Archive for June, 2011

Transformers Generations Thundercracker

Posted in Toys, Transformers with tags , , , , on June 30, 2011 by Jason

At the very same Wal-mart that I found Wheeljack, I also found this awesome Decepticon(during the same visit).

 

 Thundercracker, along with Starscream and Skywarp, were the original 3 seeker jets in the original Transformers series.  I was surprised to see the 2 figures I wanted in this wave at the same store at the same time.  I wasted no time in grabbing both of them.  It’s hard to beleive that there were actually 3 of these on the pegs!  First, we’ll take a look at the seeker mode.

I think my fascination with this line has to do with how much they are a tribute to the G1 Transformers.  The colors really pop here.  I find it amazing that the figures look this good, but are still able to evoke the nostalgia of the originals.  This was another figure I never owned as a kid(back then, I probably would’ve preferred Starscream), and it seems the ones I never owned are the ones that appeal to me the most.  If they release a Starscream and/or a Skywarp, I would get both, even though they would just be repaints.  And of course, he looks great in robot mode as well.

I have to say that I am very pleased with this purchase.  I can only hope that Hasbro continues to make these great figures(in my opinion, the movie ones just don’t have the “wow” factor).  This definitely gets my reccomendation, and another 10 out 0f 10.

I will be leaving for vacation tomorrow afternoon and won’t be back until Tuesday.  So I want to take this time to say have a happy and safe Independence Day, and remember all those who have fought and those who have sacrificed themselves to keep our wonderful nation free.

Battle Damaged Wolverine

Posted in Toys with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2011 by Jason

This is the best looking Wolverine that I have ever seen.

He’s been in my collection for a long time(as if you couldn’t tell from the dust on him).  I picked him up from the KB in Yonkers, NY, sometime in 2000.  He came in a two pack with a movie Wolverine from the first X-Men film.  I bought it specifically for this figure.  There’s not much in the way of articulation, but this precedes the Marvel Legends line(and was put out by Toy Biz).  He looks great, and the battle damage makes him look that much more intimidating.  Shortly after I bought the 2 pack, I gave the movie figure to my nephew(like I said, I bought this for this 1 figure).

Here’s a closer look at his wounds.

 

 

This is some serious battle damage.  He’s missing a chunk of flesh from his left forearm!  I can’t remember how much it cost me, but I believe it was marked down(KB always had the best sales).You should be able to score yourself the 2 pack for around $15.00-$20.00 + shipping.  I would love it if Hasbro were to release this same figure in the Marvel Universe line(it would end up being a little bigger than half of this one’s size.

Yard Sale Finds #8 and Some Other Stuff

Posted in Toys, Transformers, Video Games, Yard Sale Finds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2011 by Jason

While this weekend wasn’t all that great for yard/garage-saling, it was a nice end to an awesome week.

Earlier this week, a co-worker brought me this.

On a break at work, we had gotten on the topic of video games.  Long story short, I was given what you see above.  It’s an Atari 2600, 2 joysticks(I know they’re not the original ones), and 11 games.  The games are, Grand Prix, Centipede, Q-Bert, Donkey Kong Jr., Ms. Pac-Man, Missile Command, Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Battlezone, Mouse Trap and Defender.  90% of the games are classics!  We’ve been doing some cleaning out and rearranging stuff at my place, so I haven’t been able to play any of them yet.  I’m looking forward to playing the god-awful Pac-Man port for this system.  The Atari 2600 was the first home console I had ever played.  It’s reign came to an end when the NES came into my life somewhere around 1985-86.

Yesterday we decided to hit the road and look for garage sales.  There were a few quick showers in the early afternoon, and that may have been why we didn’t see many sales.  At the sales we were able to find, the wares were plentiful, but of no interest to me.  The upside was, I didn’t spend much.

Everything pictured came to a grand total of $2.25.  I bought Sorry! for a few reasons.  I don’t know how old the one I had growing up was, but this one (1972) looks just like it.  And secondly because it’s a fun game to play.  The Snoopy book was 50 cents, but it’s classic Snoopy.  I found the awesome little Batman at a church sale for 25 cents!  The colors look great, the sculpt is fun, and best of all, he has a cloth cape!  The Santa Clause is a Hallmark Holiday Magic ornament that plugs into a light strand an lights up.  It looks pretty neat, and if it works, the 50 cents I paid was a hell of a deal!  There’s one other thing I want to mention about Sorry!, and that is that this particular ones game tokens look like they’ve barely been used.

What really sealed the deal of this being an awesome week, is what we’ll be looking at next.

It’s been said that good things come to those who wait.  I’ve been really patient.  And that patience finally paid off!

:)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)

Our plan for yesterday was to look for garage sales in areas that are a little further from where we live.  Going outside of our local area adds a newness to the hunt.  Different people with different stuff.  While the area was new to us for yard sales, we were familiar with the area.  I found Wheeljack in this area’s Wal-Mart.  I wish my local Wal-Mart had the toy selection I saw yesterday.  I will be making subsequent trips to this store.

There was an incredible selection of Transformers, and there were 2 of these left.  I have been looking for this figure for months!  I checked many stores with no luck.  On Amazon and Ebay, this guy is selling for over $25.00!  That’s ridiculous for a new toy, and I refuse to pay an inflated price for an imaginary premium.

The head sculpt looks better than the G1 Wheeljack, and the body of the alt-mode had to be modified for legal reasons.  Still, it looks great, and is my favorite in the Generations line thus far.  The funny thing is that the instructions were actually helpful with the transformation(this is a first).  Wheeljack looks great in either mode.  His car design is sporty and sleek.

It looks just as nice as the original.  In robot mode, the head sculpt looks exactly like he did in the G1 cartoon.  His G1 counterpart is a great toy, but the head just isn’t right.  This one improves on the original, without taking away anything.

Even though I got him after almost everyone else did, I’m still happy to own this.  This gets a 10 out of 10 in my book.  Congrats to Hasbro, for getting this one right!

I have some great stuff in the pipeline, and if I can learn how update a little less erratically, we’ll see see it in the coming days.  Wish me luck!

Finally! I’ve Always Wanted One of These.

Posted in Toys, Yard Sale Finds with tags , , on June 21, 2011 by Jason

This is an item I have wanted, but have never had, since it’s introduction.  I cannot really explain why I wanted this though.  You’ll see what I mean.

A Couch Potato!  These were released by Coleco back in 1987.  I think the presentation is great!  Making it’s package look like your everyday chair was a great touch.  The guy who I bought this off of had a $20 price tag on this guy.  Now, I have always wanted one of these, and I likely wouldn’t run into one of these again.  I just checked, and these guys in their box run in the $50 range.  So I guess $20 dollars was a deal.  But anyway, I asked him what was the best he could do.  He said he would take “ten bucks for it”.  You can’t argue with half price(plus that’s the number I had in my head).

They made these for everyone.  I’ve been everyone of those potatoes.  I don’t know what I could have possibly been thinking I would do if I got one of these back then.  I don’t think the potato’s burlap sack would have been very comfortable to cuddle with.  I want to think it was made more as a gag gift.  But this was the same company that had the ALF and Sectaurs licenses.  But I’m happy I now own one.

There is actually an old Coleco factory about 30 minutes from where I live.  I wonder if anything was left behind there?  Anyone else remember these?

McDonald’s $1,000,000 Menu Song

Posted in Food/Beverage, Memories, Yard Sale Finds with tags , , , , , , on June 20, 2011 by Jason

This is the mystery item that I purchased with the MOTU figures I found while yard/garage-saling this past weekend.

This is for a promotion that McDonald’s ran back in 1989.  You would of found this in a Sunday newspaper around February of ’89(judging by the expiration dates of the coupons).  The black portion is actually a(cardboard) record that you could play on a turntable for a chance to win one million dollars.  Behind the record on the paper backing are the lyrics to the McDonald’s Menu Song.  On the recording, you will hear an instructor tell his class to repeat the song after him.  If your record had the class sing the song without messing up, you won the million dollars.  Here’s the lyrics…

“Big Mac, Mc DLT, a Quarter-Pounder with some cheese, Filet-O-Fish, a hamburger, a cheeseburger, a Happy Meal, McNuggets, tasty golden french fries, regular and larger sizes, and salads, chef or garden or a chicken salad Oriental. Big-Big Breakfast, Egg McMuffin, hot hotcakes and sausage, maybe biscuits, bacon, egg and cheese or sausage, danish, hash browns too, and for dessert: hot apple pies, and sundaes three varieties, a soft-serve cone, three kinds of shakes, and choc’laty chip cookies, and to drink: a Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, and orange drink, a Sprite and coffee, decaf, too, a lowfat milk, also an orange juice. I love McDonald’s good time,great taste, and I get this all at one place.  The good time great taste of McDonald’s.

 

The stated odds of having the winning record was 1 in 80,000,000.  I have always had this song pop up in my head over the years(parts of it anyway).  I also remember thinking that this was one of the coolest promotions ever.

On the reverse side of the paper backing there are coupons, and scratch-off type boxes for a chance at a share of another $1,500,000.

As you can see, no coupons clipped, and no rub-offs rubbed.  I’m surprised that the record and the paper survived together this long.  I love finding stuff like this!  Advertising is kind of boring in today’s world, so it’s a nice reminder of the way things used to be.

I’ll be aiming to hit posts for 3 straight days tomorrow, but I’m planning on 4+ days(a first?).

Yard Sale Finds #7

Posted in Adventure, Toys, Yard Sale Finds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2011 by Jason

Howdy!  I know it’s been a while.

This weekend was great for me on the yard sale front.  I got some good deals on some really cool stuff.  There are a few items that you will not see today because they are going to get their own separate posts in the coming days.  One of the items we’ll see in it’s own post, should not have survived this long(I was stoked to find this, you’ll see it tomorrow).  Almost all of my finds were toys(yay!), and I paid the price I had in my head every time.

I was quite surprised at the volume of children’s books people were selling.  And even more surprised at how many were of interest to me.

With the exception of the Calvin and Hobbes(50 cents), each book cost me ten cents.  The Masters of the Universe book is the only one with writing in and on it.  The Voltron book made me laugh because all of the pictures within it appear to be screen caps of a specific episode.  The little pink heart was my first find of the day in a “free” pile.  The Matchbox vehicle was thrown in with 4 books to make an even 50 cents(one of my nephews will end up with it).  The TMNT vhs was found at a mini flea market that was being run at a couple of lockers at a storage facility.  I purchased the video because it has one thing the dvd doesn’t have.  The Pizza Hut commercial.  Yes, that Pizza Hut commercial.  Plus it was only a buck, and one of the first finds of the day.  I did find something else at that storage facility that I have wanted since I was a kid, but we’ll see that in a few days(any guesses?).

Our next item was found at the same sale I found the Calvin and Hobbes book.

A bubble light night light!  When I was growing up, these were my favorite lights on our Christmas tree.  For years I have been searching for strands of these lights(I know I could find them on Ebay for probably a lot more than I’d be willing to pay), with no luck.  I would’ve paid up to 3 dollars for this, but got it for a quarter.  It looks great and will hold me over until I can find a strand of these beauties.

Bring on the toys!

These guys were found in a old “collector’s” sale.  By collector, I mean that he collected older stuff.  From old advertising pieces to vintage glassware to records.  The box I found these two in, had them selling for 3 bucks each.  Even Raphael from TMNT, who had a broken arm was going for 3 dollars!  If there’s anything I have learned from American Pickers(moreso with Frank), it’s bundling.  I ended up getting these 2 guys and a secret item for 3 dollars!  Stinkor’s scent gimmick is very faint, but maybe finding a replacement chest plate will rectify that?  I’m really surprised I found Buzz-Off with his wings intact.  I remember regularly removing his wings back in the day.  The joints are pretty good on both figures and their action works as well.

And lastly….

Darth Vader was found before everyone else.  I couldn’t seem to find any trademark or copyright stampings, so I’m not sure of his origin(anyone know?).  I figured the dollar they were asking for him was reasonable.  He’s twice the size of the regular figures, and he he has a cloth cape.  A cloth cape!  The other seven guys we’re found at a single sale for a buck a piece!  The lady wanted 2 dollars each, but we made a deal of a dollar each if I bought them all(I remembered from last time).  Greedo is stamped 1995 so I know he’s not one of the classic figures(and he looks extremely faded).  All of the others are stamped with either a 70s or 80s copyright.  I was across the lawn when I spotted these guys.  From there I only could see Chewbacca and Admiral Ackbar.  Only when I got to the table did I see that there were a total of seven figures.  The lady selling them was talking them up, telling me what she was seeing them sell for on Ebay.  I explained to her that I collect old-school toys and she made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.

So how do you think I fared this weekend?  I have other posts lined up for this week that I hope to put up starting tomorrow.  I’m actually a little excited about the things I plan on writing about this week.  And you know how it is around this place…it could be anything.

2 Grocery Stores Yield 3 Items

Posted in Food/Beverage, Toys with tags , , , , , , , on June 13, 2011 by Jason

Yesterday I was at our local Hannaford, and was surprised to see that there were new varieties of Chips Ahoy! on sale.  Now, normally cookies wouldn’t have caught my attention.  But the devil is in the details.

Chewy Gooey Chips Ahoy! are your standard Chewy Chips Ahoy!, except with these there is a gooey “chocofudge” center.  Chewy Chips Ahoy! were always my favorite, but these just improve on an already good cookie.  These are very reminiscent of Keebler’s Magic Middles, which I haven’t seen in a long time(although I have heard rumors of a comeback).  I tried a few after I took these pictures and they are awesome!  There is also another version of these in a chewy chocolate cookie.  I hope these stick around for a while!

Rewind a bit to this past Friday.

I had to stop at the local Price Chopper to return some cans/bottles, and decided to peruse the store to see if there were any new or limited edition items.  What you are about to see is not new, but the way that it’s presented is.

A 1.5 liter bottle of Pepsi?!  Pepsi is bottled in 1 and 2 liter varieties.  Why did they decide to make one that falls in the middle?  There were 1.5 liters of Mountain Dew and Diet Pepsi as well.  At a limited time price of 99 cents, I think that this was a great idea.

On my way out of Price Chopper, I had to stop at the vending machines(to see what’s new, ya know?).  There were a few new machines, and the one that caught my attention, yielded this.

This is Go-Go from the Freaky Geeks collection.  He’s definitely a neat looking character, but there are other desireable “Geeks” to be had.  Go-Go is actually one of the ones that I wanted.  How could I not want a cyclops surfer dude?  Do a quick Google search to see the rest of the “Geeks”.  50 cents is a fitting price for these, and I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of these in the future :) .

Beverage Review #6

Posted in Food/Beverage with tags , , , , , on June 7, 2011 by Jason

After my hunting through a village-wide garage/yard sale, I hit up my local gas station/convenience store.  I had stopped in to take advantage of their 2 for $2.50 Mtn Dew/Pepsi 20 oz. deal(that’s actually an everyday price), and pick up 2 bottles of Pitch Black.  One of the guy’s who owns the store informed me that they had a new soda in(I am the reason they carry Pitch Black).  I took a second look, and sure enough I spotted it.  Amongst all of the green, orange and brown, I spotted blue!

Is there a flavor of Crush that isn’t available?!  I, for one, would like to see a sour apple variety.  Seeing this was a no-brainer,  If the beverage is blue, and won’t kill me I’ll give it a whirl.  Pepsi Blue is the only blue soda that I didn’t like.  But then again, I made that judgement from a single bottle.

I give it a 10 out of 10 on appearance alone!  Taste wise, it’s pretty good.  It reminds me of the blue variety of Hubba Bubba they had back in the day.  It’s sweet with a little bit of a sour at the end.  I do really like it.  I’ll give it a solid 8 out of 10.  It’s good, but I couldn’t drink this all the time.  If you see it, it’s worth a try.  It’s no Pitch Black, but it’s definitelty worth a try.

Yard Sale Finds #6

Posted in Adventure, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Toys, Video Games, Yard Sale Finds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2011 by Jason

So, it’s been a week and a half since my last post.  For the Memorial Day weekend, my wife and I, along with a few friends decided to go camping.  It was nice to get away from civilization for a few days.  Upon my return, I just didn’t have the motivation(or any content really), to write.  While I do have lots of stuff I could write about, there just wasn’t anything new that was jumping at me for coverage.  But this weekend reinvigorated me with new finds and additions.  Not to mention that my blog here turned 1 this past May 31!

While we were camping, I was hoping to run across some wildlife.  There wasn’t much aside from your run of the mill birds and insects(too many), but I did have the pleasure of meeting of one wild acquaintance.

What you see in my hands above is an Eastern red-spotted salamander(or newt).  I found Newton here(that’s what I named him), walking across the forest floor after a brief rain shower.  These guys are not very fast and they’re extremely docile.

Fast forward to yesterday.  As I’ve mentioned recently, there are village wide garage sales starting to take place on the weekends.  This weekend was Richmondville Days.  This village wide sales happen around the same time every year, and Richmondville Days is the one I look forward to the most.  In past years, I have usually made my best finds here.  And this year did not disappoint.

It’s Gizmo!  He was a steal at 25 cents, and will make a great companion to the Mohawk I scored last year.

I’m not a huge Star Wars collector, but I do love me some sweet Star Wars toys.  On the left is a Stormtrooper Burger King toy from 2005 I found for a quarter.  There’s a button on the back, that when pushed, emits a light through the bottom of an Imperial logo.  It’s hard to explain, so I took a picture of it, just for you guys.

To the right is J’Quille(any relation to Shaq? :) ).  From what it says on his card, he was in Return of the Jedi, and was sent to assassinate Jabba the Hutt.  But his plans “were rendered moot when Jabba was killed during the Rebels’ rescue mission at the Pit of Carkoon”.  I remember Jabba’s Sail Barge, but I don’t recall this fella(like I said I’m far from a die-hard fan).  But all of the different species in the Star Wars films look so friggin’ cool!  The lady I bought this from had about a dozen carded figures, and were selling them for 2 dollars each!  Hindsight tells me that I probably should of bought them all.  The only one I regret not buying is Rappertunie.

I picked up these three NES games for a total of $6.00.  Ghost Lion looks to be the best deal, as this game normally sells in the 20 dollar range.  I passed on the games I already have, except for Karnov, which was pretty beat up.  It’s always nice to add to the video game collection(especially NES and SNES), for a small sum.

Starting from the left we have a “Fright Features” Winston Zeddmore(his action works great), a four pack of miniature Ninja Turtles, Rahzar and Skeletor.  With the exception of  Skeletor, I bought this lot for $3.00 from this one old couple who always have great figures every year.  And Skeletor only ran me $1.50.

I found all of these fast food toys in a “free” box.  There’s 4 different BK TMNT toys, a Plankton toy(from BK as well), and a Furby(BK).  There were a ton of others that I had no interest in.

Ending the post with free fast food toys seemed pretty lame to me.  So here’s an added bonus.

All of these came from my friend Gary.  I found the ALF on the right under his porch about a week and a half ago and he said I could have it.  He gave me the other Alf and Darkwing Duck yesterday.

I also found a new soda yesterday(I found it when I was getting a couple of bottles of Pitch Black), that I’ll review tomorrow evening.

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