Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda Figures and Memorabilia.

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The Legend of Zelda for the NES

When I was in elementary school, one of things I got hooked on was the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). While I loved to play Super Mario Bros., or Metroid, the game that truly enchanted me was The Legend of Zelda. The Legend of Zelda was about a young adventurer, named Link, who had to traverse the land of Hyrule in search of the kidnapped Princess Zelda. Princess Zelda was snatched by the evil sorcerer Ganon. He wanted to rule Hyrule by collecting the three parts of the Triforce (Power; owned by Ganon, Wisdom; owned by Princess Zelda, and Courage; owned by Link). Besides the epic quest of the game, one of the things that made Legend of Zelda so enchanting was its shiny gold cartridge. Whenever I saw the game in someone’s hands, or on a shelf, excitement would swell up inside me. I don’t believe we ever owned Zelda when I was a kid, but I did manage to find both The Legend of Zelda and Legend of Zelda II: Adventure of Link at a thrift store about a decade ago.

Just like the game, I did not own any Zelda figures until much later. Recently, I bought an original Applause Link figure on Ebay.

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Applause Link Figure (1989).

My first Zelda figure, however, was a Link figure made for the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Made by Toy Biz, I bought this a little while after I graduated high school.

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Ocarina of Time Link made by Toy Biz.

Toy Biz also released a Ganon figure for this line. I found mine at a thrift store a few years ago. Toy Biz also made Epona (Link’s Horse), Princess Zelda, and Impa for this line.

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Ganon made by Toy Biz

Tomy has also released some great Zelda merchandise in recent years. A few years ago after Zelda: Phantom Hourglass was released for the Nintendo DS, Tomy released some Choco Egg figures. I found mine at F.Y.E.

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Phantom Hourglass Link

Later on, they released various Zelda Figures based off of three different Zelda games. The young Link for Ocarina of Time I found a few years ago; the Skyward Sword figures I found just this last week.

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Jakks Pacific has had their World of Nintendo Line for about a year now, and Skyward Link was one of the first they released. I found him at Target after an associate grabbed him from the backroom for me. This figure is about 4-5 inches tall.

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Skyward Sword Link, made by Jakks Pacific (2014).

Their smaller 2.5 inch line also has a few figures from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. These are awesome and essential to any Zelda collection.

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Throughout the years there has been some excellent Zelda figures and merchandise released to promote the games. For a more comprehensive look at all the merchandise available, check out North Castle, a Zelda Fan site.

Big Bad Toy Store also has an extensive amount of Zelda figures and memorabilia for purchase.

All photos taken by me.

Feature Figure of the Day: G.I. Joe Joe Colton (Version 1)

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Marvel G.I. Joe #152

Happy Memorial Day everyone! Thought I would shoot out a quick post about one of my favorite G.I. Joe figures.  Joseph Colton was the first figure to be called G.I. Joe. He is considered the creator of the G.I. Joe team. In the old Marvel Comics he served in the Vietnam war. A story of this is featured in Marvel Comic’s G.I. Joe #152. Joseph Colton was part of the G.I. Joe 30th anniversary series and was released in 1994 as a mail away exclusive. Later, he was also offered as a boxed exclusive figure for the 1994 G.I. Joe Convention. When I was kid, a buddy of mine got the Colton exclusive. He became one of my favorites because I loved the Marvel Comic about him. Fast forward twenty years, this same buddy of mine gave me the same Colton figure.  He is still in great condition, and is a treasured figure in my collection.

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G.I. Joe Joe Colton mail away exclusive. (1994)

Feature Figure of the Day: Mini-mates Terminator Kyle Reese and Hunter Killer Mini-Vehicle

I try not to collect too many modern figure lines, but Diamond Select’s Mini-mates has many unique figures. One is their Terminator Kyle Reese figure with a damaged Hunter Killer mini-vehicle.

I have always wanted a Kyle Reese figure. This mysterious warrior from the future may be tiny, but he comes with a lot of neat accessories.

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Kyle has a gun, and some bombs

The damaged Hunter Killer is just the icing on the post-apocalyptic cake.

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Kyle Reese and the Hunter Killer

All photos by me

This is the scene from The Terminator that inspired this figure.



Vintage NES Memorabilia

The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was released in the United States in 1985. Games series such as, Super Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda, Castlevania, and Megaman helped the system maintain popularity into the early 90s. One of the things that I loved about the NES was the various figures, comics, and other merchandise related to popular NES titles.

In 1989 a company called Applause made Nintendo Super Mario PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) figures.

Applause Super Mario PVC figures. The one on the left I've had for 25 years or so. The others I got off of eBay.

Applause Super Mario PVC figures. The one on the left I’ve had for 25 years or so. The others I got off of eBay.

Here's a cardback of all the figures released. Some of the figures are rare, and gather impressive prices on eBay.  (Image Source unknown)

Here’s a cardback of all the figures released. Some of the figures are rare, and gather impressive prices on eBay. (Image Source unknown)

McDonald’s also included these Super Mario 3 Figures in Happy Meals in 1990.

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Mcdonalds Super Mario Bros 3 Happy Meal figures. I love the Raccoon Mario.

In addition to figures, Nintendo also joined with card companies to release other related memorabilia.

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Topps released these scratch-off trading cards. Each pack came with 3 cards and two stickers.

Here are examples of some of the Topps Nintendo trading cards I have.

And here are some examples of the stickers.

SurfingPizza.com, has a great article about these trading cards and stickers.

Nintendo also teamed up with Imperial and released these puffy stickers. I had several of these, but lost most of them.

Nintendo puffy stickers. (Image source unknown)

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More puffy stickers. (Image source unknown)

There were also comics released by Valiant in 1990 and 1991. These are some of my favorites of my entire comic collection. I’ve had these (except issue #1 of Legend of Zelda) since they were first published.

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Captain N: The Game Master #2 and #3 from Valiant Comics. Remember the cartoon?

Legend of Zelda from Valiant. I am missing issue #4

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Legend Of Zelda #1 and #2.

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Legend of Zelda #3 and #5.

My collection of vintage Nintendo memorabilia is limited, but I hope to obtain more. I especially want to complete the Applause figure collection, and collect as many Nintendo Valiant comics as I can.

All photos by me, unless noted

Feature Figure of the Day: Matchbox Robotech Rick Hunter

Amazingly enough, Robotech is turning 30 this year. When the original series, Robotech: Macross Saga, was first broadcasted in the 1985, it was quite evolutionary for American Television. It became extremely popular, but I didn’t get to watch too much of it. As kids we did have a VHS copy of the pilot episode, and we watched it multiple times a year.  Despite our limited exposure to the television show, we did have some of the action figures released by Matchbox. Those are long gone by now, but I did manage to snag a Rick Hunter off of eBay recently.

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Rick Hunter from Robotech: Macross Saga. He has his helmet, but is missing his gun.

Rick Hunter is a brilliant young pilot whose recklessness gets him in trouble. He eventually joins the Robotech Defense Force and becomes and a fighter ace.

According to Variety, Sony has recently took over the rights to Robotech and plans on starting a film franchise.

Dark Knight Die-Cast: Batmobiles galore

Although I am a big Marvel comics fan,I do feel that DC comics has some awesome heroes and villains. Batman is by far my favorite DC character. I only own a few action figures of the Caped Crusader and I own even fewer comics. I do, however, have plenty die cast Batmobiles. Hot Wheels by far has the most abundant available, but there are other manufacturers that have made some awesome Bat Vehicles. Most of the vehicles available have amazing detail and do justice to the Caped Crusader’s rides.

Hot Wheels has made a plethora of Batmobiles in recent years.

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Here are a few of the Batmobile releases for 2015. The Arkham Knight version is new.

Last year Hot Wheels released a limited run of Batmobiles with awesome comic book type artwork on the cards.

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Here’s a few of the Batman Carded cars. Sorry for the lame pic quality.

The Dark Knight films from recent years have got a lot of treatment.

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Hot Wheels Left to Right: The Bat, The Batpod, The Camouflaged Tumbler, Black Tumbler

This three pack is pretty awesome too.

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Joker, Tumbler, Gotham PD squad car

Joker, Tumbler, Gotham PD squad car

The Bat, from the Dark Knight Rises, is one the best Mattel has released. Matchbox also released a slightly larger version of the Bat.

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Left: Matchbox Skybusters Bat (2012), Right: Hot Wheels Bat (2012)

The website Texas Southwest Die-Cast has an awesome checklist and is a great source to find the various Batmobile’s in Mattel’s Hot Wheels line.

Mattel isn’t the only company that has made some die-cast of the Dark Knight’s rides. In fact, the first I got was an Ertl Keaton Batmobile from the 1989 film.

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Ertl ’89 Batmobile. Ive had this for over 20 years.

Ertl made other various Bat vehicles too.

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Batman The Animated Series Batmobile. (thrift store find)

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Ertl Batskiboat from Batman Returns (thrift store find)

Corgi has also made various Batmobiles for a long time. I, however, only have this Classic ’66 Batmobile from the mid 2000s. Found it at a thrift store a few years ago.

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Corgi ’66 Batmobile

When I find Batmobiles at retail stores, I try to buy atleast two so I can open one, and keep one packaged.

Carded Batmobiles

Carded Batmobiles

No matter what your preference of die-cast manufacturer is, there are plenty of Batmobiles out there to choose from.

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Various Rides for the Caped Crusader.

All photos by me.

Action Figure 101: 5 Tips to Collecting Action Figures.

1. DO RESEARCH

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MOC Terminator 3 Terminatrix

Before collecting action figures, do some research on what you want to collect. Do you want to collect mint-on-card (MOC) figures, or do you want to collect loose figures? Is condition important for you? Do you want to focus on one action figure line (such as Star Wars, or G.I. Joe) or multiple lines at once? These questions and others are important to starting your collection.

2. KNOW YOUR OPTIONS

Along with doing research, you should also know where you can buy action figures.  Collectors can hunt the old school way by hitting up your favorite retail stores such as Target, Toys’R’US, or Wal Mart. Local thrift stores and yard sales are also excellent for finding old action figures.

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Pros of Retail/second hand:

  • Finding things “in the wild” is the fun of the hunt.
  • Thrift store/yard sale finds are some of the best finds.
  • No shipping charges.

Cons of retail/second hand:

  • Scalpers are abundant. (Amiibos anyone?)
  • Retailers are consistently out of stock.
  • Use lots of gas going to multiple stores.

Modern day collectors also use outstanding online resources such as EBay, Amazon, Big Bad Toy Store, and Entertainment Earth, for their figure collecting. These are convenient resources for hunting down the figures you want while still chilling in your PJ’s.

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Pros of online shopping:

  • Can be done from your home or anywhere for that matter.
  • You can find figures you wouldn’t find otherwise.
  • No driving.

Cons of online shopping:

  • EBay (and other secondary markets) often have high prices.
  • You have to pay shipping and you must to wait for items to be shipped to you.

3. BE ACTIVE IN THE ONLINE COMMUNITY

There are so many online forums in which a collector can make friends and gather information. They are also an excellent buying and selling resource. The key to these forums is interaction. Replying to and posting content builds relationships within the various online communities. One the most important things I have done in my quest for collecting action figures is making genuine friends all around the world via online forums.

Examples of Online Forums:

Action Figure Archive

Action Figure Insider

HISSTANK (G.I. Joe)

Rebelscum (Star Wars)

4. BE PATIENT

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Hot Wheels “The BAT” from the Dark Knight Rises film.

Impulse buying can lead to dissatisfaction, so be patient when buying action figures. Good deals always come to those who wait. I once bought a Hot Wheels BAT online for 10 times the price, only to find it at Kmart a week or two later. On the flipside, there have been figures I’ve passed on online (mainly eBay), only to find it at the thrift store later on at a much better price.

5. ENJOY THE HUNT

Enjoying the hunt means exactly what it says. The hunt is one of my favorite aspects of collecting. Also, don’t be swayed by the pressure of others.  Collect what you want, and when you want it.

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Enjoy the hunt!

All photos taken by me