Nintendo DS Lite w/ GBA Case
This was a neat pick-up! My Mom found this while she was out thrifting and got it for me. I'd never actually owned a DS Lite before (I stuck with my phat all the way up until the DSi. Yes, really. Personal reason.), so it's a nice addition to my Nintendo hardware library. (Don't have the right charger for it, though, so gonna have to pick one up on Amazon eventually.)
Funko POP! Aggretsuko: Aggretsuko (Retsuko) (Amazon)
Got an adorable reminder of one of my favorite Netflix shows for the best price ever: FREE! Yep, thanks to credit awarded on Amazon from a previous game pre-order, I was able to add Retsuko here to the POP shelf for absolutely no charge. Ain't life neat sometimes?
Earbuds w/ Case
$25 Target VISA Gift Card
A few days after Christmas, some dear family friends presented me with these gifts! Extra earbuds are always useful in a pinch and that gift card was put to excellent use. (See a bit further down.)
Power Rangers Lightning Collection Beast Morphers Blue Ranger
This is the last of my 2019 pick-ups, courtesy of another giveaway won from razzle1337 on Twitter! (Yep, same dude who finally added MMPR: Pink to my GN shelf.) What better way to end a year than by bringing my recent winnings up to a phenomenal FIVE items? (That's Lightning Collection figures of Tyler and Ravi, the hardcover Art of TMNT book, MMPR: Pink, and a Detective Pikachu Blu-ray, for those just tuning in.) I can only hope that 2020 is as generous.
Anyway, Ravi here beefs up the Grid Battleforce rep on my Ranger shelf. Still need to pick up Nate so I can have most of the team covered. (Hoping Steel and Zoey roll down the pipeline eventually. Maybe we'll see them at Toy Fair?)
Power Rangers Lightning Collection Lord Drakkon (Amazon)
My main purchase with the above gift card was yet another Lightning Collection figure. However, this one's special: it's our first comic representation, Lord Drakkon! Perfect for leading a collection of villains and evil Rangers on my shelf! So glad I was able to snag this guy easily despite him being one per case. (Hoping I luck out in a similar way when Ranger Slayer hits.)
Number 37: Hope Woven Dragon Spider Shark (Amazon)
Burned through the rest of my gift card the way I usually do when there's only a couple bucks left on it: by ordering Yu-Gi-Oh! cards!
I snagged totally-not-Cinderella-Disney-nope-we're-not-using-the-name-from-this-public-domain-fairy-tale-for-the-actual-card-despite-using-it-in-the-anime-NOPE Prinzessin because the bushel of cards I got from my brother-in-law last year had a couple of her support cards but not her.
The other guy I've been wanting to own ever since I first saw him in the Zexal manga. I mean, just...LOOK at that name. Take it in. Analyze it. CONSUME IT. Isn't it simply the most resplendently beautiful/ludicrous name you've ever seen? HOPE. WOVEN. DRAGON. SPIDER. SHARK. It's like the crossword puzzle in an Animal Planet coloring book went nuts and turned into a Monster! It's simply the most amazing card in my collection and I will cherish it forever.
Toy Factory Squirtle Plush
Another of my Mom's thrift finds! It's a fairly recent plush (dated 2017) and even still has its tag! A very nice addition to my shelf currently covered in Pokemon plushes. (Special shout-out to my pal Jeff! I know Squirt's your man!)
Fangamer Banjo-Kazooie Collectible Plush Set
THIS is what I spent my Christmas cash on. Ever since I was a kid, I've DREAMED of a Banjo-Kazooie plush that'd be able to fully separate to mimic the duo's skill in Banjo-Tooie. However, the only previous Banjo plush I've owned (a tiny keychain) didn't prove up to the task. (I actually ended up ripping the sewn-in Kazooie out and taping straws to her stump to give her the illusion of legs. Tough times.)
However, a short while ago, Fangamer announced THIS beauty among their new crop of officially-licensed Banjo-Kazooie merch and I KNEW that I had to have it. What better way to further celebrate the duo coming home in Smash?
Unfortunately, there was a piece missing with mine (Banjo's shark tooth necklace), but Fangamer's very helpful customer support has assured me that they'll get Banjo his neckwear free of charge as soon as they get in more of the plush next month, so no big deal. It's still an absolutely gorgeous set that's well worth the price to any fan of the bear and bird.
Tomy Tails Comic Pack (Walmart.com)
Since I got the Metal Sonic Comic Pack for Christmas and knew that Tomy's Sonic stock was running low, I had to get the matching Tails Comic Pack to complete the set before it disappeared. Again, the figures are neat, but the REAL draw of these are the translated Sonic Channel comics included. You won't find these English/print versions ANYWHERE else and despite some typos ("Miles Tails ProwLer" and several incorrect uses of "Chao's" to name some examples), they're fantastic to have for any Sonic fan. Just fun little slice-of-life comics starring every Sonic character under the sun. (Except the Deadly Six, oddly enough.)
Tomy Sonic Collector Set (Sonic, Zavok, and Infinite) (Walmart.com)
Speaking of the Deadly Six and picking up Tomy Sonic toys before they went completely extinct, also picked up this set, featuring the very first official plastic representations of Zavok and Infinite. Especially happy to have Infinite, as I found him to be a really cool new villain in Sonic Forces in that he was just a merc hired by Eggman who went a little power/revenge-crazy with a fancy gem rather than the usual ancient behemoth the Doctor fancies waking up. It was refreshing.
Now I wish they had made a Chaos figure. With these and my Jazwares Shadow and Metal Sonic, he's all I'm missing to complete Eggman's world-conquering squad.
Richter amiibo (Walmart.com)
Dark Samus amiibo (Walmart.com)
Last but certainly not least, another vampire hunter and a Phazon doppelganger up the Echo Fighter rep among my amiibo. Now we wait for the DLC figures to come. (I will be ALL OVER Banjo.)
That's everything I had to share for the moment! Probably going to be another haul post next month that's a tad smaller, so stay tuned for that! Best of luck in the coming year to all of you!