Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Retro Spins: Sheena Easton - A Private Heaven



Sheena Easton
A Private Heaven
1984

By the 1984, Sheena Easton had her fill of the "good girl" image she was associated with. Not sure how this could be a problem for people to be known as good, but hey, to each their own. Anyway, Easton was set in her mind that she wanted to show the word she was naughty and did so via her October 1984 album, A Private Heaven.

Easton certainly got her wish. With the aid of Alexander Nevermind, AKA Prince, her hit Sugar Walls not only made it to the top ten of American music charts, but also number two on Tipper Gore's Filthy Fifteen. Yes, good girl Sheena Easton helped pave the way for the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) to strictly enforce what music children could and couldn't listen to via little black and white "Parental Advisory" stickers. Thanks, Sheena!

Okay, fine. It is a pretty darn good song. I suppose it's also more so Prince who wrote the song - Who coincidentally wrote (and / or performed) two of the top four songs on Ms. Gore's list. So perhaps it's better stated as, "Thanks Prince!" No really, I mean that. Thanks! Your contribution to '80's music is fantastic!

But, back to Ms. Easton. Ms. Naughty Naughty if you will.

The first track to actually chart from A Private Heaven was the song Strut. The track debuted in August of 1984, a full two months prior to the album's release. It made its way to the number seven spot before descending back down where it was met by Sugar Walls in December.

As mentioned above, Sugar Walls also ran up the charts to the top ten, peaking at number nine where it stayed for two consecutive weeks before dropping down and eventually off the charts. The song Swear followed suite debuting in March but disappeared the following week.

During my play through of A Private Heaven I found a fairly solid album. Of course I love Sugar Walls and Strut - I mean, come on. How can you not? However, I also found three additional great tracks; Hungry Eyes, Swear and Hard to Say It's Over - Which is a ballad of all things. For those of you keeping up with Retro Spins, you know I don't often dig on ballads.

Though I wish the other five songs on the album would have delivered as well as the five aforementioned ones, I won't hate on the album. It's pretty well rounded and overall was a good listen.

On a side note - What happened with Sheena Easton albums? Have you seen the price of her CD's as of late? A Private Heaven and her prior album Best Kept Secrets have gotten rather costly! $20.00 and up for used copies. Dang!

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Solo Contest Results!



The Solo contest is done and over, and was as big a flop as the theatrical release of the movie itself (queue rim shot). Five lucky contestants entered for a chance to win a Solo: A Star Wars Story on Blu-Ray / Digital combo pack, and the winner is..............

Spyda-Man

Spyda, you have twenty-four hours, noon EST tomorrow, to leave a comment with your e-mail address, which will not be published, to claim the prize.

The prize has been claimed.

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Kryptonite Rock (DC Comics)



Kryptonite Rock
DC Comics
1977

What do you do when a fly by night individual becomes an instant multi-millionaire in 1975 by selling rocks to people? Naturally, sell your own.

DC Comics did just that in 1977 when they followed up Gary Dahl's unusually popular Pet Rock. However, they added a twist. If people were willing to pay hard earned money for rocks found commonly at Rosarito Beach in Mexico, then surely they would do the same for one denoted as being a Kryptonite rock from Superman's home world of Krypton. Indeed they were right.


Much like the craze of the original Pet Rock, fans of Superman were eager to pay money to own a rock painted with green glow in the dark paint.



Sadly, times have not changed much - But the price sure has. Forty-one years later people still eagerly throw their money at the chance to own a rock, paying upwards of $20.00 to $25.00 for one.

Will people ever learn? We hope not. This thing is awesome! 

If you missed my posts from this weekend, scroll down to check out my visit to The Comic Book Shop and Farpoint Toys & Collectibles

Also, check back at noon today, EST, for the Solo contest winner announcement.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Forget Tosche Station...I'm Going To Farpoint!



For those of you who have searched the inter web as much as I have in a desperate attempt to find vintage toy stores, you may have seen or heard of Farpoint Toys & Collectibles. Though the place hasn't been opened too long, their presence online has been for a while. I've been wanting to go to their store ever since it opened, and October 13th was my chance.


I love that sign! It's so awesome!


The store itself....Well, it may not seem like much on the outside, but just like the Millennium Falcon, she may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts. Step through the doors, and like me, you may just be blown away.


You're immediately greeted by two massive displays of Transformers and G.I. Joe - All guarded by Cobra Commander himself.



Circle around the corner, and you walk into Star Wars central!






This top shelf of Star Wars figures is not for sale...Yet. The owner of the shop is putting together a full set of all of the vintage lines, and then it's being sold as one giant lot. Whew, that's going to be expensive!


This type of "structure" is actually throughout the store. There are several figures at Farpoint you'll find you can't buy individually, as they are only available as a complete set with the entire line. I understand the reasoning for this. The owner doesn't want to get stuck with a bunch of figures they can't sell after all the desirable ones have been swooped up. It's a catch 22. It limits the buying options of customers, but at the same time, it ensures you're not left with a store full of "junk".


Once again, my eyes went straight to the Millennium Falcon. I so want one of these in my collection. This wasn't the vintage one, but Farpoint had three of them...In the box.



Complete with box NES games have quickly become my new obsession. I have about fourteen games so far along with my boxed NES and Advantage controller. These games are so much fun to play! I was definitely interested in a few of the offerings in this case, but more on that later.











Farpoint had a great selection of comics, and seemed to focus only on key issues. You won't find a lot of filler stuff here.

No, that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles number one wasn't a first print - I asked, and would have bought it if it was.










Back to G.I. Joe. Sorry for going back and fourth in the pictures. I was on sensory overload in this place, and bouncing all over.



There was so much here, I couldn't take it all in on first pass.


There's two of the boxed Falcons I mentioned above (the other is behind the one in front).





I was going to thumb through these Simpson figures, but after being burned so bad on them at Tosche Station (price wise), this is a line I need to research a whole lot more before buying any further figures.




The only Voltron toy I had as a kid, and the only one I would consider picking up again.


Not going to lie, I thought about this set of Captain Power figures for a few minutes before moving on.


If I hadn't recently bought a full set of Buck Rogers figures, I probably would have ended up buying these.


I was also interested in the Mork figure in this photo. He's hanging out in the second from the bottom row (all the way on the left), and his egg is hanging out in the bottom left of the cabinet.





Finding complete Thundercats figures is proving to be quite the challenge. I would have grabbed quite a few of these if they were.


Same deal with Cops figures. Incomplete.




Even now as I look through these photos myself, I see a whole bunch of stuff I missed at first glance. Farpoint literally seems to have a little something of everything. Best of all, their prices aren't bad. One thing I walked away from the place knowing is that the owner is realistic. He knows he's not going to retire on selling one piece. He's got things priced to go, which in the long run will build up a great following of loyal customers. I know I'll be back!

For my first trip to the store, I didn't get everything I wanted, that wasn't possible, but I did get quite a bit.

 (Left to Right, Front to Back) Scotty*Spock*Kirk*Llia*Bones*Decker

I didn't want to have to buy all six figures from the line, but as I mentioned above, the owner sells certain things in sets. He had a sixty dollar price tag on them, but ended up dropping it down to forty because of all the other stuff I bought. I don't know if I'll hang on to Llia or Decker, but for now, I have a Kirk and Scotty in my trade pile.

 Frostbite*Crystal Ball*Wet-Suit*Dial Tone*Storm Shadow (V2)*Low-Light

Yup, more Joes...and one Cobra figure. There are only six more Cobra figures I want, and about twenty-nine Joes.


I was all over these boxed / complete versions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Castlevania II: Simon's Quest for the NES. I would have bought Ghost 'N Goblins too, but it was missing the instruction book.


Then there was the final purchase. The piece de resistance if you will.


You know where this is going...




As I mentioned above, the owner had three Millennium Falcons in the box, and all of them were very reasonably priced. However, as many of you know, usually, boxes and cardbacks (for me) end up in the trash. I have no use for them (generally).




I asked the guy what the price would be if I gave him back the box. He was hesitant at first, and truth be told, I probably would have bought one anyway. However, he ended up dropping 1/4 of the price off for keeping the box. SOLD!!!!!!


She's a beauty, and she's finally mine!

There was so much more at this store I could have grabbed to take home, but moderation had to set in at some point...I know, right, this is moderation? Bottom line was, I couldn't buy EVERYTHING.

This was a great day for toys! Now I just have to deal with that other aspect of collector woes....Where am I going to put all of this?

If you missed it, scroll down and check out my post from this morning when I visited The Comic Book Shop!

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