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As most of you have read, I’m currently back in Oklahoma celebrating the  holidays with my family and old friends. Once again I have access to Walmarts (which are few and far between in the Los Angeles area) and several Targets… and I have to tell you, I’m having MUCH better luck finding stuff here in OK than I was in LA!

I’ve come across the new The Batman (Green Lantern, Hawkman and the Deluxe line) several times.   I’ve found Fred, Rusty & Dusty, Dale Jr., pit crew Fillmore and pit crew Hudson Hawk from the CARS line.   I’ve found both versions of the ML3 Hydra Soldier and the variant Marvel Girl.  And I’ve found a bunch of new and new-ish Star Wars figures that I have never seen in the LA area.

But the craziest thing is that up until last week, I have NEVER seen one of those gold coin Star Wars figures outside of pictures on EBAY.  Not one.  Now, within just being in OK for a week I have found FIVE of them (six really, I found 2 Wedges at one store).   That’s insane to me…. and it just makes me loath the Frank and Son’s "collectibles show" that runs every Wednesday and Saturday just outside of LA.  The dealers there just wipe the shelves clean every day looking for new stuff to scalp.  But I digress. 

I know it’s not like this all the time in Oklahoma… but it’s a nice change, and a Christmas miracle to be able to walk into a store and walk out with something cool that you’ve been looking for again! 



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I’ve done pretty well with my Christmas shopping.   I got almost all of it wrapped up last week.   There’s always a few stragglers, and sometimes a few folks you forget you need to buy a gift for them. 

Such is the case of me having to buy something for my cousin’s kids (what ARE they anyway?  My 3rd cousins?  My Great-Cousins?)  Even though, every year at the BIG family Christmas we SAY don’t buy for all the kids… everyone DOES.  So now, with a kid of my own I gotta get in on it, because they are all going to get something for Paige.

The two boys LOVE Transformers.  Easy, right?   Turns out, NO.   As you’ll recall over the summer there was a fair amount of Transformers product, then the movie hit and there was NO product to be found.   Then it built back up and there was what SEEMED like a glut of Transformer stuff.

But, people, I’m here today to tell you that in the past 48 hours in the great state of Oklahoma, in the Targets, Toys R Us’ and Walmarts across the plains there’s not a Transformer to be found! It’s almost comical how empty the pegs are.   There’s the occasional Flypaper wall banner of Bumble Bee keychain, but other than that?  Zipo! Nada.  Zilch.  Goose Egg.

Of course, being the rabid collector that I am I pride myself on being able to find hard to find toy items, so I’m not giving up!  And it gives me an excuse to keep going out and looking at all of the toy aisles.

 Kudos to Hasbro for having a super hot license.   I have a feeling that there will be SEVERAL Transformers sequels if the product keeps selling like this!

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Last week I took Wee Paige to the mall.  We were on a quest to find a star for the top of our Christmas tree.  As is natural at this time of year, jolly ole’ Saint Nick was there sitting on his throne with his gaggle of high school holiday help.

Paige wanted to have her picture taken with you-know-who.  So, what with it being an annual tradition I ponyed up the dough.  By that time Paige was already sitting on Santa’s lap and talking about what she’d like to find under the tree this 25th. They snapped a picture… it was ok.  There was no one else in line, so I asked them to snap another…it was much better. 

While the pictures are printing out, Paige and Santa are still chatting.  I get the pictures in the little envelop and turn around to get Paige.  Then the following exchange happens between “Santa”and myself:


Santa (to Paige):  Is this your dad? 

(Santa holds out his hand for me to shake it.  I do)

Paige: Yeah.

Santa (to me): Excuse me, you wouldn’t happen to be a dentist would you?

Me: Um… no… no I’m not.

Santa (chuckling to himself): Well, you can’t blame a guy for asking, can ya?


And scene…


I have no idea what that meant.


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