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November 9, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The Villager amiibo goes from collectible to re-stocked

Villager amiibo When amiibo began showing up on store shelves last year, I didn't own any console hardware that would make use of them. To me they were simply collectible figurines. I bought Mega Man and Pac-Man amiibo since they were retro icons from a great era in gaming. I was also interested in the Villager and Wii Fit Trainer because they were such unlikely characters to be released as amiibo.

Now that I have a Wii U and an NFC Reader for my 2DS these figurines take on a whole new meaning. My son was excited to dive into the Splatoon 3-pack of figures for the extra challenges and rewards they offered. I was interested to see what features the Chibi Robo amiibo would bring to Zip Lash.

About a month ago, my local Toys R Us got 4 Wii Fit Trainer figures on one of the days I did not stop in. Isn't that how it always goes? But that gave me hope that I might find one on a shelf rather than on auction. I don't need one that badly.The dearth of these early figures gave them a natural collectability.

The massive restocking of Nintendo's Villager figure ruined it for me.
Recently I heard that TRU was getting a large restocking of Villager figures. Ordinarily, this would have excited me, but part of the thrill was it's rarity. If Nintendo cranks out a hefty batch and keeps shelves stocked, it's not quite as desirable. None the less, I went out to TRU and picked up a Villager.

Unlike other releases, they only had 4 on the shelves, but I heard most stores received close to 50 Villagers. TRU usually puts all the amiibo stock on the shelves when it arrives. This time they seemed to be restocking in stealth-mode as figures were sold. Sneaky :)

Best Buy's Expensive Warp Pipe Stands

A few weeks ago I saw these amiibo stands mixed in with the amiibo figures on Best Buy's shelves. It caught my eye due to the unique packaging with the amiibo logo and Nintendo seal under the product bubble. It took me a few minutes to discover what they were. It was priced at $14.99 (most retailers were at $9.99) so I assumed it was some sort of NFC thing. Nope - just a cheap plastic stand. I did not buy one!

Warp Pipe amiibo stand I thought the Warp Pipe Stand packaging was very cool as it fit in with the figures, but was distinctively different... and over priced.
Warp Pipe amiibo stand I'm sure a lot of people bought this thinking it was an amiibo figure with NFC abilities.

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