As you guys know there's a new feature in WoD called the Toy Box. WoWhead put together a nice write-up about it. It allows you to store Toys as a collection, similar to what they're doing with Heirlooms. A huge number of items are being turned into toys. I think this is going to be the next gold rush. Consider the following:
There will be Toy Box achievements:
- Toying Around: Collect 25 toys.
- Having A Ball: Collect 50 toys.
- Tons of Toys: Collect 100 toys.
- The Toymaster: Collect 150 toys.
Completing these achievements rewards: Robo-Gnomebulator.
The Toy Box interface shows which toys you're missing.
No better motivator than to show the player a gaping hole in his toy collection.
Here's a shortened list of items you should look out for - and my strategy going into WoD. The numbers preceding the item name represents the global average quantity available, and the current global market price. This should help provide a comparison of pricing as we move forward;
[5 | 2800g]: Aside from being an awesome item as it stands, this baby is becoming a toy. I'm buying anything under market price (1500g right now) and you should too.
[<1 | 2000g]: contained in Bag of Fishing Treasure (5% drop). The bag is a reward from the Dalaran fishing daily quest. In other words, nobody cares to farm them. There are currently 76 available across my faction and they're being given away for a piddly 100g across most realms. Buy at market price and beyond. I've bought two so far for 1000g apiece. Risky move, I know.
[<1 | 300g]: Quest reward from the MoP quest Do a Barrel Roll!. This quest is part of a large chain (9 quests) in Kun-Lai Summit. Let's face it, you don't want to complete this quest chain nor does the average player. The Mug will command a high price simply because it's a PITA to obtain. Very similar to that I wrote about back in 2011. I've yet to find any at the Auction House because they're so damn rare, but I'll definitely lead a few parties to farm it before WoD.
[2 | 23,000g]: Reward from Shadowmourne quest chain. Some people speculate these will drop in value due to the quest being soloable in WoD, but I disagree. First of all, players will be far too preoccupied with WoD content to bother farming Shadowmourne items. Secondly, those that do farm the item will require weeks to do so. I expect these to at least double in value in the first few months of WoD. I've bought 4 so far at the 12,000g price mark.
[2 | 23,000g]: See above.
[0 | 200g]: The market price here is irrelevant because nobody selling these. I've stockpiled over 100 so far and fully expect to sell them for 1000g or more right off the bat. I don't foresee any competition either because the recipe itself is bloody rare (see below). Here are the materials required to craft it:
Broken down into raw materials:
[2 | 1200g]: The closest comparison I can make here is . That recipe holds tremendous value not only because it's rare, but because the pet itself is valuable. With that in mind, the Robot schematic should also skyrocket in price. Not to mention, you want to remove all existing copies of the schematic from the market before WoD, as to limit the number of competitors as much as possible. I've bought several copies and can't stop because I'm addicted to the shindig.
[0 | 140g]: This item is usable by engineers only, so it should be avoided at all costs, right? Wrong. It requires an engineering skill of 1, meaning any new engineer can learn it. Since the Toy Box is account-wide, it will be available to most players. Again, the quantity available is irrelevant because nobody makes them. Make 100 now, you'll thank me later. Materials:
[3 | 135g]: This recipe is actually fairly easy to farm (at least 1 per BRS run) so you shouldn't get too excited about it just yet. At 135g, this is a low risk investment and there's no way the price is going the other way.
[0 | 200g]: Speaking of items that are a real PITA to make, The Snowmaster 9000 sits king atop of that list. They require 4 x to make, which may be rare depending where you are. I've bought every one I could get my hands on. Hopefully when WoD hits, there will be no snowballs left in circulation for the average engineer to consider crafting these en-masse. In the meantime, my stockpile of Snowballs will sit safely within the refrigerated vaults of Stormwind. Ironically, the only source of Snowballs is Winter Veil and using the Snowmaster 9000 itself. If that wasn't enough, you also need which is a PITA in itself considering the recipe is sold in limited supply by a vendor located in the middle of a mountain far from any flight path ().
Consider crafting 100 of these or more, if your sanity can handle it. The raw materials:
[3 | 270g]: Interestingly enough, this recipe will become of rare quality in WoD. It's only available during Winter Veil, so you'll have about 1 month to liquidate them all before they're made available again (assuming that is the case). I'm buying all copies under the sun currently, in hopes of further restricting supply of Snowmasters when WoD hits.
The above are 0.5% (or less) loot from pickpocketing. They are exceedingly rare and only seen on a handful of realms besides the Troll dice which is present on 18 alliance realms. Buy with caution, however, as they are supposedly found in lockboxes, as per Namssob's comment below.
[295g] and [444g]
Moonfang is an NPC you can farm during the Darkmoon Faire. The nature by which these items are farmed make them really cheap during the Faire, and expensive otherwise.
The timing of WoD works out perfectly here. The Faire won't be in town (at least, for Alliance) during the launch, so the market will be ripe for the taking. Buy buy buy!
Here's the TSM import string for all items listed above: 23810,23767,18660,18661,17720,17716,45984,1973,885 31,52201,52253,36862,36863,63269,101571,105898