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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Random Toy Pic From The Batcave Toy Room Archive # 23


Who's missing?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Star Wars: Imperial TIE Fighter 1978-1982 from Kenner


Aside from Darth Vader's breathing or the igniting of a lightsaber, the sound of a T.I.E. Fighter screeching through space is one most recognizable sounds from the Star Wars universe.The T.I.E Fighter is also an integral part to any Star Wars toy collection.


After the Millennium Falcon, the T.I.E Fighter, or quite possibly the Imperial Troop Transporter (depending which I opened first) was one of my first vehicles from Kenner's Star Wars line. Receiving my first T.I.E Fighter for Christmas in 1980 as gift from my eldest sister. I actually received both the T.I.E. Fighter and Imperial Troop Transporter plus two Stormtroopers, Hammerhead, and a Rebel Soldier from my big sister that year for Christmas, which that holiday helped to wrap up the the gaps in my collection before the discontinuing of many of the original line of toys and the release of the second wave of toys from The Empire Strikes Back.



There would later be a bluish gray battle damaged version released, but for now we'll start with the classic white.



Authentically detailed TIE Fighter has two large "Solar panels" on either side of a spherical cockpit. Special buttons release panels to simulate "Battle Damage" action.




Hand operated lever raises seat and escape hatch to allow child to seat DARTH VADER or other Star Wars figures. Child? What do they mean by child?



For added play excitement, a dramatics red laser cannon  lights up and emits a "whining" laser sound when rear deck button is pushed.

Ironically, for the third wave of toys from The Empire Strikes Back, Kenner created action figures such the Imperial TIE Fighter pilot and Twin Pod Cloud Car pilot, but discounted the vehicles they piloted. How crazy is that?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Weekly Toy Blog Round Up: Hey! Look at My Toy Collection!, Welcome New Toy Blogger, and Cool Pics

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving and is enjoying a long weekend as well. Did anyone pick up any toys on Black Friday? Tell us what you bought.
  1. 10 Rules We Learn About Dating From Star Wars @ Death Star PR
  2. Video Blog #43 @ Hey! Look at My Toys!
  3. My Vintage Star Wars Carded Figures @ I See, I Like, I Buy & I Might Blog When I Feel Like It...
  4. Snowspeeder and AT-AT with Luke and Dack Action Figures @ Kisho Meteora Star Wars Collector
  5. Plastic Mayhem @ Revenge From The Cosmic Ark
  6. The long wait till July '12 @ The Rebel Page
  7. Stormtrooper Coffee Table @ Toybot Studios
  8. Catwoman Purrrsday :: Hello, Newmar @ Toyriffic

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Another Week of Purging, This Time Batman Toys and Collectibles


This weeks purging includes tons of Batman toys and collectibles as the cleaning up of my toy collection continues and it is going way better than I thought it would. Considering I have never sold anything on eBay before. I have bought tons of toys on the world's biggest auction site, but never sold anything. I guess mainly because I never thought I would part with any of my toys.

This week has lots of items from Mego's World's Greatest Super Heroes toy line. Most of this parts lot is of toys that are what's left of toys I had intended to restore, but just never got around to doing so or could never find what I needed to do so. I figure it's better to just sell the parts and just pick up a complete specimen.


Mego's Mobile Bat lab is almost as rare as my Batman's Wayne Foundation Building, so finding a complete version of this Mego created Batman vehicle is going to cost me a few bucks, but I look forward to the hunt.


You can also see my Remco Energized Superman and Batman. I saw some dead mint specimens on eBay a couple weeks ago for both of these and bid on both, but lost the bids. These both went for an average of $200. So trying to pick up these guys is really going to cut into my budget. I think I am going to concentrate on some other restoring projects and picking up some less expensive items to fill some gaps, which all of that has begun and I will be sharing my finds soon.


If anyone is interested in picking up this Batman parts lot, you can place a bid HERE.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Weekly Toy Blog Roundup: Childhood Memories, Inspiring Others, and G.I. Joe

Sorry for being a day late with the Weekly Toy Blog Roundup. As you know, I usually do these on Fridays, but the week has flown by and I have been working super hard this week, so I can take a nice long weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving and spend time with my family and friend. Don't worry though. Next week The Batcave Toy Room will still have it's normal routine of postings. The purging is still going strong and I have been taking some of the profits from the sales and picking up new acquisitions, which I will be sharing as soon as they start coming in. The G.I. Joe parts lot sale ends on Sunday. If any interested, check it out HERE. In the meantime, I hope everyone has a great weekend.

  1. Batstuff # 18 @ 1966 My Favorite Year
  2. Jason of Star Command (Arthur H. Nadel, 1978-81) @ Adventures In Nerdliness
  3. DC Universe Animated Movies @ Action Toy Review
  4. #131: DC Minimates - Batwoman (modern) and The Question (modern) @ A Year of Toys
  5. Star Wars Action Figures @ Invader From The Cosmic Ark
  6. Catwoman Bend'n Flex figure @ DC Comics Fortress of Memorabilia
  7. More of the Marvel Universe Avengers Box Set! @ Super-Duper Toybox
  8. G.I. Joe Colorforms! @ Hey! Look At My Toys !
  9. Custom Santa Yoda @ I See, I Like, I Buy & I Might Blog When i Feel Like It...
  10. Where the Heck Has Shag Been?!?! @ Once Upon a Geek

Monday, November 14, 2011

I am Here to Put You Back on Schedule!


Lord Vader says, "Get this playset completed already!" Before I force choke you. I had a lot of readers ask to get a look at my Vintage Kenner Death Star playset as well as, tell me they always wanted it as kid, but never had a chance to get one. Well, believe it or not, I am no different.

The mast majority of my Vintage Star Wars Collection is composed of the toys I had as a kid. When I began collecting these toys from a galaxy far, far, away in the fall of 1980, my collection had grown leaps and bounds from September to December and just about had everything from the Star Wars 3 3/4 inch related Star Wars and first wave of The Empire Strikes Back toys, but a couple of items from the original line escaped my grasp. One of those was the Death Star Space Station Playset.

As the second wave of toys from Empire came out, which brought us such toy awesomeness such as the AT-AT, it also pulled the plug on the majority of the original lines toys with some exceptions as the Millennium Falcon, TIE Fighter, and X-Wing Fighter, but we lost great playsets like the Death Star and the Creature Cantina. Like my fellow toy bloggers, I was disappointed to never received this gem of a playset.

Through various part lot purchases on eBay I have been able to construct an almost complete playset. I just need a few more parts to do so.


I need the swing rope. How is Luke supposed to save the princess without this thing?


I need the tractor beam ledge. That old man needs get that tractor beam out of commission.


I also need to get a hold of some repro or original decals, whichever comes first.

So, I hope that suppresses your appetite for a little while gang. Soon as I can dig up those parts, We'll take a detailed look at this armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. Stay tuned.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

G.I. Joe: Purging a Real American Hero


Since it was Veteran's Day Weekend, I decided to continue the toy room purging with some of my vintage G.I. Joe toys from 1982-1984. As you know I am primarily a Batman or Super Hero and Star Wars toy collector.


All of these figures are broken at the waste, but would make a great battle diorama. The Battle Armor S.N.A.K.E. is in great shape however and comes with the box and instructions.



The G.I. Joe gang tore up that Cobra F.A.N.G. Probably shot it out of the sky with F.L.A.K. attack cannon or the Missile Defense Unit.


The V.A.M.P. and Polar Battle Bear are ready for action. Also, included are the tail gate hood and steering wheel from the vintage 12 inch G.I. Joe series JEEP. They were painted black to be converted to a Bat-Jeep. The Bat-Jeep was sweet at one time. The rest is all but long gone.

If anyone is interested in picking up this G.I. Joe parts lot, you can pick it up on eBay HERE.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Weekly Toy Blog Roundup: Happy Veteran's Day Edition

I want to take a moment and say thanks to all our armed forces past and present that serve and protect our country. Thank you for keeping us all safe and keeping our great country what it is. I follow the exploits of many childhood Super Heroes daily, but our troops are the real Super Heroes.

Wow! What a great week of toy blogging goodness. The colder weather must be keeping toy bloggers indoors and writing more. Much better than last week anyway. To make up for the short list last week and the great amount of awesome toy articles published, our top 10 list has been expanded this week. Show your fellow toy bloggers some love. In the meantime, I hope everyone is having a great three day weekend.
  1. Collection Panorama @ Toys N' More
  2. Holy Grail @ Calvin's Canadian Cave of Cool
  3. Currently on Display: November 2011 @ Killer B Hive
  4. Recently Star Wars Haul's @ Big Daddy Toys
  5. Little Cool Things: Are you a chick who fell in from outer space? @ Bully Says: Comics Oughta be Fun!
  6. Batman Begins Hot Toys Bruce Wayne Batman Toy Fairs 2011 Exclusive 1/6 Scale Figure Review @ Long Shot Dreams Productions
  7. 'Mayhem at the Manor' by Les McClaine @ Toyriffic
  8. Mini-Mates Knight Rider K.I.T.T. and C.A.R.R. @ Invader From The Cosmic Ark
  9. Wish List Part 2- The Batman @ The Sexy Geek's House of Swag
  10. Stealth Strike Riddler & Gear Up Batman/Total Armor Steel Power Superman @ Super-Duper Toybox
  11. Kenner Super Powers Batmobile @ Under the Giant Penny
  12. Julian Beever Chaulk Art @ Toybot Studios
  13. Thanks ActionFig! @ Revenge From The Cosmic Ark
  14. Spider Man and Bubble Brain Bubble @ Plastic, Do Not Eat!
  15. Toy Review -Batman Legacy: Batgirl By Mattel @ Needless Things
  16. Hot Toys Superman (1978): Superman @ My World of Madness - Toys Toys and Toys!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Kenner Star Wars Micro Collection Pic of the Week # 6 : Hoth Wampa Cave Probe Droid


Command of the Prisoner...Commander of the tape. That is what the probe droid is saying in it's transmission to the Empire in The Empre Strikes Back. That's my story and I am sticking too it.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

Batman Arkham City: Legacy Edition Batman (Arkham City - Batsuit)


I received a $5 off coupon from Mattel with my Retro-Action DC Super Heroes Kyle Rayner for any DC Universe action figure and it burned one heck of a hole in my pocket. There were quite a few figures that I thought were cool, but I really wanted one from the Batman Family, but there were none to be found and everything else I just wasn't feeling.

A couple of weeks ago Revenge From the Cosmic Ark posted pics of this Arkham City Legacy Edition Batman and I knew that was the one I had been looking for. I scoured my nearest Toys R Us and Target stores, but always left empty handed. I decided to make this a personal mission to find this figure and get it into my life. There was one last Toy R Us I needed to hit. It is clear across town for me, but I had so much luck at getting toys I had been looking for at that store I decided to go check it out.


I was alone, I took a ride, I didn't know, what I would find there, another road where maybe I could see another kind of toy there.


Ooh, then I suddenly see you, Ooh, did I tell you I need you, every single day of my life.



Ooh, you were meant to be near me, Ooh, and I want you hear me say we'll be together every day, got to get you into my life.

Can you tell I really like this Batman action figure? I am also no doubt a Beatles fan.

From the back of the blister card: CELEBRATE THE LEGACY OF BATMAN! DC Universe proudly presents the Batman Legacy Edition. Each figure features meticulous design, deluxe articulation, and supreme quality sculpts. The Legacy Edition series gives Batman lovers a unique array of characters inspired by the worlds of Batman, from pages of DC Comics to the Silver Screen to the battleground of Arkham City, and beyond. Each Legacy Edition figure is expertly-crafted by industry masters to ensure the highest standards of authenticity and collectibility.


Is it me, or does the Robin on the back of the blister card look like Colin from Super-Duper Toybox?

Look for these Legacy Ediiton figures, inspired by the Batman Arkham City Video game, in stores now.

I think this figure is fangasmic! From the packaging to the sclupting of the figure. Matttel did a great job.

Release date: 2011

Assortment: X4229

Retail: $14.99

Friday, November 4, 2011

Weekly Toy Blog Roundup: Trick or Treating, Thanksgiving, and a Wonderful World

I had a great time this week with it being Halloween and all. It was great to take my little lady bug house to house trick or treating. Even though she was scared to death at the pumpkin patch and of the pumpkins we carved, she was all about the trick or treating.

I also had a blast taking my nephew and the both of us hanging in out in our Jedi garb. This post is going to end up sounding like the song "What a Wonderful World." but it truly is a wonderful world. The faces of wonder on these kids faces is just priceless and I look forward to what else is in store over the years as these great kids grow up.

I've had the privilege of seeing the pics of Bubbashelby's new addition to his family and I see the same joy in his smile for his little one's that I feel in my heart for mine. November is the month for giving thanks, although we should do it every month, but I really want to say thanks to all of you who share your lives and toys with me.  Hope you all have a great weekend. Let us hear what you're thankful for.
  1. Spidey Shelves @ The Sexy Geek's House of Swag
  2. DC Busy Book @ Under The Giant Penny
  3. Vision & The Scarlet Witch #1 @ Super-Duper Toy Box
  4. Mego Pocket Super Hereos 3 3/4" Batman @ Under The Giant Penny
  5. Catwoman Purrrsday ::Silver Age Catwoman Action Figure @ Toyriffic
  6. Capt. America & X-Men Mugs! @ Super-Duper Toy Box
  7. Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars 1/6 scale Holiday Yoda Preview @ Toyhaven

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Star Wars Exclusives Only at Target

The exclusive Star Wars toys only at Target are reminiscent of the Sears Christmas exclusives back in the day like the Cloud City Playset or Imperial Cruiser. I passed on last years TIE Fighter and Rebel Armored Snow Speeder. Part of me wishes I hadn't and I have somewhat of an urge to start collecting them.


Revenge From The Cosmic Ark posted pics of the Search for Luke Skywalker a couple of weeks ago, but lets take a look at the set that includes an open belly Tauntaun, Han Solo in Hoth outfit and a Rebel Soldier again.


The set sells for $24.99 and is well worth it taking in the consideration that individual action figures go for $8.99 separately.


Also, the standard Tauntaun is for sale as well and has cool vintage style photos with action figures posed in the same way as the packaging of the vintage Tautaun from Kenner.


Last but not least is the ultra cool Landspeeder. Another entry in the vintage box style collection. All and all these new toy are pretty cool and I feel my collection calling them to join the fray, but at $24.99, I don't know if the Tauntaun and Landspeeder are worth it. I think if they were more like $14.99, they would be priced just right, but then again, can you put a price on the toys you love?
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