This week has been a great one for Vintage Toy finds, here at Quantum Multiverse. Earlier in the week I found a Penosh Place Voltron Black Lion for 79¢ at a second hand shop. That was a really fun find. I suppose, since the legs were tucked in, they thought the piece was broken. It wasn’t. Except for the missing pilot, it was all there.
Yesterday I received two new toys, a 3¾” Ming the Merciless by Mattel, and most importantly a boxed Micronauts’ Hornetroid, by Mego! It is missing one piece, and it is pretty loose, but it gives me all the nostalgia feels. This toy, along with the Shogun Warriors’ Godzilla, were two of the first things that I had bought with my own money. Great times 🙂
Last week I had picked up a Kenner Super Powers’ Wonder Woman, a Masters of the Universe Extendar, and Skeletor! 👍
Oh what a time we live in. I awoke at 0400 hours this morning with the odd craving to watch Voltron. So I fired up Netflix, and began an episode. The show wasn’t doing “it” for me, that is UNTIL they formed Voltron. The Nostalgia Feels were ON as soon as the “Activate Interlocks! Dyna-Therms connected. Infra-Cells up; Mega-Thrusters are go!”.
It was then when I realized that it wasn’t the show that I remembered fondly, it was a few key moments of the show. When I tried to view the program as a whole, I was bored, and at times annoyed. Modern shows have spoiled me with great storytelling.
The show’s original template, Beast King Go-Lion, never interested me unlike Choujikuu Yousai Macross. Man, I loved that series.
While I will keep watching these oldies, of which there are some which have great stories such as a few series by Filmation, or the Robotech Saga, the shows that just have that one moment will just be background noise until that certain time arrives. So, it’s not the old shows, themselves, that I remember fondly as much as the essence for that moment in time, that brings back great memories of fun instances of my youth. Old cartoons, and TV shows, are still worth it for that brief set of scenes, if nothing else 🙂
On Monday, March 20th of 2017, my wife and I will be relaunching our Etsy shop. The newly renamed shop is called The Multiverse Market. I have to say that we are pretty excited about this. This time it’s just for fun, not because we have to sell/buy/sell 😉
Misty was diagnosed with Lyme’s disease which prevented her from performing her job as a Dental Assistant, and I made some bad decisions about moving to another part of the country to take on a task that I had no idea how to do. Eventually we moved back to the West Coast, where we belonged. We found Etsy about a year after I lost my final contract job, and in the horrible job market things were looking pretty bleak. We were living with my parents in California at the time. We still had a bit of inherited things from Grandparents who had passed away, along with all of our stuff that we had been hauling around from state to state. There were things that I really didn’t wish to part with, in fact I have recently gone out of my way to replace some of those pieces.
Long story short, Misty is still sick but creating some really nice jewelry pieces, while I am gainfully employed in a field that is almost exactly where I want to be. I’ve switched my collecting focus to, primarily, Vintage Star Wars. I am still very opened to other things but having a focus saves on space and money.
On our shop, you’ll find some of Misty’s designs and my collection overflow. For my part, I am liquidating the items that I no longer want or have too many of. Our prices are not sky high like some sellers who fervently believe that “Star Wars + [insert age of piece here] = $$$“. I use Star Wars as an example, I will be selling various lines. We price competitively, and calculate actual cost of shipping (even factoring in the cost of any shipping material that is not recycled, we will be a lot cheaper that that seller who charges $13 for anything over 8 oz. You know that guy, we don’t like him either). Also, our shipping is calculated by weight.
Being a creature fueled by nostalgia, from time to time I am haunted (in an awesome way) by memories from all of my childhood favorites. This evening I flashed on “Battle of the Planets“. An adaption of Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman, produced by Sandy Frank productions, It follows the adventures of G-Force. In a battle against Spectra, an alien force bent on destroying/taking over the world, five teens work together as a task force in defense of the planet.
I am more of a fan of the Japanese version of the show now, but that has a place in my heart that will never go away.
Born in 1970, I was exposed to some of the greatest animated shows from all over. From the 30’s to the late 90’s, I watched it all. Even the 2000’s had/have it’s fair share of good shows. Kick back and enjoy the play list. It will be growing.
Land of the Lost was a program that was televised, in America, from 1974 to 1977. Produced by Sid and Marty Krofft, it featured a story about a Father, in the first season, his son and daughter, who were on an expedition. The way the Father is written, he is some sort of archaeologist or scientist. I watched five or six episodes this morning and this show still holds up for me. Being a four – seven year old child when they originally were broadcast, I remember how much I enjoyed the idea of another world that was accessible where dinosaurs still roamed. As a forty five year old “grown up” the show still resonates with me and only a handful of shows from my early childhood manage to do that.
Apparently I have not grown too cynical in my “old” age.
Remember those Michael Bay Transformers movies? Yeah, me neither. Thanks to this Stop-Motion MASTERPIECE by YouTube user, harrisloureiro, you too can un-see every horrible thing done to the Transformers since their inception. This shows us that stop-motion is still viable as an entertainment form. It has a nostalgic feel that makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over.
If you haven’t already, check out Space1970 over on Blogger. It covers Sci-Fi/Fantasy from the late 60’s to the early 80’s. The morning I discovered this wonderful blog I was captivated and, being a child of the 70’s, I felt a comfortable wave of nostalgia wash over me. Three hours later I had covered roughly 80% of the site. There are some great reads and some great memories archived there for posterity. Head on over and check it out for yourself.