Toys I think are cool.
I've collected various toys over the years. The ones I choose either have an interesting design, are quality implementations, or are just remind me of a piece of media that I like. I only get a couple of toys a year these days.
Most of my toys are in six glass IKEA display cases to keep them out of the way and organized. The rest are on shelves, bookcases and my desk. Save for a few large LEGO sets in the living room, and a Serenity in the bedroom, they are all in my office.
I've also modified some of the toys featuring battery-operated lights so that they instead use hardwired power, thus allowing the lighting can remain on all the time.
I'm a fan of many of the designs in the Star Wars universe, especially the vehicles. One of my display cases is devoted to just these toys. I used to have more (such as figures), but I thinned them out over time to just the ones I liked the most.
Action Fleet vehicles, all of which came with small figures. These are all from the early 2000s, around the time the prequel movies came out.
- Millenium Falcon
- Slave I
- Imperial Shuttle
- Snow Speeder
- Luke's Speeder
- TIE Bomber
- TIE Interceptor
- TIE Advanced
- Escape Pod
- Speeder Bikes
- Sand Skiff
- Cloud Car
- Jawa Sand Crawler
- Naboo Starfighter
- Republic Cruiser
- Republic Destroyer
- Republic Gunship
- Battle Droid Tank
- Battle Droid Carrier
Smaller Die Cast and Plastic Vehicles. I don't quite remember how these were branded, although I'm sure at least some are Micro Machines. These are all from the early 2000s.
- Millenium Falcon
- Speeder Bikes
- Cloud City
- Death Star
- Death Star II
- Java Sand Crawler
- Escape Pod
- TIE Fighter
- Battle Droid Control Ship
- Battle Droid Fighter
- Motorized Battle Droid Tank
- Sith Starship
- Naboo Starship
- Republic Shuttle
- Mon Calamari Cruiser
Hot Wheels and Hasbro Die Cast and Plastic Vehicles. These are from the Disney Star Wars movies, such s Rogue One and The Force Awakens.
- Y-Wing (Gold Leader)
- AT-ACT Cargo walker
- Tantive IV Blockade Runner
- TIE Striker (Hasbro)
- TIE Striker (Hot Wheels)
- First Order Star Destroyer
- A-Wing (Star Wars Rebels)
- Rey's Speeder
Action Figures and Vehicles: I don't have too many of these. I had a lot more when I was a kid, but they were quite large and often missing poses, so I sold them. Again, these are all from the early 2000s.
- C-3PO (without cover plates)
- C-3PO (normal)
- R2-D2 with lights and sound effects
- Princess Leia with Speeder Bike
- Battle Droid with STAP
- Jango Fett
- Darth Vader
- TIE Fighter Pilot
- Storm Trooper
- Sand Trooper with Mounted Heavy Cannon
- Geonosis Warrior
- Destroyer Droid
- Revoltech R2-D2
- TIE Striker model kit
My bother and I had a larger collection of first generation (aka Generation 1, or G1) Transformers, but we sold most of them; they had been heavily played with and weren't in the best condition anymore. I kept a few, and bought some re-issues and newer designs as well.
Original and Re-Issue Toys
- Optimus Prime (original, ~1984)
- Thrust (original, ~1985, missing a tail fin)
- Dinobot Swoop (original, ~1985)
- Dinobot Sludge (original, ~1985)
- Dinobot Slag (original, ~1985)
- Triple Changer Sandstorm (original, ~1985)
- Autobot Cassettes Eject, Rewind and Steel Jaw (original, ~1985)
- Megatron (reissue, early 2000s)
- Starscream (reissue, early 2000s)
- Soundwave (reissue, early 2000s) with Laserbeak, Buzz Saw and Ravage (original and re-issue)
- Insecticon Shrapnel (reissue, early 2000s)
- Insecticon Bombshell (reissue, early 2000s)
- Insecticon Kickback (reissue, early 2000s)
- Constructicons/Devestartor (reissue, early 2000s), with aftermarket pieces
Modern Versions of Generation 1 Toys
- Wheeljack (mid 2000s)
- Bumblebee (mid 2000s)
- Thrust (mid 2000s)
- Optimus Prime (mid 2000s)
- Spike and Sparkplug
- Spike and Daniel Exosuits
Masterpiece and Fan Made Toys
- Masterpiece Optimus Prime (original version)
- Masterpiece Megatron (2017 version)
- Masterpiece Starscream with Coronation Set
- Masterpiece Starscreen (blue/grey)
- Masterpiece Thrust
- Masterpiece Soundwave with Rumble, Buzzsaw, Laserbeak and Ravage
- Masterpiece Shockwave
- Masterpiece Bumblebee
- Masterpiece Wheeljack
- Masterpiece Ironhide
- Masterpiece Daniel in Exosuit
- Energon Cubes
- Ark Autobot Base Set
Other (non-G1) Transformers Toys
- Alternators: Ravage (Jaguar XK, early 2000s)
- Armada: Unicron
- Tranformers Generations: Jetfire
Super-Mini Transformers. These were released as blind boxes in the early 2000s in Japan. Each is a tiny version of a G1 Transformer, and is fully transformable using a similar (if not identical) transformation sequence.
- Optimus Prime with Trailer
- Ultra Magnus
- Red Alert
- Hot Rod
- Soundwave, complete with an incredibly tiny transforming Ravage
I also have a Diacron/Diaclone similar to Sideswipe (a red Lamborghini Coutach). This was the original toy line that later made up many of the Autobots, and included tiny figures with magnetic feet to pilot the (non-sentient) vehicles.
My brother and I had a large collection of 1980s era 3.75" GI Joe toys, including the really big toys like the Defiant Space Shuttle Complex, the Terror Drome, and the massive USS Flagg Aircraft Carrier. We've since sold the vast majority of them; I kept only the motorized MOBAT tank, and bought the brown AWE Striker and Sky Hawk re-issues -- the latter of which we never had, but which I always liked the design of.
- GI Joe AWE Striker with driver Crankcase (brown re-issue, mid 2000s)
- GI Joe Sky Hawk with pilot Ripcord (re-issue, mid 2000s)
- GI Joe MOBAT tank with driver (original, circa 1982)
I was a big fan of the 1990s era Batman: The Animated Series, as well as the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight movies, so I have a few toys from those:
- Batman: The Animated Series: Batmobile (green highlights)
- Batman: The Animated Series: Batman vs. Clayface figures
- Batman: The Animated Series: Batman
- Batman: The Animated Series: Robin
- Batman: The Animated Series: Mr. Freeze
- Batman: The Animated Series: Joker
- Batman: The Animated Series: Grey Ghost
I also have some of the more recently released (2014-2015) Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond toys from DC Collectibles. These have a lot more articulation, detail and accessories than the older early 2000s figures above. I also hardwired power to the Batmobile so that the lights can stay on all the time.
- Mr. Freeze
- Two Face
- Roxy Rocket with rocket
- Batman from Batman Beyond
- Old Bruce Wayne and Ace
Along with the Animated Series toys, I have a few from the Dark Knight movie trilogy in addition to the LEGO Tumbler mentioned above:
- Batman Begins: Tumbler with sounds (sold)
- The Dark Knight: Hot Toys Batpod and Batman
- The Dark Knight Rises: Bat from Revoltech
I particularly liked the mecha designs from the Macross series, and had a number of toys (mostly Veritech fighters) from it over the years. I also had the G1 Transformer Jetfire, which was a Super Valkyrie knockoff, but have long since lost track of it. I also keep hoping they'll release a large-scale Monster destroid...
- Bandai VF-1 Roy Foker's Valkyrie (reissue, early 2000s)
- Bandai VF-1S Super Valkyrie (steel blue accents, reissue, early 2000s)
- Yamato VF-1S Super Valkyrie (blue accents)
- Yamato VE-1 ELINT Valkyrie
- Yamato "Sumo" Armored Valkyrie
- Smaller VF-1 Valkyries
- Even smaller VF-1 Valkyries
- Bandai Red Queadluun Rau Female Armor with Miria
- Yamato Red Queadluun Rau Female Armor
- Yamato YF-19 (light blue) from Macross Plus
- Bandai VB-6 Konig Monster
Zim was a great show, and I have nearly every toy from the line.
- Zim (multiple)
- GIR (multiple)
- Dib (multiple)
- Gaz (multiple)
- Professor Membrane
- Ms. Bitters (multiple)
- Almighty Tallest (Red)
- Almighty Tallest (Purple)
- Robot Father (multiple)
- Robot Mother (multiple)
- Zim's House Fascade
- Zim's Command Center
- Zim's Living Room
- Dib's Desk
- Almighty Tallest's Command Center
- Ms. Bitters' Desk
- UFO Convention Pig
I also have a stuffed GIR robot figure, a stuffed GIR disguised figure, and a GIR that has a removable disguise.
DeLorean and Back to the Future
Being that I have a DeLorean, I also have a few Back to the Future toys and props:
- Diamond Select Flux Capacitor replica, modified into a CPU activity meter and low memory indicator
- Masterpiece 1/16th scale Time Machine
- Masterpiece Marty McFly
- Diamond Select 1:15 scale Time Machines, Back to the Future Part I
- Diamond Select 1:15 scale Time Machines, Back to the Future Part II
- Diamond Select 1:15 scale Time Machines, Back to the Future Part III
- Sunstar 1:18 scale Time Machine
- Johnny Lightning Matchbox Car sized time machine
- OUTATIME License Plate Replica
- Sunstar 1:18 scale DeLorean
- DeLorean Matchbox Car
- Nike DeLorean Sneakers, Size 11.5
- An actual DeLorean
LEGO sets are quite fun to build, and some of the designs are rather clever. I only have a few these days, though, although for the most part they are quite large.
- Ghostbusters ECTO-1 (21108)
A rather faithful adaption, complete with all four Ghostbusters.
- Ghostbusters Firehouse (75827)
A large model with over 4500 pieces, opening to reveal a playset-style layout with a dozen characters from the movie.
- Star Wars Ultimate Millennium Falcon (10179)
With over 5000 pieces, this was the largest LEGO set ever released at the time (and still the most expensive). It took me a bout a week to assemble, a day of which was just sorting the pieces.
- Star Wars Super Star Destroy (10221)
I just really like the design of the Super Star Destroyer.
- Star Wars Imperial Shuttle (10212)
A pretty neat kit, with cranks to fold the wings.
- Star Wars Slave I (75060)
Boba Fett's ship, with rotating
- TIE Fighter (75095)
- Dark Knight movie series Tumbler (76023)
- Firefly Serenity and Minifigs
This is a fan made kit with over 2000 pieces that was available for a short time in 2012. The minifies and shuttles were sold separately, but I got them too. The kit is a rather well done replica with three rooms (kitchen, cargo bay and cockpit) and a lot of space inside. This design compromises the structure somewhat, and I had to glue key parts together to keep it solid (by contrast, the Millennium Falcon's interior is mostly heavy-duty structure so that it can support its own weight, but has basically no internal space). The drive section is also quite fragile (glue helped a lot), and features a light brick that makes the whole engine glow when activated.
My brother and I would get a model train car each year for Christmas. I still have mine, as well as some smaller trains and my mom's childhood steam engine and coal car, which weighs around ten pounds by itself. They are currently displayed on a shelf, but not in a manner that they can be run.
- Lionel diesel engine and cars (O gauge)
- Very old (and heavy) steam engine with coal car (O gauge)
- A smaller train set (TT gauge?)
- Micro Machine trains (two small sets)
- Aliens: Power Loader with Ripley (late 200s)
- Aliens: Plush Facehugger (early 20002)
- Aliens: Plush Egg with Facehugger (early 2000s)
- Aliens: APC, Alien Queen and Marine (late 1990s)
- Aliens: Hudson, Hicks and Vasquez figures (2017 release)
- Aliens: APC and Dropship (2016 release)
- Army of Darkness: S-Mart Ash
- Army of Darkness: Chainsaw Arm Ash
- Austin Powers: Dr. Evil
- Dogma: Buddy Christ
- Galaxy Quest: NSEA NTE-3120 Protector model
- Ghostbusters: Ghost Trap Replica
- Ghostbusters: PKE Meter Replica
- Ghostbusters: Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man
- Ghostbusters: ECTO-1
- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Marvin the Paranoid Robot
- Iron Giant, various toys of the title character, including one that stands two feet tall.
- Lord of the Rings: Ring Wraith and Horse
- Lost in Space: Robot
- Machete: Machete
- Princess Bride: Dread Pirate Roberts
- Robocop, Robocop 2: Robocop, ED-209, Robocop 2
- Sean of the Dead: Sean
- Small Soldiers: Chip Hazzard
- Terminator: T-800 Future War Endoskeleton
- Toy Story: Talking Three Eyed Alien Plush
- TRON: Kubrics Light Tank, Light Cycle and Figure
- TRON Legacy: Kevin Flynn's Light Cycle, Clu's Light Cycle, Sam's Light Cycle, Grid Runner, Clu's Command Ship and Recognizer, as Matchbox Car sized vehicles
- TRON Legacy: Masterpiece Light Cycle with Sam Flynn
- WALL-E: WALL-E and cockroach
Other TV Shows
- Babylon 5: G'Kar
- Babylon 5: Kosh and Vorlon Cruiser
- Babylon 5: Set of spacecraft bubble blowers
- Battlestar Galactica: Galactica and Mark I Viper (Matchbox car sized)
- Clerks Animated: Jay and Silent Bog (two sets)
- Clerks Animated: Dante and Randall
- Cowboy Bebop: Swordfish II Stunt Fighter
- Cowboy Bebop: Ein Stuffed Animal
- Cowboy Bebop: Ein Figure
- Doctor Who: 10th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver Replica
- Doctor Who: Master's Laser Screwdriver
- Family Guy: Mayor Adam West
- Family Guy: Stewie Griffin
- Family Guy: Death
- Firefly: Serenity with Shuttle
- Firefly: Serenity Christmas Ornament
- Firefly: Reaver Serenity Christmas Ornament
- Firefly: Serenity Shuttle Christmas Ornament
- FLCL: Kanti
- Full Metal Alchemist: Edward Elric, Alphonse Elric, and Winry Rockbell
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Tachikoma
- Gurren Lagann: Gurren Lagann
- Last Exile: Stuffed Goat
- Max Steel: Max Steel Stealth/Commando Figure
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Various EVA-01 units, accessories, and an angel fight
- Pinky and the Brain: Pinky and the Brain (McDonalds Happy Meal Toys)
- Powerpuff Girls: Plush Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup
- Powerpuff Girls: Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup Figurines
- Powerpuff Girls: Box of Actual Cereal
- Stargate SG-1: Death Glider
- Stargate SG-1: F-302 Fighter
- Trigun: Vash the Stampede (two different figures)
- Trigun: Wolfwood (two different figures)
- Trigun: Monev the Gale
- Trigun: Vash's Sunglasses Replica
- Trigun: Plush Kuroneko-sama ("Lord Black Cat")
- X-Files: Cigarette Smoking Man
- Voltron: Voltron
Video Game Toys
Toys based on video games designs. In particular, the Stryder titan from Titanfall was my preferred mech in that game, and I was pretty good with it, making it up to generation 10 with a rank of Platinum 3 (which probably means nothing to most everyone). I'm just disappointed that I couldn't get it with the arc canon.
- Portal Talking Plush Turret
From the Portal video game series.
- SSV Normandy SR-1
From the video game Mass Effect.
- ThreeZero Titanfall Stryder titan with CQB pilot
From the video game Titanfall by Respawn. Stands 18" tall, and includes a chain gun and rail gun for the titan, and a CAR SMG for the pilot, modified with hardwired power for the LEDs.
- Metal Gear Rex from Metal Gear Solid
Modified with hardwired power for the LEDs.
- Armed Terrorist Figure
I got this one because of the stupidity of this toy being banned in the late 1990s. It wasn't because of the ski mask, the assault rifle, the shotgun, or anything else -- it was because he was wearing a trench coat.
- Battletech Lead Figures
From back when I played Battletech in middle and high school. I assembled and painted these, and built tiered terrain from styrofoam blocks to play with them on.
- P-Chan Plush
From the anime Ranma 1/2.
- Plasma Cutter
Half scale, which came with my purchase of the video game Dead Space.
- Hess Fuel Tanker
An old Chirstmas present from when I was a kid, these were (and still are, I believe) commonly sold at Hess gas stations.
- Stikfa Cowboy
I used to have quite a lot of these, but eventually sold them all on eBay as a lot. I somehow missed this one, so I've kept him around.
- Super Mario Bros. Vignettes
- Random Stuffed Animals
Just some old ones: a fluffy cat, a large blue rabbit, a bison, Snoopy, two small white seals and a grey seal.
Clothing and Accessories
Besides the Nike DeLorean sneakers, I also have a few nostalgic T-shirts, some of which were made into throw pillows using ThinkGeek's T-shirt to pillow set (which they don't seem to sell anymore).
- AbbyShot Stampede Duster
I actually have two of these. The first is a dark grey with about twenty pockets sewn in by AbbyShot for me. The second one is black, and has just the standard pockets, which I'd sometimes augment with a Scott eVest.
- Goldeneye Watch
From the Nintendo 64 game, a Redittor figured out how to get these made for $7 USD.
- Vash the Stampede's Sunglasses
Yellow-tinted glasses with zig-zag frames and a metal carrying case from Trigun.
- Invader Zim T-Shirt
I really liked this one, as it had a subtle Irkin logo on the front and no actual text saying "Invader Zim" or anything like that on it. I haven't been able to find a new one; the original was given to me by a friend at Nickelodeon.
- Autobot Matrix of Leadership T-Shirt
From the original Transformers series, these were produced by a third party in the early 2000s. Again, these no longer seem to be available.
- Olthoi T-Shirt
From when I worked on Turbine's Asheron's Call.
- Commodore Death Bed Vigil T-Shirt
Memorializing the death of Commodore, and by extension, the Amiga.
- Guru Meditation T-Shirt
These are still available from ErrorWear, and have the infamous system crash message on the front.
- Amiga T-Shirt
These are pretty easy to find from a variety of sources, and feature the text Amiga on the front.