Sunday, June 9, 2013

Who are the ANIMALBOTS that were sold at Lillian Vernon?

Who or what is an ANIMALBOT?

Animalbot 1993 from Lillian Vernon

So I went to the local thrift store recently on my own version of The Toyhunter to see if there were anything worth taking home. While searching I ran across some TY Beanie Babies still on the card unopened. Also
saw a forty niner train set but I checked out eBay and found a few of those listed for sale and only a couple previously sold at $.99 and 1 under $18. But every now and then you will run into a toy you have never seen or played with as a child. And this is where this Animalbot toy comes into play.

3 In One ANIMALBOT
Animalbot by Lillian Vernon
All animalbots joined together to make the big 1 bot
3 in One Animalbot
Animalbot cover box
Now I have seen Transformers and Gobots. And then there is the almighty Voltron. But Animalbots is a first for me. I could not find it anywhere during a simple google search for the name. I called the number on the box and of course it is disconnected. Then I called the customer service phone number for Lillian Vernon and gave the rep the name of this toy and asked did they have it or do they have it in stock. And to no surprise it was not found. I then posted on The Retroist.com if anyone has seen this toy. I received 1 response and they suggested since it was made in Taiwan it could be a possible knock-off of some sort. This could be either a custom piece, rare toy bot or a knock-off of some really cool transforming toy robot.

Animalbot by Lillian Vernon
Lillian Vernon label

Animalbot Eagle. Lillian Vernon
Eagle Animalbot
Weapons for Animalbot by Lillian Vernon.
Animalbot weapons

This 3 In One Animalbot toy goes from robot, to animal to a train and then can be put together like Voltron and make one big giant toy robot. Pretty cool, huh? I still have the original box that comes with it along with the manual and stickers unopened. All pieces seem to be accounted. I wanted to try and put it together but I am afraid I may break something so I will just leave it as display. Eventually, this Animalbot toy by Lillian Vernon will be placed on my eBay listing for sale. So keep looking out. And if anyone knows anything about this unique toy please feel free to contact me or leave a comment.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Vintage Thermos Superman lunch box

Vintage Thermos Superman lunch box
SOLD IT!
Vintage Thermos Superman plastic black lunch box
Vintage Thermos Superman plastic black lunch box

It's not that often that I run across lunch boxes and even rarer the I find a vintage lunch box with a popular character on it like Superman aka Man of Steel. So while during one of my recent thrift shop treasure finding missions, I ran across this vintage lunch box with classic looking Superman on the front. This Superman lunch box is made by Thermos known for their school lunch boxes and thermoses. Unfortunately, this one does not come with the beverage holding item.

SOLD IT!
Vintage Thermos Superman lunch box
Vintage Thermos Superman lunch box outside opened

Vintage Thermos Superman lunch box
Vintage Thermos Superman lunch box inside opened



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Thursday, June 6, 2013

What kind of gift to get Dad for Father's Day?

What kind of gift to get Dad for Father's Day?

So now that Mother's Day has passed, it is now time to seek out something for dear ole dad. Stereotypically, dads usually end up on the shorter end of the holiday/special day gift giving stick. Known for receiving ugly neckties,  more socks, some tech gadget he did not ask for or taken out to a restaurant only to be in the same mix of other annoying kids taking their dad out to eat. By the way, do restaurants offer the same free meal deals as they do on Mother's Day? Probably not! I am sure the floral business takes a hit on Father's Day as well. I mean have you ever bought your Dad a dozen roses for Father's Day?

Well look no further. I have plenty of items that can be given to your daddy on his special day.
What is your dad's style?
Is your dad a "vintage dad"?
I found this vintage Walz Movie Editor III. I was able to put an old 8MM film I had from my childhood on one end and pull it through. So I can confirm that the screen does work properly.
Vintage Walz Movie Editor III with Splicer
Vintage Walz Movie Editor III with Splicer

Is he a Generation Xer type of guy?
This is a pretty neat find I got from a local thrift store. This one sold as soon as I posted it. So if you see something you think your daddy would get a kick out of go ahead and buy it from my eBay store.
Transformer Autobots leader Optimus Prime voice changer helmet
Transformer Autobots leader Optimus Prime voice changer helmet

Is your dad a techie nerdy type person?
I struggled with wanting to keep this one or sell it. But I think I will see if someone needs it more than I do at the moment. It's a portable bluetooth speaker for your dad's car in case he is old fashion or has a model that does not have bluetooth embedded in it.
Bluetooth black series
Bluetooth black series new in the box never been opened

Is he into home or office decor?
If your dad likes to spruce up his man cave or his office space then check out these handmade wood carved animal masks. The first three are large masks that were handmade from India. The last picture are masks handmade in Kenya but they are much smaller.






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