Monthly Archives: May 2014

How to get a sharktastic deal on San Jose Generation 1 Oyo Minifigures

OyoCoutureAs I was scrolling through my Instagram timeline one March afternoon, I stopped on an image that made me say out loud, “What in the world is that? Is that a Lego?”

Through online research, I learned the image in question wasn’t a Lego, but rather an Oyo minifigure of San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture.

What is an Oyo minifigure you might be wondering? Launched in 2011, Oyo’s are officially licensed building-block minifigures that feature the likeness of NHL, MLB and NFL players with rotating limbs and come with accessories specific to the respective sport.

On Jan. 15, Oyo debuted their Generation 1 NHL minifigures line by releasing team sets of the league’s Original Six teams. Over the course of the next month, more team sets were released, which culminated on Feb. 19 as the Sharks team set was released.

Featured in the Sharks set were Couture, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Dan Boyle and Brent Burns. Upon seeing these minfigures, I immediately wanted to buy all of them but they were $13 each ($65 total for the five), which I thought was a bit high.

While attending a Sharks home game at SAP Center in early April, I saw the Burns and Couture minifigures (along with a new Joe Pavelski minifigure) inside the Sharks Store but passed on them as they were priced for $15 each.

Over the last few weeks, Oyo added S.J. Sharkie, Jason Demers and Tommy Wingels to the Sharks set, bringing the team total to nine. At $13 each on the Oyo website, that’s $117 for the set, which doesn’t include shipping or tax. If you were to buy the set at the Sharks Store, the total before tax would be $135.

Last night (May 3), I discovered a way to get the entire Sharks set for a shade over $100 on the Oyo website. After you add all nine figures to your cart ($124.22), use coupon code “THECUP” to take 10-percent off your total ($111.79). Please be aware that this coupon code only works on teams that qualified for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

With shipping free since the order is over $30, I selected PayPal as my payment method and noticed the tax of $6.58  was wiped out to give me a new total of $105.21 ($11.69 per figure). Having had my eyes on the Sharks minifigures for a while now, I immediately placed my order as the deal was too good to pass up and most likely the lowest I was going to find.

You might have noticed that neither Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi or Alex Stalock were in the set and that’s because Oyo didn’t make any goalie figures. However, a tweet on April 22 by Oyo (@OyoSportsToys) stated the company hopes to have goalie figures and Game Time sets (aka team specific rink sets) available in the fall.

I think I already know what I want for my birthday (Nov. 9) and Christmas.