Siamese Skull Pirate & Captain

Pretty much no photograph I’ve seen of this piece does the in-hand toy justice. The colors (pink and gid on the Pirate and pink and black on the captain) are so bold and dynamic that they just POP.  He’s going to fit in perfectly next to the NYCC Siamese Captain, but now I’m going to have to track down a siamese Pirate to complete the set.

I keep getting conflicting numbers on the production run of this version, which was made as a gift for Lev of Toy Tokyo’s wedding. I keep seeing the words “under 30” but… is is 29? 4? All of those are under 30. I’m sure it’ll eventually work itself out though.



Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water….. Here there be Pirates.

Tonight has been a very topsy-turvy, emotional night. I needed something to take my mind off of things; movies and reading occupied a few hours but I still found my mind wandering back to melancholy. I cruised over to my gmail and found that I had an offer to pick up another HSP. The price was more than fair and I had a bit of cash saved back in my toy budget, so… I picked this guy up.

With apologies to my other HSPs… this one is gorgeous. Thanks to it’s current owner for the hookup. When it arrives next week I’ll take more pics of it with it’s HSP brothers.


HSP 2 has landed!

The first knock on the door this morning was the USPS.
I flew out of bed, attempted to dress and hustled down the stairs to be handed a flat package. Media mail.
Not the Black Unknown HSP. I headed back to bed leaving the package at the foot of the bed.

The second knock on the door, with the addition of a few short zaps of the doorbell, was UPS. Since I’ve been habitually clicking refresh on the USPS tracking page for the last 48 hours, I couldn’t figure out why UPS was at my door. Turns out that my rennet & citric acid had arrived (which means you can expect an update on Modified Ingredients soon; I’m making mozzarella cheese!) earlier than expected.

Still no Black Unknown, but at least I was awake now. I opened up the first package to find the Skeletal Book (which will be tomorrow’s update) Swamp Version. I flipped through it soaking in all the stipply, skully goodness.

Finally… the doorbell rang one last time. I swooped down the stairs faster than a cheetah on meth to get to the door before the postman was kidnapped/robbed. He handed the box over and within seconds I had ripped it open and unbubblewrapped HSP #2.

Gorgeous. The picture I had seen didn’t do it justice. In-hand it’s amazing. Golds, greens and mauves. It’s a perfect compliment to my other recently snagged HSP.

Thanks again AyeJay for a solid hookup.

Grail again? Another HSP!

Another cellphone photo of a great toy?

Yup. Thankfully this is a toy blog and not a photo blog. When I get this little fella in hand, I’ll make sure to snap better pictures of him. (and I apologize for talking about a toy like it’s a kid. Or a puppy.)

I just scored a second BLACK UNKNOWN HSP Pirate. It’s being shipped out Monday, so you guys can expect my normal panicked “I just refreshed the UPS tracking page” updates as it heads from California to Philly.

Big ups to AJ for a solid hookup.

Ye Golden Swig & Rusty

Today was a good mail day for the collection; a signed issue of LTD magazine with Pushead cover/article showed up in the post along with the SDCC Rusty Skull Pirate. Two shipments sent a week apart from the same seller that arrived on the same day. I try not to figure out anything postal; it ends in frustration and confusion.

But it all worked out in the end.

I snapped a quick picture of Rusty with Ye Golden Swig. If memory serves, Rusty was released in 2007 at the SDCC.