Aside from the Masked Rider Kaijin Orphnoch figure from Bandai, there was this one rare purchase I made from that same bargain store inside the SM Annex in North EDSA that was truly a steal and somehow, I was there at the right place at the right time when the new stocks of marked-down toys came as I patiently waited for the guys manning the store to finish their inventory before I began scanning the new stuff they got… and it wasn’t for long when my radar locked-in on a couple of boxed 12-inch action figures neatly stacked in one corner, looking at them up close, you can tell that these were kept inside their stock room for a long time from the dust particles on the box plus including some minimal mold build up on the other figures. Since there were just a handful of people inside the store it was my chance to choose the action figure that was in its best condition, and at a nifty price of Php 50.00 (roughly around $1.00 plus), I wanted somehow to get my money’s worth despite of its marked-down price tag.
It is a commemorative 12-inch action figure of an F.D.N.Y. (New York City Fire Department) fire fighter who were commended for their bravery when they were the first to immediately respond to help those who were trapped inside the ill-fated Twin Towers during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on American soil. The figure came with a fireman’s helmet, the F.D.N.Y. uniform, an American flag and what seems to be the F.D.N.Y. badge which was nowhere to be found on all the other sets. After making my pick, went straight to the cashier and bought the fire fighter figure. It was indeed a good buy because these 12-inch figs can be a bit pricey when they’re not on sale but nonetheless, it was one of the best purchases I made and it was worth it.