I wasn't surprised at the items that I saw and their corresponding bloated prices. I mean, it's almost a given with shops in upscale malls here that most of the merchandise will be overpriced. But I still wondered at the
And yet that 4K LEGO set was nothing compared to some of the sets I've seen, with prices going for more than 20K. In comparison, a tiny set consisting of bland 16 pieces will net you about P300, which is quite sad, really.
I also saw some action figures from the movie Tron: Legacy, which all light up. Some figures even have small video clips of the actor's faces projected on the figure's head, which actually look cool, until you see the price: almost 800 bucks. Yikes.
It's not just the toys though; it's the same for games. Those classic board games I used to enjoy playing before videogaming won me over completely now cost almost a thousand pesos and more. Somehow, I can't ever imagine buying Monopoly or Clue for that much money, it's just too ridiculous.
Kids today have it easy; they're living in an age where technology has made almost everything so amazing, resulting in some awesome playthings that we never even dreamed of back then. And yet, everything's so darned expensive. While it's great to be a kid in this era, it's absolute hell to be a parent, especially during the Christmas season.
With an all-out, unrelenting assault of toys, games, merchandising tie-ins and God Knows What Else being shoved by the media to most of the ADHD-addled kids out there, it just sucks to be a parent, mainly because they're the ones who reluctantly have to part with their cash. Be ready to say goodbye to your funds and credit card limits, and brace yourself for the fallout of bills in the months to come, LOL.