Has it been a couple of weeks since I last posted a non-review? I need to slow down some. The reality is that I dedicate like one day a week to working on the blog, and it's been pretty hectic so I haven't had a chance to sit down and write. Enough of the excuses, it's rambling time!
As much as I love where I live, there have been a few times over the twenty years that I've lived here where I've contemplated moving. The reason? Lack of a collector community. Let me explain. We have two comic shops now. When I first arrived, comic shops were like 7-11's (something else we don't have here) - one on every corner. Now my options are limited to a guy at a flea market, or the awesome comic shop that I actually frequent. And by frequent, I mean I show up when my Transformers comics come in. If I actually want to buy a vintage Transformer? I'm out of luck. Seriously out of luck. Still, I do like to try to find what I can locally and as such, I struck out a few weeks ago and did some looking around at places I rarely go.
First, I went to the flea market, of which I'm not a fan. It's always crowded, everyone is smoking, and the only wares for sale are knock off designer clothes and handbags. At any rate, there is a guy there that you could charitably call a vintage toy dealer. He's more like a guy that finds toys on the side of the street and sells them. I've talked about this guy before, and for some reason, I decided to give him another shot.
About a week ago, I had to buy a new headset for the 360. I generally prefer the wired headsets, but I have kids and they've already broken 3 headsets, so I decided to go wireless. I didn't feel like going to a GameStop, so I decided to try out a used game store by my house called "Play and Call" or something like that. What I saw when I walked in was pretty impressive. They had vintage games and systems! Dreamcast! Nintendo 64! Old Sega! NES! They also had cheap game accessories that I wouldn't put near my 360. As I wondered around place, I realized that they had a second room.
In this second room were quite a few long boxes of comics. A lot of the comics that they had were Marvel Transformer issues. And a lot of early 1990's Image. I mean a lot. Like Darker Image? They had it. Same thing for a lot of Youngblood. However, they did have a wall that had this:
So that's what I have available to me if I want to shop locally for vintage toys. A disgusting flea market stall or an overpriced video game shop. I wonder if my wife would want to move to Singapore just so I can buy Transformers locally? Whelp, guess it's time to stalk eBay and the forums again...