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2014 Yard Sale Finds #1

Posted in Fast Food, Nintendo, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2014 by Jason

Now that the warm weather seems like it’s here to stay for the most part, yard sale season is finally upon us.

Under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t have been able to hit the sales yesterday, as I usually work Saturdays for my current schedule.  But, I have additional training this week, and my job needed me to come in on Tuesday, which is one of my days off.  So, being that I have to go in on my day off, I got to have yesterday off instead.  That ended up working well, since there were quite a few sales, and the rain decided to hold off.

And now, on to the goods!

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This is a cool M&M’s piece, and if it had not been free, I would not have given it a second glance.  But the key word here is “free”.  I dig Red and Yellow, and I’ve always thought old-school 3-D glasses were cool looking.  They’re not the typical red/blue, rather being red/green, but that is something I can forgive.

The box was pretty dirty, but as you can see, it cleaned up quite nicely!

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When I saw this, I had absolutely no idea what it was.  But it’s from 1985, and the box art is fantastic!  And there was no way I could pass this up for 75 cents!

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I don’t know if it’s complete, and being that it’s going directly into storage, it’ll probably be some time before I can come to that conclusion.  In the event that it is missing pieces, I’ll still have a very 80’s box to display.

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And having the Kay-Bee price tag, with Kay-Bee’s trademark markdown jusst adds to the awesomeness!

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Anyone who has followed me through the years knows that I am a Garfield fan, especially in the glassware arena.

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Typically, I’ll come across McDonald’s glasses, but this juice container is so much cooler.  The plastic lid had a few tears on the sides, but the container is in great shape.  I can’t believe that this only cost me 50 cents!  I will have to make sure that I have some lemonade out of this container this summer.

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I would love to get one of the new generation Furby’s, but I really don’t see myself paying upwards of $50 for one.  This first generation one is the one that I will always associate the name “Furby”, with.  The lady selling it wanted $2 for it, but I asked if she would do $1 for it, since I didn’t know if it worked.  She said that she didn’t know if it worked either, and that $1 was fair.  I will make it a point to test it out before this weekend is over.

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I didn’t realize until I got home, that this book has a torn page, and a handful of pages with small blotches/stains on them.  But it’s a book about the Goonies that I have never seen before, and the seller only wanted $1 for it.  I flipped through it today, and it’s basically the movie in book form.  Although there seems to be some shots from the movie taken at different angles.  To me, the cover alone is worth more than the $1 I paid for it.

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We came about one sale that had more than a dozen long boxes filled with comics all for $1 each.  I didn’t have all day to sift through the boxes(which I totally would’ve, by the way), so I only came away with the gem you see above.  The nineties were littered with gimmick covers, but the silver foil totally fit Silver Surfer’s 50th issue.  I’m not sure of the value of it on today’s market, but I don’t think it’s the $10 tag you see at the bottom.  I almost walked away with a Punisher War Journal #1, but it had water damage, and there was obvious black mold on the backside of the backing board.  So, I had to take a pass on that one.

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This Mario Kart figure was actually my first find of the day.  I don’t have any additional info on it at the moment, but at 25 cents it was an easy purchase.

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This Wario from Mario Kart is a quite a bit different than the one that preceded it.  This one is actually motorized, the front wheels turn, and it came with a few power-ups from the games.  I’m not sure how it works, or if it’s even complete, but it’s Nintendo related, and it only ran me 50 cents.  And I actually came across it completely by accident.  I was looking at a wooden toy chest, and decided to open it up to inspect the condition of the inside.  I opened it  and noticed what you see above, among a handful of other toys.  I asked if the toys inside were for sale, which they were, and made the deal shortly after.

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The 3 games above were got from 3 different sales, but only cost me $1 apiece.  Kill Switch and Namco Museum are complete, and Orphen is missing it’s manual.  Namco Museum is my favorite of the lot, as I am a huge fan of old-school gaming.

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And lastly, I found these Burger King Beetlejuice toys for 25 cents each.  A short time before I found these, another seller wanted $3 for each of the ones he had.  Out of the 4 above, I am positive that I need 2 of them towards my set.  I know that I already have 2 of the second one from the left, but not sure if I have the first one on the left.  Either way, this is a set I should be close to completing, and I’m happy with the prices I paid for them.

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They need a little cleaning, and they’ll look pretty good.  If anyone else is collecting these, remember that the Jaques one is available for sale/trade.

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2 More Super Mario Blind Bags and a Major Figure Knocked Off My Want List

Posted in Nintendo, Transformers, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2014 by Jason

So.  Another weekend, another post.

I may have actually found a schedule for writing that I can actually adhere to!  🙂

The base material for this post is just about the same as the last post, but the end result is different.

So we’ll start with the first of 2, Super Mario blind bag figure I had left to open.  I had looked online for the codes for each of the figures I wanted, as I didn’t want to pay for figures I wasn’t really interested in.  I’m sure I would’ve been fine with the other figures, but there were 4 specific ones I was interested in, and I also would’ve been disappointed if I ended up with doubles.

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The packaging is the same, but the contents are not.

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Even if you couldn’t see the face, you probably could’ve guessed that it was Wario based on the color scheme alone.  Not at all complicated to put together, and nothing really interesting about the figure, other than that it’s Wario.

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I don’t have a ton of Nintendo related figures, so the chance to own a Wario in this scale is pretty cool.

On to blind bag number 2.

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The same on the outside, as always.

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But again, the contents is where the difference lies. This one may be a little harder to figure out than the previous 3, if your a novice, or a newer generation of gamer.  But the face is what gives the figure away.  This figure also has the more pieces than the others that I’ve reviewed.

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It’s a Shy Guy.  I absolutely had to have this figure, as Super Mario Bros. 2 is one of my favorite games.  One of the reasons I like the game so much, is the variety of great characters throughout the game.

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How could you not like this guy?

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There’s not much in the realm of posability, as is the case with most of these figures.  But the molds are spot-on and the quality is pretty good as well.

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And lastly is the major figure that I was able to recently knock off of my want list.

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G1 Soundwave has basically been on my since I was 6 years old.  I always thought he was one of the cooler looking characters, and he also has one of the cooler sounding voices of any villain ever.

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I understand why he has had a facelift in regards to his alt mode over the years, but this will always be my definitive version of Soundwave.  Most kids these days probably wouldn’t even know what this is supposed to be.  But back in the day, it was just too awesome!  The ability to have little minions in the shape of cassettes stored in his chest was the icing on the cake.

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Cosmetically, this one looks to be in pretty good shape, and it appears to have all of the original decals.  Some of the joints are a little loose, but he’s able to stand on his own, and will look awesome on a shelf next to the others.

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The cover with the clip was included, but it did not include either of the weapons(batteries).  I have priced those out, and the should run me about 10 dollars apiece.  The deack needs a little help to open, but it does open and it stays shut as well.

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Including shipping, I paid just shy of 40 bucks for this guy, which I thought was a pretty decent deal.  Considering how long I’ve wanted this figure, and how long I’ve been trying to find a decent deal on one in recent years, I’d say that I did pretty well.

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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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 #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.

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