Monday, December 2, 2013

Downtown Disney visit

I recently visited Downtown Disney with the family for the evening and had a great time. While we visit the Disney parks every year we never checked out this area, have to say we were suprized how much fun we had just walking around. It is basically like the parks without the rides and lines, we made reservations to eat at T Rex Cafe and continued to check the place out. The Lego store was a hi-light but was way too crowded. I was suprised to see all the large lego models like what they have at Legoland.

Basically just had a nice relaxing nite walking around, there were people playing latin guitar and jazz, lots to eat and check out. I'm going to post pics later, and need to put some actual toy stuff up here soon... but I'm so lazy :)

Saturday, July 6, 2013

This is 40

Yesterday was my 40th birthday, so I took the day off for some much needed "me" time. After getting the family out in the morning I kicked back with some vintage anime, some Gunbuster and half of the 86 Transformers movie. Then I planned to go to a newer comic/collectibles store on Florida Ave called Culture & Thrills Inc. After a little hunting I found it and was really impressed! They did not have any manga but for a super hero fan or pop culture fan there is a lot to see, from a life size lost in space robot to 50s science fiction mags and 80s toys.

After talking to the guy there for a bit I found 2 vintage TMNT comics and a Marvel Transformers Universe issue, that I have been looking for awhile. After my wife got home I was treated to a great home cooked seafood meal with crab stuffed mushrooms, shrimp and lobster. Good stuff, with chocolate cake.

Turning 40 is not really a big deal, I'm still a big kid.

Monday, January 7, 2013

2013's look back at 2012

Hello and belated happy new year!

2012 was an interesting year toy collector wise for me, basically I really wasn't buying much. This is mostly due to the lack of Transformers product, also my lack of interest in said product available. My notable purchases this year are the TRU Hasbro Masterpiece Optimus Prime and the new Star Wars Lego Jabba the Hutt set, I also finally got around to getting that W.H.A.M. 1/24 Scale Tachikoma I've been wanting for a few years.

I guess that has been whats different about this year, less toys but spending a little more on the ones I do get.
Probably due to the lack of TF toys, I have found myself buying into other lines I would normally not. At one point I was getting into the new Thunercats toys ( All of the ones I got were on clearance ) then I started picking up the new T.M.N.T. 3/4 figures ( Just the 4 turtles ). I recently picked up the Neca Robocop with leg gun holster, he is a great figure for 16$. As far a regular Transformers the only ones I got that's worth talking about is the Prime regular Vehicon and just recently 1st Edition (second release) voyager Optimus Prime - both of these guys are great! Can't think of too much else aside from a Lego purchase here and there. For Christmas I got the Lord of the Ring set with 4 Uruk-hai warriors, great looking figures!

I keep thinking to myself 2012 was the year of Star Wars, with all the great new Lego sets relating to the original trilogy and the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando that I was able to attend. I only bought 1 droid figure at retail this year, I picked up 2 older Droids I have been looking years for at Celebration. It seems its not the toys that were the best part of the year, but the nostalgia of them, or even just looking at pics online.

I'm still enjoying the toy hobby, now at almost 40 years old. Here's looking forward to a new Toy year!

Friday, July 6, 2012

M.u.s.c.l.e Things

"M.u.s.c.l.e. Things" were one of many simple plastic figures sold in the 80's, originally from Japan

Like "Guts" or "Army Antz" these are great toys to army build and play war!

This guy was my favorite for some reason, I would pretend he used his chain for beat downs!

Another fave, this guy is a version of Kinnikuman. He has a pose perfect for punching people.

This lizard guy is just cool, with his bladed samurai helmet he chopped up most of his foes.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A thank you to the visitors...I never knew I had

So... I happened to be checking out my blog recently looking at my old toys (which are mostly boxed up) and I started to randomly see comments I never noticed. I was real surprised to see that more than just a few people are checking me out, then today I was looking over the new Blogger stats and whatnot and seeing way more page views than I would have thought! So my blog has become more than just a place for me to view and catalog my stored toys, people from all over have checked out my blog.

I enjoy the fact that some of you out there have hit my blog and found a memory or some info on a long lost
toy. Please feel free to comment with your own toy memorys, I love to hear from fellow toy enthusiasts. I do have some new photos coming here and also on my Flickr which you can find in my links section. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Revisiting Daghoba

Vintage Daghoba play set, Kenner 1980 with modern Yoda figure

So Here we have my one and only vintage Star Wars piece, Yoda's Daghoba play set. I remember being excited to find this still at my mom's house a while back and rushing to Ebay to see how much this little gem was worth. I also remember my disappointment in discovering you could get a very nice one for under 20$ shipped, at the time I last looked 12+ years ago.

I do like this play set quite a lot, and the thing is almost indestructible. Only the foam was damaged so I replaced it with a peice from some electronic packaging that I cut out. Other than that this thing looks almost new, there are a few scuffs and some melted marks from an old rubber snake toy that was kept in the same box and had some kind of chemical reaction. I guess those things only add to the messy swamp look of the toy.

All the parts are here, as Yoda demonstrates with his "Force " levitation powers.

R2 D2, the dirty Daghoba swamp version, seems to be getting into trouble by the look thrown from Yoda.

One of the things I remember when playing with this as a boy was all the detail put into the toy mold. I probably spent hours looking for lizards, Dragonfly and bugs crawling around on the base. There are many great details in the hut also, bowls on Yoda's table, a coiled snake is chilling in there, just a fun toy to have both then and now.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Happy New Year... Oh yea that was 24 days ago

Hello fellow toy collectors. I have to make a sad admission, well it's obvious that I suck when I comes to updating and posting here on my blog. It is really tough to find the time to shoot, photo edit/do production, then post up with some heart felt "toy memories" to share. That said I'm not going to give up on creating my own little online toy universe, but I will be posting more onto my Flickr page (see link below and to the right).

I will still be posting here and I have some ideas in my head, but look mainly for my older 80's toys on here where I can comment on them and new stuff will just be visually cataloged on Flickr.

Don't look now but here come some photos!

Vintage G1 Wheeljack, incomplete as purchase from Ebay

Several months ago I purchased a cheap lot of G1 Transformers and this one was included. After selling the other 2 I ended up keeping Wheeljack since I don't have one and always loved his car mode. My younger brother had Wheeljack so I am familiar with him, and his awkward robot mode but I still really like this toy. It's condition is good, but he lacks a lot of stickers and the 2 spoiler parts for the rear, but this still displays very well.

Wheeljack's alt mode is a Lancia Stratos Turbo race car,
from the Diaclone toy line to the US in 1984

I really like the head sculpt on this guy, it's very different than the usual Autobot face. Not much to say about the robot mode or transformation, but he is fun to mess around with. Did I mention he has a great car mode?

Ahh G1, it still kicks ass ;)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Autobot Optimus Prime

Vintage G1 Optimus Prime

It was sometime around 1984, a boy is given a Sears "Wishbook" to circle what he wants for Christmas. Within those pages was the mighty Optimus Prime you see in these pictures. Few toys are as memorable as this guy, even though its almost too stereotypical to like the leader the best and I usually like the lesser know characters better, I have to say I love this toy. As I see him now this is still a great figure, well proportioned with great articulation for the time. His construction of metal and chrome are sorrily missed today.

I'm just going to let the pictures speak for themselves, this is such a great toy.

Prime's alt mode is a 1970s Freightliner FL86 Cab-over-Engine triple-axle semi trailer truck.

Optimus Prime was part of Takara's 1983 Diaclone toy line under the name "Battle Convoy." He was designed by Hiroyuki Obara and Shoji Kawamori (famous for his work in Macross)

There's a lot of play value here with the opened trailer, makes me wish I had a few micro men.

I was very excited to purchase my first 3rd party Transformer set, and it only made sense to get something like this to upgrade my Prime. This set is only 20$, and a great deal!

I think the Energy axe is a great addition to the set, it is a well made piece with good detail.

Above we have the matrix installed in the chest with the custom adapter and the new hands are also in place.

Darkest hour... LIT!

Finally the set comes with an upgraded ion blaster, it looks good but the mold on mine could have used some refinement. Again over all the BTS 03 kit is a great deal, especially for people who are missing the parts to their G1 Prime.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Star Wars Bounty Hunters

Here we have the complete set of bounty hunters from the great scene in The Empire Strikes Back, where Darth Vader (not pictured) offers the bounty for Han Solo. I think every boy born around that time remembers that scene and how bad ass it was to see. We never even really knew what these guys did or how they fit into the Star Wars universe at the time but just by looking at this line up you know they mean business.

I finally found an acceptable version on Dengar, so now this set is complete. I love Star Wars but have to be real picky when it comes to the toys, there are way too many and a lot of them can suck with limited articulation and detail. All of the guys above are the ultimate figures to date and have tons of articulation, super detail,"soft goods" cloth, and are well scaled.

Looking for trouble!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Botcon 2010

Today I went to Botcon in Orlando and had a good time, saw a lot of cool toys. Didn't have much of a budget for toys but there really was not much there that was a must have for me anyway. It was awesome seeing all the G1 toys, and just the mass of toys in general. Both sellers and fellow attendees were all cool and I had a lot of fun, but I have to admit it was not as super awesome as I hyped myself it would be, can't put my finger on it. Still it was fun and worth the drive from Tampa to Orlando.

Transformers hall of fame inductee, THE Peter Cullen

A close up of the hall of fame statue

The must have figure for most of us, Masterpiece Grimlock

Leader Starscream looks very good

The 3rd party Munitioner figure looks bad ass, but just costs too much

Oh yea, Starscream stopped by too