Under The Tree: 1986 HG Toys SPORTFREAKS Series 1

As a kid my #1 toy to play with were action figures.  I had bins full of Batman, X-Men, Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Power Rangers.  If only I could go back in time and convince my younger self to keep all of them in their packaging.  Yeah right!  Like that would’ve worked.  I never kept them mint in box.  Those little pieces of plastic were released from their clamshell prisons and immediately thrown into an adventure I had conjured in my head.  I lost a Rambo figure while visiting the beach.  The ocean took it away.  I like to think he’s still hanging out at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean with all of those unopened cases of 1952 Topps Baseball High Numbers.

HG Toys released a line of action figures in 1986 called SPORTFREAKS.  If you’re looking for accurate figures that resemble your favorite sports heroes, these might not be for you.  SPORTFREAKS are the total opposite.  They’re crazy looking, mutant-like creatures that enjoy playing various sports.  They came in three sizes – 2.5″, 7″, and 15″.  Each size has their own set of figures.  In other words, you won’t find the same 15″ figure in 2.5″ or 7″ size.  The 15″ figures have some articulation, but the 2.5″ and 7″ do not.

15″ Pinetar Pete – Other figures in this size include Pigskin and Hoop Dribbles.

7″ Ox – According to Ox’s bio “Ox snorts fire, hoots the ground, gets down on all fours and stampedes through the line.  Ox is a vegetarian who hates the idea of steak and hamburger, can you blame him.”  The 7″ line is the most common.

2.5″ Team Pack – Figures in this size also came packaged individually.  Like the 15″ figures, these aren’t the easiest to find.

I don’t believe this toy line was successful enough to see a Series 2.  If you came across a prototype figure that some HG Toys employee took home with them, that could hold some value.  For the most part, these creatures have been long forgotten.

Grand Opening – Sports Zone Toys & Comics

Sports Zone Toys & Comics is a card shop that’s been around for over ten years.  The shop recently moved into a new location – 359 Market St., Sunbury, PA.

I attended it’s grand opening this weekend.  Let me tell you something.  This is how every single brick-and-mortar store should look.  Its easy to get into, lots of space to move around, and very well organized.  Every collector should have this type of shop in their backyard.

Glass cases full of singles, sealed boxes, packs, OYO minifigures, bobbleheads, and new/used wrestling figures just cover some of the items you’ll find.  There are even some tables you can sit down at and rip open a box.  I highly suggest stopping in if you’re around the area.

To commemorate the grand opening, special OYO minifigures were made with the Sports Zone Toys & Comics name on them.  Along with the minifigure came a coupon.  These coupons ranged from $10 off of a $100 purchase, free bobblehead, free Fathead, etc…  Very cool!

I left with a new Nick Foles Super Bowl LII MVP bobblehead, and a Phillies TeenyMates Big Sip water bottle.  Next month I’ll be heading back as that’s when the Gritty bobbleheads are due out.

Card of the Day: 2011 Topps Opening Day Geoffrey Toys “R” Us Boston Red Sox #2

Flashback Product of the Week: 1986 Cheap Toys with Crummy Candy Series 1

One of my favorite things to do when it comes to the Flashback Product of the Week posts is to go off the regular path and explore some really obscure products.  This is going to be one of those times.

When I think of pop-culture from the 80’s, a few things come to mind.  One thing that sticks out the most would have to be Garbage Pail Kids.  Garbage Pail Kids are basically Cabbage Patch Kids from hell.  They aren’t cute and cuddly.  Instead these little guys/girls are horrific, ugly, and down right insulting in some circumstances.  That’s what makes them so awesome.

Garbage Pail Kids aren’t limited to their 2-D cards and stickers.  They have a strong collector following when it comes to their toys.  In 1986, Topps decided to release Cheap Toys with Crummy Candy, which has to be the most straight forward product title in history.  I could see today’s card manufacturers putting names to their products that actually reflect whats inside, i.e. 2012 Lots Of Base Cards & One Plain Colored Relic Worth Little To What The Box Cost.  Boxes contained little green bags that had a candy wafer, (1) figure, and a checklist inside.  Series 1 has a ten characters – Leaky Lindsay, Double Heather, Brett Sweat, Muggin’ Megan, Alice Island, Adam Bomb, Crater Chris, Graffiti Petey, Thin Lynn, and Brainy Janey.  You would think a product such as this wouldn’t be too complicated.  They’re just cheap little figures.  How far in detail could they possible go?  That’s the wrong question to ask.

While doing research for this post, I came to the conclusion that this figure set is almost as complicated and diverse as the Old Judge tobacco cards.  What started with ten figures who each have four colors – blue, red, peach, and green, has exploded into hundreds of figures with different variations.  These variations include material the figures are made of, colors, copyright dates, and different distribution types.  The list goes on and on.  Its far from an easy set to complete.  Figures of the four basic colors are worth about $10.00 a piece, but than you come across a rare neon yellow version like the one pictured below and you can look to spend around $80.00.

Of the two Series that Topps released, I believe Series 1 is in higher demand.  Sealed boxes of Series 1 continue to sell for hundreds of dollars.

If you have any questions about Cheap Toys with Crummy Candy or Garbage Pail Kids in general, I highly recommend checking out geepeekay.com.

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New Minifigures Coming From OYO Sports Toys

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OYO Sports Toys released this image today showing off some of their new minifigures that will soon be available.  I see Pujols, Ruiz, Reyes, Bautista, and Tulowitzki.  These little guys are so cool looking.  Remember, they are all compatible with LEGOS.

Kubel, Guthrie, Rivera Highlight New Minifigures From OYO Sports Toys

Check out the new minifigures from OYO Sports Toys.  These guys are awesome!!!  Growing up I remember playing with building toys all the time.  They are completely compatible with LEGOS, and soon should be available for sale.

Who would you like to see get turned into a minifigure?  I’d like to see them do legends like Ruth, Mantle, Clemente, etc…

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Ricky Nolasco

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Jeremy Guthrie

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Paul Konerko

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Kevin Youkilis

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Mariano Rivera

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Jason Kubel

OYO – Your Favorite Player Has Been Minifigured

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It doesn’t matter how old you are, its ok to admit that minifigures are awesome!  OYO Sports Toys have turned some of your favorite athletes into minifigure form.  Having yourself turned into a minifigure is almost an honor, just like seeing your favorite athlete turned into a character on Family Guy or The Simpsons.

One of the best things about their minifigures is the fact they are completely compatible with other building products like LEGOs.  Having a feature like that is great because building toys such as LEGOs are very popular and trying to create your own building product to compete wouldn’t work that well.   According to the OYO website, it looks like they make minifigures for the Phillies, Yankees, Red Sox, Cardinals, and Rangers.  It also looks as if they have plans to make minifigures for football, hockey, and more sports.  These just aren’t cheap knock-offs either, they have all the proper licenses to use the team names and logos.  I like how they just didn’t slap a team logo on a generic minifigure too.  They took their time and concentrated on the individual facial features as well.  Very cool!

Christmas isn’t too far away, and if you have a young sports fan these might be right up their ally.  Don’t forget about Bleacher Creatures and Lil’ Teammates too.

You can follow OYO Sports Toys on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.  Ever wonder what it would be like to see Shane Victorino fly a spaceship?  Well now you can.

You can find these at MLB.com, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Sports Authority.

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