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I know the site has been somewhat vacant the past few days…been a whirlwind couple of days in the “real world” (yeah, there is a distinction…  :shifty: ).  Deploying a new mail server at work, revamping the IS budget at work for 2010 with a hard deadline, all alongside a 2 month old that decided to stop feeding from the bottle and a wife whose back went totally sideways, leaving her bedridden has made for an interesting week.

Of course, amongst all those events, I managed to make a toy run.  Boy, I got my priorities straight, don’t I?  :/

In all seriousness, I had to go south for work on Monday, so I had another chance to zip through an number of Targets, Toys “R” Us’ and Wal-Mart cruising through southern NH…and honestly?  I was quite a bit more impressed and optimistic than I was the last time through.  Obviously, as everyone is aware, both Wal-Mart and Target have slashed prices on the single packs, and I think it’s helped.  A lot of those wave 1 pegwarmers had cleared out, at least somewhat, and many of them were replenished by the much improved later assortment offerings.  I saw numerous Pit Commandos, Rex “The Doctor” Lewis (all black coats), Helix, Flash, Elite-Vipers, Eels, etc…  I mean, I saw them in abundance.  Pit Commandos were still the most rare, as I only saw 4 of them total in two different locations, but nearly every place I stopped had a nice assortment of Wave 3 items mixed in.  Heck, I even found some Wave 4 Charbroils and Night Adders!  Two Night Adders, one with blue tats, one with black, so I still have no clue which one is rarer.

But it wasn’t all sunshine and roses.  Still didn’t see any Wave 2 Alpha’s at all (and I really want that Sky Sweeper!), and never touched either of the new TRU exclusives (Bench Press and Snow Serpent).  No Wave 5, even though I hit a couple of K-Marts expressly for that purpose, and none of the Wal-Marts I hit had a hint of the Battle Station exclusives.  Out of the 4 TRU’s I stopped at, one of them in Salem, NH had the Troop Builder 5-Packs, which was cool to see.  Speaking of which, reviews of those should be going up next week, hopefully…

The week’s looking up.  The Pats play the Colts on Sunday night, we actually have no plans this weekend, and the wife thinks she’ll be out of bed for Monday, but just in case you see spotty updates for the next couple of days, that’s why.