OPULENT OCTOBER TOY HAUL

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Another month in the crapper, Tails on the can looks rather dapper.

Tails making use of the royal throne accessories that go with Sylvanian Families toys, but also anything else in that scale really. A nice accessory set my Mrs picked up for me.

On today episodes of “Parts Swapping  Skeletor”, the cherry ripe delicious jewel head on the Origins 2002 stylin’ profiln’ Skeletor body, and the 2002 head on a green man at arms body with accessories from the vanilla release. Each a delicious shade of evil.

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Toy of the month award for me goes to Masterverse CATRA, and the classic style He-Man in the same line is simply stunning.

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Out of package and on the shelf with some other She-Ra toon Hordak goons, Catra is a stellar figure.

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Up close and catty with Catra

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Picked up the mutant module reissue vintage TMNT set – mainly as it was cheaper to get a new Krang, than a loose complete one thanks to overpriced assholes on ebay selling toys with parts missing for more than an arm and a leg… often missing an arm or leg.

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Shuffled and dusted ma Pokemon shelf-a-roos, putting the OG Starter three into their own little menageries.

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I wish I had more space for Pokemon as they are packed in like sardines now. But thanks to the risers at least they are visible in a Where’s Wally sort of way.

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There is not a day that goes by that these colorful critters don’t add a bit of cheer whenever I am near.

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The bird Pokemon in recent years have been some real stand out releases with impressively articulated wings.

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Getting into the wrestling – old shows, classic characters with mostly Mattel figures. Andre, Sting, Nash, Flair with blue cape.

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Ultimate Undertaker and Kane. Older figures re-released with extra heads ‘n bits making them fairly definitive versions for my purposes.

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If Catra had not taken toy of the month award, it would have gone to Ultimate Ric Flair. Fantatic head sculpts, good accessories and a truly spectacular robe that really impresses.

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Austin and Taker out of package, and an old blu-ray best of Sting career matches I grabbed on ebay.

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All three heads are excellent for taker, even if one is undersized, while the other two are oversized. I will definitely pick up another cheap undertaker to make use of the extra heads.

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Sgt Slaughter and some Lil Woodzies, whipping these bubbas into shape one baby push-up at a time.

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The sweaty over injured and often under paid beefcake men parade.

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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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Monday Night Wars: RAW vs NITRO

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I’ve been catching up on classic wrestling TV shows and kick ass wrestling figures over the last month.

I’ve never been a big “fan” as such, but always had friends here and there who were hardcore lifelong fans so would hear ’bout the rasslin’ one way or another over the years.

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As an 80’s kid I was aware of WWF wrestling, but never saw any of the shows on TV. Where I grew up in New Zealand, there was some late night show on when I was in primary school that was on way past my bedtime. Probably an international syndicated cut of WWF Superstars.

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What I did see was kids with wrestling merch on the playground at lunchtime playing with LJN big rubber goons, and the trading cards with characters like the forgettable Red Rooster we traded back and forth before losing interest and moving on to Ninja Turtles, Garbage Gang or Batman trading cards. Oh, and those wrestling buddy pillow things that kids would chuck around.

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The only wrestling TV show I did see was years later in high school, there was a weekly highlight clip show of RAW on, and the same with WCW Nitro.

Once a month we would get a free to air TV –  WCW event show (3 hours total with ads) usually played on a Friday or Saturday night from midnight to 3am.

A.k.a. the TV network Deadzone – as wrestling was not popular on Television. It was not really until post-2000 when cable / pay TV would become more popular, affordable and available in Australia and New Zealand to actually be able to watch/follow the majority of the American shows without having to rely on Magazines and old Internet sites.

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The WCW monthly events I sometimes watched at a school friends house, along with her brother. We would sit up from midnight to three am watching the show, trying not to fall asleep. We enjoyed the show but also enjoyed taking the piss out of Hogan’s painted on stubble, his wooden hackneyed antics and some of the lame WCW characters that filled out the roster along with the legends.

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When I moved to Australia around the year 2000, a friend had pay tv and he would record the full version of the weekly RAW show, which I watched with my brother for about a year until I lost contact with that friend. This was blank VHS cassettes, and a real treat getting to see the full show for the first time and not a badly edited clip show.

My only other experience of wrestling paraphenalia was playing games like WWF Warzone and Smackdown on PS1 and the WCW games on N64. At some point I owned at Austin 3:16 T-shirt and a couple of Mankind shirts. But that was my very limited experience.

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It would be more than a decade before I saw any more wrestling on TV, seeing the odd match at  yet another friends house who had pay TV .

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Fast forward from mid 2000’s till now in 2022 and I started a monthly subscription to the WWE app / online streaming service.

Not knowing what exactly was on there, but being pleasantly surprised to find the majority of weekly shows, special events etc on from the 80’s, 90’s 2000 etc up to the present day on there for WWF, WCW, NXT and some earlier territories era NWA wrestling. It’s fantastic value getting so much in one subscription and fairly priced.

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I don’t know any of the current wrestlers, so I’m watching WWE and WCW from the 80’s and 90’s, mostly in order, and some Smackdown/ RAW from the year 2000. As well as the better full documentaries that are on the service. Later I will go back and watch some earlier to mid 80s rasslin too and all the Wrestlemania’s.

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Along with the last month of classic wrestling viewing I decided to catch up on some older wrestling figures before they are gone for good.

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Aside from the figures and old TV shows, I have bought several non fiction books on wrestling. Currently I’m 300 pages into the enthralling page turning 500 page or so Brett Hart Autobiography, a must read in my opinion. I also picked up a book on the history of the territories focused on the first half of century from 1900-1960s.STING 1 CLOSE FACE 600

Of all the cool 90’s rasslers, my favorites have to be the likes of Sting, Taker, Stone Cold, Rock, Kevin Nash and Mankind. There are loads of great talented wrestlers (and hacks) in any era, the Monday Night Wars just happened to be the era where I got to see enough bits of the shows to follow the stories.kevin nash mattel figure 1a

The figures from Jakks Pacific in the late 90s did some fairly decent efforts at WCW characters. I used to have a few of them – like DDP and NWO Wolf Pack Macho Man- and saw even more of them in the stores or at my mates house back in the day.

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The thing about the modern WWF/WWE figures – is like the Star Wars Black Series and Marvel Cinematic Universe – you have a fairly standardized body (or buck) uses for many figures – just like the 80s and 90s toys – but the new innovation is the amazing and mostly accurate faces thanks to modern digital methods that allow more accurate true to life faces on the majority of figures. Some faces are still a bit shit and hard to do right, but most are damn good.

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I’m thoroughly enjoying these mattel ‘rasslers, and got about half of the core characters on my most wanted list. There are perhaps around 30 core characters and variants I’m after (eg Surfer Sting as well as Crow Sting). Biker Taker to go alongside the 90s and post 2000 Ministry versions.

STELLAR SEPTEMBER TOY HAUL

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With loads of various toy pick ups this month let’s get cracking.

First up is the new legends Lizard and a JADA Creature from the Black Lagoon. I was pleasantly surprised by both figures that turned out great. The jada monster figures in particular have excellent paint and details, and retail at yesterdays prices compared to every other 6″ line on the market.

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Out of package these mean greenies are both excellent figures.

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Another legend pick up was Rhino, and a Masterverse Mossman.

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Couple more random things, Studio Series Wheelie and a bayala Schleich winged lion.

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I don’t like Wheelie at all, but you gotta have him in your movie figure cast. So here he is on the can, demonstrating how good a posable figure he is.

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Super 7 time with Lion-O (Version 2 apparently?) and Mumm-Ra with Ma-Mutt.  I was surprised how big Mumm-Ra was, at nearly 9″ tall and very wide and stocky. Lovely lovely figures.

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More Legends and some Origins with two horde troopers and the renew your vows Spider-Man and Spinerret.horder troopers marvel legends spiderman spinneret

On the shelf I put my various Spider-Folk together. Still missing a 90’s style Scarlet Spider and no original Spider Woman.

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This x-cellent X-Men Animated Series coffee table book was released end of last year, and is now on sale at a better price. It’s a fantastic book I look forward to devouring while I rewatch the entire run of the show this year.

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Grabbed an Usagi Yojimbo saga book 2 volume on sale. Never read much Usagi and still deciding if I want more volumes. 

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More Origins with Kane, Mantenna, Pig-Head, 2002 Heman/Skeletor, another Horde Trooper and mini-comics deco Beastman. Plus Evil Lynn from Masterverse was on sale online.

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Still more Origins as this was officially He-Man month around these parts. Also Masterverse Triklops.

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Filmation Mattel Classics Mantenna, Grizzlor and Modulok I picked up loose complete on ebay for a very reasonable price. I love their deco and look so much.

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CLASSICS Star Sisters – also from the same ebay seller who gave me a really good deal on these three.

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Out of package Battle Armor He-Man, Flying Fists He-man and Terror Claws Skeletor, plus Orko robot from the CGI kids show.

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Clip and save these cool bits of art on the cards I say.

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More card backs and figures unboxed from Motu Origins.

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The mini comic page and profile art for KANE is very cool.

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I started putting some of the card backs on the wall, and may take down my poster and fill up that space with the other saved He-Man card backs.

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Got my Masterverse and recent first ever CLASSICS figures from the last month or so out of the tub just to them all together. I also had just received BOW from the Classics line bottom left there.

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Spare parts on some recent He-Mans lead to this comical startled face head birthing the legend of Toilet Man.

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After the Mattel Creations Grizzlor fiasco this month – where they didn’t even mention they were going to allow international shipping, or that they made too few that sold out instantly and the next ones are a year away – most of which were bought out by scalpers – I picked up a vintage one from a fellow collector rather than not have any Grizzlor ever in my Origins collection.

I would still like an Origins Grizzlor, but I sure as fuck am not paying some scalper $150 AUD for a retail $20-30 figure.

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Getting crowded in Eternia, but I would not have it any other way. Until next time, that’s it for this months toy haul.eternia crowd 800