Category Archives: Collecting

Monkey’s Emporium, London’s Number One Fun Shop!

 

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Arriving in London, I did lots of research for that perfect store that would have retro goodies and collectibles! I found such a place at the Monkey’s Emporium in the Camden market palace! The owner was so sweet, and closed the store twice just so we could take pictures and make videos from London! He was also excited about Retro Con, yes even over in London, we talk about our amazing convention! [My friends Rhonna and Meg joined us in the fun, and in the Tardis, part of the appeal while shopping in this amazing store!]

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Roll For It!

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Today’s achievements include a Transformers 35th anniversary project I’m working on! Doing a workout while watching ‘Roll For It’… Yes, I’m just getting back to those workouts, wish me luck! And I grabbed some cool screen captures from that amazing episode while working on that 35th-anniversary project!

What was your favorite quote from the episode ‘Roll For It’?

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On a side note, before I go to work on my guitar… I recently picked up this cool Transformers Slumber Bag, while at a toy show last weekend! It’s mint in bag, never been opened, and I paid 20.00 dollars for it! 

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And it’s funny because, in the 1985 Sears Wishbook, it was priced at 22.99! So I got a discount!

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Note to my fellow fans and bloggers: I’ve been extremely busy of late, I know I’m always busy! So many things I want to do and never enough time to do it! But I’m still that loyal Blogger, and I still have so many things to share!

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And for those that know of this Blogger’s Retro Convention… I’m doing it again next year!

The Date Has Been Announced For Retro Con 2019!! Hope to see you there!

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Buy a Weekend Ticket: retrocons.com/purchase-retro-con-tickets/

CONTACT US Email: screamers@retroscreamers.com

Find Us On Facebook: www.facebook.com/RetroCons

Our 2019 Facebook Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1005625159644437/

Growing up G1… Just Getting Started!

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Yours truly around 1987, pictured with my collection.

When starting something like this it’s always where to begin? For me, I should start things off around 1984… I was a 13 years old kid that had been bullied constantly since the fourth grade and would continue to be bullied until the 11th grade when I finally had enough of the torment and dropped out! I took a two-year break, worked a full-time job, found I wanted to go back to school, and eventually graduated at the age of 22.

Honestly, though, it was the torment in school that inspired my reading and collecting comics. It was my escape from reality, to believe in something else, to forget about those kids that bullied me so. Transformer wise, the toys and the animation would eventually follow that first comic I read, which was issue 19 of the Marvel Comics.

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The Comics… For those that don’t know, issue 19 was the introduction to of Omega Supreme and Devastator or at least the first transformation of Devastator, there had been hints of the Constructicons beforehand. [For you long time Marvel fan’s Shockwave had enslaved a group of humans to design him a Decepticon army, the Constructicons had been designed during that time period, along with Jetfire]. On a side note, I wasn’t originally in there for a Transformer comic, I went to pick up a new Thundercat comic and it wasn’t in stock, so I bought the next best thing, something that would surpass my Thundercat collecting.

Animation Favorites… Of course, Transformers wasn’t my first experience in animation/cartoons, I was 14 years old and I had been watching cartoons most of that time! Animation wise my first love was Scooby Doo, along with The Flintstones! I also loved The Jetsons, Tom and Jerry, Woody Woodpecker, Heckel and Jekyll, and The Bugs Bunny show! I also watched some Strawberry Shortcake specials, the Charlie Brown specials, and I loved the Disney movies too! But since this is gearing more towards Transformers, I won’t drift far from the story at hand.

My first memory of watching Transformers was with More Than Meets Eye, I was flipping through the Saturday morning cartoons when I hit the tail end of the cartoon’s three-parter. Mirage had just landed in front of his fellow Autobots, after sabotaging the Decepticon’s liftoff, and the Autobots were cheering! I most likely was looking for something to watch, on a boring Saturday morning and turned to that channel, channel 43 in Cleveland, for you Akron/Cleveland Ohio fans. That first time I hadn’t paid the show much attention, it wasn’t until I read that first comic, that I revisited More Than Meets Eye, and by then it had been released on VHS and I could rent it.

Even though the cartoon hadn’t caught my interest at the time, it’s my first memory of it, and it would eventually be a huge part of my life, along with those wonderful talents involved with the series.

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Collecting the toys… I wouldn’t have that first Transformer toy until May of 1986. I had been reading the comics religiously and had started watching the cartoons, but I was a bit slow on buying the toys. Again my parents were poor, and I was a teenager by then, so it wasn’t something I jumped right into. My first Transformer was Wildrider, my favorite Stunticon. Starscream would have been my first choice, he was my top favorite at the time, but the seeker jets were scarce, Hasbro was pushing the new toys. But my allegiance would soon turn towards the Autobots, as I would trade that Stunticon off to my best friend at the time, for a Sunstreaker who was no longer on the market, and harder to find. That Sunstreaker would be followed by the Autobot scientist Wheeljack.

More G1 memories later, I’m just getting started! Voice actor memories in the next blog, along with collecting and Christmas memories.

Sharing these G1 memories was inspired by a couple of my friends, Mark Bellomo included. Maybe someday I’ll make this into a book, for now, though I’ll share my stories here… These G1 memories are also for you Jesse and in memory of a supportive Dad.

Note to my fellow fans and bloggers: I’ve been extremely busy of late, I know I’m always busy! So many things I want to do and never enough time to do it! But I’m still that loyal Blogger, and I still have so many things to share!

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And for those that know of this Blogger’s Retro Convention… I’m doing it again next year!

The Date Has Been Announced For Retro Con 2019!! Hope to see you there!

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Buy a Weekend Ticket: retrocons.com/purchase-retro-con-tickets/

CONTACT US Email: screamers@retroscreamers.com

Find Us On Facebook: www.facebook.com/RetroCons

Our 2019 Facebook Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1005625159644437/

 

 

 

Displaying The Boys 

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As we get ready for Retro Con 2018, I took a few minutes yesterday, to rearrange some of our collection. Our boxed G1 stuff has been buried, so I thought I’d give the Autobots a chance to shine! That loose Starscream above is one of the few TFs I have left from my childhood, most were lost years ago, to be replaced at conventions.

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We have all the Autobot Cars, just don’t have enough room to display them all together right now 🙂

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And for you toy, collectors, it’s the Big Week!! Retro Con 2018’s this upcoming weekend, I hope to see you there!!!

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Have you purchased your tickets, for Retro Con 2018? For more information go to retrocons.com!

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Because I Love My Toys!

 

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Because I love my toys, I had to Spotlight some of my Favorite Shops! These four shops I’ve selected, are ran by amazing fans, whom are always supportive of Retro Con! They join us every year, and they always have an amazing selection! [I’ll be spotlighting more fans and their shops, as Retro Con 2018 nears!] Photo above is of Tinkerbeee Toys N Treasures! I’ve been friends with this amazing couple for years, they always have a wide selection of toys too!

Follow Each Online And Always Remember Toy Buy!

[Tinkerbeee‘s of course was listed above!]

Another must check out store is Play With This Toys & Collectibles!

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Play With This is also having a Street Sale Soon! For more details follow the link: Merchantville Toy and Collectible Street Fair!

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A Toy Shop we stop at every weekend is WACS Toys & Collectibles! There’s always a great deal to be had, and something fun awaiting us!

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Another favorite shop that supports us and never misses a Retro Con is Raiders of the Lost Toys! Recapture those childhood adventures and memories!

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Each of the Dealers listed above you will see at Retro Con 2018! We hope to see you there too! 

 

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Have you purchased your tickets, for Retro Con 2018? For more information go to retrocons.com!

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YouTube Favorites!!

Adding My Favorite YouTubers to the site! If you’d like to be added, feel free to message me on Facebook! I’ll start this collection with one of my own! Yes, it’s been years since I’ve blogged!! [Photo below belongs to the amazing crew of Fandom Spotlite!]

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Must Follow YouTube Channels!

The Breaux Show!

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SEO Toy Review!

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Bestow TV:

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Mister Lobo

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MegaPodTastic Podcast!

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Fandom Spotlite produced by Captain Kyle!

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Another personal favorite is Weird Paul, an original Vlogger from the 80’s!

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I’ll be adding more YouTube channels soon!

 

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For you Retro Fans! Have I got the convention for you! Retro Con 2018! For more information go to retrocons.com!

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