Category Archives: Toy collecting

Beast Wars – A Reckoning!

I will humbly admit I was wrong. For years I had dismissed “Beast Wars” as the province of fans too young or too misguided to know what the Transformers franchise was really all about. I had never seen a single … Continue reading

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Retro Star Wars > Prequel Damage

I’m just a man. My resolve is only so strong. I swore off Star Wars a couple years ago. The toys, that is, but I haven’t seen any of the movies in years either, but that’s just a coincidence. Or … Continue reading

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When Toy Hunting is Annoying

Toy hunting is something I usually enjoy. The weekly ritual of hitting Target, Walmart, and Toys R Us (wash, rinse, repeat) looking for the newest Transformers, Marvel, or DC figures is just a part of my weekly routine. There’s always … Continue reading

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There’s ALWAYS a Next.

Not too long ago, a friend came by our place for the first time and saw the collection for the first time. Because we live in a rather smallish apartment in downtown Portland, there are shelves with figures and carded … Continue reading

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Turning $20.00 into $175.00 for Toys for Tots

This past Labor Day, Fred Meyer stores had a doorbuster sale featuring DC Universe Classics figures marked down from $12.99 to $0.75 – that’s not a typo – 75 CENTS. And that wasn’t all – there was a coupon for … Continue reading

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The Zartan Follies Part 2 – Closing a Cold Case

Mauricio reads my blog and sent me an email after reading the entry that featured him – “The Zartan Follies.” It gave him a chuckle and he confessed that when he “disposed of” my Zartan, he felt as though he … Continue reading

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Tran$form and Roll Out (1984)

I do a good job of keeping my spending under control when it comes to toys for my collection. If I feel like I’m spending too much, then I go through what I have and toss a few pieces up … Continue reading

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The Zartan Follies

Growing up, my best friend Mauricio and I were rabid GI Joe collectors. I was into the line first, having began my collection with the very first, pre-swivel-arm-battle-grip wave, and I like to think it was my influence that finally … Continue reading

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Have a Little Faith (The Importance of Toys, Part 2)

Everybody knows girls aren’t attracted to guys who collect action figures, or any other “toy” in the traditional sense of the word. Toys remain the preoccupation of lonely man-children who inhabit a world wholly without meaningful female companionship apart from, … Continue reading

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Emotional Resonance, or the Importance of Toys (Part 1)

Toys were my first friends. They also provided an important link to the “real” friends I would go on to make in my life. If another kid in my class was into Star Wars or GI Joe, then chances were … Continue reading

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