While walking around the Fremont Outdoor Market I cam across a couple of tables filled with toys. I wasn't planning on shopping for figures that day but I couldn't resist the opportunity to look for some gold. There was a Casey Jones figure but it didn't have any accessories and other than that I didn't see anything I had to have, not even the Ernest doll. I asked the guy behind the table if he had any other Ninja Turtles and he told me he might but he was saving most of his collection in big tubs he was planning on taking to the Lake City Toy Show. I had never heard of it and knew I had to immediately mark it on my calendar.
So off I went on a Sunday morning to dig for some deals and hopefully find some good stuff for the blog. I entered the first room of the community center knew I was going to be there all day. From new in box to clearly loved and played with throughout the years all kinds of toys were for sale.
In addition to toys that first room had vendors selling anything that was collectable, from lunchboxes to VHS tapes to Ninja Turtles and Star Wars bedsheets. I was looking through the tub of Star Wars toys when my wife and I heard a little girl asking her family to keep an eye out for Gremlins. A few tables over my wife spotted a Gizmo doll and asked the little girl if she'd noticed it. The girl, right on the line of smart-ass and innocent child, looked back and said, "...that's a Mogwai.." We all had to bite our lips not to laugh out loud as her dad quickly jumped in to tell the girl my wife was very nice to point that and to say thanks.
Once we finished looking around the first room we went into the main hall. I didn't know where to begin. I told myself I was going to have to do a loop around the building before buying anything because I probably could have spent my whole budget within the first five minutes.
While I'd love to consider myself an expert in all things action figure, there were plenty I'd never heard of. These Super Naturals figures for example were completely new to me. Holographic mummy and snake warriors from, where else, the late 80's. Being a toy designer in the 80's must have been the best job ever.
I wish I could have picked up so much more than I did but I had a lot of fun looking around. Everyone was very cool about me taking pictures too!
Though it was mostly old toys there were some vendors with current figures you could find at a store like Target. I thought it was interesting seeing how far the X-Men line has come, especially since I recently wrote about tracking down the Marvel Legends.
There was also the fun of being reminded of shows and characters I hadn't thought of in years. I forgot Urkel was so popular he had his own doll. I also forgot about that crappy remake of Land of the Lost I saw on Saturday mornings as a kid. I didn't even know that show was big enough to get a line of toys.
The last thing I really enjoyed seeing in person was just how ridiculous the original Ninja Turtles line of figures became. I don't think I ever owned a figure that came with a cigarette, especially one that was hand rolled. The folks at Playmates did their best to fix that with this Cowboy Donatello.
I couldn't remember an episode with Doctor El so I looked him up. Enjoy the classic commercial I found!
After seeing all that I made my decisions and went home with a great haul. My first purchase wasn't even a toy.
I mentioned there were tons of collectables besides toys and I had never seen anything like this. I couldn't pass it up. I know what my cakes will look like for the rest of my life. Now I just have to find some good recipes. I'll of course have to try making a Michelangelo shaped pizza at some point as well.
I picked up a couple of Mystery Minis when I first saw them and got Leo and Shredder. I've been hesitant to buy more because I don't want to end up with duplicates and I don't want to wind up with one half of a duo. What good is Bebop without Rocksteady? These had been opened so I knew exactly what I was getting and to get the pair for $5 total when they each go for $7 in the box was a no-brainer.
When I was a kid I loved my Jurassic Park toys. I still have a bunch of them too. The compound center, the jeep and of course a bunch of the dinosaurs. I had Muldoon but, much like the character in the movie, it met a grizzly fate. Though mine was eaten by a terrier rather than a velociraptor. I'm happy to replace it at such a low price. I have a dilophosaurus too but this one spits. It's the kind of toy you put under water and squeeze. The one I had growing up was electronic and roared when you pulled its leg. It's probably still in my parent's garage. I'm very lucky my parents never made me throw any of my old stuff out. Next time I'm home I'll take a bunch of pictures and have Throwback Thursday posts for a year.
You can never have too many Batman figures. This one is based off the Justice League cartoon from the early 2000's. It'll look great along with the other figures from the animated series.
I debated making the Toy Show and the loot separate posts specifically because of these cards. There's a lot to say about everything here but I decided not to go into the history of these things because one quick Google search showed me it's been done. I'm shocked that until I came across the trading card booth I had never heard of Fright Flicks though. I've been a horror fan for about 16 years now and I'd never come across them. My pack was Fright Night heavy and my sticker is amazing.
I'm realizing I had pretty good luck with all of the stickers now that I'm going through them.
In terms of a budget, pretty good so far. Nothing more than a few bucks, until I spotted the subject of my last blog
So, it does exist outside of Comic-Con. I was starting to think I imagined the whole thing. The guy selling it was easy-going about having it too. I asked how much and he said I could make him an offer. I asked if he would take $20 and he shook his head no and said he needed to make at least a buck off of it. He pointed to some of the Jurassic Park toys he had still in their boxes behind the table and said something like that he's not letting go for a bargain since you can't find them anywhere else. Something like Deadpool on the other hand, you could find out on the shelves right now (Ha! I tried that) and so he wasn't about to double the price saying he felt bad ripping people off like that. He paid $25 for it so at least needed $26. I pulled out $26 and my hunt for the X-Men Legends line came to an end. I still never found Deadpool at retail price but at least I avoided eBay prices.
The Lake City Toy Show is bi-annual event so I will definitely be back. Now that I know toy specific shows are around I'll also be keeping an eye out for others.
Thanks for reading my longest post yet!