The One That Got Away...
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The One That Got Away...

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You ever have a toy as a kid that you got rid of or lost? One that you regret losing? One that you still miss?

Did you ever pass on buying something and you still regret it?

I was working at Toys R Us when they launched the Marvel Legends line. At the time I was collecting Star Wars figures so I passed. The bloody things sat on the shelf for months on end, and even though I have always been a marvel fan, I never bought. Now, they are about the only legends I don't own.

I passed up stealth iron man probably 15 times......

my brother has a better story though. living in salt lake city. one christmas, he had a huge gift. opened it to find the GI Joe USS Flagg (the aircraft carrier). he loved that thing. babied it like mad. it was the coolest thing we had ever owned. about a year later, we had to move to washington. we got to our new house. got all unpacked. it wasn't anywhere. we finally asked the parents.... they sold it before we left.... to a kid we hated.... for $10... I am not sure he has forgiven my mom for it yet.

any stories?

Posted by BurchCustoms
on Friday, May 1, 2009
User Comments
Kukaahi -
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
I feel you. You know how many times I walked passed a ML Spiral. >.<
Therapist -
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
I am working on a custom man-ape and its making me really really regret not pickin up a Black Panther all the times I had a chance
Kukaahi -
Monday, June 4, 2012
Just like in Burchcustom's story I had the USS Flagg but when my parent's split my dad put it in storage and needless to say I've never seen it again. It has to be the best toy ever made. Another one that burns me up to this day, especially when I see my cousin, involves a G1 Jazz that I kept immaculate. Came close to worshipped that toy. Jazz was just the best, but like so many fond farewell stories, a dim witted cousin shows up and before you can blink you find pieces of Jazz all over the room.
somebody1 -
Monday, June 4, 2012
Generation 1 action master Optimus prime, the Pretender vehicles.
Captain_Cash -
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
A friend of mine announced that he was selling his GI Joe stuff at a yard sell. I wanted to get over there because he was selling his USS Flag for $9. My mom said no it was too big. She was right but I regret it still. He did give me a pretty nice Rattler.
jadomiddlecustoms -
Thursday, April 26, 2012
*VIRTUAL HUG IS ACTIVE* I am so sorry for your loss
Thanks, I was so upset at the time.
Therapist -
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
*VIRTUAL HUG IS ACTIVE* I am so sorry for your loss
jadomiddlecustoms -
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Thank god there wasn't. But there was a juggernaut, SMC Venom, ml doc ock and an ml black panther.
Group customs -
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Wow! Thats really harsh, I hope there was no Deadpool in their!
jadomiddlecustoms -
Saturday, April 21, 2012
I also remember the time my grandma took all my Smc's and ML's (yes all) to the hospital and donated them to the children's ward. I asked her why she did it and just replied; 'your too old to be playing with toys anyway'. Made 25 kids happy so Im not angry......much...
jadomiddlecustoms -
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Bidding on a shield agent/hand ninja two pack, goes from £20 to £30 but I'm still determined! Was beat £31 in the last second.
Therapist -
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I regret letting a Scary Tales Alice variant pass me by for 7$ such a fool!
Darth_Noxid -
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Luckily I have never lost any action figures as a child. I had Master of the Universe, Thundercats, The A-Team (most of them fell apart) and I did get rid of the small figure play set and the van. When I moved house when I was 16, I found all my old MotU figures and Tcats....and I wished I had left them in the attic as being 16, I didn't care much for them. One by one most have been lost or been damaged and I have lost Lion-o, Mummra and Panthro with his accessories. I do have the headresss of Mummy ra and the sword of omens of Lion-O. However, I also collected Lord of the Rings and not getting the line when they were cleared at Tr Us. However, fellow collectors, ebay is king! Have picked up so much. Now, if I can afford it, I get it, take a gamble and enjoy it, even if it is a duplicate.

Ones I do regret are not getting more of Star Wars when a pound shop were selling them off for a £1 a piece.
countmall -
Sunday, February 12, 2012
I recently was almost able to buy a near-mint Super Nintendo, working, in the box with everything for $30. Unfortunately someone beat me to it... oh well.
Tim121RVC -
Monday, September 26, 2011
I sold my classic MOTU Skeletor + Panthor to my brother. Still regret that a little today, but since I know he's in good hands (my brother won't throw it away or sell it) I can live with it.
Group customs -
Friday, June 17, 2011
I put down a Marvel legends Juggernaut for 5 bucks at KB toys before it closed I still regret it
Leviathan -
Monday, June 6, 2011
The ones that got away for me are the DC Comics Pocket Heroes Line. In the early 2000s I saw them at my local collector time and time again during their run and continued to pass them up because the $9.95 price tag was a bit much for two figures that had little articulation. Now in 2011 here I am trying to find them all because I just think they are awesome because of their limited articulation and the fact that they are DC heroes. I regret not getting them back then.
Xysma Warhorse -
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Oh yeah... I didn't buy any of the Ghost Rider movie toys... and I passed on the Young Avengers box set. I really regret that, but at the time there were so many Marvel Legends coming out, something had to go.
Xysma Warhorse -
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Mine seems to be mostly stuff I know I had that I can't find and have no idea where it could've gone... I remember my brothers and I had a bunch of Spiral Zone and Sectaurs stuff, those were the coolest. I'm down to 3 Spiral Zone figures now, but I've got the harnesses for 5 or 6 more figures... no idea where the figures went. when I was real little (probably 5 years old, circa 1978) I had a Mego Hulk that I carried around like other kids carry around a woobie or a teddie bear or something, there's tons of pictures with me holding it... anyway it's long gone too. As far as passing something up, I remember holding AD&D figures in my grimy litle hands at the Kay Bee toys in the old Mall of Memphis (I get sad just thinking about that place, it was SOOOO awesome in the 80's, now it's completely gone) and putting them back for something else... probably GI Joe. More recently, I didn't get the Boba Fett Unleashed figure when I had the chance because I was with my wife when I found it and she was bitching about me buying toys, so I put it back.... now it's the only one I really wanted that I don't have.
mega_star_andro -
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
This weekend at a flea market I walked upon an old lady who had a huge lot of loose figures, mostly really good stuff, I told her Id be back to get what I wanted after I visited my friends store. When I came back the Spawn figure that I wanted was in this little kid's hands...I waited around till he put it down so I could grab it but unfortunatley his dad appeared outta nowhere and bought it for him....smh, I was pissed but I was too late, anyways I got a few figs for $1 each so it wasn't so bad.
PUNISHMENT5411 -
Monday, March 21, 2011
ML6 Juggernaut and Deadpool. I remember walking into Walmart and there was a whole isle of them 20-30 of each figure from the series. And I got the Punisher.
JakkNewman -
Thursday, March 17, 2011
My story goes back when the Kenner animated Batman series first debuted in '93. I was 7 at the time. I remember my Father taking me to the local Kay-Bee-Toy Works and I was told I could get two figures. I found Combat Belt Batman and snatched him up right away. Batman naturally needed an enemy to fight, and I had two to choose from; Two-Face or the Penguin. I already had a Batman Returns Penguin, so I opted out for Two-Face instead. Little did I know the headache I'd have for years and years after that to afford Pengers. It wasn't until just last week, at age 25, I was finally able to purchase my own BTAS Penguin. MOC for $10.50 on on' eBay. Quite the steal considering what he used to be valued at.
NEOTHEONE -
Friday, February 18, 2011
One time when I was little. I went to blockbuster with my dad. I had the original grey batman from the animated series and the robin to go with it. I set them on the floor with all the accessories(this was back when blockbuster sold marvel legends) and I walked off and left them there. Thats not the worst. I cried so hard because I had the super possable spiderman and green goblin with glider and removable mask in perfect condition and I left it in a mexican resturant. I was so upset. I also regret selling my starwars collection. I had been collecting since episode 2 came out when I was lil bitty. The figures that I kept passing by were the marvel universe figures, now I regret it cause I got a free captain america from my cousin but he doesn't have a shield and im dieing to get one. I guess ill wait for the new movie figures. I bought a MU pack with thor and iron man and the thor has 2 left lower legs. im mad. but I can't get over those spiderman figures.
Darththomas -
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I keep thinking of selling my Vintage Starwars collection, we could probably wipe all of our debts if I did but it's taken over seven years to collect so I don't wanna.
somebody1 -
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
This happened to all my remaining vintage stuff over the years. Every time we'd do a fleamarket or yardsale we'd set the stuff out. The last time was in 2006 when we had the estate sale after putting my grandma in assisted living. I had unopened 90s xmen figures, a ton of old he-man and such and a bunch of ID4 figures.
Therapist -
Monday, February 14, 2011
I feel ya brother. Exact same thing happened to me. I've slowly been finding/replacing my power rangers collection. I found my dragon dagger in the garage but I am almost desperate to get a blue flip head ranger.
flawpunk -
Monday, February 14, 2011
At one point I had every power ranger figure. Movie line, zords, flip heads, standard, dragon dagger, morphers, pretty much everything. Then it all got sold in a yard sale. Didn't realize they'd be worth something.
Mighty Puundragon -
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Oh I got them on clearance the first time around. I paid avg $2.33 for figs, $5 for Small Creatures and Vehicles and less than $10 for the Leonoptryx and the Scorpion Copter. I paid $5 for the last series figs that really only came to the discount stores but they were worth the price.
somebody1 -
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
You should have waited. after xmas the local discount chain had all avatar stuff 50% off.
Mighty Puundragon -
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
My dad had wanted to do that for me with the original Star Wars when they first came out. My mom said no because they could not afford it at the time. I did the same thing for my son and the Avatar movie figs. He has every regular figure and all the vehicles and creatures waiting for him.
Darththomas -
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
My dad was the opposite. Ever since I was little he was always on my case about keeping boxes adn putting the figures back in them when I was done playing. Man do I wish I'd listened to him from my heman stuff all the way to starwars (original movie stuff) to tranformers.

Oddly enough my wife's father was like that. She didn't have a ton of toys but she had boxes for her Strawberry Shortcake stuff, talking Alf and their NES (games too). He recently gave me an Erector Set from the early 1950's.


I got a plan to get all the new tcats and put them in the attic for my boy when he gets to my age, even if he isn't into toys like his old man he can sell them and make a bomb!!, wish my parents had done this for me
Mighty Puundragon -
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
My dad was the opposite. Ever since I was little he was always on my case about keeping boxes adn putting the figures back in them when I was done playing. Man do I wish I'd listened to him from my heman stuff all the way to starwars (original movie stuff) to tranformers.

Oddly enough my wife's father was like that. She didn't have a ton of toys but she had boxes for her Strawberry Shortcake stuff, talking Alf and their NES (games too). He recently gave me an Erector Set from the early 1950's.
somebody1 -
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
My dad was the opposite. Ever since I was little he was always on my case about keeping boxes adn putting the figures back in them when I was done playing. Man do I wish I'd listened to him from my heman stuff all the way to starwars (original movie stuff) to tranformers.
Mighty Puundragon -
Monday, February 7, 2011
My dad talked us into giving away all our G1 Transformers to the Fire Department to give to needy kids. I miss Reflector and Skorponok most I think.
barefootabe -
Monday, January 31, 2011
thanks
somebody1 -
Monday, January 31, 2011
I emailed him so we'll see what he can do.
barefootabe -
Sunday, January 30, 2011
get me a pic and I may be able to find you one. I have a buddy who has a ton of beast wars. he isn't cheap though.


hey thanks, sorry I forgot to check this thread sooner.

this is the original, but if the price isok id settle for a recast(they came out later with it in different colors) , as long as its the same figure

http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/ ... primal/63/
jumbokaggra -
Saturday, January 29, 2011
I lived in Japan for 3 years and passed up SO much. My biggest regret is not buying Microman stuff which is dirt cheap there.
I assumed it was part of a series or something and I kind of feel like a fake buying toys I don't know about.
Not a big anime fan buy the Fist of the North Star figs were amazing and would have been great for customs, too.
somebody1 -
Friday, January 28, 2011
get me a pic and I may be able to find you one. I have a buddy who has a ton of beast wars. he isn't cheap though.
barefootabe -
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
lucky lol
Therapist -
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Got one of those almost a year ago for 3$
barefootabe -
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
back when the two towers came out toysrus had this huge treebeard figure that I wanted, but I had to pass it up. =/

or the classic gorilla optimus primal, I've been looking for one of those for years
Therapist -
Saturday, January 15, 2011
My toys r us had TONS of godzilla stuff on clearance right before christmas.


Marvel Select Thanos. Shinobitron owed me one in a trade and then just flaked and I still don't have one
3bcustoms -
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I'm trying to find Godzilla figures right now...so I feel your pain

My local store has quite a few Godzilla figures..if you guys lived in Toronto you would have no problem finding that stuff, actually I think there's like 3 stores that sell them
RexLewis85 -
Friday, January 14, 2011
I'm trying to find Godzilla figures right now...so I feel your pain
windblock2002 -
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Well my story goes like this:two years ago I broke up with my wife...I had the biggest Godzilla collection (Bandai)That your eyes can lay on...Everytime I order chinese food the chinese delivery guy was amazed,you thought he so God or something LOL!I also had a lot of ML figures and a lot fodder parts,,,,You guys know what happen's next...That's right,had to sell every thing just to move....Still hurts when I see Godzilla....good news is that I'm getting some action figures back little by little.
Still don't have the money for Godzilla those thing cost $$$$$$$$$
pock63 -
Friday, January 7, 2011
I passed up many LCBH Savage Dragons on sale at wall mart fore $5 a piece a couple of years ago because I didn't have much money then.
hawkeye -
Friday, January 7, 2011
When I was younger I was given a box of Star Wars figures by my cousin around the time Return of the Jedi came out. These were late 70s/early 80s figures in great shape. I lost every weapon, broke arms and heads off and managed to destroy most of them. The worst part is I traded the ones that weren't ruined(about 15 figures, mostly droids and a Boba Fett) for a few Archie comics
I did find a Chewbacca a few years ago when my Dad renovated his house, It was under the basement steps mixed in with a lot of clutter.
supersizeme -
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Years ago I went to my local walmart like I alwayz do cause I was a hard core action figure collector then, back before marriage and kids...sigh...I really miss those days where one can spend his entire pay check on action figures and not bat an eye. Anywayz I made a B-line right to the action figure aisle and I found 2 Toybiz Marvel Legend Juggernauts. One was in a pristine package and the other the package was crushed. I of course just bought the nice package one since back then I was a pure collector and never opened anything.
Now that I am a customizer I open almost every figure and alwayz wished I would of bought them both at 7 dollars a piece. I also sold a Deadpool on ebay for 15 bucks and thought at the time wow I bought the figure for 7 bucks and sold if for 15 I doubled my money and was pretty happy. Geez what a dope I was. LOL
WeAreVenom -
Monday, July 12, 2010
Left a Marvel Legends Punisher MOC at a goodwill store for 4 bucks. My logic was that I had one already...
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