Showing posts with label vintage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vintage. Show all posts

Monday, July 13, 2015

Who ya gonna call? The Real Ghostbusters Egon!

The Real Ghostbusters toys caught me completely by surprise. One Saturday morning, I walked down the toy aisle in Rose's and there they were. Peter, Ray, Egon, Winston and Stay Puft were all hanging there on the shelves, just waiting to go home with me. After a few moments of indecision, I decided to go with my favorite Ghostbuster, Egon.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Lost lightsaber? Time for an upgrade Obi Wan!

You know how it goes. You're just sneaking around on a Death Star, minding your own business, when a powerful Sith Lord challenges you to a lightsaber duel.

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..

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.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

IG-88: A real cloning scandal.

IG-88 was part of the small group of Star Wars action figures that I owned as a child. I didn't know who he was until my teenage years, but I could tell he was up to no good. He just looked like a bad guy, with those spindly arms and beady eyes. Unfortunately, IG was one of the many victims of my dog, Rascal, and he ended up with chew marks covering most of his body. I held on to him for a few more years, but he was eventually given away or tossed out. I really can't remember which one. Well, a few months ago, I picked up a Boba Fett/IG-88 two pack, and it sorta rekindled an urge to recollect the Star Wars figures of my youth.Thanks to my trade with Eric of Toyriffic, I was again in possession of an honest to goodness, vintage IG-88. As I looked him over though, something seemed amiss. He looked so familiar, I just couldn't figure out why. That's when I pulled out my newer IG-88 and compared the two:

Yeah, tell me which one is the original. Kenner didn't just use a similar mold for the POTF2 IG-88, they used the exact same mold. The only real difference between the two is the newer version has a swiveling waist. The vintage one also has sharper detail on its body parts, so I'm assuming the mold was getting worn out by the time 1996 rolled in.  Or, maybe the newer version is supposed to look worn and dirty. IG-88 would have been around for a while by this point, and I'm sure he would have started showing some wear and tear.

I know Kenner is famous for re-using molds (see: the entire Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves toyline), but it surprises me that they would use the same mold 15 years later. It's especially surprising when you realize all of the other characters in the POTF 2 line used new sculpts. I'm curious as to why IG-88 was the only sculpt that was reused. The original was already rather detailed compared to most figures in the vintage line, so maybe they figured he was already good enough. It also begs the question, why not reissue the vintage lines and sell those? I'm sure they would have flown off the shelves in no time.

In the end, I think the vintage IG-88 is a better figure. The sharpness of the detail and the metallic silver coloring just make for a more attractive figure. He looks like he's ready to scour the galaxy for that scoundrel Han Solo, while the newer version looks like he's ready for the scrap heap.
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