Archive for August, 2013

Transformers Generations : Fall of Cybertron – Ultra Magnus

Posted in Transformers with tags , , , , on August 28, 2013 by Jason

So, it looks like I’m finally going to do a figure review(my version of one anyway), on the new(er), blog here.

And it should be no surprise that it’s a Transformers figure.  And this one is somewhat special to me.

You see, when I went to see TF – The Movie, I came out with Ultra Magnus being my new favorite Transformer.  While the original is on my want list, I could not pass this version up.  Sure, I need a Optimus Prime for my collection, and even though this is a repaint of the Optimus from this series(with a different head sculpt), I prefer Ultra Magnus’ color scheme.

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I think the artwork on the card is fantastic, and that was originally what caught me eye.  As you can see, he comes packaged in robot mode.  But if you know me, I always like to start with vehicle mode, and I’ll continue that trend here.

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His alt mode is a Cybertronian Truck, which is no different than Optimus.  While it’s not as iconic as a big rig, it still looks pretty neat.  The figure directions weren’t completely useless, but there were a few parts that didn’t really make sense, so I had to figure out about half of the transformation without them.

And as per usual, I think the figure looks best in it’s robot mode.

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For some reason, I really like this photo.

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UM comes with a blaster and sword,  The back of the card says that the two combine, but I wasn’t digging it.  However, I do like the fact that Hasbro did include both weapons.

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The cost of these figures has gone down a little on these, not clearance, mind you.  But they are a ittle more comfortable on the expenses.  I also had a discount offer from where I ordered it.  In all, I paid around $10 total(well worth it).  Now, I know I won’t be getting the new Metroplex(that would be pretty sweet though), so I just need to pick up Starscream, and I think I’ll be set for a wave or 2.  😉


Yard Sale Finds #20

Posted in Yard Sale Finds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2013 by Jason

This will be the third post on my new blog, and it will also be the third installment of “Yard Sale Finds”.  I didn’t mean for it to happen this way, but it’s not a bad thing right?  I do have other things I would like to post(including some figure reviews), but they still need work.  Yard sale season is in full effect, and I’ve been taking advantage of the great deals and nice weather that we have been having. Here we go!

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I paid a total of 25 cents for these 2 Charlie Brown Encyclopedias.  This is the first time I came across them in the wild, and I didn’t hesitate in the least to make the purchase.  I don’t have any real sentimental attachment to them(other than I’ve been a fan of the Peanuts since I was a kid), but I think that they will be fun teaching tools for my “almost here” daughter.  🙂

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Now, I am a huge fan of comics(Marvel in particular), even though my collecting has dropped way, way off.  These comics are in terrible condition, but I bought them for reading, and I think I can include a few of the ads in my “Reminiscing with Old Comic Book Ads” posts.  I’ve collected comic books off and on for many years.  And that’s the key word, collected.  I’ve never “invested” in comics, so condition isn’t the key with me.  As long as the price is fitting for the condition, it’s okay.  But my enjoyment has come from the reading of the comics, as well as the artwork.  Secret Wars is a great series(as are the toys), but I amnot familiar at all with any of the Conan comics(I bought it primarily because it’s from 1986).

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When it comes to video game strategy guides, I’ll pass most of the time.  But if it’s an old-school guide, or for a game that I dig Ill definitely pick it up.  Which was the case here.  I’m more of an old-school gamer, but I really like the Smash Bros. series.  Melee is the only one I own(a Yard Sale Find last year), and this guide is a perfect companion.  Plus, it’s the official Nintendo Power guide.  25 cents well spent!!

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Toys from my childhood just keep getting harder to find at yard sales, so I was surprised when I found a pile of these guys.  Since I was interested in all of them, the seller only wanted a dollar.  Of course, I obliged.  When it comes to M.U.S.C.L.E.s I’m not too picky.  The only requirement is that I don’t already have the specific figure.  If I have the flesh colored one, and come across a different colored one, I’ll pick it up.  This is the most I’ve came across at a single time, and I was pretty giddy when I found them at the bottom of that box.  🙂  I only know that Sunshine is the one in the center, I do not know any of the others(neither did I when I was a kid).  I’m still on the lookout for the Claw(in any color).

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As I said in my last post, I have been very fortunate when it comes to finding Game Boy games this year.  These 2 came with their instruction manuals, and only ran me a buck a piece.  They’re not sought after or anything, but nice additions nonetheless(any incarnation of Frogger has to be good, right?).

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And these might be the finds of the day.  The M.U.S.C.L.E.s are my favorites, but I have never found a single Game & Watch in the wild, let alone 3!  I don’t know if they work, but the seller was asking 2 dollars for all 3, and I thought that was fair enough.

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These don’t really fit my collecting focus(other than that they are Nintendo products), so I put them up on Ebay.  If you’re interested, here’s the link if you’re interested.

Yard sales have been very good to me this year, and I really can’t complain.  But I just wish that the video game luck I have been having would equal out with old-school toy luck.  But no complaints on my end.


Yard Sale Finds #19

Posted in Yard Sale Finds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2013 by Jason

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!


Castle Grayskull!!

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.


2 dollars!

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.