Well, I got more Ghostbusters stuff today. I love having it, it's just a gigantic pain in the ass to shuffle around all the items in my collection to make room for new stuff. I have since moved the collection out of the closet and into the main room. It needed to be moved, it has just grown way too big to be kept in such a small spot.
Once again, I was able to pick these up from Mike and Dan at From The Past here in Lincoln, NE. Come to find out, they are actually cousins to my aunt. Small world. I actually hate Nebraska for that. Everybody is related to everybody hahaha.
I suppose I will start with the most obvious thing in the box. I have another Ecto-1. I think that puts me at six of them now. This one is in great shape, and even has the chair on top of it.
I think by now I have at least ten of these first series Egon figures. This one has it's Proton Pack, complete with the stream, which would usually get cut off for some reason. It's a rare day to find the stream attached.
Got a couple more Fright Features figures also. Surprisingly, I only had two of Winston before today. Peter on the other hand is a different story. I have at least 8 or 9 of that one.
ANOTHER HIGHWAY HAUNTER!!! That makes three of these that I have found in a little over a month. This one needs a bath, badly, but it's all there and in one piece, so that's a good thing.
I did a review of the Ecto-2 on this site about a week ago, and now I have another. It's missing the red propellers on top, but otherwise, it's all there and in decent shape.
I needed one of these! A PKE Meter that came with the Proton Pack! I was very surprised to see this in the box of goodies. I actually didn't have one. I did in the past, but who knows where it went off to.
Another thing I didn't already have! H2Ghost!!!! And he is complete too! Both pieces are here!
I have three of these now. It's the Mini Shooter ghost.
Mini Traps! This is my third set of these. I have no idea why I love these things so much, but I do. Come to think of it, they deserve their own review one of these days.
To be honest, I only have two of these now. The Bug-Eye Ghost is actually a tougher one for me to find on the open market. I'm sure I could score a hundred of them on Ebay, but I prefer to hunt them down.
And the last goodie in the box is X-Cop. I have 3 of these already, but four doesn't hurt. I like to pretend that there is a whole corrupt police force watching over my other figures.
All in all, with what I paid out for these, I am very happy. Hopefully some more stuff comes my way soon.
Can you believe that Power Rangers debuted twenty years ago now? It's insane to think that something I still watch is this old. Then again, I think it's insane that I am this old and still talking about all of it.
The Power Rangers Action Pals were among some of the first pieces of Power Rangers merchandise to hit shelves in 1993.
This past weekend at a Garage Sale, I found the Ultimate Christmas tape that somebody made, complete with old commercials. Among all the classics on there was a Eureeka's Castle Christmas episode, and it got me thinking, maybe I should explore / write about these characters if not just to reintroduce you to them one more time.
It's been a long time since I have seen the show, probably a good twenty years, but for some reason, my memory of the characters and pretty much everything about them is pretty clear.
The show debuted in 1989 and lasted until 1995, which by today's standards would be considered a very long run for a kid's show. It was part of the every day Nick Jr. Lineup and also had prime time specials for Halloween and the aforementioned Christmas special.
The show uses puppets as it's characters, much like the Muppets. It also features several Claymation shorts as well as cartoons.
Eureeka's Castle revolves around characters that live in a wind-up castle music box who is owned by a friendly giant.
While we don't see a whole lot of the Giant, I suppose it is right to include him in the list. Obviously the show centers around everybody else, he is just basically there to make it all make sense.
Occasionally you would see him in the episodes themselves, but for the most part he is usually seen in the opening credits giving his castle music box a wind up and watching them do stuff.
May as well start with the main character. The castle is named after her you know.
Eureeka is a wizard in training who hasn't quite mastered her magic spells yet.
Often times she can be seen trying to create one thing, but get another thing entirely.
She is very friendly with all of the other characters, and is often the problem solver of the bunch. Genreally, though, she is mostly found inside the castle itself practicing her spells. We don't see her a whole lot in the courtyard with all of the other chracters.
A large and friendly dragon, Magellan is menacing is appearance, but when it comes down to it, he is maybe the most kind hearted and well meaning of the group.
Magellan has a tail that usually has a mind of it's own.
Magellan can be rather clumsy at times, especially with his tail, which causes some of the other characters to upset him. When he is upset, he sneezes, but not a normal sneeze, he instead sneezes a very powerful sneeze that will send anybody around him flying in the air.
I just typed sneeze more in the last sentence than I ever have in my entire life.
You every hear the saying "Blind as a bat?"
Que Batly, a blue colored blind bat with oversized glasses and an oversized ego.
Batly often boasts about being able to do anything and everything to perfection, up to and including flying, but he always seems to crash right into something, and then exclaim "I meant to do that."
Despite being different in every possible way, Batly and Magellan are best friends.
Bogge and Quagmire
Living deep under the castle, Bogge and Quagmire are brother and sister, twins, in fact, that constantly argue about anything and everything.
The only thing that they seem to have in common is a love for peanut butter sandwiches.
They also always had these weird colored warts on them. Perhaps if you live in the moat too long, weird things happen? Then again, maybe they lick a lot of toads. Yeah, it's probably that.
Every show needs a foreign dude trying to sell stuff, right?
Mr. Knack was a weird dude. He never seemed to understand anything. He was good at one thing though, and that was peddling his cart full of shit and garbage in the courtyard.
If ever you need anything, go see Mr. Knack. He probably has it.
Oh, you need half of a shoe lace? No problem! A dog turd covered in coconut shavings? We got you covered! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- That pretty much does it for the main players in the show, there were others in much smaller roles including Emma, a fat mouse who eats everything, the Slurms (think worm and slug offspring), Cooey, Magellan's pet of an unidentifiable species, and Webster, Batly's pet spider and the spots on Magellan's blanket, among others.
I know your are probably dying to see some of the show now. Thankfully, we have YouTube to help us out.
One thing I cannot forget about the show itself is the intro and outro of the show.. Let's watch that one first.
One of my favorite recurring things of the show was the "Shoe People" which was a cartoon introduced to the audience by Bogge and Quagmire. The Shoe people were pretty much what you would think they are. Talking shoes. Here is the intro.
And because I loved them so much twenty years ago, here is a full Shoe People Cartoon. You'll have to skip the intro part, unless you are totally dying to watch it again. I mean, it probably wouldn't hurt to watch it, but if you're impatient like me, you should just skip it.
And because you have been good and made it this far, here is the Halloween special. God I miss Halloween. Is it October yet?
And as another treat, here is the Christmas Special that I spoke of at the start of this post. This one will be reviewed next winter, if I feel like doing it. It's good enough to merit a full review.
Lastly, if you are still here at this point, be sure to head on over to the Camp Anawanna Facebook Page. It needs some more "LIKES"No, really, it does. You can never have too many.
The 1983 Calendar initially retailed for $5.99. Thirty years later, I got it for a buck. Not bad. It's nice to know that the price goes down in you just suck it up and wait 30 years.
The calendar is just a calendar, of which I will show you the monthly images shortly, but a neat thing I did notice is that the monthly images are in the chronological order of the movie. I have no idea at all why I discovered that, but it had dawned on me when I was taking photos.
January: We start off 1983 with a shot of the little aliens gathering plant life outside of their Christmas Tree Ornament ship.
I never understood why they would want plants. Why not human brains? Stupid vegan aliens.
Also there is that one shot in the beginning of the movie where one of the aliens reaches down to grab a plant that is next to a Rabbit. I never for the life of me have understood how the hell the Rabbit kept his composure so well. I would have crapped my pants and had a heart attack if one of those aliens was anywhere near me.
Hey I was scared as hell of E.T. until I was about 16.
February: This is one of the creepiest scenes in the movie. Elliot is all alone out in the field after hearing some noises and shit.
He takes his flashlight and notices some weird looking footprints on the ground, that earlier in the film were likened to that of a Coyote.
As the suspense build, Elliot pulls away a handful of corn stalks and sees E.T. They both stand there and scream at each other for no less than 46 minutes, which is exactly how long it seems like when you are 5 and terrified of the stupid little guy.
March brings us a photo of E.T. as he is about to get his drink on.
Probably one of the best scenes in the entire movie. E.T. gets smashes on Coors Light, and since Elliot feels what E.T. is feeling, Elliot gets hammered also.
April is a picture of E.T. just hanging out among his stuffed animal buddies in the closet.
I always wondered how the mom didn't notice that he was in there. I mean, surely she was the one who bought all of that shit in the first place. Wouldn't she remember weather or not she bought a fucking alien?
Grown ups are dumb.
May: I feel sorry for the kid who had to have this in their bedroom.
For the entire month of May, you would have had to stare at E.T. making out with a dog.
I mean, not only is this bad enough for a whole month, but you can't invite your friends over during this time. Little Billy from school is going to tell all of the other kids that you have some sick obsessions with Aliens loving Dogs porno.
Hey, it's probably not the weirdest thing out there....
June gives us E.T. being dressed up as a girl. If E.T. wasn't scary enough, then prepared to have the shit scared out of you at the sight of E.T. in drag.
You may remember a while back here on the site that I put together a couple of old E.T. puzzles, and one of them actually had this exact image on it.
July is a little more tame compared to other months in the calendar.
Here we just see E.T. and Elliot creeping through the shutters on the closet door.
This is around the time in the film where E.T. is very sick and dying, which should prepare you very well for next month.
August is a depressing month. It means the end of summer and all the good things that go along with it. Of course, it is exciting that Halloween is right around the corner.
I really want to know what sick fuck thought it was cool to put this one in. Why the hell do you want to wake up every single day to an image of a cracked out looking E.T. dying on the bathroom floor?
What the hell?
September gives us one of the most familiar images of the movie, E.T. and Elliot on the bike as they make their way back to the forest to send E.T. back home.
If you didn't already know by now, in the original version of the movie, there was F.B.I. agents aiming guns at the kids. Well, after September 11th 2001, America was all paranoid about everything, so with the 20th anniversary release, they digitally changed the guns to cell phones.
Cell phones kill.
October: My birthday month! Also HALLOWEEN!!!!!
For those who are curious, my birthday would have been on a Monday. I wasn't born until two years after this calendar expired though.
This month we can wake up every morning and see Gertie kissing E.T. as E.T. looks all kinds of aroused. Sorry dude, Drew Berrymore isn't that good looking.
November: The year is winding down, just like the movie, and we have E.T. pointing his bony light up finger at Elliot.
Secretly, I always thought that it would have been a cool twist to see E.T. and all of the other aliens murder everybody at the end.
December: Time to tell 1983 Goodbye, and also time to tell E.T. goodbye.
E.T. and Elliot hug in what is no doubt the saddest ending of any movie that has ever been made.
If he would have just killed everybody it wouldn't be one of those that you feel the extreme need to cry at.
Not the best day out there today, but still not an awful one at all. There was a shit load of sales, but the majority of them will be held over the course of the next two days, so hopefully there will be better junk out there. Keep in mind, I don't always keep everything I write about unless it's related to Ghostbusters or Power Rangers or unless it's something really crazy that means something to me, so if you guys see anything you like on any of these garage sale posts, hit me up and we can talk trades.
For a buck I found this Megazord from Power Rangers Jungle Fury. It is motorized, as the gorilla part of it has arms that swing forward. It doesn't work like it is meant to, and it land flat in it's face. This one has the potential for a full review one of these days.
Why do I need a Gregory Helms figure?
I don't at all.
It was in the free box, and I could not help myself from picking it up no matter how hard I tried.
This might be my find of the day.
Remember the Mighty Morphin' Alien Rangers mini-series at the end of Season 3?
Well, this is a very cool figure from the Japanese version, Kakuranger.
The Japanese stuff is actually very difficult to find in places other than Ebay, and the best thing is is that this little Black Kakuranger figure was also in the free box.
I did find a couple of Atari 2600 games. I actually found a whole box of Atari shit for 8 bucks, and took what I needed out of it and sold the rest for 20. It paid for my whole garage sale trip and then some today.
I have been looking for this one for quite a while now.
I found the first one on VHS a few weeks ago and I have been frantically hunting for this ever since.
Now if I could just find Coneheads....
Lastly, a copy of Child's Play 2.
Haven't seen this one in many many years. The original trilogy was great and then they ruined it with The Bride of Chucky and The Seed of Chucky.
I hear they are making another called Curse of Chucky that's due out this year.
Like I said, not the best day, but far from awful.
By the time that 1990 rolled around, the kid universe was totally fixated on all things Ninja Turtles. The franchise had exploded in popularity so much by this point that everybody wanted a piece of it including the people at Rose Art.
Unfortunately, with everybody having access to the licensing rights, that meant that the products were sometimes less than stellar, and often inaccurate, which is the case here.
The puzzle itself is okay, but the inaccuracies bother me. I have no idea why. but they do.
As we can see, all four turtles are sitting around the table with pizza. Donatello is the one that bothers me the most. His purple bandanna looks more blue than purple. It's a little thing that I should normally let slide, except for the fact that he is holding Raphael's sai. Maybe Raph let him borrow it? I doubt it. Maybe Rose Art just had no fucking clue what they were doing? Yeah, that's the likely idea.
The puzzle is 100 pieces. I had no clue going into it if they were all going to be there, but fortunately I have had some pretty good luck when it comes to puzzles in the last few months.
Yes, I am wearing Beavis and Butthead pajama pants. No you can not have them.
The puzzle, being 100 pieces, took longer than I had planned. I was actually going to do a video for it, but ended up backing out when the video hit the 19 minute mark. That's just too long, and let's face it , none of you watch them anyways.
One day I swear I will have good readers for this site. Just not today.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to get the outside pieces put together first. It makes the rest of the puzzle go much more smoothly.
I also cannot stress enough how much of a pain in the ass it is to locate all of those pieces in a pile of everything else.
Once the outside edge was done, the rest came together fairly easily.
The only real shitty part was having to put together the turtles themselves, because everybody here is the same shade of green, and some pieces have no bandanna or pads attached to it, so it's pretty much a guessing game.
Not to rush things along, but I have already spent nearly an hour doing things for a 23 year old puzzle.
This is the finished product. Just like the front of the box, minus the TMNT logo.
I really have no idea why they never put those things on there. They really should. It would only enhance the overall look of the puzzle.
I know this was a short post, but really, it would be senseless to ramble on much longer about a puzzle.
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