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Just in time for Christmas; I made my very own Wish Book!
I was thinking about the Wish Books of old and decided to make my own, full of toys and things I wanted as a kid and some I still want today.
20 pages of hand drawn goodness!
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Here’s a few sample pages:
Merry Christmas everyone!
My latest book is now live at Smashwords.com!
Playing with Toys is a collection of 13 stories from various authors that all center growing up with our toys. They range from stories about different types of toys to collecting as a kid, playing with toys outside and about the adventures we made up while playing with our toys.
This book is really fun and was such a joy to work on. I learned a lot of new things and got a glimpse into how other people played with their toys. It’s a great read and it’s free! Get your copy today!
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!
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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Ok guys and gals, here is my latest project:
A book about playing with toys.
What I want to do is collect the toy-playing stories and memories from our youth (and any youth actually). The stories we made up, the toys we made, what we thought and felt; both boys and girls.
This may seem kind of vague but I have posted a few of my stories at the end of this post for reference:
I want to capture these memories and share them with each other and with the kids of today. I love hearing about how someone made a Gi Joe base out of pillows and a cardboard box; or how someone else imagined his closet was a black hole and the SilverHawks went on missions to rescue his California Raisins figures. I think it would be neat to have these stories and to read about other adventures kids were having while I was having mine; plus the creativity of children is so dang inspiring.
I want this to be pretty open; any toys, any time period, any gender, age, whatever
I plan to offer it on kindle and any other formats I can get it on (smashwords, etc?) I will have to learn how to do that but it shouldn’t be a problem. There is also the possibility of getting a printed version if the demand is there.
I plan to offer the book for free … or for $1 with all proceeds going to a children’s hospital.
Each story/memory will end with the authors name and website/email (if they so choose)
So, if this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of send me your stories, however short or long
I’d like to have all the stories by the summer so I can get it all edited and formatted in time for Christmas.
No vulgarity or swearing.
If you know of anyone else who may be interested or any other toy forums to promote this on, then by all means feel free to or let me know and I will. The more stories, the better
Some of my memories (keep in mind these are a work in progress):
One Sunday night The Empire Strikes Back was on TV and while watching it I made my own Star Destroyer. For some reason we had a big flat box in the house so I took that and used it for the base and glued a few smaller boxes on top for the bridge and what not. I got a few Star Wars action figures out and played with them on top of the ship. It was really lame and quick to make but I played with it while the movie was on, afterwards it got dismantled.
On another Sunday we were down in our basement and on the TV was a weekly Disney movie about Big Foot. In between watching the show and the commercials I decided to make my own AT-AT type toy. I made the whole thing out of cardboard and cardboard boxes; with if I remember correctly, toilet paper rolls for the legs. It didn’t last long but it was neat to make.
In the 7th or 8th grade I made my own SeaDuck from the TaleSpin cartoon. This one was made entirely from wood and I painted it yellow and red. It was pretty heavy to play with but it was fun to fill it up with my toys and action figures and fly them around the house on adventures. I made the back door out of cardboard I think and taped it on so it would open. After a year or two I either threw it away or sold it in a garage sale.
Once, in the 5th or 6th grade I spent the night with a friend of mine and outside his house was a large pile of bricks, all stacked up in a giant cube. His family was doing some remodeling or something and had the bricks delivered – I’m assuming this now but at the time I had no clue why they were there. But my friend had removed a few bricks and stacked a few others up in different ways to basically turn that huge stack of bricks into a fortress/base/castle for his toys. I thought that was so cool and even 20 years later I still remember that huge brick playset.
So I had this great idea: I would find an old Presto Magix transfer set and show my 5 year old daughter the lost art of pencil transfers. I used to love these when I was kid but at some point in time they disappeared. So I went on Ebay and searched through all the 80s Presto Magix. There was quite a great selection but also pretty pricey. I finally found a Return of the Jedi Ewok village set for $4.50 with free shipping: Perfect!
When it arrived in the mail I explained to my daughter how it worked and we opened it up. It felt pretty cool opening up a Star Wars product 30 years after it was made and as I took the plastic wrap off I could swear I was back in 1984.
I showed my daughter how you have to rub the pencil on the back and the picture sticks the paper background.
So I tired one but it didn’t work. Hmm…Then I tried another, same thing.
Well, apparently the 30 year old transfers were too old and had lost their sticking power-bummer. Hard to show your daughter the magic of rub-on transfers when they don’t work.
I was so excited to use these transfers; oh well, I gave it a shot.
I have been out of rotation for a bit and missed some great League assigments but I’m back with this weeks:
Besides the Batmobile, what is the sweetest ride cruising the streets of pop culture?
This one is pretty tough, there are so many awesome “rides” to pick from so I cheated and picked a few:
Of course the General Lee is a fave as well as any number of great Muscle cars that have been used in the movies and TV but here are a few different ones:
The car from Condorman! Not only is awesome but if I remember correctly it’s a boat too. I’d even wear the Condorman costume!
Bandit’s car! Oh man, this is one sweet ride! I live in a really small town and a couple years ago someone down the road had one of these for sale-man did I want to buy it…
And who wouldn’t want a speeder bike? Still one of my favorite parts of Return of the Jedi. These would be sooooo much fun to ride on. They’d also be sooooo dangerous so I’d even settle for the toy version, I would have loved to have had one of those as a kid, heck I still would!
Well I could do this all day so I’ll stop right here. That last one was a bit of a cheat but I had to include it.
Check out these other great answers from some of my League pals:
By now you probably all know that I am a huge Star Wars fan. So I decided to make a poster, but I made it in the style of the original trilogy toy card backs. I had so much fun with this poster, especially trying to come up with different body styles and poses for each of the 24 characters depicted. The barcode and Proof of Purchase is actually scanned from an original card back.
This poster is just for Star Wars: A New Hope, if I make enough money to cover the printing costs I would like to make a poster for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi…and maybe the prequels too.
Each poster is 13″x19″ printed on 100lb gloss book and comes shipped in a mailing tube.
Get yours for only $7 + $3 S/H!!