Thank you for calling FigureFan, I’m not in to take your call…

Nothing to see here, as I’m taking the day off. Still, there were just a couple of points of business I wanted to mention today.

For all you masochists out there, don’t forget tomorrow is Matty Sale Day. Its another opportunity for Matty to show you their appreciation by letting Digital River bend you over a table and… ah, that got away from me a bit. Although, I should give credit where credit is due. I did get my notification yesterday that my Voltron Club-Whatever-The-Hell-Its-Called Subscription was charged and shipped. Its nice to know mine shipped out at least one day before the sale. What wasn’t nice was how it goes from $55 retail to $71 shipped. But its what I’ve come to expect. I haven’t decided yet whether I’m going to bother with any of the other figures being offered up tomorrow. Draego-Man does look somewhat cool.

C2E2 is being held in Chicago this weekend, with a few action figure and toy companies showing some wares. So… yeah, that’s something that happened.

Anyway, tomorrow kicks off a new week with another MASK edition of Vintage Vault. Also included next week will be a little Doctor Who, one of the vehicles from the upcoming Avengers movie, some GI JOE, and at the end of the week, a second helping of Vintage Vault, which will be something not-MASK.

Until then…  enjoy your Sunday!

Still Nothing To See Here… But Soon!

So, I have a minor disaster to document today, but before we get to that…

I’m going to try to step things up a bit and get a review up before Christmas, so that I can get a few more up after Christmas, and be in full swing by the time next year rolls around in a couple of weeks. Masters of the Universe Classics’ Icarius is still on tap to be the first one I do, since it was supposed to be the last one I was going to do before the FigureFan train got derailed by The Perfect Storm of distractions that has been my life these past couple of months.

But besides my empty promises of getting to writing some friggin content, there’s been some other positive movement here on the home front yesterday. I actually bought some toys! Ok, so they were toys that I ordered online, but they’re on their way to me nonetheless and will be providing me with something to actually write about.

On the Matty Collector front. This Thursday was Matty Sale Day. There weren’t a lot of figures I was interested in, but I did actually get me a Wind Raider! I really thought this thing was going to sell out immediately, and I honestly couldn’t spare the funds for it until Friday, but luckily it hung around long enough for me to snag one. In fact, a couple days later, and it’s still available! I really don’t want to open the whole can of worms of buying a lot of MOTUC vehicles at this point. Especially since my personal interests in the line will likely be waning next year, but Mattel said they aren’t doing any other vehicles in 2012, so I figured it was safe to buy this one. It looks fabulous and I’m really excited about getting it.

The other items I picked up are both Doctor Who Classic 2-packs from Character Options. One is the “Caves of Androzani” set, which comes with a variant of Peri bundled with Sharaz Jek. I love this episode. It’s one of my all time favorites, so I’m obviously glad to get this set. The other is the “Invasion of Time” set, which comes with a variant of Leela and a Sontaran. I’m pretty excited about this one too!

And now about that disaster. Ironically, just as I’m planning on ending my toy collecting hiatus, I found that disaster had struck in my toy storage. Apparently a pipe burst in the wall and about half the area suffered some minor flooding. About six of the bottom storage boxes were effected. They were drenched, but they also contracted a fair amount of mold and I didn’t even want to attempt to save them. The result was that six file boxes of toys had to be bagged and trashed, along with a couple of other boxed toys. The boxed toys were both Star Wars items. One was my Target Exclusive Tie Bomber and the other was the box to my Target Exclusive Imperial Shuttle. The Shuttle was saved, but the box had to go.

As for the file boxes. Two of them contained my entire GI JOE Sigma Six collection. Honestly, as much as I loved these things, if I had to choose something to get destroyed, these would have been on the list, just because they’re something of a self-contained oddity in my collection. Unfortunately, the other four boxes were all Transformers. I didn’t inventory the boxes, before I pitched them, they were that badly contaminated, but right now I believe that they were all Voyager or Ultra Class toys from Cybertron/Energon/Armada lines as well as my various Contructicon/Devastator figures. It’s a sad loss, but there are plenty of other things in that storage that I would rather not have lost, so as far as bad news goes, it could have been worse. It could have just as easily been my MOTUC figures or Doctor Who stuff.

But enough with the negativity. Sit tight kiddies, I’ll be back soon!

The Reports of My Demise…

So, while I warned you all that I had a crazy month or so coming up, it turned out that I couldn’t make good on my plan to keep coming back every week with a couple of posts. I’ve been working like crazy, preparing to interview for a big promotion, doing some remodeling on the homestead, and with the exception of some Doctor Who related news, I have not been keeping up with the world of toys and action figures at all, and the last toy or figure that I got was Icarus back in October. So there’s been nothing to post here.

Nonetheless, about 40 days after I last checked in, I just wanted to assure anyone out there still looking for content that it’s going to be a little longer. Right now I’m seriously committed to getting back on track between Christmas and New Year with the goal of being mostly back to regular posting by the beginning of next year. I still don’t think the content is likely to return to a quasi-daily affair like it’s been on the better months, but It will more likely be an average of 2 to 3 posts a week.

So hang in there, I’m coming back.

FigureFan in November…

Here’s a heads up, folks. FigureFan in November is going to be sloooow. The thing is, that it’s a huge, crazy busy month for me both at work and at home. And besides being crazy busy it takes me even more than the usual admittedly high levels of alcohol consumption to get through the Holidays. What’s more, I’m still in the process of doing some interior decorating to my home, which is going to continue to tap the kitty that I usually devote almost entirely to toys. All this means that I won’t have the same amount of time and energy I usually have for the site, nor will I have the time and money to be hunting as many toys. As a result, I’m not going to frustrate myself by trying to maintain the usual amount of content here. Instead, I’m going to set the expectations low, try to aim a little higher, and hopefully it won’t be as bad as I’m making it out to be.

My goal is to do no less than two updates a week. Keep in mind, this should only be temporary. I’ll try to get back to normalcy as soon as humanly possible.

I meant to get in here yesterday with a look at last month’s Masters of the Universe Classics figure, Icarus, but it didn’t happen. I’ll try to get that ready to go within the next couple of days, because he really is an amazing figure.