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....






Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Flea Market Loot for August 2014

This past weekend me and my family took a road trip out to the Greenwood Flea Market. Now in previous post and on my podcast, I've mentioned the market. It a wonderful place full of infinite possibilities. It's setup with multiple shops inside a climate controlled complex, but on the outskirts there is a line of old boxcars that double as shops. Therein lies the honey hole. 



First we have The Real Ghostbusters Screaming Heroes Ray Stantz from Kenner. I found this bad boy in an old tote underneath a table. He was nestled in between My Little Pony and Barbies. HMMMMM. Anywho he didn't come with Vermoan Ghost, but still a great find for $2.00. 



Secondly we have Shoulders of Dick Tracy fame from Playmates Toys. My wife Jessica actually spotted this guy and Magnokor just sitting on a shelf, and I jumped for joy. The Dick Tracy motion picture came out right at the time I was forming my options about likes and dislikes. And man oh man did I like Dick Tracy. As a matter of fact that year for Christmas my father bought me a Dick Tracy watch, you know the one with the light at the bottom. I wonder what happened to it....oh well.


Any Street Sharks fans out there? Well I was! This is a Street Sharks licensed Taco Bell water squirter. I do believe that bath time just stepped up a notch. 


Allow me to Magnokor, and as I mentioned above I my wife find this radical rock brute. Honestly at first I had no idea who he was. So with some help from Instagram buddies I was able to dig up his origin.

He is part of the Inhumanoids line, and I do believe a good guy despite his menacing appearance. He originally came with a rocky cover that double as a second figure, but alas what you see is what you get. I was not a fan of the Inhumanoids growing up because quite honestly I had never heard of it. But I have a fellow blogger that posted a photo of a recent Inhumanoids figure that he had acquired so I think this molten lava fiend has a new home.


Lastly we have a battle troll. My son picked this one up to add to our collection. Maybe I'll do a Battle Trolls post soon.....HMMMM.

Well anyways, that's all for now folks. Happy Hunting!!!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Top Ten ~ Movie Monsters & Creatures


Being new to the League, I figured it's high time I dipped my toes in the pool and explored this weeks assignment. So listed below are my Top 10 favorite Movie Monsters and Creatures:

1. Frankenstein:


This lovely pieced together fiend has always held a sweet spot in my heart. I fell in love with his tragically mistaken path and his redemptive nature.  And in my mind there is no other actor for this roll other than the late great Boris Karloff. With few lines and little screen time, Boris had to make this character his. And I believe you will all agree that he did. GRRRRRR!

2. Audrey 2 from Little Shop of Horrors:


Frank Oz made this film a childhood favorite for me. I have a love for organic plant monsters, so Audrey 2 was a shoe in. Audrey resembles a venus fly trap of steroids, whose hungry can only be satisfied with human flesh. Greenpeace eat your heart out!

3. Predator


Hunt or be hunted. Predator is one of the few Alien lifeforms that honestly captivate me. I would draw his likeness over and over again in my youth. So much so, that I'm sure my teachers began to worry about me. But who wouldn't want to draw this dude? I personally believe he responsible for bringing dreadlocks back in style and make fish net shirts a fashion statement. You go...boy....girl...whatever!

4. Slimer from Ghostbusters:


Slimer is what he is, a dripping pile of ecto-plasmic fun. With his buttery teeth, insatiable appetite and mischievous nature he's sure to be a crowd pleaser. I know he is easily one of the most recognized Ghostbuster characters, but thats not the reason I love him. I'm fond of him because he broke the stereotype of what ghost should look like. He's looks like Caspers stoner uncle and that's why he is so amazing.

5. Creature From The Black Lagoon:


I owe my love for movie monsters to the Creature (aka Gil-man). I saw CFTBL when I was very young and from that point desired to gobble up as many monster flicks as I could. In doing so, I have found that I much prefer the look and effects style that was offered between the 20's to 50's. We have hit a point with current cinema where the sky's the limit. But that not necessarily a good thing, when it comes to practical effects. We are replacing more and more makeup artist with CGI. What are your thoughts???


6. Godzilla:


King Kaiju himself....Godzilla. Godzilla vs. King Kong was my first glimpse of this atomic creation and boy oh boy was I excited. From his radioactive power blast to his city crushing carnage, I just think he's the bees knees.

7. Trantor from Ernest Scared Stupid:


Jim Varney can do no wrong in my book. Ernest Scared Stupid was one of his best and gave us Halloween fanatics a little something special. And by little I mean TRANTOR.Take a second and just look at this guy...two noses constantly dripping with snot, horn adorned eyebrows, and teeth that would make the mightiest dental hygienist faint. Not to mention super human strength and children that at first resemble brussel sprouts. YAY I CALL FORTH THE TRANTOR!

8: Chamberlain from the Dark Crystal:



I know Chamberlain was the black sheep of the Skesis, but he did manage to worm his way to the top of this chicken carcass mountain. He only seemed menacing to me because of his sneaky back stabbing nature. I wonder if Jim Henson themed him after someone in his personal life. I guess we'll never know...

9. Maurice from Little Monsters:


Howie Mandel portrayed monster that we would all want under our bed...Maurice. He could take you to lands faraway or just to your enemies house, so you could pee in his apple juice. After all they say "vengeance is a dish best served cold". Little Monsters was a visual feast of creativity and macabre, and Maurice was your tour guide. If you haven't seen this movie, then stop what you're doing and dive in.


10: Gorax from Ewoks-Caravan of Courage:


Last but not least is Gorax. Colonizing on Endor and stealing parents left and right, this ugly rat monkey thing is just bad to the bone. I know he's not that visually appealing, but he has something special about him. Maybe it's his Jonas Brothers eyebrows or his fur less nipple area, but he is definitely making it onto my list for some reason. So there.....


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