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Monday, January 13th, 2014

Several months ago my brother was in a chocolate shop in Houston, TX and bought me this awesome piece of chocolate:


Cy-kill from The GoBots! How cool is that?! Never would have expected a GoBots piece of candy to show up at my house in 2013!

I got to thinking, this piece of chocolate reminded me of some GoBots plaster pieces I had made way back when I was a kid. There was a craft kit that came with these GoBot molds, you mixed up the plaster, poured it in the mold and after they dried you then painted them. It even had glow in the dark paint.
So I did some digging in the closet and found them! They’re real fragile and I’m surprised they have held up so well after all this time.  I’ve been dragging these things around with me for the past 28 years or so and for the first time  ever I will show them to the world:


They look like the chocolate piece, right? I wonder if someone at the chocolate store found one of these old molds or something; the piece of chocolate was even the same size as the plaster pieces! Wow, pretty crazy!!


Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

This week on CoolandCollected, the topic of discussion is:

Bootlegs, knockoffs, and third-party products.

Whenever I go into any convenience store (especially mom and pop) or flea markets I always look for these. So I thought I would share my small collection with you:

First up is the first one I ever bought. Back when I lived in Austin I went to a Party Pig store and found these Shirt Tales toys. I was quite surprised to see them; I used to love the show and hadn’t seen any Shirt Tale memorabilia since the 80′s.

Next up is one I just got this past weekend. For $1.29 you too can have a pair of “Spider Aliens”! These guys are great! The package was pretty boring so I went ahead and opened them up. The arms and head move and they’re super light(probably hollow) but they are fantastic!

I got these Ninja Turles at a Flea Market, didn’t really want to pay $5 but it’s the only time I’ve ever seen TMNT knock-offs.

I don’t remember where this came from but it’s the only Star Wars Knock-Off I have; I love cool rack toys.

And this one is special. I bought this 2″ figure a couple years ago at a toy shop for a buck and some change. Didn’t know anything about it, it just looked neat. But this past year I saw a post about some old space figures and wouldn’t you know it; my little figure is a scaled down version of one of them:

Commander Comet from the Outer Space Men! How awesome is that? It’s always so much fun when you buy or find an old toy and know nothing about it and then one day you figure it out. Very exciting!

This one probably doesn’t fit the category but the figure reminded me of Ram Man from He-Man so I thought I’d included it for fun. Plus these are awesome figures, just look at all the stuff he comes with!

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Biker Mice From Mars Paint Set

Monday, May 20th, 2013

My brother gave this to my son for Christmas this past December. He said he picked it up at a truck stop somewhere. I love it when you find an old toy at one of the few mom & pop stores still around.

Round Top 2013

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

We made our annual trip to the Round Top Antique Show recently. They have a lot of antiques, home decor and such but they also have some toys and other items from the 80′s and 90′s but you have to really look for them. That being said here is my haul from this years hunt:

This is my $.25 pile. We found one dealer who had a box of Kids Meal toys and we made away with quite a few of them.

This is the $.50 pile. I had never seen those Flintsones houses from the 1990′s movie. I didn;t much care for the movie but these toys are pretty sweet, each one came with a car that fits inside. I’m not sure, but I believe the Birdie toy from the first picture goes with the little McDonalds house in this one, she fits inside it perfectly.

My other $.50 pile. The mummy is an old candy container and the ornament in the back has Marmaduke on it.

This is the $1 pile. I really like the Wolfman and the shark tooth with the Jaws 2 packaging.

These were both $2. The bear is an A&W mascot and the Hardees bucket glows-in-the dark!

And this baby was $5. I carried it around with me and used it to hold all my other loot. It was a great conversation starter!

And that’s my haul from the antique fair! Can’t wait until next year!!


Camping World 1981

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

My brother recently picked up a Camping World catalog from 1981 and passed it on to me. As I was going through it I noticed these two TVs on one of the pages. But what is interesting is what is playing on the TV’s; Flintstones and then what appears to be a  group of DC superheroes water-sking. Anyone know anything about the water-sking superheroes? Was it from a TV show or something?

T-Rex Attacks!

Friday, April 5th, 2013

I had so much fun taking pictures of my new custom toys around town I went out again last weekend and took some pics of my favorite dinosaur toy:

Custom Toys

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Recently I traded some of the art I have done in the past couple years for some awesome custom toys. After I got the toys in the mail I took them and drove around town and took some pictures of the toys in interesting places. This is the first time I’ve taken any of my toys outside in a long, long time; and I had a lot of fun doing it. Here are the pics:

March Goodies

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

We went into town the other day and took the kids to the Zoo, Peter Piper Pizza, the playground and a few stores. Here are the goodies I picked up along the way:

Peter Piper Pizza:

They just built a new Peter Piper Pizza and I have been waiting anxiously to go. I’ve never been to one but I take the kids to Chucky Cheese’s all the time so one more pizza/arcade place can only add to the fun. While there weren’t nearly as many games as Chucky’s, the prizes are much better.

I think this gladiator alien is well worth 20 tickets.
They also had this claw machine and while the claw itself didn’t have enough tension to actually grab anything (I hate it when they do that) the prizes were were at least 50% retro!

There was Garfield, Astro, E.T., Captain Caveman, Wizard of OZ characters, Scooby Doo, etc…

Various Marvel Figures:

I picked up a few blind bag toys. The first one is a package of 3 Marvel Chibis I got at Target:

Daredevil, Invisible Woman and Storm – pretty cute little figures

And then at Walgreens I found these Marvel Nog’N Z. These are weird little Marvel figures but mainly their heads in odd shapes. I really, really like these. The package shows all the different ones and there are some very cool ones.

Daredevil, Black Cat, Doctor Doom, Mr. Fantastic, Venom and Magento

Dollar King:

And lastly a visit to one of my favorite dollar stores. This one is family owned and is full of random items. Best of all it’s the kind of store where product will sit on the shelf until it sells. No matter how many years that may take:

Case in point, these VCR dust covers I saw:

And then I got these two mugs for $1 each. They were too weird/gross to pass up:

The bottom of the mug says Tradefinders, 1998. I did a cursory internet search and saw them listed on some import websites listed as “funny face mugs”. Not quite what I would picture if someone were to mention funny face mugs in a conversation.

If anyone knows anything about these please let me know!


Trader’s Village Finds

Monday, February 18th, 2013

A few toys I picked up this weekend at Trader’s Village in Houston Texas:

Most of these were $.50 each and still came in their original packaging. I especially like the Space Grimace and the Dominoes figure from 1993.
And then there is this:

I didn’t want to spend $5 on this but I had to. I have never seen Ninja Turtle knock-offs before. Pretty cool- I mean Righteous!

Vending Machine Madness

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

A project I’ve been working on for the past year: Painting pics of all the vending machine toys I have and documenting their names and such. So far I have 81 pages of them, with between 1-6 toys on each page. A very fun project that I plan to make into a book pretty soon. Hopefully I can get it published, if not I may do it myself.