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Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Playset

Posted in Toys, Transformers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2011 by Jason

Well, this is a first for me.  This marks the first time that I have purchased an action figure playset.

While growing up, my brother and I had tons of action figures for many lines, but we never had the playsets to go with them(well, we did get the wood beetle playset from Battle Beasts.  But that was the only one).  Now, they weren’t essential, but they would have added a bit of credibility to our play sessions.  So it wasn’t a big deal that we never got any playset for our action figures.  And in the eighties, we had a lot of great playsets.  We had Castle Grayskull(Masters of the Universe), Cat’s Lair(Thundercats), The Sewer Playset(Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), The Hyve(Sectaurs)…and the seven foot long USS Flagg(G.I. Joe).  Now all of these playsets(and many others), are all very nice and would make a great addition to any collection.  But out of all the playsets that were released when I was a kid, this was the one that I wanted the most.

I ended up scoring a specimen that included the box it originally came in.  The price that I paid would have been fair if I only got the playset and the box.  But also included, were all but 3 figures from the whole line! 🙂 🙂 🙂

So let’s meet the gang.

From left to right-Reba the mail lady, Pee-Wee Herman, Miss Yvonne and Ricardo.  The two humans I don’t have are Cowboy Curtis and the King of Cartoons.

And every other character, except Conky!  We have Randy, Jambi, Chairy, Globey, Magic Screen, The Puppetland Band(Dirty Dog, Chicky Baby and Cool Cat), and Pterri.

It even came with Pee-Wee’s Scooter(which was included with the set when it was released), and his helmet.

The box is a little over two feet long, and the Playhouse itself is just a few inches shorter.

And as you’ll see in a moment, when you unfold it, it’s even bigger.  I had a lot of fun photographing this.  There is a lot of stuff from the show built into this, and we’ll check it out first hand.

The first thing you’ll notice is the trademark door.  That is a friggin’ awesome door!(there’s a great article over at X-Entertainment regarding the playhouse.  It’s actually one of my favorites.  Check it out here.)  To the left of the awesome door is Mr. Window, who has a lever to make it looks like he’s talking.  And to the awesome door’s right are the dancing flowers that also have a lever to move them side to side.

There’s Clockey and the two talking fish.  Clockey has movable hands(but it’s one piece, so they move simultaneously), and the fish sticker is lenticular, which gives the illusion of movement.  So, so, awesome.

The refrigerator and freezer doors open to reveal the anthropomorphic food we’d see whenever Pee-Wee opened the fridge or freezer.  On the show, they were brought to life with stop-motion claymation.

They even built in Floory.  It all would have added to the realism.

The table(which Globey is sitting on), and bench were also included.

Other accessories were the purple island couch, the t.v. set and platforms for Jambi and the Puppetland band.  Other things of interest include the Cowntess, the little statue Pee-Wee would turn to open the secret wall compartment that housed his scooter as well as the opening wall itself.

This gets a 10 out of 10 in my book.  Matchbox did so many things right with this.  There were other characters on the show, that didn’t get the action figure treatment.  But a gentleman by the name of Ben Zurawski made a custom set of the rest of the cast, including, Mr. Kite, the dinosaur family and Roger the monster.  He also made Magic Glasses and Picture Phone.  You can read about all of them here.  For now, this will be displayed in it’s box, because I don’t have enough room to display it in all it’s glory(the figures will be displayed, of course).  And who doesn’t love old-school packaging anyway?  With any luck, I’ll find the three figures I need, and have my first complete action figure line(that’s kind of cool).

I was out and about in town today, and I stumbled into the local Dollar General.  9.5 times out of 10, I’ll end up walking out empty handed, unless I happen to be thirsty, in which case, I end up buying a drink.  But there was a sale, with me getting both of these for a total of $5.40(that’s with tax).

They’re “Legends” class, but they’re also 25th anniversary(that was 2 years ago).  These will stay sealed, just like the other two 25th Anniversary Mini-Cons that I have.

A few days ago, I ended up buying 11 comic books.  I have bought maybe, 5 comics in the last 5+ years.  I’ll tell you the story in a few days.  We’ll talk comics.

Aftermath

Posted in Toys, Transformers, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , on September 27, 2010 by Jason

In total I got 42 dollars in cash and 30 in trade.  That’s 72 bucks and I only paid 100 for it over a year ago.  It was hardly used, it had an Intercooler fan on it.So it was a little loud and taking up space.  There are some games that I would like to play for it, but the video store closed down and I can’t afford 60 dollars for games right now.

I still have the NES, the SNES, the PS2 and the Gamecube(the 64 is boxed up in the closet).  I play these systems way more than I played the 360.

The game store has a vintage room with games ranging from Intellivision to N64.  If I purchase games from this store, it more than likely came from this room.  And over half of the store credit I got went for games in this room.  And here is everything I used the store credit for.

 Jeopardy! Junoir Edition had the Super Mario Bors./Duck Hunt manual in the box instead of the correct manual.  Dr. Mario is complete, and the boxes for both games are in great shape.  I also picked up Pokemon Gold for the Game Boy.

Here is something I thought you guys would find interesting.  As I was playing Jeopardy! Junior Edition, shortly after I got it, I played a few games and came across these categories…ALF.  And Captain Power.  I saw that and thought it was the greatest thing.  I got 4 out of 5 of the ALF questions right and 0 out of 5 right for Captain Power.  There are other answers in a lot of the other categories that have 80s written all over them.  Actors, tv shows..it’s great.  If you’re an 80s kid and know your stuff from school, you’ll ace this game.  I did well, but not awesome.  I don’t remember much about the American Revolution, sorry.

I also used a small portion of the proceeds to buy something not video game related.

About two weeks ago, I told you how I went to the local Dollar General and found Soundwave.  Well on that trip I had also spotted a Robot Heroes 2 pack.  I was torn between that and Soundwave.  They were both five bucks and I weighed my choices, I could only get one.  In the end it was Soundwave.  After I left the game strore, I decided to go check out Dollar General and see if those Robot Heroes were still there.  I checked the aisle I last saw them in on the previous trip.  No luck.  I decided to further check the stores aisles, and found more toys in a completely different, not even close aisle.  Two minutes later I was on my way to the checkout with these two.

Aotobot Blaster and Thrust.  I have always thought the Robot Heroes line looked pretty cool, but I never see them in stores.  Thrust was the deciding factor for this purchase.  The Decepticon seekers have one of the nicest looking robot modes of all the Transformers.  And I don’t believe I owned a single one growing up.  Looking at the back of the packaging, I got the one I would’ve chosen, given a choice of the four.

Although Rumble does look pretty sweet.  But I’m torn on whether to open them or not.  All in all, I have a new found appreciation for Dollar General.  If I go there in 2 weeks and they still have the Transformers Universe Brushguard that I’ve seen on the past two visits, they will be my go to place.  Kind of like my version of The Magic Grocery Store.

My first Soundwave

Posted in Halloween, Toys, Transformers with tags , , , , on September 19, 2010 by Jason

When I see the title of this post, I would think it’s a reference to a Playskool version of Soundwave.  Before you get your hopes up, it’s not.  Ever since I first started watching Transformers as a child, Soundwave has been in my top three.  While a few of my friends had a Soundwave toy, I never did aquire one.  The closest I ever came was having a few of his cassettes(and a few of Blaster’s as well).  The reasons he is one of my favorites is as follows…1.-He has(had) one of the greatest sounding voices ever.  2.-His robot mode was just bad-ass(shoulder cannon, face shield).  and 3.-He had mini Decepticons emerge from his chest.

Now, anytime I have been out checking toy aisles, I never see any of the cool reissues or popular characters.  The top reason for this, I think, is toy scalpers.  I’ve checked Ebay, and the mark ups for such figures is ridiculous!  While I may keep a few of my toys in their original packaging, I don’t buy a toy thinking I can make three times what I paid for by scalping it on Ebay.  I collect what I like, and that is the primary reason I buy toys.  I can understand why older versions of figures can be somewhat expensive, but I can’t grasp why I, or anyone for that matter, should have to pay such extreme prices for a toy that will be displayed in a collection or played with.  It seems rarity doesn’t mean anything anymore.  But enough with the bitching.  Here’s my first Soundwave.

Now it’s not the G1 casstte player, but at least it’s Soundwave.  I have been to Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Target and various other stores, and have not seen this figure.  Where I did find him was totally unexpected.  I had to run a few errands last week, and I decided to see if any of the local stores had their Halloween displays up.  This lead me to Dollar General.  While this chain of stores usually has a lot of knock off crap, they do have a limited supply of official releases.  Hidden behind a couple of figures I had no interest in was the awesomeness you see above.  The only problem I have with the figures these days is the complexity of the transformations.  If you’re at all familiar with the Generation 1 Transformers from the 80s, you know what I’m talking about.  Back in the day, I don’t remember having any difficulties with transforming the figures(the sticker application is a different story).  And the directions don’t help any.  All they show are arrows, without any words to describe what the hell you’re supposed to be doing.  Here’s the directions for Soundwave.

I think I made it to step 3, and then I was totally lost.  And this transformation is rated as one of the easiest, being a 1 on the difficulty scale.  Before I broke my precious first Soundwave, I hit up Youtube for some help.  Even the guy in the video said that he was going to give away his because it’s such a pain in the ass.  But he showed how to do it(with a little trouble), and I was able to Transform him into the jet(it kind of looks like a stealth bomber).

(A little bit of Halloween goodness thrown in for good measure.)

Changing him back into robot mode was a lot less difficult.  While it took about 1/10 of the time it took me to get him into vehicle mode, I am quite pleased to say I am happy to add him to my collection(and I don’t think he’ll be in that jet mode for a while).

On one last note…the leaves have started to change and the cooler weather has started to move in.  The Halloween season is upon us(for you fellow X-Ers anyway).  So, this weekend we broke out the Halloween decorations and decorated the apartment.  I plan on getting more this year but here’s what we have on the front porch right now.

I have a few more Transformers posts lined up, but I will try to space them out, as I don’t want bore everyone with a related piece everytime I post.  I do want to get a few Halloween posts in, so I will try my best to have a little variety.  I’ll see ya when I see ya.