I don't know if anyone has ever tried this one, but with all the talk about how old you were and what toy was your first, I got to talking to some other SW fans the other night about the best deal that I ever got when it comes to buying toys. We also talked about the best deal that we ever passed up.
The best deal I ever got is a tie. Back in '79, I found a vinyl cloak Jawa at a garage sale for 15 cents. At the time, I had no idea the significance of the figure. It would be years before I would find out just what it was that I had. Then, in '88, I was at a flea market and glanced into a box of cheap toys, and the guy had a Blue Snaggletooth for 35 cents. Needless to say, that sucker was mine.
The best deal I ever passed up is a tie too. Back in '85, I remember standing in front of an endcap at TRU that had every Power of the Force figure, except for Carbonite Han. I had ten bucks on me, and the price had gone up to like $2.79. So, I picked out Stormtrooper Luke, Amanaman, and R2 with the Lightsaber, rationlizing that these were Star Wars figures, and they would always be here. I never saw them on that rack again.
But the true winner came in the summer of '80. I was at another flea market here in Indy, and I walked past this guy's table and he had a case of ALIEN figures. The twelve inch ones. The ones that go for hundreds of dollars in crappy condition. He wanted five bucks apiece for them. He had at least six. I had six bucks on me, but in the end, decided not to spend it. Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!
How about you guys?