On Saturday the 22nd I had the opportunity to go see the South Texas Collector’s Expo in Laredo, TX. It would be the first time since I was living in Austin that I would visit a Collector’s Expo and I was not disappointed.
There was much to see and many toys and collectibles on sale there. A lot of great stuff was out of my price range but I managed to walk away with some cool swag anyways.
Here’s what I came back with.
Not too bad, huh? Here’s a rundown of what I came back with.
1. Custom Derpy Hooves Mini-Fig
This little figure was one of the first things I saw there at the Expo. I wasn’t really looking for Pony stuff but it was a nice find regardless. Derpy is a fan favorite in the Pony fandom but there are no official toys for her character other than a very expensive figure that was available only at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. So, many fans decided to make their own Derpy figs by repainting some of the mini-figs that you buy from stores.
This one was made by a local artist who’s name I unfortunately did not catch. She was selling Furry ears and tails along with sketches and custom artwork. She made this Derpy fig and the accompanying sketch and gave me both for the price of $15.
2. Titanium Series: Star Destroyer
Anyone who knows me knows I love little spaceships. I’ve been collecting the Titanium Series ships for years. Most of these ships are Star Wars related but there are also some from other shows and movies. This would be my first Star Destroyer and this particular one is from Star Wars IV: A New Hope as it has a small Rebel Blockade Runner underneath that goes in and out of the bottom of the ship. Neat, huh? Got it for $2.
3. Mighty Muggs: Asajj Ventriss
This particular find was not actually a purchase I made at the Expo. This was given to me by my best friend Melinda (Wife of my other best friend and Pulga Partner, Iggy) who brought it to sell/trade at the show. Asajj is a favorite character of mine from The Clone Wars cartoon. As such, she gave this toy to me in thanks for driving us to the Expo. Score!
4. Star Wars Vintage Figures
These two “Vintage” figures are of Luke Skywalker (in his black Jedi outfit from Return of the Jedi) and Barriss Offee (Jedi Padawan from Attack of the Clones and The Clone Wars). The “Vintage” figures are Premium Star Wars figures are are boxed in vintage style packaging, like the way Star Wars figures came out back in the late 70’s and early 80’s, even for characters that didn’t exist back then like Barriss. They usually run a few bucks more than the regular figures that are stocked in stores averaging around $10 each . These two are complete in their blister packs without the boards and each went for $3.
5. Set of 6 SW: Episode 1 “Danglers“
These small vehicles are all from The Phantom Menace and have a suction cup and wire connected to each one allowing it to ‘”dangle” from wherever it is attached. I had one of these that I had found at the flea market a long time ago and it stayed in my truck a good long while. When I upgraded to my car I took it along and put it on the windshield as I did on my truck but, unlike my truck, my car had no tint so it melted in the summer heat. At my wife’s insistence I got the matched set of danglers for $5.
6. Johnny Lightning – Lost in Space Series: Space Pod Miniature
This little miniature was a lucky find. I am a classic Lost in Space fan and had wanted to get these little mini vehicles from the show ever since they came out in stores years ago. They were a little pricey at the time when they first came out so I waited to get mine once they were off the racks. Sadly they became collectible on the secondhand market and I couldn’t see myself shelling out big bucks for such a little thing. I found this one at the expo for $3. Score!
7. Emperor Starscream Mini-Poster
This was part of a set of 3 mini-posters that the wife and I bought from a vendor for $20. She got two posters for herself and I picked one for myself to complete the set. They a had a few good posters in their selection that I considered getting but I settled on getting this one of “Emperor” Starscream from Transformers: The Movie. I’m a big Starscream fan and this will go great as a backdrop for my little “shrine”.
8. Starscream Wall Poster
This full sized wall poster was actually found by Melinda while I was looking through a bin of old posters. How I missed it the first time I’ll never know but this was certainly a great find. I hope to get a frame for this and put it up someplace nice. I hope to have it for a long, long time.