Thursday, August 21, 2014

League assignment: Cryptozoology!

This week’s  League assignment: Cryptozoology!

 First question – what the hell is cryptozoology? Well, I’ll tell you what says:

the study of evidence tending to substantiate the existence of, or the search for, creatures whose reported existence is unproved, as the Abominable Snowman or the Loch Ness monster.

So what to write – well, since this is a toy blog, I asked myself….”self, what kind of toys are focused on cryptozoology.” I went to Ebay and typed in “cryptozoology.” Let’s see what happens.

Believe it or not, Mezco released a series of cryptozoology figures – big foot, mothman, and jersey devil - they are all listed between $60-75.

There was a Kickstarter campaign for an action figure line called Cryptids. Unfortunately, it wasn’t funded. It was pretty darn cool so I hope the owner of the campaign figures out how to make it a reality in the future.

Some other ebay search results included a plush chupacabra and Loch Ness monster.

Interestingly, I liked the Cryptozoology Toob. You’ll see these in arts and craft stores like Michael’s and AC Moore, and they are small tubes with a theme of toys like dinosaurs, cowboys and Indians, etc.

Of course, Big Foot seems to have plenty of items. Most recently, the new Six Million Dollar Man figures from Zica Toys.

Before that, the Marvel Legends “Sasquatch” from Alpha Flight was always one of my favorites.

I’m sure there are more – since cryptozoology is the study of these, I will continue to do some more research.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

League Assignment - TOP 10

League Assignment.

Top 10!

My top 10 is about my Top 10 toys as a kid that were not Star Wars or GI Joe.

10. Playskool Sesame Street blocks. Not sure why this made such an impression but I still remember it.

9. Fisher Price Sesame Street – it was just cool for a 4 year old.

8. Weebles Wobbles Treehouse – cool sculpting

7. Six Million Dollar Man Repair Station – the rubber arm skin, the bionic plates, and a repair station that turns into a rocket.

6. Giant Tinker Toys – my brother and I made more weapons with these than one can possibly imagine.

5. Big Trac – won this at my dad’s company summer picnic. Only thing I think I’ve ever won.

4. Starbird – random Christmas gift. Oh so cool.

3. Marx Navarone – Marx playsets go vertical. This one was hard to beat.

2. Mattel Shogun Rodan – random gift, and rare to boot. Today, this toy commands top dollar.

1. Mattel Shogun Godzilla – Not as rare as Rodan, but so much fun. Fist shoots off, flicking tongue, and wheels on the feet to get around. And a winning smile.

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Late late late League Assignment - SDCC CONtemplation

League Assigment:

SDCC 2014 is a wrap. What peaked your interest most this year? What was a disappointment?

I’ve learned to take SDCC and New York Toy Fair with a grain of salt. They show a lot and many come to fruition, but many do not. It is usually the ones that don’t get made that pain me the most…this is especially true of Marvel Legends. Every year prototypes get shown that never get made (Iron Man’s Rescue is a prime example).

This year’s SDCC was a little strange. I was hooked to the matrix…I mean the internet, waiting for all the big reveals. They came a little slow and when all was said and done, I was…well…meh!

But there were two big reveals that totally got me doing cartwheels…not easy for a 43 year old.
First – Gentle Giant Jumbo vintage GI Joe – A Real American Hero. I love the Jumbo Kenner Star Wars figures that GG has been doing the last few years. They are 12 inch reproductions of the original 3-3/4 inch figures we all know and love. I really love these because each figure takes me back to a nostalgic memory. Despite the incessant complaining on collector’s forums, I love this things.

So when GG displayed the vintage 12 inch jumbos of the 3-3/4 inch GI Joes launched in 1992, I was again doing cartwheels…with round offs this time.

The first five shown are Snake-Eyes (Commando), Stalker (Ranger), Zap (Bazooka Soldier), Grunt (Infantry), and Rock N Roll (Heavy Machine Gunner).

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The second item that caught my attention was the new Star Wars Black Series 6 inch figures.
I’ve been collecting all of these. Was absolutely thrilled to see the 6 inch Wampa with Luke and Taun Taun with Hoth Han Solo. Bossk and TIE Pilot were outstanding as well but the beast packs were high on my list.

The only disappointment was Super7 not revealing any new lines. They are coming out with great Kenner vintage style sculpts for many properties. A great lineup already on the way - everyone is waiting for what's next.

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