Prized Possessions and the “Tip of the Iceberg”
This week’s assignment from The League is “Prized Possessions”. Brian asked us, “What is the one item in your collection you would save if your house was being swallowed by a sink hole, carried off in a tornado, and then swept away in a flood.”
It was a pretty quick decision.
I believe I bought this from a Toys R Us back in 1999. When I was a kid in the eighties, I would’ve killed for the original(it was diecast, ya know). But, I only owned the green lion, and my brother owned the red lion(the black lion is my personal favorite). I happened to hit up the Toys R Us in White Plains on pay day, and there were 3 of these on the shelf. It was the 5 lions, the five pilots and the “Blazing Sword” and shield. A pretty good deal for the $29.99 asking price. I didn’t even flinch…I wanted this! While waiting for the train to go back home, I opened up the package and began to assemble it.
The box it came in is long gone, as I wasn’t the
dork collector I am today. One of the horns on the robot form’s head is missing, as is it’s spring-loaded missile on the back and one of the “wings” is also absent. The only other thing missing is Pidge(the mini pilot for the green lion). But it’s mine, and it’s also one of the toys that’s been in my collection the longest.
Check out what Colbey couldn’t leave behind over at Random Toy Reviews.
Shawn from Branded in the Eighties chooses to save a cuddley(sp?) friend.
Jon from Doubledumbassonyou picks a figure I never even knew existed(but it’s awesome!).
And, I went to a toy show today! It was a small affair, but I did manage to get a few deals. I want to spread them out over the next week(this gives me a few posts), so I’ll just show you guys the smaller stuff today.
These ALF figures were given away in Wendy’s kids meals sometime back in 1990(that’s what they’re stamped). I’m a fan olf ALF, and for 50 cents each, I grabbed all 3. They’re based on the short-lived animated show(that I liked, and the toy line is something I’d like to find a few of), but these look like they’re more specifically from ALF Tales(which were poplular fairy tales that featured ALF in the title roles(I have ALF Tales on dvd, and I can’t believe I haven’t watched it yet! I’ll have to get on that).
And in the same box, I also found these.
Also, 50 cents each. Any E.T. toy for fifty cents is a deal in my opinion, plus these are my favorite representations of the lovable alien. The Happy Meal Koopa Paratroopa was in a line of toys given away in Happy Meals at McDonald’s back in 1990(check out a commercial for it here). Just like the other one in my collection, it is missing the tube and bulb required to make it hop. There are loads of these guys in the games, so I don’t mind owning 2 of them(they’re my favorite old school Super Mario enemies anyway). The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle candy dispenser is made by Topps, but this piece is missing the bottom cover, so I don’t have a date for you. But I would assume that it’s from around 1989-1990. I remember buying tons of this candy back in the day, and it’s something I have never came across for sale, and at the price I paid, I’m happy.
I also managed to score a SNES game at a very nice price.
There was a kid there selling a Super Nintendo and 6 Super Nintendo games. So I asked how much the games were. He said that they were all $10, but Aladdin was $3! I already own the other 5 games that were there, and this one usually sells for $10 or more. It’s a fun platformer, and it’s from Capcom, so it’s also very visually appealing as well.
The best is yet to come. I have a few really awesome toys we’ll see in the coming days(quite possibly tomorrow).