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Wizard #37, September 1994

Posted in Comic Books, Memories, Trading cards with tags , , , , , , , on November 22, 2011 by Jason

I scored this for a buck at the Albany Comic-Con.

I’m sure most of you know what Wizard magazine consisted of, but for those of you that don’t know…let me give you a brief explanation.

This was the self-proclaimed “Guide to Comics”(the last issue was for March 2011, and is now a web-only publication).  It’s first issue debuted in July of 1991, and quickly became almost like a bible for comic books.  The early issues were jam-packed with anything you wanted to know about any comic.  And those were my favorite issues.  Basically every hot artist at the time did covers for Wizard.  Like Todd McFarlane, Sam Kieth and Rob Liefeld(I’m not a fan of his work).  A lot of the older issues came with premiums as well(trading cards, comics, special offers).  These earlier issues were also about 3-4 times thicker than the later issues.  In any event, it was fit to be called the “Guide to Comics”.

Now, I’m not going to review every freakin’ page of this magazine.  But I will show five of my favorite pages from the magazine(this could lead to future installments, as I have a few other early issues in my collection).

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Envelope art is awesome!  I’ve sent my fair share of mail with drawins on the envelope, but nothing of this quality.  These envelopes took time and talent!  This was a feature I looked forward to every month during the magazines early days.

 

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Mortal Kombat II was such a bad-ass game when it came to the arcade(or deli or pizza place).  This was the advertisement for it’s home console/portable release.  The Super Nintendo version would be my choice…for sentimental reasons.

This issue was not short on video game ads.

 

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Homemade Heroes was another regular feature that I looked forward to.  It’s really cool to see custom action figures from almost 20 years ago.   I’m no fan of Mystery Science Theater, but it’s cool to see custom figures from the show.

 

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I like Spawn, and was a huge fan back in the day.  But this was not the main reason that I selected this as one of my favorite pages from this magazine.  The word “almost”, is why I chose it.  Back in the early years of Image Comics, they were known to have delays and erratic schedules for a lot of their titles.  In my opinion, this is suitable for framing.

 

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The top 100 list.  This would give you some insight to which were the hottest books at the time.  For every issue  you may have read at the time, there were a lot others that you may have had no prior interest in, but got them because of this list.  When trades for books on this list went down, we always used the price guide in the back of the mag to see what would be a fai trade.  The price guide was reduced to a mere few pages in later issues.

 

It sucks that you can no longer find Wizard on the racks, but it’s a great trip to look at these older issues.  Does anyone have any memories from this great magazine?

And since I made it a point to mention the premiums, and showed the magazine in the bag stating what the promos are, here’s what was within the polybagged offering.

I couldn’t make out the name, and didn’t feel like searching online for it.  So I guessed that it is called Brute Babe Infinity(but I could be wrong).   The issue number is the infinity symbol, so that’s different, but the comic itself doesn’t do anything for me.

Now these promos are worth talking about.  Here we have a four card spread(I don’t want to call it an uncut sheet, as there’s an ad for the series onthe back, instead of the usual card backs), and a chromium-foil Gen 13 card.  I have a few other foil promo cards from other issues, but I must say that I was disappointed when these stopped coming with the magazine.  Sure, they had some promo cards(non-foil or gimmicky), in future issues, but they just weren’t the same.

11 Comic Books and Other Things

Posted in Comic Books, Memories, Toys, Transformers, Yard Sale Finds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2011 by Jason

Recently, a new comic shop opened in my area.  This is not to be confused with another comic book shop that opened in my area in the last year or so.  That was a different comic shop, where I’ve heard stories of the store’s owner and bad business.  I got ripped off by him, but we won’t get into that.  The new store is nicer and the guy(Eugene) who runs the place is a cool guy who interesting to speak with.  The name of the shop is Empire Ray Gun Company.

All of the comic books you are about to see are not in mint condition.  But that’s okay.  All of the comics in my collection are of varying degrees of condition.  The primary reason to be into comics is to actually read them.  And that’s why I bought these.  And for the old-school ads from my childhood.

I got the Robin II issues because these were a big deal when they came out.  Holograms were one thing in card form, but when you put them on a comic cover, you got a kid’s interest.  This was also in the time of “gimmick” covers.  Every comic company was putting out glow-in-the-dark covers, foil covers, embossed covers and foil-embossed covers.  But the cover of the first issue is so awesome, and it was a four issue mini series, so it was worth the price.  I got these books for one dollar each, which is awesome.  But he didn’t have issue 2, so I won’t be able to read this anytime soon.  You’ll also see Johnny the Homicidal Maniac #7, Roger Rabbit #2 and Transformers #2.  JTHM is a great, dark comic(this was the only comic that cost cover price).  I loved Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, so I don’t see why I wouldn’t like the comics.  The old-school Transformers comics were a favorite of mine back in the day.  Plus it’s the second issue!

I have always been more of a fan of the old Mirage TMNT series, but I like all TMNT related literature.  The issues from Archie Comics was done in the same vein as the tv show, so it’s a give in why they would produce comics that were more like the popular cartoon.  The main reason I bought the Thor(I have nothing against the series or character) comic was because there are moai on the cover.  And I got the three issues of “Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham”, because I was(and still am), a huge fan of the character and series, and these were issues I didn’t have.  I would love if Hasbro made a Marvel Universe figure for Spider-Ham(are you listening, Hasbro?).  And as I said earlier, the ads in these comics are great.

On my way home from work on Friday, I spotted a little “flea market” shop that was open for business in my area.  It was a small locally owned establishment, and it was very small(like a big shed).  I decided to check it out.  I didn’t find too much, but the owner was a nice guy and his prices were pretty good as well.

Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke is they best movie they made.  It is hilarious and very quoteable.  I don’t know if I’ve seen The Freshman.  But the dvds were $3 each or two for $5, so  I had to find another movie, and I didn’t see anything else interesting.

I don’t have any setimental attachment to Exo Squad and the bubble is wrecked beyond repair, but I couldn’t say turn down a 17 year old action figure for 3 bucks!  It’s a cool looking toy, and I had to buy it.  He kept on trying to get me to buy a box of the baseball cards you see pictured.  He said he must have 50 sealed boxes.  I’ve curbed my trading card collecting, and baseball isn’t my sport.  Before I left, he just gave me a set for nothing.  From what I’ve heard this set contains both Ken Griffey Jr.’s and Randy Johnson’s rookie cards.  Not too bad.

I haven’t been to any garage sales recently, but I haven’t seen any either.  I did spot one Saturday moring as I was giving a friend a ride home, so I just had to stop.

And Stimpy here, was the only thing that caught my attention.  I loved Nick Toons back in the nineties, as there were so many great ones.  Ren & Stimpy and Rocko’s Modern Life were my two favorites.  Of couse him in his original box was a deciding factor in my purchase.  The woman selling it had it marked for $6 but she said I could take it for $4, and it even works!  Not the best deal for a yard sale find, but definitely a fair price.

And lastly…

An old-school talking Pee-Wee Herman doll!  My friend Mike surprised me by giving this to me on Saturday.  He had him sitting in his man-cave, and knew I’d appreciate it.  The motor in his voice box is messed up, so he talks like a chipmunk, but that’s fine.  Maybe there’s a way I can fix that?  I now know that these dolls have bendable legs, which makes it great for display(but he’ll have to be stored away for now).

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?

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.

Reminiscing With Old Comic Book Ads

Posted in Comic Books, Memories, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2011 by Jason

Hello everyone!  I’m fully relaxed and back in action!  I just needed a little break from the computer.

As you all know, I have a decent collection of comic books.  While I am no longer a hard-core comic collector, I still like to look through my collection and remember the early days when I first got into comics.  I belie I started collecting comics when I was around 12, but I started reading comics way before I started collecting them.  As a boy, my father used to take us to Phil’s Barber Shop in Pleasantville, NY.  I’m sure the place is long gone, but I can remember reading comic books as my father or brother were getting their hair cut by Phil.  Not only did he have comic books for us kids to read, but he would always my brother and I a cookie before we left(the good ones, in the big round tin).  Also, right down the street was Archie’s Corner Store.  I used to love perusing the comics and candies, and my dad would usually get a pack of Chuckles(do they still produce those?), for us to share.  Alright, now I’m getting off track.

As you can tell by my little tangent, I was reminiscing.  All brought on by looking at old comic books.  I only scanned a few ads from a few comics that I have not yet filed away into the long boxes.  Here are the comics the ads were scanned from.

 

 

I’ve acquired all 3 of these comics within the last 2 years.  The Sectaurs and Silver Hawks comics were bought at a garage sale in the summer of 2009, but I’m not sure where I got the TMNT II movie adaptation from.  The Sectaurs comic is from 1986, Silver Hawks is from 1987, and TMNT is from 1991.  The ads contained within these comics aren’t the most iconic, but they all remind me of simpler times.

We’ll start off with the only ad that I scanned from the TMNT comic.

The only other ads in this comic were for Double Dragon III and a bunch of Arcie Comics stuff.  This ad is for the most frustratingly hard TMNT game ever made.  I didn’t know a kid who had an NES who wasn’t into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  That being said, almost every kid I knew had this game.  After getting through the under water bomb disarming stage(which a lot of people say is too hard), the game gets unforgivingly difficult.  I will be the first to say that this is one game I have never beaten.  I remember seeing this ad an awful lot.

Now we’ll take a look at what lies within the Sectaurs comic.

Nestle Quik.  Whenever this stuff was in our household, I used to like to eat spoonfuls of this chocolately dust.  I don’t remember this specific promotion, but how cool would it have been to win a complete set of Go-Bots?!  I was(and still am) a loyal fan of the Transformers, but what kid would balk at the chance to win a complete line of toys?  You don’t see promotions like this anymore.

This is an ad I remember clearly!  Most ads that had puzzles/games during this period stand out in my mind.  You don’t see to much advertising for these types of products these days, which is pretty sad.  Do they make other flavors of Newtons besides the fig variety these days?

If you’re a product of the eighties, there is no way you don’t remember M.A.S.K.(Mobile Armored Strike Kommand).  I loved this show, but only owned one toy from this line(my brother and I both had Jackhammer).  My favorite was Condor, while my brother’s favorite was Thunderhawk.  Looking at them now, I think they’re all pretty kick-ass!

Now we’ll see what lies within the pages of Silver Hawks #1.

I don’t really remember this ad, but I was a big fan of Disney and Oreos back in the day.  This seems like a pretty good deal.  I’m sure the just the Mickey ears set you back more than $5.95 these days(I wouldn’t know, I have never been to a Disney park).  And I’m sure I would look just as happy if Mickey mouse was eating Oreos with me.

This is the last ad we’ll be looking at today.  Cocoa and Fruity Pebbles had great advertising in the eighties and nineties.  This ad is almost like a Mad Libs.  Their commercials are memorable(who could forget the classic Christmas commercial?), and when they had free toys or prizes in the cereal, they were pretty good!  Not to mention that the Pebbles cereals taste really good.  The Flintstones seem to have all but vanished these days(what happened to all of the Hanna-Barbera cartoons?).

There were other ads in these comics, but I only went with the ones most would remember(if you read comics back in the day).  This may be a good topic to revisit, and I have plenty of material to pick through.  Would this be something you would like to see covered more?  Let me know in the comments.

Camping in Lake George

Posted in Adventure, Memories, Toys, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2011 by Jason

I hope everyone had a fun 4th of July weekend.  For the holiday weekend, we went camping up at Schroon Valley Resort in Lake George.  Camping on vacation is a little different than a vacation when you stay at a hotel.  It seems to make you forget everything(in a good way).

Lake George is definitely a big tourist area.  It’s also a really beautiful area.  Let’s start off with a few pictures.

There are few attractions in the area, that have peaked my interest in the past, and I got to experience one of them this past weekend.  There is Dr. Morbid’s Haunted House, and there’s a wax museum.  We opted to check out the wax museum.  Now this wasn’t a typical celebrity or historical wax museum.  It seems the theme here was death and horror.  There were scenes of grisly murder, as well as scenes depicting the Salem witch trials, and even Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde.  I asked if I could take pictures inside, and was told I could, just without the flash.  I couldn’t get the flash to shut off, so I only got a few shots inside of the attraction(and the didn’t come out too good).  But I also got a few shots inside of the lobby(where the flash wasn’t an issue).

It was a pretty decent sized walk through and great in it’s own cheesy way.  I will be going back to Lake George in September(for the Adirondack Nationals car show), so I’ll make it a point to go to Dr. Morbid’s and see which one is better.

My favorite part of these waterfront communities is the casino arcades.  Of course the prizes are never worth the amount of money you plunk down to win them, but it’s all about the thrill of winning!  The highlight of these games was when my wife hit 300 tickets on a single quarter.  Among all of the ticket spitting machines, you have you typical video games.  The picture I took of the classics accidentally got deleted, but I did get a few shots of the pinball machines.  I played 2 games on the Funhouse one, which is one of my all time favorite pinball games.

And I had to toss a quarter into this!

For 25 cents, the parrot will spin and flap it’s wings, then say, “I love the sound of money.  Here comes your present.”.  After the show, you get a little plastic egg with a small prize inside(like any toy vending machine, except it’s a plastic Easter egg)  The prizes aren’t all that great(I got a little plastic box to put teeth into for the tooth fairy), but the parrot’s performance is so worth it.

We ended up getting a decent amount of tickets for what we spent, so we got a few decent prizes.  My wife got a nice pink folding knife(which is very sharp), and a souvenir glass.  This is what I got.

I got the Ultimate Spider-Man “Action Vignette Figure” from one of the shops across the street.  These were $2.99 and they were blind-boxed.  I was hoping to get Venom, but this one’s alright.  It’s got nice color, but it’s got limited articulation.  I had to get the gumball machine because I have always wanted one.  This one is metal and glass, and for 800 points, seems to be of decent quality.  The car is a “Burnin’ Key Car”.  I remember a few different cars with this feature from when I was younger.  The name also sounds familiar, but Maisto isn’t a brand that I remember.  It’s still going to be a cool car to play with.

On the fourth there were fireworks, but again, I didn’t get many good pictures.  I did manage to get a couple though.

I had a great vacation here, and I can’t wait to go again in September.  I also managed to find a pawn shop in the area.  There was decent video game selection, and I ended up with a bunch of games to add to my NES collection.

I ended up paying $28.00 for all of those games(I made 2 separate trips).  I needed all of them except for Tecmo Super Bowl(the one I have acts screwy).  On my first trip I saw Turtles IV” Turtles in Time”(for SNES).  I went back the next day and it was still on the shelf, but I was informed that it just sold on Amazon!  Dammit!!  That was the only sucky part about the whole vacation, so I’m obviously not disappointed(although I really want that game).

So what did everyone else do?  Find anything at the garage sales?  Let’s hear about it.

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?).

1988 California Raisins Sticker Album

Posted in Memories, Toys with tags , , , on April 25, 2011 by Jason

I was searching for this for a long time.

Back when I was a kid, sticker albums were a decent alternative for the times we didn’t get toys.  They were pretty cheap, so it was pretty easy to sucker your parents into buying you one when you knew that a toy might be out of the question.  Why blow a chance to get something, right?  Most of the time stores would sell the albums right along side packs of the stickers.  But there were also times you could find an album pre-packaged along with packs of the corresponding stickers.  I got this one pre-packaged with the sticker packs.

I had this specific album 2 times growing up, but I only remember the second one coming pre-packaged.  Panini was the company that usually put these stickers and albums on the market, but Diamond produced this one.  The stickers available were of the claymation Raisins as well as their cartoon counterparts.  These raisins were a hot property during the latter stages of the eighties.

The ten packs yielded only 3 doubles, and I still have a long way to go to complete the book.  I took my time and tried to put them in as straight as possible.  Some of the stickers didn’t match up when you had 2 or 4 stickers to complete a scene.  But I guess that’s expected from something like this, considering the time it came out.  Not only did you get to have fun collecting the stickers for this album, but the whole inside of the book is all in 3-D!

The book comes with 2 “Slide-O-Scopes”, rather than the traditional 3-D glasses.  It works by sliding the cover over the red and then the blue, and vice versa.  It works well enough.

Here, on the inside back cover, we have an ad for the Diamond Collector’s Club.  Here you could order the stickers you needed to complete your collection.  Let’s face it, you’d have to buy a shit-load of stickers to complete one of these albums, so this was a much easier and cheaper alternative.  The funny thing is, is that they would only process orders for 10 or 20 stickers ONLY.  10 stickers for $1.00 or 20 stickers for $2.00 + a $1.00 handling charge.  Man, times have changed!

I’ll leave you with a few additional photos.

Random Quickie #1 – Bowen Designs Mini-Bust : Apocalypse

Posted in Comic Books, Memories, Random Quickies with tags , , , , , , on February 13, 2011 by Jason

I wanted to have this post up on Friday, but I have been fighting a bad cold for the past couple of days.  For the first post in this ongoing series, I decided to go with something that is not a toy, but a work of art.

I bought this mini-bust at Midtown Comics sometime in 2000 or 2001.  I used to visit Midtown Comics every week to get my comic fix.  Well, one day I went in and checked out all the mini-busts and statues that they had in a glass case.  Apocalypse, being my all time favorite villain, caught my eye quite quickly.  Not being one to spend a large amount of money on a single item, I perused the rest of the store, to give me some time to think it over.  A short time later, I approached the counter with a few comics, and was asked, “Can I help you with anything else?”.  I replied with something like, “Yes.  I would like one of those mini-busts in the case over here.”.  Ten or so years later, I still think the $55.00 I spent on it was well worth it.

And for those wondering, this is numbered 1993 of 5000.