Archive for September, 2013

Storm Shadow Version 2

Posted in G.I. Joe with tags , , , , , , on September 29, 2013 by Jason

I ended up selling those 3 Game & Watch games on Ebay, which gave me some spending cash in my Paypal account.  I was able to get 2 items, and one of them is what you see below.

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This Storm Shadow has been on my want list for a while, but for some reason, I never actively pursued the figure.  While the first version of Storm Shadow is iconic in it’s own right, this version means more to me.  This is one of those G.I. Joe figures that I had multiple times.  I know it seems odd to say that I had multiples of the same figure, but I never had more than 1 of the figure at any one given time.  This was a figure that went through heavy play, and probably got lost outside on more than 1 occassion.

What drew me to this figure more than anything, was his attire.  It’s a weird arctic camoflauge, which to my nine year-old self, was pretty darn cool!  Also, the forearm tattoo is pretty sweet as well.

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I was able to get him close to 100% complete.  All that he is missing is his claw accessory, and one of the elbows has a crack(but that’s far from a huge issue with me).  So for $5.50(plus $3.00 shiping), I’d say that I got a decent deal.  I’ve added a figure that was on my list, I got it for a reasonable price, and I was able to purchase it by selling some games I didn’t really have a need for(that I made a pretty decent profit on as well 🙂 )

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Next time we’ll see where the majority of the money I made went to.

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Monster Cereals

Posted in Food/Beverage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2013 by Jason

With Summer now over, and fall moving in, Halloween is on it’s way.  And one of my favorite things about this is annual arrival of Monster Cereals.

For a long time, these cereals were available year-round(Count Chocula and Frankenberry).  But sometime during the past few years, they have only been an annual fall offering.  So if you had a hankering for Count Chocula, Frankenberry or Boo-Berry, you had to wait until September.

But General Mills really stepped up their game this year.  Not only did they get the 3 above-mentioned cereals on shelves, they also brought back two beloved favorites as well.

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Fruity Yummy Mummy is a cereal that I fondly remember, and was the major reason I was so excited about the Monster Cereals this year.  It was introduced in 1987, and was discontinued in 1993*.  For years, I have had the tagline for this cereal stuck in my head(“Fruity Yummy Mummy makes your tummy go yummy!”), and again, I finally have the cereal that goes with it.

Frute Brute is the one MC that I have no familiarity with.  But that doesn’t mean that I don’t love the idea of it being resurrected.  From my research, Frute Brute was introduced in 1975 and discontinued in 1984*.  I was 5 years old at the time FB was discontinued, so it is a possibility that a box or 2 may have been in my household during my life.

Not only are all 5 Monster Cereals available for purchase, but Target has the exclusive retro themed boxes!

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I was unable to find Frute Brute when I picked up the above two, but will do so when I do see it.  It would make sense to pick up Count Chocula and Frankenberry as well, so that I would have a complete set.

Cereal boxes are outside of my normal collecting scope(I only had a newer style Boo-Berry box up until this point), but this is a reason to start.  I have been interested in a few cereal boxes I’ve seen online, but never actually pulled the trigger.  I can’t think of a better, or tastier place to start!

* – This is the information from Wikipedia.  Other sources have conflicting years, so I went with what sounded right.

ALF Collectible Figures – Augie with the Family Dog Neep

Posted in ALF with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2013 by Jason

This is a line I have been wanting to start collecting for a long time.

I remember when these hit the shelves, and my brother and I both had 2 each.  That meant that we had over 60% of the entire line.  There wasn’t much to the toys themselves, but for some reason I always liked them.  Each figure had no articulation, and came with a vehicle as an accessory.  The one exception is Augie, who came with the “family dog” Neep, instead of a vehicle.

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On card, they’re not too expensive, but you’ll need to look around to make sure you’re not overpaying.  The example I have may have been resealed, as I spotted a hair inside of the packaging, and the bottom of the card seems to point to it being re-glued.  But this isn’t a huge issue, since I don’t consider this an investment.  I think I love the card just as much as the toy itself.  I would like to get the complete line MOC, but if I can find them loose at the right price, I’ll pick them up as well.

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Augie is ALF’s little sister, and I believe this is derived from the animated series.  I haven’t seen any of the animated episodes in years, but I have been watching the live action show recently, and I haven’t heard any mention of her.  Although I just watched the pilot this morning, and he ALF did mention Skip.  I’m not an ALF expert, but I am a fan.

These figures were released in 1987, and manufactured by Coleco.  Coleco had some pretty cool licenses in the 80’s, but went out of business in 1989.

If you look closely on the back of the card, it states “Manufactured for Coleco Industries, Inc. Amsterdam, NY 12010”.  Well, Amsterdam is a short 30 minute drive from my house.  I am in the area frequently, and have been aware of the Coleco factory for years, but have only recently did more than just drive past.

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The above photo was taken by me on a recent trip through Amsterdam.  Even though the company has been gone for more than 20 years, the logo is still on the side of the still-standing factory.  I figured some of you would appreciate this little piece of toy history, as I found it pretty interesting myself.