Wednesday, September 17, 2014

John Gaither Mystery Box....Black Star Edition



John Gaither recently sent me over a lovely box of fantasy, toxic waste, and knee high serial killers. Let's jump right in and look at the contents of this blast from the past.


First up we have Gargo and Kadray's helper from Black Star. Each one a villain or at least a henchman. Now I'm not really that familiar with the show, but that is not really a big deal. Unknown figures can be a segway into a new obsession. So I guess it's time for me to get my Black Star on YALL! 

The awesome feature about Gargo is his light up chest, which is triggered by a spark flinter in his back. Also the wings..,.the banana yellow wings.


Next we have Blackstar himself with his gorgeous feathered hair and arms that resemble a stack of cantaloupes. He reminds me of a Mexican He-Man, but that's just me.

 Hiding in the trees far above are Paulo & Balkar the Trobbits....not be confused with Hobbits of course.They must be distant cousins of the Smurfs. Hmmmm


Here's a better shot of Black Star, just because.....



Now we get to the muck, salad mix, & the not so safe childs toy. 


Introducing Major Disaster ladies and gentlemen. A brute with a heart for suburban house mom's. Former soldier turned fungus hybrid, this figure is just close to my heart. John nailed it with this one. I have begun the painstaking process of piecing together my Toxic Crusaders collection and this little dude just gave me a head start.


Old Swampy! Kenner rocked the marker for years and I'm okay with that. I love all 5 Episodes of the Swamp Thing cartoon in my youth and of course the figures as well. This particular goody extends his arm and retracts it back. Whiplash style! 


And Chucky. With his vacant stare and Reading Rainbow colored pants trim, he's a huggable little tot. Put out by Funko in a Mystery Box, this figure sat along side such nasties as Jason, Michael Myers, & Freddy. Even with his height disadvantage I would dare say he could hold his own.

John you're just awesome sir....

Head over to his blog Robot Monster Space Hero and check out his wild adventures with toys and other various collectibles.

Toodles! 













Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Flea Market Finds....Yep



Yep, I journeyed out to the great American dirt market yet again. And was not disappointed. I only brought a few dollars with me, as too reduce my shopping spree tendencies. You know....on a budget kind of stuff. 


These are the four little treasures I unearthed. Not to shabby for $3.00



First up we have Mr. Raphael. I wasn't quite sure where he was from but my buddy over at The Sewer Den helped me expose his origins. He was put out by Topps and was a container for bubble gum. Of course the gum and bottom are long gone, but still he was a nice find.



Then we have a Broadway figurine put out in 1995 in the Burger King kids meals. 
I have fond memories of this show and it will go nicely with the Gargoyles VHS movie that I just found. 


And the last two pieces too this epic puzzle are Man-At-Arms sans any accessories and Toxic Crusaders Episode 1 on VHS.

All in all not a bad haul. The Man-At-Arms figure is really the crown jewel. I've been seeking him out for some time now. Who knew he was just hanging out in Greenwood, LA. Hmmmm And not to be outdone the Toxic Crusaders tape will make a nice addition to my every growing VHS collection.

Well that all folks, stay tuned for more exciting post from AWAKE OH SLEEPER....



Monday, September 15, 2014

Monsterama Edits and Page Glory....

I have way too many post in the works, so in the interim here is some of my mobile photography and journal pages. Enjoy!



















Monday, September 8, 2014

Goodwill Goodies

This past weekend was 50% at Goodwill, so my wife suggested that we go take a look. "Why sure" I said, trying my best to dampen my excitement. Let's see what I found for a whooping $2.50


First I found Throttle from "Biker Mice From Mars". Put out by Galoob in 93', this figure is just sweet. He came with all of his accessories including bike & bike caddy. 

My son immediately claimed this treasure, and I'm perfectly okay with that. It's awesome to see him enjoying these relics that a drooled over as a child. Now don't get me wrong though, I'm still going to play with it as well. You know....I'm a man-child.



Next up I found "Gargoyles" the movie with interactive VHS board game. Apparently the last 20 minutes of the film are spent listening to voice commands while playing through the quest. Just plain awesome. Why can't modern day movies have this type of intrigue. 

On a side note, I can't move one without acknowledging the fact that when I saw this VHS I thought of my bud Erik Johnson who I know is a fan of the franchise. So big shout out to Erik.


Here's a inside shot of the VHS.


And last put not least is "Casper's First Christmas". I grew up with this ghoul and have always been on the lookout for items that brand his name. So to see the likes of Huckleberry Hound and Casper dancing around a tree with the fat man, I just jump for joy. And I think I clutched the first passerby in a bear hug out of shear excitement. Yep...just WOW!

Well that's all folks. Please remember to check back from time to time, follow this blog and be on the lookout for my upcoming Halloween Countdown in conjunction with "Nerds of the Round Table" .
Toodles!!! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

The 1st "Awake Oh Sleeper" Halloween Countdown is coming...


Starting October 1st I will begin a series of Podcast and Post all themed around Halloween. Stay tuned and STAY SCARED!!!!



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Trash Man Cometh.....

The blogging community has produced some truly amazing friendships as of late. One of those friends is Brian Ferrell over at Pop Pop! It's Trash Culture . He recently sent me a box of AWESOME! So without further ado let's dig in....



First up with have Waspax from the Sectaurs. I didn't watch this show growing up, but boy oh boy do I enjoy insect people. This figure will go nicely in the MONSTER section of my collection.


Next we have a GPK button "Fresh", a FLY creature PEZ, & a Milton Bradley figure from a board game. Which game, I'm not sure, but still sweet. The button went directly onto my backpack, the PEZ in my glass case at home, & the little robot figure on my desk so I could admired him and wonder what he's thinking about.


Then Transforming Lamont Cranston from The Shadow, Penguin, & a loose Frankenstein head. Now out of everything in the amazing package I am just giddy about the Frankenstein. He's just close to my heart and a muse that touches every facet of my imagination. 


Dark Shadows novel....why YES please! This book will definitely make it into my Halloween books stack.


And last but not least a BAG O' ZOMBIES. With Halloween approaching I'm certain I will find a good use for them.

So let me once again send a big THANK YOU to Brian!!! Check out his blog , instagram , or twitter and prepare to have your mind blown.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Newest Episode of "Geeks of the Round Table" is live!

Some of you may not know that I host a Podcast called NERDS OF THE ROUND TABLE. Click below to check out our latest episode. Cheers!



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Loot Crate August 2014 Unboxing.....

Last month I joined Loot Crate and for those of you not in the cool club, let me break it down for you. For a monthly subscription fee of $19.37 your will be shipped a box of nerdy goodness straight to your doorstep. The contents of each box are a mystery, with the exception of the theme and sometimes a rough reference. Pictured below is the contents of my August 2014 crate......enjoy.


The unopened mystery box!


First up we have a Funko Loot Crate original Groot with "Glow-N-The-Dark" paint and a translucent left hand. Also....he's a bobble head. So now you can put on your techno and go to town with this awesome piece of form molded plastic.


Next we have a Michelangelo mini figure put out my KidRobot.  Also another "Glow-N-The-Dark" goody.


Nickelodeon TMNT Sunglasses....of course my sun snatched these up. You go boy!


A Sonic The Hedgehog car air freshener. 


Shwings...which are sneaker decorations themed to look like wings or lightening bolts. I wonder if they will make my run faster???? 


And lastly some promo codes for online gaming, a Dead Pool themed food magnet, & the monthly mailer that discusses the products.


All in all it was well worth it! So be sure to check out Loot Crate and jump on board the radical train straight to cool world.........



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wonderful Wonderblog Prize Winnings....


A few week back Erick Bognar of Wonderful Wonderblog posted a contest celebrating his 48th birthday and 8th year of blogging....and I won the loot. Before I get started, go to his blog and check out the in's and out's of his collections and say Hello! He has an amazing blog and is an all around good guy.

Pictured above are two of the toys in the box. A Marvel Superhero Squad Burger King Toy...which is amazing because a button on his back reveals his smashing glory. Also a tiny Muscle Man figure. Gotta love those little tikes. 


Next up we have a UNOPENED Hot Wheels Mystery Machine. WOW! I'm not sure if Erick looked over my like and dislikes, but he hit the nail on the head with this one. Me and my son both are just goofy for Scooby Doo!!


By Odin's Beard we have a Thor PEZ dispenser. Now I can crank Thor's head back and pop artificially flavor lemon and orange tablets in my mouth til the cows come home. :)

Also there was L shaped post it notes representing my last name LAPSLEY and a Tomiko Corn shaped eraser. I love the Chinese culture's fascination with food themed anything and everything. 


And last but not least we have a pile of Comics, Cards, & Wacky Pack stickers. YOU NAILED IT ERICK! What are great box and an awesome friendship has brewed out of this contest. I commend you Sir!

But before I go, I want to share this love O.J.Simpson ad for Dingo boots from one of the comics Erick sent. Stay safe and blog on TRUE BELIEVERS....