A boy and dad passion for action figures.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

We love Nerf

Isaac got his very first Nerf watergun!

This is the Super Soaker Scatter Blast! This powerful, pump-handle blaster features a five-nozzle blast to deliver five streams of water at your target up to 25 feet away! Its amazing!

Friday, August 30, 2013

New York 2099

After years of wars, everyone was living happy together...

Fisher Price's Adventure People, Battlestar Galactica members, Dreadnoks, Plasticman, Thor, Beta Ray Bill, Hulk, his son Skaar, Iron Man, Wolverine, Ronin... everyone together making the New York of 2099 a better place.

Even two gigantic statues of past heroes were standing among them, Godzilla and Gaiking. Everything was a ok...

What did they not know what was Thanos was back... and found some new allies.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Flea Market Hunting : Shogun Warriors

As a kid the Shogun Warriors were the toys I've always wanted... and never got. Now 30 years later I finally own one, GAIKING!!!

The Shogun Warriors were the central characters of a line of toys licensed by Mattel Inc. during the late 1970s that consisted of a series of imported Japanese robots based on the then popular anime shows featuring giant robots.

These toys featured spring-loaded launcher weapons such as missiles, shuriken and battle axes. Some were able to launch their fists while the later diecast versions also had the ability to transform into different shapes.

Gaiking is one of many robots released back in the days. The one we found still has its spring-loading fist but was missing his missiles. Most of the stickers are still there. Overall he is in great condition.

Like certain other toy lines of the 1970s, the Shogun Warriors came under pressure over safety concerns regarding their spring-loaded weapons. It was feared that children might launch the weapons and hit other children or pets in the eye. There was also a risk that children might swallow the small plastic missiles and other parts. Toy manufacturers then faced new regulations due to reported injuries received as a result of playing with these toys. Consequently, many toy companies were forced to remodel existing toy lines with child-safe variations (such as spring-loaded "action" missiles that would remain attached to the toy). For this reason, as well as declining sales, the Shogun Warrior line had disappeared by 1980.

Shogun Warriors were licensed in 1979–1980 for a 20–issue series by Marvel Comics, written by Doug Moench and featuring art by Herb Trimpe. In the comic, the Shogun Warriors were created by a mysterious group called the Followers of the Light. Human operators were chosen from all around the world to operate the massive robots in order to battle evil.

Here is Gaiking compared to two of our most prized bigger action figures. Gaiking is 24 inches tall! A gigantic robot and now one of our most beloved figure in our ever growing collection.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Flea Market Hunting : Lego Ninjago

Yeah! Our very first Lego Ninjago snake. This minifigure looks amazing. We need more of these bad guys!

Playskool are back with Star Wars Jedi Force figure! Looks like Playskool are re-releasing this amazing collection of figures for kids between 3 to 7. These were some of the first action figures Isaac got. The new series will feature Obi-Wan, Captain Rex and Darth Vader.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Flea Market Hunting : Lego Space Police

We found this Lego Space Police bad guy. Surprisingly we didn't owned this one yet.

Bluefin Distribution has announced plans to make Tamashii Nations’ 6″ Daft Punk figures available states side. Despite being busy with their new album, Random Access Memories, Daft Punk participated in the design of the toys which are set to be released in November. These articulated figures also feature metallic finishes – which really make their helmets pop.

I want these!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Flea Market Hunting : Lego

YES! We finally found the Lego guy in a chicken suit minifigure! We've been searching for this one desperately but no luck... now its ours, ours precious.

Check out yet another amazing Gizmodo article, this time on the Lego secret vault that contains ALL of the Lego sets in history!!!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Flea Market Hunting : The Other World

One of my favourite collection as a kid was Arco's The Other World. Released in 1982-1983, these superb figures, were extremely bendable, had little creature companions and glow in the dark weapons! Lots of  figurines, monsters and a cool playset were released.

We found the hero, Ronin. Hopefully this is the first of many!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Flea Market Hunting : Tron Legacy

We finally found Kevin Flynn action figure from the Tron Legacy film. This is one of the few figures from this collection that we were missing.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Flea Market Hunting : Batman The Brave and the Bold

We finally found the Brave and the Bold version of Plastic Man! This is one of our favourite action figures series but they are sadly rather hard to find around here so everytime we find one its like an event!

This is a cool figure of one of the animated TV series ever!

And we had a great few days off Isaac and I but we're still happy to be home now.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Flea Market Hunting : Thundercats

We found another Thundercats action figure, this time the evil mutants Monkian. This ape-ish figure features "battle-matic action" whereby pushing down the lever on its back made Monkian's arm move up and down.

Here's some cool original ads for the series.

Isaac and I are taking a few days of vacation... we will be back next Thursday, thank you!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Flea Market Hunting : Who is this guy?

We found this amazing looking creature at the flea market but we don't know who it is! Its from Mattel and I think he is part of the DC Universe...

Friday, August 16, 2013

Flea Market Hunting : Masters of the Universe

We also got the Battle Armor Skeletor! Loved this one as a kid. Sure it is missing its accessories but the figure is in good condition. It was released as part of the third wave back in 1984.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Flea Market Hunting : Masters of the Universe

One of our goal this summer at the flea market was to get more Masters of the Universe action figures... so far, so good!

Here is Leech! One of Hordak's bad guys. Released in 1985 by Mattel, this is one very cool action figure. When the "lips" are pressed up to a smooth surface with the button pressed in (and subsequently released), the figure will stick to the surface. Suction cup hands stick, too!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wolverine cosplay... CLAWS!

We found the claws!!!! So we had to get both the mask and a set of claws. Yes Isaac was extremely happy to find these. The claws are retractable and actually make sounds!

Here he is... Wolverisaac!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Wolverine cosplay

Look at what we found at Toys R Us!
A Wolverine mask! The cool looking version of Wolverine.

Made of solid plastic, this mask is surprisingly cool!

Now if only they had the claws...

Monday, August 12, 2013

Day of the Living Dead...vs. Alien!

Quietly taking a walk outside... our living dead friend stumbled upon an Alien creature.

The stubborn Alien creature wouldn't let our living dead friend pass by... instead it decided to rip it apart!


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Lego Atlantis

We recently showed you all of our Lego series minifigures, the ones that comes in a sealed polybag.

One of our favourite batch of Lego minifigures are actually the "bad guys" from the Lego Atlantis collection. This series first started in 2010 and lasted only for two years but we got some amazing figures. Here they are!

Admit it, there are the coolest figures ever!

And here's an interesting article on how Lego became the most valuable toy company in the world!

From that article what really struck me was:

"Lego boasts an estimated 85 percent share of the building block market."

"The Billund, Denmark-based maker of small plastic bricks recently became the world’s most valuable toy company at $15 billion, surpassing Mattel, which makes Barbie dolls, among other toys. Lego’s annual report put 2012 revenue at $4.09 billion, profits at $981 million. Lego is closely held by the family of founder Ole Kirk Christiansen; his grandson Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen is chairman of Kirkbi, which owns 75 percent of Lego Group. Kristiansen happens to be the richest man in Denmark. (In March, Forbes estimated his net worth at $7.3 billion.)"

"The manufacturing specs on a single plastic block are hyperspecific. The margin of error is an astonishing two microns, or 0.000079 inches (the average human hair is about 100 microns wide). Meanwhile, the plastic used is the same material from which car bumpers are made. The plastic is dyed, not painted, and the mix of ingredients is precise enough to make each brick extremely hard—as anyone who’s stepped on one can tell you."

"Its cartoon Ninjago, produced by Copenhagen-based Wil Film, which Cartoon Network aired last year, was the highest-rated series on the net in 2012 among boys 2-11 and 6-11. Those are key Nielsen demos for the children’s market—particularly among toy sellers, since boys’ toys outsell girls’ toys by a wide margin. The season finale pulled in 3.3 million viewers—more than the season-to-date average for NBC’s Smash."

“It’s really about getting as many kids as possible to build,” he says. “Every time a child engages in that, she’s learning really important life skills—she just doesn’t know it. It’s about patience and persistence, and trial and error, and at the end, she’s really proud of what she built.”

We love Lego!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Tron Legacy

Here is Rinzler, with a guard figure and the One Man Light Jet. All three are very cool.

And here's all of our Tron Legacy collection! We are very proud. And I must add that we just found the Kevin Flynn figure at the flea market but all of these photos were already taken.

Sadly we are missing some that we never saw in stores around here... our most wanted is the Three Man Light Jet.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Tron Legacy

Here is Clu. And he is joined by another version of himself this time on the Deluxe Light Cycle. While removable, this other Clu figure is not articulated. The cycle lights up, features morion activated cycles sounds. Very cool!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Tron Legacy

Here is Quorra with the Deluxe Light Runner. This is by far the coolest vehicle of the entire collection. It lights up and features some cool little surprises. Two figures can get into it.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Tron Legacy

Isaac and I really loved the Tron Legacy film. Back then we got as many of the Tron Legacy action figures and vehicles as possible but I just remembered that we never posted them unboxed.

Here is the ultra cool White Light Cycle with the Sam action figure. Its a superbly stylish and designed cycle. It also lights up and one figure can go in it. Highly reminiscent of the cycle from the original film.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Lego minifigures collection

And last but not least, here are some more "normal" Lego series minifigures. I especially love the grandpa and the "geek".

And for the evolution of the Lego minifigure, check out this awesome article by Gizmodo!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Lego minifigures collection + Lego Star Wars summer 2013 sets

Here's a trio of weirdos but cool creatures from our Lego series minifigures collection. The cyclop is one of our new favourite. He is simply too awesome!

The new Lego Star Wars summer 2013 sets are now out! Out of all of these we will probably get the Jabba' Sail Barge and Duel at Geonosis.