While my shopping trip to the states was a bust in what I was looking for, it did pay off in unexpected ways.
I had been hoping to find some more Tron light cycles for a Tron game I made but was unable to find any anywhere I looked.
I was also looking to get some of the Heroclix Giant Size X-Men big figures from Toys R Us but they didn't have any there either.
I did pick up the Tetris card game - which looks interesting and has rules for solo play.
One of the dealers at ValleyCon was Paradox and they were blowing out their stock of Arcane Legions. They had the starter for $10, the army boxes for $4 and the boosters for $2. After much consideration, I figured I'd give it a try. I picked up the starter, an infantry and cavalry army pack for the Romans, Egyptians, and Han armies, and one Roman booster and two Han boosters. This was almost all they had left.
If this wasn't cheap enough, when I was unable to convince any friend of the value of this and decided to buy it myself, it was a further 20% off.
With the lack of other purchases, I decided to get the Dreadfleet. With the 20% off that would cost $85 but when I went back, they had raised the price from $115 to $150. I couldn't justify it at that price. We went by the store itself which was also was giving the 20% off for convention members. They had it listed there at $115 but said it was excluded from the sale. The wife was okay with it though so we still picked it up.
I also picked up the Warhammer 40,000 Apocalypse rulebook - which was still covered by the 20% off.
All-in-all a worthwhile trip, even though I didn't get what I was looking for, I did get some cool stuff.