Sunday, September 20, 2015

Fall '15, It's That Time Of Year. (Monster Cereals Transformers Sylvanian Families)

It was a bit cold overnight here, the time for keeping our windows open as we sleep is pretty much done for the year. I'm already seeing some color in the leaves around town as well. I'm also really bummed out that we've lost about an hour and a half of light at night. Yeah, summer is coming to a close quickly. I'm not too broken up about it, fall is my favorite season. I feel good in the fall, partially because I tend to enjoy quite a bit of candy, hard cider, and NFL Football during this time. And also because of my cherished Monster Cereals, Count Chocula, Franken Berry and Boo Berry.
Monster Cereals Count Chocula Franken Berry Boo Berry Halloween 2015 cerealMonster Cereals Count Chocula Franken Berry Boo Berry Halloween 2015 cereal
I remember when I was young that these were typically available year round. Count Chocula was pretty easy to find, the other two were a little hard to track down. And of course it would have been the chocolate one that was most popular seeing as it's my least favorite Monster Cereal. I'm a little partial to Franken Berry. For this years box design I had to check 5 stores. It seems that recently General Mills is putting out 1 long running box design and 1 new alternate box design each year.Stores don't always get all 3 boxes of both designs, so it can take a few stops to get the ones you want. Last years new designs were from DC Comics artists, and I loved them. This year we get another pretty cool artistic look. Pretty happy with these boxes. Now of course I have 3 bags of cereal to eat.
Transformers Combiner Wars Mirage トランスフォーマー ユナイトウォリアーズ
I caught a glimpse of the Transformers Combiner Wars Mirage at a Target store the other day. When I had first seen the product promo images I wasn't really taken in. I didn't pass to harsh a judgement right away though, Hasbro's photos don't always show their toys in the best way, and for the most part I've been liking the look of these individual Combiner Wars figures. The combined modes just look like shit. Anyway here's Mirage, and I love Mirage, but I've been hard pressed to buy another Hasbro retail Mirage since the Transformers Classics toy came out. The Classics Mirage is such an amazing perfect toy that the few Mirage toys to come from Hasbro since just can't compare.
Transformers Combiner Wars Ultra Magnus トランスフォーマー レジェンズ ウルトラマグナス
When I looked down I found a CW Ultra Magnus stuffed into the bottom shelf. I love Ultra Magnus, even though I've sold off my collection of Ultra Magnus items. But at $46, I can't bring myself anywhere near being able to buy this. With the great deals on vintage toys I've been getting as of late, $46 for this hollowed out, bloated looking car carrier seems a bit much. I really need to just put the money down on a Masterpiece Magnus.
Sylvanian Families シルバニアファミリー Calico Critters Cherry Cruiser car family toys Epoch TomySylvanian Families シルバニアファミリー Calico Critters Cherry Cruiser car family toys Epoch Tomy
Wonderful surprise came my way this week in regards to Sylvanian Families and Calico Critters. I was at a JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts store with my wife and while I was wandering around my eye caught the the pink package design of the Calico Critters line. I of course had to double back because for a few seconds I didn't really think it could be Sylvanians, why would a craft store even have them? But sure enough, a pretty good 5 feet bay full of Sylvanian/Calico figures, accessories and play sets. There had a few figure sets I've been wanting, but what really had me excited was the Cherry Cruiser toy. I've been wanting this for some time, but the $40 price was a real troublemaker. This is where it's good (and bad) that I find these at JoAnns, they have coupons! Lots and lots of great coupons. Sure these toys are priced up over MSRP, but when you're using a 40,50 or 60% off coupon you're not going to get ripped off. Luckily I had a 60% off an item coupon and I was able to get the Cruiser for just $20. So half the price Toys R Us normally sells it. In the future, instead of just using my coupons on art markers I'll be adding to my Sylvanian collection at a discount.
Onto another art store, Michaels. I felt a need to get some toys organized this weekend. I have Starriors all over my storage closet, and bins of Robolinks bits sitting everywhere. I like using scrapbook storage boxes because they are always acid free, usually well made, and clear! I had three of the 12x12 clear boxes before I took this photo. My wife ran away with 1 for her own use before I got t a photo of it. She then proceeded to steal another after I took this photo. I picked up some photo boxes as well, these will be great for storing Kre-O, LEGO and other small figures I have. Michaels had a great deal on these this past week, and I'm really thinking I should have gotten more.

If you read my nearly nothing but negative post yesterday about my future projects, maybe this will bring some reason to it. I love creating art. But I've been horribly unfaithful to the it for some years now. I go at creating in small spurts of frenzied excitement, and just can't seem to get back into a  steady stream of working. Creating art needs time, it's need patience and most of all it needs practice. I don't put in any of those, or at least I haven't at any time in the last 10 years. I've spent far too much time watching online auctions or reading up on new toy releases. So Michaels also had a great deal on artist pads, so I grabbed a few. I'm going to really try to get back into the artists groove. You could use the "it's like riding a bicycle..." analogy, and once I get into rhythm my hand will just remember the motions needed to draw. But it takes time, and it will take a lot of practice to get back to where I was.


Calico Critters Sylvanian Families Transformers トランスフォーマー シルバニアファミリー

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