Friday, March 29, 2013

Star Wars Muppet Madness

Just listened to a podcast this morning about Jim Henson and Disney, get to my desk this morning and this greets me over at Topless Robot

Bean Bunny as an Ewok is killing me and I'm pretty sure I'm going need to have those chickens.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Three Threepios

I just got my first Star Wars POP!  from Loot Crate. It won't be my last.  I've been passing on the Star Wars POP! because of the bobble and the stand.  I understand the license issues with Hasbro/vinyl figures necessitates those features, but there have been so many other POP! I've wanted, I couldn't justify more new Star Wars stuff I wasn't really digging.   Now that I see the stand is detachable and I've handled one of these guys, I'm all turned around, and will grab a few when the wallet allows it.

Took some pics this morning for fun.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Loot Crate Fun

Since I was a wee little nerd, I've like to receive surprises and packages in the mail.  About a month ago I  heard about Loot Crate and was pretty sure they'd be getting my money for at least one month.  I subscribed to their emails and soon received a nice coupon, that sealed the deal.

For well under $20 shipped, you get a box of stuff all chosen around a particular geek theme.

For the March Loot Crate, my first crate, the theme was revealed to be "cosmos" so I was pretty sure I'd be happy with what was sent.

Upon opening the box, I was greeted with a Funko POP! C-3PO.  My love of Funko is no secret, already this box is a win.

The Star Trek button is cool, simple, classy, I approve.

The Hex Bug is a pleasant addition too, I enjoyed the one I scored at Halloween last year.

There's a wristband and a few Star Wars postcards and a video game wall graphic too.  This is fun.  The box is a welcome distraction at the end of a short, busy work week.

If you wanna check it out, head over to Loot Crate, if you decide to sign up, please use this link I'll score some referral credit.  Thanks.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Kusan Monster Bobbles

Another score from Saturday, this is exactly the kind of strangeness I'm on the hunt for when I head to toy shows and flea markets.  I never heard of these or the manufacturer but I dig the aesthetic.

They have wheels and when pushed the inside pieces move up and down.  The magnets keep heads and bodies creepily separate.

I only know the manufacturer because this picture was conveniently posted on Flickr by a collector I follow as a "contact" there.

Originally uploaded by Barbeque Socks

A quick search online didn't turn up too much about these, anyone know any more about these or have any in their collections?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tomy WKW Elephant

Picked this up at a small toy show Saturday.

I love everything Tomy did in the 80's.  Especially the white knob wind-ups.  His ears twirl when wound up, I tried to shoot a quick video, but he kept bouncing outta frame.

I was seeing pink elephants before I even had my first St. Patty's Day beer.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Captain Bullseye

Every year I take the Monday morning after the St. Patrick's day parade off from work so that I can rest up a bit.  This year I woke up feeling a bit antsy so I headed over to my local Target to see what was new.

Not a lot going on, all the Iron Man 3 stuff, nothing new, nothing to open my wallet about.  While browsing the clearance housewares stuff, I saw this tossed on the bottom shelf haphazardly.  

Target always has cool gift cards.  For a couple of years I gave my brother the Target Bullseye Lego sets for Christmas. I've seen foam fingers and pinball machines, this is the first time I've come across this one.

An entire model, as a gift card!  I love advertising stuff and this struck me as a fun thing to take my mind off the hangover on a grey Monday afternoon.  I took it to the register with my bananas fully expecting to pay a premium above my load amount and was surprised there was none.  This guy was free when you added value to the gift card.  Cool!

I tore this gem open and was greeted with two trays of parts, red and white.

It took a bit of time to get all the parts freed from their frames.  I was afraid I'd break something where it shouldn't be broken.  More pieces than I expected, maybe this should have waited until I felt better. I pushed on and with a little patience I got 'em all ready to go.  

Instructions are printed on a fold out flap in the back, everything snapped into place securely.  This is way nicer than I expected for what is essentially a free premium.

Bullseye is no Snoopy, but he still looks ready to take on the Red Baron. 


This piece with the sun and clouds is the actual gift card, it sits nicely in its groove completing the model.

I'm left wondering, are there folks that collect these novelty Target gift cards?  When did they start making such involved pieces?  I'm too lazy to google it now, anyone know more or of any Target gift card enthusiasts?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day All

Off to catch the parade and some green beers.  Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Star Tours Destinations

The new Star Wars movies have been steadily making the news, which got me thinking about the Disney Star Wars relationship, which got me thinking about Star Tours.

Sadly, I haven’t been to Walt Disney World or Disneyland since the new version of Star Tours debuted, so my experience is currently limited to the original version of the attraction.

The whole set up for Star Tours was that you were departing on a vacation within the Star Wars Universe, you’re pilot Rex is new and you end up in the trenches of the Death Star.  The queue and ride were all set up as some sort of space airport.  So freakin’ cool!

My first visit to the attraction was in Tomorrowland in California.  It was prior to the prequels or even the Special Edition theatrical releases, so there was very little Star Wars merchandise available outside of the theme parks.  I was out of my head when I saw all the Star Wars stuff available upon departure from the ride.

A few years later I made my first trip to WDW and was further enamored with the attraction, with it's giant AT-AT prop and Speeder Bike photo op, and of course it's even larger selection of merchandise.

In keeping with the theme of an intergalactic travel company, there were travel posters of the different destinations available.  Similar artwork was made available as postcards.  Who wants to join me on a trip to any of these exotic locales?