We had another retail success story yesterday. It always feels good to just stumble into a deal, or run across a rare toy by happenstance, rather than endure the wilds of eBay and online price gouging.
Skylanders. At a GameStop, we found Lightning Rod, one of the newer figures to be released. And at Target, wonder of wonders, they had two Dragon's Peak adventure packs. So now we have all four adventure packs (which means we have all the power-up items)... and we're only four away from a complete set of all 32 base Skylander toys. I adamantly refuse to do the math on what this all costs. And by "base," that means I'm not counting the Legendary figures, which are just repaints. But we have four of those too.
We need Dino-rang, Camo, Warnado and Wham Shell.
Incidentally, this was our first drop-in at this particular GameStop, and it has to be the best GameStop this side of the Susquehanna. For one thing, it's huge. For whatever reason, GameStops around here tend to be around the size of a Christopher & Banks dressing room, and when 80% of that tiny-space stock is used games, I don't often spend a lot of time in them. This GameStop is actually the size of a real store. Must be expensive rent.
Plus, I asked about Kid Icarus cards, and they gave us two free packs. A couple weeks ago, Nintendo and GameStop held a Kid Icarus: Uprising demo day, but none of my immediately local GameStops were among the "select stores" that were running the demo and handing out free cards. At this GameStop, I delicately asked "Do you have Kid Icarus cards?" - which, you have to admit, is a genius way to tackle it, because the phrasing makes me look like an idiot father who thinks he can buy his son Kid Icarus cards. So if they don't have any of the free cards, the staff can assume I thought you could buy them... but if they do have the free cards, they look like heroes for handing them out to us.
So now we have just about all of the Kid Icarus cards as yet released. We don't have whatever they handed out at the Nintendo Store in New York, and we don't have whatever Game Informer subscribers received with the magazine. We have the cards that came with the game, the Club Nintendo cards, the Nintendo Power cards, the @Gamer Best Buy cards and now the GameStop cards. Plus the one booster pack that Nintendo sent me (which I'm guessing is the same random packs they handed out at PAX). I remain astonished that Nintendo is not selling these cards at retail. Maybe they're waiting for enough copies of the game to get into players' hands so it makes financial sense to print and distribute packs of Kid Icarus cards.
Next: two PlayStation Move games on the discount end cap at Target. Medieval Moves: Deadmund's Quest and Puss in Boots. Both marked down to $12. We tried the demo for Deadmund some time ago, and Clark really liked it, but I doubted it would stand up to a $40 price point. I was actually monitoring the price of the Deadmund/Sports Champions/Move controller bundle pack (which seems to float between $75-$99) since then we would get two games and an extra Move controller, but $12 for Deadmund pretty much negates the value of a second controller and another dopey archery mini game set.
Deadmund is decent. It overdoes the motion controls to the extent that it feels like a second-year Wii game. Like, why should the same button be used to trigger four separate actions depending on the position of the Move controller? Dumb. But it looks good (except for the amateur-level pencil art showcased during cutscenes) and the on-rails movement makes Clark feel like he's accomplishing some serious stuff.
Puss in Boots uses the same on-rails trick, which is really smart for motion control games aimed at kids. Clark is KILLING IT as Puss, and it is pretty good for a movie tie-in title. It shifts from sword fighting to balancing to steering vehicles to posing, all with Move motion controls and all while following the movie's plot.
Finally, Toys R Us had a video game accessory clearance sale, so I picked up Sony's stupid PlayStation Eye TV bracket for the attractive sum of $1.26. Original MSRP for this goony piece of plastic was $15. Which is nuts, it's just a two inch support that nicely positions your Eye camera on the top of your flatscreen. $1.26 might even be slightly more than it's worth, but it does what it says on the tin so I won't complain further.