Life is a toy store old chum! And I love, a great toy find! Click the link and check out where this Dorkette has been toy shoppin...
I don't do as much toy shopping like I used to. Ha. Who am I kidding? I am always looking for toys. If there is a toy aisle in a store I will stop by to look. I can't help it. I have had it hardwired into my brain that if there is a toy anywhere in a store, I will sniff it out and see what is there for my well manicured greedy little hands. However with the battleground of a real brick and mortar store being riddled with obstacles and other collectors encroaching on what used to be my own personal shopping space, well, it has changed how and where I shop for toys. I peruse places online, I have even made a full turn around with collecting at second hand stores, and it never hurts to have people in my life that know to look for me too.
Recently my dear man friend Jason went out of town for business and when he had free time on his trip he made his way over to a lovely comic store called Cosmic Collectables. There he was able to peruse a nice assortment of items including tons of comics for a dollar and a rather impressive toy section.
Being the delightful and loving man friend that he is, he came across these artifacts and thought of me.
Other lovely things Jason came across was a barrel full of Mac Tonight toys.
Next up are two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle items that I never expected to own in my entire life. First up is Wyrm!
Finally the piece that was such a surprise, it can only be said in three words: Krang's Freakin Android.
I can't thank Jason enough for these items. He is a dream boat hunk and I am forever thankful that he takes the time to think about me. I'm a very very lucky girl.
While I love going inside a brick and mortar store to get my toy fix, I don't have access to every single brick and mortar store in my area. So until I am able to learn how to teleport, more and more of my toy shopping needs occur online. It removes some of the thrill of the hunt that I get with going inside a store, however, there is a sort of thrill with online shopping. First of all you really don't know what you will find when you go to an online toy store. There are toy surprises everywhere and while some toy surprises might make you shriek at such high prices, sometimes you can come across something at a great deal.
Anyways, I am rambling. One store that I am really going gaga over is Hollywood Heroes. The owner is Jordan Hembrough. You know him from the super fun TV show on the Travel Channel called Toy Hunter which is also on Quest TV in England. He is the owner of Hollywood Heroes and in 2014 an actual brick and mortar store was opened in Westwood New Jersey.
I have no idea that I will ever make it to the actual store, but I sure as heck have enjoyed perusing the store's website. So just what can you expect to find at Hollywood Heroes?
There are other things to check out besides toys too. All your clothing needs can be met at Hollywood Heroes. Like this lovely shirt. Please ignore my paleness in these pictures.
Anyways, I had to revisit Hollywood Heroes again for more items.
Actually, there is one thing you can do. You can take a moment and check out the cool items over at Hollywood Heroes.com. It's really fun to see what they have for sale. Some things are at a good price and others are simply made for me to window screen shop. (Vintage Castle Grayskulls, She-Ras, and Snake Mountain oh my!) Either way enjoy some toy shopping!
Now I have some dear toy friends who opened my eyes to the ways of hunting loose toys at second hand stores. These toy titans have shared stories that almost seemed like tall tales but were the real deal. The zest for toy hunting that folks like Derek, Laura, Brian, Stacey, Jason R. and others have is very very contagious.
So recently I made a trip out into the wild and wonderful world of Value Village. The outside of the store looks like it is directly from the 60's or 70's. I love it and recently I walked in with a toy hunting mission on my mind.
It was a slow day, but I was able to come across this super fun item that was hiding in a corner for a few dollars: Bebop! Oh Bebop!
I know I'm always shouting out my love for She-Ra, but TMNT was one of those toy lines that I really enjoyed collecting as a kid. Granted a majority of my collection was every version of April ever made, but I had some of the other ones too. It was one of those toy lines that lasted for so long. I was always thrilled to see what would be released next. I look forward to adding more too.
That's really it for my toy collecting ways. I'm always searching and looking for things, but these have been some of the fun spots I've enjoyed checking out. I wanted to share them with you all.
I've also got some more fun stuff planned for the month of August. As I am typing this out right now, there is a ferocious great white slowly making its way to me which means my dreams of a toy telling of Jaws 5 is that much closer to happening. I hope you are all doing well!