Saturday, September 15, 2012
The Honeypot: Bowen, Marvel Universe & Hot Wheels!
It's been six months or so since my last "Honeypot" entry and I don't know if you missed this feature or not, but I sure didn't miss having to write it. It became very tedious to keep track of all my purchases over the course of a month and after all that documentation I only had text to show for it. So I've regrouped and decided to post the Honeypot weekly (unless there aren't any new purchases), with a new format that includes pictures!
Let's jump ahead to see what goodies came into the Hive this week!
- Bullseye Mini-Bust
- Daredevil (original) Mini-Bust
- Daredevil (classic) Small Scale Statue
Prior to getting these three items, the only statues in my collection were two Batman figures from the Batman: Black and White statue series by DC Direct (seen here), the first of which was the Brian Bolland version. I just loved how that sculpt perfectly captured the Dark Knight. But way before it was released, there was one statue that peaked my curiousity and I really wanted to own it badly. That was Randy Bowen's Daredevil statue.
Unfortunately, I was never in a position to acquire one. Recently I visited the largest comics & collectibles store in South Florida, Tate's Comics, and noticed they had Bowen's DD statue on display, albeit a much smaller version. It was identical to the initial release, just on a small scale. They were asking $100 for it. I considered it, but ultimately decided I could find it cheaper online (thanks to my trusty iPhone!) and held off. I started looking on eBay and saw all the wonderful Daredevil items Bowen's produced over the years and that opened the flood gates. I bought all three of the statue/busts listed above within a day of each other from different eBay sellers. The first to arrive was the Bullseye bust. You can't have Daredevil on the shelf without Bullseye!
I also wanted a representation of ol' hornhead in his yellow, origin costume, the only one I had to-date was the crappy Hasbro Marvel Legends figure. Instead of buying the "original" version of the mini-statue, I opted for the mini-bust with his billy club cable twisting through the air.
I managed to snag a Mandarin figure off eBay, too, thus completing my Iron Man 2 comic series collection. Actually, I'm missing a couple of Iron Men, but I have all the villains now and I think I'm good.
Also at that Target I finally, FINALLY, found the Hot Wheels "Mystery Machine" from Scooby-Doo. Over the past couple of years Mattel's released several "pop culture"-related vehicles in the 1:64 scale line. Aside from the various and ever-popular Batmobiles, they've released Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters, the custom GMC van from The A-Team, the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future and Knight Rider's K.I.T.T.! I've managed to acquire all of those except for KITT. With that Hot Wheels find, I decided to try my luck at the TRU across the highway.
At TRU there was a Buy One, Get One FREE deal on all Hot Wheels toys. It was looking pretty barren, just the usual colorful assortment of vehicles, but digging through the standalone display I stumbled upon another treasure hunt item: the Bat from The Dark Knight Rises! I almost jumped for joy when I found it. Composing myself, I picked out the "Fast Gassin'" gasoline truck as my free item. The BOGO sale led to a stop at my local TRU store where I didn't find any more HTF-type Hot Wheels, but did come upon the completely ridiculous bomber-car pictured above. I snagged that one and the Fleetline taxi because it reminded me of the Thunder Cab vehicle from Kenner's The Shadow toy line.
At that store I also bought X-23. She isn't a character I particularly care for, but I love the black and grey X-Force costumes and I keep coming across her at that store. I had a gift card, so I finally purchased her and afterwards ordered the X-Force team set (Wolverine, Deadpool & Warpath) from Big Bad Toy Store. That set is currently sitting in my "Pile of Loot" until I acquire a sizable shipment of items. Hence why it's not pictured here.
This week's Honeypot:
1. Bullseye Mini-Bust Bowen Designs
2. Daredevil (original) Mini-Bust Bowen Designs
3. Daredevil (classic) Small Scale Statue Bowen Designs
4. Mandarin Iron Man 2 Comic Series
5. Union Jack Marvel Universe
6. The Bat Hot Wheels
7. Mystery Machine Hot Wheels
8. X-23 Marvel Universe
9. Fast Fortress Hot Wheels
10. Fast Gassin' Hot Wheels
11. '47 Chevy Fleetline Hot Wheels
That was the haul for this week. Next week I hope to have the new Bowen items I've ordered to "fill out" my Daredevil statue collection and maybe by then I'll have found some MU wave 19 figures!