Thursday, December 18, 2014

Plenty of Muscle

Lately Hot Wheels has been particularly great at doing something that they've always been good at doing, and that's making fun die-cast muscle cars.

Hot Wheels Mid '60s to early '70s metal flaked monsters are always going to be a winner, but Mattel is putting out some really solid versions of the very coolest cars.

This gold '71 Mustang Mach 1 is very respectable.

Hot Wheels Hot Wheels I've never been a huge fan of late '60 Mustangs, but the paint on this version is cool enough to win me over.

Hot Wheels Hot Wheels I'm a tiny bit obsessed with Chevelles right now, and to be honest, this purple metal flake version of a '67 with black scallops is maybe one of my favorite Hot Wheels of all time.

Hot Wheels Hot Wheels

Friday, October 31, 2014

Ben Cooper Rubber Dracula

Every year I try to score at least one really great rubber mask for Halloween, and this year I managed to find something else to add to my Ben Cooper mask collection.

The Ben Cooper rubber Dracula mask is the perfect mix of both sublime and stupid. Green skin, bloody fangs and huge eyebrows... it's fantastic, and a great example of why I love Halloween.

Dracula
Dracula
Dracula

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Creature From The Toys "R" Us

Diamond Select has put out a lot of good Universal Monsters figures over the years, including a few really great Creature From The Black Lagoon figures, but this one is probably my favorite so far.

This Toys "R" Us exclusive figure of the Gill Man has fantastic articulation, and a surprisingly good paint job. Next I'll be picking up that Son of Frankenstein figure that they just released.

Creature From The Black Lagoon
Creature From The Black Lagoon
Creature From The Black Lagoon
Creature From The Black Lagoon

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Skull Bucket

Skull

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Jack O'Lantern Candy Bucket 101

I do a lot of thrift store shopping all year long, but probably a little more than normal come October when they start putting out the Halloween stuff.

One of the things that I've been mildly obsessed with for years is old candy buckets. There are hundreds of them in the stores right about now, and most of them aren't particularly interesting, but every now and then something cool will turn up.

Jack O'Lantern
I pretty much draw the line at stuff from the late '70s, but it's a little hard to date things sometimes, so here's how I make the call...

First of all, even if it's just a dollar, I'm only going to buy something that I think looks cool. Secondly, you can generally judge the age by the design of the thing. Most older blow-mold stuff will have softer edges and a more crude sculpting style. With this bucket, the pear shape is different than what you'll see today, and the pins that hold the plastic handle in place are (rusty) metal.

Jack O'Lantern
Another good clue is that this one was made in the USA -- not something you see much anymore. A little research on the makers name shows that they were founded in the mid-1970s and closed up shop in 1990. All of this helped me to decide that this would be a fine 99-cent purchase, and so yet another plastic pumpkin bucket is added to the collection.

Jack O'Lantern

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Random Rubber Monster Mask

The best thing about Halloween for me is the sudden glut of rubber masks in stores, and more specifically, the piles of weird masks that turn up at thrift stores.

For the most part what you find is garbage, but every now and then I'll spot something kind of old and kind of weird like this Frankenstein/witch/ghoul mask. There aren't any markings, so I've no idea who the maker is, but it's got everything that I look for in a mask: sweaty rubber, itchy fur for hair, and vaguely identifiable subject matter.

Rubber Mask
Rubber Mask

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Kronoform - Togor, Wargon, and Multiforce

Before there were Transformers, and slightly after the Mego Micronauts toy line, Takara toys imported a few things from their Diaclone line to America. In the US these toys were marketed as Kronoform, but looked pretty much the same.

Over the years I managed to pick up a few of these figures -- shown below (L-R) is Togor, Wargon, and Multiforce. They're all missing a part here and there, but even so, they're still brilliant, fun toys.

Kronoform
Togor
Togor
Togor
Wargon
Wargon
Wargon
Multiforce
Multiforce
Multiforce
And then there's this...


Monday, June 30, 2014

He-Man Modern Toy Line

In 2002 the Four Horsemen were given the job of re-imagining the Masters of the Universe toy line. I was never a huge He-Man fan back in the '80s, as I was a little old to really get into it, but I did have a younger brother who was obsessed with all things Eternia.

When the new action figures came out I was totally blown away by the sculpts and amazing play value that the Four Horsemen had managed to engineer. It was fantastic stuff, and one of the very few times when I'll say that a new version is as good as the original.

He-Man
He-Man
Trapjaw
He-Man
Castle Grayskull

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Bunny Rattle

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Let's Just Say I Found Some Imperial Entanglements

File this away, once again, under "some day I'll actually build this model kit." Found this Star Destroyer kit by AMT/Ertl (from around 1989) at the thrift store, and even though a few of the parts have been glued together, it's actually all there. Not bad for two dollars.

Star Destroyer
Star Destroyer