Monday, November 12, 2018

Taking A Break From Blogger

Lately,It seems like the toy blogging community has been dwindling.And while this small circle has  led to good  standings with fellow bloggers ,It has also,subsequently led to sporadic cases of cabin fever.It got to a point where I actually thought Brothermidnight was targeting me over selling some of the items he had traded away to me on ebay.Which got me wondering If my ebay page was being stalked or If I was just being paranoid ,as I had sold a few things that he had given to me by way of trade ,not to flip or make a profit ,but to simply fortify my collection.Some of the stuff he had sent me I even showed to Toy Box to see If he was interested and when he declined I put It on Ebay ,sold It and bought more toys.I'd like to apologize to you ,Brother,If that In any way offended you or If that offends anyone else in the toy collecting community.I ,honestly,could care less what people   do with the things I send them because after all ,they belong to them now.Long as I get my end of the bargain.I'm  certainly not gonna be keeping tabs on any and everyone I trade with just to make sure they are not selling my ,I mean their shit.I was never one to follow any "code of honor " and always preferred to do things the way I want to do things.That is still the case.Im not a Ninja.Ultimately ,things have just gotten a little weird   ,even by virtual standards,and I think It's time to get back to the real world .For a little while at least.



R.I.P. 




Remember When Toys Were Actually Cool?!?

O.K. maybe the word "cool" isn't cool anymore but In the eighties,toys sure were!Which got me thinking.Should the 80's be labeled as "The Golden Age" of toys ?Try to be as unbiased as you possibly can when you answer this question.I think the 70's could duke It out all day with the 80's In a match for toy supremacy.The 90's had some o.k. stuff  but come up short imo.The 2000's brought us a ton of cool shit ,too,but that's kind of expected when you factor in technology and resource material,again, ,all thanks to  the 70's and 80's.Most of what Is out now Is rehashed from toy greatness of the past.So It's the 70's vs. the 80's.Who wins?

                    1987 Captain Power Soaron Sky Sentry








Meet The Players

I could have done this on my near defunct sports blog but everyone over there knows who these guys are.Most in toy collecting circles don't,so consider this a crash course.80's Baseball Greatness 101.What i'm gonna do for these installments Is let the highlights speak for themselves.First up..


(Steady) Eddie Murray 




                                     

Saturday, November 10, 2018

It's That Time Again,The Thumbnail Says It All

Yes my friends,more Starting Lineups.I could literally eat a bowl of these fucking things with milk ,I'm so hooked on them right now.New arrivals include Mark McGwire and Carney Lansford.For those of you that didn't know (I think Fuji knows,not sure) ,I was a huge Oakland A's fan growing up.The Mets were my favorite N.L. team but overall I was an A's fan.That all changed when they decided to trade Canseco but that's a whole 'nother subject. Still,even today I could name pretty much everybody on that  mid to late 80's squad including bench players. You guys probably know who Mark McGwire Is already but Lansford might be new to you.Carney Lansford was the A's third basemen and primarily batted second In the lineup ,after Rickey Henderson.He  had one of the more intense batting stances In the game.Fidgety might be the best way to describe It.Lots of line drives down the third base line,the occasional homer and crazy glove work ,just a fun player to watch.His Starting Lineup figure would have never showed up around my parts as he was more of a regional release.Its nice to be able to add him to the collection.Also,according to the checklist ,I think I've completed my 1988 A's team.I thought I still needed Mike Davis but I think that was an unreleased figure.I might still go after some 89 A's just fill up the roster a bit.Maybe go after Stewart,D. Henderson  and Weiss.We shall see.


I was planning on opening McGwire after seeing the card damaged on the sellers ebay item pic ,but after holding It In hand,the cardback is In pretty solid shape.Save for the tear  at the top,all else Is pretty crisp.I know this would bug the hell out of pristine collectors,but not me.I can live with it.



This is my revamped SL display.I'm limiting myself  ,purposely, to this one little shelving unit.I really don't have any more room for carded figures.I could probably fit two more carded figs on here and the rest will have to be loose fillers. 


The A's display is a little bland.I'm definitely gonna have to go after some of the 89 figs.


In order to make space for Lansford and McGwire I had to take my Howard Johnson out of the packaging and display him on the center shelf with all the other Mets figures.Now I have an extra cardback to check figures off as I go.


Some A's highlights from the 89 WS.


                                         


                                           UPDATE

It looks like they released a Dave Parker figure in 88 wearing an A's uni but with a baseball card wearing a Reds uniform.While he is not officially listed on the cardback as part of the A's ,it's still a must add.He'll make up for the lack of a Mike Davis figure.



Friday, November 9, 2018

Hypothetical

It's early 80's,and your mom decides she wants to reward you for all the hard work she thinks you've been doing in school,and takes you down to the nearest Toys R Us.There's a catch.She's being very meticulous about the figures she wants you to pick out.They have to be of the 3 3/4 variety and of the same brand/universe.She wants to teach you a lesson about the real world because,according to her, In the real world G.I. Joe doesn't mix with Star Wars.He-Man doesn't get down with Captain Power and Marvel Is better than DC so you definitely don't want to integrate those two universes.That's when you realize your mom's not playing with a full deck but that's besides the point.There are far more serious matters to attend.The ball's In your court now.In front of you  are rows and rows of  ....

He-Man
Secret Wars
Kenner DC Super Powers
G.I. Joe
Star Wars (leftover stragglers on clearance)
Captain Power
and D&D .


What do you go for and why?






Battle Mountain!






Wednesday, November 7, 2018

New Room Set Up

As you can see I've streamlined a bit. Stashed a few things and some stuff I've just gotten rid of  or sold on eBay. But for the most part It's the same crap you've seen here in the past.


Check out the lids ! Never to old for a hat collection.I have 5 now.Anyone else rock snapbacks?That Marvel pic in the back is a drawing my oldest drew/painted for me In her art class.Pretty damn nifty,I think.


To Be A Winner....ok I'll stop now.


Mostly 90's stuff on the top shelf .Some late 80's.Again,I don't go out of my way to collect every toy that released back in the days.What you'll see on my displays consists mostly of stuff I used to have as a kid. The middle shelf Is straight 80's.


Doing my best Brother Midnight impersonation here with my 5.5 fig display ;) Lion O stands out like a soar thumb,though lol.


I gotta get more Sectaurs.Poor Skito has been rolling solo for too long.No Toxcid and he doesn't even have his web gear.So,so sad :(

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Starting Lineup Collection (so far)

This is what I'm working with so far. My most recent pick ups are Mike Schmidt,Roger Clemens and the rest of the Mets players that I needed to complete the team set,some loose and some carded. 1988 was a great year for baseball.You could argue that alot of the guys were juiced up but so were the pitchers. And even more remarkable were the pitchers who weren't juicing that still managed to put up great numbers against some of baseballs most herculean hitters.








And yet another great Starting Lineup commercial ...

 


Friday, November 2, 2018

Testing Posting From My Phone

Can you guys let me know how this looks on your PCs?I've been kicked out of my room thanks to Zumba and I dont have access to my personal cpu.Hence the phone test.Fisto will be my Guinea pig for this Blogger phone experiment.

Please Excuse The Lack Of Posts

Please excuse my lack of participation ,my fellow blogger pals,as I've been a little out of whack mentally these last couple of weeks.Dealing with a loss in the family and a spew of other things really has me In the dumps.I didn't want to post anything during this time just for the sake of posting. Didn't want to force it.Sometimes It just seems  no amount of action figure magic can pull you out of the depths of  depression.I've resorted to playing my guitar ,ALOT, and singing lots of very sad songs ,lol.That seems to help me get It all out sometimes.I do have lots to be thankful for ,though,and I will never take that for granted.I decided to try and get into the X-Mas spirit early If you couldn't tell already by my background.Yeah,that's Santa on the left there.I do have more Starting Lineup goodness on the way.I don't know what It Is but lately I've been In 80's MLB mode.Sucks for you guys ,I know lol.So stay tuned,peeps,be back soon ;)