WALGREENS WIND-UP WALKING SKELETON
Lately I've been hearing a lot of talk about Walgreens selling collectible action figures. They even had an exclusive Star Wars Black Prototype Suit Boba Fett figure. I've also been hearing that they have a good selection of Halloween novelty items. There's a Walgreens down the street from me, but it's been probably a couple of years since I've been in there. I decided to pop in there this morning, since it was going to be my last chance to do so before Halloween. I wasn't impressed by their Halloween section at all. It's late in the month, so maybe all the good stuff sold out, but I didn't see much I was interested in. Not much except for a wind-up walking skeleton toy. I've seen pictures of wind-up walking eyeballs from Walgreens, as well, but they didn't have any, and the clerk in the store had no idea what I was talking about when I asked about them.
There toy section was a bust as well. They didn't have any Star Wars Black figures. They had a couple of Funko Legacy Ned Stark figures, a few Game of Thrones Funko Pops, 2 or 3 Walking Dead figures, and a few other random things. There toy section was a little better than, like a grocery store or something, but it was nothing to write home about. I couldn't find anything I wanted to buy there.
I grabbed a bag of mini Snickers while I was in there, to give away to trick-or-treaters. Of course, when I got home, I decided to sample them for myself. Guess what? They chocolate tasted weird, and had a white powdery coating on it... it had gone bad. I checked the expiration date on the bag, and discovered that someone had covered it up with a black marker! Smooth move, Walgreens.
SKELETON MOTOCROSS RIDER
I picked this guy up last month when I was buying a bunch of random monster figures for Halloween. I didn't know anything about him, but I thought he looked kind of cool. He's a motocross rider with an exposed skull, and he has a clear outfit that you can see his skeleton through. They have a bunch of these in different color schemes for sale on ebay.
I thought he was some generic dollar store toy, but it turns out it's from a line of toys that Jakks Pacific put out a few years ago, that depicted regular human riders racing against skeleton riders. Each toy set came with a two motorcycles and two racers. I'm thinking about popping him on a toy horse and making him an old west Ghost Rider type.
DRAGONRIDERS OF THE STYX DEMON
This demon is from a Dungeons and Dragons style toy line from the early 1980s called Dragonriders of the Styx. There is kind of a funny story behind this guy. I was looking on ebay to pick one of these guys up for Halloween this year, but all of the ones in nice condition were too expensive. So I ended up buying a beaten up looking one for cheap, instead. The Demon came with a set of wings that snapped in to his back, kind of like the attachments on Micronauts figures, but the one I bought was missing the wings. After I had paid for the figure, the seller wrote me and told me he couldn't find the one I had bought, and asked me if he could send me this different one as a replacement. He sent me a small, cell phone type photo of the replacement figure. The figure had the paint wore off, but so did the one I had originally bought, so that wasn't a problem. But, this one had wings! So I was happy to accept the replacement, because I thought I was getting an upgrade.
When the figure arrived I played with it for a minute, and thought it was pretty cool. I was surprised by the wings, because they were rubbery bat-like wings, and I had thought the wings for this figure were hard plastic. I flipped him around to get a better look at his wings. It turns out, they weren't his original wings at all. Instead, someone had glued a rubber novelty Halloween bat to the figure's back! Should I have felt ripped off? Maybe. Instead I laughed my ass off. I thought it was really funny. And the truth is, I kind of like having a big bat on his back, it's so weird it's kind of cool.
That's it for this post of random Halloween toys. I'm going to try and do a Twilight Zone action figures post later on today as well. If not, look for it tomorrow morning.
Frankie "Zeke" Hart - I Am the Red Devil