For those of you heading out looking for the new ROTS stuff this weekend, have you decided on your plan of action? I got to thinking about this further while reading Scott's "Opening Weekend Collector's Challenge" thread, and I'm really trying to decide what I want to get right off the bat, and how much to spend. Around here, we never had the leaks, aside from the Galactic Heroes packs at Target (which very quickly disappeared), so I'm basically starting from scratch. There is a big part of me that just wants to go wild, and buy everything that I can find (that I want)...but then again, its not like the majority of it won't be available for the next few weeks, months, and in some cases years
. There seems to be different ways of looking at it...you can get the bulk now, and not have to worry until new stuff hits. Or, you can but a little now, and a little next week, and a little more the next week, etc. I had really hoped to keep it under $200 this weekend, and maybe shoudl shoot even lower than that. I think that I spent almost $200 opening night of AOTC merchandise, and that was kind of fun since that was the most I had ever bought at once. Anyways, what do you think you'll be picking up opening night (or weekend). Are you saving some for later, even if you could afford it now? Will you pick up anything and everything you can find?
It is also hard to figure out, since we still don't "officially" know what will be on the pegs that day, and it will probably vary from state to state, store to store. I'm just trying to decide if I should just buy some now, and pick up things here and there over the next few weeks or to just get what I can afford right away. I'm really looking forward to this movie and its merchandise, and it should be a fun time. This is what I hope to pick up this weekend and in the following days/weeks:
Basic Figures - Likely most of these, eliminating all incarnations of the Battle/Destroyer droids, picking the best version of "multiple release" characters like Obi-Wan, Anakin, Yoda, Grievous (any advice). Depending on what is released that day (1-24, 1-32, etc.), could be up to 25ish figures or so, not counting multiples that might come later.
Deluxe Figures - Of the first wave, probably none. Maybe the Grievous if it is better than the basic version, although basic would be cheaper. Had planned on the Anakin to Vader, but now might wait for the one with the med table.
Unleashed - All 3 of the initial ones, even though I don't have room for them right now. Trying to figure that out quickly. I'd like to pick up Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Grievous right away, I just really enjoy this line.
Galactic Heroes - Found them a month or so ago, so I'm set until the next wave. Nice to at least have something out of the way
Beasts/Vehicles - This is where I'm trying to figure out what to pick up now, and what to wait on. I'm leaning towards likely picking up the Boga, AT-RT, and possibly the BARC Speeder right away. I also really like the pics I've seen of Obi's fighter, and am a fan of the character, so I might pick that one up as well. I'd also like to get the ARC 170 Fighter, I just think it looks cool. I'm going to wait/possibly pass on Grievous' wheelbike, the Tri-Droid fighter, and definitely passing on the Gunship. Have one, barely have room for that one
Exclusives - I've been back and forth on the Lava Vader. We're big fans of Target, and would like to give them the business, but I just don't know if the figure is worth the hassle plus $13 price point. I'd really like to get that Holo Yoda at TRU if possible, I'll probably check that out. Still up in the air with what Wal-Mart will have, so we'll have to see.
Books - A number I want to eventually get, but will probably just pick up the Visual Dictionary right away. I always enjoy those books.
I think that's about it for the first weekend, but its always hard to have restraint when you see all the product at once. I'm trying to devise a plan of action to space things out, both for financial considerations and just to have something to look at/pick up in the coming weeks as well. There's always that worry that you'll miss something, no matter how many times we've been through this and usually see the "rare" item in large quantities down the road. Anyways, what is your plan?