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)

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

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

Marx and Tim-Mee Air Force, Which is Better?

World War II plastic soldiers were very popular in the ’60s and 70s. Many companies, such as Marx and Tim-Mee, produced high quality figures that were used many backyard battlefields. Not only were soldiers popular, but so were various Air Force figures. Companies, such as Marx and Tim-Mee, both produced Air Force figures that were sold in bags and playsets. The figures produced by Marx and Tim-Mee had some similarities and some differences. The real question is: which is better?

Marx made originally made their Air Force figures in 40-45mm size. These are much smaller than their 54mm army counterparts. 

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Marx Air Force Figures

The molds I have are a later issue and feature a raised base. They were made with raised bases so they could be used with the larger figures that were released later. While the figures are smaller, they do have some great molds and fine details on them.

   I do like how the smaller figures fit with the Marx Battlegrounds P-51 Mustang.

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Pilot: “Filler up Mick!” Mechanic: “With what? My hose ain’t attached to nothin’!”

Overall the Marx figures are great. The details are awesome and the variety of figures helps make it a great set to have.

Tim-Mee, however, made their figures in a 60-70mm size. They were originally made in aqua blue, but can be found in tan, waxy gray, and red.

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Tim-Mee 60-70mm Air Force Figures. The tent was unique to the Tim-Mee sets.

You can see the difference in size with these pictures, but also notice the similarity between the molds.

The Tim-Mee Pilots are superb, and the mechanics are great too.

Overall the Tim-Mee figures are also fantastic. When I first saw the pilot on eBay many years ago, I knew I had to get one. The Tim-Mee pilots are my favorite of all the Air Force molds. They have great detail and vibe, and the large size is a bonus. The Marx molds also have amazing detail, despite their smaller size.  I probably like the Tim-Mee figures better, but I personally cannot choose between the two different sets. They are both awesome, and are both great additions to my collection. You can add your own to your collection by buying them on Toy Soldiers HQ.

The final question, though, is: Which one do you like better?

Boba Fett, the most popular bounty hunter in the Star Wars Universe.

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Boba Fett via Chris Murphy on Flickr

Boba Fett, the infamous bounty hunter, is arguably one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe. I won’t go into his history, but you can read it at Starwars.com. Since Boba Fett is one the most popular characters in the galaxy far far away, he is also one of the top five selling Star wars action figures ever. There have been many Boba Fett action figures released throughout the years. A prototype of a rocket firing Boba Fett released in 1980 is one of the most expensive action figures to collect. You can read a little bit more about that on rebelscum.com.

Boba Fett’s ship, the Slave I, is also popular and has been recreated in many different forms.

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Galoob Action Fleet Slave I. It’s featured with two different Fett Figures and Han Solo frozen in carbonite. The carbonite slab fits inside the Slave I.

In recent years there have been some other excellent Boba Fett action figures and merchandise released. For instance, the Vintage Collection line which ran from 2010 to 2013 released a Boba Fett figure for Empire Strikes Back. This figure is a re-release of a 2008 anniversary figure.  A year later, Hasbro released a more film accurate Boba Fett in 2011 with a Return of the Jedi cardback.

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Vintage Collection Boba Fett 3 3/4 inch figure on the right with fellow bounty hunter IG-88 (Saga Legends) on the left.

The best release of Boba Fett lately is the Star Wars: Black Series six inch figure. This figure released in late 2013, and was initially difficult to find. Because of this, it was selling for double (or more) of its retail price on the secondary market. I was lucky enough to find mine at Target. It is a highly articulated figure with many details that cannot be featured on smaller figures. The two weapons and the jet pack are removable and the cape is made of cloth.

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Black Series Boba Fett in all its glory.

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Front View of Black Series Boba Fett

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LEGO Boba Fett is pretty darn cool too.

I was at Disneyland a few weeks ago and found this Pixar Cars Chick Hicks as Boba Fett. It is a worthy addition to anybody’s Boba Fett collection!

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Chick Hicks as Boba Fett is available at Disneyland.

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Boba Fett has a new ride.

Ultimately, for all Boba Fett fans there are plenty of action figures and other merchandise to help quench your thirst for this bounty hunter. You can see more Star Wars figures HERE, including all the different variations of Boba Fett.

With that, I would also like to wish all my readers a Happy Star Wars Day!

All photos by me, unless noted otherwise.