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Recent Toy Show Score

Posted in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Toys with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2013 by Jason

Last Sunday was the annual toy show in Albany.  I went last year, and found some pretty good stuff(you can read about it here, here and here).

It’s a small affair, but there are plenty of deals to be had.  There were a few more vendors then there were last year, and about twice as many people in attendance.

Below are my action figure scores.  I also purchased a handful of packs of older trading cards, but that’s for another time, and another blog.

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Everything you see above, cost me a total of $16!  Not a bad deal at all!

Lion-O was originally priced at $8, but I was able to get the seller down to $6.  He came with his claw shield, but it looks like one of his eyes could be burnt out.  The seller and I were unable to confirm this, which is why we agreed $6 would be fair.

Snout Spout, Sgt. Bananas and Robocop were purchased in a lot deal for a total of $5.

Snout Spout’s head is incredibly loose, and his legs are very loose at the hips, but I’ve wanted to add him to the collection for a while, so this one will be fine as a placeholder.

Robocop is from the Robocop and The Ultra Police line.  He is missing his gun, but he does have his helmet, which is missing almost all of the time.  If I can find strip caps(is that the right phrasing?), I’m sure the cap-firing action will still work.

Sgt. Bananas is in almost pristine condition, and he’s not a figure I have come across in the wild.  He’s one of the more wild looking figures, and fits my collecting focus for old-school TMNT(which is secondary characters).  The only variant Turtles I’d like at this point, are the cartoon Turtles and the Movie Star Turtles.

And lastly, we have the Cobra Viper from the 1990 G.I. Joe Sonic Fighters line.  This was a steal at $5(there was no need to haggle here), since he is complete.  Not only is he complete, but the batteries were still in the backpack, and the sounds still work!  The sounds are pretty generic, but it’s still a pretty awesome feature.  Had I known that the backpacks still worked, I would have bought the other Sonic Fighters he had(all were only $5, and they were all complete).  This came from the same seller I got Shockwave from, and this guy has great prices, and all of his figures are complete.

Transformers Generations : Fall of Cybertron – Grimlock

Posted in Toys, Transformers with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2013 by Jason

Couldn’t believe that I was able to find this all ready, and locally!

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From what I’ve been reading, this was supposed to hit shelves in March.  I checked out a few different places, and my local Wal-Mart was the only place to have Grimlock.  I also saw Soundwave(at K-Mart and Target), Blaster(at Wal-Mart) and SoundBlaster(at Target).

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I have been really anticipating the release of this figure.  Grimlock was a figure that eluded me as a kid.  Even the Masterpiece and Animated versions never crossed paths with me.  Being that Grimlock is one of the more popular characters(with good reason), his secondary market prices are pretty high.

I got this at Wal-Mart, and cost me a little less than $25 after all was said and done.

He comes packaged in robot mode, and looks pretty damn good.

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The form of the figure looks very good, but leaves a little to be desired when it comes to articulation.

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His T-Rex mode is pretty awesome, though he has basically no articulation in this mode.

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He does have a few action features, and they definitely enhance playability.

The first is a “CHOMPING JAW!”.  It doesn’t stay open without assistance, so here’s a shot with a piece of mechanical pencil holding the jaw open.

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There are pegs on the weapons, which fit into holes on the figure to be stored in this mode.

The second feature is “GLOWING EYES AND MOUTH!”.

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My only gripes would be the limited articulation in both modes, and the open chest in T-Rex mode.  Other than that, the figure looks great in both modes, has great playability, and is an overall great value.

Amazing Auction Score!

Posted in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Toys, Video Games with tags , , , on February 4, 2013 by Jason

Yesterday my friend Dean and I went to an auction he was alerted to a few days earlier.  He was told that there would be items of interest at said auction(toys).  He told me about it on Saturday, and I immediately agreed to go.

The TMNT Sewer Playset went with Dean, as that was the highlight of the whole auction for him.  It’s missing 3 small pieces, which I do not think will be too much trouble to find second-hand.  And the real kicker??  The playset(which looked great when it was assembled correctly, and we snapped a few things in place), which also included the Party Wagon, the G.I. Joe vehicle, the TMNT Foot skier(not sure of the exact name at the moment), as well as other odds and ends was sold to us at the final price of $25!!!  Most of the other stuff in the photo below(click on it to see everything bigger) came in a huge action figure lot, and a small Game Boy lot.

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We divvied up the loot, and both sides are happy.  There were some things that I would have liked to have, but there was so much, that I just don’t have the room for everything I want for the collection, so I had to temporarily pass on them.  My pile is to the left, and it includes the Party Wagon.  Expect to see what’s in the pile in the comings weeks(lots of stuff).  Some great additions, and definitely a few surprises.

Bat-Duck Completes the Team!

Posted in Memories, Toys with tags , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by Jason

I finally found an acceptable price for this guy!  This has always been one of my all-time favorite Happy Meal promotions.  And Bat-Duck has always been my favorite of the 4.  He ran me $1.99 + $3.00 shipping.  $5.00 seems a little steep, but if you factor out the shipping, it seems like a pretty good deal.  Add to the fact that most of the listings for these are for the set of 4, and they are priced 4 times or more what I paid for the single figure(can I call it that?).  I only paid 50 cents for each of the other three, so I really can’t complain.

I know I bought a Bat-Duck from Ebay a few years ago, but he must of got lost in the shuffle(along with Delta Chameleon).

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Seeing them all together makes for a pretty nice picture, don’t ‘ya think?

Raphael 2012

Posted in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Toys with tags , , , , , on December 2, 2012 by Jason

The fourth and final of Turtles, Raphael.

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I was able to snag Raph for $7.77 at my local Wal-Mart about a month ago(Wal-Mart now has them priced at$8.88) Just like the rest of the Turtles, Raph was included with a “Ninja Arsenal.  He has the same 9 points of articulation as only the Turtles have, and a pretty decent range of motion.  His skin tone is also the darkest of the four, just as he is in the show.

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You can see that his trademark crack wasn’t forgotten, which shows that the sculptors were paying attention.  This line so far, for me, has been aces.  And it looks like it’s sure to get even better.

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There was enough attention to detail, that we are treated to having a Raphael figure that can hold one of his sais in his trademark manner(you know what I’m talking about).  I have to give Playmates an A+ for the amount of playability that the line has thus far.

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The future looks promising for this line, and I’m excited to see how it’ll turn out.  The show is great, and the stores I have been to lately, have had most of their stock depleted.

Here’s the mean, lean, green incredible team.

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League Assignment – Shelf Expression

Posted in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Toys with tags , , , , on November 28, 2012 by Jason

It’s been a little while since I participated in a League Assignment.

But, how could I resist this week’s assignment?

Post a photo of a shelf of items that displays your love for pop culture.

So, I wanted to go with one of my all time favorite franchises.

From comics, to movies, to toys, there isn’t much TMNT stuff that I don’t like.  This is probably less than half of my TMNT figure collection.  There’s a few other figures I need to fit on this shelf, as well as the figures from the new series.

But since I pretty much showed this in a previous post, I figures that I would post an additional photo from one of the shelves in my closet.

Take a look at some of the other shelves from around the League.

Brother Midnight had a nice shelf of toys including Krang’s Android Body over at Green Plastic Squirt Gun.

Reis has a cool shelf of bobble heads, and A Big Boy Bank(love it) at Lair of the Dork Horde.

And Chris shows off his awesome Master of the Universe collection at Random Nerdness.

 

Albany Comic Con : The Haul – Part III

Posted in Toys with tags , , , , , , on November 26, 2012 by Jason

So, we’ve seen some comics, some trading cards and some toys.  Well, today we’ll close out with a few more toys.  Action figures, to be exact.

Shockwave is mostly complete, as you can see.  When I made the purchase, everything looked to be in order.  When I got home and did some research, I found that one of the included guns does not go with this figure.  It is the same color, but the type of gun isn’t correct.  I’m sure that this was an honest mistake, and 7 dollars is fair for what I got.  The only real issue I have, is that the figure will not stay standing when I put his back pack on.  When I was a kid, I must’ve had this figure on 3 or 4 separate occasions.  Maybe it the design on his uniform, because version 2 of Storm Shadow had almost the same pattern, and I must’ve got him 3-4 times as well.

Major Bludd is the 3rd version of the figure, and was released as part of the Battle Corps line.  I found him in a $1.50 bin, but the seller(who I’ve dealt with in the past), said a dollar for him would be fine.  He has some type of harness on him, that doesn’t belong to him, but I don’t just want to chuck it.  Although the figure is stamped 1991, it was released in 1994.  I’m guessing this is just a repaint of an existing figure.  I like it though.

8 dollars for 2 Joes is a decent deal, considering that Shockwave has been on my want list for quite some time now(gotta wait ’til you find a price your comfortable with).

Albany Comic Con : The Haul – Part II

Posted in Comic Books, Toys, Trading cards, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2012 by Jason

In addition to comic books, I also purchased some trading cards and toys(surprise, surprise  ;)  ), at the most recent Albany Comic Con.  The best of the bunch is excluded, as they will be in a subsequent post.

I’m always game for non-sprts trading cards, especially when they’re from the years when I was heavily collecting.  The Ghost Rider and Wolverine cards are ones that I clearly remember.  The Trouble Trolls are a different story though.  I remember Trash Can Trolls, and they were great.  Rip-offs of Garbage Pail Kids, but great none the less.  So these the Troll cards were purchased more out of curiosity.  More than likely, you’ll see these packs opened over on my other blog.

These came out of a 5 for $1.00 box.  An here’s the rundown, clockwise.

The Luigi toy is from the 1989 Super Mario Bros. 3 McDonald’s Happy Meal.  I only have one other toy from this series, so there wasn’t a question at 20 cents.

Then we have Petunia Pig as Wonder Woman from the 1991 Looney Tunes/DC Comics(?), Happy Meal.  The only one I’m missing is the Daffy Duck/Batman figure from this set.  I had it at some point in the last few years(as well as when it was originally released), and I cannot seem to find it.  Petunia here, is a double.  So, it’s up for grabs, if anyone is interested.

Megavolt looks like a cereal premium, but I can’t be sure.  It’s stamped 1992, and it looks right for the time, but I just don’t know.  You can’t go wrong with Darkwing Duck anyway.

I’ve mentioned the animated 1989 Beetlejuice Burger Kings toys in the past.  And it’s no secret that I’m a fan of the animated series(as well as the movie), but these just don’t turn up at all in my travels.  So I will pick ‘em up anytime I see them.  2 down, 4 to go!

The last one seems like something insignificant, but it might be my favorite(and these are all great).  It’s a 1991 Back to the Future animated series Happy Meal toy!  I couldn’t tell you anything about the other toys in the series, but I sure as hell remember this one!  It doesn’t do anything but roll on it’s wheels, but I love it!

The next post is a sponsored post, but the one following will conclude(and include), the best of my purchases from the ACC.

Albany Comic Con : The Haul

Posted in Adventure, Comic Books, Toys, Trading cards with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2012 by Jason

So, yesterday I went to Albany Conic Con.  This is the second year that I attended, but this time I didn’t take any pictures.  The attendance seemed to be higher this year(it actually runs twice a year, but I attend the fall one), and at times, it was a little hard to maneuver through the crowd.  Keep in mind that this is a small con held at the Holiday Inn.

It was a great time, and there were plenty of great deals.

I’ll highlight everything in a few different posts.  Today, I’ll just highlight a few of the comics that I picked up.

This one is long over due.  This has got to be one of the most iconic covers in Marvel history!  This was a big series when it came out, and this is the first time I’ve owned it since.  I couldn’t get the dollar out of my pocket fast enough!

Like Spider-Ham from Marvel, you can’t go wrong with DC’s Captain Carrot.  These are good, fun reads!

I know close to nothing about the TMNT comics from IDW.  I do know that this is a 1 in 10 variant sketch cover though.  The seller had it marked for $10, but said that everything was 50% off.  I ended up getting it for $3.50.  I’ll probably have to pick up the collected editions(if they exist), if I actually want to read the this(micro)series.

The Punisher is the first comic that I actively collected.  I’m always happy to fill the early gaps in the series.  I picked up issue #13 as well.

This is another title I collected in my first years of comic collecting, although I think the title had changed to Avengers West Coast by that time.  50 cents was too hard to resist for issue #2!

Those are just the highlights of 11 comics that came home with me.  I also got a few toys, as well as some packs of some great early 90′s trading cards.  We’ll get to that stuff in a few days.

Starscream

Posted in Toys, Transformers with tags , , , , , on November 7, 2012 by Jason

I wasn’t sure exactly what line this Starscream would be considered part of.  Judging by the figure, and card back it looks like it would be part of the Reveal the Shield line.  But that’s not the case.  From the front of the card, you could beleive that it would be from Gnerations.

Can you see what I’m talking about?

I found this at The Christmas Tree Shop.  There were also 3 other different figures, which were Bumblebee, Optimus Prime and G2 Megatron.  With the exception of the G2 Megatron, the other 3 figures are all in the Reveal the Shield line.  These figures do not have the rub sign, and they also come with weapons.  From what I can see, I’m thinking that these may be a Canadien release, and The Christmas Tree Shops ended up with the overstock(I will be going back for Megs).

He looks good in robot mode.  But as with all figures in this scale, you can’t get him in too many different poses.

Almost 100% of the time, I prefer the robot modes when it comes to my Transformers.  And even though Starscream will be displayed in robot mode, I think his alt mode looks pretty damn good.

After I took these pictures, I was able to get those little bars on top to actually snap into place.

I think these are priced fairly at $4.99, and were a totla surprise find.  I’m also thinking that this may be my favorite Transfromer in this scale.  Very cool!

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