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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?

Some of my Favorite Non-Sports Trading Cards

Posted in Comic Books, Trading cards with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2011 by Jason

You know I collect toys, video games and comics.  And you may have noticed I collect trading cards as well.  Like comic books, I get a few trading cards here and there.  Growing up, and up until 8 or 9 years ago, like comics, I used to regularly purchase trading cards.  My first taste of collecting cards, was like most young boys, with baseball cards.  My older brother and my step brother gave my younger brother and I a couple of binders full of baseball cards.  If I would’ve kept those, I’d have around 10 Ken Griffey Jr. rookie cards.

Over the years, cards I collected ranged from basketball to hockey to non-sports cards.  Back in the day, not only did Topps have all of the major sports licenses, but they also had all of the popular movie licenses, as well as the licenses for all the properties us kids were into.  Which means, there was quite a selection.  Through the years, technology has advanced, and there are always some type of new “chase” cards out there.  I remember when holograms were all the rage.  Now we have game-worn jersey cards, sketch cards, hell, back in the early nineties, there were Punisher insert(chase), cards that smelled like gun powder!  But enough with the history, let me show you some of my favorite non-sports trading cards!

I bought this for $5 at a sports card store in Westchester Square, in the Bronx.  I know Wizard routinely had trading cards sealed in a bag with the magazine during their early days.  But I don’t remember if these were for incentives for store owners if they ordered a certain amount of the magazine every month, or what.  It came straight from wizard sealed in a serial numbered case.  There was a Maxx promo card that did come with the magazine, but the artwork was different, and even though the information and card number were the same on both card backs, the paragraphs written on the back were different as well.  Here’s the regular card to compare with the one above(sorry, I didn’t scan the card backs).  And this card is also one of my favorites, even though I’m using it as a reference.

 We all remember Garbage Pail Kids, right?  Well in recent years, there has been a renewed interest in the series.  I say this because over the last 8-9 years, I have noticed newer series in Wal-Mart and Target.  Back in the eighties, GPK were your standard sticker/trading cards.  Now-a-days, there are all sorts of chase cards with varying gimmicks.  I got a few foil cards, and one of them is my second favorite GPK of all time.  And being that this card is foil, it just makes it that much cooler.  And for those of you wondering, Split Kit is my favorite(if you’re reading this and have an extra Split Kit, let me know if we can work out a deal).

Next, we have a card, whose subject matter is a staple of MAD magazine(which I’ve been reading since I was 8 years old).  Spy vs. Spy is one of my favorite features of MAD.  Remember when holograms were all the rage in the trading card and comic book communities?  Well, this card is from that era.  This is hologram #3 of 3.

Next up, is one of my most favorite Wacky Packages cards.  For those of you who don’t know, Wacky Packages is a trading card series that the Topps Company started in the 1970s.  Wacky Packages are parody cards of everyday brand name products. For example instead of Cherry Coke, they have Cherry Croak, and instead of Sweet n’ Low, they have Snot n’ Blow.  This one is a parody of McDonald’s Big Mac, and it’s a magnet insert card(#7 of 9), and it really works(it’s basically a cheap thin refrigerator magnet).

Last up for tonight, we have another foil card.  I remember where I acquired this one, but I have no idea where it originated from.  Was it inserted with a magazine?  Is it promotional?  It’s The Savage Dragon punching some guy’s head right of of his shoulders!  I think it’s a really cool card and the art work is bad-ass, but, I would really like to know it’s origins.  Of course, if you know, drop me a line.

This is just a small sample of cards from my collection.  If you liked this, let me know.  Maybe it’ll be another regular feature!