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The Toy Archives
24 minutes | May 11, 2021
We’re not dead- yet!
It’s been an unhealthy amount of time since we promised our return to the site and podcasting, and while it’s taken almost 11 months for us to get our act together – we’re still alive and kicking! We wanted to put an update out that we’re working on a plan to keep content coming regularly (it may not be weekly, but it will be more regular than every 11 months)! Quick summary on what we’ve been doing and what you can expect from the podcast going forward – we’re stoked to be back and have some great stuff lined up for you all!
40 minutes | Jun 19, 2020
The Return of the Podcast! We’re Back Again!
Well, we finally mastered the art of recording remotely and wanted to check in to ensure you all that we are not dead! Here’s our COVID-19 update, current state of Social Media, and general “Let’s get back to podcasting!” antics!
56 minutes | Feb 8, 2020
Best Purchases of 2019 – The Mask, Aliens, Predators, Oh My!
Is this officially two weeks in a row?! Apparently a 9 month break can make dreams come true! In this episode, we break down our best purchases of 2019 (plus random stuff we forgot along the way)! We cover a slew of amazing vintage toy lines- Jim Carrey’s The Mask, Kenner’s Mask, Aliens, Predators, Star Wars, Stone Protectors, and so many more great lines! Tune in to hear our best purchases of 2019! Protomold-Preproduction-Egon-Figure GI-Joe-2019-Prototype-Run
51 minutes | May 7, 2019
2019 Star Wars Celebration, Chicago Toy Show, Flippers and Fanatics!
Late as usual, but we’re baaaack with our post Celebration weeping, leading into the Spring 2019 Kane County recap and a bunch of other back and forth bantering!
27 minutes | Apr 14, 2019
Celebration Day 3: The Mandalorian
Here’s a quick recap of Day 3 so far- we were way too excited after seeing the trailer for the Mandalorian show and needed to get this one out ASAP! Don’t miss our new intro, too!
40 minutes | Apr 13, 2019
Celebration Podcast #2 – Room Sales and Cosplayers, Oh My!
In an effort to not disappoint you loyal listeners, we’re back with our second podcast episode, live from Star Wars Celebration! In this episode, we talk about all things Room Sales, Cosplayers, Hasbro Exclusives, and much more!
27 minutes | Apr 12, 2019
The Celebration Day 1 Podcast (But not actually day 1)
Well, after disappointing you all for 2 days in a row, we’ve finally delivered the first Celebration podcast! Get our quick overview of Celebration so far, Adam’s first thoughts, and much more!
60 minutes | Apr 3, 2019
April Fools and the Defense of the Dumpster
In this weeks podcast, we talk about the incredibly awesome April Fools jokes that plagued the Facebook toy groups (just kidding, they sucked.) We also answered a handful of questions and covered a few topics from our listeners- including “what is the dumpsteriest toy you own” and some other completely obnoxious (but awesome) questions. As promised, here’s the dumpstery Mortal Kombat bootleg figures we discussed in the podcast… incredible!
47 minutes | Mar 27, 2019
How to Prepare for Star Wars Celebration Chicago – 2019
Hot off the press (is it really even a press since it’s a podcast?)- our official guide to Star Wars Celebration! Join us as we talk about the things Adam must know prior to going to Celebration. Between the panels, guests, room sales, and the parties- we’ve got the scoop for you! Don’t miss our daily podcast (and maybe even a few after dark uncensored) episodes while we’re on site at Celebration (April 10-15th).
55 minutes | Mar 17, 2019
Mighty Max, Toylanta, and Former Employees, Oh My!
We’re baaaaack! (Finally… I know, sorry!) After an unintentional break, we’re finally back with another episode of The Toy Archives podcast! In this episode we cover the recent Mighty Max prototype auctions, including the unproduced (and incredibly rare) Warmonger! We’ve also managed to squeeze in a public apology to our friend Blake Wright, a quick overview of the Toylanta toy show, and a few run-ins with former employees and how they’ve been treated by collectors. Next up: Star Wars Celebration Preparation!
65 minutes | Jan 27, 2019
All things action figure grading – When should I grade my figure?
In this podcast, we talk all things grading – the companies, the pros and cons, the wait times, you name it. If you’ve ever asked yourself “Should I grade this figure?” this is the podcast for you! If you’re near any collecting circle long enough, you’re certain to hear the question “Should I grade my (insert action figure name)? Generally you’ll see a variety of responses, but two tend to be the most common “Yes, it will increase the value!” or “No, why would you pay someone else for their opinion?!” Give this episode a listen and make sure you’re subscribed to the podcast on whatever platform you prefer! A couple reference points- if you’re interested in knowing the current turnaround times for the three major grading companies: Action Figure Authority: 2-3 months Collector Archive Services: 3-4 months UK Graders: ~3 months
72 minutes | Jan 20, 2019
Is the customer always right? Toy Collecting – Gambling and Regrets
In this episode we’ve got a bit of everything- from the Star Wars Collector Archive party to Facebook BattleWaffleRaffle groups. Don’t miss our highlights of biggest collecting regrets- from vintage Kenner Star Wars hardcopies, GI Joe prototypes, and more! Make sure to leave a comment… do you participate in any of the ‘alternative buying method groups?’ Maybe you’ve had a colossal Waffle Win that makes it all worth it? Tune in for next week’s episode where we’ll talk through the process of grading an action figure… When should you grade your toys? Which company should grade it? How long does grading a figure take? Don’t worry… we’ll help you!
53 minutes | Jan 12, 2019
2019 Collecting Goals, Frustrating Flippers, and Super7 Shogun Warriors
In this episode we’re joined by our brand new co-host Adam. We’ll test his patience with some awesome new modern releases by Super7 (the Shogun Warriors and Ghosts and Goblins releases), talk about the frustrating plague of flippers in parts of the hobby, and then we start talking about collecting goals for 2019! Make sure to leave your goals in the comments below! Also be sure you’re part of our Facebook Discussion group for the podcast – The Toy Archives Podcast group.
47 minutes | Jan 5, 2019
The Best Vintage Collection of 2018?!
As promised, in this podcast episode we’ll give the full story of the absolutely epic collection that was discovered right here in Iowa in 2018. It’s one for the record books- featuring Kenner’s Mask, Jurassic Park, Battle Beasts, Dino Riders, and much much more! If you’re a vintage toy collector this is a story you don’t want to miss!
61 minutes | Dec 18, 2018
Mark and Adam’s Best Purchases of 2018
Episode #10 – Mark and Adam’s Best Purchases of 2018 This episode is Part 1 of the “Year in Review” where we talk about the great things that have happened this year. In this one we both cover our favorite additions to our respective collections throughout 2018. Everything from Battletoads, Earthworm Jim, Crystar, The Mask, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and much more! It was a significant year for both of our collections with some marquee additions! Check out some of the photos below for the items we discuss in the podcast!
56 minutes | Dec 11, 2018
The Earthworm Jim Special, Marvel Legends, Mythic Legions, and more!
We’re finally here- the Earthworm Jim special! In this episode, we talk about a new Marvel Legends Exclusive figure- Mystique, we talk about the most recent pre-order for Mythic Legions figures (Siege of Bjorngar), and the long awaited discussion with Adam Saker about Earthworm Jim action figures! Talking never-before-shared prototypes, the video game, and all of the glorious figures that were produced (and even the ones that weren’t)! Make sure you check out the gallery below to see some of the great items discussed in this episode!
30 minutes | Dec 3, 2018
Episode 8 – Collector Interview with Adam Saker (Star Wars, Prototypes, and more!)
In Episdoe #8 of The Toy Archives podcast, we’ve got the long awaited interview with Adam Saker! We talk about his collecting journey, how he went from Foreign Vintage Star Wars to random prototypes and the king of the Iowa Prototype Dumpster South. We even get into appreciating what you have in your collection and not worrying about “keeping up with the Joneses!” Don’t worry- Adam joins us again in the next episode to talk about Playmates Toys, Prototypes, and Earthworm Jim action figures!
41 minutes | Nov 25, 2018
Episode 7 – Holiday He-Man, Unproduced Battletoads, and Top 10 Toys of the 80s
In this episode, we talk about the brand new announcement by Super7 for their Holiday He-Man special action figure, we talk through the haul of unproduced Battletoads figure prototypes that were in the works by Tiger Electronics, and then we run down the Top 10 toys of the 1980s. You definitely don’t want to miss this episode of the podcast!
49 minutes | Nov 16, 2018
The Toy Archives – Episode 6 – Mego, Scammers, and Top 10 Toys of the 70s
The Toy Archives – Episode 6 – Mego, Scammers, and Top 10 Toys of the 70s In this episode, we cover the newest waves of Mego’s comeback product and their Wave 2 release, including Star Trek, Universal Monsters (FRANKENSTEIN!!!), Full House, Star Trek, Charlie’s Angels, the Brady Bunch, and much more! After, we talk about two recent scamming/stealing scandals in the toy collecting hobby, one of which happened at the Chicago Toy Show, and the other within the Star Wars Facebook groups. Lastly, we break down our list of top 10 toys of 70s! Mego Wave 2 2018 Action Figures The Wave 2 Lineup includes: The Gorn (Star Trek) Kris Munroe (Charlie’s Angels) Cliff Clavin (Cheers) Samantha (Bewitched) Kelly Bundy (Married with Children) Greg Brady (Brady Bunch) Frankenstein’s Monster Phoebe Halliwell (Charmed) Richie Cunningham (Happy Days) Jo Jo Polniaczek (Facts of Life) Mr. Spock (Star Trek) Starchild (KISS) Dorothy and the Wicked Witch (2-pack, The Wizard of Oz) DJ and Stephanie Tanner (2-pack, Full House) The 14 inch offering was expanded with four new figures: Classic Superman Green Lantern Batgirl/Barbara Gordon Poison Ivy/Pamela Isley Toy Collecting Scams! This episode covers two recent hobby scams… One took place in Chicago at the Kane County Toy Show where a dealer was caught trying to lift a Funko Pop from another booth. Second, we talk about the most recent Star Wars scandal involving a $3,000 Engineering Pilot that was used to deceive and steal from a member of the community. Lots of great toy-drama in this section, so make sure you give it a listen! The Top 10 Toys of the 1970s Check out the article here, but be sure to listen to the podcast to hear more detail! Evel Knievel (Ideal Toys) Adventure People (Fisher Price) Micronauts (Mego) Six Million Dollar Man (Kenner) Shogun Warriors (Mattel) AHI Monsters (Azrak Hamway International) Lincoln International Monsters GI Joe Adventure Team (Hasbro) Mego’s 8 Inch Lineup (WGSH, Mad Monsters, etc) Star Wars (Kenner)
37 minutes | Nov 6, 2018
The Toy Archives Podcast – Episode #5
In this episode of The Toy Archives podcast, we talk quickly about Mark Bellomo’s newest edition of The Ultimate Guide to GI Joe 1982-1994, Super7’s newest Reaction figures including Universal Monsters and Robotech, and of course- the newest wave of the Mythic Legions lineup… the Advent of Decay! We also take a deep dive into the Cincinnati Toy Show, and why it’s one of the best small shows of the year. Lastly… a hint at some newly discovered unproduced Battletoads figures! We’ll cover those in an upcoming Episode, so make sure you’re subscribed!
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