The joke may be that people are still buying figures and pictures of those, in the belief that it has something to do with 2012.
If course if the sun goes supernova this December, and turns us the earth into a cinder, or some other disaster of beyond biblical proportions, the joke will be on all us naysayers. Of course there will be no one around to say, "I told you so!"
One silver lining: you could buy whatever high end diver your credit limit will support, just before the predicted end, wear it for a couple of days, and never actually have to make a payment. Just make sure that you get it from an AD who will let you bring it back, if the worst doesn't happen.