The Thomas & Friends Minis launchers includes Thomas, Percy, Spencer and now we have James!
The James Launcher was available in December 2016 on Amazon. We got it for my son's Christmas present so we had to wait to open it. The launcher is the same design and shape as the other launchers but it is decorated with red flames. The train, James, itself is actually quite cool and unique. It is a vibrant, transparent red. We bought it for $6.99 on Amazon but now it is trending at $14. On toysrus,com, you can find it for $8 if it is in stock (seemed to run out pretty quickly there). I have not seen it in stores yet but I am sure it is making its way.
On a quite disturbing note, the Thomas the Train Minis blind bags are selling for $2.99 at Toys R Us. Some readers had spotted them for $3.49 each. Not surprisingly, the store I was at had four, nearly full boxes of the blind bags (2016/3, 2016/4, and 2017/1). No wonder they were not selling!
Target is still at $1.49 and Barnes & Nobles is selling it for $1.99. If these stores begin marking the blind bags up, we will definitely have to re-think buying them. They are cool trains but not for that price!
Do you think this is a trend? If so, will this stop you from collecting these trains further?