I will now reveal how I ended up with the Kang and Kodos set - for free. Bwah ha ha!
Back in the heady days of WOS it was always a scramble to try and find when Toys R us was getting int heir exclusives, as if you lived in the wrong area some nimrod would buy them all for resale.
So I went down to the store one day when they should have been there, but not on the shelf. So I asked as the counter. The nice girl told me they had gotten in only a few, and they were sitting below the counter 'on hold' indicating they were for the assistant manager.
well, I got pissed. and asked for the manager, and asked the staff was allowed to snap up things before they got to the shelves and put them on hold. He did not care and made some lame excuse of 'well, I am sure he has people that called in to hold them." I asked if they would hold the next one for me, and was told they didn't really do that. I happened to know one of the stockers slightly and he told me yeah, the managers just take the good stuff, and resell on ebay.
So being really, really pissed, I actually wrote a letter tot he CEO of Toys R Us complaining that if they were going to do exclusives, they needed to make a reasonable number, distribute them in a fair manner, possibly allow people to preorder them, and not allow the staff to grab all the really good stuff for themelves.
Imagine my surprise when about two weeks later I got a somewhat nervous call from the TRU store saying they had a set for me. I went right down, and seems they had been sent one at the direction of the CEO, who had them give it to me for free. And I walked out with a free MIB set.
Of course I also could have bought a pile of glow in the dark homers when they first came out and did not sell (I actually brought three- one for me, one to trade, and one to put away). When they hit $100 I 'almost' sold one. I just opened up the closet of extra stuff and found all kinds of spare sets I had put away to trade for releases that I ended up missing. I had been buying by the case from what's his name, and ended up with a lot of spares. Looking at ebay it is REAL depressing these days.
As none of them are worth much money today I will trade for old military items, venture brothers junk, uh, weird old stuff, whatever. If any newer collector is seriously trying to build up the set I may be talked into doing a deal on some of the common waves.