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Flea Market Finds!

Arriving at the Pasadena City College Flea Market - January 2013

I've been very busy with a new project lately. So busy, in fact, that I completely forgot about some photos I snapped while visiting the Pasadena City College Flea Market last month. Fortunately, photos of the always amusing and oddball things one can find at any given flea market are timeless, so I could post them years later and they'd still be just as relevant as they are now. With that in mind, here are photos of my favorite finds from last month's PCC Flea Market:

Madballs Dust Brain!

I suppose if you're going to stumble on a Madballs toy that's been horribly mistreated, it might as well be Dust Brain. He's a weathered old mummy to begin with, so some extra scratches on his face actually work well with his aesthetics. Of course, in this condition he's only worth a buck or two at most, but the elderly seller actually wanted $30 for it. Hahahahahahahahahaha NO.

Graver Digger!

At first I thought this Grave Digger was a ride-on Power Wheels vehicle like the Spider-Man one behind it, but it's just a really large monster truck toy. Still, there's no denying that Grave Digger has the best chasis artwork in the history of monster trucks, so it's always a welcome sight.

The Real Ghostbusters Slimer cartoon art cel!

If you're a fan of The Real Ghostbusters cartoon like I am (and you should be), finding an original Slimer cartoon art cel is always an extremely good thing. In this scene, I like to think he was about to raise his hand to ask if he could have a hall pass to go use the restroom, but was secretly gonna use it to raid the snack machines.

Wind-up Knitting Cat!

You know, if I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times... it's really hard to find a good Wind-up Knitting Cat. Fortunately, this flea market has us covered.

Continue reading for more pics from the flea market:

Creepy Hires' Root Beer Ad

Root beer is the elixir of the gods, and yet this vintage Hires' ad makes me not want to drink a single drop of it.

Spider-Man perched in a parking garage.

This appeared to be a large, hand-made Spider-Man doll that was perched up on a table. Walking by him, you couldn't help but feel like he was judging you. "I've probably saved your life at some point, and what do you do with it? You come to a flea market in a parking garage." Shut up, Spidey.

Mouse Trap is everywhere.

I still say you can find a copy of Mouse Trap at almost every flea market and yard sale in the world, but it's nice to see one of the vintage copies by Ideal for a change.

The Magical Burger King!

Sorry, but the Burger King will always be better than Ronald McDonald. Why? Because he's magical. The guy knows magic. MAGIC. You know you want to see the disappearing hamburger trick.

Star Wars Refueling Station Shampoo!

It's too bad Luke, Porkins, and the rest of the rebels had to wear protective helmets in their cockpits when attacking the Death Star. Had they not, I bet we would've been treated to some luxurious galactic hairdos, compliments of Star Wars Refueling Station Shampoo.


One of the many classic Tomy robots - Flipbot!

Krang's Android Body from 1991.

It's always tragic to see a badass toy like the classic 1991 Krang's Android Body being mistreated... not to mention missing Krang himself. Well, I suppose you could just whip up a batch of watermelon flavored Jell-O and stick it in the android's belly and say it's Krang. Yeah, that'd do the trick.

A Coke / Coca-Cola telephone with snowglobes in the handle!?

THIS is why I hate cell phones. Sure, people talk to each other a lot less now that they can send texts, but if you ask me, the worst thing that happened because of cell phones is that we no longer see crazy novelty telephones being released every day. I'm not even a big Coca-Cola memorabilia fan, but who the hell wouldn't want to own their very own phone with snow globes in the receiver handle?? Amazing.

Neon pink T-Rex with cool dude shades? Sign me up.

A neon pink Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur with cool dude shades? That's already fantastic enough, but it apparently danced as well. Stick him in between some dancing pink flamingos and I guarantee you'll have a stage show that could rival even the best Chuck E. Cheese animatronic bands.

John Robot!

I don't know if John Robot is named "John", or if he's a "John" who solicits prostitutes. Oh wait, the box says he has a "Bump-N-Go" function. Well... I guess that clears up what kind of "John" he really is. Mystery solved.

Alright, that's all the pics from last month's Pasadena City College Flea Market. Hope you enjoyed 'em. Drop a comment below and lemme know what your favorites were, and feel free to share some of your own recent flea market finds while you're at it too.


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ChrisGlass on 02/18/2013 6:30 pm

The Burger King king is that retro? I thought that creepy ass dude was made only a decade or so ago...

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-RoG- on 02/18/2013 8:37 pm

Oh yeah, the Burger King has been around forever, they just stopped promoting him as the company mascot for a while. Then he was brought back in the spotlight with the whole creepy stalker-like campaign in the past decade. I loved his creepy nature so much I even dressed as him back in 2005 when that new ad campaign had just started:

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Lostmayhem on 02/18/2013 8:58 pm

Hey RoG congrats on finding the slimer animation cell, did you buy it? my buddy and i a few years back, came across, ghostbusters, tmnt, mulan, and my little pony animation cells. A buck a piece. He grabbed the best looking ghostbuster and tmnt cells the guy had. Im really kicking myself for not getting any of the ponies. I got a really good slimer, and of venkman, stantz and egon, dont know what episode theyre front. But theyre really awesome.

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blacksamster on 02/19/2013 2:09 am

Good trip! I think my favorite flea market finds are still Mr. Oil Butler, who serves my oil needs well:

And the best film of all time (which I should probably rip to digital before it is lost to the world), the first EVER romance VideoNovel:

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blacksamster on 02/19/2013 2:11 am

Oh god I'm terrible at sizing photos, I'm so sorry. ;_;


eric-the-ded (Guest) on 02/19/2013 2:11 am

I had that robot. I don't remember it being named John, though.
Pretty sure it was a cheap Avon catalog gift from my grandmother.

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eric-the-ded on 02/19/2013 2:13 am

What the..?
I'm not a guest! I LIVE here dammit.
(forgot to log in)

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darkvare on 02/19/2013 11:00 am

after all this years i still find it hilarious that they had to add the real to the ghostbusters cartoon thanks to that other shitty cartoon

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-RoG- on 02/19/2013 2:27 pm

Lostmayhem - I already have some large MOTU animation cells framed on my wall, complete with background scenery 'n all, so I thought I'd pay it forward and let somebody else enjoy finding Slimer this time. Feel free to post the cells you picked up though, that's a hell of a good deal if you got 'em for only a buck!

blacksamster - Haha, that Fabio VHS is amazing! I need to get a copy of it so I can watch it while listening to Fabio's album.

eric-the-ded - His name may not be John, but clearly, he is a john. Is there something about your grandmother you're not telling us? ;)

darkvare - Never forget:


Shane Skekel (Guest) on 02/19/2013 7:39 pm

I know one flea market in Mississippi worth checking since they had an Atari 7800 there at one point. (Back in 2004-2005) However, I haven't been there in a long time...

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Lostmayhem on 02/20/2013 1:06 am

Here ya go RoG i got several more of the Venkman, Stantz and Spengler, but they look the same, and those arent the backgrounds, just some insert. Enjoy

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Ducttapefury on 02/20/2013 5:08 am

A gold-plated Millennium Falcon and proto-TIE fighter? Luckily the T-rex has its shades to repel bling-bling of that magnitude.

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A-bomb on 02/20/2013 9:55 am

Why is Star Wars Refueling Station shampoo not sold in every store? I'm going to stop washing my hair in protest.

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Joel3K on 02/22/2013 10:50 am

Really hope that somewhere out there, there's one of those neon T-Rexes whose dancing feature still works. Until someone's able to track one down, the Internet is missing out on an amazing animated GIF!


j bird (Guest) on 02/22/2013 8:21 pm

great job on this! I am still laughing at the spiderman doll commentary...

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Lone Wanderer on 03/06/2013 2:24 am

I have that exact same model of Mouse Trap, with all its parts.


Zach (Guest) on 03/18/2013 12:55 am

Wow, I really want to find a copy of that Fabio movie. If you rip it digitally, please share it with the world.


Pram Maven (Guest) on 05/16/2013 10:28 am

That is awesome!!! Madballs and Ghostbusters were my favorite toys as a kid. I animated them with my friend's video camera.

Then we created a soundtrack by dubbing in dialog and sound effects from The Real Ghostbusters using an old VCR. Thanks for reminding me of that, and I'm sorry for being a dick on your forums.


Jeff (Guest) on 05/27/2013 2:14 pm

The TMNT cels were actually sold at Toys R Us for a while in the '90s.

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