August 22, 2012
Thrift Store Thursday #2

It's Thursday, right? Liar -- of course it's Thursday. THRIFT STORE THURSDAY, that is! Check out the initial installment if you don't know the drill -- otherwise we'll jump right into this time's thrift store selections. Here goes!

More bags of toys from the thrift store!

Today we'll be looking at three bags o' thrift store goodies toys that I'd probably rather not touch but might someday end up being useful for my customizing activities. As the orange tags in the image denote, the three bags carried prices of $1.00, $0.70, and $0.60 -- for a grand total of $2.30 before tax. That's not much at all -- and you might be surprised to find what two bucks and some change will net you in dusty unloved toys! (more...)

-posted by Wes | 4:01 pm | Comments (5)
August 18, 2012
Another quick update!

Hey folks -- hope all's been well with you! Sorry (again) for the lack of content lately; I've been out of town and sick and kinda distracted to boot. But never fear: I haven't forgotten about stuff and more content will be forthcoming, especially since my schedule is scheduled for a scheduled return to what passes for normal (according to my schedule). "Schedule" has a really weird spelling.

Anyway, yeah. Stay tuned for more SDCC-related content (yes, still), toy reviews & spotlights, and other good (food)stuff! And in the meantime, check out a quick Dusty Plastic HELLside comic. I really wish Playmates had seen fit to make these things in scale with 6" figures. 😐

-posted by Wes | 4:19 am | Comments (0)
Dusty Plastic HELLside #39 (content pages)

He's a party dude.

Dusty Plastic HELLside #39!

At last, the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures from Playmates are hitting shelves in numbers! But as many have noted -- and as we see here -- these dudes don't quite fit into an existing 6" figure setup.  (8/18/12)

-posted by Wes | 4:14 am | Comments Off on Dusty Plastic HELLside #39 (content pages)
August 7, 2012
HAUNTED Papa Smurf custom figure!

Just posted this to my DeviantArt page -- figured I'd post it here as well since I mentioned I'd start doing stuff like that. 😛

One more look at the ghost before I'm gonna make it leave~

Behold: HAUNTED Papa Smurf, a gritty, "ghostly" black-and-white repaint of the movie Papa Smurf figure. I posted a mostly finished version of it on the tumblr a while ago (also with Raph there for comparison), but I'd been holding off on declaring it "complete" because I wasn't satisfied with the final touch -- the glow effect. But the other week I found this stuff that claimed to have a super light-absorbent formula, so I decided to give it a shot. AND HOLY JEEZ IT RULES. I had to fiddle with the camera settings to photograph it effectively, but the figure really does glow that brightly. It's awesome. (more...)

-posted by Wes | 4:08 pm | Comments (1)
August 3, 2012
Thrift Store Thursday #1 (Part 2)

I was pretty exhausted last night, so I didn't get around to posting the second part of Thrift Store Thursday #1 -- but here we are now! And remember what I wrote yesterday? This feature can go up whenever! Even though it's Friday now, it's still Thrift Store Thursday. ANY DAY CAN BE THRIFT STORE THURSDAY.

So let's recap.

Last time, we glimpsed three bags of thrift store toys and took a look inside one in particular -- which we bought not because of the ginormous Rodney Copperbottom or the two G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra Snake Eyes figures within, but because of Lieutenant "Gears" Mecaniks of the Major Powers & the Star Squad line. And since we bought her precisely because she looks like somebody (we used to know?), we took a closer look at Lieutenant Gears and invited readers to speculate as to her resemblance.

Seriously, that looks really familiar...!

Feel free to keep speculating -- we'll reveal our thoughts on the matter at the end of this post. 😉 (more...)

-posted by Wes | 12:29 pm | Comments (0)
August 2, 2012
Thrift Store Thursday #1 (Part 1)

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned that I've been buying a lot of junk from thrift stores this year. It's a really cheap way to acquire fodder for customs (even though I haven't found uses for the bulk of it yet), and in any case I come across a lot of wild stuff I've never seen before. For instance, who knew that -- way back in 1997, no less -- Disney released a Hercules figure with a highly detailed sculpt and respectable articulation even by today's standards?

Hero Hercules (from 1997!) and Hasbro's 6-inch movie Thor

I'm sure somebody knew about it, mind you, but I certainly wouldn't have had I not stumbled across the figure in a plastic bag with a colored tag stapled to the top of it. 😛 (more...)

-posted by Wes | 7:59 am | Comments (9)
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