Monday, March 20, 2017

February...March...2014...2015...2016...Cleaning Is Hard! I'll Do It In 2017.

This is how February started for me. It was cold, it was snowy. This particular day we actually had some sun, which was the case for most of the days leading up to and following it. Aside from work and grabbing food, I didn't want to go out. I barely even toy shopped, instead I checked store counts online. It was the perfect chance to get back to organizing my stuff. Something I have been working on quite literally for years now. So of course, this happened and that happened and I spent hours watching this show, and those movies. I discovered new treats...
..and then February was gone. I wasted a whole month, and one that I usually don't work a lot of hours at my job. February, March and even half of January are great for me getting projects done because I have more free time. But so many other odd things sprang up like helping my parents, birthdays, power outages, net outages, cleaning up my collection just got pushed to the side. So we move onto March.
This is how March started for me. It was cold, it was snowy. So again, I'm not going outside unless I have to. Unlike last month where I blew off my collection, I actually jumped into doing some clean up. It's been super, s-u-p-e-r slow going, because I tend to linger on boxes of stuff I haven't had out of storage in awhile. Then I want to take pics, or pose things, display them a few days. Collector stuff. But I see this as good, I'm at least getting something done. Part of the big "needs to get done" list is deciding what I can let go of. I keep saying it here, in social media posts, on forums...I'm running out of space!
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Machine Robo, Starriors and Mini-Spies. Got a lot, used to have a lot more. For Starriors I am already trying to let loose some of my extras, but nobody seems to want them at the prices I paid. I won't sell at a loss, so for now I will just wait it out. I trimmed my Machine Robo and Gobots collection down to bare bones 10 years ago, so that's pretty much set. I wouldn't expect to get rid of any more of those in the near future. But my Transformers Mini-Spies and Takara versions could stand to be thinned out a little. Having every color, faction and wheel spoke variant doesn't seem as important now. At least not like it did 20 years ago.
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G.I.Joe reduced to a mere pile. Aside from my Terror Drome, Kre-O collection and another couple small boxes of Cobra Commander stuff, this pic above is what's left of my G.I.Joe collection. My 25th/ME set almost completely sold away, Tiger Force rarities auctioned off, and various bits picked up by other collectors in the last 5 years. I wont get into the why of selling it all off, but things just became less fun around 2011. It still isn't fun, so I'll be dropping some more stuff soon.
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Imaginext is taking over. In a big way. I keep telling myself I need to stop being a MIB and loose collector for this line. I can't keep a set of boxed things and also pick up another set to open. Imaginext takes up half my toy storage space right now,a nd it will only grow with more and more new releases coming. I can cut space usage by at least 25-35% by throwing out all the boxes. But that isn't easy to come to grip with. For right now I have to think about getting rid of all the doubles and triples you see in the pic directly above. Keeping all these extras is hurting my ability to add new unique items.

 So that's about where I'm at. Nowhere near the finish line, but a hell of a lot closer than I have been in the last few years. Going forward I have to do a much, much better job at keeping things organized and inventoried. It's sad when you open a box and see a toy you just bought because you forgot you already owned it.



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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Art Of Advertising Vol.1 Is Back In Print!

Art Of Advertising Vol.1:The 70's, 80's & 90's is now back in print and ready to order! It is being released in a anew "Standard Edition" and at a cheaper cost! It's got the same amount of content as before, but with a 38% reduction is book price.
A "lightly critiqued" visual analysis on 25 years of Japanese toys ads. This 174 page full color books contains 165 toy ads from over 20 different companies. Ads feature some of the greatest toy brands to come out of Japan, Microman, the Sentai series, Ultraman, Transformers and so many more.



 Notes about ordering:
This is a print on demand book that will be made once ordered.

Shipping will be determined by location, and the book will ship directly from the printer. The shipping costs differ drastically from location to location. For those interested but living outside the United States, please check shipping costs prior to finalizing your order, in some extreme cases the shipping may cost more than the actual book. Here are some rough estimates (the lowest price being the slowest, the highest being priority or express mailing): Canada $9-$29, United Kingdom $9-$25, France $12-$33, Denmark $12-$33, Japan $35-$38, Italy $12-$33 and Hong Kong $35-$38.

One last important thing, printing errors do sometimes occur. If you have any issues related to the printing of a book, like a blank page or missing pages, please contact the printer and they will help you.




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Monday, February 27, 2017

Transformers Legends LG41 Leo Prime, Beast Wars Second To None.

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It's been almost 20 years since I got the original Lio Convoy toy from Takara. At the time that was a great little toy. I'd soon get sick of how Beast Wars was being handled in the U.S. and sell off all my Beast toys, but as time has gone on I kept wanting another Lio Convoy. The character has gone through some changes, had other minor releases but to be honest none has really caught my full attention. Leave it to the Titans Return/Legends series to finally get another Lio Convoy, now named Leo Prime into my toy collection.
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Transformers トランスフォーマーレジェンズ LG 41 レオプライム Titans Return Leo Prime Lio Convoy Beast Wars Hasbro Alpha Trion Takara
The toy is the Japanese TakaraTomy release of the Hasbro Titans Return Alpha Trion mold done up in Beast Wars Second Lio Convoy styling. It works. It actually works extremely well. Even better than Alpha Trion I feel. The Titans and Legends lines have had me from the get go. But my collecting of the toys has been jumbled a bit. I haven't been able to collect in order, and I haven't exactly stuck to my original purchasing plans. The Alpha Trion toy wasn't even in my line of sight, but I bought it on a whim when I first seen it. I'm glad I did, because I think it's a great toy. Because of that I knew I'd just go ahead and pre-order Leo prime the second it went up for sale. There's been a lot of complaints about Alpha Trion as a lion, and even a few complaints that the mold doesn't exactly work for Leo Prime. It's a fun mold, it doesn't bother me for either character, and I'm a guy who thinks Alpha Trion has never needed another form outside of his old G1 robot-centric design.
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This toy also features the awesome sword that Alpha Trion came with, and it's still absolutely gorgeous in this release. TakaraTomy also included a rifle that Alpha Trion didn't have, a re-color of Astrotrain's gun. It doesn't really work, at least mine doesn't. The peg is too small, and kind of hangs in there super loose, flopping about. Doesn't matter, with that sword all other weapons are pointless.
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Okay, on to another of my favorite parts, the Headmaster. This is the same main body that was used for both Sentinel Prime, ConvoBat and Astrotrain. The head mode faceplate is the same as Sentinel Prime and ConvoBat as well. One minor gripe here, the red paint used for the robot's arms and legs is too thin to cover the blue plastic and looks "cheap" because of it. It needed a white primer, or a more opaque paint.
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 I've been hesitant on some of the Legends releases, like Astrotrain, but I'm very happy with Leo prime and glad I didn't waste any time in getting him. It looks like he's still available for a great price, if you haven't made up your mind yet, I'd say give him a shot.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Transformers Legends LG-39 Brainstorm: You Tried Your Best TakaraTomy!

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This is a great toy! It's a great use of the mold, fantastic color, and I love the new head TakaraTomy created for it. It just doesn't happen to be my favorite Brainstorm we got from TF Legends/TF Titans Return. I got this Legends Brainstorm the same day as Super Ginrai, Soundwave, Condor and Jaguar. Of those 5 toys, only 2 rank higher than their Hasbro counterpart for me. It could be one reason I held off, and have still not ordered the Legends Astrotrain. In that toy's case, I already know I like the Hasbro toy accurate look far more. But back to Brainstorm...
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With these recent toys being so connected to Headmasters, I've been watching the Japanese series again as of late. TakaraTomy absolutely nailed it on this toy. The coloring, the new head, all perfectly matching the character in the show. But my interests don't always fit what others want, and hell, not even what I want all the time. In this case, toy accurate, show accurate didn't win me over. I got the first Brainstorm, the Walgreens exclusive in the U.S. and I was like "wow, great toy!" and wondered if I needed to buy another. I then got the Titan Force SDCC+ exclusive Brainstorm and felt "I love this look and style! Amazing toy!", and again wondered should I really buy another one? I succumbed to my own pressure and went ahead and ordered the Legends Brainstorm and once again thought "wow, great toy!", maybe one too many? The SDCC version really does it for me, and as cool as the Legends toy is, I would rank it 2nd among the 3 versions.
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Now when I'm ranking these toys, I use only the core figure for comparisons. I don't include any extras, and specifically didn't include the TF Legends Brainstorm's drone partner Synapse. Had I included the drone in my decision making then yeah, Legends wins hands down. I love the little Titan Masters/Drones, my favorite parts of these toy lines. Synapse does not disappoint. And it's a lovely shade of blue, which always helps. The Synapse drone is a re-color of the Titan Master Brawn vehicle. I love the brawn toy because it takes on the alt mode of Brawn in a way, and also has a cool motorbike transform, as well as a great weapon mode. It's a solid toy all around, and just my opinion, much better in blue than green and yellow.
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I can see where all these different releases of the same mold with maybe at best minor paint app additions can get to collectors, but I'm not there yet. Transformers Combiner Wars and now Titans Return is full of them, but I feel that for the most part Hasbro and TakaraTomy are getting really good at creating 2 very different looks out of the same core design. Can't wait to see what lies ahead for Titans Return and Power of the Primes!



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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

In With The Old! Catching Up On 2016 Imaginext DC Super Friends & Power Rangers

As retailers continue to weed out items that may have been slow to sell last year or discontinued completely, I'm finding some good deals on things that I need to fill holes in my collection. There a few things I missed last year because of either price, size, or store exclusivity. Honestly, at some point these giant Imaginext play sets are not going to have anywhere to go in my apartment. My wife may say we reached that point 2 years ago. But I definitely like some of these sets a lot, and I am willing to forgo some other collectibles in lie of new Imaginext.

DC Super Friends Super Hero Flight City
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This is one of those sets that hits me in 2 places, it's size and it's price point. With a normal retail tag of about $80 it's easily the most expensive Imaginext DC item put out. The set is essentially 2 smaller sets combined into one package with the inclusion of the flight arm helicopter mechanism that allows figures to "fly" throw the air. One set is a Batman Gotham City themed building with a Wayne Foundation section, a Gothic designed cathedral of sorts and what appears to be a Joker inspired factory addition. There's a light up Bat symbol in the center along with other level activated gimmicks. The second building in the set shows of Metropolis, Superman's base of operation. We finally get a Daily Planet, or at least partly. There's a Lex Corp. like section next door to the Planet, and lastly something that kinda reminds me of an off color Hall of Justice? The Metropolis section of this play set is the weaker of the two. I guess that makes sense that the Gotham City half was actually packaged for single release in the U.K. as well in the Flight City set.

I was having some fun with the set without even taking it out of the box. Hopefully in the next few weeks I will get this and all the rest of these stuff here removed from their cardboard prisons.

Streets of Gotham's Gotham City Tower
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This Walmart exclusive was everywhere before Thanksgiving and then nowhere after Christmas. My local store only just re-stock last week. I hate going to Walmart, so being forced to go their for exclusive product drives me nuts. But I like this toy, a lot. It's just a re-color of a previous Imaginext Firehouse set, but it's works great as a in city limits hideout for Batman. You get an exclusive Batman figure and a re-colored Batcycle all for $30. There's still one last Streets of Gotham toy I need to track down and then I can happily be done with having to visit Walmart stores to fill my Imaginext collection. Until Fisher-Price tempts me again with exclusives at that store.

DC Super Friends Batman Mech & the Joker Jet
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Okay...since we're on the subject of Walmart exclusives sill, there's this. Both of these toys were originally part of Target's exclusive Justice League Imaginext line. The Batman Mech was Cyborg's Mech, and the Joker Jet was a Green lantern plane. I happen to prefer both as they are in this 2 pack over the Target versions. The Batman Mech looks taken right out of The Dark Knight Rises movie, and the jet is just more fitting Joker's weird personality than as a GL vehicle. The only weird thing about this set if the Joker figure included. The website sales pics show the same Joker that is included with the Imaginext Transforming Batcave set being included here. Instead of that figure the re-sculpted Joker painted in colors similar to the Batcave Joker is included. Factory mix-up? Last second change? Not sure, but it makes for an odd alternate Joker.

Power Rangers Dragonzord R/C
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Switching it up with a little Power Rangers flavor. This was an impulse buy. I've kinda moved on from the Imaginext Power Rangers line. I'm not saying I never wanted this, I did. I'm just out of space for anything other than DC stuff going forward. I thought. Just look at the reviews for this thing, it looks like a lot of fun. I'm still super excited to pick up the new Imaginext Power Rangers Tigerzord when it hits because it's from one of my favorite Sentai shows DaiRanger, but that's about where my PR Imaginexting will absolutely have to come to an end. Unless they head back and do Go Ranger, Battle Fever J and Dynaman. Which I doubt.

What got me to finally buy the Dragonzord is the price. You can see the clearance tag in the photo with a price of $50. I paid half that thanks to a sale this past week at Meijer that gave an extra 50% off all clearance toys. At $25 I can find some extra space somewhere in this apartment.

DC Super Friends Hall of Doom
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This is something I bought right as it came out. I'm only showing this one here because it's an extra I bought during the same Meijer sale I mentioned above. The cost of this was just $11, too cheap to pass on even if I already have it.

A lot of Imaginext collectors hated this toy. Many folks said it was too small, it's design was too deformed and misshapen, it just wasn't the Hall Of Doom! I wasn't one of those collectors. I love this thing! To finally get a Hall of Doom toy after so many years, I was ecstatic. And it compliments the Hall of Justice Imaginext release so well. But then again, some folks hated that toy too.


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