It’s that time again – Tales From The Thrift: Volume 3 has arrived! This VERY late entry covers a weekend at the Dallas Comic Con Fan Days convention. This was an all-around great experience, as we were able to meet John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard, Smallville) and Will Friedle (Batman Beyond, Boy Meets World), see some great panels, and (of course) visit the dealer’s room and do a little shopping.
Though my purchases for this post may be lacking in quantity, they are overloaded with quality!
I have a soft spot for toys from the nineties, and the first batch of figures that I bought at the convention displays this perfectly. First up, I was able to purchase a Mojo X-Force/X-Men figure by Toy Biz for $5. I’ve wanted this figure for quite a while. Not only does it look cool, but Mojo is the central villain in one of the best episodes of the X-Men animated series.
Speaking of soft spots, I’ve always been a sucker for anything to do with Robin, the boy wonder. I grew up with an older brother, and we loved to pretend that we were Batman and Robin. Since he was older, I never got to be Batman. At the time, this was pretty upsetting. In retrospect, it was a stroke of luck. These days, Nightwing (Dick Grayson, the original Robin for those who don’t know) is my favorite hero in the DC Universe, and I owe it all to those experiences as a kid. Naturally, when I saw this Robin figure from Kenner’s Batman Returns line for only $5, I had to get it. Sure, Robin wasn’t actually in the movie. And yes, I’m pretty sure I’ve purchased this figure before. But at the end of the day, getting a cool and somewhat odd figure of one of your favorite characters is worth five bucks every single time.
Next up, we have Arthur from The Tick. This was $5 as well, and easily worth it. I’ve seen this particular figure sell for four times that amount, so it was definitely a nice deal. Honestly though, I would have paid more–this is one of the last figures I needed to complete my collection of figures from The Tick cartoon, so I am thrilled to add it to the collection.
Continuing to display my fondness for the X-Men line from Toy Biz, I was able to find a brand new Wolverine Mutantcycle for $10. This will be a perfect addition to the Wolverine Combat Cave I found in my earlier searches. I also picked up Paperboy 2 for the Super Nintendo for $15.
And then, we have the crown jewel of the weekend: a gorgeous Creature from the Black Lagoon figure. I am a big fan of the Universal Monsters, but the Creature is my absolute favorite. I may have reached a bit by paying $35 for this, but there was no way I could leave this behind. I tried, but the allure of the Creature was just too powerful. It worked out though; this figure is now proudly displayed near a portion of my movie collection.
All in all, the Dallas Comic Con Fan Days weekend was a fun experience, but the deals were nowhere near as good as the previous convention. Still, the things I did purchase were great additions to my collection. Unfortunately, I have no intention of selling any of this for now, and I have yet to sell some of my other acquisitions…sending me further into the red.
Will things begin to trend in a new direction? What treasures will I find in my travels? All this and more can be found in the next edition of Tales From The Thrift!