Tuesday, January 17, 2017

National Book Month - Day 17 - RAHC - A Guide to Second Generation GI Joe Action Figures

Whoa! Wasn't expecting that. I looked this up on Amazon first...it is a whopping $600.

RAHC Guide to Second Generation GI Joe Figures by James Kavanaugh!

I bought this book about a year ago for under $50. Not sure what happened. It is a neat guide because it picks up on hundreds of Joe figures made after the initial Real American Hero wound down around 1994.

Tons of photos. A great resource. Maybe not for $600 but that's the going market rate. Ouch!






Monday, January 16, 2017

National Book Month - Day 16 - The Big Toy Box at Sears 1951-1969

Long before we had the internet, most of us waited for the annual Christmas catalogs from Sears, Montgomery Wards, JC Penney's and other department stores. We looked at the endless pictures and circled our wish lists. The layouts and dioramas in these catalogs, especially the Marx playsets kickstarted our imagination and got us ready for the excitement of Christmas morning.

The Big Toy Box at Sears book, published by Classic Toy Soldiers in 1996 can be purchased on Amazon for $49.95. It is worth every penny.






National Book Month - Day 15 - Miniature Rooms - The Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago

OK - this one's a little different. I took my family to the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. There is a section in the museum that has about 50 of these miniature doll house rooms - elaborately and perfectly decorated. It was an amazing exhibit. I took a lot of pictures. But they also had the story of Mrs. Narcissa Niblack Thorne and photos of all the rooms in this awesome book written and compiled by Fannia Weingartner. And yeah - you can buy this book used on Amazon for a penny.

This site also shows a comparison of the rooms with the postcards they were inspired by.

http://www.chicagopostcardmuseum.org/special_exhibits_hall_art_institute_of_chicago_thorne_rooms.html









National Book Month - Day 14 (ish) - LEGO Harry Potter - Building the Magical World

It's day 14....ish. OK, I am three days late. Been watching playoff football the last few days and working around the house.

Anyway, I found this book in a $1 clearance bin at a book store. The figure was missing and that sticker on the front just doesn't want to come off.

I never bought any Harry Potter LEGO sets. I wish I would have. It's like buying Google stock when it went IPO. All have gone up in value significantly.

You can find this on Amazon used for about $4.





Friday, January 13, 2017

National Book Month - Day 13 - Just Can't Get Enough

This is a fun book. The full title is Just Can't Get Enough - Toys, Games, and Other Stuff from the 80s that Rocked by Matthew Robinson and Jensen Karp.

Matthew and Jensen pick out some of the greatest toy lines of the 80s - not just for boys (GI Joe and Star Wars) but also for girls (Strawberry Shortcake, Cabbage Patch Kid). A great description of their legacy and a rating how wickedly and totally awesome they were.

The only complaint about the book is that when they tackle GI Joe and Star Wars, they only select one playset from each - not the entire line like they describe their other selection. But what a playset they choose - the GI Joe USS Flagg seven foot long aircraft carrier, and the Ewok Village playset. Both are awesome. The personal story behind witnessing the actual Flagg at a neighbor's house will crack you up.

The book sells for $6.50 used on Amazon.








Thursday, January 12, 2017

National Book Month - Day 12 - Official Collectors Guide to Collecting and Completing GI Joe

This book was unknown to me for quite awhile. It is probably the best resource that captures the most amount of GI Joe: A Real American Hero action figures, well past 1994.

Written by Chris Cardillo and legendary Joe collector James Desimone, this book takes you through every Joe figure and it's accessory, along with a numbering system that will help collectors identify their soldiers.

The book retails for $29.99 at Amazon.







Once again, I almost missed posting today. Reminds me of that elementary school book - How to Eat Fried Worms, published by Thomas Rockwell in 1982. The connection is a long story.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

National Book Month - Day 11 - MEGO Action Figure Toys

Chances are, somewhere along the line, you had a toy from Mego. Micronauts, Eagle Force, Black Hole, and of course the well known 8 inch cloth outfitted Marvel and DC Heroes.

Mego - Action Figure Toys by John Bonavita - is another great resource for collectors. Lots of photos and priced guides to boot - and published in 2007.

You can purchase this book on Amazon for $19.95 or used for about $12.