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2014 Casey Jones

Posted in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with tags , , , , , , , on May 8, 2014 by Jason

This is one of 4 TMNT figure I have purchased from the new series that I had yet to open.  I finally broke down, and was able to open him up a few nights ago.

I was pretty excited when I saw this figure hit the pegs, and snagged one the second time I saw one(didn’t have the dough the first time around).


 A lot of differences from the Casey from the old series, but I really like the updated look.  At first I was unsure if I liked it, but after seeing him in recent episodes, he has become one of my favorite characters, besides the Turtles themselves.


And on the back, you can get a view of how he looks on the show.  The face paint definitely makes the character, I don’t know, a little more dark?  In the show, Casey is a high school hockey player, which may also play a part in why I like the character somuch.


As you can see, he comes with a few accessories, including a removable mask.  The goalie blocker is not removable, which is fine, since it not able to be lost this way.  I only wish that he came with a goalie stick like he has in the show.

Another cool thing about the character, is that in the show, there is a reference to the creators of the Turtles on Casey’s hockey gear(Laird on the blocker, and Eastman on the goalie stick).


 I’m happy that that they gave Casey a bit more articulation then the other non-Turtle figures of the first wave.  While not super-articulated, Casey can be posed nicely.


Casey’s shoes also double as kind of like roller blades in the show, and that is reflected on the figure.  While not movable, they are molded onto the feet.


 I give him a 9.9 out of 10!



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.


 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.


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.


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.


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.


 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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


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.

7 (actually 11), Cool Things in My Tackle Box

Posted in Fast Food, Nintendo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thrift Store Finds, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2014 by Jason


My tackle box is your normal everyday tackle box, except that I do not use it for storing fishing gear.  While I do like to occasionally go fishing, I do not have any of my own tackle, or pole for that matter.

You see, I use this tackle box to store many great things.

Today, we will see some of these fascinating items.


This little chili pepper bandito comes from the once popular “Homies” line.  I will admit that there was a time when I spent a lot of quarters collecting these.  I have since gotten rid of many of them, but still have about 5 that I really like, and this guy is a the top of that small list.  Not only is it an anthropomorphic chili pepper with a shotgun, he also has his own built in display of sand and a cactus.  I can’t believe that I plopped down 50 cents for each of the other figures I had, but I have no regrets when it comes to this one.


Now, I know it may seem weird to see Pokémon on my blog here, but I have no problem with stating that I do like the early years of the franchise.  I am familiar with about the first 300 or so that came out, and I was really into the Game Boy games up until the Gold and Silver versions.  Blastoise would have to be my favorite of them all.  A huge tortoise with water cannons protruding from his shell just screams awesome!  This is a burger King toy from around 2000 or so.  I can’t remember exactly how it came into my possession, but out of the ones I did buy from BK this was not one of them.  I have had it since around that time, but there was at least one previous owner.



This token should need no explanation as to why I am highlighting it.  First off, I has Pac-Man on it, and secondly it represents an era that has a lot of meaning to many, myself included.  While arcades aren’t completely extinct, most of the ones in business these days, just don’t capture the same feeling.  Many of them are filled with ticket/prize winning games, and you’re lucky if you can find 1 or 2 classic games in the place.  I don’t know what arcade this particular token came from.  My wife brought it home with some foreign coins that were with her change, and I quickly claimed it.


Marshall  Bravestarr.  This was a decent cartoon and toy line.  The idea was cool, and the toys were a bigger the many of the action figures of the 80s.  I would like to get his cowboy hat to give him the right look, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen the hat by itself on the secondary market.  Most, if not all of the figures came with Kerium, which is another accessory that I would like to get my hands on.  And a shout-out to Anthony for getting this over to me in a trade we did a while back.


these are not your everyday Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures.  What you see in the above photo, are miniatures, which I believe came in Mighty Max scale playsets.  they came into my possession in a TMNT lot I purchased on Ebay some years back.  I also have a few of the miniature vehicles as well, and I must say that for their size, they have some pretty decent detail.


The above figure is from the Star Wars Galactic Heroes line, and I did not know this until I did some research for this post.  It was given to me years ago with a lot of other toys, and I hung onto it because I thought it was an awesome looking bug man.  This is a Geonosian Warrior from the Battle of Geonosis set.  This would be from Episode II, which I haven’t seen since it was in theatres, which would explain why I had no clue to what it was.  So while I thought it was a cool looking figure, having it be from Star Wars is just a bonus.



And lastly, we have this old California Raisin Fan Club membership form.  This came with a Raisin figure that I believe came as a premium in boxes of Kellogg’s Raisin Bran back in 1989.  I found the sealed baggie with the Raisin(playing up right bass), and this form at a second hand shop for 5o cents.  I know there are people who would think I’m crazy for opening it, but how else was I supposed to see this form in it’s entirety, or display the Raisin on my shelf without opening it.  The figure itself is a little bigger than the others I have seen(and have), and I don’t think it was available through any other means.

There’s lots of other cool things in the tackle box, but I wanted to highlight a few of the things I thought needed a bit of showcasing, but didn’t justify individual posts.

Last weekend I went to a toy show, and I will get to posting my haul, most likely, in my next post.  But if you want to see a preview of almost everything I scored, check me out on Instagram(jasonvorhee91).  I post very often on Instagram, as it’s very easy and not very time-consuming.  It’s a fun alternative, and I’ve met a lot of very cool, like-minded individuals since I’ve joined.

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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


 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.


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.  🙂

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.


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.


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.


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).


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).


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!

Yard Sale Finds #19

Posted in Yard Sale Finds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2013 by Jason

Well, it’s been over 2 months since I last posted anything.  During that time I have started a new job, and my wife and I have been preparing everything for when the birth of our first child occurs(we’re less than a month away from the expected due date 🙂 ).  I also have a new smart phone(my first!), and have been getting used to taking photos with it.  I have a bunch of photos on it already, and there are a few(one in particular), that I can’t wait to share.

I am awake much earlier than I have been in the past, and just can’t seem to focus on getting any writing(typing) done.  But that changes today!  I have been itching to get something up, and the perfect storm came about today.  For those of you who are familiar with my last blog(or even the first post on this one), you should know that I am a huge fan of yard saling(and flea markets and thrift stores etc.).  So, today we will continue with that theme.

Since it’s been a little while since I’ve updated, this one is a doozy!


In the center is a “Super Fright Features” Egon Spengler.  Even though it’s loose, incomplete figure(as are most yard sale finds), It is one I did not yet have, and was a good deal at 75 cents.  The Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote figures are non-poseable pvc figures that were pretty popular in the 80’s and 90s.  They’re already in storage, but I believe these are stamped 1989, and they were only 50 cents a piece.


Now, I know this TMNT Thermos is in pretty rough shape, but they are exactly all that common these days.  Even though I only paid 50 cents for it, I would have happily paid three times that amount for this(you can tell it was loved).


Three more Game Boy games!  This year has been really good to me when it comes to finding these(and Ghostbusters as well).  Including these, I’ve added 7 games to the collection(6 really, I already have Tetris).  It was only $2 for the three of them!  Power Racer looks like it’s pretty early GB title, and I’m not familiar with Dexterity.  I can never turn down retro video games, which are becoming more and more scarce in the wild these days.


At a big mutli-family sale, I found Hulkster on a table full of varied toys.  Everything else had price tags, so I asked one of the sellers how much they wanted for this figure, and was told that this was the free Hulk Hogan figure!  This figure is in pretty awesome shape, and the colors are still bright.  I traded away my Ted DiBiase last year, so Hulk is now my only wrestling figure(from the only set that appeals to me…there are a few others I wouldn’t mind having).


The above items were found in a box of mixed small toys marked at 25 each.  Turtle Tunnel is a handheld game made by TOMY, from either the late seventies or early eighties(I can’t find a date on the thing).  The timer still works, and it’s reminiscent of games I played back in the day.  It’s hard to believe that this is what was considered portable gaming in the early eighties.  While I prefer the original robot Changeables, I also collect the dinosaur ones.


The Superman book is a choose-your-own-adventure type book from 1983, and the Heathcliff book is from 1987.  Under the printing information inside the Heathcliff book it states that this is a “Special book club edition”.  I don’t know if that really means anything, but even if it’s irrelevant, the reason I bought it is because I’m a fan of Heathcliff.


Commercial Crazies is a game I can’t seem to remember, and that’s pretty odd.  It’s from Mattel, it’s a VCR game, and the box art is awesome, so I’m not sure why I can’t recall this.  It’s missing one damn card, but is complete otherwise.  I was able to get the game and the 2 books for 50 cents.  The books were priced at 25 cents each, and I found CCVCRG in the board game section, where all board games are 50 cents each.  So, I was prepared to pay one dollar for my items, but when I got to the register, the woman said “how about 50 cents?”.  Two quarters later, and they were on their way home with me!  The funny thing is, I wish I still had a VCR so I can play games like this(and I would actually watch some VHS tapes just to watch the old trailers and commercials some tapes have).

I’m happy with everything above, but the last item is the greatest find of the group, and one of the best I’ve ever found!


Castle Grayskull!!

Yes, this isn’t a rare piece, but it’s the first one I’ve seen at a garage sale.  It’s definitely one of the more iconic playsets, and one I’ve been wanting to add to my collection for a while.  The real kicker though, is the price I paid for it.


2 dollars!

It’s already found it’s way to the storage unit, but not before I got some additional photos.  It was dirty as hell when I bought it, but it cleaned up pretty nicely.


And I just had to get some pictures of some figures interacting with the Castle.



Not a bad haul, and I plan on hitting more sales before the summer is over.  I’m not sure that I’ll be able to top this, but you know I’ll be trying to.

I have started to add links, and I’m hoping to post at least once a week.  I have a few posts that are started, but I’m not making any promises to the frequency of when I will post,  but I do want to make it somewhat regular.