Archive for 1991

Marvel Universe – Thanos

Posted in Comics with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2014 by Jason

I was almost sure that I had missed the bus on picking this figure up.  It is almost a rare occurrence to see Marvel Universe figures on the pegs these days.  But what do you know?  I stopped into my local Toys R Us on my lunch break this past Thursday, and not only did they have a decent selection of figures I was interested in(Gray Hulk, Rhino, Colossus), but they had 2 of these guys!  The first one had horrible paint apps on the Infinity Gauntlet(this one has much better apps).

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Thanos has long been my #2 favorite villain(Apocalypse is #1), ever since my early days of comic collecting.  We’re talking well over 20 years!

I was pretty excited when I first heard Marvel characters were getting the 3 3/4 treatment, as Marvel has a long list of characters that needed to have a decent action figure counterpart.  But I figured I’d only end up getting old Thanos here, on the secondary market at an inflated price.  So a fateful trip to TRU on my lunch break landed me a figure that I needed for my collection.

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The paint looks pretty good, and the likeness is great as well.  That’s the one thing I like about these bulky characters…it feels like your getting your money’s worth when you plop down $10(TRU prices), for a single figure.

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He has a pretty good range of motion, and his weight is pretty well-proportioned, so he’s not top heavy.  The joints on this one aren’t loose, nor are they too hard to pose.

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Even though the Infinity Gauntlet was a story from over 20 years ago, it is still to this day, associated with Thanos.  And that is pretty sweet, as it just makes this figure that much more awesome.

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I will need to get a few shot’s Thanos and Apocalypse together, which will be a showcase of awesomeness!  If you see this figure in your travels, I would highly recommend that you consider picking him up.

 

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.  🙂