Flea Market Finds: Super Soaker 100

At a recent trip to my local Flea Market I came upon something I have been looking for a long time: A Super Soaker 100.

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MOTU Classics Review: Mekaneck

I have been a fan of Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics line since its inception several years ago. The line is based on all the different incarnations of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe storylines blended into one cohesive toy line.  It’s a perfect blend of modern sculpting and nostalgia that has made it a hit. This is a online only toyline where you show up on Mattycollector.com on the 15th of every month to pick up their latest release. The figures have been so popular that they sell out within a hour. To help with this Mattel has made a subscription where you automatically get the lastest figure without having to stress about getting onto the site. I have been a subscriber since they introduced it and have just about every figure save for some exclusives and variants. This past months exclusive figure was one of my favorite characters Mekaneck.

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Lego Review: The Lord of the Rings “Gandalf Arrives” 9469

Lego has been getting some fantastic licenses’ over the past few years. This has allowed Lego to make sets for some of the most beloved franchises. They’ve been doing Star Wars and Harry Potter sets for a while, but now they have both the Marvel and DC rights and most recently they have been making sets based on the Lord of the Rings franchise. What I love about the stuff that Lego has been putting out is that we have these great characters being made in the same scale. They are also fun and inventive building sets like a Lego should be. Lego is creating an in-scale character universe that rivals Mego’s during the 1970’s.

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Vintage Bubblegum Cards: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

For a period of time bubblegum cards were one of the most popular gifts you could get a kid. Most of the attention goes to Baseball cards but there have been some awesome cards tied to different parts of pop culture. Today we’ll be looking at a pack of cards from the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial set.

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Candy Corn Oreos

Today was September 10th and I would make sure that the Candy Corn Oreos would be mine. My Mom was kind enough to pick up the Oreos for Jack and I’s podcast today. My first taste was captured on this weeks Ramblecast so be sure to check that out. I will collect my more detailed thoughts here.

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White Chocolate Candy Corn M&M’s

The latest thing taking the internet by storm is the Candy Corn Oreo. Colleen and I went to Target on Saturday to pick some up. Once we got there we saw among all of the Oreos there were no Candy Corn versions to be found. Apparently the Candy Corn Oreos aren’t going to be available in stores until the 10th (even though I have seen some blogs that already have gotten them). So feeling defeated we headed our way out of the store when I noticed these.

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Lego Minifigures Series 8

The standard Lego minifigure has been around for over 30 years. The design introduced in 1978 is still used, save for a few variations over the years. In 2010 Lego started releasing unique Lego Minifigures in blind packs.These figures would feature characters from history and imagination. The first series released figures like a Luchador, a Cowboy, and a Zombie. The fun selection of characters is part of its apeal. Since it first started, the series has been a success with people clamoring to get the figures they want. On September 1st, Lego released their 8th series of Lego Minifigures. In one day I happened to get all of the ones I wanted.

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A Toy After the Fad: The Tickle Me Elmo Story

This past weekend I went to my local flea market and picked up some awesome finds. Among them was something that I hadn’t seen in 16 years. The item was a mint in box Tickle Me Elmo.

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Thoughts about Toy Collecting

This blog post started as a light review of some new shows that focus on toy collecting called Collection Intervention and Toy Hunter. I felt it would also be important to discuss my own passion for toy collecting to give some foundation for my thoughts on the shows, and toy collecting in general. I am a child of the 80’s and 90’s, a time period that I consider to be the pinnacle of action figures. From 1982 – 1995 there were many toy lines in their prime, Masters of the Universe, Transformers, Super Powers, Real Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman, X-Men, Power Rangers, Star Wars POTF2, and many more.

  As a kid with all of these great toys to choose from I was able to create new worlds and make new adventures with all of my favorite heroes. I was a sick child until I got my tonsils removed when I was 4 and I made many trips to the doctor. I went to the doctor so often that my parents would take me to Toy’s R Us to pick out a different toy to make me feel better. I was also a child of divorce and it’s difficult for a young kid to understand and process whats going on and what that means. Those action figures were my constant and were a way for me to escape. Needless to say I became emotionally attached to my toys at a very young age. Since then I have had a passion for toy collecting. My parents will joke how I would keep toys that I would get as gifts in the box to keep them safe, but I just loved the different box art and the joy of putting together a collection. I remember this show that would appraise collectibles and this one guy had a entire room dedicated to his toy collection. I was 10 at the time and I remember thinking to myself that I would love to have a collection room someday. Thanks to a wonderfully supportive Wife, I have a collection room that has become known as The ManCave. It’s a love letter of a collection that represents the era from 80’s and 90’s that were a toy haven for me. The picture above is a section of my collection  Read more…

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The Best Food I Have Ever Eaten

Over the past few weeks I have been away from home training in Norfolk, Virginia and Austin, Texas for my new position as a Manager at Apple. It was a great training program and I got to make some great friends. During my time in Austin everyone gave me different places I had to go to eat. The number one recommendation was a place called Franklin Barbecue. I heard descriptions of beef brisket that would melt in your mouth and ribs that would fall right off the bone. It was also a place where the meat would be slow cooked for 18 hours and people would line up at 9am to be ready for Franklin’s 11am opening time. By 2 O’Clock Franklin’s would sell out of all their meat. The “Sorry Sold Out” signs have hung every day since they opened in 2009. For my fellow trainees and I this place was too intriguing to pass up.  Read more…

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