Tuesday, March 28, 2017

GOTG2 Minimates = Big Disappointment

Just a week or so ago, Toysrus.com had a special going on where they were offering free shipping with no minimum purchase. I had a $5 rewards coupon that was rapidly nearing its expiration date, so I decided that clearly I needed to find something to buy.

Since I couldn't snare a 40th Anniversary R2-D2 Black Series figure (sold out) and Hera Syndulla hasn't hit the market yet, I decided to look through the available Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 figures. It seems that Rocket isn't due out until wave 2 (!?), so instead I found this set of Minimates figures.

Perfect, Rocket and Groot can go all Thelma and Louise in my Minimates KITT from Knight Rider. Gamora can ride shotgun.

I'm honestly not a huge fan of the style of the Minimates figures. The Michael Knight who came with KITT seemed pretty well constructed (He sadly was mauled by the Finn-monster), though. I had decently high hopes for this set.

On the back, you can see the other sets that are available.

Gamora is fine. Her limbs feel a little like "cheap plastic", but everything works as it should and you can take her trenchcoat's bottom half off by pulling the torso off her legs and taking the "skirt" part off her.

Groot is styled to look like he has joints, but he's a tiny little static figure. He's positively dwarfed by Rocket's enormous gun.

Rocket, the main reason I even got the set? His tiny little stubby right leg broke off the first time I tried to move it at all. I've got some plastic cement on there right now in hopes that at least he can stand up in the future, but yeah- I'm extremely disappointed. I'm honestly afraid to try moving him or Gamora anymore because I don't want to play "what part breaks off this toy next?"

Rocket's tail, like Gamora's long coat, appears to be a part that you can remove and exchange with another figure, but I'm not going to try pulling it off there. The other dang leg will probably break off. The figures comes with bases, so assuming that I can get them onto the things without more breakage, I guess that's where they'll be staying. Maybe these things have been built better in the past, but I can't recommend this set. Glad I didn't pay full price, for sure!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Fountain Fun

The cord is just barely long enough to reach out the door and I am losing my mind with internet-free boredom! Have some pics!

I rebodied this Project MC2 McKeyla, so she is going to be our model. 


Splash-splash!


A little small, but not bad!


The peanut gallery is not impressed, though. 

Full length shot for scale.

Blind boxes

I'm without internet anyplace but on my phone, so I decided to grab a few blind boxes at Walmart and try my luck. 


First up we have a Kitty in my Pocket pack, which attracted me primarily through the nifty carrier package. I've got no idea what the possibilities are, so whatever it is I get will be an utter surprise.


The two kitties I got are these adorable little scamps. I didn't know they would be flocked! The tabby looks a bit like Finn.


Looking at the checklist, I am a bit surprised that there's such a variety of sculpts on these. 

Next up, one of the two Animal Jamz boxes I found. 

If nothing else, I get a cool little house!

I really didn't realize how small these would be! Still, that is one funky giraffe. Nice hat there, bud.


For the finale, another Animal Jamz that is a Walmart exclusive. In a treasure chest!


It's a metallic green bunny! 

Well this was maybe $10 worth of entertainment, but I don't think I'll be doing more of them. My luck isn't that great and these things could get expensive fast!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Found a Fountain!

I found something pretty cool at the thrift today- a nifty-looking desktop fountain! Seriously, look how cool that thing is! I've been wanting to turn the area around Phantom Rock into a fairy garden or even a doll-sized park, and come on! A cool abandoned fountain would be amazing for scene-setting! 

The PR area isn't really photo-ready at the moment, so I've got it here at the spot from the doll shoes post to try it out for "proof of concept". It's a little undersized, maybe, but it looks so gosh-darn cool! And for only $3!

It also makes it look smaller being down in that hole.
The bad news(?) is that the motor works! So now I'm a little reluctant to yank the motor out and leave it outside forever. It does look pretty nice when running, but sadly I don't have any exterior outlets so I can't show you a picture of it in action. 

What do you guys think? Cut the cord or no?


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ciao, K-Mart

This is becoming a disturbing trend, where local shops are shutting down frequently. I hear Gordman's is the latest retailer to announce they were throwing in the towel. I'll grant you I don't visit them often, but I'll miss perusing the out of season offerings. 

At any rate, this post is about the loss of another local-ish mainstay, K-Mart. This particular K-Mart survived far beyond what I would have expected, making the grade (somehow) whenever the chain announced it was folding some stores. It even was rechristened as a "SuperKmart". For over ten years of its peers being shuttered, this place has (again, somehow) been bringing us the "slightly less hygienic than Walmart" experience for slightly higher prices and in a slightly more depressing atmosphere.

I blame the lighting a bit on that last one. 

At any rate, even after the Sears closed, the SuperKmart managed to keep on trucking. I honestly don't know exactly how old it was. 

I didn't snap a pic of the front of the store and the crowded feeding frenzy of vehicles outside, but clearly I should have. The contrast against the below image would be shocking.

This is where the toy department once stood, holding toy lines sometimes YEARS out of date for prices that were pretty much the same as they had been brand-new. Not pictured, to the left of me, an entire pallet of Kylo Ren Kmart exclusive The Black Series action figures. Presumably they're on ebay by now.

This was housewares and appliances. In the distance the black section of wall denotes where the electronics section once stood. The last time I was in that section during pre-closure times, "electronics" had been pretty much phased out to "a few really old games and systems, plus a tv or two and a handful of movies". Dunno if that was because this store had a particularly bad problem with shoplifting or if they're all that way.

Here's an idea of what was left of the toy section: predominantly it was blind bag toys, plus a small handful of reboot Bratz and the odd Barbie here and there. This was approximately 7 days before the store closed, and as you can see, prices never came down below 50% off on the toys.


Here's something that I thought was genius. Puppy Surprise expansion packs! Did your Puppy Surprise have only the minimum number of puppies? You can remedy that situation with MORE puppies! They've even kept the element of surprise by concealing if the package has two or three total puppies in it. 

That pink mother dog on the package art reminds me of Poochie. Does anyone remember Poochie these days?

After being amused for the final time by the Kmart "YAY! Your transaction is approved!" swiper message, I took a quick look in our Hobby Lobby, which is somehow the only store in the vicinity that's actually *expanded*. 

I didn't buy anything, but I was amused at these doll-size ping pong paddle... charms? Earrings? What ARE they?

And for the grand finale, I saw the world's wonkiest Twyla at Walmart.

I kind of love her, honestly. I wonder if she's still there?

Sunday, March 5, 2017