Archive for August, 2011

Transformers Generations Scourge and recent Ebay wins.

Posted in Toys, Transformers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2011 by Jason

Another day, another Transformer.

I have to say that I have been impressed with the Generations line thus far.  There are quite a few I didn’t get, but very few that I didn’t like.  The figure we’ll be looking at today, was one I initially didn’t want.

Scourge wasn’t on my want list, but like most times, the ones I truly want are never on the pegs.  Don’t get me wrong.  I think he looks pretty good in bomber and robot mode.  And the white and blue paint job is pretty sweet!

This ended up being a real pain in the ass for a level 3 transformation.  Everything is well hidden and fits together so well, you don’t really see any of the robot when it’s in vehicle mode.  And as we know, the directions did jack shit to help me with the transformation process.  But about 20 minutes after I decided not to try and follow the directions, I finally got it!  And the results are very nice.

As always, I think the robot mode looks awesome!  This is one of the few figures that looks okay with the robotic facial hair.  It didn’t translate too well in Revenge of the Fallen, but this looks okay.  And he still manages to look like a pretty bad-ass Decepticon.

I found him at Target, and there were a few Wheeljacks and Thundercrackers as well.  It figures that after i find the toys I really want after hunting for them, that they would be in steady supply shortly after.

Over the past week or so, I have been the winner of a few auctions on Ebay.  After the ones we’ll see today, I only have one more that I’m waiting on.  And that’s the one I’m most excited about.  You’ll see when it finally arrives.

I don’t have a very big collection of He-Man figures, but there are quite a few figures I would like to have in my collection.  Mantenna here, is one of those figures.  When I was a kid, I thought this figure was awesome just because of it’s feature to raise and lower his eyeballs.  Being part crab(is that correct?), and having multiple limbs probably figured into it as well.  I don’t know if the crossbow is the correct accessory, but it came with the figure.  He stands well on his own, and his eyeballs have very little wear(a big plus with this figure).

This here, is Dirty Dog.  One third of the Puppet Land Band from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.  I already have Cool Cat, now I just need Chicky Baby to complete the band.

And lastly.

I got a few more games to add to my SNES collection.  None of these are rare or stellar games, but they’re fun and they were priced right.  I never played Buster Busts Loose(at least I don’t think I did).  But coming from Konami, I’m pretty sure it’ll be a fun play-through(and it’s CIB, so it’s a win-win).  Bill Laimbeer’s Combat Basketball came out during the SNES’s first year.  I know I’ve played it, but I have no recollection of it.  Super Pinball:Behind the Mask was popular game in my household in it’s day.  I haven’t played it since, but I remember ir being a great pinball simulation, and it was addicting as hell!  I’ll give ‘em all a shot this weekend.

And the Winnah is…

Posted in Uncategorized on August 25, 2011 by Jason

At the end of my last post I had a Thundercat t-shirt trivia contest.  While four people commented on the post, only one person took part in the trivia contest.

Jade answered the questions correctly, and seeing as she was the only person to participate…we have a winner!!

I will notify the winner by e-mail for shipping info.  And I’m working on a new post as we speak.  It’ll be up shortly.  :)  (Seriously)

Jboypacman Strikes Back, and…

Posted in Memories, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Toys, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2011 by Jason

Long time no see.  It seems as though when we hit summer time, I am hardly in the house.  And when I am, I find myself being as lazy as possible.  And these are the reasons why I’ve been scarce on the ‘net these days.  But, lets get to the reason I’m writing tonight.

Jboypacman from Revenge from the Cosmic Ark and Invader from the Cosmic Ark sent me another care package full of wonderful toys and other stuff.  And here’s what was in the box.

Oh!   Where to start?!

Here we have a mini Guitar Hero LCD game.  I’m a fan of the video games, but I can predict that I’m gonna suck at this version(too small for my hands).  The Garbage Pail Kids are from some of the more recent releases from 2004 and 2005.  I have a whole lot of these, and I’m pretty sure there’s a few from the ones Jboy sent that I need.  Also pictured is the Transformers : Dark of the Moon novelization.  Having seen the movie, and not being too big on books, I can’t promise that I’ll eventually read this.  But it’s still cool, none-the-less.

First up, is a sweet Captain America Mega Bloks’ mini figure.  I never even knew they made these!  This is a nice addition to the other Mega Bloks Marvel Universe figures that I already have.  I think it looks fantastic considering how small these guys are.  The car is a Hot Wheels Classic Packard.  I’ve seen cars like this, but never had a name to go with them(see, toys are great learning tools).  Also, we have a sumo wrestler Lego mini-figure.  Not much to say about the sumo, other than it’s a pretty sweet addition to my slowly growing mini-figure collection.

And here are my favorites!

I’m sure any of you frequent readers know that I’m a huge TMNT fan.  And Jboy sent me 2 figures that I needed.  First is Super Shredder, who you may remember from TMNT II : The Secret of the Ooze.  In his hands is Krang, which is great, because the one that currently sits in my collection has a tentacle that’s broken off.  Rounding out the trio is Charbroil figure from the “G.I. Joe : The Rise of Cobra” line.  Excellent(picture me saying that in my best Mr. Burns voice).

Jboy also sent me a sweet Thundercats shirt.  I did a short post about it when I bought the same one a few months ago.  If you are interested, I will be holding a give away for this specific shirt(details at the end of this post).  Thank you Jboy for everything!!!

I’m sure you noticed the “And…” in the title of this post.  And that’s because I have more to show you.

In the past week I have been the winner of several Ebay auctions(it seems like such a long time since I bid on anything).  Today, the first of many packages arrived.  And it happened to be something that was on my 2011 Toy Collecting Goals list.

On my Toy Collecting Goals for 2011 list, I listed that I wanted to add any Jawa figure to my collection.  Coincidentally, I owned these exact 2 figures many years ago.  Both the Jawa and the Gonk Droid were packaged together when they were released.  And the action I won had both figures and the Jawa’s blaster still in the plastic tray that was originally on the card.  So I got 2 awesome figures to add to my small Star Wars collection.  I have to say that I love the light-piping job they did on the Jawa(he glowing eyes look awesome in the right light.

But that’s not all!  I also added some more great games to my ever-growing video game collection(again).

For $3.99 each, I got both of these games complete with dust sleeves and their instruction manuals.  I have never payed Dirty Harry before, but I hope that a game that stars Clint Eastwood is a decent play-through.  Seicross, on the other hand, I have fond memories of.  My brother and I used to play this game for hours with my dad.  For some reason I always think of Mag Max when I think of this game.  I’m pretty sure that we ended up getting both Seicross and Mag Max at the around the same time.  Now, at over 20 years later, I’m not sure how it’ll hold up, but it should be a good time playing it after all these years.

These games are not all that special, but I got them for 25 cents each at the local video game store.  NHL hockey is my favorite sport, and I love the games that were released on the second gen. systems.  I recently bought cables and a controller for my Genesis, so I’m amped to start playing games for that system again.

These two TMNT games for Game Boy kick ass, and I also have fond memories of these.  We went camping last weekend, starting on Friday(the day that I bought the games), and I ended up completing both games in the span of 24 hours(my wife is now addicted to playing the first one).  These are really fun games to play.  Of course the graphics aren’t on par with today’s hand helds, but the “fun-factor” is definitely there.  I absolutely love these games.

That’s all for now, and now for your chance to win the Thundercats t-shirt that Jboy sent me.  Below, I will ask 2 Thudercats(from the original series) related questions, and out of the correct answers, I will randomly draw a name.  I will contact the winner by e-mail to get shipping info and mail it off.  Good luck!

1.)- What is the name of the Thundercats’ home planet, AND what is the name of the planet they inhabit after they escape from their home planet?

2.)- Besides Panthro, Lion-O, Cheetara, Tygra, Jaga, Wilykit and Wilkat, who are the other 3 Thundercats, whose action figures now command a large sum of money on the secondary market?

A Lego Mini Figure, Marvel Universe Mighty Beanz and New Additions to My Video Game Collection

Posted in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Toys, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2011 by Jason

Well, I think that is my longest title for a post ever.  I know I’ve been away for a little while, so it’s no surprise that I have a lot to show you.  And this isn’t even everything!

While I’ve purchased a few of the Mega-Bloks’ blind bag Marvel Universe mini-figures, I have never bought any of the Lego blind bagged figures.  After seeing them in Wal-Mart again on Monday, I finally gave in.  I was hoping to get either the mad scientist or the Frankenstein monster, but I ended up with this guy.

It’s not a bad figure, it’s just not one of my first 5 choices.  This was an impulse buy, so I had no time to research the codes online.  These are about 50 cents more than the Mega-Bloks mini figures, so they’re a pretty decent deal(even though you can get one of the smaller Lego sets with a mini figure for about $5.00).  I’m not huge into these, but now my Snow Trooper mini figures have another friend besides the space cop, alien and Prince of Persia figures currently in my collection.

While in Target on Monday, I discovered these Marvel Universe Mighty Beanz.  Now, while I wouldn’t have bought these under normal circumstances, these were on clearance for$1.24 per 4-pack!  There were three 4-packs left, but I limited myself to just 1.  You have a chance to get Iron Man characters, which are exclusive to Target.  While you get to see one of the Beanz inside the packaging, the other 3 are blind-boxed.  The visible Bean in my pack was Professor X.  I don’t know if that’s the same with all packs because I was blinded by the incredibly low clearance price.

Besides Professor X, I got Spider-Man(Mighty Bean #1), Black Panther(I thought Black Panther was male), and Col. James Rhodes(one of the Iron Man exclusives).  The checklist shows that both Spider-Man and Professor X are commons, Black Panther is rare, but Col. james Rhodes isn’t on the master checklist on the back of the blister card.  After a little research on the web, I found that he is an ultra rare.  The number and part of his name are missing from my bean, but that’s okay.

And lastly…my latest video game additions.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles(PS2), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2:Battlenexus(PS2), Mega Man Anniversary Collection(Gamecube), NBA Jam:Tournament Edition(SNES) and Karnov(NES), were all given to me from my good friend Rob.  I ended up getting Hot Hots Golf 2(PS1) for free when I purchased Pinball Quest(NES) at Jay Street Games in Colonie Center.  And I actually traded Rob my Mega Man Anniversary Collection for PS2 to for his Gamecube version(he’s more of a Playstation loyalist, where Nintendo is my favorite).

All in all, it’s been a pretty good summer so far.  Stay tuned for a toy review in some time in the near future.

Movie Ticket Stubs and Ronald McDonald

Posted in Memories with tags , , , , , , , on August 4, 2011 by Jason

Going to the movies is a popular thing in America.  It’s something that almost everyone has in common.  The one difference is, the movies each individual chooses to see.  I always try to remember to save my stubs, as they bring back memories of the time.  So let’s take a look at some of the movies I went out to see in the last 12 years.

Some of these are good movies.  Others not so much.  The Episode 1 stub seems to be the most worn, but it’s not the oldest of the lot.  That distinction is held by The Other Sister.  I went to see that for the wrong reason, but I still enjoyed it.  I remember faking sickness to get out of work to go see Scream 3 with my friends(and specifically wanting to see the movie because I heard Jay and Silent Bob had a cameo in the movie).  It looks like I saw Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, 2 days after it hit theaters.  I remember not liking Memento, Vanilla Sky, From Hell and The Others.  I haven’t seen any of those movies since they were in theaters, so my opinion may be different today.  A few other things of note: I saw the remake of Friday the 13th on it’s opening night, which was on a Friday the 13th.  And The Green Mile is the only movie I can remember going to that actually had an intermission half way through the movie.  I could probably recall at least one memory with each of these movies, but I don’t think I’m up to the task of that magnitude.

And Ronald McDonald

I got this signed by the the Ronald McDonald.  I think it was back in ’06.  The McDonald’s I used to work at, was having a grand re-opening, and Ronald was being flown in to be there for the festivities.  Employees had an opportunity to get their picture taken with Ronald, and get an autograph.  The previous header to this blog was the picture I got taken with Ronnie.  He had a couple of pictures of himself and I asked for him to autograph one for me, which you can see he did(he even drew a caricature of himself).

Random Quickie #5 – 1984 G1 Megatron Instruction Manual

Posted in Memories, Random Quickies, Toys, Transformers with tags , , , , , on August 1, 2011 by Jason

“Instruction Booklet” would be a more correct term.  But anyway.  We’ll take a look back to how even instruction manuals in the eighties were cool.

If you’ve read any of my Transformers reviews, you know that I feel the instruction manuals are pretty much useless.  But, back in the eighties, the manuals were a lot more pleasing to the eye.  Check this out.

I got this in a trade a couple of months ago, from Brian over at Cool and Collected.  I love Transformers, but I wanted this booklet for a more sentimental reason.  Megatron was my first ever Transformer.  Actually, my younger brother and I both received our own Megatrons on Christmas eve of  ’84 or ’85.  It’ll be a while before I’m able to score the figure on the secondary market(complete versions sell for $80+), but this is pretty cool for now.

Oh!  One other thing.  These old manuals use diagrams from the figures themselves, and look to be somewhat informative to the transformation process.

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