Monday, August 20, 2018

Superman: Man of Steel (Kenner)

Superman: Man of Steel

Christopher Reeve will always be the one and only Superman in our book. Fun fact - David Prowse, the man behind Star Wars, trained him to bulk up for the role.

Sadly, the line we're looking at doesn't revolve around the original 1978 film, but rather he period leading up to Fox's new animated series. In 1995 Kenner had already had great success with a Batman series based on the extremely popular animated series. So it only seemed natural for them to spearhead a line based on another iconic DC property.

The toys themselves take a page out of the Death and Return of Superman era (1992). You'll see from the figures the many representations of Superman as found in the story arc (even if they're not named as such); The Man of Steel, The Man of Tomorrow, The Metropolis Kid and The Last Son of Krypton.

 Conduit*Laser Superman*Power Flight Superman


 Lex Luthor*Solar Suit Superman

In addition to Street Guardian Superman, Kenner had plans to release Street Guardian Superboy. Unfortunately this figure never came to light.

 Street Guardian Superman*Ultra Shield Superman

 Deluxe Ultra Heat Vision Superman*Deluxe Blast Hammer Steel

The two pack figures can be found in two different versions - One comes packed with a comic book, and later "limited edition" releases contained a pair of trading cards.

 Cyber-Link Superman and Cyber-Link Batman*Hunter-Prey Superman and Doomsday

 Massacre and Full Assault Superman

Kenner also produced three two-packs which were limited released in Canada. The packs contained, Crusader Batman and Power Flight Superman, Future Batman and Solar Suit Superman & Ultra Armor Batman and Ultra Armor Superman. To date these are the most difficult ones to track down.

 Kryptonian Battle Suit*Superboy VTOL Cycle
Matrix Conversion Coupe with Clark Kent

12 Inch Superman*10 Inch Ultimate Superman

It's an interesting (if not controversial) era in Superman history which Kenner chose to depict in their toy line, but a great opportunity for fans to nab up some amazing Superman related figures. For those looking to do so these days, you shouldn't have too many problems. On average you'll spend between $7.00 and $15.00 for each one mint on card. Granted the vehicles are a little more difficult to come by, but still won't set you back more than $40.00 mint in the box.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

One Last Hoorah For The Week

To close out the week perfectly, my brother and sister coordinated a visit for lunch and an afternoon of bowling.

Of course, with that wrap up came a few more toys and gifts.

My sister got me a Visa gift card which will work great for something in the very near future. What, I don't know at this point in time.

My brother brought with him a box of goodies he had picked up on my behalf at a flea market in his area, which I promptly paid him for.

Check it!

Ever since I got back into Captain Power, I have wanted to get the Power On playset for the perfect display option of the figure. Because this was bought in conjunction with some other stuff, I was able to talk the guy down considerably (over the phone via my brother). Let's be honest here - Captain Power is a tough sale to make. Take the money and run where you can. I ended up paying $15.00 for this mint in the box.

 Of course, you know me an boxes. That had to go.

 Love that crystal clear, perfect emblem of untouched paint on his chest. Tops my loose one all day long (which isn't in terrible shape either).

With the help of four AA batteries, the Power On playset was good to go!

On a side note, it makes terrible noise. This thing must have driven my parents nuts back in the day.

The next items I picked up were ones I have been patiently seeking out for a while now.

Kenner's vintage Star Wars MovieViewer.

This one came with the box and instructions, but was already open - Perfect for someone like me who would have opened it anyway. It also included the packed in cassette, May the Force Be With You.

 The guy also had two other cassettes which I picked up, Destroy Death Star and Battle in Hyperspace. I only need two more cassettes to complete the set, Danger at the Cantina and Assault on Death Star. These things used to be in abundance when I was first looking for them, but have since gotten a little scarce. Especially in the boxes.

Speaking of which, these two came in their (opened boxes), which weren't in terrible shape at all. They also all worked perfectly when inserted into the viewer.

Take a peak inside, won't you!

It's toy and home video release all in one! Win / win! Really begs the question of why I never got these before with that thought in mind. 

These really are nothing more than Super 8 tapes which are hand spun through a "projector".

Lastly, I got a handful of CD's which my brother found at another local flea market. Nothing "special", but they do fill in some cracks in my collection.

Bon Jovi's Lost Highway*Billy Ocean's Love Zone*Erasure's Wonderland
Bon Jovi's Have A Nice Day*Motley Crue's Girls, Girls, Girls*Flaco's Helden Von Heute

This wraps up the absolute most perfect week. I honestly can't think of a better time I could have had. With the exception of Tosche Station not opening, and ending up at a store which was closed, I had a blast.

Next Saturday - Fairfax Comic Con!

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Friday, August 17, 2018

A Trip To All Time Toys...

...Was nothing short of wasted time and a drained gas tank.

This is why it is imperative if you are a company, and you close or go out of business that you remove your content from the web. I wasted three hours on the road for nothing.

Fortunately the mailman brought tidings of gifts with him. Check out what arrived!

 I was able to pick up Kenner's ED-260 from the Robocop: Ultra Force line new in the box for incredibly cheap due to the water damages. Despite some mold and mildew within, the "figure", which was packaged in sealed plastic bags, was in great shape.

I'm going to have to get some rubber cement for the stickers in order to adhere them properly. Unfortunately, the water damage got them pretty good (or bad I suppose). Only parts of them were "sticky" enough to attach.

 Still, I've been looking for this guy for a while now, and I'm really happy to have found him.

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But I Was Going To Tosche Station To Pick Up...


As I mentioned yesterday, my outing for today to wrap up this fantastic week has been stalled, and it's not from my doing.

I have been eagerly waiting for Tosche Station to open in Springfield, Virginia for months. While it looked like the doors were going to open between August 10th and 17th, something has happened which has delayed this. What exactly? The owner of the shop isn't saying. The bottom line, it's not open. What a downer!

I guess I need to spend some time this morning searching for somewhere else to go today. I would hate for this last day of my fantastic week to be a lead balloon thump. Gotta go somewhere. Anywhere!

Any suggestions in the Northern Virginia, Maryland, DC area? Used CD or vintage toy related preferred.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Birthday Gifts!

Wow, what a fantastic day it was with my girl. We got out, saw some places we had never been, and while they didn't necessarily deliver a power packed punch, it was nice to just get away.

When we got home from our outing, my girlfriend had laid out a mountain of gifts for me.

Mind you, first thing in the morning I got a package which had three brand new shirts in them...You seriously don't know how desperately I need shirts.

These won't go to waste, and I would have been happy just to get them along with the outing we had.

But, there was more!

 Croc Master! Cobra's evil...Um...Croc master.

I'm a breakfast cereal fiend! I love curling up under a blanket and watching cartoons with a bowl of sugary cereal. The more nostalgic the type, the better. I've never had Birthday Cake Cookie Crisp, but I look forward to cracking this box open tomorrow morning.

Thundercats, ho! Season one, volume one, season one, volume two and season two, volume two on DVD with an IOU for season two, volume two. As I compiled my prior post and this one, I've actually already made it through disc one of season one. Can't wait to see more!

Black Bird Cider Works was a cider I tried for the first time a couple weeks ago when we went to a Korean BBQ joint. It was so delicious that my girl tracked down a four pack for me.

Can't go wrong with Sgt. Slaughter! He joins my newly bulked up Joe team members on the shelf.

Yes, yes, yes! A new USB cable for my iPod. Now I can listen to music at work on my iPod which refuses to hold a charge any longer.

Classic mini arcade cabinets! FUN!!!!

Rampage, one of my all time favorite arcade games!

Frogger, a classic until the end of time.

Pac-Man, the arcade game which shaped an era of video game enthusiasts.

Q*Bert....Hard as *#&^@!

While these were fun to play a couple levels on, I have to admit it was rather difficult playing on such a small "cabinet" with adult sized hands, squinting down glasses with aging eyes. Still, they have their charm.

I had been wanting this remastered three CD and one DVD combo of Prince's Purple Rain for the longest time. Ironic that I almost bought it at CDepot when I was there. Glad I didn't.

Check out all these tracks on the CD's!  The DVD contains what appears to be a live concert.

Last up from my girlfriend was something I have been wanting for a long time. Those of you who have been reading my trips to Timonium know I have been looking for this one every time I go to the show.

Kenner's Knight 2000 car with Michael Knight for the absolute win of the day!

This thing seriously trumps the Ghostbuster's Firehouse and figures all day long!

Love it!

My girlfriend's son and his wife also got me a couple gifts!

Skullcany Ink's earbuds!

I don't think I've ever mentioned this, but I sleep with headphones in, typically listening to some form of cartoon, because my ears constantly ring from drumming since the age of five. Think it through before you follow a career in music. Your ears will pay for it in the end.

They also gave me a Black and Decker edger, which I have desperately needed  since moving. My girl and I have been looking weekly for one like this, but it's always been sold out. I'm not sure where he found one, but it definitely won't go to waste.

What a great day! An all day outing with my girl. Fun and fantastic gifts. What more could a guy ask for? I have truly been spoiled today...and this entire week.

I have one final outing planned for tomorrow to wrap this week up with, but sadly I don't know if it's going to happen. Not by anything I've done, but just...Well, let me just say, wait until tomorrow. We'll see what happens.

Until then, thanks as always for reading and for all the wonderful comments today for my birthday well wishes. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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