Sunday, September 26, 2021

A Couple of Goofy Guys!

 Ok, maybe just a couple of, Goofi...You get my point. 

Anyway, I picked both of these up at estate sales. The first one is from Marx. Here he is:

He's about five inches tall and is solid molded plastic. At first glance, one might think he's a Disneykin, but he's simply too big. Marx made a whole line of the large figures...but most of them aren't painted. That makes this one strange. I have heard of them, but can find almost nothing on them. He's from the 1960s.

Here's another view:

I know even less about the next one. He's slightly smaller at about four inches tall, and is jointed. He is simply marked "Walt Disney Productions." I'm pretty sure he's from the 1970s, and he's based on a slightly different model. Here he is:

And another view:

And the comparison view (just to cover all the bases).

Which do I like better?


Ok, that may seem like a cop out, but they are so different, I think it's ok. 

They happily live on my bookcase shelf, and make me smile. So, even though they aren't worth a whole lot, they do their job well!

Until next time, keep searching for treasure!

Monday, September 20, 2021

Holy Grail Hot Wheel

 There are a few...or maybe a couple...of Hot Wheels that are considered Holy Grail cars. These are vehicles that are not only difficult to get, but have a large enough following to create high demand. The "Rear Loading Beach Bomb" (a VW bus with surf boards sticking out the back window) is one, with examples going for thousands (even tens of thousands) of dollars. Why? It was never really issued. The design was modified with boards in "side pods" before being released. A few escaped the factory, however.

But what is the Holy Grail of actual released production cars? That would probably be the 1971 Olds 442. The Olds 442 was produced only by the Hong Kong factory, and for only one year (1971). It is so rare that even examples in poor shape have value. Nice examples go for around 1200.00 to 1500.00.  So, getting one in good shape, for a decent price, is pretty much unheard of.

And this is mine...

How did I, a collector not known parting with his money easily get a car that could easily sell in that price range? 

I stole it. 

Well, not literally. You see, for years I stalked this car on eBay, putting in what I considered a "reasonable" bid on examples I liked, and then getting pretty much instantly outbid. I even tried to snag a couple in raffles, but no dice (nor car). Finally, I pretty much gave up. I was not going to pay a thousand plus bucks for a toy car. 

Then, one day, I saw the above car on eBay. I decided that it was so clean that I would put in a large (for me) bid of 275.00. It was a huge amount for me, but I had some extra money I had made playing bass so I figured why not. I knew I would get outbid anyway.

I wanted to put my bid in at the last second. However, the auction ended at 2:30 a.m. So, I decided to stay up. I think that's why I got it. At 2:29 and 30 seconds I put in my bid as the last second rolled off and...I won!

It was a pawn shop that was selling it, and I guess they just put it on and didn't really watch it. I was glad it wasn't an individual with bad luck. I sometimes have too much empathy, I guess.

Anyway, it just goes to show you that with enough patience, you can still get fairly goid deals on things. But you have to be willing to wait...and wait...and (if need be) wait.

Until next time, keep searching for treasure!

Saturday, September 11, 2021

It's Major's Fault!

 Well, a couple of weeks ago I featured my Johnny Lightning Monkeemobile. I mentioned that it was a later run, since it does not have the logo, which Playing Mantis did not have the rights to. They found this fact out after the first run of cars (I'm sure lawyers were involved). 

I published it, and soon my old friend and fellow (much more popular) blogger Major Pepperidge chimed in and asked about how much the logo cars were. I admitted that I wasn't sure. He added that I needed one...bad. Now I know how much they are because I went on eBay and looked. And...

Yep, I bought one. It was 50 bucks and I said no. Then they reduced it to 30  (40 with shipping) and well...a deal's a deal!

Anyway it was the only one on there at the time, so I bought it.

All because of Major making me go look. 

Thanks, man!

Now I just have to decide if I'm going to open it...

Until next time, keep searching for treasure!

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Secret Agent Car!

 Probably the most iconic movie car is the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 used in several James Bond films, notably Goldfinger. Many toy companies made examples, including Corgi (I still have my childhood version) and Johnny Lightning. There are plastic models and slot car versions as well. Yes, it would seem the DB5 was completely covered...until Danbury Mint released the ultimate version about 20 years ago!

The Danbury Mint 1/24 scale Aston Martin is the gold standard of Aston Martin models. I originally saw an ad in Collecting Toys magazine (R.I.P.), and I had to have it! I paid for it on a payment plan (yes, it was that expensive, and I'm that cheap).

And here she is!

The car uses a lot of metal so it's very heavy
The car uses a LOT of metal, so it's very heavy. It't about 7.5 inches long and 3 inches wide. The paint is the actually factory correct.
A nice side shot. I have the ejection seat roof off and the bulletproof shield up.
It was so nice, I'll show it again...
A nice shot of the rear of the car showing the ridiculous amount of detail. You can see the retractable shield, the tail light that folds down to release a smoke screen, the rotating liscense plates and even the opening gas cap.
A front view showing the front wheels that are turned by the steering wheel. The antenna raises and lowers.
The spring loaded ejection seat sitting on top of the car. The instructions say to remove the roof panel before hitting the switch. I'm pretty sure Bond didn't have to do that.
Ridiculous details continued: It's hard to see, but the center (or should I say "centre?") console opens to show a phone.
...and there is an opening secret hiding spot in the driver's door.
The very detailed underside.
The center console also boasts a radar screen because why not?
There is a weapons tray that pulls out from under the drivers seat...
Machine guns hidden behind the parking lights...
The fully detailed engine, complete with wires.
A close up of the smoke screen tail light. Ot actually opens and closes.
The trunk opens (of course) and the spare tire (tyre?) comes out. When it's inside the trunk, it's under a lift out plate in the floor.
A tire ripper...and another opening gas cap.

My title! Each one was personalized.
And additional car info!

So there you have it! She sits proudly on my bookcase waiting for potential 1/24 scale super villians to try to take over the 1/24 scale world! 

Until next time keep searching for treasure!

Monday, August 30, 2021

People Say We Monkey Around

 What do you do when you get so incredibly busy over the weekend that you forget to post? You do a follow-up post from the week before!

As you may (or may not) know, last week's post was about my MPC Monkeemobile model. In it, I mentioned wanting my old Corgi Monkeymobile back. As it turns out, I completely forgot that I have yet another Monkeymobile from another company! 

Introducing, the Playing Mantis, Johnny Lightning Monkeymobile!

Yes, in the late 90's Playing Mantis came out with this one! It's actually very well done. Note the pinstriping down the side and the detailed engine and chassis. The only thing missing is the Monkees logo on the side, and this tells us that this particular car is a second run. 

You see, Playing Mantis got the rights to the car, but NOT the logo. This was only discovered after the first run went out, so there are cars with the logo, but they are tougher to find. I found this one at KB Toys on the rack, so it wasn't tough at all.

Well, there you have it. I really like this little car. Maybe someday I'll put in the effort to go to eBay and see if I can get a logo version...or not.

Until next time, keep searching for treasure!

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Hey, Hey, It's a Blog Post!

 Greetings from the Attic! This week we have a blast from my childhood (that I built as an adult). The Monkeemobile! First, settle back, class, and listen to a little history... (insert wavey lines across screen)

In 1966 the producers of a new show called The Monkees approached Dean Jefferies about building a car. The show was about a band made up of young people who may or may not have seemed remarkably like The Beatles.

Anyhoo, Jefferies knew someone at Pontiac, and a deal was struck  the Monkeymobile would be a (very) stretched 1966 GTO convertable, tricked out with the drag strip in mind. The original had a supercharged 389 with a 4 barrel carb (that's car talk for lots and lots of power). However, it proved difficult to drive, so a fake supercharger was added.  

There were originally two cars built. One was for on camera and one was for touring. Jefferies was working for MPC at the time, so they got exclusive rights for the plastic model. That's where I come in.

This is my MPC Monkeemobile that I (more or less) carefully built in a fit of nostalgia. Here she is!

The "artistic" angle.

    The nose was sharpened considerably.
   Oversized tail lights frame a drag chute.
         The Model T style top comes off!
The details of the interior. I didn't do great, but at least I tried!

       The underside is pretty detailed...

I keep it in a plastic case to scare off any pesky dust. So far, it's done pretty well. 

It was a fun project! Someday I might replace my Corgi Monkeemobile from my childhood... Stay tuned!

Until next time, keep searching for treasure!

Saturday, August 14, 2021

BOOM! Goes the 8 Track...

 This week we have an item that was given to me by my daughter, a Panasonic Dymamite 8 Track Player! Here it is:

Mine is Detonator Red (the most popular color). It also came in Bomb Blue and Explosion Yellow. Actually, I've read that it also came in white and clear, but I haven't seen them.

This player came out in 1974, and was an instant hit. There were really only two controls, a volume dial and the plunger track changer. Mine works well and sounds pretty good. What I found intresting (and something I didn't notice for quite a while) is that it only plays mono. That makes perfect sense when you think about it. It only has one speaker!

As I mentioned my daughter, Jessica and son-in-law Josh  gifted it to me a few years ago. She knows I like to collect various music reproduction items. I sometimes brag that if it was recorded, I can play it! 

She found it in a second hand store. Although I never owned one as a kid, I really like it. I very recently looked up sold examples on eBay and by golly I like it even more! Working examples are going for about 250.00! Now I know she didn't pay anything close to that, so she must have gotten a killer deal. 

Like Daddy, like daughter! That's my kid!

Needless to say, I'll never sell it. One doesn't sell a gift, especially a really cool one!

Until next time, keep searching for treasure! (and train your kid to also!)