sooner or later, you're going to have to cave...or you'll miss out altogether. Are you really willing to miss out? Seriously?
NOTE: Realize that I am not a perfect Christian, nor do I profess to be. I apologize if anyone's ever offended by me, I'm not perfect. Don't hold my posts and opinions against other Christians.