Yard Sale Finds #8 and Some Other Stuff

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!

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19 Responses to “Yard Sale Finds #8 and Some Other Stuff”

  1. I am envious of your Wheeljack. My neck of the woods (Long Island) has never seen them. I hear TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and Ross have them, but the collectors quickly snatched them up.

    • Keep looking. I all but gave up about a month ago, and just now found him. Wheeljack was the one I was looking forward to the most, and it’s nice to finally have him.

  2. jboypacman Says:

    Hey a Atari 2600 Jr.! Very nice and WheelJack too? Very awesome Jason Congrats buddy. : )

  3. Your co-worker was good to you- nice Atari with some fun games! We played a SORRY! gameset like that for years- still at Mum’s house- good times… I’m glad you found WheelJack- you should see all the Transformers at my Wal-Mart across the street- holy cow! hey got a HELLA toy section, damn! Oh, and that’s an Imaginext Batman by Fisher-Price- NICE HAUL!

    • Yeah, she’s a great co-worker. The Wal-Mart I found him at had an awesome selection. Hopefully when I go back(maybe in 3 weeks), they’ll still have one of the “Movie Exclusive” Bumblebees with the 84 on the doors. It’s definitely a homage to us older fans of the series. Because, as you know, it all started here in 1984.

  4. Wheeljack is awesome! Can’t believe they pulled him off using Tracks’ mold.

  5. Wow, you have an awesome co-worker.

    Because co-workers who give you Atari 2600s are by definition awesome.

    That looks really cool, and quite the nice selection of games as well. Enjoy!

  6. Wow, I run my own business and don’t have any co-workers, but your Atari deal has inspired me to go hire some! I had no idea they actually gave you stuff. Nice! 😉

  7. Wow Jason, that Wheeljack looks sweet! Great score, our Walmarts , Targets, TRUs, are all dry here. I have yet to find this bad boy, but really glad you finally got one! Congrats.

    • I hope you find one Chunky. If I find another, maybe we can work out an arrangement, if you’d like. Or try a Wal-Mart away from your area, that’s what I did.

  8. Looks like a great haul! I haven’t actually seen the Wheeljack figure around here, although he looks fantastic – very nice homage to his G1 Look.

    Is that an Atari 2600, or the Atari 7800 they launched in around 86 to compete with NES just before they went under? Either way, the 7800 was backwards compatible, so all the 2600 games should work fine with it.

  9. […] is notoriously behind when it comes to new toys.  I found this figure within a week of finding Wheeljack and […]

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