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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Awesome leftover toys

Chelsea and I made the long, long drive to Buffalo, NY this past weekend for a friend's wedding. It was actually a lot of fun, even if I did spend most of the time eating way too much food. One of the best things about visiting my wife's family, is we usually don't need to spring for a hotel room while we're there. Almost all of them have a room or two to spare, and they offer much better service than any hotel ever could. The last night of our trip was spent at Chelsea's aunt's house, in her cousin's room.

When my father in-law first opened the door to the cousin's bedroom, it looked like your normal spare bedroom setup. There was a desk with an iMac, a set of book shelves and a dresser, and a large futon mattress in the floor. Since I was pretty exhausted, it took me a few seconds to notice all the relics hiding in plain sight. The excitement I felt gave me the energy to stay up at least another hour, giving me a chance to document some of the cooler stuff before I finally passed out.
If you follow me on Twitter, you saw the treasures I discovered in that room. If not, then keep reading, and get a more detailed look at my findings.


Monday, May 4, 2015

May is Star Wars month! Have a drink with Ellorrs Madak!

That's right, since today is officially Star Wars Day, I've decided to do nothing but Star Wars posts this month. What better way to get started, than to talk about a random alien from the background of "A New Hope".



Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Micromaster Rescue Patrol is here to save the day


I was a little late to get on the Transformers bandwagon. My first exposure to the shape shifting machinations was the Soundwave figure I received one year on Christmas. We lived in an area where I was more likely to see Bigfoot than actually pick up the television station that played most of the cool cartoons, like Transformers and Masters of the Universe. Still, Soundwave was like nothing I had ever seen before. He may seem simple and archaic to the toy buying youth of today, but my 5 year old mind was blown by this cassette player that turned into a bad ass robot.

Over the years, the Transformers would occasionally catch my eye during our almost weekly shopping trips. Even the smaller figures were hard to ignore, with the large G.I. Joe style paintings of the figures on the cardbacks. Every now and then, one of them would would interest me enough to cause me to spend my hard earned allowance money. That was the main problem with Transformers those days, they were damn expensive if you were the one buying them. A boxed figure would run anywhere from $10 on up, depending on how big it was. I certainly wasn't rich in those days, so I would usually gravitate toward the smaller, more value priced figures.


Supposedly influenced by Galoob's success with Micro Machines, the Micromasters were perfect for the more shallow pocketed youth such as myself. These cost between $4 and $5, and you got four, that's right FOUR, different figures. Sure, they were a lot simpler than larger Transformers, but in my mind, quantity won over complexity. There were half a dozen different Micromaster Patrols to choose from, ranging from one entirely made up of jets, to one group composed of sports cars. I wish I could tell you why I chose this group over all the others, but it's hard to remember my reasoning. In my mind, I just picture seeing these guys hanging on the peg, and immediately being drawn to them.


As good as they look in their alternate modes, the Rescue Patrol looks even better transformed. In most cases, changing the Micromasters from one form to another was simply a matter of folding down the legs, flipping up a hood, and standing the figure up. Like I said, pretty simple. Articulation was pretty basic, with most of them having moveable arms. They came with no accessories, because they were pretty much accessories themselves. If you had one of the giant Transformers that could turn into a small city, like Metroplex or Scorponok, you could populate them with your Micromasters. They also had the advantage of being able to fit in your pockets, something I'd be reluctant to do with the slightly larger toys. Even Bumblebee would have been an uncomfortable lump in my pants.


Fixit was probably my least favorite out of the bunch. No matter how you look at it, a plain white ambulance will never be as cool as a fire truck. His robot mode improved on things a little bit, but it still bothered me that there was so much of the front of the ambulance hanging off his back.  That's not to say that I disliked him, but if I could only choose one out of the group, it wouldn't be him.


Stakeout's alternate mode is an improvement over Fixit's, but just barely. There's nothing particularly exciting about a police car, but he is much, much sleeker when transformed. I like that his goggles and color scheme kinda give him that Highway Patrol vibe. All they needed was a little dab of yellow for a badge, and the image would have been complete.


Seawatch is one of my favorite Transformers, period. I know his alternate form is a boat, but he's a damn cool boat. Besides, who knows what being a boat means on Cybertron. For all we know, Cybertronian boats can fly just as easily as their jets. Seawatch also has one of the better looking robot modes. The helmet and face mask he's wearing give him the appearance of a cyber samurai. As you know, you can't spell awesome without "cyber ninja that turns into a hydrofoil".


Redhot is easily my favorite out of the whole bunch. His alternate mode is that of a heavy duty firetruck. He looks like another vehicle that would be more at home on Cybertron. The robot form is easily the best of them all. Redhot has the most heroic appearance, and if I had to guess, I'd say he was the leader of the Rescue Patrol. He is the tallest of the group, just barely edging out Stakeout. Redhot kinda comes with an accessory if you count his often missing ladder. I consider it more of a decoration, since all it can really do is twist around and fold up. That would be the only thing that would keep me from carting Redhot around in my pocket all the time. I would be too worried I would snap off his ladder. He frequently stood in for Optimus Prime during my mini adventures, since he had the big and beefy leader look to him.

Besides,a fire truck will always be more heroic vehicle than a semi-truck.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Transformers Universe Silverstreak



This Silverstreak is a replacement for the one I broke and ultimately traded off a couple years ago. He was such a cool figure, if a bit fragile, and I felt bad for trading off what was a very thoughtful gift. So, I scoured the internet for a few months until I came across one on eBay for a price that wasn't as ridiculous as all the others. A few days later, and Silverstreak was back in my possession.


He is a really cool figure, even if he does have some trouble standing on his own. Much like vintage Star Wars figures, it takes a little finesse to get Silverstreak to stay up on his own. I'm also happy to report that I was able to transform him without any parts breakage this time. Sadly, he'll never be changed back to his Sports Car Mode, because I just don't want to take any chances.  I'm sure if I had to go looking for him again, he'd probably cost me a couple hundred dollars. Thankfully, he doesn't come with much in the way of accessories, just one blaster and that's it. There's less to lose that way. Most of the newer figures have much better articulation than their G1 counterparts, and Silverstreak is no exception. He may even be more articulated than the newer G.I. Joe figures. When you consider that most G1Transformers only had one or two POA's, it's rather impressive.


Silverstreak's card gives us a short biography on the character, as well as his tech specs. Apparently, he's the blabber mouth of the Autobots, since he never shuts up and will talk even while he's charging. That's right, Silverstreak even talks in his sleep. We also get a good view of his alt mode. I think he changes into a Nissan 350Z, which is fitting since the figure he's based on originally turned into a Datsun Fairlady Z. It's a sharp looking car, and I'm actually a little tempted to find a real used one that I can repaint and rebadge with an Autobot symbol. I'd probably be the only person that got it, but that's really nothing new for me.


Who knows, maybe they'll figure out how to make real cars and trucks transform by then..

Thursday, June 12, 2014

1992's Firefly lives up to his namesake.



It was the summer of 1992. My parents and I were making the trek to Berlin, Maryland for a long weekend of cooking out and fishing with my uncle and his family. He wasn't technically an uncle, but one of those people that had been friends with my parents so long, he was practically family. My "uncle" had a son that was a few years older than me, but he never acted like he was too old or too cool to play with action figures. So I loaded up a bunch of my G.I. Joes, expecting to spend the weekend fishing and playing with toys until my fingers bled.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

League Assignment: Express your shelf!

This week’s assignment from the League: Shelf Expression

It's been a long time since I participated, but I couldn't resist taking part in this week's assignment from the League of Extraordinary Bloggers:

Shelf Expression. Take a picture of your shelves, featuring a few of your favorite things.

The nice thing about keeping my collection small, is that most of it will fit inside one little display case.





I actually just thinned the collection out a little bit, and kept my favorite items. The Lego sets you see at the bottom are mainly just the Star Wars models. The rest are stored in a Tupperware container. These are my favorites, but I may rotate some of my other sets into the case in the future.




Bazooka has that "Not this story again" look on his face. 

Michelangelo looks way too happy for being a prisoner.



I like having a collection like this. It doesn't take up much room, and if I ever needed to move it, it would all fit in one container. Some of you guys have amazing collections, but if I had all that stuff, it would probably give me a daily anxiety attack.


Down the wall from my display case, I have an end table where I keep my magazines, comics, and catalogs for upcoming projects. It also makes a handy platform for taking photos when I need it.

So there you have it, my little collection of shelves. Let's see what some of my fellow bloggers had to say.

Jason Bucky Roberts' from Nerdy Life of Mine has an awesome computer desk and shelf set up.

jSarie from Revenge of the Toy Box shows off some shelves from the past.

Brian of Cool and Collected has gone bananas for Planet of the Apes.

Derek of Goodwill Hunting 4 Geeks shows off an impressive mix of properties.

Erik Johnson Illustrator uses his book shelves for..well, books.

MonsterFink from the Midnight Monster Spookshow shows off a Universal collection.

George of G.I. Jigsaw shows off his giant Star Wars collection.

Kal from Calvin's Canadian Cave of Cool has enough toys to open his own store.

Primordial Badger's Transformers collection is a masterpiece.

Rich from The Nerd Nook has some carded treasures.

Friday, February 21, 2014

February random stuff post.

I hate that I've only posted a few times these past couple of months, but with work picking up, and just plain not feeling creative lately, I've neglected my duties as Stunt Zombie. It always saddens me when a blog I enjoy just kind of fizzles out, so I made myself promise that I wouldn't go out the same way. When I'm ready to give up, you'll all be the next to know.

-Speaking of blogs shutting down, it looks like Poe Ghostal is going on an indefinite hiatus. I haven't followed Poe for long, but I have to admit I've enjoyed visiting his site these past few months. The strange thing is, I had a feeling this was coming. Any time I start reading a new blog, it seems like they shut down shortly after. X-Entertainment, Eclectorama..yep, those were my fault. Honestly, I don't blame him. If you're not enjoying what you're doing, it's time to take a break or find something else. I look forward to seeing what kinds of projects he has cooking.

-Thanks to this post by Colbey Hooper on Random Toy Reviews, I think I've pretty much solved the last of my toy mysteries. I did a bit more digging on Four Star Toys, and it turns out they made quite a few of the Transformers knockoffs I used to own.

http://www.toyarchive.com/

This guy is called Hard Hat, and he was a Devastator knockoff, in that he was also made up of construction equipment that combined to form a large robot. I held on to this thing for years, before the individual robots just started falling apart. It wasn't a bad toy for what it costs. The other one that has been puzzling me for years was this guy:

www.toyarchive.com

This one was called Decept-A-Bot, and it was a knockoff of the Godaikan Gardian. It's kind of like the nesting dolls, except with robots. This version only had one robot contained in the shell you see here, but the real one had two robots and a rubber figure contained within the outer shell. I remember this one being pretty fragile, and I don't think it stayed in one piece for very long.

As nice as it is to finally know what these two were, it kinda makes me sad that the internet is taking all the mystery out of the world.

-I'm finding I'm really starting to lose interest in modern toys. The last line of G.I. Joe toys produced by Hasbro was pretty sad really. I find myself missing the bright colors and character of the older figures. Other than Snake Eyes and a few of the other figures, most of them look rather generic. After seeing how little Hasbro cares about the 50th anniversary of their most popular toy line, I'm beginning to think this may be the beginning of the end for our favorite soldiers. As for the Collector's Club, forget that. I don't have enough money to spend nearly $40 per figure, especially when there's no guarantee that I'll like them. I think I might focus on picking up some of the older G.I. Joes I used to own instead. Thankfully, they won't cost me much more than figures that came out 2 or 3 years ago.

-Speaking of wanting crazy amounts for action figures, I was excited to see Mattel was releasing a wave of Super Powers inspired DC figures with modern sculpts. Then I learned they were going to cost around $30 retail....$30, and we don't even get cloth capes for Batman or Superman? No Thank you..

- I was also feeling pretty excited for Funko's ReAction line, but after seeing the trouble they've had with their Game of Throne figures, I'm going to have to wait to see some reviews before I plunk down hard earned money on Snake Plissken or The Goonies.

- I still find myself interested in newer LEGO sets as well as the figures released by Onell Design.  I tend to get a bit intimidated when it comes to using pieces to build my own creations, but it's nice to know the option is there when I decide to stop being a wuss and feel constructive.

-I'm definitely psyched for the Guardians of the Galaxy. I enjoyed most of the Marvel movies, but for the most part, I find they take themselves too seriously. GotG kinda reminds me of A-team, except in space. With a raccoon. And a talking tree. I think it's hard to screw up with that combination.

-I need help spending Amazon money! Between a gift card I received for Christmas, and some points I already had on my card, I have a total of $34.07 to spend on Amazon. The only problem, I can't figure out what the heck I want. That's where you fine folks come in. You've seen what I've written about on here, so I figure I can crowd source my next purchase(s). I'm a Prime member, so that free shipping may come in handy.

I've been tempted by this guy since I first saw him mentioned on Battle Grip, but I'd hate to blow most of my money on one figure.

-I have to give thanks to Eric over at Toyriffic for the care package I recently received from him. It was unsolicited, and his offer to send it was quite unexpected. It was greatly appreciated, and will help give me more to write about. Honestly, with the amount of stuff I've received from Eric and John Gaither of The Clawful Punch over the past couple of years, I probably have enough to write about for the next 10 months.

 I'd like to make it a regular thing, where I pick a couple of blogs that I enjoy reading, and share them with the rest of you. So, who do I want to acknowledge this month? Well, I've already mentioned Eric and John, so I'll have to pick a couple more.

First up, is Kim from Fully Jointed Play Figures. This is what I consider a "feel" good blog. I can't say I've ever seen Kim type a negative word about anything. I think my favorite thing about his blog is seeing his son's enthusiasm whenever he gets a new toy. It gives me hope that not all kids are just interested in apps and video games.

Next up, is Hobgoblin238 from Monster Cafe Saltillo. I might not always agree with him, but you can't fault the man for speaking his mind. He runs a Universal Monsters themed cafe in Mexico, and still manages to find the time to make a blog post almost every day. He's commissioned some amazing WWE and WWF custom playsets as well as custom clothing for many of the figures. Hob's also one of the hardest working commenters out there. If you have a blog, there's a damn good chance he's posted at least one comment on it.

So, that's it for this month's random post. I'm hoping to get a few more posts in before the month ends, so keep your eyes open.
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