Archive for June, 2013

Well it’s been a great ride here on

Posted: June 20, 2013 by ChoSanJuan in Site News, Toys

Well it’s been a great ride here on the Cosmic Ark and who would of thought that this secondary blog I was doing as a side deal next my now long gone video game blog so many years ago would turn out the way it did.

But it’s time for the Ark to head to the graveyard of starships but fear not my friends am far from done here on the blog-a-sphere-a-go-go because am just starting over with a new action figure blog called “The Clawful Punch” right here on Blogger.

This has been a something I been wanting to do for a very long time to get away from the video game inspired title of the Cosmic Ark and after some recent problems I was having with my photos and other computer related things it seemed like it was time to make the move.

I will be posting now using my actual name and I even linked up the new blog to Google + to increase some traffic to my random toy postings which should be interesting to see what happens with me doing this.

I want to thank each and everyone of you for the support you have given to me and to this blog and I hope you will be following over to my new one as it is now up and ready for viewing.

So look for some things you have already seen and some things you haven’t yet over at… and I plan on leaving the Cosmic Ark for a short while so everyone will know where I have gone.

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~John Gaither



Tooling around in Chinatown, Philly.  Saw this and felt it needed to be done.  (I know there are 1 too many N’s in this.  Just roll with it…)

G.I. Joe Gung-Ho V1

Posted: June 18, 2013 by jboypacman in Toys
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If there was ever a GI Joe character that reminded me of my late grandfather it is Gung-Ho due to both of them being Marines and because of there tattoos(Gung-Ho’s is on his chest and my grandfather had the same on one of his forearms).

To me Gung-Ho is tough and so was my grandfather who had to be so because he served in World War II and actually was at Iwo Jima.

I miss my grandfather who raised me, protected me and guided me through my early life up until his passing from a Heart Attack when I was in my early 20s so it’s nice to have this action figure to remind me of him.

Gung-Ho version 1 was released in 1983 as part of series 2 of the “A Real American Hero” line of G.I. Joe action figures and was sold up until 1986 when it was discontinued.

There has been a total of 20 versions of Gung-Ho released in action figure form with the 20th version having came out 2009.

Interestingly the U.K./ European version 1 was given a red vest and sold under the name “Gaucho” with the Action Force repaint of the G.I. Joe Headquarters as a exclusive figure only available if you bought that playset.

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G.I. Joe Zartan V1

Posted: June 17, 2013 by jboypacman in Toys
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This is one Joe action figure I had originally second hand as a kid and came loose with out any extras and for the life of me I can not remember who gave it to me and/or where it came from I just remember having it one day.

Zartan along with Snake Eyes(v1), Destro(v1)  and Storm Shadow(v1) were the “Big 4” for us because they were the 4 action figures that everyone of us kids wanted and it seemed that none of us had all 4 of them(I had Snake and “second hand” Zartan and not the other two back then).

This character status is legendary in regards to his place with in the G.I. Joe Universe and among us that grew up with and collect for this toy line now as he is once again at lest for me part of the “Big 4” (I have him thanks to that “Joe Lot” I bought recently and a Destro(v1) but not the other two in my collection as of right now).

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Goodies From The Goodwill Geek

Posted: June 16, 2013 by jboypacman in Toys
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Derek the Goodwill Geek was very kind to help me out and pick up from out his way and to send over to me a pair of former MattyCollector Exclusive Justice League Unlimited action figures.

The two action figures in question were Tom Turbine from the “Justice Guild” episode of the JLU cartoon and “Shazam” or as he really is known, Captain Marvel.

The Tom Turbine character is supposed to be based off the “Golden Age” Atom and Superman with the squinty eyed looked barrowed from Fawcett’s Captain Marvel.

Myself personally liken him to more a “Super Science Pulp Hero” like Doc Strange from the 1940s Nedor Comics(later revived by Alan Moore as “Tom Strong” for his “ABC” or America’s Best Comics) and Dynamo of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents series of comics(which has been publish and revived by various comic book groups for many years).

“Shazam”(or Captain Marvel if you prefer) is a little different story for me because the character has been on my mind as of late and when I saw this figure I had to ask Derek if he could get one for me.

I see Shazam/CM(much as I do a young teenage Spider-Man) as a sort of boyhood dream by those of us that read comic books in our youths and imagined somehow we could gain super powers and become a super hero by saying a magic word (or getting bitten by a radioactive spider as in Peter Parker’s case).

A big thank you to the Goodwill Geek for both of these great action figures which shall be remaining in there packages for the time being(It’s rare for me not to open things up but this time I think I like them how they are).

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G.I. Joe Amphibious Personnel Carrier

Posted: June 15, 2013 by jboypacman in Toys
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The G.I. Joe Amphibious Personnel Carrier or A.P.C. for short was released between the years of 1983-1984 in stores but was also available as a Hasbro Direct Mail-Away from 1984-1990 as well.

Mine shown here came from a G.I. Joe lot I purchased from some friends who had found it at a city wide Yard Sale event and is only missing one of the two long seat belts that can be commonly missing from these.

I rather like this one and it really makes for a solid playtime vehicle from the early days of the “ARAH” Joe toy line and can work as a temporary storage case for your action figures as well due to the amount of seating in it.

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I recently picked up this wonderful action figure of Hawkman by DC Direct based on his appearance in the Superman/Batman Public Enemies series.

I been wanting this one for a while now after having watched the animated movie of the same name which was based off a set of comic books a year or so back.

I have always been a fan of Hawkman and I would say he is my second favorite comic book character after Marvel’s The Thing so being able to finally adding this figure to my collection is just great.

It really has some serious size and heft and on that alone I got my money’s worth and to give you a ideal how big this really is here it is standing next to my Marvel Select The Thing action figure….

Now “Hawks” here is not just a winner on size and weight alone he really has some nice details to him between the scaring and veins on his body to his painted on chest hair they really did a awesome job with all of this.

Even the included Mace has some nice details to it as well with cracks in it from all the battles it has been put through….

One of the coolest bits of this figure is the “Claw of Horus” which Hawkman uses in the animated movie(and comic book as well am guessing) to incapacitate Superman…..

Like with everything else with this figure it’s nicely detailed and I love the look and colors of it and it easily snaps on or off Hawkman’s fist so you can display him with out it if you so choose.

If there is one thing I have to gripe about with this figure would be it’s display base which is utterly useless because of how small in size it is. They should of made it slightly larger to better match up to the scale and weight it needs to support but I suppose these are the standard ones used in all the action figures from this line and it was a matter of cost savings to just use the same one for all of them.

But beyond my Display Base gripe I think this action figure of Hawkman is just excellent with everything from all the details in it’s sculpt and weapons to its ball-joint wings equals a winner for me and considering how cheap I was able to pick this up for at my local Toy Reseller am very happy.

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Trade Package From Nerd Rage Toys

Posted: June 13, 2013 by ChoSanJuan in Toys
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Money in the “Bank Of The Cosmic Ark” can be a very limited thing at times and because of my most recent purchases over the past couple of months I have all but used up my toy funds for at lest the moment.

So I contacted Nerd Rage Toys(great online toy reseller everyone should check out) after seeing they had several things I was interested in and after several emails we worked out a trade for some items from the Cosmic Ark for the following shown below.

Very pleased with everything and have no regrets with this trade we made so I want to thanks Nerd Rage Toys for everything and you can bet I will continue doing business with them be it a trade or purchase.

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The Batman ShadowTek Hawkman

Posted: June 12, 2013 by jboypacman in Toys
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The Batman cartoon series was and still is a favorite of mine because I really enjoyed the style and design of it’s characters and how it was really set in a universe of it’s own with slight variations on the Batman family and there foes.

When I discovered a while ago that there was a Hawkman released for the line of toys based off this series I knew at some point I was going to have to hunt one down which luck would have it I finally managed to find one at one of my local toy resellers.

Hawkman here is one of several Justice League of America action figures that were made for the ShadowTek sub-set for The Batman toyline and he is pretty great in my personal opinion and fits in very well with my Nick Turtle figures as you can see below with April O’neil.

Hawkman along side Marvel’s The Thing has long been a favorite character of mine so it is nice to finally to be able to add a figure of him in to my collection(two action figures actually but that other one is for another day).

I really like this figure and I hope to add other ones from this whole line to the Cosmic Ark but for now I shall be happy having this high-flying mace carrying super hero in my mix of things.

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G.I. Joe Hardball

Posted: June 11, 2013 by jboypacman in Toys
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The Joe’s MULTI-SHOT GRENADIER is a former baseball player and would be right at home teaming up with the football themed Captain Grid-Iron for dangerous missions and field combat.

Part of series seven of the “ARAH” Joes and released in 1988 and sold through 1989 until discontinued in 1990 Hardball was a character I never knew about until recent years.

This is the first and currently the only version of this figure to have been made but I could see him returning as a “Joe Club Exclusive” which would be neat to see in a updated form.

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