I decided to do a little early Christmas shopping with the 15% off TRU coupon so I went to TRU on Thursday. Looks like they have most of the 2009 sets out. I have wanted a collection of Imperial Soldiers to make a marching band since I saw Joe Meno?s on one of our Christmas layout?s years ago so I was checking out the new Pirates sets and noticed this:
- 6239 Canon Battle 2 minifigs, 45 pieces – $5.99
- 8396 Soldier?s Arsenal 1 minifig, ? pieces – $4.99
- 8397 Pirate?s Survival 1 minifig, ? pieces – $4.99
When I first saw the small set with one Imperial Soldier I thought ? perfect, I?ll pick some of these up and assemble my marching band but at a $5.00 price point, that will be expensive. Then I realized the Canon Battle set had the same Minifg plus a Pirate and some parts for only $1 more. So I bought it instead to check it out.
If those small sets were $3 they would be impulse buys and I would buy a bunch of them. At $5 they are too expensive for an impulse buy. These two small sets look like victims of a TRU markup.