Archive for the ‘Recent Finds’ Category
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 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.
And that’s my haul from the antique fair! Can’t wait until next year!!
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?
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:
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
My favorite thing about Halloween is all the creative marketing and packaging. I enjoy hunting for the new food labels and boxes as well as the seasonal premiums they put out each year.
We got this at the dollar store in early September. I like the design and the colors, especially the fact that they used a darker off-white instead of a bright white; gives it a nice retro feel.
This is a neat little activity set for $.97 at WalMart. You get a sheet of stickers, four crayons and a mini coloring book. They have a bunch of these but this is the first Halloween themed one I saw.
Zombie archery Targets!!! Very cool and fun.
I really dig these cupcake designs!
Some fun pop-culture pumpkins!
I got these tiny finer puppets at Target for $1. I like the minimilist look and that ghost is adorable!
We recently took the kids to a new Asian buffett restaurant. It was really, really good but the best part was after we ate we went into an adjacent room that they had set up as an arcade type area. They had a lot of games that were mostly ticket aquiring games and they also had a big play-area/jungle gym/obstacle course for the kids. It was really neat and we had a lot of fun there. There is not a lot to do around where I live so when we find something like this it’s really exciting. Here’s a few of the games:
The third game I played I hit the jackpot and won 500 tickets!!
The little vehicles remind me of Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors.