What Really Happened to the Mars Rover


The Mars Rover goes offline.


Geek on the Cheap


I found some pretty good deals lately.  Everything in the this picture cost about $5 total.  I found the Hot Wheels R2-D2 and the Batman Unlimited Mighty Mini at the local dollar store, and the Darth Vader and Boba Fett Funko Pop Pens were on clearance at Target for $1.48 each.  I cut the pens off the figures so I could display them.

The dollar store had the last series of Batman Unlimited Mighty Minis (also including Nightwing, Red Robin, Polar Batman, Clayface, and Killer Croc) as well as the Star Wars 40th Anniversary Hot Wheels Character car set.



The Winter Soldier: Marvel 500 and Hot Wheels

After seeing Captain America: Civil War this week, I was fortunate to find a few items featuring one of the main characters, The Winter Soldier.

First up is the series 4 Marvel 500 Winter Soldier.  I am assuming the transparent figure is supposed to represent his stealth abilities. I did have to repaint the mask though; the figure’s original mask had apparently slipped off its eyes on to its nose.


I also picked up the Winter Soldier car from the Wal-Mart exclusive Captain America Hot Wheels set. The card art is from a comic book cover and is quite striking.



Here’s the Winter Soldier car with another muscle car based on the similarly costumed New Goblin from the Spider-Man 3 movie.


My Winter Soldier collection including a custom Winter Soldier Fighter Pod and a custom movie Winter Soldier as Captain America heroclix


Happy Meal: The Robin Mobile

McDonald’s currently has a line of super hero-themed Hot Wheel cars.  I’ve picked up a few Happy Meal Batmobiles in the past because they are great props for so many different toy lines. Now it was Robin’s turn. This set featured a Robin car with a special ability: it has a special wheel that lets it go forward, backwards, and turn.

It fits nicely with both Fighter Pods and Heroclix.



Hot Wheels: Back To The Future DeLorean-Hover mode

I decided to get collect pop culture Hot Wheels after the first DeLorean came out but I was lucky enough to find one at a flea market for cheap.  So when I spotted another DeLorean at a store a few days ago, it caught my eye.  I figured it was just a re-issue until I noticed the wheels where horizontal.  It’s actually a new version with hover wheels and Mr. Fusion added to the back of the vehicle.

A Time Machine for under a dollar

A Time Machine for under a dollar

Both the new and previous DeLoreans

Both the new and previous DeLoreans

Now with Mr. Fusion

Now with Mr. Fusion

While the hoverwheels are obviously not functional, the good people at Hot Wheels installed hidden wheels which give the car the appearance of gliding.

DeLorean undercarriage

DeLorean undercarriage

Shrunk in Time...

Shrunk in Time…