Retro Video Games

Check Out The Funko Retro Video Games Mystery Minis!

Is there a better location to open up Funko’s new Retro Video Games mystery minis than the Arkadia Retrocade? From the arcade cabinet design of the packaging as well as the choice of iconic video games represented. I say it is in fact another example of why Funko is going to take over the world! So let us take a few moments and check out the Retro Video Games mystery minis!
Retro Video Games

First of all, the arcade itself didn’t pick up these blind boxes. These particular Retro Video Games collectibles all belong to Rhi, one of my co-workers at the arcade. Having said that…I will be totally shocked if the arcade doesn’t end up getting the full set.

Funko has yet to to fail to deliver the goods. With the likes though of Centipede, Q*bert, Dig-Dug, Frogger, and Mega Man. As well as our childhood icons from Ms. Pac-Man and Pac-Man, I think you’ll agree they knocked it out of the park.
Retro Video Games - Pac-Man

I would add that the Retro Video Games Mystery Minis are a bit larger than the typical Funko mini offering. They don’t quite reach three apples high, but these Concord grape soda bottles should prove my point.

Also of interest is that while they are certainly blind mini boxes. You will in fact not pull a Q*bert out of a Dig-Dug box, etc. I have to say I really love this. It will help in filling out your collections quite a bit.


Of the 12 boxes that Rhi opened last evening. I think it is safe to say that Centipede is one of my favorites. The sculpt truly captures the menace of the side art from that classic game.

In addition to the joy of seeing the Retro Video Games mystery minis opened. It was Earl Green that had the bright idea of comparing them to the classic Coleco Doney Kong PVC collectibles.

If you are ready to add Funko’s Retro Video Games Mystery Minis to your own collection. You can totally hop on over to Amazon right this second and place your order!

These Itty Bittys Have Got the Touch!

These Itty Bittys are also “more than meets the eye.”

You’ve got your cheesy jokes, I’ve got mine.

Random Visit

I was at the mall recently, which isn’t much of a stretch, being female and all. My mall visits wouldn’t be complete without a quick stop in Hallmark. I usually try to avoid the store unless I am buying a gift, because I’m always bound to find something I don’t need, but really need to have.

For the uninitiated among us, that’s an impulse buy. The only difference between myself and most women is that other women usually splurge on shoes, clothes, and purses. My impulse buys are usually of the fun variety. And if that isn’t geek enough, nothing is.

Anyways, shopping…

I’ve been collecting in dribs and drabs from Hallmark’s Itty Bitty collection, ever since I bought my mom a Mickey Mouse Itty Bitty as part of her birthday gift in 2014. Since then, I’ve collected a few myself.

Someone will construct fan fiction around this photo.

What had started (at least, as far as I can recall) as Disney characters soon became characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC Comics, The Muppets, Rainbow Brite, Star Wars, and various other licensed properties and classic films, soon gave way to these “robots in disguise,” disguised here as mini plushies…

“Itty Bitty” Robots In Disguise

That’s right, the Autobots and Decepticons continue to fight in their newest form, and, well…they’re cute.

“Cute” and “Transformers.” Not really something you’d normally see in the same sentence, right? Well, for this purpose, you’re seeing it!

These adorable additions to the Itty Bitty line are, in fact, smiling Transformers characters – Hallmark is offering up a few of the most important characters…

That’s right – Bumblebee, Megatron, Optimus Prime, and Soundwave. All plush, all tiny, and (almost all) smiling. It is mind-blowing yet not surprising for these little toys, since (with a few minor exceptions) they all smile.

When I was shopping on the particular day I came across these, I had spotted Ant-Man in one of the various bins holding the Itty Bittys. I only meant for him to be an impulse buy.

And Optimus Prime was smiling up at me, and he melted my heart.

To steal a line from Star Wars (and reconfigure it slightly), he was the robot I wanted.

To steal another movie line (this time from Jerry Maguire), he had me at hello.

It was an impulse buy that more than met the eye, the wallet, and the happiness factor.

Those are the best kinds of impulse buys. :-)

Be sure to take a look at the rest of Hallmark’s Itty Bitty collection, which now includes pretty much anything you can think of, and a few fun surprises and treats thrown in.

Including Clark Kent.

Stay Golden, Funko Pop!

I think my inner child just screamed and did a back flip.

Which is ironic, considering that I don’t know how to do back flips.

According to Mental Floss, (and Instagram user ryespops) The Fab Four of Miami – Dorothy, Sophia, Rose, and Blanche – will all be getting the Funko Pop! treatment this year.

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Be sure to buy the finest cheesecake you can get – after you do buy them – it will be a photo-worthy moment!

[Via] TV Land

Check Out This 1765 Porcelain Meissen Monkey Band!

While this post might be better suited for a Monkey Monday my excitement over stumbling upon these very pricey collectibles meant I just couldn’t wait! That beautiful image of what certainly appears to be a chimp conductor is one piece from a set on display in this video from the Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago

Meissen Porcelain Monkey Band 2

Some of these pieces are apparently available on the likes of ebay with a singular figurine fetching up to $3,000 a piece and one seller offering a 21 piece set for a staggering $32,000.

Meissen Porcelain Monkey Band 3

The Meissen Porcelain Manufactory appears to be manufacturing this band even today, which might be good news for all of us simian collectors but those are the figurines fetching $2,000 to $3,000. The Rhode Island School of Design Museum page goes into great detail, such as these were primarily designed for a French audience and that this style of Monkeys engaging in human activity and wearing human clothing was called singeries.

The RISD Museum even went so far as to point out that the sheet music used on a figurines stand was not only playable but was Johann Adolph Hasse’s Lucio Papirio Dittatore, and if you hop on over to their page you can listen to a short SoundCloud clip.

Now in all honesty I’m a sucker for most anything related to primates…the fact that these happen to be having a joyous time making music…well, they just call to me. Granted I haven’t hit the lottery yet the last time I checked so any hope of adding these porcelain beauties to a curio cabinet in my home are nonexistent.

Meissen Porcelain Monkey Band 4

I can however take comfort in that I am able to watch Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution for free!

[Via] Lancelot Link 1970

All though to be 100% honest with you…my desire for these historic figurines is such that I feel like I should possibly take a road trip and visit that Needful Things curio shop at the edge of town…what could be the harm in looking, right?

Pop! Funko Releases Pac-Man Collectibles This March!

Not being satisfied with obtaining literally some of the most popular franchises known to fans of film, television, comic books, anime, and even music…Pop! Funko has decided to set their sights on the likes of classic gaming!

This March they are releasing everyone’s favorite Power Pellet gulping arcade icon, Pac-Man…as well as a few of his foes and friends!

Ms. Pac-Man

All images courtesy of Pop! Funko.

All images courtesy of Pop! Funko.

Inky
Inky - Pop! Funko

Pinky
Pinky - Pop! Funko

Clyde
Clyde - Pop! Funko

Blinky
Blinky - Pop! Funko

And a Blue Ghost. Naturally.
Blue Ghost - Pop! Funko

For more info on the latest releases pop culture releases by Funko make sure to hop on over and visit their Official Blog! No word yet on what other classic arcade icons they might be tackling next but I can’t help but wonder if we might not be seeing a Pop! Funko line of Pac-Man characters from the animated series?

“Run, Pac-Man, Run!”