Aardvark is gay! He doesn't actually have a wife named Faith, its a husband named Frank! Frank makes all the aesthetic decisions... lol
Anyways, TMC has some nice milling and funky ano... although $1200 without a bunch of other great toys is a crappy price (ex Image Matrix). Aardvark has pretty lame milling, basic ano, and a ton of great toys... so there is a trade off.
I think you're better off the way you went, and upgrading as you like.
Tony is more an ancient artifact than an adult, but as all ancient artifacts, they're worth quite a bit!
PS: just joshin' big guy