There's nothing I love more than looking through other people's collections. Things have certainly moved around since the last time I took you on a tour of my own cave. After the Great Flood of 2015 (not really), I decided to rearrange the shelves and focus more on the heroes in my collection, which is where pretty much all of my attention is focused these days. It's still a … [Read more...] about Collection Update: May 2015
This post has been simmering for a long time. Back in November, I purchased this huge 1/4 scale Batman figure from Big Bad Toy Store as soon as it went on sale. When I opened the box, I was ecstatic! The Adam West likeness is incredible, and the figure stands at over 18" tall -- this is a beast. I laboriously freed Batman from his cardboard confines by untwisting multiple wire … [Read more...] about KRAAACK! — NECA 1/4 scale 1966 Batman
You smell that? The scent of grass clippings, cherry blossoms, and people's musty old junk hauled out of storage -- thats right, yard sale season is here! I had pretty good luck at a big community yard sale this past Saturday. Yard sales are where I get my stock for the year -- items that I can resell online to make money to fund my own collection, so if you see anything in … [Read more...] about Yard sale season has begun!
I found this PBS video to be fascinating. Toys like Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and Amiibos are turning "ordinary" people into toy collectors -- without them realizing it, bwahaha! Maybe the stigma of toy collecting will be lessened as a result, who knows? Anyway, I thought it was interesting... … [Read more...] about Amiibos are creating toy collectors
Well, this guy FINALLY arrived at my local Toys R Us. I've been hunting for one of these NECA Soldier Apes for months, and had almost given up hope of ever finding one, but last night, there were a half dozen of them on the shelf. I've never been big fan of the original Mego figures, and have pretty much ignored the new "Mego-inspired" lines, but these Planet of the … [Read more...] about Planet of the Apes – 8″ retro figure by NECA
Once again, Mike Bartley, a friend of Cool & Collected, wrote up an awesome recap of his visit to Pittsburgh’s Steel City Con. It's that time of year again. When the icy grip of winter relents and allows access through the mountainous passes that separate Philadelphia from Pittsburgh, PA. I attended the April 2015 Steel City Comic Con in Monroeville, PA (a Pitt suburb) … [Read more...] about Report from Steel City Con
I couldn't resist this awesome Neca Alien body knocker at the toy store yesterday. My wife was thrilled to find him stuck to the dashboard of our minivan this morning while taking the kids to school. When she returned, it didn't take too much effort for me to remove all the duct tape residue once I found the bottle of Goo Gone. sigh. … [Read more...] about My new copilot has already been grounded
Have you ever had the collecting blues? I'm not sure if it's going around, but I know some other people who have had it, so keep an eye out for it. Lately, I've just been really down in regards to the collecting community, and I'm going to blame the biggest, easiest target: social media. I've been participating in a lot of Facebook groups for collectors and they have really … [Read more...] about A bad case of the Mondays