Well, it’s been over 2 months since I last posted anything. During that time I have started a new job, and my wife and I have been preparing everything for when the birth of our first child occurs(we’re less than a month away from the expected due date 🙂 ). I also have a new smart phone(my first!), and have been getting used to taking photos with it. I have a bunch of photos on it already, and there are a few(one in particular), that I can’t wait to share.
I am awake much earlier than I have been in the past, and just can’t seem to focus on getting any writing(typing) done. But that changes today! I have been itching to get something up, and the perfect storm came about today. For those of you who are familiar with my last blog(or even the first post on this one), you should know that I am a huge fan of yard saling(and flea markets and thrift stores etc.). So, today we will continue with that theme.
Since it’s been a little while since I’ve updated, this one is a doozy!
In the center is a “Super Fright Features” Egon Spengler. Even though it’s loose, incomplete figure(as are most yard sale finds), It is one I did not yet have, and was a good deal at 75 cents. The Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote figures are non-poseable pvc figures that were pretty popular in the 80’s and 90s. They’re already in storage, but I believe these are stamped 1989, and they were only 50 cents a piece.
Now, I know this TMNT Thermos is in pretty rough shape, but they are exactly all that common these days. Even though I only paid 50 cents for it, I would have happily paid three times that amount for this(you can tell it was loved).
Three more Game Boy games! This year has been really good to me when it comes to finding these(and Ghostbusters as well). Including these, I’ve added 7 games to the collection(6 really, I already have Tetris). It was only $2 for the three of them! Power Racer looks like it’s pretty early GB title, and I’m not familiar with Dexterity. I can never turn down retro video games, which are becoming more and more scarce in the wild these days.
At a big mutli-family sale, I found Hulkster on a table full of varied toys. Everything else had price tags, so I asked one of the sellers how much they wanted for this figure, and was told that this was the free Hulk Hogan figure! This figure is in pretty awesome shape, and the colors are still bright. I traded away my Ted DiBiase last year, so Hulk is now my only wrestling figure(from the only set that appeals to me…there are a few others I wouldn’t mind having).
The above items were found in a box of mixed small toys marked at 25 each. Turtle Tunnel is a handheld game made by TOMY, from either the late seventies or early eighties(I can’t find a date on the thing). The timer still works, and it’s reminiscent of games I played back in the day. It’s hard to believe that this is what was considered portable gaming in the early eighties. While I prefer the original robot Changeables, I also collect the dinosaur ones.
The Superman book is a choose-your-own-adventure type book from 1983, and the Heathcliff book is from 1987. Under the printing information inside the Heathcliff book it states that this is a “Special book club edition”. I don’t know if that really means anything, but even if it’s irrelevant, the reason I bought it is because I’m a fan of Heathcliff.
Commercial Crazies is a game I can’t seem to remember, and that’s pretty odd. It’s from Mattel, it’s a VCR game, and the box art is awesome, so I’m not sure why I can’t recall this. It’s missing one damn card, but is complete otherwise. I was able to get the game and the 2 books for 50 cents. The books were priced at 25 cents each, and I found CCVCRG in the board game section, where all board games are 50 cents each. So, I was prepared to pay one dollar for my items, but when I got to the register, the woman said “how about 50 cents?”. Two quarters later, and they were on their way home with me! The funny thing is, I wish I still had a VCR so I can play games like this(and I would actually watch some VHS tapes just to watch the old trailers and commercials some tapes have).
I’m happy with everything above, but the last item is the greatest find of the group, and one of the best I’ve ever found!
Yes, this isn’t a rare piece, but it’s the first one I’ve seen at a garage sale. It’s definitely one of the more iconic playsets, and one I’ve been wanting to add to my collection for a while. The real kicker though, is the price I paid for it.
It’s already found it’s way to the storage unit, but not before I got some additional photos. It was dirty as hell when I bought it, but it cleaned up pretty nicely.
And I just had to get some pictures of some figures interacting with the Castle.
Not a bad haul, and I plan on hitting more sales before the summer is over. I’m not sure that I’ll be able to top this, but you know I’ll be trying to.
I have started to add links, and I’m hoping to post at least once a week. I have a few posts that are started, but I’m not making any promises to the frequency of when I will post, but I do want to make it somewhat regular.