Thursday, January 23, 2020

Found CDROM - Images from 2005 and 2007

So going through some old folders, I found these two CD-Roms? Remember those? Remember when they took over 5.5 Floppy Disks and 3.5 Inch disks?

Anyway, I've been looking for these disks for a long time and thought they were lost.

So the GI Jigsaw disc has a ton of photos of each of the dioramas I made to kick off my jigsaw puzzle business back in 2007. I was really happy to see all the additional photos because if you go back to my early posts when this blog started, you have the final photo that was turned into a jigsaw puzzle.

Toy Collection Utah are just a bunch of static photos of my toy collections - GI Joe, Marvel Legends, McFarlane Sports. A lot of the photos are fuzzy - taken with a 35mm camera that didn't have good close up capabilities.

Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting old sets of photos from some of my first dioramas. Hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

New Vintage Joes - Thanks Toy Box

In my quest to build my vintage GI Joe collection, Toy Box was kind enough to send me a few spares he had sitting around. Thanks so much! Included was a straight arm Zap, a Cobra BAT, a Tiger Force Tripwire, and the fourth I still need to figure out (obviously a Cobra). As well as a small pile of extra gear and equipment. So much fun!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Funko The Dark Crystal Series from Netflix

I haven't seen the show yet. I heard it's good. I found these at Target. Certainly wasn't expecting that but Target has been "decent" at carrying the Funko stuff so it was a nice surprise. These are a lot of fun and will go well with the original Dark Crystal figures from the Super7/Funko line a few years back.

This series includes the Hunter Skeksis, Augra, and the Gelflings Deet, Rian and Hup. There is also the larger Silk Spitter spider which goes well with the Garthim.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Lanard Toys Jumanji Ultimate Collection

From everything I've heard, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is the type of guy who would say - "I'm tired of these toy companies charging kids and their parents an arm and a leg for action figures in my likeness. I'm gonna let Lanard make a figure of me with a bunch of animals from the movie and sell it for cheap."

Who knows if that is the case but it is cool that The Rock has had cool figures for Jumanji and Rampage.  Lanard is typically only sold at Walmart and the Jumanji figures are available now. This set includes The Rock, a jeep, a rhino, wolf and vulture. It was the rhino and wolf that caught my attention. Thinking that (were)wolf can end up in some other dioramas.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Star Wars The Mandalorian Heavy Infantry

If you haven't already watched the Mandalorian, stop reading, go watch it, and then come back. Great show. A couple of filler episodes, but overall, great show.  Very cool to jump into the Mandalorian culture. This Best Buy exclusive is the Heavy Infantry Mandalorian. Not sure why we need to go the exclusive route on many of these (IG11 was also a Best Buy exclusive) but such is life.

He is big, bulky, has a jet pack and an awesome heavy machine gun. This is the way!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Marvel's Wrecking Crew - Marvel Legends

I've had these guys for a loooooong time. I first came upon Marvel's Wrecking Crew when the first Secret Wars Limited Series came out in the mid-80s.  Their Marvel Legends figures look fantastic and definitely have some mass.

Piledriver and Thunderball were released together. Bulldozer was teased at Toy Fair one year but took years to come to market. I believe Wrecker was released last. Fun group.

Some more Wrecking Crew images from comics and television.

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Hunt is What it's All About - Joe Finds

As I mentioned, my focus for the year is building a vintage GI Joe: ARAH collection without going to online sales.

This Friday, I went during my lunch hour to a local vintage store. I have rarely seen any Joes there. Last time I went, I saw Gung Ho. As I drove there, I said to myself, I will be happy if I just find him. It's a start. Hopefully he was still there.

I started searching where I saw him last time, back by all the loose figures in baggies. No luck.

Then I went back to the front of the store and noticed several baggies of Joes. I found Barbecue, Gung Ho, Snow Job, and Tripwire. Ok - I got four. Not bad. Better than expected.

Then I went to the counter and saw Joes inside the counter. Grabbed Firefly...then I needed to get Destro, then Storm Shadow, and finally Doc.

Only Tripwire and Firefly had loose leg joints. The rest were tight. Probably new O-rings.

I'll rearm them from online sales. But this was a lot of fun. I haven't had this much fun toy hunting in a long time.