Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Pop Culture League Assignment: Shelfie


The League of Extraordinary Bloggers is dead. Long live the League! The Pop Culture League has risen from the pile of cast out toys, comics, and movies to take its place. So, what's this week's assignment?


Shelfie! Snap a picture or two of your favorite shelf.


I'm sure I've posted photos of my display case before, and I'm sure that things haven't changed much since then. Some pieces have gone on to other homes, while I've welcomed a few new additions. How about we get a closer look of dem shelves?






Up first, is the random shelf. Populated by Glyos figures, X-Men, and Transformers, this is the kind of selection you would have seen in my toy boxes growing up. I never really focused on one toyline. There was no concern with getting them all. When I saw something I liked, I bought it. I'd make it work with my other figures through the power of imagination.

If I had to pick a few favorites from this section, I'd have to go with Zullbeast, Wolverine, and the Rescue Patrol Micromasters up front there.


Going down, we have the "mainly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shelf". For a while, the TMNT trumped even my love for G.I. Joe. Besides, when you have a decision to make between another Viper, or Space Usagi Yojimbo, there's only one right decision. I love that the Turtles are still around, even if they come with fewer accessories and paint apps. Even with their issues, I still consider them the best toy line out today. Holtzmann over there is part of the disappointing new Ghostbusters line. Disappointing because there were so many missed opportunities with this line, and with the failure of the movie at the box office, I doubt we'll see anymore.

My favorites from this shelf are Krang on his walker, Squirrelanoid, and that handheld Pinball game. It's just sooo blue.


And lastly we have the Star Wars shelf. I came to the world of Star Wars a little late in life, but I had a real passion for it for so many years. I've cooled a bit on it now, just because there is so much stuff out there, it gets to be bit overwhelming. I mean, just on this shelf you have figures ranging from 2 to 30 years old. And the types of toys are just as varied. Of course there are action figures, but Star Wars has invaded just about every other type of toy, from LEGO to Hot Wheels.

My favorites from this shelf are a little off from the norm, at least I think so. Ellors Madak has been one of my favorites for a while, just because he looks like he's always holding a drink. He kinda looks like he had a rough day flying his space freighter, and just needs to unwind. Next would be another Cantina patron, Greedo. For me, this is the one figure that Hasbro got right in the Star Wars Black line. His likeness is just spot on compared to many of the other figures. For the last pick, I'm going to go with a the Snowspeeder and Wampa cave playset. It seems pretty simple, but there's actually a lot of play value in this set. It doesn't hurt that the Snowspeeder was always one of my favorite craft in Star Wars.

So there you have it, my favorite shelves. Why don't you go see some of my fellow bloggers' favorite wood (or glass) planks of holding.

G.I. Jigsaw

Green Plastic Squirt Gun

Las Vegas Yankee

Ianwells87

TOY BREAK!

23 comments:

  1. Nice tour of the collection. i agree with you that that Greedo figure is just about perfect -- he's also one of my favorites from the hit or miss Black series.

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    1. I wanted to really like a couple of the other ones I picked up, such as Boba Fett and Phasma, but it really bothered me that they had inhibited articulation.

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  2. Very nice collection. And I agree with the Black Series comments. Really hit or miss. Ahsoka is nice, Kaanan, not so much.

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    1. Thanks man. One nice thing about keeping it confined to the case, is that it can never get too big. Something has to go for something else to come in.

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  3. Pretty bad ass shelf/shelves my man ;)Personally , I like the Star Wars shelf the best.

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    1. Thanks buddy. I do like the variety of the types of figures that have come out.

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  4. love that Zullbeast , really wish I hadnt missed that one.

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    1. I'm hoping they produce more of them. The little dude's kinda grown on me.

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  5. Awesome! Toybiz Wolverine and a great mix of Star Wars. Love it!

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    1. Thanks man! I'll always have a soft spot for older Toy Biz figures. I find I like them more than the ultra articulated figures we have today.

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  6. Awesome! Toybiz Wolverine and a great mix of Star Wars. Love it!

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  7. I love that little pinball game in the back! That GB line was kind of meh, but I still want to pick up Holtzmann anyway. Maybe if my TRU puts them on sale. Great collection!

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    1. The GB line is the missed opportunity of the year. I'm sad the movie didn't do better, because it really was a lot of fun. I think smaller scale, and action features may have made the toys, well, more toy-like.

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  8. Aaahhhh!!! The reboot fo the League, I cannot believe it!
    I love your shelf, Chris, and also I LOVE that some of the figures featured in your blog are there :D
    I feel bad for the new Ghostbusters movie because it was truly a missed oportunity: for fans, movie lovers, toy collectors... That's quite sad. If I have a few Indiana Jones figures, it was because of the movie.

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    1. Thank you Yelinna! Great to see you around still. I keep kicking myself for not picking up a few of the Indiana Jones figures. They're perfect little adventurers.

      Did you get a chance to see the new Ghostbusters yet?

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    2. Hi Chris!
      I have a confession to make: I haven't seen any Ghostbusters movie and I'm not planning to see the new one because I'm a hardcore fan of the cartoon.
      Oh gosh, I loved the Real Ghostbusters cartoon A LOT!! (not the filmation one, but I like Prime Evil). I loved it so much that I couldn't watch the movie because the characters did't look like their cartoony counterparts (including Slimmer). For me, Ghostbusters is the cartoon, not the movies.
      I only hope that movie fans don't hate me :)

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    3. Funny, I only ever got to see a couple episodes of the cartoon, since the channel rarely came in for me. I still loved it though.

      Interestingly enough, I think the new movie was closer to the cartoon action wise than either of the original movies. I hope it makes it to your part of the world in some form or another, because I think you just might enjoy it.

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  9. Now that is a fantastic collection! Star Wars collecting is a rewarding and often frustrating experience! I could not keep up.

    I am joining you in this #shelfie at http://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/2016/08/pop-culture-league-challenge-shelfie.html

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    1. There is just so much of it out there now. When you figure that it's been around for 40 years, that's a lot of merchandise.

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  10. I wanna see Krang play that pinball game!

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    1. Hmm..I'll have to see what I can do about that.

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  11. Very cool!!! Who is that green monster on the first shelve?

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    1. The big green dude is called Zullbeast. He's a vinyl figure in the same vein as the Glyos figures. The maker's website is zullbeast.com.

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