Monday, July 16, 2018
Friday, July 6, 2018
So this is where the fun starts. Another 3 months have passed and a whole new batch of toys have joined my toy shelf. Now it’s time to go over some of my favorite purchases of the last quarter and and see where they fall in my ongoing top 10 list of 2018.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Friday, June 8, 2018
Whenever we consider purchasing a certain product, no matter what it is, the first thing most of us do is try and learn as much as we can about said product. Whether it’s asking a friend’s opinion or reading user reviews on an online product page, a little research is always key to successfully purchasing a product we will be happy with.
Monday, June 4, 2018
The original Masters of the Universe toy line of the 80’s will always be remembered for the hundreds of interesting and sometimes questionable character designs produced. Every year, the guys at Mattel churned out a new batch of new heroic and evil warriors in an effort to outdo what they released the year before or at least keep things interesting. And in 1985, as part of their 4th wave of figures, they released a character whose toy literally broke the mold.
Monday, May 21, 2018
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Whether it's an accurate assumption or not, when one thinks of the “black knight”, one often thinks of an evil or villainous character. To my knowledge the black knight isn’t an actual real historical person but instead is a popular literary stock character. They are oftentimes portrayed as knights with hidden identities and no public signs of loyalty to any liege. And they use this anonymity to commit dastardly and evil deeds. Given that, it would seem rather odd to actually create a superhero based on the concept of a “black knight”...but that’s exactly what Marvel did.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 5 decades, I’m pretty sure you know who Darth Vader is. Vader is arguably the most recognizable character to emerge from the Star Wars universe. While admittedly he isn’t my favorite character from that galaxy far far away, as a Star Wars toy collector, I know my display would not be complete without some sort of plastic representation of the Dark Sith Lord on the toy shelf.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
One of the biggest reasons why the original G1 Transformers cartoon made such a lasting impression on me was that it was full of visually interesting characters with uniquely distinct personalities. From the noble Optimus Prime to the treacherous Starscream, almost every single character from this rather large cast had at least one trait or quirk that made them instantly identifiable to their target audience.
Friday, April 13, 2018
No this isn’t a mistake. I know 2018 is far from over but like I said in one of my previous “best of” posts, I promised to change things up with regards to my best of lists because at the rate I was going, I was looking at doing a top 25 or 2025. So I figured this would be a good time to try something different.
Friday, April 6, 2018
If you are a regular reader of my blog, I don’t think it will come as a surprise to you when I say I buy a sh*tload of toys every year. Every January, I go over my toy display wracking my head and trying to figure out what my favorite purchases of the previous year were. And considering the amount of stuff I buy in a year’s time, that definitely isn’t an easy task. So this year I resolved to diligently take note of EVERY toy I buy in an effort to make writing next year’s top of list easier to compile. Anyway, heading into April I have faithfully kept track of every toy that has joined my toyshelf since the new year began and this gave me an idea of something I could do different from my usual “best of” list.
Monday, March 26, 2018
Ok I know this blog is supposed to be about toys and my hopeless addiction to them, but ultimately it’s really a blog about me and my life. And speaking about my life, something unfortunate happened unexpectedly last week that I felt I needed to write about it as a way to give a proper send off to my boy. Just a word of warning..this will be a much longer post than usual....
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
The second part of this story starts several thousand years ago, in ancient times, where there was an ongoing battle between the Eskimo Gods of the North and the Mystical Great Beasts for control of the world. In the end, both Gods & Beasts found themselves exiled from the Earthly plane. In order to insure the Earth’s safety though, the Eskimo Gods sought to create a hero to battle the Great Beasts should any of them manage to return.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018
As extensive as Hasbro’s 25th Anniversary line was, it was pretty unrealistic to expect them to do modern updates of every single character introduced in the original toyline. And so for those characters that Hasbro didn’t update, a completist like me was left with only one solution, to make them myself.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
As a young collector, G.I.Joe was MY toyline, unlike Transformers and Masters of the Universe, Joes were much cheaper so I could actually get more toys using just my allowance. I amassed quite the collection as a kid but unfortunately sold off most of them when I started getting interested in other...stuff.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
After living in Manila my whole life, sometime in 2007, I felt it was time for major change in scenery, I had been working the past 3 years in the same company as a web designer and longed for a new adventure in a foreign land. I had no real game plan and was rather idealistic and naive and figured I could just go travelling to some nearby country and apply for job and “tada” new life! I mean that’s how it goes right?
Saturday, January 20, 2018
If you’ve read the first two parts of my top toys for 2017, you will notice a trend with what kind of toys I focused mainly on this year. Well…*spoiler*....my final five won’t really shake things up too much. Despite a lackluster movie toyline, 2017 will go down as one of the best years for Transformers collectors between all the 3rd party company releases and Hasbro and Takara themselves stepping up their game as well. Star Wars toys also had a pretty strong showing over the excitement over The Last Jedi. Luckily though, there still is some room at the top for one more surprise purchase. So with that, let’s go and close out my top 2017 list.
Monday, January 15, 2018
Ok so I know this is getting a little ridiculous adding another number to my “best of” list to coincide with the year (top 25 of 2025?) but with the sheer amount of purchases this year, it really is hard to whittle everything down to a proper top 10...and well..I’m lazy. I promise i’ll try and figure out something in the near future. But in the meantime….here’s the next installment of my top 17.
Monday, January 8, 2018
Another year has passed, and with it came a whole new bunch of toys to add to the toy shelf. While I started off the year with the same annual resolution, which was to not spend too much money on toys, things obviously turned out differently. With so many great toys coming in 2017 and four(!) trips out of the country, it was pretty impossible for me to be “good”. Well with a new year comes a new chance for renewing old resolutions. But till then, here is a rundown of my top 17 toy purchases of 2017.