September 12, 2012
Thrift Store Thursday #3

Yeah, yeah -- it's Thrift Store Thursday again. It's getting kinda tough to be unique with these intros. 😛

More bags of thrift store toys...

So today we have two bags to explore -- one that cost 60 cents and one that cost 90 cents. As with the intro, I've got nothin' in terms of further stuff to add: so let's open 'em up already.

A Jungle Fury Cheetah Ranger... and a bunch of useless junk.

So here are the contents of the 60-cent bag. If you're a relative newcomer to the site, you might wonder why the hell I bothered with this one at all. Pretty junky contents, right? Some of this stuff is almost insultingly useless: a plastic dog that looks like it belonged to some crappy bootleg board game, a fat kiddie spyglass that doesn't even appear to be transparent (so what use is it?), and -- most worthless of all -- a creepy foam underwear-clad dude with a bunch of shampoo on his head (he's bald, so WHY?!?) and a hexagon carved in his torso. I guess he'd be 20% cooler if I drew a little hexagonal Krang to go with him, but he'd still be kinda lame. And then there's a "genius babies" duck. It's also fairly weak, but a rubber ducky is cool even when it's not. After all, it's the one. It makes bath time so much fun.

Of course, I've left out one item -- and the reason I bought the bag -- the Yellow Cheetah Ranger from "Power Rangers: Jungle Fury". While many folks my age loved Power Rangers as kids, it was never my thing until I watched Jungle Fury as an adult and fell in love. A large part of that was because the toys were both great and inexpensive (especially since I picked up most of them on clearance), but also because the show really rocked -- in no small part due to the adorableness of Lily Chilman, the Yellow Cheetah Ranger. So the figure appealed to me on multiple levels, even though I've already got a Lily in my collection (granted, it's the Master mode fig) so this one will probably end up as fodder. It's got no waist or wrist swivels, but I'm sure I can use it for something!

T-U-R-T-L-E Power! And Ultraman.

And while I'm mostly looking for custom fodder when I hit up the thrift store, it's always nice to find a bag like this 90-cent assortment. Yeah, the figures here are almost completely useless for customs, but there aren't a bunch of junk items in it and 2/3 of the figures are ones I'd gladly add to my collection. On the right, we have Night Ninja Raph -- weaponless, of course, but surprisingly without any parts of his armor missing (he's even got the foot blades intact). And, in the center, there's Metal Mutant Leonardo. Though Leo's lacking his accessories, the figure itself is intact and largely absent the paint wear one comes to expect from a thrift store toy. Plus, even though the missing accessories means Leo is without the metal mutant armor from which he derives his name, the sculpt does have him permanently wearing the special ninja armor the Turtles donned in the second TMNT anime episode. Those anime reviews were among the earliest articles on Scary-Crayon, so that kinda makes this Leo a special addition to the collection.

(And man, my writing style for the site's kinda changed, hasn't it? I mean, seriously -- how fucking many fucking times did I fucking swear in a single fucking sentence back then??)

The Ultraman figure -- at least I think it's an Ultraman figure? ((It's not an Ultraman figure -- it's actually Servo from "Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad". (Apparently the US show was adapted from the Japanese "Denkou Choujin Gridman", which was made by the same company that produced Ultraman... which explains how Servo here was able to look so similar to Ultraman without someone getting sued.) Thanks to Grimlock64 for the figure ID!)) -- is less desirable, but hey. At least it's not a stupid foam dude with a whipped cream toupee and a hexagon in his torso.

Okey-doke, that's it for this entry. Seeya next time. 😀

-posted by Wes | 6:04 pm | Comments (2)
  • Grimlock64 says:

    The Ultraman figure is actually Servo, the main hero from Super Human Samurai Syber-Squad, a show that came out in the 90s along with a bunch of other Power Ranger Wannabee shows. This was actually one of the better ones IMO. As far as I know, it has nothing to do with Ultraman in Japan.

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