A boy and dad passion for action figures.

Saturday, April 30, 2011


With the live action film coming out next week, Thor mania is officially on at our place! As a kid I never really was a fan of the character but my son loves him! New movie coming means new action figure collection too!

Isaac decided to pick up the Series 1 Sword Spike of Thor. This 3 3/4 inch action figure from Hasbro looks good but personally I prefer the last version they released in the Marvel Universe collection. Thor is nicely sculpted and detailed. He comes with his famous hammer and a weird sword; you press the button and it reveal the sword spike.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Flea Market Hunting: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons

The other Advanced Dungeons & Dragons action figure we got during at our last trip at the flea market was the 5" tall Ogre King from the second series. The figure originally came with lots of accessories like a sword, mace, belt and helmet. Overall a cool figure.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Flea Market Hunting: Star Wars

We did found one Star Wars action figure during our last trip at the flea market. Saesee Tiin is not the most exciting Jedi character but we are happy to own him now. Expect him to brutally die at the ends of the evil Sith lords whenever we play with our ever crazy growing Star Wars collection!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Flea Market Hunting: UFO Robot Grendizer

I would have to say that as a kid my favorite TV show was UFO Robot Grendizer (Goldorak in French). It was a super robot TV anime and manga created by manga artist Go Nagai. This show had it all; giant robots, monsters, aliens, action, drama. A total of 74 episodes were made along with two full feature films!

Unfortunately action figures of Grendizer are either extremely expensive and impossible to find! Yet during our last trip at the flea market I managed to find an old school 3.5" version of Grendizer that I used to own as a kid. The biggest surprise for me was that the seller was asking for only 50 cents! Wow!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Flea Market Hunting: M.A.S.K.

M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) was an animated television series directed by several uncredited Japanese studios and produced by the French-American DIC Enterprises, Inc and also the toyline of the same name sold by Kenner.

At the flea market we found the Bruno Sheppard figure but without his Magna-Beam mask. It is not the best looking figure of the collection but we needed some M.A.S.K. baddies.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Flea Market Hunting: Spider-man & Friends

One of my son's first introduction to superheroes was through the amazing Playskool collection of their Spider-Man & Friends deformed action figures. Sadly these great figures are extremely hard to find. Yet we managed to get Mr. Fantastic at the local flea market and for only $3. Its a cool figure from which you can stretch his arms, legs and neck!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Flea Market Hunting : Burger King Dracula

In 1997, Burger King release a set of four classic Universal monsters. These new figures are very similar to the ones released by Remco in the 1980s. Ever since we watched The Monster Squad film, Isaac has been wanting to own these.

Dracula originally came with a removable red plastic cape and a red coffin. There was a lever on the side of the coffin. Pull it and it launched Dracula out while knocking the lid off.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Flea Market Hunting: Fisher Price Adventure People

As a kid the Fisher Price Adventure People action figures and playsets were the coolest! My all tive favorite action figure is actually an Adventure People! Between 1975 and 1985, Fisher Price released more then 70 different figures and over 30 sets!

During our last trip at the flea market we found a bag with fourteen of them, all for just two bucks! For me the highlight are the two space pilots.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Flea Market Hunting: Ghostbusters

It doesn't surprise me that Isaac loves Ghostbusters. He especially loves the ghosts and monsters. We finally found The Real Ghostbusters version of Frankenstein as part of Kenner's Monsters "spin-off".

It is a tall and nice looking figure. Press his legs and his arms raises up and his mouth opens.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Flea Market Hunting: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons

Probably one of the coolest action figures collection of the 1980's were the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons! As a kid I owned lots of them but sadly lost them all apart from one.

During our last trip at the flea market we found some! I was actually going through Ebay recently trying to find these. Now I found them for a buck each, amazing!

The seller had two Warduke, and without any hesitation I took both! It one of my all time favorite action figure! It originally came with a shield with a monster's skull on it, and a silver/yellow magical sword. He was released in the 1st Series and 2nd Series of AD&D.

There is also Strongheart, the good Paladin! Its another beautifully sculpted figure! He came with a glittering blue cape and a silver sword. We also got another one which will be feature in another post.

Dungeons and Dragons has spawned one of the best 1980's toy line and a magnificent animated series! Sadly the D&D toys were rarely incorporated into the series which aired after most the toys came out. The figures were produced by LJN, and are some of the best detailed, imaginative and colorful figures produced to this date. LJN and TSR also created some of the best fantasy characters, dragons, and monsters that you will ever see.

LJN was chosen to create the TSR Advanced Dungeons & Dragons action figures in 1982. LJN was the best qualified to produce toys with quality, detail and color. LJN had done a incredible job with the first Advanced Dungeons & Dragons line up. The figures themselves ranged from variuos humans, to Ogre's and Dwarf's.

22 action figures, 7 creatures and 1 playset were produced over a little more than 2 years. There were many figures and creatures that were held back and ended up never being produced.

The D&D toy line also consists of a PVC toy line, a bendy toy line, and a wind-ups. There were more than 45 different figures in these set, allowing Advanced Dungeons & Dragons to be one of the largest toy lines made in the 80's.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Flea Market Hunting: Marvel

We got three cool new Marvel Super Heroes Squad mini figure during out last trip at the flea market. Venom, Sandman and Sabertooth.

Marvel Super Hero Squad is an action figure line marketed by Hasbro beginning in 2006. The line features 2-inch (51 mm) scale replicas of comic book heroes from the Marvel Comics universe. Each figure is portrayed in a cartoonish super-deformed-style. The line was designed for younger collectors but has become a hit with kids and adults despite the "for ages 3 and up" category status. Marketed initially as four two-packs per wave, Super Hero Squad has branched out to include larger multi-packs, vehicles, and mega-packs containing larger characters in scale with the 2-inch (51 mm) line.

An animated series, The Super Hero Squad Show, based on the toy line premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network in September 2009.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Flea Market Hunting: Sectaurs

During our trip to the flea market last weekend we found two Sectaurs action figures! On the left is the evil General Spidrax, the hideous leader of the Dark Domain's armies!

On the right if Mantor, a "Keeper of the Way," a scholar of the ancient powers contained in the Hyves and the Ancients who created them.

Sectaurs was released by Coleco in 1985 (not 1984, as the stamp on the figures would suggest), figures and insect companions were packaged together in a window box with weapons, a mini comic book and instructions. Some of these companions were large enough for the Sectaurs to ride, and were actually "puppet like", in which you could place your hand inside a glove that made up the lower body of the beast to manipulate the legs and an action feature.

A second series of figures were designed and pictured in dealers' catalogues, but never produced due to the line's cancellation. The toy line did not do well partly because of the intimidating appearances of even the heroes and their companion beasts, and partially due to price points well above other action figure lines in stores at the same time.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Lego Batman

Isaac and I have built a very cool Lego Batman spaceship! Taking various pieces from everywhere we are proud of our new creation! Batman sits in the cockpit while Nightwing is in the back and handles the laser gun. It is a simple yet very effective piece of hardware that Batman and his friends will now use to fight the forces of evil!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


We love Lego. We love to open our box box of Lego and spill it all on the floor, then separating pieces by colors and shapes and do some crazy constructions!

The Lego Group began in the workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen (7 April 1891 – 11 March 1958), a carpenter from Billund, Denmark, who began making wooden toys in 1932. In 1934 his company came to be called "Lego", from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means "play well".

Lego pieces of all varieties are part of a universal system. Despite variation in the design and purpose of individual pieces over the years, each remains compatible in some way with existing pieces. Lego bricks from 1958 still interlock with those made in the current time.

I strongly believe that Lego are probably the greatest "toys" of all time!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Tron Legacy

While going to Toys R US to pick up a gift for a friend of Isaac from the day care, we had to get something. We are still missing some figures from the first series of the Tron Legacy collection. We got the very cool Black Guard action figure! He looks great, very detailed and like all others lights up when you press on his chest. Another cool Tron Legacy action figure joining our ever growing collection!