After some successful repairs on a few “Masters of the Universe” figures, I decided to branch out into other makes and models of vintage toys. I picked this guy up on eBay this last week in this condition. The outfit is in decent condition, with only a few areas in need of stitching. On YouTube, I located a video for restringing Mego figures on RetroBlasting‘s channel. They made an easy-to-follow video that helped me get this guy back in shape.
Well, the short of it… Spider-Man is in one piece again. I lost my original in a move sometime in 1974, as far as I can recollect. The only other Mego I had was a Batman. Perhaps I’ll pick one of those up as well, but I may not stop there 😉
Oh Internet, is there anything that I can remember that you can’t locate? I was thinking back on an eraser set I had back when I was 10 (1980). Lo and behold I found them. Not only did I find them, I also found this awesome blog post that,is very informative, about them. The only thing I had to go on was the name on my favorite piece… HORTA. I have fond memories about these erasers. They were toys that were acceptable in the classroom, so it was as if I was getting away with something 😉
Looking at them now, I am more drawn in by the blue Cyclops Robot.
If you, like I, grew up in the early 70’s, then you are probably well acquainted with these stalwart fellows. The G.I. Joe Adventure Team took Joe from his Military roots to a seeker of danger. I loved this line. I grew up with this line. It wasn’t until Star Wars came out that I had a love for an extensive franchise on a large scale such as this. Joe AT had a shared, cohesive, story. Mego, arguably the biggest line of characters, didn’t offer a singular voice. Adventure Team did that, and more. Head over to Plaid Stallions to check out the great toys from years gone by.
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.
I love the retro style figures that the Vintage Studio creates. Done in the Kenner style, these figures are not as much of a What-If, and more of a continuation of the original line. The Rebel Trooper was a glaring omission to the vintage line, and now you can own one (or four) to add to your collection. The price is a bit steep at $30, but considering the amount of work they put into the figures it’s a steal, plus the quality is apparent. Check out their website, it is a visual treat.
I hear and read those words far too often. Next to the over used “RARE” attached to everything on eBay, the phrase “What’s it worth?” is my number two pet peeve of collecting. Over the years, I have collected, sold, re-bought, flipped, and re-re-bought so many things. People would ask me how much something they had was worth. The worth of an item is an arbitrary thing. It’s based on the individual who is willing to pay for it. Sure, there are other factors such as, how many were produced, how many still exist, and the most important… is it in demand? Just because something is old, or of a certain franchise, isn’t always a guarantee of big money
(I’m looking right at you “Star Wars” seller of “rare” vintage items. By “rare” I mean there are only 500 of them listed on ebay on any given day [I am wearing my sarcasm face while I typed that]. By “vintage”, I am referring to the seller who doesn’t understand the word and uses it for anything older than 5 years.)
It’s worth is what someone is willing to pay for it. Price guides are cool, but the market fluctuates so often that a guide could keep up. Like it or not, things do go down in value. Right now I am fortunate enough to have a decent paying job, in an industry that isn’t showing signs of slowing down. For the foreseeable future I won’t be needing to sell anything that I don’t want to sell, so the “worth” of my collection is much higher to me. If I am faced with having to ever sell again, I’ll figure out the market price and list items accordingly.
So in the end, the questions isn’t “What’s it worth?”, the most important question is, “What’s it worth to you?”. Collect what you like, and share your passion with others 🙂