Wednesday, January 11, 2012

An All New Collection For The Whole Family!

I'm not totally sure why we've just NOW gotten into our newest household collection, but we're all into them nonetheless. At least my daughter and middle son and I are. What am I talking about you ask? Why Lego Minifigures, of course! Now don't get me wrong, we didn't just discover Legos. I've been playing with them since I was a kid and my own kids have tubs and tubs full and have had for years. For some reason though, we've never collected the series of minifigures until now which is Series 5. We've got some catching up to do. Anyway, once the kids got a few in their stockings, the quest to collect them all was on!

There are 16 different figures in each series and they come 1 figure per bag for about $3. We got all of ours at Walmart, and yes, we pack searched to avoid doubles. Sorry, had to to it. Besides, it's kind of fun to feel the pieces in each package and try to figure out what is inside. The first purchase we made we grabbed 4 random packs and didn't try to feel what was inside at all. We ended up with doubles of the graduate. Since then I've managed to go double free, correctly guessing a perfect 10 for 10 with no doubles. That means we have just 3 figures left to reach sixteen. Guess what I have to show you now!

You guessed it! The final 3 figures and again, I managed to avoid doubles. It really isn't that hard once you know what pieces are unique to each figure. And, unlike packsearching for that one hit per retail box of cards, all of the figures seem to be evenly split per box, so you're not really stealing anyone's chance of pulling something awesome or anything. So I don't feel guilty packsearching in this case. So as you can see, one of the last 3 figures was the clown.

We also found the evil dwarf...

and the royal guard, both of which are fairly easy to distinguish because of their unique headwear.

Here you can see the completed Series 5 checklist that Baby Peas has filled out. As you can see there is a double checkmark next to the graduate and also the lizard man. {I actually found another lizard man on purpose because I wanted one for my desk at work.) Now that we are done with series 5 we are looking towards series 6 which should hit stores soon, though all of our local Walmarts have so much series 5 in stock, it may be awhile before 6 shows up.

Here is the completed set of series 5 figures. We'd really like to try and find some of the older series to complete, but seeing as they've been out awhile, they won't all be cheap. I really want to find a tribal chief somewhere, he's got a sweet headdress! So if you are into Legos at all and haven't given these little dudes a look, I suggest you do. They're a lot of fun! Later.

Monday, January 9, 2012

I Beat Panini To The Punch! 2012 NBA Big D Customs Are Here!

Since Panini isn't going to bother giving us any new NBA cards until Feb or March, I figured I might as well get mine out there. Here are some brand spanking new, 2012 NBA cards for you to enjoy. This is basically my "flagship" BigD set for the year. This batch features a bunch of new faces in new places both veterans and rookies. By the way, Davis West isn't a rookie, just a typo I was too lazy to fix combined with a blogger snafu that put him at the bottom with the other rookies, oh well. Hope you like them. Later.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Score From The Junkie!

We are still quite a few stickers short of filling our 2011 MLB sticker book, but thanks to dayf, also known as the Cardboard Junkie, we are quite a bit closer.

Dayf sent us 4 custom built packs including only stickers we needed. One of the packs was custom wrapped in this note:

Let that be a lesson out there to all you collectors. Keep your tea away from your cards & stickers! Lucky for us, the stickers turned out to be just fine. No vintage teas stains at all and they don't even smell funny! Since dayf has already filled his sticker book, he said he didn't need anything from us, but then he had to go and not play fair. There was more that just stickers in in the envelope he sent.

There were Mavs cards too, including an ant's eye view of Samaki Walker and a pretty sweet metal card of the Mantis himself, Shawn Bradley. The Bradley card is actual metal. It's much noisier than a regular card if you should drop it and could even scrape ice off your car windows in a pinch!

The previous 4 guys are relative Maverick spares (though I love them all equally!), but this next group are a few notches above. JJ, Harper, Fin and Kidd all contributed in a big way while they were here in Big D. Finley ranks number 2 in my Mavs player collection for number of cards and this sticker was one I didn't have, so that's a big plus. That's not all dayf sent, though. It gets better!

The last 2 cards are the best in the package and they both feature Dirk. One is a rookie card that I didn't have yet and the other is a sweet hand drawn custom sketch card. Is that awesome or what? Now I feel happy sad. Happy that I received such great cards, but sad that my blogger friend would double cross me so! Now I'm gonna have to dig up some Braves or My Little Pony stuff to send back so I won't feel so guilty. Though, after reading his New Year's Resolution post about getting rid of some of his junk, it will probably just get thrown out anyway, so maybe I should just save myself the postage. That'll teach him, right? Later.