Friday, July 21, 2017


Ray came through like a champ to repair more toys.
Soloman Grundy from the Batman Brave and the bold line.  I HATED those holes all over him.  I had Ray fill them in and paint them.
Exodus got a white cape.  Now he looks complete to me.  I left off those silly wings he had.
 Krule was missing his hair with the spike ball on the end.  Ray did a great job IMO.  I hate incomplete figures.
 Apocalypse had his tubes he can have kids!
And finally the horn for the Disney Marvel PVC Rhino figure!  It is just a little longer than normal but looks awesome!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


YES!  We managed another trip to the flea market a month later.  Got some more goodies.  Collection is growing by leaps and bounds.  I don´t feel so isolated as I did when I first moved here.  I would actually get jealous of people´s collections.
From left to right top first.

1. Toybiz J. Jonah Jameson- I don´t think the kids know who this guy is which works as a plus for me.  Finally got my JJJ back!  He is missing his vest.  Not going to care one iota.

2. GI JOE Sgt. Savage?- I have no idea.  I liked them when they came out in 1996 but only had the two villains.  Never bought one of the joes.  I like this guy.  He could be a SHIELD agent with a proper paint job.

3. Toybiz Cable 1- LOVE finding this guy!  He was my go to Cable figure back in the day.  Gotta have Ray make him a big gun.  And the pic you cannot tell but his karate chop fingers are broken off.  Ray can restore them though.

4, Mcfarlane´s Freak- I originally had him years ago as a serial killer ALA Mr. ZsasZ for Batman to fight.  He came naked of course as most figures do in Mexico.  Gotta find some knives for him.

5. Bruce Wayne George Clooney- For some reason I got a Batman clone storyline in my head brewing.  I think I have all of the Bruce Wayne´s now except the animated one.

6. Toybiz Sunspot- Love having him back!  Only missing Rictor, Domino, Cannonball now to complete the team of the X-Force.  Missing all of the villains however too though.

7. Blackstar Demons- HOLY CRAP!  I found TWO of these!  So fricking stoked!  I would get so jealous of ones finding these on other blogs etc....Now I have two!  I am done with this line now.

8. Toybiz mini Beast- Thought he would look great on top of the ole TV.  He looks just like the 2003 Toybiz Marvel Legends version.

9.  Disney PVC Vision- I am finding these down here!  Got Hawkeye, Rhino, and now the Vision.  Again, another TV topper.  I really want Doc Ock, Sandman, and the Juggernaut though.

10. Kenner Micheal Keaton Batman-  I almost had the whole collection back in 89-90.  Loved them.  This one actually had his cape.  I was stunned!  The one I want the most from this line is
Shadow wing Batman.  I remember you would squeeze his legs together and his arms popped out while holding his cape.  Loved that figure back in the day.

11. Gi Joe snowjob- My first vintage GI JOE I have ever found down here!  This is great.  Should I have Ray make skis etc.?  Don´t answer that.  Of course I will!

P.S.  Found 6 Wildcat figures down here from Playmates...but the guy saw an American and tried to charge me $7 each for them.  That is a huge price to pay for toys in Mexico IMO. It probably would be a fair price in the U.S. but I make my money in pesos.  So...  I left them.  It would have been $49 dollars for all.

Loving it down here.  Back when I first moved here there was ONE person selling action figures.  Now there are 4 or 5 sellers.  The odds are better I will find my stuff now.  Life is good.  There were other things I would have bought but I desperately want to finish these collections first.  I.E. Toybiz Marvel, Hasbro WWF etc.  They had the two headed Cobra by Chap Mei that I wanted badly, but older figures must come first.

Sunday, July 9, 2017


The right to censor was a faction of wrestlers that appeared on RAW in 2000.  It was the WWF´s attempt at mocking the PTC or Parent Teacher Council I believe which was actively against the WWF for it´s risque content at the time.

The group originally consisted of former risque wrestlers that turned over a new leaf and wanted to be ¨correct¨on TV.  Val Venis and the Godfather...Fans didn´t care for it much and the idea was shelved a few months later.

I had 4 figures I didn´t know what to do with.  They didn´t excite me at all.  I decided to throw these four guys in MY version of the Right to Censor.  When you have wrestlers in a faction, it instantly makes them more valuable.  At least to me.

Snitsky, Marcus Cor Von, Sylvester Turkey, and Mike Knox led by Steven Richards is my version of the Right to Censor.

Thanks to Rosy for sewing these bad boys.  Now I have a new group to feud with my faces.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


JUST about finished my entire action figure collection in little repairs.  Here is the latest batch.
 Found this Hush figure down here ages ago.  But the bottom part of his trenchcoat was ripped off.  I had Ray make a new one.
 The cannon on top of this GI Joe little roadster was gone as well.  Ray made me a new one.  It almost looks authentic no?  He also did Blowtorch´s gun.
I wasn´t quite happy with the first Scorpion King ax.  Ray very nicely, made a new one.  This one looks better.
 Also found the Toybiz Marvel Ahab down here.  Ray made a new spear for him to track down those dirty mutants!  Or convert them into hounds.  If you have read Days of Future present, you know what I am talking about.
Finally...These are all over the place in Mexico.  Little hard plastic masked wrestlers.  Wifey and I were shopping in a grocery store when I found this guy on a shelf next to plants.  I think a little kid was playing with him and it was his.  They do not sell these in the stores.  I decided to free him.  Had Ray paint him up like El Santo the famous Mexican luchador.  He will have a place on my TV.

More is to come soon.  Another batch of fixes.

Sunday, June 25, 2017


Had this Captain Britain laying around.  I bought it before I knew of the existence of the more accurate one.  So I looked at all villains that looked like him.  Flagsmasher was the logical choice.
Marvel Universe are no longer being delivered to Mexico.  Oh well.  So I gotta make do right?

Cap is on him like stank!  Glad I could do something with this figure I otherwise would have never used.

Friday, June 16, 2017


So unbeknowest to me, my wifey has been giving Ray some broken glasses and mugs we had to create art from in the Monster Cafe.  And I LOVE IT!

It was just a regular skull mug we bought at party city and Ray painted it up swell.
This was a small beer glass and Ray created a shrunken head in it.  Everytime I look at it I think of Beetlejuice.
 This next one is inspired.  It looks like a brain is coming out of an old wine glass.
The eyeball on the side is a great touch.
 I thought Ray was going to just paint this straight up. A red and white coke glass...
But then he arrived with it having foam and a straw!  So frickin cool.  It reminds me of that floating food you can buy that is made of plastic some specialty stores have.

Friday, June 9, 2017


Not as good as last time but almost.
1. Last Action hero Arnold!  I only owned one figure of this in my life.  The Ax Ripper.  Hope I find him someday.
2. JLU B´wana Beast- I read up on his powers.  He merges animals together or something like that.  Eh, I will give him the power to turn into animals instead.
3. Toybiz Hobgoblin- How could I not own him?  He is my namesake!
4. Pirates guy- I have a great collection of these now.
5. Santino Marella- Shocked to find modern Mattels are hitting mexico.  He fills a definite hole.  I think all I am missing from series one is the Hurricane and Mike Knox.
6. Batman forever Riddler- Had him in 95.  Glad to have him again!
7. DC Scarecrow- YES!  This was the awesomest toy I got this day.  All I need is Joker and Killer Croc from this line.  The vendor said he had just sold a Bane right before I got there.  Drats!
8. Disney Rhino- He is huge.  He is the only one I wanted from the Disney pack.  All I want now from this line is Doc Ock, Sandman, and Juggernaut.  Eh, maybe Hulk too.  Gotta have Ray fix his horn though.  He is the only one that has damage.
9. Pez Fozzie- My pez collection is growing SLOWLY!  Gotta find more for a special project.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Well it was ley seca in Saltillo.  That means the dry law.  And THAT means when they do their voting here, restaurants are to close early and not open at all on Sunday to not serve alcohol.  I guess they want their people to be sober when they vote.

So Wifey and I took a trip to the flea market or pulgas if you will.

I have talked about the pulgas before but never showed it to you.  Arteaga is where the best one is.
The entrance to it is nice.  By 4pm the place is packed with people.

But first we had to stop by the little river in the city.  Took off our shoes and enjoyed it immensly.
 They don´t call it the magic town for nothing!

Vendors set up shop to sell food.  Boy is it good!
 People from all over the city come here.

Rows and rows of toys.
Little food carts everywhere.

A third vendor has come in the past month carrying toys!  Yippee!
 We stopped at a cemetary later.  an old one.  Look at this crypt!
 One guy loved the Beatles so much he was buried with em!

Very cool crypts.  We went there to remind us that life is precious.  Enjoy every minute of it.

Next time I go over what I got at the pulgas!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Dracula got so hot that he dropped trau!
I hope that is how you spell trau...Anyways we had Dracula repaired at the Monster Cafe.  His legs were a little to fix him we had to undo his pants.  I couldn´t resist taking this shot.  HAHA  We can all see he is circumsized!
Ray went to work...with what little assets Drac had.  HAHA

Thursday, May 11, 2017


OMG!  I have never heard of this wrestling before.

I am a guy that tends to love the WWF and that is it.  I knew very little of ECW....but ECW is baby crap next to these two promotions.


I was a diehard WWF fan since 87...but I gotta tell ya...These guys in these little indy leagues put their heart and soul into it.  I have NEVER seen moves like these guys do.

Take a gander for yourself.  Insane moves.  MUCH more exciting than the WWF could ever be.

It got my creative juices flowing once again.  I am wanting to do some crazy wrestling customs again.  Like....

1. Explosive death match thingie.  I don´t know exactly what you call it...but Terry Funk and Cactus Jack had some in Japan.  I thought about strapping some little firecrackers to some wooden boards would do the trick.  Light them up and bam!  They freely sell them here in Mexico YEAR round.  Cheap too.  Gotta explore.

2. Thumbtacks in a box.  Wow.  A great place to keep them.  Gotta find some small nails or something that would substitute for them.

3.  Yup.  This was right out of IWA wrestling.  Sparklers on a baseball bat.  It would work perfectly for wrestling figures!
4. Lighttube log cabin-  Wow.  Seen plenty of these.  But how would you simulate the broken lightube if an action figure hits it?  I think I figured that out...the answer is....
BABY POWDER!  Just sprinkle a little of this in the ring and it will give the illusion the lightube got broken.  Whoa!

5. Barbed wire trampoline-  Ray could do this one easy peasy japanesy.

6. Bed of nails-  Easy too.  I think a stripped off hair brush painted in silver would do the trick

Wow huh?  These are just a few of the items I am thinking of doing soon.

Another one is in the clip above.  As soon as one wrestler gets knocked into the turnbuckle a drawer up above him drops thumbtacks on him.  I could NOT find a pic of that.  Would love to have a pic so I can show Ray what I am talking about to make one.

Thursday, May 4, 2017


I was done with buying and turned around to leave.  But ANOTHER toy table caught my eye.  Had to investigate.  Well I ended up leaving with even more awesome crap.  There were two kids in front of me that had no idea what they were looking it.  I swooped in like a vulture and scooped them.
Cable 4!  Never had him before.  Decided to get him.  Apocalypse 1!  Had him in the original run.  Loved his body extended but let´s be honest here...Apocalypse 2 by Toybiz blows this one out of the water.  I will have Ray make custom tubes for him.

The next two really get my blood boiling!  A PVC 1992 Ghost Rider by Applause!  I had the entire run of these in the nineties.  LOVE them!  Finding one of these is quite rare in the wild.  Now I have 4 of the set.  Missing probably 30 others....

A Batman 1988 Hamilton figure!  AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!  So happy to find this guy.  I was SO surprised no one snatched him up!  I mean Batman is popular...even in Mexico!

I had him, Robin and the Joker back in 88.  SO glad to have this one again.

So this is the final pulgas trip for awhile.  Gonna be focusing on finishing the wrestling clothing for the foreseeable future.

Sunday, April 30, 2017


I happened to mosey on over to another table and was shocked to find more stuff that was awesome at the flea market!
 YES!  Table 2 was even more impressive!  Now for those that know me I HATE TMNT...Hate even the figures.  They look stupid...BUT this reimagining of them is pretty good.  I bought the crocodile man to be used as a possible Killer Croc for Batman to tangle with.  The Baxter Stockman Robot I got to be used as an IronMan baddie.

  Max Steel is HUGE down here in Mexico.  I found this cheap fire elemental to be used as an Avengers badguy.  The Soloman Grundy as a mobster...well I will change him too.  He is now a Batman villain.  There was a spiderman story I read in the nineties where a mobster was killed by the mob and he came back to life as a zombie to kill them.  I think I will name him Vinnie two shoes or something like that.

  The Disney Hunchback I got because in the nineties Batman had a hunchback named Harold the mechanic working for him in the batcave.  Thought this guy would make a great Harold.  For the last two...The Disney Marvel PVC Hawkeye.  How  could I pass him up?  He will go great on top of my TV.  The small Stone Giant is from a PVC Dungeons and Dragons line that I didn´t get to get ANY of.  He is on the TV too.
The stone giant is kinda dark....Hope I find more Dungeons PVC down here.  Specifically the ones in the Monster Manual from 1979.  Would love to get a purple worm or a Carrion Crawler.
 Here is my failed attempt to photograph the new Killer Croc in the wild...
This one was better if not for my stupid tire in the pic.

Friday, April 28, 2017


Monster Cafe Saltillo is kicking ALL kinds of ass.  It has been a rejuvenation.  I would like to extend a middle finger at this time to a certain group from Montterey that said we would not make it.  Well we have been operating for 8 years now.  It will only end when I DECIDE it will end.  Not before.

The best is yet to come baby!  There are some johnny come lately bars just opening up...I predict they will be gone soon much like Cabo Grill is outta business baby.

We are awesome.  We are still here.