Saturday, February 28, 2009

Sign of the End Times

Seems like with this bad economy, folks are having to sell off their collectables. Goodby Ewoks and Joes. Hello money for food.

More here.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Today's the Day...

That Superman Issue #1 goes up for auction on Comic Connect. Despite a slow economy, this little baby is expected to fetch at least $400,000. So beg for a bail-out and read more about the auction here.

Joe Friday: Salute the Flagg

It is the Holy Grail of all things G.I. Joe. The one thing we wanted most but knew we would probably never get. I'm talking about the G.I. Joe aircraft carrier...the U.S.S. Flagg. Ask any kid of the 80's if they had this huge piece of fun, and they'll probably say: "No, but I knew a kid who did." At a hundred bucks, there was NO WAY my parents were going to get me this little slice of heaven.

I, however, was fortunate enough to know a kid who DID have the USS Flagg. And, fortunately, he lived right next door. So, he became my best friend for the next few years while I used him for his new toy. And this thing was loaded. Missiles. Guns. A microphone/speaker so you could also play drive-thru. And I believe it was 23 feet long.

Check this thing out. It's HUGE. It could easily be used as a condo for a family of four. And it could hold almost all of your G.I. Joe stuff. So, had a been a brighter kid, I would have pointed out to my parents that they would no longer be stepping all over my Snake-eyes and Destro if only they would buy me this one thing in life I've always longed for.

I suppose I could always go here to buy one. But the guy wants 12 Grand...Yeah, you heard me...12 GRAND!! I may have a little disposable income, but frankly, the chunk of change this chump wants could probably buy me a working aircraft carrier.

So for now, I'll just keep hoping to hit the lottery. Or, I'll just have to find some other rich kid who owns a USS Flagg.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Karate Kid Action Figures

Face it, this movie is one of the greatest of all times. Kid gets the crap beat out of him. Old man teaches him valuable lessons. Kid gets his revenge. It's a story as old as time itself.

Thus, when the Karate Kid action figures were revealed, I would now be able to experience the ways of Ka-Rah-Tay myself.

Before the ways of karate can be perfected, training must a cannery.

First, Daniel-san will break the ice, then he'll break your face.

Sweep the leg, Johnny!!

Heed the words of Kreese: "Mercy is for the weak, and I'll chop you."

Never fear, tree-kicking Miyagi is here!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mighty Adorable Transformers

If you don't find these little guys cute as a button, then your heart is made of impervious stone!!

They're Transformer Mighty Muggs!!

Fighting the evil Decepticons has never looked so cute.

Sure he'll blow your head off with his laser canon; but one look at his adorable little face, and you won't care.

Ahhh...sweet as a bug in a rug.

The only sounds coming out of this guy are sounds of darlingness.

Monday, February 23, 2009

When Vans Ruled the Earth

The classic customized van. Did anything rule harder?

I mean, look at that van. Could anything be more artistic? As a kid, I really wanted my parents to get one of these sweet rides. I could imagine cruising down the road, sitting in a captain's chair, feet dug into shag carpet, while other kids driving by would wonder enviously who was lucky enough to own this van!

The Force was definitely with this van and all who ride in it.

Any van with giraffes is alright in my book.

The standard for a cool van is simple: 1970's production, mag wheels, shag carpet, wood paneling, and glorious airbrushing.

But the Holy Grail of all custom vans is having either a wizard, pegasus, or beautiful woman airbrushed on the side. This creation has ALL THREE!!

Keep on keeping on, America!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Game Day: The Atari 2600!!

Never has an electronic device brought so much joy and amazement. Instead of socializing at the local arcade, I could now sit alone in my living room and suck at video games without a crowd pointing and mocking. And it only cost about a hundred bucks.

It was a glorious spring day when my sister and I arrived home to find this baby hooked up to our console television. My mom was already sitting in front of the screen trying to master Pac Man. I believe there was no sleep in my househould for the next 48 hours.

Now, back in the day, we didn't have your fancy-dandy Wal-Marts or Targets. Nope. We had to trek on over to Service Merchandise or Sears to pick up any new games we wanted to challenge ourself with. Oh, and don't even think you could rent them. For the love of all, consumer VCR's were a few years away.

And let's face it. Atari games were masters of impressionism. This:

Equals this:

And, finally, I've got to admit one reason I hold the Atari 2600 at such a high place in my heart, is that it was almost the last time I was any good at video games. Now you know.