Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Comic Haul 7/8 - ToyMan Show 2018
Summer convention season is quickly approaching its end, but we still have a bit to go. This past Sunday was the ToyMan Show, and I attended it along with a few friends. This time it isn't so much a comic haul as it is a toy haul.
Looking back at what I bought last year, it would seem as though I did a lot better this time around. Of course, not everything I'm about to go over came from the ToyMan Show. I actually didn't buy any comics at all at the show. I didn't even so much as look at them. I did go nuts with the toys, though. Any comics I mention in this article came from the other places we visited.
Like last year, I was joined by my friends Dan Brown [Twitter | Blog] and Jon. This year we were also joined by our friend Trenton who joined us on the Cape trip, the Evansville trip, and the Metropolis trip.
I began making my rounds in search of Toy Biz Marvel Super Heroes action figures from the early 90s. I have talked a bit before about how I'm wanting to assemble the entire line of them still in their original packaging. I found these two figures at a booth almost immediately. They didn't have price tags on them, so I asked and the guy was like, "$25 each." I kind of scoffed at it and he was like, "How much do you think they're worth?" So I told him $15, as that was the max I paid for them at the Superman celebration last month. He ended up selling them to me for that price. I bought the Dr. Doom and Invisible Woman figures from him. Silver Surfer came from another vendor and the Human Torch came from a place we went after the show.
Kokomo Toys & Collectibles in Kokomo, IN. I have the Lady Death and Purgatori figures from the line, so I thought I should add Lady Demon to the set. There's also an Evil Ernie figure and at least one Lady Death variant figure in the line, but I don't really want those, so I'm good.
DeviantArt], and he had some really, really nice pieces for sale. I flipped through the book he had of prints and I was really taken with this one of Princess Peach fighting monstrous versions of the enemies from the Mario Bros. series. His prints were $10 each, and he offered to sign it for me because "it makes me feel famous." I thought that was really nice of him and I liked the print so much I ended up giving him $14 for it instead of $10. I even went to Wal-Mart the night I got home with it and bought a nice frame for it.
Facebook | Website]. The Toy Bomb is a semi-local toy shop that I've only been able to visit once but I always try to talk to the guy who runs it when he's set up at cons. Had I not walked back in to talk to him, I wouldn't have seen this Jim Balent costume Catwoman statue he had for sale. He seemed thrilled that I bought it from him. He's just a good guy, honestly. Anyway, calling this a statue might not be entirely accurate. It's more like a... premium figure? It's from a company named Iron Studios if you want to see more of their stuff.
Saga Toys. It was like Kokomo-lite, but that doesn't mean it was bad. It was a very impressive store, and I found quite a bit there. For starters, they had a whole wall of knockoff Lego minifigures, including these clear Godzilla ones. I grabbed one of each color. They feel really, really cheap. I don't know how anyone could tolerate having a whole bunch of knockoff Lego minifigures, but whatever. They were $3.99 each.
And that's all that came from Saga Toys. Oh, the aforementioned Human Torch and unmasked Spider-Gwen also came from Saga Toys.
After that we ate at Cicis Pizza before making our way to a comic shop called Fantasy Shop. I didn't end up buying anything from them, but it was a decent shop. Some people were gaming in there which always annoys me and puts me off, but it was fine otherwise. Then we went to the mall and visited Vintage Stock. Again, I bought nothing. However, after that, I found a few Mighty Captain Marvel comics I needed at Slackers.
Twilight Comics in Swansea, IL. Last year I had some luck there finding a key issue of G.I. Joe I needed. This year all I ended up leaving with were two Frank Cho variant covers to Wonder Woman. I might have been able to find more I needed, but I didn't really spend much time digging though boxes to find out.
And that was the end of our trip. It was a good time, and I'm very glad I got to go. Through all this mess with Toys "R" Us, I have been worried and concerned that I wouldn't get to go to any of the comic conventions I planned on going to this summer. So far I've been able to attend every one of them I wanted to with the exception of the convention in Salem. We still have the Burg Con in August, the Saluki Comic Con at the end of September, and some other vague con in Paducah, KY. to attend, so we'll see if I get to go to all of them.