Bought one (Forestman), which was handed to me at Argos, in Wexford, Ireland last week at 2.79 Euros (which is like $3.50 USD--yikes) and then yesterday, in Newport News, Virginia, bought five, and then eight more, at TRU for a mere $1.99 USD. It's easy enough to feel through the packages to tell which figure it is based on the accessories or lack thereof. My girlfriend isn't any sort of Lego enthusiast and she could figure out almost all of them based on the pictures on the side of the two boxes, which looked untouched. I wasn't even sure the store would have them yet; they are on a little island in the aisle just in front of the Lego, which my girlfriend spotted. There were also most, if not all, of the new sets from World Racers, Atlantis, Kingdoms/Castle whatever, City, etc. No Star Wars. Hasbro Star Wars were $5.00 though, so I bought a Cad Bane finally.
I put some of the minifigures on my dashboard with my impulse Manta guy and the difference in plastic quality, such as in the legs is obvious, with the sun shining right through the Caveman's legs. Yellow or a lighter color, doesn't matter. Cheap plastic. It's not too easy to keep the figures standing (running) on one foot on their little stands. The feet just don't stick on like they should and do for regular minifigures.
At home now I've compared the transparency of the robot with that of the light gray Batman and Mr. Freeze's Gang Member, both of these Batman minifigs have the same gray-color legs and I cannot see light coming through those.
I'd probably be fine paying 50 cents more a figure for better plastic quality. What say you all?