Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Retro Spins: John Parr - John Parr



John Parr
John Parr
1984

Wow! What a solid album!

I've always liked the song Naughty Naughty from John Parr, but I was hesitant to pick up the self titled album in recent years because it hovers around $50.00! It wasn't until ebay sent me a recent promotional coupon which gave me $15.00 off of a purchase that I revisited the album and stomached the purchase - $35.00 is still quite expensive for an album you want one song off of.

Well, I'm happy to report that this turned out to be a well worth it purchase! I loved this album!

Out of the nine tracks - ten if you count that it's technically the 1985 re-issue - I nabbed seven songs from it for my iPod. I don't know what it was about this album, but it just grabbed me with pretty much every song. I enjoyed it so much that I immediately went to ebay to find Parr's follow up album, "Running the Endless Mile" which was far more reasonable in price, but which admittedly I don't know any of the songs from. Yup, it was so good it left me wanting more. I love hearing albums like that.

Let me backtrack a second here and go back to what I said above. I mentioned this particular version was the 1985 re-issue with an extra track which just so happened to be Parr's hit, St. Elmo's Fire. While I love this song, I already have it from the actual soundtrack. As such, I didn't transfer it to my iPod since it was already there.

It's unfortunate that Naughty Naughty was the real only hit for Parr off of the album and even then it didn't necessarily blow people away making it to only number twenty-three on the charts by March of 1985. Magical debuted on the charts in April, but lasted for only one week. It wouldn't be until St. Elmo's Fire that Parr would finally get the number one hit he deserved. Sure, you could technically say it was from the album since it was packed onto it and re-released when it became such a massive success.

For what it's worth, I highly recommend the album to everyone. However, the steep buy in price may be enough to deter people from wanting to track this one down - Which is a shame that it costs so much because so many people may be missing out as a result.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Freddie Mercury (Bandai / S.H. Figuarts)



Freddie Mercury
Bandai / S.H. Figuarts
2016

For those of you keeping up with my blog, you probably recognize the below Freddie Mercury figure. I actually shared images of him open in my personal collection back in March 2018. Today though, I'm sharing images I probably should have shared back then - The figure mint in the package.


Bandai released this fairly limited figure in 2016 and since then while it hasn't necessarily gotten to rare to find, the price continues to go up and up. I think, if I recall correctly, when I purchased mine I paid $60.00. These days, I'm seeing it fluctuating in price, but as high as $115.00.



One of the best aspects to this figure is the maximized articulation. You can literally get this figure in just about every single post you can think of. Additionally, he comes with multiple sets of hands and heads. Combined with the articulation, you can create a unique Freddie Mercury you want to display.


What I don't particularly like about this figure is the poor paint jobs on the heads. I don't know what method they used for painting, but it looks spotty. Literally like tiny dots. Additionally, the mustache on one of the three heads (at least on mine) seems to have been missed completely. If you're going to create an ultra collectible figure with a collector's price tag attached, then you need to put 100% effort into it.


Despite this, I would be lying if I said I didn't love this figure. As a huge fan of Queen, it's great to have this in my collection. I'd really like to see Bandai take it a step further and release the remaining band members.


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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Order Of Battle: Robocop



This will be an ongoing post of my vintage Robocop toys, as I obtain them.

Battle Damaged Robocop (Toy Island)
Obtained: August 14, 2018

Robocop (Kenner)
Obtained: August 14, 2018

ED-260 (Kenner)
Obtained: August 14, 2018

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Order Of Battle: Thundercats



This will be an ongoing post of my vintage Thundercats toys, as I obtain them.

 Lion-O
Obtained: July 1, 2017

Snarf
Obtained: July 1, 2017 

Mumm-Ra
Obtained: July 1, 2017

Ma Mutt
Obtained: July 1, 2017

Mumm-Ra (Mummy)
Obtained: July 7, 2017

Panthro
Obtained: December 8, 2018

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Order Of Battle: Bravestarr



This will be an ongoing post of my vintage Bravestarr toys, as I obtain them.

Marshall Bravestarr
Obtained: December 28, 2017

Tex Hex
Obtained: January 2, 2018 

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Zero To Three Hundred In One Accessory



These past few years of collecting G.I. Joe figures has been a lot of fun. I've enjoyed picking up all the great characters I never had as a kid while also grabbing up a fair amount of the ones I did. I set out to collect strictly within the realm of 1983 to 1987, and while I haven't obtained EVERY figure from this era (nor do I intend to), I've certainly rounded out my collection nicely with all the "priority" figures I wanted.

As I flip the page, so to speak, to a round of secondary figures I had my eye on, I thought I would share with you the first one from that list which I not only just got, but which also almost killed my desire to collect Joe's any further.

Say hello to 1985's Mauler driver, Heavy Metal.


As a character, Heavy Metal is not a forefront player in the G.I. Joe world. He appeared in only a handful of episodes, and in addition, wasn't a mainstay in the original Marvel Comics series. Yet somehow, the figure has come to be known as the rarest figure to obtain complete by collectors of the vintage Joe three and three fourths line.

Why? Because of his accessory. Take a closer look.


This itty bitty microphone attached to the side of his head was conveniently removable, making it one of the most common pieces lost in most children's toy collection.

I didn't know any of the above about this figure when I first went looking for him. My mindset was, "Meh, another relatively unknown character from a vehicle which will cost me a few bucks to get." Boy was I wrong.

First and foremost, when I went looking for him, there was only one listed with the original microphone. Fortunately, it also include his submachine gun and, while I didn't necessarily want it, the file card. The price - $295.00!

Without his microphone, this figure easily sells for $30.00 to $45.00 all day long. So yeah, the microphone was an additional $250.00!

The fact that this figure was so obscurely rare only lead to my desire to have it all the more. With the photos above, I guess it's also obvious that I ended up taking the plunge on it. However, this came with an immediate aftershock which hit me hard. It killed my desire to want to hunt down anymore G.I. Joe figures, and somewhat derailed my passion for the line.

I suppose I could say, "The damage is done. The figure is in my collection." But, at the same time I can't help but take a step back and look at the big picture. I can't keep doing this with this line. I can't keep dropping so much cash on one figure. That's just plain ridiculous. Twenty bucks here and there? Sure. Fifty plus? Probably need to rethink how badly I want it. A hundred plus? Really need to find something better to spend my money on.

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Order Of Battle: Knight 2000



This will be an ongoing post of my vintage Knight 2000 toys, as I obtain them.





Kitt
Obtained: August 16, 2018

Michael Knight
Obtained: August 16, 2018

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Order Of Battle: Michael Jackson



This will be an ongoing post of my vintage Michael Jackson toys, as I obtain them.

 Michael Jackson in Motown Outfit
Obtained: January 7, 2018

Michael Jackson in Grammy Awards Outfit
Obtained: January 7, 2018

Michael Jackson in Human Nature Outfit
Obtained: January 7, 2018

Michael Jackson in Billie Jean Outfit
Obtained: January 7, 2018

Michael Jackson in Beat It Outfit
Obtained: January 7, 2018

Michael Jackson in Thriller Outfit
Obtained: January 7, 2018

Michael Jackson in American Music Awards Outfit
Obtained: January 7, 2018

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Retro Spins: Jermaine Jackson - Jermaine Jackson



Jermaine Jackson
Jermaine Jackson
1984

Presumably around the time frame the Jacksons were recording their 1984 Victory, Jermaine was hard at work and consecutively working on his 1984 self titled Jermaine Jackson album. This presumption is due to both of the albums being released mere month's apart.

The self titled album still delivers solid tracks - Some of which turned out to be chart toppers themselves. The first hit came in the form of Dynamite, a hard hitting pop track which debuted in July of 1984 at number fifty-five. Unfortunately the track would only make it to number fifteen before dropping back off the charts. The song was followed by Do What You Do which charted in October which climbed to number thirteen by January 1985 before slipping down and off the charts.

An interesting side note to the album is that the international release was actually entitled, "Dynamite". This version is not only the easier to find on CD, but it's also cheaper and contains the radio edit version of the Pia Zadora duet hit, "When the Rain Begins to Fall". As such, personally speaking, the international version is a little more desirable to own.

It's unfortunate Jermaine never saw the type of solo success he found with his brothers. It's even more so odd the song from the album, Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming, which featured his brother Michael never hit the charts.

Overall the album is pretty good. I ended up grabbing six of the nine tracks; Dynamite, Sweetest Sweetest, Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming, Come to Me (One Way or Another), Do What You Do and Some Things Are Private. Granted these songs are by no mean commercial air play songs. They're enjoyable, but not necessarily catchy (if you know what I mean). It's by no means in the category of Michael Jackson's Thriller, but then again, was it supposed to be?

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Mega Heroes: Judge Dredd (Mattel)



Mega Heroes: Judge Dredd
Mattel
1995

Though I've read minimal issues of Judge Dredd and wasn't particularly a fan of the original or remake movies I still feel oddly drawn towards the character. He's just so cool.

The irony of Dredd, is while the character has been around since 1977 when he was created by writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra, there's honestly not that much merchandise out there for him. Toys are rather slim pickins'.

Mattel released the Mega Heroes: Judge Dredd line in 1995 to coincide with the Sylvester Stallone film. However, in doing so, they made the two inch figurines more so representative of the comic book version. As such, it's not really a tie in product. More so a stand alone one.

 Judge Vs. Cons Pack #1*Judges Vs. Mean Angels Pack #2
Judge Vs. Uglies Pack #3

The downside of course to these being such small "figures" is that the pose they are sculpted in is the pose you're stuck with. They can also be a challenge to display because in the wrong spot they can go relatively unnoticed (out of the package). I do have to say, the best way for displaying figures like this is how I found them in one person's collection. He had taken them all out of the packages and tucked them inside a Judge Dredd pinball game. Not a bad idea - If they don't fall over or encumber the gameplay.

 Judge Vs. Anti-Judges Pack #4*Judge Vs. Mutant Pack #5
Judge Vs. Machine Pack #6

Of course, if bigger is your thing, Mattel also produced a twelve inch Judge Dredd statue for the line. Much like the figures, and obviously because it is a statue, it too is limited to the pose in which it is sculpted in.

Judge Dredd Statue

If Mattel was only producing figurines and status, where does one get an actual Judge Dredd figure? I'm glad you asked! Look to the 1999 2000 AD line to fill that void for you. However, if the figurines appeal to you, rest assured you can find them very, very cheap. They can sell for as little as $2.00 a piece, mint on card. It's the twelve inch statue which is going to hurt. It's typically priced at $200.00, but usually sells for around $150.00.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Order Of Battle: Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles



This will be an ongoing post of my Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys, as I obtain them.



 Leonardo (2012 Toy Fair Exclusive)
Obtained: December 25, 2016



Michelangelo (2012 Toy Fair Exclusive)
Obtained: December 25, 2016



Donatello (2012 Toy Fair Exclusive)
Obtained: December 25, 2016



Raphael (2012 Toy Fair Exclusive)
Obtained: December 25, 2016

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Order Of Battle: The Transformers



This will be an ongoing post of my vintage The Transformers toys, as I obtain them.




Optimus Prime
Obtained: February 16, 2017



Megatron
Obtained: February 16, 2017


Blaster
Obtained: March 18, 2018

 
Soundwave and Buzzsaw
Obtained: July 7, 2018

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