Tuesday, 25 December 2012

SEASONS GREETINGS FROM HOARD WORLD!

Everybody loves LOG from Blammo! for Hoardsmas.
It's Big! It's Heavy! It's Wood! It's LOG! LOG! It's better than bad, it's good!
(The only LOG commercial I could find on YouTube was German. Just replace the word "Klotz" with "LOG" and it's pretty much the same. Unless you're German, in which case...as you were.)


Monday, 24 December 2012

DEAR SANTY: A HOARDSMAS WISHLIST.



I was already planning a Christmas Wishlist episode here on Hoard World but upon recently discovering the existence of The League Of Extraordinary Bloggers, it seemed even more worthwhile!

The League was created and spearheaded earlier this year by Brian over at the website Cool And Collected to basically spread the blogging love by sharing a topic across as many participating websites as possible each week. Imagine that! A whole host of independent blogs coming together and uniting with different takes on the one topic! Then, they all link to each other's entries - increasing traffic, exposing new readers and growing the community!


Giving and sharing is supposed to be what Christmas is all about so I can think of no better time than now to join The League Of Extraordinary Bloggers with my own take on this week's assignment: Wishlists.



"The big guy is on his way! What's on your Christmas wish list this year?"

WE MUST ISSUE A RARE *SPOILER* ALERT FOR THOSE WHO CAN STILL ENJOY CHRISTMAS. 

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.


Friday, 21 December 2012

SUPER POWERS! GALAXY WARRIORS! MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE! IMPERIAL BEASTS? THE VERY FIRST HOARD WORLD PHOTO!

From left to right: Hawkman and Green Lantern leaning on Panthor. The Flash and Wonder Woman leaning on a two-headed (Imperial?) dinosaur being ridden by Galaxy Warrior Dragoon. Aquaman and Batman leaning on another two-headed (Imperial?) dinosaur being ridden by Superman.  

On the blah-blah day of Hoardsmas* my pal Hoardax showed to me:

A scanned-in photo of the distant past!

Welcome BACK to the Virtual Toy Chest Of Hoardsmas Past.

For Those Who Came In Late...........

.............we have done this particular sort of blog post two times already now. You can see them here and here if you haven't already.

And now for the final time (we sadly have no more 80s Christmas Photos after this!) we present to you a Hoardsmas: 1980s Fable - featuring the very first photo-documented mash-up of toy lines on Hoard World and a child-like Hoardax's actual Christmas Past!


I need only look back at a photo like this to realise that I was always going to end up the way I am today.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

HOW HE-MAN RUINED MY LIFE.


On the 7th day of Hoardsmas* my pal Hoardax showed to me:

A scanned-in photo of the distant past!

Welcome BACK to the Virtual Toy Chest Of Hoardsmas Past.

For Those Who Came In Late...........

.............we did a previous entry very similar to the one you're currently reading RIGHT here.

Now here's another Hoardsmas: 1980s Fable featuring Castle Grayskull and a child-like Hoardax's actual Christmas Past!

I can't quite imagine exactly what it must've been like to be playing with Castle Grayskull on Christmas Day.


Wednesday, 12 December 2012

I HAVE THE POWER [LORDS] !


On the 12th day of Hoardsmas, my pal Hoardax showed to me:

A scanned-in photo of the distant past.

Sing it! Sing along now if you know the words!

Don't.

Seriously. No! Don't!

Stop. Stop it.

Welcome to the Virtual Toy Chest Of Hoardsmas Past.

As regular Hoard Worlders will duly note, Hoardax is a creature of mystery. Rarely seen in public and more recently, barely even seen ONLINE - only a select few of the legions of Hoard Worlders worldwide even know what Hoardax looks like to the naked eye!

To preserve his identity, we had considered using state of the art photo-editing technology to alter Hoardax's childhood face or perhaps replace it with a cartoon version of  Hordak who was 15% different to avoid copyright, but NO!

That all just felt too much like effort.

Effort that could be better spent talking about the POWER LORDS.

And now, without any further ado: Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere's Hoardax!

The following passage was taken straight from his upcoming, as-yet unfinished memoir I've Collected Toys My Entire Life And All I Got Is This Ridiculous Amount Of Stuff Everywhere AND This Stupid T-shirt. Due Summer 2056! Look for it in all good book stores if they still exist!


I can still remember the first time I saw Adam Power.

Heck, I have a photo of me the first time I ever saw Adam Power just in case I forget.


Saturday, 17 November 2012

BLACK FRIDAY SALE ALL WEEK ON HOARD WORLD NOVEMBER 17th - NOVEMBER 24TH


Note: This Hoard World Adventure continues to exist online only for posterity. While the link to the Hoard Store is still valid (and this blog post is still worth reading of course!) - the 2012 Hoard World Week Long Black Friday Sale has now concluded. Same time next year? 


Wednesday, 31 October 2012

IT'S A VERY HOARD WORLD HALLOWEEN!


There are plenty of events all year round that hold a special place in Hoardax's plastic, slime-filled heart. You know, like He-man's Birthday, whenever there's a Friday The 13th and of course - HALLOWEEN.

And what better way to celebrate it than with a Halloween Party on Hoard World?

Fortunately for our Hoard Worlders at home who couldn't make it, an official photographer was there to capture some of the action.

Friday, 12 October 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HE-MAN - HOARD WORLD CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE 1982-2012


I can still remember the impact that Masters Of The Universe had upon me as a child. Unfortunately, it's almost impossible to articulate because I was so young when it struck me that it feels just like a series of stream-of-consciousness flashbacks. I can remember Alfredo Alcala's amazing art from the minicomics. I can remember how cool it was that Skeletor came from another dimension of people just like him. I remember how mysterious the swords and sorcery mixed with science fiction theme was.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

SPOTLIGHT ON: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES CLASSIC COLLECTION: MICHAELANGELO, RAPHAEL, LEONARDO & DONATELLO


The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles need no introduction. If by some absolute stroke of bizarre fate you have found yourself on this page and really don't know - here's two handy clips that will explain as much as you probably need to know. Choose your poison!

Learn about TMNT.....

...via a rare live performance of their 90s RAP movie theme with turtles in suits on stage 

OR 

....via their good timey animated cartoon intro that's also being re-enacted by live action split-screen cosplayers.

I know it's a tough decision. Why not do both? What? Do you have to be somewhere?


Friday, 21 September 2012

SPOTLIGHT ON: EARTHWORM JIM BY MEZCO


Obviously talented yet incredibly, stomach-churningly bigoted creator Doug TenNapel's iconic 90s video game creation has certainly lasted longer than probably anybody anticipated back in the day. Thanks Nostalgia!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

HOARDAX GOES TO THE MILL MARKETS IN DAYLESFORD FOR A HOARD HUNT!


What is HOARD HUNTING? 

Hoard Hunting occurs any time Hoardax steps into a place like a Sunday Market or Savers or even K-Mart and comes across nice things he finds interesting. Often, he doesn't actually buy anything but nevertheless wants to share them with YOU - The wonderful Hoard Worlders.

It's American Pickers meets Antiques Roadshow meets Hardcore Pawn. Kinda.

It's also a slightly sneaky act of hoarding items by photographing them. Much cheaper. Takes up way less space.

On this particular adventure off-planet, Skorpia and I travelled to the far away land of regional Victoria, Daylesford. Spa Country. I was due for my yearly bath anyway.

Monday, 10 September 2012

HOARD WORLD IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ALL STAR COMICS TOY CABINET PRESENT: CHARITY HOARD!



Note: This Hoard World Adventure continues to exist online only for posterity. Charity Hoard (at least THIS particular incarnation of it) has concluded for now, and for the most part it was a success! A big thanks to ManTenor, those fine folks at All Star Comics and YOU.

We're doing something a little different this month in the cabinet, along with our usual swag of Hoard World-y treats.

In conjunction with the wonderful people at ALL STAR COMICS we're supporting an early-adopting fellow Hoard Worlder who only wishes to be known as ManTenor, by showcasing a whole bunch of his Hoard that he wants to pass on to the people in more ways than one.



Earlier in the month, ManTenor approached Hoard World and said that he had a bunch of lovely stuff that he'd hoarded over the years and now wanted to find a good home for. But on top of that, he had decided to donate the proceeds of whatever he sells entirely to CHARITY.


Naturally, this sounded like a wonderful idea to us and we wanted to get on board in whatever way we could. Enter: Those wonderful chaps at All Star Comics Melbourne. With their toy cabinet space and our love of taking photos of Hoards hanging out together - we've combined to provide a space for ManTenor to display his items and the means to sell them.





100% of the proceeds made on the following sets of toys will be donated by ManTenor in their entirety to LIFELINE.


And so we present to you: CHARITY HOARD.








If you want any of these figures - they are all waiting for you in the ALL STAR COMICS toy cabinet. (In fact they're right next to Hoard World's current batch.)

For exact pricing and a bunch more photos check out the CHARITY HOARD facebook album for details.

Monday, 20 August 2012

NEWS FLASH! PITT BAF GETS BUILT IN AN AUSTRALIAN BACKYARD! PHOTO-SHOOT ENSUES!


It's been about six weeks in the making but we finally managed to assemble the PITT build-a-figure from  series 1 of the Legendary Comic Book Heroes toy line.

Here's a sample of what happened!

Monday, 6 August 2012

A FRESH BATCH OF HOARD WORLD EXCLUSIVES HAVE ARRIVED AT THE ALL STAR COMICS TOY CABINET

RIDDLE ME THIS: Why is there a question mark after RIDDLE  ME THIS?

Hi. I'm The Joker. I'll be your butler for this evening.

The Creeper. Blue Devil. A Secret Handshake. A Beautiful Moment In History.

For my next trick I'm gonna sue Mysterio!
But not before I sue Hellboy!

Note: This Hoard World Adventure continues to exist online only for posterity. There are currently Hoard World items for sale in the toy cabinet at All Star Comics (just not the ones in this feature!) so but keep your eyes peeled! 

For a complete list of items currently available exclusively in the All Star Comics Melbourne Toy Cabinet check out the latest Hoard World photo album on Facey B or stop by the comic shop in person!
Tell 'em Uncle Hoardax sent ya!

Sunday, 29 July 2012

I LIKE LICENSED MERCH AND I CAN NOT LIE: JOHNNY LIGHTNING MARVEL CARS


Johnny Lightning were kinda like Mattel's Hot Wheels except not as popular. They were out of business by 1971 while Hot Wheels continued to thrive. One thing they did have over Hot Wheels however was that they were FAST. 

I'm talking fast

To paraphrase one of the catchphrases of the major motion picture Action Jackson, if I may - Johnny Lightning cars were, "Fast. Faster. Fastest."

Or at least that was their claim to fame.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

IS SCARE GLOW ACTUALLY THE GHOST OF SKELETOR?

"So, Skullface, what's the deal? Am I you or am I you? It's time we put these ghosts to rest."
"Air out the "skeletons in our closet" so to speak? Eh? Scare Glowie?"

Hello again fellow Hoard Worlders!

It's been a very busy week of sorting and preparing over here at Hoard World HQ but a very quiet week out there on The Internets from us, with barely a new ebay listing to speak of, or a new blog post here on Hoard World itself.

At best, we've done nothing more online this week than spam our loyal Hoard Worlders on Facey B with He-man and G.I. Joe YouTube clips (good ones though, you should check them out if you haven't already!) and a Moss Man Meme.

This is the calm before the storm though, with some very exciting things on the horizon, and a tonne of new ebay listings and blog posts coming soon.

To keep up online appearances however, we went and got an exclusive interview with Skeletor and Scareglow, to finally quell some long-standing rumours by actually asking the Evil Warriors involved.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

TRAP JAW & TRAP JAW HAVE A CHAT ABOUT OUR NEW EBAY STORE LOGO!


Trap Jaw 200x: "So, uh did you hear about Hoard World's new ebay store logo Trap Jaw?"

Trap Jaw MOTUC: "Nope! Sure haven't, Trap Jaw! Also...duh...what's an 'ebay'?" 

Trap Jaw 200x: "Nothin' much, it's just where we're going to sell you when we get sick of you. That's all."

Trap Jaw MOTUC: "GULP."

Monday, 16 July 2012

ENTER THE LOST WORLD OF WARLORD....AND HE-MAN?


Probably one of my favourite toy companies of all time was REMCO.

At least the REMCO that I grew up with in the 80s was. 

I mean, they did a bunch of great stuff like the fascinating (at least to me) MAN-TECH  series. They were highly playable, way before Centurions or Modulok and they had their own cool Archie comic. I'm pretty sure they also came with mini-comics that may or may not have been the same as the Archie comic.

And who could forget their line of Karate Kid toys? The Mr.Miyagi/Daniel-san Two-pack came with breakable scenery for them to practice Karate on and a giant plastic pair of chopsticks with a fly on a string. 

For real, yo.

But to me, their fantasy figures were as iconic as Masters Of The Universe. Obviously as a kid you're not so discerning. A toy is a toy. And when you're growing up through the He-man phase of 1982-1987, one heroic or evil warrior is as good as the next.  

The Warlord was one such series. The line was based on Mike Grell's DC Comic of the same name but it also included characters from other cross-over DC characters who had their own comic like ARAK and HERCULES.

HOARD WORLD EXCLUSIVES NOW AVAILABLE IN ALL STAR COMICS MELBOURNE'S VINTAGE TOY CABINET!



Note: This Hoard World Adventure continues to exist online only for posterity. While there are currently Hoard World items in the cabinet at All Star Comics Melbourne, the ones shown in this blog post are long gone.

Hoardax has just been to All Star Comics Melbourne and loaded up their vintage toy cabinet with some tasty treats. This is hopefully going to be an ongoing event. These items are being exclusively sold at All Star Comics by Hoardax, which means they are currently unavailable to buy from us via our Ebay store or any of Hoard World's other channels. So, if you want any of the items in these pics, your only option is to go down to All Star and grab 'em. We apologise to our interstate and international Hoard Worlders.

This is a preview of what's currently in the cabinet - To see the rest and also to keep up to date on what's being put in there and what's no longer in there, refer to our facebook album All Star Comics Toy Cabinet Exclusives or even better, check out the cabinet itself!

Special Thanks to All Star Comics for their awesome cabinet space!

Happy Hoarding!

See ya at the comic book store!

YR PAL,

HOARDAX.







Friday, 13 July 2012

HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13th EVERYBODY!


Hoard World would like to wish everybody a magnificient Friday The 13th!!

A big thanks to all involved and all who have participated in making the very first week of Hoard World as awesome as it's been!

It has begun!

YR PAL,

HOARDAX.

(from left to right - G.I. JASON card back from Fright Rags Jason T-shirt, Jason X and Jason from Jason Goes To Hell (Movie Maniacs) and the recently released limited edition Friday The 13th DVD box set (region 1) with Jason Mask.)

Thursday, 12 July 2012

THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS MONSTERS FIGURES AND MYSTERIA FROM FILMATION'S GHOSTBUSTERS WERE AN EARLY 90s MUSIC GROUP?!?!?


So when I was just a Hoardling, I had a few toys. Just so you know, in case it wasn't obvious to you already from the story so far. I was by no means one of those rich kids whose house you went to and they had EVERYTHING but, I reckon I did alright. Heck, I didn't do much of anything else. My life was going to school, taping things off the television, reading books and playing with my toys. I never got into any of your bourgeois sports! Although, I must admit I had a soft spot for ten-pin bowling, table tennis and pool because I'd seen the adult Hoarders do it. You gotta get to 'em while they're young.

But, I digress.

I could write tens of thousands of pages on the sorts of games I used to play with my toys and, maybe I will. But when I found one particular posse in my collection last week, I remembered something that I'd known was bizarre, even at the time.

The Real Ghostbusters line of toys by Kenner were short on characters to begin with but towards the end of the line they were really stretching it. I've read other blogs like this one here that have already done a decent job of pointing that out. I personally was a big fan of the toys of the evil Granny Ghost (it was both relevant and terrifying), The Bum-licker Toilet Ghost (I'm sure it's not actually called that) and Quasimodo. Not having had the first two even though I lusted after them, my nostalgia for them ends right there. But I had The Hunchback.

Oh yes, I had The Hunchback.

The Hunchback and most of his friends. And I LOVED them. 
They were based on Universal Monsters (the Dracula even looked like Bela Lugosi) and when you pinched their legs together they had an action feature. 

What's not to like?


But I never played with them in the way that you'd think.

As a Hoardling growing up I was also obsessed with Morticia Addams and Elvira. I don't want to out myself here but they were probably my first big crushes that weren't Wonder Woman or Evil Lyn or Debbie - my Aunty's friend (childhood photo of me and her COMING SOON. She bought me an awesome Pepsi Truck. I would use my Fozzie Bear puppet to woo her. It didn't take).

So given these Addams Family and horror hostess based obsessions, it was sad for me that I never had a figure of some kind. That was until Filmation's Ghostbusters came out with the character of Mysteria - who was a total rip-off.

And finally, my band line-up was complete.

What?

Now, I couldn't tell you how this started and it couldn't have lasted for THAT long but one Saturday morning during an episode of Video Hits I decided that the music videos just weren't cutting it.The music needed something else. 

It needed Frankenstein's Monster, The Wolfman, The Hunchback, Count Dracula and Mysteria to be miming along.

For quite some time.....

.....probably most of  the running time of Video Hits (which was usually three hours).

Naturally, the Kenner figures were perfectly suited to miming songs because all their mouths opened and closed when you squeezed their legs together.

But you know what? I was just a young Hoardling. What's wrong with that? Kids play with toys.

The weird thing was the song choices. Now this is going to both age me and possibly prove I was slightly too old to be doing this but it's necessary to this tale.

I VIVIDLY remember doing these songs in particular:




Yep. And now you know.




Now that we have the internet and YouTube video capabilities, perhaps we should force Hoardax to re-enact some of these music videos? We know he still has the action figures for it! If we get enough votes....

THIS. COULD. HAPPEN.


NEXT EPISODE: REMCO V.S. MATTEL! WARLORD AND HE-MAN MEET!


Wednesday, 11 July 2012

BEHIND THE SCENES OF A HOARD WORLD PHOTO SHOOT: APACHE CHIEF AND HIS SUPER FRIENDS.



During an extended photo shoot earlier today at Hoard World, Uncle Hoardax managed to snap a couple of behind-the-scenes shots of his official photographer Skorpia hard at work. Being the consummate professional she is, she not only takes most of the pics for the blog and ebay listings but she's also responsible for things like making sure The Apache Chief and his pals were comfortable and looked after for this morning's photo shoot. Whether it was making sure Samurai's green room snacks were all Gluten Free, finding the right lighting for Black Vulcan's short pants or keeping El Dorado's hair piece on his head whenever there was an unexpected draft, Skorpia did it all!

These aren't just Behind The Scenes pics, they're also incredibly rare sighting of Skorpia's secret humanoid hand.

VoilĂ ! Apache Chief and his Super Friends making eye contact with you, the Hoard Worlders at home.


NEXT EPISODE: HOARDAX  TAKES YOU ON A TRIP DOWN HIS OWN MEMORY LANE WHERE THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS MONSTERS PERFORMED WITH FILMATION'S GHOSTBUSTERS MYSTERIA! 

COMING SOON: HOARDAX INTRODUCES REMCO'S WARLORD AND VINTAGE HE-MAN TO THEIR MODERN DAY COUNTERPARTS!

Saturday, 7 July 2012

THE FIRST 24 HOURS OF HOARD WORLD HAS BEEN GIVEN THE THUMBS UP BY KOBRA KHAN HIMSELF!

Kobra Kahn Celebrates 50 Facebook Likes!


Now that Hoardax and Hoard World have been officially launched out into the stratosphere and the welcoming arms of The Internets Public, it's time to say a quick thank you to everybody that has accepted us  with open tentacles and already shown their support so very early in the piece.

THANKS EVERYBODY!


It's all been very exciting so far. Last night watching the likes increase exponentially on the facebook page so rapidly after being announced was a real thrill. Special thanks should go in particular to the guys at Melbourne's own All Star Comics for recommending us on their page and liking us themselves - they played a massive part in spreading the good word last night. It was so awesome to start seeing people I didn't already know starting to like us. (To the people I do already know that liked us, we love and appreciate your support too!)

It is very early days (well, it's still very early DAY) but in the upcoming week expect to see a bunch of new blog entries about things we all like to hoard, a metric hoardload of new ebay listings covering all sorts of territory, and, for you local folk, watch out for some sneaky loose action figures turning up in the vintage toy cabinet at All Star Comics Melbourne.

To celebrate our 50th Facebook Like on Hoard World we gave away a mystery vintage MOTU toy. It turned out to be Kobra Kahn (pictured).

Congratulations once again to BJ for being that special FIFTIETH Hoard Worlder.

What's in store for the next lucky person to hit a Facebook Like Milestone? 
We'll all see when we get closer to the 100 mark.