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Old 01-19-2020, 03:00 PM   #2161
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Flea market run again today. The place I go to got a big haul of Hulk Hogan figures in this week, and I was able to pick up a few that I desperately needed! Plus some other stuff.

- Mattel "WWE Basic" Series Modern Hulk Hogan (Black pants and red "Hulkamania" Shirt)
- Mattel "WWE Basic" Series "Superstar Entrances" 1980s Hulk Hogan ("Hulk Rules" shirt)
- Mattel "WWE Elite Collection" Modern Hulk Hogan (Black pants w/"Hulk Rules" shirt, "Hulkamania" shirt, and boa)
- Playmates "TMNT Classics Collection" Michelangelo

I missed all but one of the Mattel Hogan figures when they were brand new, which for me is an absolutely intolerable situation (I presently have almost 50 different Hulk Hogan figures, and counting). I ended up paying about $20-25 each for these, which was far less than the stickered price. I've seen people online asking $75 or so just for the Elite figure. I'm still missing a couple of Mattel Hogans, including the "Defining Moments" one that I seriously need to find, but I've got most of them, now. I think there's just the Defining Moments one, a Basic 1980s Hogan with no shirt, a Modern Hogan with a different shirt, and an "American Made" 1980s Hogan with blue trunks that's incredibly rare and expensive. There's also a "Create A Superstar" one and a Zombie one, but they look like crap and I don't care about them at all.

They all look really good and have a great likeness. I really love how the 80s, 90s, and Modern Hogan figures all have completely unique head sculpts; Mattel did a great job capturing all the little differences, not just facial expression but things like his hairline or the shape and color of his mustache. Great, great figures. My only nitpick is that the "Superstar Entrance" Hogan come wearing a shirt but no headband (It's clearly a 1986 Hogan, so he would have had a headband and not a bandanna). It looks like they were trying to mimic the photo on the box, but that was from a photo shoot, and generally speaking Hogan has NEVER been seen wearing the shirt but no headgear, especially during his entrance. Since it's supposed to be based on his entrance, the lack of headband is a very sloppy error. BUT, in the end it's a very minor nitpick and I can probably make something for it that looks presentable, anyway.

Since I picked up the "Classics" Raphael figure loose a couple weeks ago, I decided to splurge on the Michelangelo figure which is still in-package. I definitely want Leo and Donnie, but they don't have them at this place so I'm either gonna have to hope they get them in or suffer the whims of eBay.
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Old 01-20-2020, 10:38 PM   #2162
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I was at Walmart and picked up the last DC Multiverse Animated Series Superman that they had. Pretty cool, since I was just browsing and didn't expect to see them there at all. They also had Animated Series Batman and regular Batman, but I'm kinda light after the flea market the other day so I had to just get this one. They didn't have a regular Superman, sadly. Hopefully he'll turn up soon.

The figure comes with an extra set of hands, a bent piece of "scrap metal", a small display base and a collector's card. Not bad for $20. The card and base are attached to the package with plastic, so I haven't bothered with them yet, although the stand will probably be pretty handy since this guy really does not want to stand up. The figure itself is a bit heftier than I expected, which is nice, but the legs are simply too thin to adequately support the wide-shouldered upper body very well. When it does manage to stand, it looks great, but you really have to mess with the legs a lot and it always looks like a stiff breeze will knock it over. Although the stand is very small so I'm not sure how helpful it will really be.

The likeness and sculpting details are great, especially the raised S-shield, and there's some extra sculpted lines on the belt and buckle that are a nice touch. 22 points of articulation, some of them in weird places, but overall it moves pretty well. The joints on mine are very stiff right out of the package; they feel pretty snug but I don't want to try and force the knee and ankle joints. The knees are double-jointed but I can't get the full range of motion, so I'll probably have to heat them up a little. The legs don't go very far forward because of how the trunks are. The arm and shoulder joints are all very snug and don't feel at all flimsy or brittle. There's not a lot of motion in the ab joint, but each hand and foot has two swivels and a ball joint. Some people swear these figures are ugly; I don't agree (This one and the Animated Batman one are really gorgeous up close) but they definitely made some interesting choices with the articulation. One minor bad thing is that there's a toe joint on each foot and the pegs are black, which is very noticeable against the red boots. The S-shield looks better than it ever did in the cartoon, although they cheaped out by excluding the tiny yellow spot at the top of the S, but it doesn't hurt anything really.

The paint is pretty good, there are only a couple of very small rub spots; the worst one is on the back of his leg so it's not visible, the front of the figure is pretty flawless. Like in the cartoon, the cape is fairly short, but it looks good; you can't do anything with it because for some reason the top half of it is glued to the back of his shoulders, so even though it's made of soft plastic the cape is only flexible from about the waist-down.

Aside from the trouble getting it to stand up on its own, this is a great Animated Superman figure, near-perfect. I don't see how anyone would pass it up if they were a fan, I definitely recommend picking it up. And even though I didn't buy it, I can attest that the Animated Batman is also terrific, and they'd look fantastic next to each other on a shelf. Hopefully I can get that one soon.
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Old 01-22-2020, 01:17 AM   #2163
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I went back to Walmart and got the Animated Batman to go with my Superman. I'm so weak!

Same exact everything as what I said about the Superman figure. Some people dislike it because it more resembles the New Batman Adventures version but wearing the TAS costume, but stuff like that is a little nitpicky, it's a great-looking figure regardless. Comes with an extra set of hands, a grappling gun, and a Batarang. I do think the Mattels were better (these feel like a blend of the DC Direct/DC Collectibles and Mattel, leaning more towards the former), but so far these are pretty good, and they'll probably improve as they go on.
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Old 01-22-2020, 09:29 AM   #2164
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I feel like someday I'm going to want those McFarlane DC figs on a shelf somewhere.

As for most recent stuff, I bought these Fight Club figures some time back, but I actually only just opened them last week in my latest rotation to my home theater displays, so in some ways it's like these are brand new for me.



I still have a lot of MOC stuff, but more and more lately I've been opening stuff to get more displayable use out of it. It used to be that I'd keep expanding storage to place stuff, but now I keep my collection modular - I rotate themes in out of storage to display and it's much more fun.
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Old 02-03-2020, 09:01 PM   #2165
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Went to the flea market and picked up some old WWF Hasbro figures I needed, including Bam Bam Bigelow and Sgt. Slaughter. Bigelow in particular has always been a tough one to find and it's in great shape.

I also picked up some used Jakks WWE figures to do customs on, including a loose Barry Windham in fantastic shape who's just begging for a black and silver "Widowmaker"/WCW repaint. I already have a Windham so I specifically bought this one to repaint.
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Old 02-13-2020, 10:56 PM   #2166
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My wife got me this for Valentine's Day. Sorry for the crummy pictures, took 'em in a hurry and this place is pretty cluttered at the moment.







There's a whole line of these I need to get yet. Like at least two more red & yellow ones and like three Hollywood ones. Good stuff. We're only an hour in and I'm already way ahead.
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:28 AM   #2167
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My recent toy Purchases were all Pops

Bill Nye The Science Guy
Keaton Batman
Black Canary( The real black canary not that BOP Movie ********)
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Old 02-16-2020, 03:34 PM   #2168
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FINALLY picked up this gem at the flea market today after months of "Hopefully it'll still be there next week":



Jakks Classic Superstars "Hollywood Blonds" Brian Pillman & Stunning Steve Austin set. By far one of the sets I've longed for the most over the years. I'm a huge Pillman fan, and as far as I recall this was the one and only Stunning Steve figure that Jakks ever produced.

I also picked up some loose figures for custom fodder, which I basically got for free. Can't wait to get crackin' on 'em.
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Old 03-01-2020, 10:10 PM   #2169
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Picked up some neat stuff at the flea market yesterday.

- WCW Toy Biz The Giant (loose). I've always wanted this figure but never managed to get him when the line started, the only figure in the original Wave which I missed. He was incredibly hard to find at the time because he was literally only a couple of weeks away from his WWF debut as Paul Wight/"Big Show" when the WCW line was released, so everyone snapped up his figure and it's remained one of the more hard to find (although not technically "rare") ones in the series ever since. The "neck brace" variant in a two-pack with Kevin Nash is incredibly common by comparison, but almost nobody wants that one. I generally prefer to get figures in-package whenever possible, but I honestly haven't been fortunate enough to encounter a Giant in this great of shape for a reasonable price in ages, so I said to hell with it. I almost never see him in-package for sale, even online, and I definitely paid less than what a loose one goes for online when you factor in shipping.

I focused on characters in that series, rather than individual figures, since the line was pretty large given how many variants guys like Nash, DDP, Sting etc. each got. So now all I need is Stevie Ray and Miss Elizabeth from the Macho Man two-pack and I'll have at least one of everyone!

- WCW "Ring Masters" Hollywood Hogan. Hogan is a character I make an exception for and try to get every figure they produce. This one somehow slipped through my grasp and I haven't really encountered it very often since. I don't think it was on the shelves for very long; the "Ring Masters" line as a whole was done away with very quickly since some guys like Chris Jericho had left the company and other guys had figures which gave them goofy or crummy gimmicks. This Hogan is wearing a red and white nWo shirt, and the "nWo Elite" angle only ran from January through March of 1999, so this figure was most likely out of date already by the time it hit shelves.

- Jakks TNA "Hulkamania" Ring with bonus Sting and Hogan figures. This was pretty much what I went to the flea market for in the first place. These rings were kind of hard to find as I'm aware and were probably only sold in certain stores. It's also incredibly rare for any wrestler to have a specialty ring produced just for them, although in this case it sort of fits as just before signing with TNA in 2009, Hogan had performed on the "Hulkamania: Let The Battle Begin Tour" in Australia, complete with Hulk- branded ring. This set was released in 2011, but hey, that's TNA for you. I ended up shooting a video for the YouTube channel about this, as I knew I HAD to open it and put it together without delay. Not a bad ring, definitely nothing fancy but it's fine. The Hogan and Sting figures are the kinda crummy "discount" figures that Jakks released at pharmacies and dollar stores, with small bodies and limited articulation. The heads are amazingly sculpted, but the outfits lack detail (they pretty much just painted Hogan's entire lower body red and called it a day; Sting at least has some small scorpion details on his legs. ). Not bad for what I paid for it; I'm a huge toy ring mark anyway and in theory I can use the figure heads for customs, because they really are some of the best Hogan and Sting heads ever made.

As usual I also picked up a few random loose figures for custom fodder, because I usually get them for $5 or less per figure and there's always more characters to be made.

On the way home I stopped at Wal-Mart and happened to find the McFarlane Toys Action Comics #1000 Superman figure, which I've been looking for for a while. They only had one left so I had to pick it up even though I'd technically gone past my "toy budget" for this paycheck. It looks pretty awesome and comes with a trading card and figure stand/"flying base" or whatever. For that I say thank goodness, because with this being the third of the McFarlane DC figures I've picked up so far, I'm quickly becoming disgruntled. These things DO NOT STAND UP AT ALL without help, and that's a serious f*cking drag given what they cost. At first I assumed it was simply the Animated Superman and Batman ones, with their gimpy legs and massive upper bodies; made sense, the weak legs can't support the frame, whatever, annoying but semi-expected (and a big reason I never liked the DCAU art style all that much). But THIS guy has even more of a problem standing upright than the others do, and that's just nonsense.

It's all because of the choices they've made regarding articulation and where to stick it, and I personally find these choices questionable. Like who the hell NEEDS there to be ball-jointed ankles on an action figure? Because that right there is like 90% of the problem; "Oh, neat! I can twist Superman's foot around 180 degrees if I want! Too bad he can't, y'know, stand up unless you lean him on something." The toe joint is also both pointless and a problem, because it kind of prevents the feet from laying flat sometimes, but I find that it's the ankle joint and the feet wanting to roll to any angle except "flat and straight", and the hip joints which constantly try and force the figure to do a split, to be the main problems. Waist-up, the figures are pretty good; belt-down, f*cking mess.

I do like the sculpting and detail, as well as MOST of the articulation, though. I particularly like the raised S-shield and its metallic paint job compared to the matte colors of the costume, it looks great and really stands out. The complete absence of the yellow/golden S on the cape annoys me, though (especially as this is advertised as "Action Comics #1000 Superman" and I'm pretty sure he had the S on his cape in that issue). But bottom line, outside of the packaging, these McFarlane figures aren't so great and I'm already nostalgic for Mattel because pound-for-pound I think they did a better job. I still want to get the Batman figure but after that I don't know if I'm gonna be getting more of these, unless they fix some of the problems. In 2003, I didn't care as much if my $10 toys needed help to stand up; in 2020 at double the price, I expect at least the bare minimum in functionality from these "collectible" action figures. The packaging touts "22 Moving Parts!" but I, personally, would gladly settle for less than that if only a stand or base wasn't a required prerequisite.

Given that it's McFarlane, though, and historically most collectors who buy from that company never take anything out of the plastic to begin with, I guess I shouldn't be surprised. And I guess I'm not entirely. Disappointed, though? Definitely.
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