Cough. Wow, it’s dusty in here. Excuse me a minute while I pull these sheets off the furniture and shake them out.
I’ve neglected this site for far too long. It’s not as if I was in the hospital or laid off of work, I just got despondent and lazy. Over the last few months, I’ve become a huge lurker in various Facebook groups for collectors and a big follower of fellow collectors on Instagram. These two mediums sapped my blogging strength and made me wonder what it was that I was doing here. So many people are on social media posting items and interacting with one another, that writing on a blog just seems off somehow.
But to be honest, I really miss it, and I need to shake off the cobwebs and get back to work!
So, without further adieu, in stream of consciousness sort of way, here’s a quick run-through of some of the cool and collected happenings that have been going on with me for the last month or so…
Despite my best efforts to sneak the Batman DVD set into our cart at Costco, once my wife asked how much it was, the gig was up. This thing won’t be coming home until it goes on a deep, deep discount. Sigh.
It looks like I became a Hallmark ornament collector this year. Three of my favorite things all in a row.
I snagged this NECA Christmas Story set off of a local Facebook yard sale site for three bucks! It even had a bonus Ralph in his pink bunny suit bouncing around inside the box. Of course, I was happy to get these figures, but I was REALLY happy to get that leg lamp — the wheels are already turning about how I can use that prop in some photos next year. I’m also sorely tempted to replace the dad’s head and hands with Dr. Zaius’. Don’t ask me why.
Speaking of Facebook yard sale groups, if you haven’t ventured into this arena yet, I strongly recommend it. 99.999% of the items are household goods and baby clothes, but every now and then something good will pop up. Since joining a few local groups, my time on Craigslist has drastically reduced.
I picked up this pair of twins at a show last month. Again, don’t ask me why, but really, how can you resist vintage super hero toys — the stranger the better!
I got a new saw for Christmas and have been playing around a bit, making some divider boxes for the small items in my collection. I’m going to keep churning these out and maybe eventually turn them into drawers for a custom cabinet of curiosities.
While we’re on the topic of Christmas, here are a few of the fun items I found under the tree. There’s so much awesome stuff out there right now for us 1966 Batman fans, that it’s hard to refrain from wanting it all!
My ape army continued to grow with these recent additions. Neca is absolutely killing it with these figures.
Everyone has there annual Christmas movies. In addition to the Christmas standards, I tend to watch the original Planet of the Apes movies, but this year, I didn’t get around to it, but was happy to rewatch both Rise and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Not too long ago, I purchased these rare Superman and Wonder Woman string holders to complete the set. These things are ugly and magnificent. I’m curious about the somewhat glossier paint used on those two pieces and wonder if I got scammed — they seem legit, but why are they different from the Batman and Robin busts?
I had so much fun visiting the toy stores prior to Christmas. These huge Mario figures tempted me every time, but I have been trying to stay focused with my collections. But seriously, why aren’t these selling like mad — they’re great!
I was fortunate to visit the annual Greenberg Train Show when it came to town a couple of weeks ago. The show is dubbed, as a toy and train show, but this time around, there were only two toy vendors. This area really needs a good toy show.
Santa placed this beauty under my tree this year — and by Santa, I mean me, of course. Sideshow Collectibles had an incredible pre-Christmas sale, and I was able to get this guy for about half of what he normally costs — still not cheap, but much, much easier to digest.
Expect to see more of this guy in the future. This is my first Hot Toys figure, and I have to admit that it is scary realistic — frightening really, Seriously, I have to keep this thing locked up at night for fear it will just get up and wander around the house.
Outside of collecting, I have become a huge fan of BBC shows, and recently binged through both Black Mirror and Broadchurch. These shows are so well done — I wouldn’t say they are “fun” to watch, but boy do they make you think and squirm. I’m also addicted to reality TV shows like Gold Rush, Prospectors, and Ultimate Alaskan Survival, and as a lark, I agreed to watch this season of the Bachelor with my wife. God, help me — we’re only one episode in and I’m already doubting my resolve.
In addition to lurking around the Facebook groups, I’ve been amazed by Philip Reed’s energy over at Battlegrip. I received his latest book “Transforming Expectations” and have purchased his next two books via Kickstarter as well — he’s been busy (and I am INSANELY jealous of his work ethic). I’m also constantly amazed by the output of my brother from another mother, Calvin, over at his Canadian Cave of Cool — I visit his site every morning, while sipping that first cup of coffee. How do these guys post so much stuff, so often?!?
Other than that, I’m truly embarrassed with how little interaction I have had with my fellow bloggers and online friends. For example, I actually just heard about Dex’s craptastic holiday visitor — what an awful thing to happen!
I really do feel bad about going dark for a while and hopefully, it won’t be another month or two before I post again! With the start of the new year, I’m starting to feel some creativity bubbling to the surface again, and it’s time to get back to writing and creating content for this site, but most of all, I want to reconnect with my fellow bloggers and collectors. What have you guys been up to? Give me a shout out in the comments below, I want to hear from you folks.