I found this plastic tub of strange figures at a toy show not too long ago. I was intrigued only because I had no idea what they were. One of the figures looked like it had a Power Rangers helmet, which led me to do a Google search for "stretchy rubber Ban-Dai figures" that showed me that these were called -- Tacky Stretchoid Warriors. Nope, I did not make that up, that is the … [Read more...] about Tacky Stretchoid Warriors
Can you name the line of action figures that spawned these handsome fellows? Leave a comment below with your guess, or come back tomorrow for the answer. … [Read more...] about Toy Collector Challenge: Name the figures
Have you ever wondered what ever happened to all those arcade cabinets you used to play in your local pizza parlor and bowling alley? Well, today I found out where they end up. The Coinopwarehouse in Hagerstown Maryland has been salvaging arcade games and pinball machines from businesses and homes across the country. As soon as a game comes off the truck, it is usually … [Read more...] about A visit to the arcade graveyard
This awesome little game arrived today. Buy the Rights was a Kickstarter project by Top Hat Sasquatch, Tommy Day, and a few of his friends. This game turned out amazing and I can't wait to play a round or two. … [Read more...] about “Buy the Rights” game has arrived!
I went to the Big Flea antique show this past weekend and left wondering if it was worth the $10 entry fee, because there were almost no toys to be found. In the past, I have been able to find things tucked away in vendor booths, but it was incredibly slim pickings this time around. I picked up the Mego Joker because it was five bucks, and the Ertl Batmobile Wrist Racer came … [Read more...] about DC Big Flea — slim pickings
The latest pop culture auction at Hake's Americana & Collectibles is in full swing. With five days left to bid, it seems like the prices across the board are still pretty low, without too much bidding going on yet. I'm sure this will change as the bidding starts to close, but right now, there are still some real bargains to be had! There is an enormous selection of … [Read more...] about Highlights from Hakes Auction #219
This week's challenge from the Pop Culture League was to photograph something blue or something red. Well, I thought I would be cute and photograph something purple, but it turns out that my supply of purple toys is pretty slim, so I cheated in another way and photographed something that was both blue and red. Of course, there's one obvious option when you think of blue and … [Read more...] about Vintage Superman toys
Photographing action figures is a whole lot cheaper than hiring models, and you don't have to put up with any prima donnas. One of my favorite aspects of collecting action figures is creating backdrops and photographing them. You learn something new every time you stage one of these miniature photo shoots -- where to place the lighting for the most dramatic shots, how to use … [Read more...] about DIY: Make a backdrop for better action figure photography