View Full Version : How Much Did You Spend on Toys in 2008?

01-03-2009, 08:35 PM
I spent $4,006.14 on toys in 2008.

What did I collect this year?

Indiana Jones Toys: $1,958.30
Indiana Jones Media: $89.60
For hard-core, lifetime Indiana Jones fans like myself, 2008 was akin to 1995 for us hard-core, lifetime Star Wars fans. And just like the dawn of the modern SW era back in 1995, 2008 saw the mass-market release of the first Indy toys since 1982. I spent more money on Indiana Jones toys than any other toy line in 2008: $1,958.30. I bought 148 basic figures, 42 deluxe figures, 14 mail-away figures (including 4 ordered but awaiting delivery), 1 playset, 8 vehicles, 26 Adventure Hero packs, 1 board game, 27 Titaniums, and 5 twelve-inch figures (which includes the 12" Sideshow Indy). Many Indy purchases were made after retail prices dropped, especially on basic figure army builders. Recent clearance sales also yielded more vehicles, the playset, Adventure Heroes, a board game, and Titaniums. Not included in the toy total are three Indy (reference) books ($66.07) and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull DVD ($23.53).

LEGO: $1,284.42
I've been a LEGO fan since childhood, though I stopped collecting in the late 80s and only began again ten years ago, in 1998. My LEGO expenses for this year are second only to what I spent on Hasbro/Sideshow Indiana Jones. I purchased 31 sets this year and spent a grand total of $1,284.42. Although LEGO also has the Indy license and released some great Indiana Jones sets this year, I actually spent more money on my favorite LEGO theme, Town. I bought 6 Town sets and spent $402.02. I bought 14 Indiana Jones sets and spent $377.60. Star Wars was dominated by prequel-era Clone Wars sets so I lost interest in that theme. I only bought 4 Star Wars sets this year for a total of $187.48. I have a large LEGO Pirate collection; and nearly all the sets released between 1989-1996. So when new System Pirates sets came out in December, I had to have them. I spent $184.59 on 4 Pirates sets. I also bought 3 out-of-production Adventurer sets from 2003 on the secondary market for $132.73 in 2008. These three sets will go nicely with my Indy sets.

Star Wars: $362.06
Once my primary focus, Star Wars has mostly fallen off my collecting map since the OTC line in 2004. Sure, it still peaks sometimes, like with last year's great TAC line and it's McQuarrie figs, but for me, a 30 year veteran, I'm just in it for the obscure background character or the occasional fig that catches my eye these days. I generally pass on vehicles, playsets, multipacks, and just about anything prequel related. I like the Clone Wars animated line, though the lack of articulation often keeps me away. I spent $362.06 on Star Wars toys this year. I bought 49 basic figures, 3 comic packs, and 1 Evolutions set.

G.I. Joe: $262.17
Ever see toys you'd like to collect but just don't want to start another line? Well, I've thought that way about G.I. Joe 25th Anniversary figures since the first wave. If it wasn't for that damn lull in Indy collecting during the summer I probably would've just continued window-shopping Joes instead of buying them. I spent $262.17 on G.I. Joe this year. I bought 17 basic figures, 4 comic packs, and the 5 DVD battle packs. I like the figs a lot and enjoy looking at them on display, so I don't really regret getting what I did. I just don't have the space to display several different figure lines.

Miscellaneous Toys: $139.19
Miscellaneous Toys.... how mysterious. I spent $139.19 on 16 items from various toy lines. I bought 3 21st Century 1:18 military figures, 6 NECA Pirates of the Caribbean figures on clearance, 1 Futurama Bender figure, a Cabbage Patch Doll I gave away at Christmas, 4 Transformers Animated figures, and 1 Zizzle Pirates of the Caribbean clearanced playset.

Ancillary Costs: $188.36
This year I also began tracking the ancillary costs of collecting, which in my case, mainly consists of plastic storage containers for loose or boxed toys not on display. I purchased four 50-gal. Rubbermaid containers for toys and five 65-quart Sterlite totes that I use for comic storage. I also re-bagged much of my old comic collection this year, since I had to toss the old bags several years ago when I discovered an insect infestation. I consider that to be a one-time cost even though they recommend that collectors replace bags and boards every few years. I dunno about you, but that's just not gonna happen. I bought 700 polyethylene silver age size comic bags and 1,500 110-lb. card stock that I used for backer boards. The total cost of all these items was $188.36.

I don't keep track of gasoline costs; though that is a significant collector expense. I'll admit some trips were made solely for toy hunts. Still, I think most of my toy shopping is done while on necessary trips, or at least under the rationale "I'm driving by or near there anyway, so I'll stop and look."

Grand Total (Toys + Collecting Costs): $4,194.50
So the grand total for toys and ancillary collecting costs for 2008 was $4,194.50.

So, how much did YOU spend?

01-03-2009, 10:12 PM
It's tough for me to tell just how much I've spent, since I don't really keep track of that kind of stuff. However, I did sell over $5000 worth of Star Wars stuff on Ebay last year and most of that I sold at a loss or just broke even. So, I know that I spent well over $5000 last year.

01-03-2009, 10:41 PM


El Chuxter
01-03-2009, 10:57 PM
Too much, but not as much as in 2007, thank golly gee whillickers.

Old Fossil
01-03-2009, 11:53 PM
I don't know how much I spent and I don't wanna know.

01-04-2009, 12:18 AM
Grand Total (Toys + Collecting Costs): $4,194.50Sweet Jesus!
You could've bought a semi-decent used car (or a great down payment on one) for that!

I spent, at the most, $50 last year.

Bel-Cam Jos
01-04-2009, 11:01 AM
Well, I guess I'll have to guesstimate...

SW figures: I think I bought around 40 figures from retail stores (averaging out at a higher price of maybe $6 a piece, that'd be about $250) and about 10 online (but these were about $15 each I think, so that's another $150).

Other SW items: can't think of any vehicles or other things I bought, since trading cards and music/video don't count. Only Clone Wars figures interested me.

Indy toys: I honestly can't recall if I bought any. I know I bought the Hallmark item (this is not a toy, it told me), the DVD, a 2-deck cards set, several books, but I think I avoided the temptation of toys (cool name for next film: Indiana Jones and the Temptation of Toys).

Lego: I might've bought a small set or two, so I'll go with $15.

Other: can't say there's anything else I buy.

Total: then I suppose it's around $450, maybe.

01-04-2009, 01:22 PM
About $200. The BMF was most of that total.

01-04-2009, 01:27 PM


+1 :thumbsup:

Mr. JabbaJohnL
01-04-2009, 05:19 PM
I don't know how much I spent and I don't wanna know.
Same here. It was a lot; certainly more than I expected. I got every SW basic figure in both realistic and animated lines, along with a few legends figures and anything else that was new (vehicles, multipacks, etc.). It was around $500 on the July 26 weekend with the Falcon, AT-TE, and tons of other goodies. The big release definitely came as a surprise, but a welcome one; same thing with the smaller-but-still-big items, which were occasionally of varying quality.

I got a few Indiana Jones things but not many; I still may get more if the figures hit $1 each or so.

I don't collect any figures aside from that.

Mad Slanted Powers
01-04-2009, 06:08 PM
My total of all things Star Wars was $2,357.39, tax not included, but shipping included if there was any. That's almost $500 less than last year. I spent the most in 2002 with $3,169.26. Since I started collecting figures, my lowest total was 2001 with $1,054.11. The $2300 total is in line with what I spent in 2005 and 2006 as there is only a $30 range between the lowest and highest of 2005, 2007 and 2008.

I don't collect other toys. I collected LOTR figures when those were out, but kind of wish I had the space they are taking up now. Most of my entertainment dollars go towards buying music

01-04-2009, 06:27 PM
I bought every Hasbro action figure, vehicle and playset they sold in 2008

as for how much the dollar total is, I am with the Old Fossil; I don't want to know

I am happy I have them, and I would not have spent that money any other way

01-05-2009, 02:11 AM
The most I spent was on July 26. I went to Wal-Mart for Midnight Madness and our own CrunchyNug was there, joining me.

I spent $750 I think:

various figures and Galactic Heroes
4 Homing Spider Droids
2 V-19s
2 AT-TEs
1 Millennium Falcon

Most of the rest of the year, I barely bought anything. A few limited purchases here and there, and some SideShow stuff, Star Wars novels and comics. There wasn't that much. I bet it was less than $2,000.

I did buy General Grievous' Fighter and 3 AT-APs very early in the year, however.

01-05-2009, 03:04 AM
If by toys does it HAVE to be action figures? If not then my favorite "toy" purchase that I got would HAVE to be the flesh light! I even splurged for the tickly little fingers. It was $79. :love:

01-05-2009, 11:26 AM
Is that anything like a tickle me Elmo?

...no, I know, I don't have one...yet.

Mister Roboto
01-05-2009, 12:28 PM
I only bought one toy, a certain special toy (for my wife). It was about $25, plus some D-cell batteries. I should have bought a Shamwow too because I've been spending $40 a month on paper towels ever since.

01-05-2009, 01:14 PM
I spent about $800-900 on toys and such... could have had a down payment for a new car...

01-05-2009, 05:00 PM
Sweet Jesus!
You could've bought a semi-decent used car (or a great down payment on one) for that! Yeah, but who's gonna drive it, kid? You?

Yeah, I know. It was an unusual year for me, what with Indiana Jones stuff coming out and all. I knew it would it be though, after Hasbro announced they acquired the license in '07.

Without the Indy line, I probably would've spent less than half of what I did this year. I spent $842 on toys in 2006 and $909 in 2007 (not including taxes or shipping).

01-05-2009, 06:02 PM
I'm almost embarassed to admit it.....

For SW I spent around $1200, which is a third of what I spent in 07 thankfully. This doesn't include IJ, GIJoe, Alien, and other lines, but they don't add up near to what I spend on SW.

Bel-Cam Jos
01-05-2009, 08:30 PM
I forgot I went to Disneyland for the Unofficial SW Day in June, and probably shelled out close to a C-note on various toys (Star Tours, mainly). Add that to my tab. :greedy:

01-05-2009, 10:34 PM
Not as much as I spent on them in 2007.

01-05-2009, 10:52 PM
I spent more in 2008 than I did in 2007, mainly because of the release of the BMF and the AT-TE. After I bought those two, I caught the vehicle bug and picked up other things like the torrent starfighter, the A-wing, and the spider droid. Those purchases right there alone totaled somewhere around $330-340.

Then I bought close to every Legacy Collection figure and every CW figure from 08, that's a whole lot more right there.

Add other things, like Galactic Heroes and the GH vehicles...I would not be surprised if I spent somewhere around $700.

Add in everything else I bought (non-sw) it had to be somewhere around the $1000 mark, probably more than that.

01-06-2009, 09:00 PM
I bought minty POTF firgures for $260-

EV 9D9
A-wing pilot

and the BMF for $150

as well as about 5 or so figures from the cantina- $35

$450 on toys- not too bad!

01-06-2009, 09:13 PM
I have a question for you JON9000:

Where do you go in Raleigh to find figures? I mean, where do you go that usually has a good selection?

I have a tough time when I go to Raleigh..it seems its the same old pegwarmers everywhere. Is there a particular location in the city that has more than others?

Also, have you checked out the toy guy at the fairgrounds who sells vintage figures? He is one of the inside vendors..he has everything from Transformers to Star Wars.

figrin bran
01-06-2009, 09:45 PM
I did not army build as much this year, nor did I buy the BMF or AT-TE. However, I still estimate that I spent somewhere around the $1000 mark as well.

01-06-2009, 09:47 PM
It just dawned on me that by buying the Boba Fett Mighty Mugg the other day I've already spent $8.99 more on SW stuff than I did last year.

01-06-2009, 09:48 PM
After the BMF, AT-TE, and exclusives, not to mention all of the basic figure lines probably in the upper $1500 range.

01-07-2009, 03:00 PM
too much. always...always...always TOO MUCh. but i love it so it's all good. I would say $1500 or more.......most likely on the more side.

Star Wars, GI JOE, Cars, Indiana Jones - yeah it adds up.

01-07-2009, 05:46 PM
I spent at least $2K-$3K with all of my fleet and army building.

I bought 1 BMF at TRU for $160.

I bought 6 AT-TE's (all on various sales with an average cost of $75.00 each) at $300.00.

4 TRU ARC-170's at $180.00.

6 V-19's at $120.

1 Target ARC-170 from last year from a local shop at $40.00.

2 MR Lightaber Construction Kits at EE (on sale + free shipping) for $120.00 total

2 WM Gunships at $100.00

1 Yoda MR Lightsaber from Brian's Toys on sale for $65.00.

Those are the MAJOR purchases that I can *remember*.

Then there are the figures. I think I spent around $100.00 on those on July 26th proper after I had been to TRU the night before.

I usually spend around $100.00 every 6 - 8 weeks on SW stuff, so again, between $2K - $3K. Just a ballpark guess.

01-07-2009, 09:32 PM
I spent at least $2K-$3K with all of my fleet and army building. I was waiting to see if you'd post here. I figured with all the vehicle buying you've done you would've spent way more than I did. I knew from your posts you'd bought several AT-TEs, but didn't know how many exactly. Sounds like it'd make a cool display though.

01-07-2009, 10:27 PM
I don't know exactly the amount, but it was less than the year before. I think it would blow my mind if I knew.

With a few exceptions, I only got one of each figure in the Star wars Legacy and Animated line, and only one of each new tooling ship. That of course includes the Falcon and AT-TE.

Every new tooling Titanium

At least one of each Gi Joe 25th. Luckily I only bought a couple of the vehicles. (too cheesy for me when I have 21st Century Toys)

One of every Indy figures and vehicles.

Every Star Wars non-OTC Sideshow figure.

Quite a lot of 21st Century Toys, and BBI 1:18 and 1:32 vehicles.

Many 1/64 Greenlight cars, but fewer Johnny Lightning.

01-07-2009, 10:33 PM
Many 1/64 Greenlight cars

I'm with you there.

BTW, did anyone spend more on Star Wars toys for someone else this year than they did for themselves.

I spent more on SW toys for my daughter than for me. LOL

01-08-2009, 09:56 AM
I was waiting to see if you'd post here. I figured with all the vehicle buying you've done you'd would've spent way more than I did. I knew from your posts you'd bought several AT-TEs, but didn't know how many exactly. Sounds like it'd make a cool display though.

I am going to up my estimate from $2k-$3k to $3k-$4k.

Late last night as I was watching TV and looking at what I had displayed and thinking about what I didn't have displayed, I decided that I didn't really take into account my pre Midnight Madness/07.26.2008 purchases and realized there were a lot of purchases in the early part of the year, too.

2 each of the TRU Obi Wan JSF w/ Hyperspace Ring, Obi Wan and Anakin's 2nd RotS JSF's, Aayla's Target Exclusive JSF, + misc. figures (there's no way I can remember how many figures I actually bought!).

Plus there's the non-Star Wars toys I bought for myself and my nephew.

Yes, there was LOTS of army and fleet building in 2008 for me. I will probably never aquire as much in one year as I did in 2008.

I'm excited about the 6 AT-TE's and one day having a house big enough to set them all up and display them properly.

El Chuxter
01-08-2009, 01:34 PM
I bought the woman who played one of the unnamed handmaidens back in 1999. She sold for about $150 on the black market in Haiti. It was a good deal. She looks just like Keira Knightley, and she makes the best waffles I've ever tasted.

01-08-2009, 02:37 PM
Can you get her to vacuum and take out the trash as well? How about picking up the groceries? I could really use that service here in a month or so - and I need someone to change the cat boxes, too.