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June 8, 2009
electrohead.jpg This is the first time I’ve felt compelled & justified in making a short "addendum" blog to one of my previous entries.  As my loyal readers will remember, a short time ago I wrote about the Electro figure in my first Secret Wars Highlight. Well, my new friend Jason Sanders read that, sent along two…

 

June 5, 2009
gulliver02.jpg A pretty damn cool thing, this is.  It’s the pack-in catalog for the Secret Wars figures released by the Gulliver toy company in Brazil. Note that all the figures come with stands, as well.  I’ve only ever seen two of the carded Gulliver releases come up for sale, and they’ve both been very expensive.  Hopefully…

 

May 29, 2009
When the end result shows up in the mail in bunches, it makes the soreness in the morning and the aches and pains when I roll into my condo at 11:30pm each night worth it.  My boss at the piano store (where I have my packages sent) was kind enough to drop them into my…

 

May 28, 2009
For those who don’t check LOLCat on a daily or weekly basis, I thought this was hilarious and wanted to share it with y’all :   Peace,  Chip  

 

May 26, 2009
electro04.jpg Well, hello everybody!  I thought I’d switch things up a bit this week and do my first Secret Wars highlight.  Not just content to give an overview of some common ruffian, I’m starting things off with a bang and putting the spot light squarely on Electro. As most Secret Wars collectors know, the line had…

 

May 17, 2009
The dog ate my homework. Seriously. I was done with this blog.  Finished.  Just putting the "Peace, Chip" on the end.   I hit "Save Draft." It came back empty.   So…given who I am and my certain sense of humor, I have to say the following :

 

May 10, 2009
logos.jpg Welcome to my latest Super Powers Highlight!  I apologize for the relatively lengthy delay between entries.  I didn’t have access to a digital camera to take some decent shots for the blog here, but I got a chance to not only borrow one but also purchase a nice used Nikon off the ‘Bay…so hopefully no…

 

April 30, 2009
namestrip.jpg   Welcome, one and all to yet another Super Powers highlight.  Today I’m showcasing perhaps the most common of the Gulliver Super Powers releases, Wonder Woman.  Keep in mind that when I use the term "most common" I mean it’s still rarer than nearly every single US carded release and most of the Super Amigos. …

 

April 26, 2009
mm7.jpg Hello, and welcome to the first "common" edition of whatever this thing is that I call a blog.  I’m going to be not only highlighting the rarites I have in my collection, but also everything else…no matter how common.  Yes, I know y’all are chomping at the bit for my 12-back Lex Luthor highlight, but…

 

April 24, 2009
I thought this was interesting.  It applies more to vintage collecting (the article is actually in reference to coin collecting), but a lot of Mr. Buffett’s theories can be applied everywhere from Super Powers to Justice League Unlimited.  I noticed that I was exercising all the principles he identified the way I’ve been collecting vintage…

 

April 21, 2009
hawk.jpg Up for a highlight this time around is the Trilingual Hawkman, released in Europe.  It seems as if the Trilingual figures were manufactured by different companies depending on the country.  Text on the back of the card credits Palitoy, Clipper, and General Mills.  Subtle differences exist in the card fronts, with some having the character’s…

 

April 18, 2009
plasticclose.jpg I’ve decided to start blogging about various things Super Powers as I acquire more items for my collection, hopefully bringing things to light that people haven’t seen before or may be curious about.  There certainly isn’t much information about Super Powers merchandise out there, tho the two main (and seemingly only) sites are definitely of…

 

April 16, 2009
nitro.jpg It’s not often that a bootleg line has much originality, let alone a concept/theme that attracts someone to collect them.  Mostly they’re collected because they’re bootlegs and that’s it.  However, there’s at least one standout exception in that realm of collecting, and that standout is Brazillian company Gulliver Juguetes’ "Future Warriors."  

 

April 9, 2009
sw2.jpg Was taking some random shots today and figured I’d post a small Secret Wars collection update.  I’ve got one bookcase nearly full, with the only thing missing from the case being a Black Claw Wolverine that’s on the way.  I’ll probably buy another one of the cheap MOCs to fill that last spot before the…

 

March 6, 2009
hamill.jpg Some of the fondest memories I have while being lucky enough to be in charge of a Warner Brothers Studio Store Animation Art Gallery are getting to have some unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.  One of which was attending a winter-time Gallery Collector’s Reception in New York City at the flagship nine-story WBSS store.  Kevin Conroy (Batman)…

 

March 5, 2009
lightning2.jpg One of the things that the WBSS Animation Art development team actually did right was the introduction of the "Square Face" lithograph series back in 1993.  These pieces of artwork were HUGE (3 foot square), streamlined (in the animated style, of course), framed & matted, very limited (edition sizes of 250 with 25 artist proofs),…

 

March 4, 2009
galleryguys.jpg In what seems like ages ago (1993), I had the coolest job in the world.  I was in charge of one of the 107 Warner Brother Studio Store Animation Art Galleries, and loving every minute of it.  Original production cels, bronze statues, limited editions, lithographs, and even movie prop replicas (before they were fashionable), were…

 

February 24, 2009
strange11.jpg Seriously, how cool is this guy? I stumbled upon him today and felt it should be shared just for the coolness factor.   Sometime soon I’ll do a big Secret Wars writeup, because the information on the web is sorely lacking…there’s a lot more to this line than people know.   Peace, Chip  

 

February 21, 2009
secretwars.jpg Okay, I finally got around to taking new pics of my Super Powers collection, and I figured I would highlight it in my blog in case anyone was interested.  I may add to descriptions of things later on, but for now I’ve put up some explanations on certain photos so people would know what they’re…

 

January 27, 2009
This started out as a post in response to the DCIH Anti-Monitor points only being able for redemption at SDCC.  People are pissed, even though it was known months ago.  Collectors want to collect, and obstacles in their way are both frustrating and unnecessary.  I wanted to chime in.  As I formulated my post, I…

 

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