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The easy answer is life, the hard truth is my lack of motivation. Life has been a little hectic and my time here has been frustrating. When this all started ML and DCSH were coming fast and furious and there seemed to be so much to talk about. Now my biggest toy lull has happened and I don’t know how to snap out of it. Here are some quick thoughts about what’s going on.
Toys- How long will collecting lines last for me? Will I ever start over?
Hasbro- For me at least it has not been an issue. I have seen sets in most stores and never had to really hunt for them.
DCSH- who knows and who cares, Mattel and others seem to think the secrets of this line is more important then national security. Which translates to #$%^ the collectors. Mattel says we will do what we want when we want. Then I think wow look at all we got, but then I think look what we are put though to get it.
JLU- Hard to find, short packed , and promised then hard to find. See above for the Mattel problem.
Boards- Great for news and pictures but people can be a pain in the a$$
RTM- great for little updates
Fwoosh- Home. Good friends and good conversations going on.
Froosh- see above except more friends and safer to express our feelings, frustrations and our thoughts.
AFI- Too frustrating to deal with. Now I say this in responce to Mattel, because it runs mostly on DC stuff. If hear wait till….. or relax… or it’s just toys… or Peace one more time I feel like throwing this computer through a wall. Otter best guy in the world and gives me something to aspire to with my Super Powers.
So where does leave me?
I want to build back up my sight and figure out were I fit in this toy/Internet community.
Ok so if you collect comics you have a pull list at your local comic book store and after being obsessive about it I have not kept track lately, mostly because I trust my store. My wife and I joke about where we want to more and the subject of my comic book store always comes up. My rule is that I like my store so much I won’t move more then 30 minutes from it. Well although it seems extreme its true I really don’t want to more then 30 minutes from this store. Alternate universe is a small comic shop in New Haven Ct, and these new owners know how to treat their customers. This shop has been around for almost 20 years and is actually the first comic store I ever visited when I was little. My father after a long day on the road took me in and it was heaven. Rows and rows of comics, cards and toys it was like a whole new world for the 5 year old me. Almost 20 years later I revisited the store and started to go on a weekly basis.
Though I had a comic book store which was only 10 minutes from my home I was not happy with the service. After being on the fence about joining their store and having a pull file I made the decision to move my orders to Alternate Universe. Since then I have had all my books on time in great condition, a member discount, and a birthday discount. The owners make sure if I’m looking for something they do their best to get it for me or find one for me and always are willing to help in any way. They know me well and when friends or family come in to get me a gift they go above and beyond to be polite and helpful to them.
Collecting is my hobby and my passion and Alternate Universe makes sure that all I have to worry about is reading and enjoying my books.
This is a Link to a local article on the store and its history.
So one of my toy quests over the years has been Super Powers. When I was about 5 I saw the commerical that would get me into collecting action figures. I wanted them all after watching that commerical, God i wish i had tivo back then, I ran into my Mom’s room and woke her up but it would be days before we saw the commercial again. So we started looking around local stores like Bradlees Caldor and they were no where to be found, but one day my body froze in good old asile 7-C. There I stood in front of a wall of those yellow cards and we bought all they had, one of each figure. Well 20 some years later I just finished my hunt. Now not all the figures I got were mint or working but I have each figure from the Super Powers collection.
You know those offers that are too good to be true, well I got one. A friend of mine who works at a local Wal-Mart told me he had a ton of Super Powers in great shape, for a long time I shrugged it off because he loves toys no matter the condition but with Super Powers I wanted them as mint as possible. So after years of hearing him talk I was claening out my DCD figures and was going to take them all down to a toy drive, there were 20 single MOC DCD figures and 3 DCD 2 packs. So the deal started to take shape, he did not want those figures to be just given away so he offered his Super Powers. We worked out the deal and it was a one for one trade DCD for Super Powers, and my 3 box sets for 2 carded figures( Shazam and Tyr) and the Delta Probe. He brought his collection and we met in a Wal-Mart parking lot and I started to dig through. What I walked away with Was simply amazing, it was everything I needed and more. Here is the shot of the haul, and a picture of them all together with my older figures.
And finally one of the commercials which fueled my collecting bug