I posted my fondest memory back in my other thread in the Mattel Forum. It was off topic so I thought I would make a new one where it was on topic. So, What is your fondest memory from collecting fun stuff (JLU, DCUC, DCIH, YJ, Movie Masters, Super Powers, Marvel Legends, GI-Joe, Transformers, Star Wars, DC Direct, anything from any toy comany or toy line.)
Again here is one of my fondest memories...
So after seeing Justice League in 2001... I was super excited for a toy line. I believe I was 14 when the show came out. Then 15 when I heard the announcement of Mattel getting the License.
I was annoyed that there was no toyline for Justice League when it first started but when I saw the first pictures of the figures from our super amazingly cool AFI Co-founder... Sir. Toy Otter (sucking-up-ness, intended
) j/k, lol. http://www.toyotter.com/jl_mattel.html
Anyways when I saw that picture and the sculpts for the figures I was beyond happy. After waiting eagerly for a release date for the figures, (announced in November or something in 2002,) I marked my calendar and had my Christmas list ready to go. I got $50 that Christmas, just for the toys... (Saving up was no problem, the waiting was, lol.)
I still remember seeing the awesomely amazing (again sucking-up-ness intended,
lol.) Mr. Julius Marx's review on the figures from over at AFT early in Jan 2003 (I think he was one of the first people to find them, and I even remember the pictures of them. They were pictured with other DC figures, I kinda of wish that page was still around... I dunno why... Just Random me I guess, lol.) Ooops, Sorry, I went off track there... After seeing his review what I thought was: "they must be out everywhere." Man, was I disappointed... I could not find them anywhere for days, (Yep I was super impatient... Still am, lol.)
So I remember my mom going with me to target to help me find these and ask the employees if they had them, (no one listened to kids, especially in the toy department... thanks mom, you rock!) I went home empty handed but found that a Target about 40 miles away had a lone Batman in stock. It was a target that was fairly close to where my pops worked. So I begged him to go to the target after work to pick up the figure. Superman was of course the one that I wanted most and first... But I was ecstatic that I may have been getting a JL figure at all. My dad said he would "try" to stop by the Target and see if he can get the figure, if he wasn't busy. Well when he got home, I went absolutely crazy when he pulled the figure out and handed it to me. Then I think I went and re watched the JL premier movie 10x that day, cause now I had a plastic mini Batman from the show. Though I didn't open him as I wanted to get all four of the first wave. Unfortunately there were no other targets in Utah that had any of the other figures... But luckily my dad had a business trip to Orlando Florida that he managed to turn into a half family vacation at the end of January.
I had heard that most JL figure sightings were on the west or east coast. I was super excited again (to say the least.) I mapped out and printed off all targets in the Orlando area. We went to a few but I remember the exact time and target in Florida where I found the mother load... 2380 W International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL, (right across the street from the speedway.) February 1st, 2003 1:17PM... (Just kidding I don't know what time it was exactly, lol.) Anyways, I remember walking slowly to the toy isle to make myself look calm and cool in front of my siblings, as I reached the Toy dept, I got to the last isle and turned the corner... finally after a few misses I found them; Superman! and Batman!... Yeah!!! But no GL or Flash, I didn't care too much as I finally had Superman. But just incase there were other figures, my little sister and I began looking around the area to see if maybe someone hid more figures... My sister said "look" and bam, someone did hide them, Flash and GL. I grabbed 2 Superman's, GL, Flash, and Another batman to keep Unopened. So ended the hunt for Wave One of Mattel's JL figures.
So yeah, long story that goes a bit off topic, but hey it's Justice League, and I may be a little loopy from being sick. lol.
So I was glad Mattel got the license, I think despite their silly doofus-ness many times, they did pretty darn good. Plus it was fun being able to hunt for cool toys, I miss walking into Target, TRU, or whatnot, and finding Justice League/JLU figures. But eh, life goes on.
Also I hope you all enjoyed my long story and trip down my memory lane.
I need sleep, lol.