It Came from the Attic > Dick Tracy PVC Figures

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Despite being old enough to own my own house, I still have a ton of junk in my parents’ attic. I’m slowly moving all of that stuff to my home. Occasionally I come across something fun, weird or amusing from my past. It Came From the Attic is a series of posts about these odds and ends.

This week’s entry is another set of PVC figures. As I mentioned in the post on the PVC Cable, I generally got PVC figures when there were no action figures available. However, in the case of the 1990 Dick Tracy movie there was a toy line, by Playmates. It wasn’t the best line, but it existed. Continue reading “It Came from the Attic > Dick Tracy PVC Figures”

It Came from the Attic > Keychain of Keychains

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Despite being old enough to own my own house, I still have a ton of junk in my parents’ attic. I’m slowly moving all of that stuff to my home. Occasionally I come across something fun, weird or amusing from my past. It Came From the Attic is a series of posts about these odds and ends.

For a while in the early 1990s, I went through a period where I did a lot of traveling. Between school and family trips, I visited a lot of places that had gift shops. Being the sort of person who needs a trinket, memento, bauble, trinket, knick-knack, or totem to commemorate every single thing that happens to me, during this time I had decided to collect keychains. This wouldn’t last – primarily because I stopped traveling as much – but it left me with a decent collection of keychains circa 1991-1994. And lucky you, you get to read about every single one of them! Continue reading “It Came from the Attic > Keychain of Keychains”

It Came from the Attic > Autolycus (Xena, Toy Biz)

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Despite being old enough to own my own house, I still have a ton of junk in my parents’ attic. I’m slowly moving all of that stuff to my home. Occasionally I come across something fun, weird or amusing from my past. It Came From the Attic is a series of posts about these odds and ends.

I never really watched Xena: Warrior Princess. Despite being borderline obsessed with the fantasy genre during the late 1990s, somehow I just never got into Hercules: The Legendary Journeys or Xena. (My 1990s show was The X-Files.) My dad was a big Xena fan (for the show’s thrilling action and subversive LGBT subtext, I’m sure – not the leather-encased boobs) and so I caught episodes here and there. But more importantly, I made sure to catch any episode featuring Autolycus, the King of Thieves (take that, Robin of Locksley!). Why? For the simple reason that Autolycus was played by Bruce Campbell, already one of my greatest idols since I’d became a huge Evil Dead fan in the mid-’90s. Continue reading “It Came from the Attic > Autolycus (Xena, Toy Biz)”

It Came From the Attic > Cable PVC figurine

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Despite being old enough to own my own house, I still have a ton of junk in my parents’ attic. I’m slowly moving all of that stuff to my home. Occasionally I come across something fun, weird or amusing from my past. It Came From the Attic is a series of posts about these odds and ends.

I should probably be more ashamed to admit I was totally in to Rob Liefeld and Cable in the early 1990s. We all were – it was one of those collective psychoses that happen from time to time, like the swing revival of the late ’90s or accepting Paul Hogan as a movie star. I loved Cable. Loved him. I owned a copy of New Mutants #87. I bought an extra polybagged copy of X-Force #1. I had some sort of black-and-white art portfolio of Rob Liefeld‘s art. ROB. LIEFELD’S. ART. Continue reading “It Came From the Attic > Cable PVC figurine”

It Came From the Attic > JAWS: The Revenge by Hank Searls

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Despite being old enough to own my own house, I still have a ton of junk in my parents’ attic. I’m slowly moving all of that stuff to my own home. Occasionally I come across something fun, weird or amusing from my past. “It Came From the Attic” is a series of posts about these odds and ends.

I am a huge JAWS fan. Once, I was a superfan of all things JAWS, including the original novel, all the movies and even the novelizations of the movies, all of which I read. Nowadays I’m mostly just a fan of the first movie, but JAWS: The Revenge holds a special place in my heart, for a few reasons:

  • It was the first and only JAWS film I saw in a theater;
  • I saw it with my dad;
  • I saw it during a big family reunion in Florida;
  • and the only JAWS Nintendo game was based on this movie.

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It Came from the Attic > JAWS: The Junky Gift Shop Souvenir

Despite being old enough to own my own house, I still have a ton of junk in my parents’ attic. I’m slowly moving all of that stuff to my home. Occasionally I come across something fun, weird or amusing from my past. It Came From the Attic is a series of posts about these odds and ends.

In the early 1990s, my parents took my sister and I to Florida for an extended vacation that included a visit to both Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando (I think we hit Sea World, too).* Then, as now, my favorite movie was JAWS and I was obsessed with great white sharks in general.

While I must admit my favorite ride was, of course, Star Tours, I still got a rush out of the JAWS ride (now sadly decommissioned). Of course, I came out of the experience and headed straight to the store looking for anything even remotely toy-like related to it. This is something I still do today, of course (it doesn’t always work; I have yet to find toys at Pearl Jam concerts or dentist offices).

In the case of the JAWS ride, all I found was this thing:

You’ll find this picture in the dictionary under “gewgaw (cf: knick-knack, bauble, tchotchke).”

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