Saturday, November 21, 2015

Random Buys of a Random Guy: Battle Cat and More at the Schoolhouse Antiques Mall

All right... the time has come. I am officially getting ready to delete the content from Really Rather Random Guy (dot blogspot dot com) and in preparing for that, I wanted to import a bunch of the content that I know will then be lost forever, by bringing the posts over here to Goodwill Hunting 4 Geeks (dot blogspot dot com). So, with that in mind, I thought I would preface these entries with the fact that they are indeed OLD blog posts from an OLD, now DEFUNCT blog, and cross my fingers and hope that folks will still want to read them.


This post was originally published on February 4th, 2014. 

Shortly before Christmas I went hunting for an elusive place out in Brewer, ME called the School House Antique Mall. I had heard there were some old Battle-Cats to be found there, so I decided to go check it out. I've tried to find the place before, but since I am terrible at directions, I had failed on two previous attempts to locate it. But third time was the charm (finally had to stop at a Gas Station and ask for supplementary directions)!

And they said Ziggy couldn't still be relevant...

I WISH I had picture-taking capabilities on my iPod at the time, because it was SO much more than I was expecting! I didn't find much on the ground floor, but moving up to the second I entered a room that was floor-to-ceiling with old 80's toys! Mostly dolls to be honest, but PLENTY of cool stuff to catch my eye, including some fantastic old Fisher-Price Little People pieces and buckets upon buckets of dirty old 90's action figures. I didn't buy too much because as fun as it was to look, a lot of the stuff there was a bit over-priced. I did come away with a few items I just couldn't leave behind. 


First up is this Muppet Babies Fozzy Happy Meal figurine. He originally came with a wheeled ride-on horsey but I didn't really care that his was missing. I saw a Miss Piggy figurine there as well, but she was three dollars (what?) where Fozzy here was only one. So Fozzy came home, and that little Piggy stayed at market. Gonzo and Kermit were very happy to have their fuzzy buddy on the shelf with them. 


Next up are a couple of Fisher-Price Little People. A cowboy/jungle safari sort of character (need to look him up) and a second circus clown to go along with the one I already had. I pretty much picked up the clown because I loved him, and the cowboy because he was so cheap. The clown set me back 2 dollars on his own, but was worth it. The cowboy-or-whatever-he-is was another 1 dollar purchase!


And of course, the whole point of the journey was Battle Cat! I found a set of Battle Cat armor in my big Castle Grayskull find just the weekend prior to my trip out to the School House, so leaving without a Battle Cat to put in it seemed foolish. There were actually 3 Battle cats for sale. This one was 3 dollars, and had just the tip of his tail snapped off. There was another identical Battle cat there for 3.50 (and yes, identical implies that his tail was also snapped off). The one Battle cat there with his tail intact was 8 dollars, so I decided to save myself 5 bucks and buy this one. 

I will literally look for any excuse to show this stuff off.
I'm... pretty shameless.
So here's a shot of He-Man on his properly attired (and finally present) Battle Cat!


This is the whole pile of loot, including the very old Tom and Jerry Christmas Golden Book that I for some reason neglected to get an individual picture of (and only paid 2 dollars for). I was way more impressed just looking around the School House than I was with m actual purchases there, but the next time I go I will have picture-taking capabilities back and I will be sure to share what I see there! 

That's it for tonight gang, but I'll be back with more randomness soon enough. Keep your peepers peeled here 'til then! 

10 comments:

  1. The Little People character is actually a safari/tour-guide. He came with the old zoo play-set; totally had it when I was a kid. It also came with a really awesome blue vulture piece.

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    1. Thank you! You just saved me the trouble of Googling him! I like his floppy hat.

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  2. Why do kids like to take off Battlecat's armor? I never did.

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    1. I don't remember keeping a single one of my MotU figures in their armor. My bedroom was a steamy, shiny ocean of mini-moobs. And one naked green and yellow tiger.

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  3. Awesome! I recently learned of a Antique store that i have never been too so i plan on checking out once the weather clears up a bit here.

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    1. I genuinely hope you find some great stuff! Get pictures of the store if you can!

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  4. A MOTU find is always a good find. Definitely a good buy, although I imagine I would have sprung for the Battle Cat with a full tail.

    I love finding old places like that, though! During the mid 1990s outside of Memphis, TN there was a local BP station where a guy also had an enormous vintage toy store. It was the strangest and most awesome thing ever to 12 yr old me who had just discovered Star Wars.

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    1. Eh, I discovered I was more interested in keeping the extra five bucks than I was the half-inch piece of missing plastic. You can't even tell it's missing, the way I have him displayed.

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  5. I really don't understand how I missed this post :/ I'm experiencing a blog haze, apparently.
    I have so many of those little Fozzie's and not one of the scooters. But I have the basket on wheels that I think the little Kermit had but no Kermit. This kind of sounds like conversations of a cat lady.... anywho, I obviously need to see if any of your other posts have slipped through my radar.

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    1. Ha! Love it. Laura Huey, cat-lady.

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