So it’s about that time of year again: time for toy hunters to save up their money and trek out to Megamall to check out Toy Kingdom’s annual Warehouse Sale.
Here’s a screenshot from the Megatrade Hall’s website:
Just under a month left until I get to pick through all the leavings of Toy Kingdom’s 2011. I think the best haul I had was in 2007 when I was first starting out as a collector and was in my Mass Acquisition Stage. In 2008, I missed the first day, but was able to pick up a Polno Dianno statue for only Php 1,000.00 before it ended. I came back in 2009 but the pickings were slim since I’d already gotten most of the Transformers: Animated toys before they hit markdown. I still got some great stuff, like the Star Trek: Enterprise Deluxe Playsets and the DC Direct Armor series. The 2010 Sale was better: I got the most awesome Optimus Prime Voice Changer that year.
This is the 5 year for the Sale, so I’m not really sure how much stuff they’ll have available. You can be fairly certain that there will be a lot of Transformers: Generations figures available as they’ve been pulling them off shelves after the markdown took effect a few weeks ago. Then there’re those Transformers: Reveal the Shield figures that have been clogging shelves for the better part of a year, not to mention the Powercore Combiners that have seen several markdowns already but still refuse to move. For the most part, the stuff from 2Rats (DC Direct, Diamond Select, NECA, etc.) and the stuff from Playkit (Hasbro) are usually the ones that turn up here. The stuff from Richwell (Barbie, Lego, etc.) and Bankee (Mattel) are less likely to show up because those distributors don’t normally mark down their items.
I’m sure that if they have any left over How to Train Your Dragon, TRON, A-Team, The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Last Airbender, G.I. Joe or any other toy line that have gone on sale since November of last year they’ll make another appearance here. I've noticed that the white Clone Wars cards have finally gone on sale. The Iron Man 2 Hall of Armor figures as well. If any of the distributors have gotten any last minute deals outside of the country, this is where they’ll drop them as well.
A few things to remember:
- If you have a target in mind that is something other than a Transformer that has already been marked down (because these have been heavily represented in the past few Sales), this isn’t the place to get it. This is a clearance sale, so you’re more likely to find some off brand, peg warmer toy than a hard to find popular figure. Ditto for any new stock. Stick to Greenhills.
- This isn’t a place for kids. The Megatrade Hall gets PACKED by the time this thing gets going and it gets going fast. Your kids will get trampled. Plus, the lines are looooong. If you’re not out by 11:00 AM, you’re likely going to wait from 30 minutes to an hour to get to the cashier. Though they do take cards and deferred payments I wouldn’t recommend it. The connection isn’t the best and it’s a bitch trying to talk to your bank over the sound of thousands of frustrated shoppers.
- GO EARLY. Seriously. If you can be there when the gates open, do it. The best deals are available on that first day (which it usually exclusive to Toy Kingdom, SM Advantage or BDO Credit Card holders) in that first hour. Sure, they bring more stuff out later, but it’s usually just more of the same. Alternately, go on the last day, right before closing.
- Don’t expect extra discounts off the ones you already see on the shelves of Toy Kingdom. It’s not likely you’ll see a Transformers Deluxe figures for lower than the Php 350.00 that they are currently going for. If it does happen, yay, but I’ve witnessed a lot of people eyeing some Leader Class figure that’s already been selling for Php 2,000.00 the past six months, thinking that the Sale means that they’ll drop the price more. When it doesn’t happen they rant.
5th Annual Toy Kingdom Warehouse Sale
November 4-6, 2011
10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Megatrade Halls 1 & 2
5th Floor, Megamall
Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines