Super Mario Blind Bag #2

Posted in Nintendo, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , on March 22, 2014 by Jason

Well, it’s been some time, huh?

Lately, it’s been hard to find the time to fit in writing, and I find it a little frustrating to try doing posts on my phone, which is why I have been absent for the last 2 months.  In that time I have started a new job, and a new work schedule.  But I do want to continue doing what I do here, and I ask that those of you who do still visit here, to check in every now and then for new material.

I’m not going to make any promises to the frequency of posts, as I have tried this in the past, and I only look like a liar in doing so.  I will say that I will try to make the time, because this is truly something which I enjoy doing.  I do have a bunch of stuff that needs to be covered, as well as some stuff I have planned coming up in the near future, that I feel I need to write about.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s take a look at what we have today!

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These Super Mario blind bag figures were something that I initially wasn’t interested in.  For the first series, I was only interested in Bowser, who was short-packed(2 per box), and ended up never finding one.  So when these hit the shelves, I only gave them a passing glance, until I saw the characters that were available.  Out of the eight figures available, there were four that I was interested in getting.  Today we’ll see the second of those four.

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Even without being assembled, I’m sure everyone who will read this, knows who this is.

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The Koopa Paratroopa is one of my all-time favorite video game characters.  Ever since I first saw one of these guys in the first Super Mario Bros.(where they looked just a bit different than they do today), I have had a soft spot for them.  And even though KP’s special in the Mario Kart games isn’t all that “special”, he’s my go to driver when I play any of the Mario Kart games.

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At close to $4 each, these figures aren’t exactly a bargain, but I would have to say that they are pretty decent.  They’re a bit bigger and bulkier than Lego mini-figs(which are cool as well).  With the selection of characters, and the quality of the design, they’re a win in my book.  And I’ve spotted others online, who have found the 3rd series, which includes Hammer Bros. figures!  I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for those.

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Thrift Store Finds #1

Posted in Fast Food, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thrift Store Finds, Trading Cards, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2014 by Jason

Hey all!

I know it’s been a while since my last post, but I think I’m back in the swing of things.

As you may know, back in September I became a father.  My daughter takes precedence over everything, and most of my free time is devoted to other things(mostly television).  I have been checking in on some of your blogs, and that made me miss writing.  I have another post almost ready to go, and I have a handful of figures I’d like to get to reviewing.  I am frequently on Instagram(Jasonvorhees91), though.

Most of my second hand pick-ups come from yard sales, but since it’s winter time, we don’t have any of those on the east coast this time of year.  There are quite a few thrift stores in a 40 mile radius of my house, and recently, I have found a few deals that I couldn’t pass up.

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This Metal Pac is from the Disney series “Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures”, that seems to have a Wii U game of the same name.  This figure is one in a series that you could get by reserving the game at Target.  This is what I gleaned from reading the package.  For .49 cents, there was no way I was passing it up!  Even though it’s new-school Pac-Man, it’s still Pac-Man nonetheless.

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I don’t know too much about this Raphael figure other than the mechanism that locks him into place to do a flip is broken.  It’s a TMNT figure I didn’t have, and I love how much he looks like the old-school comic version  of the Turtles.  I bundled him with everything else below for a total of $1.47, so he cost mere cents!

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These Marvel trading cards were the precursor for the Marvel Universe cards we came to know and love in the early nineties(of which I have a few sealed packs of).  They’re from 2 different sets, and I wish I could’ve found more.  The artwork looks great, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen Thing portrayed quite the way he is on that card.

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I am a hockey fan(NY Rangers), and used to actively collect hockey cards for years.  While I still have a collection of sports and non-sports trading cards, I don’t buy many cards on a regular basis.  But I do buy a few packs and some select singles here and there.  The card of Tom Simpson is a card from the long-defunct WHL.  I didn’t have any cards from the WHL prior to this, so I figured “Why not?”.  The Batman card is from the 1966 set.  Batman is one of my top 2 favorite comic characters, and I couldn’t pass up this card for the price I got it for(remember everything except Pac-Man came to a combined $1.47).  It also has the distinction of being the oldest card in my collection.

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 A Burger King tray liner from 1991!  I have no special association with this particular promotion, but I love all things from the eighties and early nineties.  I have never seen any fast food tray liners in the wild, and I’m not sure many people(I can think of 1 or 2) would be interested in such things.  What I really like about this is the old Burger King Kid’s Club logo.

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And lastly, a McDonald’s tray liner from 1991.  This one trumps the BK one in my opinion, for 2 reasons; 1.) – It is for the long running Hot Wheels/Barbie Happy Meal(one of my favorites as a kid).  2.) – It actually has coupons for the “real” toys.

I’m not sure about this specific promotion, but in the eighties, the Hot Wheels we got in our Happy Meals were made of die-cast metal.  Whereas during the last 15 or so years, the cars are mostly made of plastic.

You can bet that I will checking the local thrifts more frequently, and digging up more treasures in the near future.  🙂

Riverfront Center

Posted in Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2013 by Jason

This isn’t going to be the typical fare that were used to, but it does have the same nostalgia factor that most of the other stuff I write about here.

I don’t have any childhood attachment to this mall, but I appreciate what it used to be, and I am drawn to abandoned places.  It is about a 30 minute drive from where I live, and I was in the area, so I figured I’d take a stroll through and get some pictures.  I believe that I took these photos back in June, but I just now made the decision to write about them.

This mall isn’t completely abandoned, but it’s for sale, and most of the residents are located on an outside strip.  There is a Chinese food place inside, and there is a small food court area that you can enjoy your lunch at(we’ll get to that in a minute).

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These are the only 2 photos I took of the place, as they were an afterthought.  The real reason I took any photos at all, was because of what lied in the small vending/eating area.

And that was arcade cabinets!

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Now, I’ll be the first to say that this is not the most impressive display of arcade games, but a nice scene to see nonetheless!

As you roam the near-empty mall, you’ll hear the music of these machines, and feel compelled to check them out.  Which is exactly what I did.

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First, we have Heavy Barrel.  This like many others, was ported to the NES back in the day.  I don’t have much else to say, except that I kind of miss seeing Data East these days.

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Lethal Enforcers!  I cannot even begin to fathom how many quarters I dumped into this game when it first hit the arcade scene.  We had arcade games with guns before, but this was different!  The way that you used the guns with the gameplay was a first, and it was very addictive.

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And lastly, Tetris!  You don’t have to be, or have to have been an avid gamer to know about Tetris.  this game was a phenomenon!  When the Game Boy first hit the market, many people purchased one based on the fact that Tetris was the pack-in game.  But this is the Tengen arcade version.  Unlike the Nintendo version of Tetris, the Tengen version had a 2 player mode, and actually had an arcade cabinet.  And, as any retro game player knows, the Tengen version for the NES, is rarer, and commands more money on the secondary market(it used to go for crazy money).

So,  that’s a bright spot in an otherwise empty place.  For more info on this mall, and others like it, check out Deadmalls.com.

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I think I should get some more photos, because you never know how long places like this will stick around.  And if I do, maybe I’ll do a follow-up here.

Transformers : Robots in Disguise – Starscream

Posted in Transformers with tags , , , , , , , on November 5, 2013 by Jason

It’s been a long time in the making, but her it finally is!  This is where the majority of my Game & Watch earnings went to.

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Starscream has long been a figure I’ve wanted to add to the collection.  While I would love to add more vintage G1 figures, a lot of the more recent figures are pretty nice looking.

It took me a while to finally pull the trigger, because I didn’t want to regret my decision a few minutes later.  I must have searched for a week, looking at many different figures from various lines, before I finally settled on Transformers.  And then it took a few days before I decided on who I was specifically looking for.  Soundwave was out of the question, because I am only intersted in a tapedeck version, which carry price tags that I;m not comfortable with for figures in fair to good condition.

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This particular version is a mold that has been used quite a few times over the years, but still looks very nice.  I also love that this version has the old-school rub-sign.

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I also like that the the “Null-Ray Cannons” are spring-loaded.

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The colors are pretty G1-accurate, and the plane mode looks fantastic!  I do love the the old-school figures that I grew up with, but you can’t look at this figure and say it’s not an improvement.

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And as you have probably suspected, I love the robot mode as well.

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It’s a great likeness, and the transformation process isn’t all that complicated.  My only gripe(as is with the other seekers), is that the wings get in the way of the “null-rays”, limiting their range of movement.  But, I guess you can’t win them all.

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I can’t complain about the figure at all, even with my 1 small gripe, as it is still a very cool figure.  I’m sure every fan of the G1 series has an appreciation of the cowardly Decepticon(plus Chris Latta’s voice-over work was top notch!).

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Now I just need to get Skywarp(preferably of the same mold), to round-out the trio of original seekers.

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K’Nex Super Mario Blind Bags : Series 2

Posted in Nintendo with tags , , , , , , , on October 20, 2013 by Jason

I know that I said that we would see what I purchased with the money I made on Ebay.  But being a new father has left me with little time to write.  I already have the pictures uploaded and laid-out(and there are quite a few), so I just need to get the writing done.

In the meantime, I have a quick write-up for something I ran across in Wal-Mart last week.

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These K’Nex Super Mario mini figures aren’t something new(as you can tell by this being series 2), but damn it if they’re not pretty great.

I don’t think I was ever aware of the first series, but I do remember the Mario Kart Wii blind bags.  And the only figure I really had interest in for that series was Bowser, but he was short-packed(2 per box, I think), and after a couple of times of not being able to find the correct package code, I gave up.

This series has at least 3 figures I have interest in, so I looked up the code cheats online, and decided which one I was going to search for.  From what I gathered during my pack-searching, Boo and Peach seem to be the most abundant.

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The Koopa Paratroopa is one of my all time favorite Nintendo characters, and while he is in this series, he is not the first figure I went for.  As you can see from the parts above, I went with Dry Bones.

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His likeness is great, and was very simple to assemble.  Dry Bones is a Koopa, so maybe that’s why I like him so much.  We also happen to be in October, so maybe that played part in why I wanted this specific figure.

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Not only is he an excellent figure to add to my collection, but he is also a pretty nice addition to our Halloween decorations.

I would like to get my hands on the Koopa Paratroopa, and the Shy Guy from this series(and maybe Wario).  Now, they need to come out with Waluigi and Wart figures(as well as many other Super Mario Bros. 2 characters).  All in all, it’s a pretty neat series with great looking figures, and they cost about the same as blind bagged Lego figures, at $2.97 each, and are a bit larger.

Yard Sale Finds #21 and Other Pick-Ups

Posted in ALF, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yard Sale Finds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2013 by Jason

Even as we’ve entered October, the weather has been cooperative enough for yard sales to continue.  Of course there aren’t as many as there are during the summer months, but I appreciate seeing any at all during this time of year.

What we’ll be taking a look at came from a garage sale, a thrift(-like) store, and a big-box establishment.

So, let’s start out with what I found at my local Wal-Mart.

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I actually found all 3 live-action TMNT films on Blu-ray this weekend, but I couldn’t justify purchasing all 3 at once.  Surprisingly, I only have the second live-action film on dvd, so I was able to justify buying 1 of the movies on Blu-ray.  And the first one was the best way to go.  Since I already owned the second one, the choice was between the first and the third.

Eventually, I will have all 3 films on Blu-ray, and just so we’re clear, I do like all three films.

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As you can see, this version of Tetris is for Macintosh computers.  I was helping someone mover recently, and they asked if I wanted it.  Since it’s a classic game, and it was something I didn’t currently have, I accepted it without hesitation.

The 2 Game Boy games were found at a thrift-like store(the proprietors consider it a flea market), and cost me about $5 each.  The reason I say about $5 each, is because one of the games was marked at $8, and the other was marked at $5, and I got both of them, as well as 2 comic books, for $10.

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The ALF(a favorite comic series of mine) and The Punisher(one of my all-time favorite characters/comic series ever) comics were the 2 comics I got with the Game Boy games.  The others came from the same people I got Tetris from.  As I have said in the past, I don’t actively collect and read comics, but if the opportunity is there, why not(I’m also not a stickler when it comes to condition[depending on price]).  The ads in these might be used for a few posts, but we’ll see(I haven’t looked through them thoroughly yet).

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What you see above are fast food premiums.  Ickis is from Hardees, Doc Brown and Taz are from McDonald’s, and the Beetlejuice toys are from Burger King.  I already had one of the Beetlejuice toys(I’m a big fan of the animated series, and I’d like to get the complete set of these toys), as well as the Taz, but these toys were going for 5 for $1, and they were among the best(plus they’re good for trades etc.).  The Doc Brown Delorean looks like it may have been melted a little in the rear(I didn’t notice this when I bought it, and I did have 2 to choose from).

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The Killer Tomato is the whole reason I even went through the tubs of small toys in the first place.  when this cartoon/toyline debuted, I was 12, and I was slowly getting out of the toy/cartoon game.  But, for years, I have always thought that Attack of the Killer Tomatoes was a very interesting idea,  as well as toyline(looks like I have a new collection to start 😉 ).  I haven’t delved too deep, but I’m really diggin’ it!  This is the first I’ve seen of them in the wild, and I’m not sure that I’ll turn up any more.

The Slimer candy container is another great addition since it’s a Ghostbusters item,and a candy container I remember having.  I’m almost positive that the Scrooge McDuck is a cereal premium(I remember having it back in the day), but I’m not too sure.  I casually collect California Raisins, and this trumpet playing one was one I haven’t seen, nor had.  And lastly, the figure on the left is from the Flintstone Kids, and is stamped 1986.  I’m not sure where it came from, but hey, at 5 for $1, I couldn’t go wrong!

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.