Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Comic Haul 7/9: ToyMan Show

The ToyMan Show in Bridgeton, MO is something I had somehow not heard of before this year. On Sunday, myself and two friends made the journey there and visited the packed venue. Additionally, we also ran by some comic shops. I'm sure that's not much of a surprise, though.

The ToyMan Show has been going on several times a year since 1990. I have no idea how I have never heard about this over the years, but it's true. Apparently the next show is on September 24th if you're interested in attending. If you're a fan of video games, comic books, and toys, do yourself a favor and check it out. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

If you want a peek into what this place is like, there's a great YouTube channel called Pixel Dan that I watch regularly and he goes to this event all the time. He has posted several videos about it over the years, but check out this video he posted in November of last year. I will say, it was a lot busier when I was there than it appears to be in these videos.

There were many, many vendors selling their wares there, including the nice man who owns the semi-local toy shop The Toy Bomb. I met him at the beginning of the summer trips at Cape Comic Con and he gave me a flyer for his then unopened shop. After he opened I made a special trip to visit his store, and I was able to purchase a nice selection of red card Star Wars action figures from him.

As always, I attended the event with my good friend Dan Brown [ Twitter | Blog ] and another friend of ours named Jon. Jon unfortunately hasn't been able to join us on all of our trips this summer, but he did join us for the Cape Con back at the end of April.

But enough talk! On to the haul!

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After entering the building, visitors were send down a corridor that was lined with vendors. Near the end of the hall I found a vendor that was selling old carded Toy Biz Marvel Super Heroes toys. These were my jam back in the day. When I first got into comics, my parents bought me a small lot of Toy Biz figures from a Sears or JcPenney catalog. The lot included Spider-Man, Hulk, the Punisher, and Captain America. I played with them so much. Eventually I came to own almost all of them.

I am missing very few figures from this line. I think I'm only missing Human Torch, Thing, and U.S. Agent. My Annihilus had a broken wing, so this will replace him. Additionally, I have always wanted this Spider-Man figure, but I had never seen it in person until that moment. Honestly... and I know this is blasphemy, but I'll probably open these two.

I have been on a big Carol Danvers kick lately, so one of the things I was looking for was the Marvel Legends Captain Marvel figure. I was also looking for Spider-Gwen, but no one at the entire show had one.

The vendor I bought this from said that he saw other vendors selling the same figure for $20, so he would sell it to me for $15 to make a sale. Well, his tactic worked, because I bought it on the spot. That's less than retail. This is one of those things that I don't know if I should open or not. I mean, when I open it, what am I going to do with it? At least in the box I can display it in different ways.

This figure could potentially set me down the path of collecting Ms. Marvel/Captain Marvel figures.

And then there are these. These are the things I was after more than anything else. At the beginning of my summer trips, I decided I wanted to get all the red card Star Wars figures. If you have been reading these haul posts, you might remember me picking up a decent amount of them at the Superman Celebration. With those from Superman Celebration, the handful I picked up at The Toy Bomb, and the few I had left over from when I was a kid, I only needed two red card figures to complete the set.

I also only needed two Shadows of the Empire figures, which was a little sub set I was also working on. I managed to easily get the remaining four figures and I wrapped up this little quest with very little effort!

The ToyMan Show wasn't all toys, though. There were many vendors set up with comic books. I saw a graded copy of Giant Size X-Men #1. I held a New Mutants #98 in my hands ($250! Wish I could afford it!). I almost bought a Ghost Rider #1 from someone, but I talked myself out of it because I didn't want to drop that much money on one item.

However, I did buy this Marvel Two-in-One Annual #2 that I mentioned in my comic haul from 6/24. The price was right, it was in great shape, so it came home with me!

I bought this Vengeance of Vampirella #1 for $3 from a vendor. Now that I'm looking it up online, it not what I thought it was. I thought this was the basic first printing because of the red foil, but now that I'm looking at it, it appears to be the gold edition that's limited to 500 copies. That can't be right. I'm not going to get too excited about this until I know for sure what it is. I honestly just bought it because it was Vampirella and it had a foil cover.

After leaving ToyMan, we headed to a place called Vintage Stock that was absolutely insane. My favorite comic book related show on YouTube called Comic Trips (a show which greatly inspired me to get back into comics) visited a Vintage Stock store in webisode 49 of their show. Which, by the way, you should be watching Comic Trips. Just saying. They had old and new carded action figures, comic books, video games from Atari 2600 to Xbox One, movies, books... they had it all. I've never seen a store so vast with so much stock.

I picked up these four issues of Captain Marvel to fill in some holes. I'm currently paying off a huge lot of Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel comics from my local store Campus Comics. The issues I bought here are a few that I needed to help complete the run. They were all very reasonably priced at $3.99 each.

Also from Vintage Stock was this super sexy Bombshell style Catwoman poster. It's a little larger than what I would consider a regular size poster at 24x36, but that's okay! I'll just have to pick up a new frame for it.

I haven't read a single issue of the Bombshell series, but I adore the art style. I love the classic pin-up style of the series. This just looks like an old poster you'd see from the 1940s or 1950s. I love it. I love everything about it. And it was only $9.99! This was actually the only one they had. They had a Harley Quinn poster that I almost bought until I saw this one. I think I made the right choice in the end.

After wrapping up Vintage Stock, we headed out of town and made our way to Toys "R" Us in Fairview Heights, IL. Pretty much par for the course there as Toys "R" Us stores generally carry the exact same merchandise, but I did find this set of Bombshell magnets that aren't carried at my local store. I had actually never seen these before, and the price was right!

Magnets, like coffee mugs, are something that I have far more of than I need. I have 17 super hero and Star Wars coffee mugs, and now I have 38 comic book or video game related refrigerator magnets. They look nice! They're decorating my fridge.

Then we went to a comic shop called Twilight Comics in Swansea, IL. They had moved the store since the last time I was there years ago, and the store just seems to get smaller and smaller each time they move. Comic Quest in Evansville, IN dethroned it as the biggest comic shop I had ever been to. Not that Twilight has ever been close to as big as Comic Quest, but still.

However, I did lose my mind when I saw this issue of G.I. Joe sitting on a shelf with a $40 price tag on it. This is the last issue of the Marvel run on G.I. Joe, and it typically goes for more than $40. I'm looking online right now and the cheapest one I see is just under $100 for a 5.5 copy. I had assumed I would never own it because it's prohibitively expensive. I guess I haven't mentioned being a fan of G.I. Joe until now, huh? Well, I now need 11 more G.I. Joe comics before I have the entire run from issue #1 to #155. I'm a fan and have been since I was a kid.

I was also able to find a few issues of Marvel Tales in the boxes there to fill in some gaps in my collection. Typically issues from this era haven't shown up in shops I frequent, so I made sure to snatch them all up. Good prices on all of them, too. I think every issue was $2.99 or $3.99.

I need to update my list now before I forget. I carry around a list of the Marvel Tales issues I need in my wallet. I had a list of the Amazing Spider-Man issues I needed, but I think I lost it in Crash Comics a few weeks ago!

And finally, I picked up this Bombshell variant of Harley Quinn #7. I didn't realize I bought so much DC Bombshell merchandise until writing this up!

I paid $10 for this, which seems about right from what I'm seeing elsewhere online. My Comic Shop doesn't currently have any in stock, so I can't check to see how much they would normally charge for one. I can't imagine it would be much less or more than $10, though.

And that, my friends, is the haul from my first ToyMan Show! I'm very pleased with what I found there, and I definitely hope to go again next year. It was a packed convention and there were lots of deals to be had. I wish I would have bought more, to tell you the truth!

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