5 Awesome Things on eBay this week

5 Awesome Things on eBay this week

Vending machine Captain Zargon

Prize Machine from the UK with a Captain Zargon action figure (eBay Link)

Where to begin on this thing? 1) it’s one of those seaside/vacation items of the era, where you throw in money hoping to get something worthwhile but you’re likely getting a sticker. The thing that makes it special is the Action Man Captain Zargon Space Pirate figure, which looks like a Palitoy cast away in the middle. That just makes it incredible.

Don Ho bubble blower

Don Ho Bubble Blower (eBay Link)

I’ve never been to Hawaii but of course, I know Don Ho. I’m not even sure why I know him but the 70s was synonymous with Hawaii as the vacation spot. If I saw this, I would likely buy it, it’s in my blood. Also, much of my knowledge of Ho was basically formed off SCTV, take that however you want. 

Stayin' Alive

Staying Alive metal pin (eBay Link)

This movie will forever remind me of a roommate I had. Let’s call him “Mr. Unironic” and well, we clashed a lot. He had a Travolta thing; I think he maybe saw himself a little. Anyhoo, “Staying Alive” was not to be joked about when it was on TV, which is INSANE if you live with a complete jerk-ass like me. This movie will forever remind me of him. Well, that and “Over the Top,” which he freaking CRIED over. I couldn’t let that slide. I regret nothing about my actions that day, he honestly screamed “HE’S FIGHTING FOR HIS SON!” at me. 

Tarzan Party Napkins

Tarzan Party Napkins (eBay Link)

I really dug the Filmation Tarzan cartoon as a kid, and I would have loved to have a Tarzan-themed birthday. However, that sort of thing really wasn’t big in my house and I think we ran on the “Bert and Ernie” napkins from kindergarton until well, now.

two foot Iron Man Stand up

Our Ways Studios 2 foot Iron Man Standee (eBay Link)– 

I have never seen one of these. If I had when I was 8 in 1979, I’d have lost my marbles, and honestly, at 52, I’m pretty close. HOLY CARP! I want this. I don’t have any place to put it, nor does it fit in my collection, but the heart wants what it wants.



Super Joe Ring

Super Joe Premium Ring (eBay Link)

I have a real soft spot for Super Joe, made softer by the toy line’s glorious return. I wish I could get into stuff like this, but I don’t even have all the figures. Someday…

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  • NealP on February 24, 2023

    Reading about your old roommate crying while watching Over the Top made my morning!!

    • Mantooth on February 24, 2023

      Happy to hear, he was otherwise pretty fun to know but he had weird triggers.

  • Brian Arnold on February 24, 2023

    Staying Alive Guy probably reads Jordan Peterson books now.

    • Mantooth on February 24, 2023

      We were briefly neighbours a few years back and he was pretty mellow.

  • John Hildman on February 27, 2023

    Oh wow. Great stories! You should have made your own show called “Trigger-Factor” and he was the star. My dorm mate I had for one year was a super nice guy, but he looked and dressed like an old man, and had a medicinal foot odor that was just horrible the poor guy. One day he was not in the room, and some friends of mine came by to see if I wanted to go to the cafeteria with them. They could smell his lingering foot odor through the closed door and though I died. I was napping and jokingly yelled at them, “Im not dead yet! But let me get the door for you before I pass out again!”

  • Keith Fulkerson on February 27, 2023

    You gotta wonder how many kids thought that they had a chance to win that action figure in the vending machine.

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