Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A 10 Year Look Back, Give Or Take A Few Years. (Transformers G.I.Joe Japanese Candy Toys)

This is just a follow-up to a post I made a few weeks back. Digging through CD-Rs for posting materials had me finding much more than what I was looking for.

Transformers Ultra Magnus
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This is a shot of what my Ultra Magnus shelf looked like. This is from about 2006. I think I picked up a few other Ultra Magnus items after this, but now most of this stuff is gone. Looking here, I can say I still have the Diaclone Powered Convoy, the MIB G1 Magnus, the loose G1 Magnus and the radio head. I technically still have the Jizai toys Magnus, TFU Magnus and the SCF figures however I am trying to sell those. Ultra Magnus still stands as one of my favorite Transformers, but I just didn't need all the little bits associated with him any longer. The G1 toy will suffice. But I wouldn't ind having the Masterpiece toy either.

Transformers Kabaya Candy Toys
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The Ginrai above was a prized candy toy of mine for years. These were hard as heel to get mint if you found them loose, and crazy expensive if you found them MIB. I don't know if this one was knocked off, but they did make a new version of it which may have lessened the desire for the vintage one. I have some really nice photos of the Protectobots candy toys as well. I just don't recall ever owning them. I have a feeling I may have taken photos of these for Hydra to sell somewhere. It's a mystery to me.

Microman Fan Art
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This is a scan of a marker coloring of a copy of a sketch I had done some time in 1996. I wanted to create a look of what the CassetteMan toy could have looked like had it been released in the 70's instead of the 80's.

Henshin Cyborg & Takara's 5mm System
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One day in 2004 I grabbed up a bunch of Takara produced toys and had a big 5mm parts party. I spent all day taking photos of weird looking creations. Of course looking back now those photos are total crap. Some day I'll try it all over again and do a better job on the pic taking.

Your Grandpa's Transformers
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I picked these up at a World Market store. They were labeled as "Transformers Wood Toys", and they really are just that. Maybe not Transformers brand, but they are actual transforming toys that go from lady bug to humanoid lady bug? They give me the feeling of what a Transformer toy would have been had it been released in the 40's. For just a few bucks, it was worth it. I have no idea where these went, I know I didn't sell them.

Cobra Commander Obsession
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This is a shot I took the day I got the awful Hasbro Built To Rule Cobra H.I.S.S. set. The funny thing is this H.I.S.S. was the best of the BTR sets I had. Of course I didn't buy any of them for the LEGO knock off parts, I bought these sets for the figures. This set just happened to have a Cobra Commander included. I've collected every 3-4inch Cobra Commander that has been made. Up til this year. With the release of the ridiculously overpriced Old Snake figure from (No)Fun Publications, I am seeing my streak of CC purchases come to a close. Some are saying this isn't really a Cobra Commander, but it is. It's also a figure I've wanted for a long time. Maybe at some point I can get one second hand, but I don't see myself ever paying the Club for one.

Japanese Candy Toys
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It was about the end of summer 2004 that my local Japan Book Center closed up. It was a little devastating, it was a huge part of my life for some time. With the book store closed, the Japanese grocery store next to it lost more and more customers to other stores. Without the book store there to bring in folks, they shopped at stores closer to where they lived. Sadly these other stores didn't carry quite the cool candy toys that the original store did. The problem though was with less customers they started to carry less products. A rise in Yen, and the higher costs of shipping lead to almost no candy toys being sold at all. The store ended up closing just over a year ago.

I have so many great memories of both, and sadly my days of picking up random candy stores off the store shelves locally are gone. These days if I want candy toys I'm going to either have to go to Japan, or order online. With me being such a cheapskate, I doubt I'd fork over the cost to have these little buggers shipped.

Candy & Pop
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I didn't limit myself to just taking pics of Japanese candy, I took pics of any candy I thought was fun. These little garbage can candies had been around since I was a kid. I haven't seen them for years now, but I had stumbled onto some in 2004. I kind of miss fun little candy like this, or the candy filled heads from Topps that would appear with every new movie release.
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And I really did take pics of all kinds of candy, including some from Mexico and the United Kingdom. I also fell in love with the Mexican Jarritos soda at this time. Jarritos have great unique flavors and are very colorful and eye catching. They're also pretty cheap too.





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