Even then. People who were in the game at the time had lots of opportunities. - Legends Decepticons Target Masters were still available for a long time at MSRP ~ $30-$40. - Didn't TR Sixshot hit Ollie's for cheap. Alternatively, Legends Sixshot was available for months. - I was able to purchase Legends Topspin and Twintwist for retail prices months if not over half a year after release. - Missed out of PM Prime but that's my fault. Saw him several times but waited for a sale. - Blastoff, Repugnus and Grotesque all has reasonable pre-order times. And you even had a second chance for the last two at only double USA retail from Japan. - Can't remember about the T30. Were they hard to find? - All the females molds weren't easy but also not hard to find at the time. I actually think Novastar was the rarest. I believe Greenlight has shot up in value the most but I remember being surprised at how long it lasted. I had several chances to buy extras after I had them in hand but I hated the Elita-1 torso so it's not like they were not available. - TR Nautica - This one's a real kicker. But it's not a must-have. I hate boxsets. TRU going out of business didn't help. Funnily enough, I got the boxset for sale at a TRU in another state in a small city on a business trip. They had four boxes. I was tempted to get more than one box but only had one coupon. AT that time, when I posted online, nobody showed any interest. Still a lot of people complaining about her being a Blurr remold at that time. - CW Victorion. No idea if you can call this core or not but Target had several 20-30% off sales on her spanning months if not a year. - Another horrible box set but also one that did not have any key figures. I only chased it down for Tital Wave. Got this online. And it didn't sell out for months. I know not everybody has access to Ollie's or Ross or even Walmart and even then there's competition but these things weren't impossible to find and there was always times when they were reasonable. Speaking of which. The only things I can call a true fiasco would be the ER seekers, Ironhide and Ratchet sets. I know Amazon screwed the pooch by not delivering on pre-orders but the pre-orders themselves were open for months. I'm wondering, how many people pre-ordered in the first month or first two months and did not get their order fulfilled. The Ironhide Amazon canceled on me I ordered in month four or three right before release.