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shazam

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About shazam

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  • Birthday 02/19/1965

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    Iowa
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    toy collecting,sports and video games
  1. glad to know I am not the only frustrated collector out there.have you ever checked the upper bins at toyrus? I used to find all kinds of the hard to find figures stuffed up behind the bin doors in various areas. I was told by one employee that was where other employees put their stuff until they clocked out.
  2. shazam

    wave 10

    I didn't mean to sound too harsh with my post. I'm sure there are others who may appreciate any info on where they might be able to find some of the harder to find figures. I've been to Omaha store once 'cause it is 4 hours away and Minnesota store probably 4 times in ten years 'cause it is a 3 hour drive ...both places that is one way travel time. So I don't go as often as I would like. Hell I would like to have my own toysrus store,but not all dreams come true.
  3. shazam

    wave 10

    Well I use the internet to let me know when the toys actually start showing up in the U.S.. I also buy Toyfare and Lee's actoin figure digest and also the tomart magazines. I finally decided if I wanted the Mantis (superpowers version) I was going to have to call Krypton comics in Omaha .I paid for him over the phone with debit card today and he is now on his way. By the way Krypton comics is probably the coolest comic shop i've been to in last 15 years or so. And also Cedar Cliff Collectibles in Eagan Minnesota is awsome. These guys have a shop that is all action figures, new and old. They both have websites with #'s and addresses if anyone is interested in calling out of your area. Man, the way you generously give props to all these stores and everything, I'd tell them they have to start paying me for that sh!t Not trying to prop them,but let you guys know about a couple cool places I found in my travels. The minnesota store had older stuff I missed years ago.
  4. Does anyone know who the Red Hulk is yet ????
  5. shazam

    wave 10

    Well I use the internet to let me know when the toys actually start showing up in the U.S.. I also buy Toyfare and Lee's actoin figure digest and also the tomart magazines. I finally decided if I wanted the Mantis (superpowers version) I was going to have to call Krypton comics in Omaha .I paid for him over the phone with debit card today and he is now on his way. By the way Krypton comics is probably the coolest comic shop i've been to in last 15 years or so. And also Cedar Cliff Collectibles in Eagan Minnesota is awsome. These guys have a shop that is all action figures, new and old. They both have websites with #'s and addresses if anyone is interested in calling out of your area.
  6. shazam

    wave 10

    This is my first home computer,I am 45 yrs old so what the blank is a thread. The only kind of thread I know you sew with. Not being a smartass just don't know... I used to be like you about 10 years ago I never touched a computer till then If you need help don't be afraid to ask Thanks I have one, I have an older one.DELL pentium 3 . I bought a set of speakers for it , but they have a usb connector and computer does not. Is there an adapter made for this type of a reverse set up???
  7. shazam

    wave 10

    This is my first home computer,I am 45 yrs old so what the blank is a thread. The only kind of thread I know you sew with. Not being a smartass just don't know...
  8. shazam

    wave 10

    Need some help with problem I ran into today. I called about 20 Walmarts around the state about wave 10. Finally I called the Fort Dodge Supercenter just for kicks 'cause the have never carried any of the line...Any way they told me that they were in and already out????? I was just there 4 days ago and I also went today after I called to see for myself and low and behold there was no space that was void where they should have been.. anywhere. No evidence they were ever there??? What gives with this scenario?? Anybody help me with this one ? PLEASE!!!
  9. Thanks if that was meant about me.I have noticed since I started buying figures 30 years ago how much more competitive it has become. Now it seems it is all about what I person wants and the hell with everyone else.I try to tell people when I see something and where,but other people in my area aren't willing to do the same.You'll see one guy with his hands so full even with 3 of one item,but will he give one up to you?,no..It has turned into more greed than a hobby,and that is what is starting to take the fun out of it.My wife used to say how she loved to see my eyes light up when I saw something on the shelf.Now she tells me to quit because I am starting to be angry all the time.If you want to make some money, the cool,'cause there are people who don't want to drive around and that's also fine ,but please leave some on the shelf for people who like to drive and hunt them down to get the thrill of the hunt.. please thank you for listening to my plead
  10. Ahem. If a man of my age (or just about any age over the age of majority) turns to a child in a toy aisle and declares that Superman is tougher than a character from Avatar, the usual response is the parent ushers the child away, while giving a not-so-complimentary stare at said man. That's on a good day. So, no......I do not do that. Where I am from here in Iowa people don't look at you weird for trying to help a kid in a toy aisle or talk to one.When I lived in California it may have been that way,but not here. Any way how well built are the wave 10 figs I haven't seen any yet?
  11. This goes round and round in your head, doesn't it? How about this: They have their own personalities and their own interests in life. They like Pokemon, Star Wars and anime. I like Star Trek, superheroes and GIJOE. Why should I steer them into something I like when they are completely free to choose what they like?? I'm raising self-confident individuals able to navigate through the world on their own.....not mirror-images of my own self. Where they do cross-over in their interests, we share. Where they do not, we don't have to, and I do not force them. Sublime in its simplicity, isn't it? Man I am not trying to sound like a butthead just asking if you see a kid in the toy aisle do you take a moment and tell them about the characters you have? If i see one grabbing avatar or whatever I'll tell them superman is tuffer. Peaks their interest and they want to now more.. sometimes,but it's what got me started in the early 70's with mego worlds greatest heroes.
  12. Cool and wether they do or not explain to them who the characters are get them interested to help insure future toys for all us collectors. See my point?? anybody?? Ooooooooooh, so get the kiddies hooked on the product to feed OUR wants? What part of that is not the same kind of selfish consumer agenda I've talked about? All of the thinking points back to the self. Haven't heard you......(or anyone else ever on this spin) mention making toys that kids alone would be interested in--it always got OUR (or your) interests worked in there somehow. That is why the whole "for the children" crap does not hold water-its always got this piggy-backed condition attached to it that WE get something out of it. Frankly, I do not give a damn if kids buy into the toy-lines I collect. There's a reason I don't collect Fisher-Price. Well apparently marvel gets it because who do you think the super hero squad is aimed at ? us ? I don't think so,it's marvel way of getting a new generation interested in their characters.And why would that be? oooooooh maybe to insure future product for us consumers. Heh. Do you buy Superhero Squad? No? I sure as hell don't! If neither of us buy it, why should we give a rat's ass about that toyline? Are you saying I should buy it, just so that little kids will be happy? Superhero Squad's success will ensure more product like that--it will NOT ensure more product like what I choose to collect. Its like saying we should all care about Barbie because it'll please a lot of little girls. A show of hands please--how many here are collecting Barbie??? <crickets chirping> I have to ask: do you even understand what you are discussing?? Apparently you don't have a clue what I am talking about. It's not just the toy line or cartoon, or buying the stupid things it is about them getting kids interested in their characters enough to buy them or watch them on tv To get a new younger market interested in what they have for the future.Who or what got you interested in the characters? It had to be a toy,comic or cartoon. And yes getting kids interested in the stupid toy line will ensure future collectors markets or don't you see the whole picture? Or are you only wrapped up in your own selfishness?
  13. What about having kids is relevant to this topic? Your original post mentioned NOTHING about children, it mentioned your own frustrations with your own consumption. I have three step-children. When their interests coincide with mine, I do indeed share. When they do not......they do not enter into the equation. Why should they, when their needs and wants have been met? Most of the stuff I collect, they are not interested in anyways. And why aren't they interested? Because you don't tell them about the characters? I battled with my son for years with his dragonball vs. my marvel or d.c. characters who's tuffer and so forth. It finally got him interested in them and now he gets it.
  14. Cool and wether they do or not explain to them who the characters are get them interested to help insure future toys for all us collectors. See my point?? anybody?? Ooooooooooh, so get the kiddies hooked on the product to feed OUR wants? What part of that is not the same kind of selfish consumer agenda I've talked about? All of the thinking points back to the self. Haven't heard you......(or anyone else ever on this spin) mention making toys that kids alone would be interested in--it always got OUR (or your) interests worked in there somehow. That is why the whole "for the children" crap does not hold water-its always got this piggy-backed condition attached to it that WE get something out of it. Frankly, I do not give a damn if kids buy into the toy-lines I collect. There's a reason I don't collect Fisher-Price. Well apparently marvel gets it because who do you think the super hero squad is aimed at ? us ? I don't think so,it's marvel way of getting a new generation interested in their characters.And why would that be? oooooooh maybe to insure future product for us consumers.
  15. Note the emboldened and italicized text. Note that the thoughts for HIMSELF are stated before the thoughts expressed for others. This is how most people think in the world, everyone here included. There's nothing wrong with this, its completely normal, and for the most part is healthy. We all consume for ourselves first, and THEN we think about others. Anyone who thinks that is unfair, is denying their own nature. What the blank are you smoking????? Hey, I make no apologies about being frank and honest in my opinions here. Read what I have written with an open mind, and you might......MIGHT just discover something. If you cannot handle candor, tough beans for you. I don't expect you to buy into what I've been writing about--your joy or misery in the hobby isn't my concern--its entirely yours. If you are not having fun, not enjoying things, or think things are unfair, ask yourself why that is. If what you are doing isn't getting the results you want.........why the hell are you doing the same thing over and over again? I do NOT empathize with you or your "stated plight", because you have the power to change it if you really want to. If you think I'm this... callous hording monster, think again. I buy one of each item that I seek. If I want more than one I get more than one. I collect for myself, I don't resell for profit. I think that enjoyment is the right of every collector, but I have no illusions about why I collect. If you are miserable, so be it--I've posted heartfelt advise on how to go the other way here in these forums many times. If you choose to gripe and moan because you think its all unfair........and you do not want to change--hey, fill your boots. Some people's hobby is nothing but complaining. You are free to decide your own path. Hey I not trying to piss anybody off these discussions are fun I finally have people like me to talk to...It's great thanks guys...
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