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My Annual Toy Show Haul

Posted in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Trading Cards, Transformers, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2014 by Jason

As the title states, this is a post about my haul from the annual toy show in my area.

This was either the 4th or 5th year the show has been around, and I am happy to say that I have been there since the first one.  Over the years, I have seen the show numbers grow, both in attendees, and vendors.  There is a great upside to this, as well as the obvious downside.  With more people attending, you need to get there early, and make quick decisions.  If you want to think a bit before making a purchase, you’ll go back and find that someone else bought it.  This being said, I made decisions on the fly, and came away pleased with my purchases.

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 Above, you’ll see my first purchase of that day.  These guy’s were 50 cents each, and originally, I was only going to pick up Garfield, but, I saw Sonic in there, and figured that it was easier to fork over a buck, rather than waiting for 50 cents change.

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There was a lone videogame dealer at the show this year.  And while his selection was very good, the prices were on the high end for every game, except what you see above.  I have a Game Gear, but didn’t have any games to test it out with.  At $1.00, this was worth the shot, and it’s a decent game to boot.  The sad news is, is that the screen on the Game Gear works, but there’s a very bad clarity issue, and it hinders any game play.

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These Flintstones NFL trading cards, were weird enough, old enough and cheap enough to pique my interest, so they ended up coming home with me.  ‘Nuff said.

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While this was a toy show, there are always the requisite comic dealers.  I see a majority of them at the local Comic-Con, and they always temp me with their 50 cent boxes.  The comics you see above and below, are from those tempting boxes.

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 Condition isn’t a huge deal when it comes to inexpensive comics.  Most of us who are into the hobby, started out because we liked reading them, which is the main reason I purchase comics these days.  Not bad titles for $2.00 total.

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And the TMNT comics I picked up were $2.00 each.  Not bad for the early stuff, as it’s my favorite incarnation of the Turtles.  I was pretty sure that I didn’t have either issue(my collection is currently in storage), but at $2.00 each, there wasn’t too much risk.

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Take a look above, and tell me you don’t like Kevin Eastman’s work.  The artwork and stories are great, and have a lot more grit tot them, compared to the Turtles most everyone knows.

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Okay, so now we’re getting to the stuff most of you were waiting for.  But you have to create a build, ya know?  Now Pudface(great name), isn’t a major player in the Robocop universe, but at $3.00, it was enough to make me make the purchase.  the card is rough, and I’m not really into the figure, but the graphics on the card are pretty awesome.  Not a cornerstone of the collection, but a nice filler piece.

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Now, here’s an underrated show I hadn’t remembered until I actually saw the figures.  While The Addams Family is a very well-known property, the short-lived cartoon series is not.  It is of interest to me because there is something about the art style that I really like.  And with Playmates at the helm for producing the action figures, we have a combination that works for me.  Uncle Fester ran me $5, but I never see these figures in the wild, and I didn’t even need to haggle about the price.  My buddy Dean, ended up buying a carded Morticia, as well as a carded Gomez for $5each as well.

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Zak the Neutrino was actually my last purchase of the day.  I had a little bit of cash left, and happened upon a box of figures in baggies at a dealer’s table that I had stopped by a few times earlier in the day.  There were a handful of figures I had interest in, but at $5, this was the one that came home with me.  I have never seen any of the Neutrino’s in the wild, and I figured he’d make a nice addition to my ever-growing TMNT collection.

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Moss Man is a MOTU figure that has been on my want list for a long time!  I have never popped on buying one because the prices and the condition rarely added up.  The example I now have in my possession, is in decent condition, stands on his own, and only ran me $7.  Gotta love some of the gimmick figures we had back in the eighties!

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I have a short list of vintage Star Wars figures on my list(I’ll buy any though, if they’re cheap enough), but most of the ones on that list can be found in the Cantina.  Bounty Hunters and members of Sy Snootles band are on that list.  Snaggletooth and Bossk were had for $2 each, and I had no problem with that.  I got them from the same dealer I got Moss Man from, and found them before I found Moss Man.  I swear, this guy had some of the best prices at the show, and was willing to work on the prices as well.

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Now, I’m sure you’re all aware that I am a huge G1 Transformer fan.  There wasn’t a whole lot of G1 at the show, but what was there was a pretty good selection.  The above Red Alert is a reissue, and is missing the missiles, but is flawless otherwise

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And lastly, we have my favorite purchase of the show.  Like Red Alert, Skywarp is a reissue, and is also missing some missiles.  And just like Red Alert, is flawless otherwise.  Out of the original 3 seekers, Skywarp is my favorite.  I still want the original, but the reissue is a pretty good figure in it’s own right, and had all of the easily lost parts.

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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