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Nice, I have been keeping my eye out and hoping the Micro Machines Star Wars would release sets of Stormtroopers and rebels again.

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Just spent a whopping $3.50 at Goodwill for these bad boys. Looking forward to breaking them down into component parts and repurposing into grungy wargaming terrain.


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 Skirmish Wargames wrote:
Just spent a whopping $3.50 at Goodwill for these bad boys. Looking forward to breaking them down into component parts and repurposing into grungy wargaming terrain.



Excellent finds! I recognize the launcher but what are the other two?

If you need some inspiration for what do do with the power launcher, here's what I did with a very similar example.

https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2014/08/30/terrain-triptych-part-2-power-station/



Making terrain from junk toys is probably my favorite part of this hobby.

Cool blog by the way. My club has a very similar approach to wargaming.

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Your repurposed Hot Wheels launcher is crazy good. Thanks for the inspiration.

The big purple and orange thing I got at Good Will is actually a ShrinkyDink oven. The blue robot is marked Tomy and Disney (in very small type), but that's all I know about it.

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 Skirmish Wargames wrote:
Your repurposed Hot Wheels launcher is crazy good. Thanks for the inspiration.

The big purple and orange thing I got at Good Will is actually a ShrinkyDink oven. The blue robot is marked Tomy and Disney (in very small type), but that's all I know about it.


Thanks for the info. Two more things to look out for at Goodwill!

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A lot of people probably already know aobut this but in case you missed it...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/toys-r-us-still-sells-lots-of-toys-heres-why-its-going-under/2018/03/11/ab4721b8-2538-11e8-b79d-f3d931db7f68_story.html?utm_term=.c353b4b7b745

US Toys R Us stores are likely to close in the next week or two. So um... good time to shop for bargains?

I guess?



Beyond losing a store I really liked, and however many thousands of people losing their jobs there's the fact that TRU is going under largely because of a $7 billion leveraged buy out that hamstrung its ability to invest. Before people mutter about Amazon or Walmart or whatever try imagining running a business with a $7,000,000,0000 millstone around your neck.

 
   
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Some more finds

If you need a ton of funky robots cheap:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0746T9X9C/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_4




Or monsters

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W5WSN5A/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_5




Or fairies

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JCR20WW/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_6




Enough statues to last the rest of your life if nothing else.

 
   
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We'll find out soon enough eh.

 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
A lot of people probably already know aobut this but in case you missed it...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/toys-r-us-still-sells-lots-of-toys-heres-why-its-going-under/2018/03/11/ab4721b8-2538-11e8-b79d-f3d931db7f68_story.html?utm_term=.c353b4b7b745

US Toys R Us stores are likely to close in the next week or two. So um... good time to shop for bargains?

I guess?



Beyond losing a store I really liked, and however many thousands of people losing their jobs there's the fact that TRU is going under largely because of a $7 billion leveraged buy out that hamstrung its ability to invest. Before people mutter about Amazon or Walmart or whatever try imagining running a business with a $7,000,000,0000 millstone around your neck.


The Washington Post really is something special, not just excusing risky corporate behaviour, but doing so by gaking on people who lost their homes in a financial crash that resulted from risky corporate behaviour.

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I wonder what scale those robots, monsters and fairies are in...

2+2=5 for sufficiently large values of 2.

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 porkuslime wrote:
I wonder what scale those robots, monsters and fairies are in...


Hey Porkuslime, long time no see!

I wonder also. $17 is probably a good deal, but just a bit outside of the impluse buy range for me. If anyone does pick these up I'd love to see some scale shots. Especially the robots, I'm loving that turtlebot!

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I found these while looking at Green Army Men....

https://www.toynk.com/products/aliens-vs-colonial-marines-plastic-army-men-10-pack?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzJT8n83s2QIVxksNCh3udwlJEAQYASABEgIMK_D_BwE


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Yeesh, those must be veterans because it looks like most of those marines already got covered in Xenomorph blood


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I should probably add something useful. I picked up 3 of these at my local dollar store a few weeks ago for $10 each. Some kind of crappy hologram mind control silyness that you download an app to your ipad and slide it into the roof. I'm sure some executive though was a great idea...and only he thought was a great idea. Looks like they originally retailed for over $100, they're online for around $25. Worthless for their original purpose (as emphasized by the dozen left on the shelf I DIDN'T buy for $10), but it's absolutely awesome for Star Wars bunkers/buildings

They're pretty big, that Jedi Order symbol on the front is about 40mm wide. The white top glues down to the white base to make an awesome looking bunker/building, the dark grey cap that the plastic "glass" pyramid sits on has a lot of nice panel lines and will make for a great landing pad/storage pad. There's a big "Star Wars" logo on top that'll need to be covered by plasticard, but that's no big deal



And with some WotC Star Wars Miniatures for scale:


and a few more
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These:

Just what I need to play the world's only 1:1 scale TTG, Fairy Meat No use for the ponies tho. Maybe sell 'em to some bronie or the other

 Yodhrin wrote:

The Washington Post really is something special, not just excusing risky corporate behaviour, but doing so by gaking on people who lost their homes in a financial crash that resulted from risky corporate behaviour.
We also call it The Washington Compost. In days of yore, it was known as Pravda on the Potomac.

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They're pretty big, that Jedi Order symbol on the front is about 40mm wide


Geez, I thought that was the paragon symbol from ME. Guess I need to get more sleep.

Still that's a perfect size bunker. I'll have to see if I can find one cheap.
   
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What are those Star Wars things called?

I tried googling "Some kind of crappy hologram mind control silyness" but didn't find them.


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Oh and if you missed it:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-toys-r-us-bankruptcy/toys-r-us-to-close-us-stores-leaving-void-for-toy-lovers-idUSKCN1GR0E6

Toys R Us is closing all US and UK stores.

Great work Bain and KKR!


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 Eilif wrote:
 porkuslime wrote:
I wonder what scale those robots, monsters and fairies are in...


Hey Porkuslime, long time no see!

I wonder also. $17 is probably a good deal, but just a bit outside of the impluse buy range for me. If anyone does pick these up I'd love to see some scale shots. Especially the robots, I'm loving that turtlebot!


Robots - "The figurines are between 2.5-7 cm tall, the biggest being 6 cm wide." according to a reviewer.

Monsters - "each 2-3 inches high"

Fairies - "Most of the fairies and unicorns are just under 2 inches tall. The dragon figures are taller--closer to 3 inches tall."

I know Kyoto Secunda and Kyoto Secunda Prime are getting the fairies when we go back to the US.

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 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
What are those Star Wars things called?

I tried googling "Some kind of crappy hologram mind control silyness" but didn't find them.

The first image is a clickable link to the Wal-Mart online listing for $27, just google "Milton Force Trainer Hologram"

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Kalamadea
That SW Trainer/Building is kind of amazing. I'm going to look around here for one. My kids can wear the headsets and run around with their lightsabers.

Red Harvest,
The fairy/pony set for playing fairy meat is actually a pretty brilliant idea. I seem to remember someone here or TMP or LeadAd was asking about Fairy Meat last year and though the rules are available the figures are OOP.

'Kyoto,
Thanks for that. That does make the robots bit more tempting.

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Just noticed the robots come with scrap piles and ruined walls too.

 
   
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There are some usefull toys in the Power Ranger lines. Two of which I'm at-this-time finishing turning into spacecraft for an Adepticon "Mech Attack" Scenario.

"Mission Response Vehicle"

More pics here:
http://linearranger.com/OverdriveToys/OOToy18.htm

It's on OOP toy, and you have to scratch a roof of some kind for the middle cargo area but you can find used ones for around $35 shipped on ebay.

Pyramidas.

Review and pics here:
http://www.collectiondx.com/toy_review/deluxe_pyramidas_carrier_zord
Wierd looking I know but imagine it without a head lying on it's back. In that position it has a nice downward swept nose awesome starting point for a big blocky spacecraft or sci-fi bunker. As-is incomplete versions on ebay go for about the same price as the Response Vehicle.

I'll post finished pics to my blog and project log after Adepticon, but for now let your imagination run wild...

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If anyone is interested I put up the first post about my most recent conversions of toys into 28mm spacecraft.
https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/120/651712.page#9884265

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Another toy soldier set that might be of use.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MW7JH0I/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_14?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A32U5AQ24589F9



Apparently tailor made for some high-fantasy toy soldiering with wizards and heroes and monsters.

 
   
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This maybe the wrong place, but here are a couple of rulesets that use Toys as the main gaming components.

Gaslands- Osprey
https://bloodandspectacles.blogspot.com/2017/12/review-gaslands-osprey-games.html

Total CARnage- Blood and Spectacles
https://bloodandspectacles.blogspot.com/2017/04/total-carnage-battle-report-killem-all.html

Fairy Meat-
https://www.amazon.com/Fairy-Meat-Miniatures-Scott-Leaton/dp/188918215X

Green Army Men: Plastic Men, Steel Resolve- Blood and Spectacles
https://bloodandspectacles.blogspot.com/2018/03/wargame-design-green-army-men-plastic.html

Brikwars-
http://brikwars.com/rules/2010/cover.htm

Free Wargames using Army Men-
http://freewargamesrules.wikia.com/wiki/Special:Search?query=Green+Army+Men

Are there others you guys can think of? I am sure I missed tons!

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 Easy E wrote:
This maybe the wrong place, but here are a couple of rulesets that use Toys as the main gaming components.

Gaslands- Osprey
https://bloodandspectacles.blogspot.com/2017/12/review-gaslands-osprey-games.html

Total CARnage- Blood and Spectacles
https://bloodandspectacles.blogspot.com/2017/04/total-carnage-battle-report-killem-all.html

Fairy Meat-
https://www.amazon.com/Fairy-Meat-Miniatures-Scott-Leaton/dp/188918215X

Green Army Men: Plastic Men, Steel Resolve- Blood and Spectacles
https://bloodandspectacles.blogspot.com/2018/03/wargame-design-green-army-men-plastic.html

Brikwars-
http://brikwars.com/rules/2010/cover.htm

Free Wargames using Army Men-
http://freewargamesrules.wikia.com/wiki/Special:Search?query=Green+Army+Men

Are there others you guys can think of? I am sure I missed tons!


Those are some very good suggestions. For toy gaming I often recommend looking at simple wargames that are well proven even if they aren't listed for "toys". As an example, Brikwars is designed fo LEGO and is a really funny read. However in play it is rather klunky. Song of Blades and Heroes on the other hand is written for miniatures but is an excellent choice for skirmish gaming with LEGO which I've done on a couple occasions.

-If you have Robot toys, Mech Attack is a good option. http://armorgridgames.blogspot.com
-The Panzer 8 series of free games are wonerfully simple and versions exist for many different genres.

Anyone looking at any kind of toy gaming needs to look at Sean Patten's free wargame rules at http://www.ironhands.com (aka Necromunicon) They are almost all quite simple and many blur the lines between games created for toys and games created for simple wargaming He's got games for
-Star Wars Galactic Heroes (or any other kind of SW toys)
-Gundam
-Votoms
-Toy Cars
-Spaceships
-and others...

I've used the "Starcrashers" rules to play with toy spacecraft several times with my son and we've really enjoyed it.

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I still think Mega Bloks' Call of Duty and Halo lines would lend themselves very nicely to wargaming. Probably better than Lego, even.

   
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I've been pondering that exact thing, Barzam! Nice chunky figures that are nearly indestructible when it come to kids' handling. Slap some flat plates you der their feet, and you have poseable game minis that have swappable weapons and armor and can be removed from bases to be put on vehicles. Probably use the Brikwars rules, but with Megablox figures.

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probably a wee bit expensive and hard to get but



that sail barge would make a great dark eldar superheavy


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Transformers Chess Set, possibly for statues, objective markers or ??? Got it for $15 on eBay plus $10 shipping.

Halo Nano MetalFigs (plus Desert Batman with a rifle). Just 97 cents apiece at the local Walmart vs. $6 apiece on Amazon. (Huh? Weird.)




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Not a toy but very useful

https://www.amazon.com/Medieval-Fortress-Miniature-Display-Figurine/dp/B01D51W1F2/ref=sr_1_2





This display is 11 1/8" tall, 10" wide and 7" deep approximately
The sculpture is made of designer composite resin, hand painted and polished
Use this castle display stand to showcase your miniatures. We have many miniature sets in our store that is compatible with this display stand.

 
   
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Those Nano Metal Figs are also good for Superheroes.

I went to the local Toys R Us that was closing and was EXTREMELY disappointed by the clearance prices. ONly 10% off and all the Big G stuff was gone all ready. :(

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