Jul 3, 2014

League Post - Hake's Auction 212

The League of Extraordinary Bloggers has teamed up again with Hake's Americana & Collectibles for this week's assignment. These fictional shopping sprees are always one of my favorite topics. There are always so many interesting pop culture items to pick and choose from. Even without these assignments, I can spend way too much time just looking at everything and dreaming I have a house big enough for all these treasures!

It also doesn't hurt that Hake's will pick a random blogger to win a $100 credit with them!


Set of four Monster Cereal Rings
Expected: $200 - $400
The first thing I selected was a set of four Monster Cereal rings. The other two were Boo Berry and Fruit Brute. I had a Boo Berry one as a kid so getting a set of them would be pretty neat. The character images are actually lids that open to reveal a small compartment that you can put something very small in. Hake's says their last set sold at $275 and it looks like this auction is already gone from the time I put my list together!

Current: $138 Expected: $100 - $400
Yes, it's those Mystery Men from the movie, which was based on comic characters. I'm not the biggest fan of the franchise but I love the retro pulp look of the ring. As you can see, it was made in 1992.

Current: $300 Expected: $400 - $700
Sticking with the pulp theme, I picked out this Shadow button from 1939. It'd be pretty cool as just a regular button but it even glows in the dark!


Current: $100 Expected: $200 - $400
I am completely fascinated with the whole spookshow thing. Nothing today comes close to the sensationalism used to advertise these midnight monster movie shows. They often had live entertainment like a magician or psychic to warm up the crowd. Sometimes the movie monsters would "jump off the screen" and roam the theater!

Shogun Warriors Boxed Figures
Current: $220 Expected: $200 - $400
I had a few of these as a kid and the bigger 24" ones too. Even though these guys are only around 5" they're mostly die-cast. These bots are heavy, man! Plus, most of them came out before they passed that "no more rocket firing toys" thing so they have real firing weapons! They were featured in the syndicated Force Five cartoon I used to watch after school. There were 5 shows, a different one airing each weekday.

Star Wars Micro Collection: Bespin Freeze Chamber Boba Fett 4-up Unpainted Hardcopy Prototype
Current: $1000 (no bids!) Expected: $2000 - $5000
Saved the best for last! For those that aren't up on their action figure production, a 4-up is an initial design prototype that is four times the size of the normal figure so they can get all the detail on it. But considering that this is from the Micro Collection series, which were mini-playsets, the prototype itself is only 5.5" tall. I've always wanted to have some kind of Kenner prototype in my collection and I'm one of those Boba Fett fanboys, so this would be an amazing piece.

Here's what other League members have their eyes on
Nerd Life of Mine likes sci-fi and superheroes
Megos, movie posters and comics at The Toy Box
Toyriffic goes batty!

Head over to Cool and Collected to see all the participating blogs.


  1. Hey! I know about those Spookshows thanks to you! "Monsters Crash the Pajama Party!" Haha! I was just relistening to that now that I was reminded. (I have your album on my computer.) Those window cards would be something cool to own.

    Neat button with The Shadow too! You found all kinds of good goodies to share.

    1. I actually have that on DVD and watched it many years ago before I understood what it was all about. I ended up going to a screening of it a few years ago. At one point the scientist's monsters escape the movie and they come out into the theater and grab a girl out of her seat (she's also in on it) and run off with her back "into" the movie.

  2. That sounds like such a cool experience! If something like that ever shows around here, I'll be sure to check it out.

    1. The place I go to for these type of shows is a small, older theater that does midnight showings of horror/scifi movies on the weekends in addition to regular movies. So you're probably more likely to find something like that in a place that does midnight shows.

  3. The Spookshow thing is something I would of loved to have experienced but I guess I was just born too late.