My older sister and I didn’t have much in common growing up, aside from having been pushed through the same vag and the few mortifying occasions our mom forced us to wear matching outfits. My sister, the prissy straight “A” student who was into clothes and make-up, versus me, the tomboy who was into pretty much all the same (read: much cooler) crap I’m still into now.
One of the few ways our interests overlapped was our mutual love for stickers. Then again, every kid in the 80s collected stickers, so saying we had this in common is like saying we’re both fans of breathing.
We were never “hardcore” in our sticker-acquiring aspirations, but we did enjoy filling up this sticker book with our shared treasures, giving careful thought and attention as to how they should be arranged. Well, sometimes.
I’m sure at the time it seemed like a good idea to “protect” our stickers inside this old album meant for photos, with its sticky pages and clear plastic page covers that would yellow and wither over time. I may not have learned much in the 20 years since I last touched this sticker book, but I think I can safely say that was a fucking horrible idea. Of course it wasn’t mine.
Also not my idea was the inclusion of lame-ass stickers like Paddington Bear, but one of the reasons I love this sticker book so much is that it’s a time capsule that reveals the differences (and sometimes similarities) between its two curators.
Those Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles plastered on the inside back cover? All me.
It’s fun to flip through these worn pages and try to remember who contributed what in cases where it’s less cut and dry. That Poochie sticker could have been either of us.
Also worth noting are the loosely adhered-to “themes” we attempted to create on some of the pages, which I’ve provided my best guesses for below (when it isn’t something obvious, like unicorns). As was often the case, my sister, ever the more cautious and detail-oriented daughter, would get a good theme going until I came along and fucked it all up with my random sticker bombs and less than artful placement. STICKERANARCHY!
And now, to simulate the full experience of trading stickers back in the 80s…
“GUYS! GUYS! GUYS! LOOKATMYSTICKERS!”
Page 1 — Candy & Sweets
Page 2 — Moodies
Who remembers these little guys?
Page 3 — Metallic Messages & Music
Page 4 — Hearts
Page 5 — Bears
Page 6 — Fuzzy Things
Page 7 — Kittens
Page 8 — Hot Air Balloons & Garfield
Page 9 — Ice Cream
Page 10 — More Ice Cream
Page 11 — Peaches ‘n Cream
Page 12 — Junk Food
Page 13 — 80s-Tastic!
Page 14 — Easter
Page 15 — Skating & Ballerinas
Page 16 — Sparkles & Shiny Objects
Page 17 — School
Page 18 — Cabbage Patch Kids
Page 19 — Muppet Babies
Page 20 — Puffy Stickers & Googly Eyes
Page 21 — Lemons
Page 22 — Valentines
Page 23 — Chore Rewards
Page 24 — Strawberry Shortcake
Page 25 — Dogs
Page 26 — Teddy Bears
Page 27 — (Not Really) Balloons
Page 28 — Unicorns
Who wants to trade stickers?
Having gotten reacquainted with my checkered sticker collecting past, I think I’m inspired now to start an adult sticker book (NOT the kind you’re thinking of) to give a proper home to all of the rad stickers I’ve accumulated from my blogging friends lately, between Branded in the 80s , Top Hat Sasquatch , Strange Kids Club , etc. which reminds me–have you seen the totally kickass Cult Film Club stickers we’re selling?
Rabid TMNT fangirlism + childhood memories + tax refund =buying all four of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cuddle Pillows (or “Pillow Buddies”, depending on which store you buy them from).
There was really never any question that I would end up owning these, but I need to thank Tommy over at Top Hat Sasquatch for tipping me off that Walmart.com has them for less than $18 each. With free Site-to-Store shipping, I got mine in a matter of a few days.
Here they all are, chillin’ in my bedroom (and you should feel special, because I NEVER make my bed):
From left to right: Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael
If the order of the Turtles looks familiar it’s probably because a few days ago I posted a photo of what my bedroom looked like in 1989 , the pièce de résistance being my Ninja Turtle plushies all lined up on my bed:
Here’s a closer look at the 2013 version of that photo:
And some shots of the individual Turtles:
Leonardo’s the leader in blue, he’ll do anything it takes to get his Ninjas through.
Donatello is the fellow, has a way with machines.
Raphael’s got the most attitude on the team.
Michelangelo, he’s one of a kind, and you’ll know just where to find him when it’s party time.
Hi, my name is Jaime, I am 31 years old, and I like Ninja Turtles…
I recently dug up this photo from one of my family’s albums. Why on earth they had a picture of my bedroom on a random day in 1989, I don’t know, but I’m glad it exists if only so I can re-live the magic of getting splinters from my unfinished pine furniture and staring loathsomely at the ugly pastel wallpaper.
Let’s take a tour!
This was taken around the time I had started to transition away from girly stuff and get more into comics and video games, and obviously, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The striped wallpaper, floral border and “ugly art thing” I’ve so helpfully pointed out in the above photo are holdovers from when my bedroom was floor-to-ceiling peach. (I know. Ew.) That bed used to be a four-poster affair with a big, frilly canopy that matched my frilly peach bedspread, but I demanded my dad saw it off. I think my official reasoning was so that my room would be “less gay.”
I still had a couple of dolls, but they were of the collectible “do not touch” variety my mom would bitch if I messed up. I’m dying to know what cassette tapes those are over in the corner there. I’m thinking probably California Raisins, the soundtrack to the first Batman movie, and Paula Abdul. Yeah, let’s go with that.
I’m pretty disappointed in the angle of this photo. If you could pan another foot or so to the right, you’d see the bitchin’ neon-colored Habitrail setup where my hamsters lived. On the opposite wall from my bed there was an armoire (also of rough pine that gave me splinters) that housed my TV and video games.
Oh, and if you’re wondering why Raphael’s mask is loose, it’s because I had a dog who was fond of eating my stuffed animals and Raph was a frequent victim. Just had to be the Turtle I loved the most.
This past weekend I went spelunking for priceless childhood artifacts over at my parents’ house and didn’t come away disappointed. Between their attic, basement and crawlspace I was able to find a number of items I probably haven’t laid eyes on in over 15 years, having long ago chalked them up as rotting away in some landfill. One of those items–this stuffed Michelangelo, circa 1989–may as well have been.
Poor Mikey. He’s seen better days …
Judging from the chewed-up appearance of his belt, I have a feeling he may, at some point, have been a plaything for my family’s old dog, which was Raphael’s fate:
(Also, my dog was possibly a Terminator.)
Now Michelangelo is the only surviving member of my foursome of plush green heroes, which back in the day I would not have hesitated to call my most cherished possessions.
By day “the guys” hung out in the most coveted spot in my room– front and center on my bed –and by night they slept snugly in my arms (or, if Raph and Leo were fighting, in groups of two on either side of me). The Turtles accompanied me on play dates, beach vacations, camping trips (bet you didn’t know I was a Girl Scout!), that time I “moved out” into my playhouse, and I wouldn’t dream of opening up my presents on Christmas morning without them beside me to share in my–I mean our –delight if I got something TMNT-related. I told them all my secrets and would often seek their advice on everday matters of importance, like what Sega game to rent, or if I should cheat on my math test. Which Turtle I asked depended on the answer I was hoping to get.
They were, in short, my best buds.
Outside the cartoons and movies on VHS, my plushies were one of the few tangible pieces of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fandom I was allowed, which is part of the reason I loved them so much. My mom never liked the idea of me playing with “boy toys” so I barely had any TMNT action figures to speak of, even though I always asked for them at Christmas (aside: that’s how I originally started to suspect the whole Santa thing might be a sham) and birthdays.
Speaking of birthday parties…
Yes, I’m well aware I had the worst haircut ever. It was a combination of a perm gone wrong and me trying to take matters into my own hands with the scissors. It’s a miracle I even had any friends left to invite to this party. By all means, make fun of my hair if you must, but if you’re going to make fun of anything , it should be my pants. I have no excuse for those.
Here’s some totally unsolicited life advice from me to you:
Remember to stop and blow some bubbles every now and then.
By that I mean take some time out to do something that makes you feel like a kid again. Today it’s bubbles, but this could really be a metaphor for anything you loved doing as a kid–coloring, roller skating, drawing on the sidewalk with chalk, going for a swing, building a sand castle. Remember how happy you were in those moments? When the only thing that mattered was how much fun you were having?
Every now and then I need to be reminded that there was a time before the pressures of adult life–work, bills, relationships, taxes, politics, health problems–when all I needed to be happy was myself and maybe a fresh box of crayons or a run through the sprinkler. Not having children means I don’t have a built-in excuse for doing silly things like blowing bubbles, but I’ve got plenty of stress and responsibilities, and sometimes I just need to do these things, neighbors who give me funny looks be damned.
Today is one of those days, as the tax deadline is Monday and I’m filing today , like a boss. (Yup, I’m that person.) I’m also sending out positive thoughts to a friend who’s going through a rough time and gearing up to spend my Sunday night working to meet a Monday morning deadline–thank God for DVR. (Sorry Mad Men and Game of Thrones, but I’ll make it up to you.)
These ice cream-scented bubbles (holy crap, there are ice cream-scented bubbles!) are exactly what I needed:
I found these at the grocery store a few weeks ago–two for $3!–and have been waiting for the right time to head out to the backyard and have some fun. Spring has officially arrived in Maryland, which I can always tell by the cherry tree in bloom in my front yard (and the unholy amount of cat hairs I keep finding everywhere). The fresh air and afternoon sun was a perfect backdrop for bubble-blowing, and the slight breeze carried my iridescent, chocolate-scented spheres all across the neighborhood.
The breeze made taking pictures challenging (picture me blowing bubbles then frantically trying to capture them with my camera before they disappeared or blew too far away), but I kept trying even though I’m no photographer. I’m glad I did, because I was rewarded with some of the loveliest photos I’ve ever taken.
Have you blown any bubbles lately, metaphorically speaking?
When I heard my friend Tommy from Top Hat Sasquatch was starting up a business selling geeky nostalgia packs, I had a feeling it was going to be awesome, just based on the fact that Tommy’s an awesome dude. Really, I didn’t need any more convincing than that. Judging from the package I got in the mail today, I know this to be true.
The new venture is Boxsome , a mail-order service delivering “Nostalgia Packs” right to your mailbox. Every box or bundle is crammed full of cool geeky, nostalgic stuff, like unopened wax packs, trading cards, stickers, Pogs (remember those?), and other small items you probably collected as a kid. You get a whole lot of awesome for less than $10 (each pack is $7 + $2.50 shipping), and you can customize each pack to your interests based on the available themes. Of course, I went with Ninja Turtles and Nintendo.
Even though you can choose which wax packs you want, the fun of Boxsome is all the surprise items you get, like a mail-order grab bag! I got some Star Wars, Lion King and Simpsons pogs, Nintendo cards, Pizza Point stickers, Batman cards, and other assorted geekery you can have fun identifying in the photo above. It’s a pretty good deal for all you get, and there’s no subscriptions, fees or other B.S. Just pay once and get cool stuff! Who doesn’t love getting cool stuff in the mail?
Want your own Nostalgia Pack? Get yours for 20% off!
Tommy is hooking up ShezCrafti readers with a 20% discount! (I told you he’s an awesome dude.) Just enter code “SHEZCRAFTI” when you check out.
If you decide to take the plunge, be sure to post some pics of your loot on Twitter or Instagram and give a shout-out to @HeyBoxsome ! You could end up in the Boxsome Gallery and be internet famous.
This week The League is trading our unwanted stuff ! I’ve got plenty of that around here, but I tried to pick something that I know you guys in The League might actually want–that is, unless any of you are interested in Hello Kitty stuff or Insane Clown Posse CDs… Anyone? Bueller?
Didn’t think so.
So, here’s what I’m hoping to unload:
Are you surprised I have Catwoman comics? See, back in the 90s I was obsessed with X-MEN after getting hooked on the cartoon, so I started collecting the comics. I still have hundreds of them, between X-MEN, Uncanny X-MEN, X-Factor, X-Force, X-MEN 2099, X-MEN Adventures, all the character-centric titles like Wolverine, Cable, Storm, etc. etc. etc. I even have some Avengers crossovers. Here’s a glimpse:
Feeling overly entrenched in the Marvel universe, I decided at some point to branch out a little and try something new. For whatever reason, Catwoman is the book I chose to do that with. I loved Batman, but was overwhelmed by the volume of Batman comics out there and didn’t know where to start. I’ve also never been one to collect comic books just for the sake of collecting–I actually do read the stories and I won’t buy a book that I’m not “into” story or character-wise. When I saw Catwoman #1 hit the stands back in 1993, I thought here was good chance to get into something Batman-related from the start so I jumped on it.
Plus, the cover is embossed, so you can totally feel up Selina Kyle’s cat-bewbz. Fun, right?
I tried my best to get into Catwoman, collecting it for about a year or so, but unfortunately it never grabbed me the way X-MEN did, so I gave up. It did, however, teach me a valuable lesson: that I shouldn’t have to “try” to get into something. If you’re trying too hard to like something, it probably means you don’t. And if you don’t like something, stop collecting it. Otherwise it’s just a waste of time and money. That’s what these books represent to me–a waste of time and money. I have no emotional investment in them whatsoever, and I’d be more than happy to pass them on to someone who’ll actually appreciate them.
So here’s exactly what I have up for trade:
Catwoman #1 — Aug 1993
Catwoman #2 — Sep 1993
Catwoman #3 — Oct 1993
Catwoman #4 — Nov 1993
Catwoman #5 — Dec 1993
Catwoman #6 — Jan 1994 (2x copies of this one)
Catwoman #7 — Feb 1994
Catwoman #8 — Mar 1994
Catwoman #9 — Apr 1994
Catwoman #10 — May 1994
Catwoman #11 — Jun 1994
(I don’t have #12 for some reason…)
Catwoman #13 — Aug 1994
Catwoman #14 — Sep 1994 (2x copies of this one)
(I don’t have #15 either)
Catwoman #16 — Dec 1994
Catwoman #0 — Oct 1994
Catwoman Annual #1 — 1994
All of these comics are bagged and boarded and have been resting undisturbed in my comic boxes since 1994. In other words, they’re in great condition.
And here’s what I’m interested in for trade:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles anything, especially if it’s related to the first movie
Retro gaming stuff (NES carts, Atari, Sega Genesis, etc.)
Choose Your Own Adventure Books (Hardcover)
Vintage board games or card games
Atari Hot Wheels (I need the 2600 GMC Motorhome and the Centipede van)
Of course, money’s always good too if you’d rather just outright buy them. I have no idea what the’re worth though, so you could probably swindle me pretty good.
You really can’t go wrong with Bicycles. They’ve been making these cards since 1885. You think a little thing like the zombie apocalypse is going to stop them?
I picked these up in Walgreens the other day for just $3. With priceless zombie survival tips printed on every card, this deck has already paid for itself.
The face cards for every suit feature different-looking zombies. Clubs are a sickly flesh color, clearly in the early stages of decay. Hearts are a pale, icy blue–perhaps these are cold-weather zombies? Diamonds are a putrid yellow reminiscent of puss. Finally, Spade zombies are a classic grayish-green.
The Joker card pays homage to the original, with a zombified King rising from his grave marked 808. Nice touch.
The backs of the cards feature a bloody take on the zombie King theme, with rotting hands stretching into the four corners.
I’ve already stashed these away in my survival kit. If you’re lucky enough to end up in my group of survivors, you won’t be without entertainment.
I was on my way to the bank this morning when I saw this sign:
My first reaction was excitement, thinking the zombie apocalypse had finally come. Then I got a little further into town–where all the bars are–and realized it’s St. Patty’s Day weekend, and by “walkers” this sign is referring to drunk and disorderly white people. That’s all Bel Air, Maryland has to offer, really. But it was fun for a few seconds to think at any moment I might have to start running down undead bitches with my Civic.
While I’m on the subject of The Walking Dead , I recently added the board game to my collection. I picked it up at Best Buy, of all places, because I had some Rewards money. It’s pretty rare for me to walk in there and not come out with a video game of some sort, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. I must have hit it on a bad day because their selection of games sucked.
So instead I settled for some good old-fashioned analog entertainment.
It’s a shitty, depressing day outside, so I thought it was perfect for photos considering the subject matter. Enjoy the serene beauty of my muddy backyard and rotting deck.
I haven’t yet had the opportunity to play game, as you can probably tell from the un-punched playing pieces, but already this game has a huge strike against it:
It does, however, have a Single Player mode just for losers like me!
The actual “board” part of this board game is pretty cool, too, because it’s made of flexible fabric and rubber, like a mat. It rolls up for storing neatly in its own compartment in the box. I guess you could also attempt to used it as a weapon when the real zombie apocalypse happens, but I would not recommend that.
According to the back of the box, this game is a “Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit.”
I don’t know where the game makers are getting their information, but I doubt there’s much inside this box that would save you from one zombie, let alone multiple zombies who all want to eat your face off. If you have a good arm, maybe you could throw dice at them hard enough and take out an eye?
What does it say about me that on my recent fantasy shopping spree to Hakes Americana & Collectibles I only came away with $1639.00 worth of stuff? I had carte blanche with my pretend money to purchase all the coolest, most ridiculously expensive pop culture artifacts I wanted, but wound up buying tschotskes and a couple of cheap buttons . I suck at being rich. If I ever suddenly come into a lot of money because I invent Vapoorize or something, I’ll probably still eat at McDonald’s and drink Arbor Mist.
One of the items I was most excited about was (of course) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-related–this two-pack of 6-inch TMNT buttons:
I ended up snagging the pair, not because these buttons are rare or even all that particularly interesting, but because I had one as a kid. Don’t ask me which Turtle it was, though, because I don’t remember. I just remember it felt important at the time to boldly display my Turtle Power to counteract the scourge of ridiculously over-sized New Kids on the Block buttons that seemed to be everywhere. That was worth getting mocked relentlessly for, right? (In related news, HOLYHELL there’s a lot of cheap NKOTB stuff on Ebay. Which one of you is flooding the market with Cover Girl cassingles?)
A while back I had picked up Donatello, Michelangelo, and Leonardo buttons from Just For Fun Collectibles , a local store that buys and sells old toys, comics, and games, among tons of other cool crap that fills its tiny retail space from floor to ceiling. I was thrilled to find these guys buried in a plastic bin full of Pez dispensers and the shop owner gave me a good deal on all three of them, however I was super-bummed they didn’t have Raphael. Figures it would be the most important one.
But thanks to Hake’s, the cool but crude Turtle has finally joined his brothers and completed the awesome foursome:
If you haven’t checked out Hake’s auction site yet and all the awesome pop culture memorabilia they have for sale, you might want to cut up your credit cards before taking a look! Just sayin’.
I want money, lots and lots of money, so I can buy all this cool stuff at Hake’s!
This week’s assignment from The League was to pretend money is no object and go on a fantasy shopping spree at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles . Part of Baltimore’s famous Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, Hake’s is a huge auction site filled with tons of nostalgic collectibles and pop culture memorabilia, ranging in price from surprisingly reasonable to somebody’s going to have to donate a kidney. Browsing through the hundreds of pages of toys, novelties, comics, pins, posters, autographs and everything in between, I was overwhelmed at how much stuff they have. I spent a good hour or so just clicking through all the links and typing in random searches to see what I could find. Naturally I checked out their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stuff first ‚ however, I did resist the urge to fill up a blog post with just TMNT collectibles. You should be proud of me.
Anyway, cue the cheesy montage music. It’s time to go shopping!
So, we’re supposed to pretend like we’re buying stuff to decorate our mansions, but if I were filthy rich I’d totally live on a huge yacht like Goldie Hawn in Overboard complete with useless, empty, hair-polishing, toe-polishing rich bitch sun tanning days . Instead of traveling the world collecting fine works of art, I’d fill up my yacht with vintage video games, valuable comics, toys, movie memorabilia, rare Ninja Turtles stuff, and other priceless (to me) treasures from all over. Basically it’d be just like Overboard except I’d own much cooler stuff and my crew would play ‘80s music around the clock. And also I wouldn’t be a total bitch.
Here’s what I bought!
I know it’s a lot to take in. Believe me, I had a hard time narrowing it down to just this stuff. Here’s a breakdown of everything I purchased with my pretend monies, and why:
1. ‘Blues Brothers’ Button
The Blues Brothers is one of the best movies of all time. If you disagree, you are wrong. The Blues Brothers were a few years before my time, but I grew up watching the iconic film with my Dad and catching up on those early years of Saturday Night Live (somewhere along the way I also developed a mini-crush on John Belushi which is pretty weird being that he’s a dead guy, and all). This vintage Blues Brothers button predates the 1980 film and depicts Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi in character as Elwood and Jake.
2. Buster Brown Plastic Ring
The mall in my town where I’ve lived for over 30 years used to have a Buster Brown children’s shoe store back in the early 80s, and every time my mom took me there to buy a new pair of shoes, it meant I would get one of these cheap plastic Buster Brown rings . For me, that was the whole point of going because I hated shoes and still do. I think I must have been traumatized by a shoe salesman at an early age or something. I know it’s atypical because I’m a woman and we’re supposed to like shoes, but if I could get away with going barefoot or wearing flip-flops year-round, I would.
3. ‘Star Wars’ Ken Steacy Signed Lithograph
This Star Wars print is so bad ass! Not only do I love the copious amount of hot pink, but the perspective makes Darth Vader look like a giant. Either that or somebody shrunk the Death Star. This Star Wars lithograph is from a limited run of just 50 prints and is signed by artist Ken Steacy.
4. Pair of 6″ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Buttons
You knew there was going to be some Ninja Turtles stuff here, right? These oversize 6″ buttons are the kind that have a pop-out cardboard stand on the back to prop them up. I already have the matching Donatello, Leonardo and Michelangelo versions; I just need Raphael and the group shot with the logo, which are sold together in this TMNT button lot .
5. David Bowie ‘Serious Moonlight’ Tour Pin
This super 80s-tastic David Bowie pin (I seem to have a thing for pins) is from his 1983 Serious Moonlight tour. I was only two years old in 1983, but I love me some David Bowie–especially 80s Bowie (blame Labyrinth !)–and I love this abstract style of art. Thank God for YouTube which is like a time machine where I can watch the whole concert . Lets dance!
6. Jim Henson’s Muppet Watches
I love all things Jim Henson and Muppets, so this Kermit watch with a Rainbow Connection theme caught my eye. It’s part of a larger store display of Muppet watches and clocks from 1982. I really like the simplicity of the artwork and the green color of the band which matches Kermit.
7. Nintendo Power — ‘Final Fantasy’ Crystal Orb Prize
Here’s one of the few video game-related things I could find at Hake’s, but it’s a good one! Back in 1990, Nintendo Power ran Final Fantasy-themed Treasure Contest and second prize was one of fifty custom decorative Final Fantasy crystal orbs with the game’s name and emblem etched into the glass. As a nice bonus, it even comes with a copy of the Nintendo Power issue it was announced in, which is awesome too because the cover is dedicated to Maniac Mansion, one of my favorite NES games.
8. ‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi’ Roller Skates
I had no idea Star Wars roller skates existed, but now that I do, I must possess them. I guess I really shouldn’t be surprised, since there is Star Wars everything . Another thing I’d own if I were rich is my own private roller rink modeled after a late-80s Skate Land. You’d all be invited to come hang out anytime you want, of course. And if skating in wide circles to The Cars is not your thing, don’t worry–there’ll also be a bitchin’ arcade and pizza parlor.
9. Mechanical Mighty Robot with Spark
I don’t really know anything about this mechanical windup robot toy, except that he seems like a lot of fun and looks totally rad. The description on the website tells me he’s from Japan and was made in the 1960s. Supposedly when you wind him up he walks forward and you can see sparks shooting off inside his chest window. See what I mean? Totally rad.
10. Batman Outfit with Button
Who doesn’t want to be Batman for a day? With this cape, mask, and official “Charter Member Batman & Robin Society” badge, you could be. I just like the silliness of it all, and how the packaging says “TV Cape” instead of Batman. I don’t know what that’s all about, but evidently this Batman outfit only costed 98 cents back in 1966. Being Batman for less than a dollar sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.
11. X-Men Comic Panel Buttons
You might not know this about me, but for a time in the early 90s I was even more obsessed with X-MEN than I was Ninja Turtles. I have since gone back to Turtles almost exclusively but I still keep up with X-MEN to a loose degree, and still hold on to several long boxes full of comics that document that period of my life. These X-MEN comic panel buttons are from 1986–1987 and feature awesome artwork, including my favorite 80s-era red and brown Wolverine style.
12. ‘Top Gun’ Showtime Button
More buttons! I could probably easily fill up a whole wall of buttons, or at the very least, a whole jean jacket. This one is a Top Gun promo button from 1987 promoting the Showtime network. I don’t really care about that part, I just like it because it’s Top Gun.
13. Miss Piggy Campaign Button
Did you know Miss Piggy ran for president back in 1980? This Miss Piggy for President button was distributed as part of her campaign, along with an appearance in Life magazine. Personally, I would not have voted for Miss Piggy and her feminist agenda, but it’s fun to imagine what the country would be like today if she had won. #Beaker4President, amirite?
14. Walt Disney’s Game Parade Board Game
This vintage 1940’s Disney Game Parade caught my eye because of the box art and interesting design. Supposedly this thing is 15 board games in one, using different boards and playing pieces. But the real reason I like it so much is because Toby Tortoise is represented on the cover. You just don’t see that guy around much. It’s a shame he never became more popular after his Silly Symphony days.
15. Toby Tortoise Toothbrush Holder
Speaking of Toby Tortoise, check out this keen Toby Tortoise toothbrush holder from the 30s, which was back when they said things like “keen.” It makes sense that Toby would store your toothbrush in his shell, you know, because he’s a turtle. Just like how it also makes sense that he’s wearing boxing gloves, because he’s a boxer. In a way, Toby Tortoise is kind of a precursor to the Ninja Turtles. He’s definitely cool enough to warrant more cartoon appearances than the few lousy ones he got. I’m rooting for ya, little buddy.
16. ‘Tales from the Crypt’ Pinball Advertising Button
Though I’m too young to have grown up with the original comics, one of my favorite horror anthology shows was HBO’s Tales from the Crypt . My mom used to let me and my sister stay up late and watch it with her over a shared bowl of popcorn. This Tales from the Crypt button is associated with the pinball machine that was produced in 1993. Sadly, Hake’s doesn’t have the whole pinball machine or I’d buy that, because why not, I’m all rich and stuff now? The Crypt Keeper is definitely someone I’d hang out with on Friday nights. At the very least he deserves credit for my love of terrible puns.
17. ‘Reform School Girls’ Large Promotional Button
This is a large promo button from the 1986 extreme low budget B-movie Reform School Girls. Don’t be surprised if we–and by “we” I mean “I”–end up covering this one over at Cult Film Club .
18. “The Swingers” Beatles-Like Figurines on Card
I had no idea The Shitty Beatles existed outside of Wayne’s World. This set of “The Swingers” plastic figurines is clearly a knock-off of The Beatles. The fact that they’re made in Hong Kong is a dead giveaway. I think knock-off products are hilarious, especially when they have such sexy names.
19. Reagan Satirical 1980s Postcard Lot
Not much to say about these satirical Reagan postcards , except that I find them hilarious because I’m immature. Ronald Reagan + Rambo = RONBO. Ronald Reagan + Ronald McDonald= Ronald McReagan. DOYOUGETIT, GUYS? I just want them for kitsch points, and also because the lot includes a card where Reagan has a giant penis on his head .
20. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Power Rings Set
Okay, I had to sneak one more TMNT item in here. These are a set of eight Ninja Turtles “Power Rings” that came from Nabisco Shreddies (hurr hurr!) cereal in Canada. I like that the Turtles are all making different faces, which is rare for pieces like this; usually they just use the same sculpt and change the mask color. I’m also a little upset there’s no Bebop, but these are just trifles. In no way does that mean I want the whole set any less than I do, which is badly.
21. ‘E.T.’ Jewelry Necklace Lot
I don’t wear a lot of jewelry, if at all. I hardly even own any “nice” jewelry. When I do wear jewelry, I like it cheap and crappy like these goldtone E.T. necklaces , or even the plastic stuff from vending machines. It’s not that I don’t appreciate nice jewelry, it’s just highly impractical for me and I’ve lost more than one nice rock. I’d wear the shit out of these E.T. necklaces, though, which come in four different designs, including my favorite, Transvestite E.T.
22. Disney’s ‘Robin Hood’ Lunch Box
Here’s another fun ShezCrafti fact: my Dad’s name is Robin Hood. No joke. As a result, I’ve always been kind of drawn to Robin Hood-related stuff since my family has always sort of unofficially collected it. This Robin Hood lunch box is a little beat up, but I love Disney’s version of the Robin Hood legend and I like the artwork.
$1,639.oo. Yup, I’m going to have to donate a kidney.
What would you buy from Hake’s if money were no object?
Wondering what this is all about? This week’s assignment from The League of Extraordinary Bloggers was to go on a fantasy shopping spree at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles . I purposely did not look at what my fellow Leaguers posted before putting together my own list, so I can’t wait to take a peek at all the crazy things they bought. Or maybe it’s just me who went crazy?
I’ll update this section with more links & info as everyone finishes the assignment and I actually get a chance to read them.
When my buddy Shawn from Branded in the 80s told me he was sending a couple of TMNT comic books my way, that’s all I expected–a couple of TMNT comic books. I didn’t expect a giant box full of extra goodies and TMNT stuff in addition to the comics, but this is Shawn, and he’s famous for his awesome care packages, so I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised! I’m just overwhelmed at how much cool stuff Shawn crammed into this thing, and find myself wondering what I did to deserve such a great friend who sends “just because” gifts.
It was a rainy night when I got home to find this box waiting on my door step. I knew who it was from right away, and by the Ninja Turtle wrapping paper lining the box, I also knew it was going to contain lots of awesome.
Inside the box was a large Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles gift bag that you can bet your ass I was extremely careful to preserve as I unpacked it. I’ve actually been looking for NickTurtles gift bags, but have only been able to find rolls of wrapping paper. I haven’t even dug into the real goods yet and I’m already excited. Over a gift bag. (Yeah, I know I need help.)
Shawn’s attention to detail is amazing. Tucked inside the package was this card with a very nice handwritten note, decorated with Shawn’s artwork of my favorite Turtle! There is nothing I love more than getting sent original drawings, especially from people I know, and more especially from talented artists, which Shawn is. I mean, have you seen the awesomeness he designed for Cult Film Club ? So again, I’m already loving this package and I haven’t even gotten to the meat yet.
Also inside was this very detailed letter explaining each and every thing inside the package and why Shawn sent it. Did I mention his attention to detail? I think he may have missed his calling as an archivist. Decorating the pages were more original art and some rad stickers. Always with the stickers! That’s why Shawn’s packages are the best.
Here’s a closer look at that drawing, and the mini figure that inspired it. OMFGIT’S A PURPLEPOOPMONSTER! With an outhouse as a body! How bizarre yet insanely cool. Of course, I had to know more about it, so I took to Google and discovered OMFG! (Outlandish Mini Figure Guys) who make all sorts of cool little guys like this. Now I recognize that sticker in the previous picture! How appropriate is that name, by the way? “OMFG” is pretty much the reaction I had. You know, because it’s A PURPLEPOOPMONSTERWITHANOUTHOUSEAS A BODY.
According to the OMFG website, this mini figure is named “Phantom Outhouse.” But whatever! He’s “Purple Poop Monster” to me! Maybe even “Purple Poop Monster, Jr.” because the Outhouse “shell” makes him seem very young to me, like a Poop Monster that hasn’t fully hatched. Kind of like Sheldon from Garfield and Friends . (Wow, did my mind really just go there? Yeah. It did.) It took everything I had to put Purple Poop Monster Jr. down and stop imagining all kinds of disgustingly awesome scenarios for how he came into being.
Now we’re getting into the real meat and potatoes, and the original reason why Shawn sent me this package– Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics! Shawn had been cleaning out his single issue stash and asked around on Twitter if anybody needed his extras. Although I have a lot of TMNT comics, there’s definitely a few gaps in my collection that I’ve slowly been trying to fill. These were three books that I didn’t have.
Shawn also threw in this autobiographical indie comic called Drinking at the Movies by artist Julia Wertz . It looks hilarious, and I like Julia’s style. I plan to read it one one of my lunch breaks this week.
Nestled in with the comics were these retro TMNT Storybook Adventure books! I remember having a couple of these as a kid, but like most cool things I had from my childhood, I have no idea what happened to them. Holding these books in my hands was like re-capturing a little piece of my childhood, and that’s something that I consider precious.
Isn’t it crazy how you slowly lose things like toys, books and games over time when you’re growing up, as different things become more or less important in your life? In my case, I had a mother who was borderline OCD about cleaning and organization, and every couple of months she’d make my sister and I go all through the house and round up things to sell at yard sales or give to Goodwill, which is what happened to a lot of my stuff over the years. On the one hand I’m thankful because her OCD rubbed off and made me the very neat, clean person I am today. On the other hand…I miss my stuff.
More sticker cards! Garbage Pail Kids are always a welcome sight, and frequently turn up in Shawn’s mailings. I’m slowly building up a nice collection just from the loose cards Shawn and a couple of other bloggers have sent me. Mixed in with the Garbage Pail Kids were Cereal Killers cards from Wax Eye! Until now I only had a single pack of these cards which I won from Wax Eye’s Facebook page , so I’m stoked to have more to add to my collection–and even better that they’re cards I don’t already have! I think you must be psychic, Shawn.
Now here’s something that goes straight to my heart–TMNT Valentines! I had mentioned on my blog that I was having a tough time finding these awesome sticker card Valentines (even though I did find this totally sweet TMNT Valentine watch ), so Shawn sent me his leftovers. When it comes to TMNT, I don’t mind sloppy seconds in the least! I love the design of these cards, and how non-committal they are as kid-friendly Valentines go. There are no hearts or the word “love” anywhere to be found, which is what you want to look for in a Valentine you’re planning to give to schoolmates who could potentially misinterpret your gesture as a crush, or worse, beat the shit out of you.
Somewhere around these parts I also mentioned very recently that I’ve never seen V . This caused much shock and disbelief among my circle of bloggers, and I guess Shawn felt it was his duty to remedy that. My geek cred was at stake! He passed on these well-loved DVD copies of V: The Original Mini Series and V: The Final Battle to me, which were tucked inside a TMNT goodie bag. I can’t wait to start watching, because apparently I’ve really been missing out on a good show, according to what everyone has told me. I think I’ll try to knock out an episode per night.
Something that’s also always a welcome sight: candy! Especially when it comes in retro video game tins. This Atari Joystick makes an excellent addition to the small collection I now have of video game candy tins, including the Pac-Man Arcade candy tin Shawn sent me for Christmas . He also threw in a pack of Strawberry Hi-Chew, because they have a similar taste to Pink Starburst, which Shawn knows I have an obsession for. These are already gone, by the way.
So much awesome stuff and I’m not even done yet! Also buried in the package was this set of four TMNT pens, which each hang by a lanyard that matches the Turtles’ mask colors. I’m guessing these are meant to be party favors for TMNT-themed birthdays? Certainly not office attire, but that’s not going to stop me from wearing them around mine just so I can be there at the ready when someone asks, “Anyone got a pen?” and I whip out my Raphael pen with ninja-like reflexes, impressing everyone around me.
Last but definitely not least, Shawn included this jar of what looks like peanut butter, but is actually something called cookie butter. When he first mentioned it to me, I was skeptical because “cookie butter” sounds like something that’s too amazing and magical to exist, like unicorns. But here it is, a whole jar of the stuff, which is marketed as “deliciously unusual.” Let’s play a game: raise your hand if you think Jaime immediately opened the jar of cookie butter, violently tore the seal off, and plunged a finger into its gooey depths then into her mouth because you can do that kind of thing when you live alone? If your hand is raised, you’re a winner. I don’t really have any prizes to give away, so as a reward I will describe the taste of cookie butter to you:
Shame. It tastes like shame.
Shawn, for reals man, I am so humbled by how thoughtful and generous you are, and your attention to everything that went into this care package. I feel so lucky to have friends like you in my life, even though we’ve never met!
Not to keep turning this blog into “Hey! Look at my Ninja Turtles stuff!” but I thought some of you might want a closer look at the sweet Nick Turtles watch I scored last weekend at Toys R’ Us. I only went there to buy a TMNT iPhone case , I swear it, but this elegant timepiece ended up coming home with me too.
Flashing, color-changing LED lights!! Like I said, elegant. The flashing lights effect is actually pretty cool. (I wish I had thought ahead enough to take a video of it, but if you’re a regular reader you should know by now I’m always winging it.) The color changes rapidly between blue, red, green, and purple and then slows to a more soothing, pulsating pattern. The display lasts about 30 seconds–plenty of time to annoy the shit out of everyone around you!–which is a perfectly good reason to wear this thing, if you were looking for one. Not recommended for use around people with epilepsy.
The Turtles’ faces are rendered in the 2D style (which I’ve really grown to love!) of Nickelodeon’s 3D animation, preserving all their most distinguishable features, like the gap in Don’s teeth and Mikey’s babyface. The different shades of green used for their skin colors are relatively the same, but here their eye colors are all black instead of individual colors like in the cartoon. I can live with that, I guess, though I do miss the sharp green of Raph’s icy stare.
I love too how the Turtles are strategically arranged around the watch face. Leonardo is the leader, so of course he would be in front. That’s Ninja Turtles 101. And whenever Raph is flanking Leo’s right side and Donnie and Mike are on the left, I’m always reminded of the very first panel of the original Mirage comic book to which we owe the entire Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles phenomenon:
Let’s also talk about how the watch face is a NYC manhole cover, and how I always have trouble saying “manhole” with a straight face, because honestly, I’m running out of things to talk about. If you’re planning to buy this watch, you might also consider hanging on to the packaging or taking a photo of it, because that’s where the instructions are. But who cares about that–MANHOLE! LOLOLOLOLOLOL!
I also wanted to mention the substantial size of this thing. Here it is on my delicate, lady-sized wrist:
Even without the flashing lights, it’s an attention-getter for sure. It’s socially acceptable to be 31 and wear a Ninja Turtles watch, right?
There I was at my local Walmart doing some underwear shopping (TMI, I know) when I spotted this thing. If you’re familiar with how Walmarts are laid out, you’re forced to walk past the displays of seasonal crap to get to the clothes, and my eyes locked on that unmistakable combination of purple and green like a laser-guided missile. It didn’t hit me until I was standing in the checkout line how sad and pathetic it is to buy myself a valentine, but whatever, TURTLES! On a cheap watch! In a heart-shaped package!
I think this thing may have been surrounded by other licensed, gift-ready Valentine’s Day watches, but I only had eyes for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They were flirting with me. Look at that flirty little red bow. Such a tease!
Can you imagine being a kid and getting this watch from someone in your class? This is the kind of valentine that would have made me kiss you behind the bleachers AND let you copy my homework. That’s worth the $5 price tag, right?
Here’s a close-up of the face, which is encircled by orange plastic. I don’t know if this is the only color available, but it’s all Walmart had. I was kind of hoping for different watch designs in each of the four Turtle’s mask colors–how cool would it be to be able to gift your crush his/her favorite Turtle on a watch? But that’s probably asking too much from a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Valentine’s Day watch. I’m ecstatic a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Valentine’s Day watch even exists.
So, I just got a shiny new iPhone 5 (I know, I never thought it would come to this , either) and it was looking rather naked, so my immediate goal was to transform it into the most Ninja Turtle-iest phone possible.
Until they come out with real T-phones ( and not this plastic piece of crap which doesn’t even use the real voice actors), or at the very least, some kind of cool case that transforms your iPhone into a ShellCell, I have to settle for the next best thing.
Nick Turtles iPod 5 Case
This case is meant for an iPod 5, not an iPhone 5, but dammit, it’s the only official Nickelodeon TMNT case that exists, which means I HADTOHAVEIT. I asked around on Twitter to see if anyone knew if iPod 5 cases would fit iPhone 5, and ya’ll gave me some terrible advice because this thing totally fits my iPhone 5, and pretty snugly at that. I’m glad I decided to ignore you and go with my gut. At Toys ‘R Us this thing costs $19.99 and doesn’t count as electronics, which means the 90-day return policy still applies, even for open items. You can tell I really took a big risk here.
The iPod 5 case fits my iPhone 5 surprisingly snugly, however the iPhone is a tad thicker than the iPod, so there is about 1.5mm of exposed hardware. But I don’t care because OMGNINJATURTLES!
Next order of business was to customize the ringtone. A TMNT fan over at the Technodrome Forums had the good sense to upload an MP3 of the exact T-Phone ringtone that’s used in the Nickelodeon show, which can be heard whenever the Turtles call each other. You can download it from FileDropper right here .
Here’s what it sounds like:
And lastly, I needed some iPhone 5-sized (640 x 1136) wallpaper. Surprisingly, I couldn’t find any official TMNT iPhone wallpaper online, and as far as 5 minutes of Google-searching tells me, nobody has bothered to make any. So I had to get creative and make my own. I made two designs–one for the home screen, and one for the lock screen.
Feel free to download these and use on your iPhone 5.
(Well, you know. That collection I keep insisting I don’t have.)
When my good Twitter buddy Eric Stettmeier a.k.a. @BubbaShelby , who is an avid toy collector (AND awesome artist , by the way), offered me his extra Toddler Turtle figure for the incredibly generous price of free, you know I was all over it. Eric must have seen my Toddler Mutant Ninja Turtles post awhile back–the one where I wished there was an entire Muppet Babies –style show about toddler-aged TMNT getting into kid-friendly shenanigans–and it was super cool of him for thinking of me.
A full set of these Toddler Turtle figures go for ridiculous prices on Ebay, so I’ve been holding off on picking them up. I would have been excited about getting any of these little guys, but Eric hooked me up with my favorite Turtle, Raph!
We actually had a semi-nice day here today, so I was able to take these shots outside on my deck. By his expression, I have to assume Toddler Raph is a much happier, more well-adjusted individual than Teenage Raph. I wonder at what age he went wrong?
Thank you, Eric, for sensing that I needed Toddler Raph in my life, and for the always awesome #TMNT banter on Twitter!
Working title for this post: “I’m Not a Toy Collector, I Swear!”
I didn’t know about these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles BATSU figures from NECA until I saw them over at Top Hat Sasquatch (sup, Tommy?) a few months ago, while randomly browsing old TMNT-related posts. And then last month Amazon had Donatello on sale for only $10, so I picked it up as a Geekmas gift for my buddy Wes of Turtle-a-Day , and I thought it was such an insanely cool toy it took everything in my power not to keep it for myself. (Yeah, you almost got shafted, Wes. Sorry.)
I wasn’t really planning on buying these for myself, but I had a bunch of Amazon credit left, and I’ve already pre-ordered the two video games I’m most anticipating this year ( Ni No Kuni and The Last of Us , in case you’re wondering), but something about these just spoke to me . I mean, they’re ridiculously cute, obviously, but so characteristically Japanese. I would watch a whole anime of the Turtles done in this style. I also like that they’ve all got red masks, like in the original Mirage comics. Classic.
I took each Turtle out of the boxes so you can get a closer look, but honestly, I like the design of the boxes so much I think I’ll leave them in there. For now…
Leo’s making the classic double gritted-teeth “TMNT face” and comes armed with his deadly katanas. Remember that one time when he sliced The Shredder’s head off? That was awesome. (Sorry. This blog could very easily regress into The Chris Farley Show .)
Mikey, unsurprisingly, is making the most ridiculous face. It’s half delighted, half embarrassed–like he just made a terrible joke. One that probably involved a groan-worthy pun. Why does Mikey get to be the only Turtle whose weapon is described as “lethal”?
Donatello is more dignified-looking with his closed-mouth, self-satisfied smirk. I love the way his staff looks, with the “tape” wrapped around it. He’s super cute.
Raphael (a.k.a. The Best Turtle*)
Raphael, predictably, has gone full rage-face here. WHYISHESOANGRY!? Probably because those short, stubby sais don’t look like they could hurt a marshmallow, let alone enemies. They are, however, adorable. And this is my favorite figure of the lot, for obvious reasons.
When I came home this evening after nine grueling hours at the office (ten if we’re counting my commute) and saw a package in my mailbox from UnderScoopFire , one of my most favoritest places in all of internetlandia, my crappy mood melted away and it was almost as if I hadn’t just spent all day in a drab, fluorescent-lit server farm with no windows, which is totally what it’s like where I work now, but hey, I’m not complaining because it pays my bills and keeps me in video games, and damn this sentence is getting kinda long.
If you’re a regular around these parts, you should already be familiar with UnderScoopFire. Headed up by Howie Decker, UnderScoopFire is one of THE greatest websites for children of the 80s –you know, us cool kids who grew up during the raddest decade in pop culture history and now have these things called “jobs” and “grown-up responsibilities.” It’s like, a total drag, FERSURE. That’s why I love Howie’s site so much. It reminds me of the days when my biggest worries were not having a cool lunch box and missing cartoons on Saturday .
Howie sent me a really kind, personal, handwritten note, which I won’t share, but (spoiler) it basically says I’m awesome. The feeling is mutual, Mr. Hecker Decker. Here’s what else was in the package:
2 packs of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie cards (because, well, I’m me)
2 loose Marvel Grab Zags: a Wolverine Light-Up Projector, and a Hulk Pen (totally awesome!)
…and an UnderScoopFire sticker, with its mascot Hashy looking particularly menacing as he wields The Force
This also happened:
My cat Simon Belmont knows cool stuff when he sees it. Or sniffs it…
I decided to leave those TMNT movie cards in the pack because I have a complete set of them, but don’t have any unopened packs, so these are perfect to keep with them. But you know I couldn’t resist opening up those Grab Zags right away. Here’s what was inside the Avengers pack:
An Avengers Disc Launcher! It may not look like much, but this little baby is POWERFUL. I was half-expecting the thing not to even work when I squeezed the trigger, but damn if it didn’t hurl that disc all the way into the next room, much to my cat’s delight. So much fun. I’ve already had to confiscate it twice.
Moving on, here’s what was potentially inside the Marvel pack:
And here’s what was actually inside:
It’s…another…Hulk Pen. (Wah wah wah.) I had a 90% chance of getting something different than the loose items Howie already put in the package, and this is what I got instead. But it’s all in good fun, and honestly, the best part is ripping that little mystery package open! And hey–my extra Hulk Pen is up for grabs to anyone who wants it. First person to email me their mailing address gets it.
And naturally, this is the first thing I thought to do with it:
Those triple exclamation points are TOTALLY deserved. Thank you, Howie, for this totally cool and unexpected box of goodies. I’ve told you this privately before, but it’s worth repeating here — UnderScoopFire is such a great podcast and blog, and one that gives me a real sense of belonging. You’ve built a community of like-minded, nerdy 80s adult-children that I wouldn’t trade for all the Garbage Pail Kids stickers on Earth! It is truly awesome.
By a strange twist of fate, the latest issue of Game Informer also came in the mail today, which I’m sharing because, well, besides being extremely relevant to what Howie sent me, JUSTLOOKHOWFREAKINGCOOLITIS:
Getting this truly awesome care package in the mail put a huge smile on my face and really helped take the edge off the painful breakup I’m still recovering from. (Protip for any potential suitors: Most girls would tell you the way to their heart is through flowers and jewelry. The way to mine is Ninja Turtles and video games.) So thank you, Brian, for helping to cheer me up!
Here’s a closer look at what was inside:
TMNT Board Game
I’ll start with my favorite thing first–a board game from the 4Kids era of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
I love the fact that “SHREDDER” is written excessively in all caps in the games’ description. Oroku Saki means business, you guys.
“In the heart of the city, a towering skyscraper houses the evil SHREDDER, finalizing his plans to take over the world. Four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles know they must find a way into the skyscraper in order to battle the vicious SHREDDER and stop his plans. But as they make their way through the sewers and along the city streets, they encounter SHREDDER’S henchmen trying to stop them. A ride on the subway can help the Turtles get closer to their goal. A side trip to Baxter Stockman’s lab will slow them down. Which Turtle will make it past their enemies and defeat THESHREDDER? Will it be you?”
Hey look, It even has all the pieces!
TMNT Pencil Case
Here’s a badass-looking pencil case, also from the 4Kids TMNT era:
I know it’s meant for pens and pencils, but I’m going to use it for makeup. Now that I’m single I have to, like, actually try to make myself attractive. When you look like I do, that shit takes work.
Nintendo Adventure Book
Here’s something fun–a Choose Your Own Adventure-style book about Mario. You have to make decisions and solve puzzles to stop Bowser from–SHOCKER!–taking over the Mushroom Kingdom. Doesn’t that guy ever have anything better to do?
Super Nintendo Player’s Guide
This thing is a straight-up nostalgia bomb from the SNES era. It’s full of guides and screenshots for all those 16-bit gems like Super R-Type , ActRaiser , Super Castlevania IV and my personal favorite, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. There’s a reason for that animated GIF of Link you see at the bottom of my homepage. I also love that they chose to put the terrible-and-not-even-in-a-good-way Home Alone game on the front cover as a selling point.
Nintendo Game Boy Strategies Guide
Another nostalgia bomb, but for the Game Boy handheld. I’ve owned every version of the Game Boy since the original, which I still have (sadly, it doesn’t work anymore, though) and I just recently bought myself a 3DS . If you’d like to see some pics of my video game and console collection, that post is here .
TMNT Fanny Pack
Who remembers these things!? I’m not gonna lie, I totally wore a fanny pack back in the early 90’s, when I was in fourth or fifth grade. But they were in style back then. It was a thing. Trust me.
This one is meant for a child, sadly, or else I’d single-handedly attempt to bring fanny packs back, like Justin Timberlake did for sexy.
TMNT Duffle Bag
I love this thing, and how it’s designed like it’s a sewer tunnel. And just look at those bright colors. It’s a little worn in places and the zipper is broke, but I’m going to repair it and use this bag for…something…I don’t know what yet. Maybe my next business overnighter. Because I’m professional like that.
TMNT McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys
Inside the duffle bag were some loose TMNT toys. I’m not much of a collector of TMNT toys beyond the new Nickelodeon stuff (which probably surprises you), so I wasn’t even sure what these were, apart from their obvious connection to TMNT film from 2007, based on the sculpts. I had to ask my buddy John from the Technodrome (who, by the way, is selling a bunch of awesome TMNT stuff on eBay, if you’re interested) who let me know these are actually McDonald’s Happy Meal movie tie-in toys. And that makes me wonder what the hell I was doing back in 2007 to have missed these.
Brian, thank you again for making my days a little brighter with this care package, and as always, for giving us the great community of bloggers that is The League. Seriously, you rock!
Over the holiday break a number of different packages arrived unexpectedly on my doorstep–Christmas gifts from some of my favorite people! This has been one of the hardest holidays I’ve ever had to get through, but coming home to these little surprises really helped cheer me up. For real, you guys–it meant a lot.
Shawn from Branded in the 80s sent me a box full of awesome. I’ll start with my favorite thing first:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Poster Book
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: man I love being a Turtle this TMNT poster book (still shrink-wrapped!) is one of the best gifts I got this year. My favorite TMNT collectibles come from the era of the first movie, which for me represents the height of Turtlemania. Not to mention Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is hands-down my favorite movie of all time.
TMNT Shot Glasses
You know what else helped get me through the holiday? Booze. This pair of Raphael shot glasses was just what I needed.
Fact: vodka tastes better out of a Ninja Turtle shot glass.
Pac-Man Arcade Candy
Have you ever seen a more awesome candy tin? The candy inside is even yellow and shaped like Pac-Man.
Garbage Pail Kids &TMNT Stickers
Shawn’s packages are the best because he always includes stickers. Not just any stickers, though–the really good shit that would have gotten front-page treatment in my sticker book back in the 80’s.
Kal, my friend and Ambassador of all that is Cool from Calvin’s Canadian Cave of Cool , sent me this totally rad Foot Clan vehicle with “Destructo-Disk!” Sounds highly dangerous. I wouldn’t have expected anything less from Kal, who’s always introducing me to Things That Look Unsafe. My TMNT collection is seriously lacking in anything from the 4Kids cartoon era, especially the toys, so this was perfect.
Derek, a.k.a. The Goodwill Geek , surprised me with a care package full of great stuff, including some original Christmas-themed poems.
McDonald’s Christmas Ornaments = McAwesome
I especially like The Grimace, who just can’t seem to manage those lights with his pathetic, stubby little T-Rex hands.
A Christmas Story Cookie Cutter
I can’t wait ’til next Christmas. My neighbors and all my friends are going to get a tin of homemade “Electric Sex” cookies.
Operation Adhesive Bandages
I don’t think these will mend my Broken Heart, but they’re an awesome addition to my collection of pop culture Band-Aids.
Michelangelo Happy Meal Toy
This Mikey racer, along with the other TMNT Happy Meal toys I picked up, plus the others I got in my stocking on Christmas morning, make a complete set for me. BOOYAKASHA!
Thanks Wes (& Emily)!
Last but not least, my buddy Wes and his lovely wife Emily sent some homemade goodies from their kitchen. I have no idea what these things are, but they’re freaking delicious. (And Wes–you guys are totally a “Hallmark couple,” by the way. That Christmas card photo is ridiculous.)