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Prized Possessions and the “Tip of the Iceberg”

Posted in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Toys, Uncategorized, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2012 by Jason

This week’s assignment from The League is “Prized Possessions”.  Brian asked us, “What is the one item in your collection you would save if your house was being swallowed by a sink hole, carried off in a tornado, and then swept away in a flood.”

It was a pretty quick decision.

I believe I bought this from a Toys R Us back in 1999.  When I was a kid in the eighties, I would’ve killed for the original(it was diecast, ya know).  But, I only owned the green lion, and my brother owned the red lion(the black lion is my personal favorite).  I happened to hit up the Toys R Us in White Plains on pay day, and there were 3 of these on the shelf.  It was the 5 lions, the five pilots and the “Blazing Sword” and shield.  A pretty good deal for the $29.99 asking price.  I didn’t even flinch…I wanted this!  While waiting for the train to go back home, I opened up the package and began to assemble it.

The box it came in is long gone, as I wasn’t the dork collector I am today.  One of the horns on the robot form’s head is missing, as is it’s spring-loaded missile on the back and one of the “wings” is also absent.  The only other thing missing is Pidge(the mini pilot for the green lion).  But it’s mine, and it’s also one of the toys that’s been in my collection the longest.

Check out what Colbey couldn’t leave behind over at Random Toy Reviews.

Shawn from Branded in the Eighties chooses to save a cuddley(sp?) friend.

Jon from Doubledumbassonyou picks a figure I never even knew existed(but it’s awesome!).

And, I went to a toy show today!  It was a small affair, but I did manage to get a few deals.  I want to spread them out over the next week(this gives me a few posts), so I’ll just show you guys the smaller stuff today.

These ALF figures were given away in Wendy’s kids meals sometime back in 1990(that’s what they’re stamped).  I’m a fan olf ALF, and for 50 cents each, I grabbed all 3.  They’re based on the short-lived animated show(that I liked, and the toy line is something I’d like to find a few of), but these look like they’re more specifically from ALF Tales(which were poplular fairy tales that featured ALF in the title roles(I have ALF Tales on dvd, and I can’t believe I haven’t watched it yet!  I’ll have to get on that).

And in the same box, I also found these.

Also, 50 cents each.  Any E.T. toy for fifty cents is a deal in my opinion, plus these are my favorite representations of the lovable alien.  The Happy Meal Koopa Paratroopa was in a line of toys given away in Happy Meals at McDonald’s back in 1990(check out a commercial for it here).  Just like the other one in my collection, it is missing the tube and bulb required to make it hop.  There are loads of these guys in the games, so I don’t mind owning 2 of them(they’re my favorite old school Super Mario enemies anyway).  The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle candy dispenser is made by Topps, but this piece is missing the bottom cover, so I don’t have a date for you.  But I would assume that it’s from around 1989-1990.  I remember buying tons of this candy back in the day, and it’s something I have never came across for sale, and at the price I paid, I’m happy.

I also managed to score a SNES game at a very nice price.

There was a kid there selling a Super Nintendo and 6 Super Nintendo games.  So I asked how much the games were.  He said that they were all $10, but Aladdin was $3!  I already own the other 5 games that were there, and this one usually sells for $10 or more.  It’s a fun platformer, and it’s from Capcom, so it’s also very visually appealing as well.

The best is yet to come.  I have a few really awesome toys we’ll see in the coming days(quite possibly tomorrow).

Cincinnati Vacation Part 2 chapter 1

Posted in Adventure, Memories, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Toys, Trading cards, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2010 by Jason

Actually, the second day of my vacation was my family reunion.  But we didn’t get any pictures from that event, and it probably wouldn’t make for a good post.  So, fast forward to the last day of my trip.  This post will be part one of my last day, because this day was packed with greatness.

If you are familiar with this blog, then you’ve seen my “Yard Sale Finds” posts.  We had grand plans for our final day in Ohio.  We got up early, got ready, went and visited my dad’s burial plot and headed to Trader’s World.  This was my first time at this place and it was a cool experience.  Just take a look at what you see when you drive into this place.

There were animals like this everywhere!

Now, where I live, we don’t have any actual flea markets.  So when I get a chance to go to one, I’m giddy with excitement.  It’s one of those “thrill of the hunt” feelings.  I’ve read many stories about stuff people find at flea markets.  Today I don’t have a grand find, but I did manage to grab a few cool things.  This place was huge!  There were close to ten buildings(almost like barns, but real floors and it was air conditioned), all connected by a central corridor.  Plus, there were dealers in the lot, and a small city of other merchants in an open air facility.  I’m pretty sure I didn’t check out the whole place.  So let’s see what treasures the place had waiting for me.

My first find of the day only cost two bucks, and was the only find for me in the outside area.  Let’s take a look shall we?

Here we have 2 sealed packs(I opened one) of 1991 Topps Stadium Club hockey cards and a loose Ace Duck from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  The cards only cost me 50 cents a pack and the Ace Duck cost me a buck.  While I don’t really collect hockey cards like I used to, I couldn’t turn down cards I remember buying nineteen years ago.  And I should’ve held out on the Ace Duck, as I found one in the exact same condition for only 50 cents.

There were quite a few vendors selling many vintage games, all at varying prices.  When you’re checking out games it helps to check a few places and compare prices to see what will be a better deal.  Unless, you see a deal that you know is a steal.  Everybody nowadays think they’re an Ebay expert and price their stuff accordingly.  But when I spot a box of old games under a table marked between 1-3 dollars, I know I’ll find at least one game I’ll buy.  Here are the aforementioned low priced games I picked up.

In the first picture we have Fester’s Quest, NES Play Action Football and Pictionary, all for play on the Nintendo Entertainment System.  Fester cost me 2 bucks, while the other two ran a buck apiece.  In a box right next to the one with these loose NES games, there was this complete SNES game for two bucks.  Now Nigel Mansell’s World Championship Racing isn’t a rare or great game, but I collect NES and SNES games.  This one had the cardboard tray the game sits in, a cartridge sleeve, all the inserts and instruction manual.  And to top it off, the box is in great condition.

As i was perusing this amazing place I stumbled into a stall with a guy that sold all types of old school goodness, primarily old unopened packs of all different trading cards.  Man, I had to have self control, or I would’ve spent like fifty bucks in there.  I had my 11 year old cousin Nick and my 14 year old cousin Wayne with me.  I gave them two dollars each to get whatever they wanted.  When we were in this stall, Nick bought a pack of Desert Storm trading cards for a dollar and seemed disappointed.  I asked him what was up, and he said that he didn’t want the cards, he thought they would be more animated.  I laughed pretty hard and wound up with the pack, and I’m not sure that I want them.  But I did spend two dollars here, and here’s what I got.

Growing up in the eighties, you know I had the complete set of the Ninja Turtle cards, but I don’t recall ever getting a single pack of Back to the Future II cards.  When I got home I wished I would’ve bought two packs so we can see what they look like.  And like I’ve said before is there a license Topps didn’t acquire in the eighties and early nineties.

Here are the last two items I purchased at this flea market

There was a vendor selling legit movie related and retro shirts for incredibly low prices.  Again I had to control myself.  Here was the sale she had going on…shirts were 3 dollars each, or 2 for five and I think 5 for ten bucks.  Up first, we have the Mega Man “The Usual Suspects” t-shirt featuring Heat Man, Quick Man, Flash Man, Metal Man and Crash Man, all from Mega Man II.  An then we have the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles logo t-shirt.  What more can I say about it?  T-U-R-T-L-E power.

Well that’s all for tonight.  In a day or two I’ll post our Treasure Aisles adventure which was right after we left Trader’s World.  So that will be part 2 of this part 2.  I will leave you with a few parting shots from Trader’s World.