Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Lanard Walmart Exclusive King Kong Skull Island

This KONG is HUGE. As it should be. Pretty impressive toy overall. Can't wait to match him up against the Godzilla that came out a few years ago.







Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mega Construx Call of Duty WWII Tank Additions

Finally took photos of the box and finished product. Love these sets.







Monday, August 21, 2017

Sweet Caroline - Buh Buh Buh

For all you Red Sox fans out there!

Captain Phasma vs Brienne of Tarth?

For those who don't know, Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones also played Captain Phasma in Star Wars - The Force Awakens. Phasma was woefully underutilized in the movie so hoping they develop her character more in The Last Jedi.

Wondering what they would look like if they met. Who would win a fight?



Sunday, August 20, 2017

Love 'em or Hate 'em? Price Tags on Vintage Toys?

A topic started on the Rebelscum Forums years ago has resurfaced. The question is - what were your favorite childhood stores and do you like or dislike old price tags/stickers on your vintage items?

Here is the forum: Favorite Childhood Stores and Price Tags

I personally love the stickers. They are part of the history. Many of these stores are out of business. The price harkens back to the day when you felt like you were at least getting your money's worth. I especially like packages that have multiple clearance prices on them. Well, it makes me sad too.

I enjoy looking up the history of the stores on Wikipedia as well. Most are defunct these days.

Anyway - here are a few vintage Star Wars cardbacks I still have today along with some price stickers.

The first few are from the defunct toy store Child World. Loved this place. Wish I had a time machine to browse the aisles again.








This R2 was from Montgomery Ward - big in the Chicago area. Another defunct retailer.





I originally thought this was a Zayre price tag, but I googled it and Ayr-Way was a small retail outlet in malls that was part of the Ayres chain. Zayre is also defunct and Ayres was acquired by Macy's which is having issues of its own.




I can only imagine this was found in an ACE Hardware store. Still around - 5000 stores and going strong even with competition by Home Depot and Lowe's.

 


Collect all 41!






Star Wars Toys - Scale Comparisons

12 inch Hasbro/Kenner, 6 inch Black Series, Kenner Vintage, Hasbro

R5-D4



Jawas


Gentle Giant Chewbacca vs Hasbro Chewbacca

Many complaints from collectors about the Gentle Giant Jumbo Kenner Chewbacca so I looked at it for real.

Gentle Giant vs Kenner/Hasbro



Saturday, August 19, 2017

GI Joe: A Real American Hero - Marvel Comic #1

A few tries at recreating the front cover of the first GI Joe Marvel comic.

 








Friday, August 18, 2017

Schleich Arctic Polar Bears

More Schleich animals...this one with an arctic theme. The wooden ice cave set comes from an Animal Planet playset. I discovered it when reading the Rebelscum forums for the Star Wars Galactic Heroes line. Great Hoth Echo base for those mini figures.