I hope everyone had a Happy July 4th weekend. Overall I did not have much planned, as a matter of fact I actually worked most the day on Monday. I did get a chance to go out and watch some fireworks but that was mostly an excuse to test the video functions on my new digital camera. I operate under the theory that if you have seen one three thousand year old Chinese based firework, you have pretty much seen them all. Personally I am glad that the holiday is over as this means we have crossed the last big hurtle before moving onto the end half of the years bigger and better holidays. If you do not believe me just take a look at the countdown clocks over on the right hand side of the page. We are creeping ever closer to the illusive 99 day mark for Halloween. Once we hit that point, it will be here before you can blink.
As for the rest of my Independence Day plans I did have a small shopping trip planned for July 5th. Nothing spectacular or crazy... Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, and a Dollar Tree are the would be destinations. But it did bring about some pretty cool pretty interesting items that I wanted to share with everyone. Today we are going to take a look at everything from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe to generic GI Joe army men. Bizarre leftover Halloween "Decorations" and discounted Nintendo Wii games.
As for the actual soldiers themselves, they are exactly like what you would come to expect from these little green army men. They don't stand worth a darn, there is a million repeat characters, most of their little gun barrels are crooked, and there is lots of little extra "kibble" sticking off around their edges from when they initially came out of the press. This is what makes Soldier Playset and every other green army man in existence awesome. There is no such thing as "high quality" army men and if there is... I do not want them. I love these toys because of the flawed cheap quality in which they all hold. I love the way the package wants to be related to Toy Story but cannot quite get there. I like the way you get 36 of them for only a single dollar. It's value very rarely seen these days, especially when you compare them to the 'real' toy section where you can find officially licensed Toy Story green army men for something like twenty dollars per bucket. Why? They probably came off the exact same press line as these guys and these army men have far more character for a much cheaper price! I think I need an extra package... or two.
Now I am not trying to be extra funny here when I say this but I legitimately do not know what these things even are. Upon closer inspection each Creepy Classic has a hole in the bottom of them, leading me to believe that they are supposed to be pencil toppers, which I would be OK with except that the hole is far to large for any normal pen or pencil. They would fall right off. Therefore they cannot be pencil toppers. I do not know what they are.
In all likelihood they are not supposed to be anything. It almost seems like the company that made them found some strange way around whatever copyright laws exist on that poster arts and decided to bank the buck that people would buy anything if it had the old Frankenstein or Dracula poster on the package. It's kind of a brilliant move by whoever made them, as they removed the stars name from the posters. On the Dracula poster, for example, if you look in the spot where it should say 'BELA LUGOSI' they very cleverly removed his name. Still, I have a feeling that if Universal Studios knew that these things existed there would be some sort of lawsuit. Oh and every monster on here appears to be holding a baseball bat. Why Godzilla, the King of Monsters, would be attacking things with a baseball bat... I have no idea. It's just another testimate to how strange of an item Creepy Classic's really are.
This, my friends brings us to the conclusion of this post. While I'm sure there will be greater "hauls" of items to write about come Christmas time, I think for just kind of randomly going around to a few select stores I did pretty good for myself. I also managed to keep everything within a relatively low budget thanks to a lot of these items being pulled directly from discount bins or dollar zones. Proof that while you can spend a lot of money on one or two really cool things... you can also spend the same amount on a lot of smaller cool things. I would almost rather have a whole basket full of Lego Figures, Freezer Pops, knockoff Toy Story army men than something more extravagant like a Nintendo 3DS. But that is just me.