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A couple batman CMF bags lying around, got vacation batman and passed on Harley Quinn
The few S16 bags I checked were nothing special
Tray of a few dozen batman cmf and a few dozen more on the s16 rack, i think a full case that got scattered, found 3 each of the ones I want
S16 rack must be already searched, 100+ bags, 2 rogue no babysitter
This is why I don't buy CMF anymore. I don't trust that the figs haven't gotten through a whole bunch of middle-aged men's fingers.
I had examined the S16s before, seeing if I missed any or they put out more
could be a problem for people who want mint condition bags, might lead to more questions from store security, confuse n00bs, what if I'm wrong?
I spend too long examining CMF bags as is, and I might not exactly identify a figure if I know it's one I don't want.
So did you never feel them?
Definitely not as cost effective, but when adding in the cost of time and standing in brick and mortar stores feeling up packages for 15 - 30 minutes feeling like a weirdo, maybe not even finding the ones I want because they've been picked over, and it's just not the better option for me. But I don't judge those who do, it's probably easier for some.
On a trip to Walmart, the KNEX Mario figures were like $1.50 in the clearance section and I decided I wanted some for my desk, so I worked on feeling those based on the pictures on the packages for parts that would stand out. I thought I had both a Mario and a Luigi. When I got home, I had a Diddy Kong and Yoshi...
If you are buying them from TRU or [email protected], I believe you will get far more 'undesirables' buy buying them online (and letting a warehouse working take a chunks of packs in a box) vs grabbing random packs in a store (even without feeling them).
I have gotten FAR more extras (usually of commons) buying them from sites like [email protected]
I do not know what I'm feeling at first, but each series for me takes a bit of practice as to what to feel for and how said part 'feels's in the bag, but once I got it, 'I got it' so to speak.
It is also why I buy a set from someone like @MinifiguresPlus. Mostly it is due to not wanting to empty 2/3 of a box of two sets because I want one for me and one for my GF, but it is also because I do not want to feel for every figure in a set. I have no issues feeling for an extra figure I want after I got my set from online, but I would definitely search/feel for the figures that would cost me an extra buck or two to get from someone who bought them to resell them on eBay for a premium because you know what the figure is.
The knex figures have a code pattern. A serial number embossed on the packaging. The number may or may not be the same from package to package but what is important is which number is underlined. That is always the same from figure to figure. Look up the assortment you have in front of you and find the code pattern and you will get the correct one every time, assuming it's still in the case.
I've never actually purchased a sealed CMF at a store so I am not too worried about my overall package-feeling skills. I bought one Disney CMF when they were discounted on [email protected] as a way to get my purchase to meet a certain reward threshold.
None of these fancy clearances at my store. :(
Empty Friends display labeled #30401 $3.99
The target I go to only has them at the checkout which not only does not give enough time to find a good figure, but also have a max of 7 figs to checkout per lane.
They used to have them in the Lego aisle but are no longer there.(or at all in the toy department) Also I can't say that searching for a Lego figure in a very crouded area (checkout lane) is up my ally. Preferred the less populated Lego aisle.
If they go higher than 3.99 then it is not worth it to me. Especially when many of the special parts that used to only be in CMFs show up in sets, and also in BaM bars at LEGO stores.
#70650 - $9.98
Also decided to get a Dr. Strange #76060, no telling how much longer we will see that one on shelves.