Toy Grading: AFA vs CAS


*Some prices and dates could be a bit off as I wrote this over several months*

I've caught the toy grading bug. I just find as I get older I just want to preserve my vintage toys and I want to display them without looking like a hoarder or having a tacky wall full of toys at 36 years old. You just can't beat the grading presentation. It really classes up a vintage toy and also tells you how it stacks up as far as condition goes.

Action Figure Authority(AFA) has been doing this a while now and are the biggest company. They have been the go to for grading toys,video games and even dolls. For the most part they haven't had much competition(besides a UK based company, which is solid but not really relevant in the states) until now. Collector Archive Services(CAS) came on the scene last year and has already become serious competition for AFA. This has been a great development for the collectors as having competition can only benefit customers in the end.

I'll cover both in detail. I'll go over web sites, turn around times, prices, customer service and other things. Hopefully this can help others make their first jump into sending off some of their best vintage toys to be graded.

The Process

1.Fill out forms, decide on return times(faster turn around times will cost you more).
2.Send the toy to AFA or CAS
3.Pay for grade and shipping
4.Wait for the return
5.Once it arrives, put it some where you can admire it and where your wife wont see it.

The Websites

AFA
Having a easy website to use is pretty crucial. I looked at AFA five or so years ago and the website is so loaded with miles of text(typos all over, like this blog), tons of links and just an out dated cluttered feel I was turned off and decided not to bother with it(overwhelming). When I came back a year ago... Nothing had changed. The fact that they haven't put any money into a easier to use website blows my mind. I can't imagine all the profits they have lost from people just saying "screw it" when they get overwhelmed by it all.

You just feel like you time traveled to 2002 to use their website. Links don't work, population report tool is hit or miss and forms don't always load correctly. It's just a mess really. It can be a chore to even figure out.."How do I even start this process?" It shouldn't be rocket science.
Tiers for days...
AFA is all about Tiers,scales and codes. Oh and measuring your item... With like a ruler or tape measure. Tiers for how much you are willing to pay to for turnaround time. The scales can mess with you too if your a first timer. There is Modern(2000 to present), Standard(Anything before 2000) and qualified(stuff not sealed but complete in box). If you have something with a bigger card like a Ghostbuster you have to measure all sides and depth to get the custom price(fun right?) Standard size action figures are the cheapest.
If I had to pick one area AFA needs to get its stuff together? Its the website. It's inexcusable in 2020 and with what they charge to look and function like that.

CAS
CAS on top and AFA on the bottom. One is easy to use and one is broke.
While CAS website might not be perfect its a hell of a lot better to use and and look at. It actually functions and makes submitting items a lot easier process. Since they really don't have turnaround times and can vary what that looks like they don't have tiers for days to stair at.

You set up your order by the product you are submitting. So if you are getting a TMNT 10 back Raph graded than you look.. under TMNT. No measuring and all that. You just add it to the cart and check out. If they haven't graded your item yet, you just go to grade new item and you'll get a invoice with the price after they receive your item. Its so much less of a hassle.

Toys that have been submitted have pictures. Its nice to see what yours will look like once you get it back.
The account and log in is light years ahead of AFA as well. I can see all past orders and even pictures of my items(AFA does not do pictures for free). Once an item has been graded it will show up in your account with a 3-4 pictures of the item.

Winner: CAS in a round one KO.

Turnaround Times and Prices

AFA
So turnaround times depends on what kind of money you are willing to spend. Lets take a vintage star wars for an example. Its size is "standard action figure". $40 will get your Star Wars figure back in 2-3 months(I've never gotten anything back in 2 months). 30-40 days will cost you $60, 14-17 days days will cost you $80 and 7-10 days will run you $110.
Now you can offset some costs by getting a AFA membership which have three levels. Silver($99 10% off), Gold($199 15% off) and Platinum($399 20%). I would never use AFA enough to have a membership and I guess some people send enough to make it worth it for them but I don't see much reason to do it for the amount I send.
As for turn around they do give you a date that the grading should be done by and have always met that but once. I wanted a Reaction SDCC graded for my brother and here before Christmas. They made a mistake lumping it in with my other submission which was a 2-3 month turnaround(I'll let you know their response in customer service). Outside of that they have always gotten my things back to me by the time they stated. I always go for the cheapest since the prices are steep as it is. I've done some Ghostbusters and that is $75 for longest turn around. Looking at $100 plus after all the shipping. That kind of thing pisses off a wife(mine).

CAS
This section for CAS would have looked a lot different prior to February as CAS has revamped their turnaround times. Before this new turnaround time standard CAS had awful turnaround times. You didn't have to worry about tiers and still just the one price but you weren't getting your piece back for 5-6 months. Which is atrocious. It took 6 months for both my custom Super Powers Batman and loose Lion-o.
The new turnaround time for carded toys is 30 days from the time its checked in. If they don't make that deadline you get 50% of the next order. Loose or custom they are saying 90 days but not a guarantee. If they can get close to that on loose items that would be a huge since it was 5-6 months before this was announced. So what does that look like price wise?

A standard vintage Star Wars carded action figure will cost you $45 with AFA and will be a 2-3 month turnaround. CAS this will cost you $39.99 and has a 30 day turnaround. So $5 cheaper and 60 days quicker potentially. Here is where I get really excited. A Real Ghostbuster is $75 at AFA with a 2-3 month turnaround. CAS? $44.99 with a 30 day turnaround. That pricing and turnaround time is not even in the same league. I can't imagine AFA can just keep going on like it is. They will have to respond to this. Won't they? ..

Winner: Two months ago I'd say AFA but CAS just threw down the gauntlet. Its on.. CAS steals this one at the buzzer. 

Customer Service and Transparency

AFA
AFA's customer service is ok... It's like "meh". Getting a response back via email can be a few days most the time. I even have had to send a second email to get a response. They are professional and will answer my question. Since there population report can be the shits I'll email them trying to get correct numbers and that can pulling teeth a bit.
My one issue where they lumped a(just went to look at their pricing and tiers page, not working of course..shocker) my 14 day turnaround in with my 2-3 month turn around. I had to email them a few times and when they responded I got zero apology for the mistake or anything. Just a we will get that out right away. I basically paid extra to get this item back quicker for no reason. They just didn't seem to care.

Transparency? and AFA? Zip. Don't list their Graders or the location of business. Again I think this is a mistake. Transparency is important. Why should we trust you? I found one old 2009 Youtube video where some cheesy small business webcast gets to go to AFA and ask super scripted questions. I wonder if they had a bag put over their head for the ride to AFA head quarters?

CAS
CAS customer service has been always outstanding. I have messaged them on Facebook and gotten a response with all the links and help I need to my questions within an hour. You can actually talk to the people that grade the toys and they have names too!

Want to stop by the actual facility and snoop around? Sure go for it. From the site:

Our Facility: We have state-of-the-art, safe and secure facility where collectors and dealers are encouraged to stop by to drop off and pick up their collectibles. Grading companies have long had a reputation for operating under a shroud of secrecy, but we have a completely transparent business model. We welcome one and all to visit our reception area and to ask questions, ask us any questions, or just to say hello.
I mean it couldn't be more opposite than AFA.

Winner: CAS, they are just better with customer service and being clear. AFA isn't terrible here but they treat their company like a secret.... Shrouded in secrecy.

Different Displays

AFA
AFA offers two different displays for your graded toys/ One is the smaller classic label on the bottom of the acrylic and the other is a larger front label that goes above the carded toy. This is where I think AFA really excels.

I love that I have an option for a nice big display of the grade. Its clear and easier to read than the classic in my opinion. I know as a I age and my eyes go south I will still be able to read my graded toys well into my 80s(I hope).

CAS
CAS only offers the classic label which is a bummer. They offer so much with the 30 day turn around and cheaper prices but I can get hung up on something as silly as the grade label. I really like the bigger display. Sue me.

I asked CAS about that.

Thanks so much, Ryan! What nice things to say. We have heard a couple people say the same thing but we like to put the focus on the collectible, not our label. But if enough people ask, maybe some day we will do so. Have a nice holiday
Of course they are polite as always and were fast getting back but I am going to do the "with all due respect" thing here... Let the customer decide if it takes the focus off the collectible and give them the option. Its their toy and let them decide how they want it displayed. Plus it can only help their branding.

Winner: AFA, options are great and so are bigger grade labels.

Conclusion 

So who is winner in my eyes? CAS won 3 of my 4 categories and in my opinion is just a easier process. It goes back to the two main points for me. The ease of the CAS website and the 30 day turn sealed turnaround. That is the biggest advantages for CAS. With that being said AFA still has the options with the labels which is a big plus in my eyes. I have certain things I just want a nice big label on. So I still use them. Not to mention their grades tend to hold higher values which a huge factor. The good news is that both are good trust worthy companies. You'll be happy with whoever you choose.



John from Action Figure Grader is here!! 
(With pictures from his collection!)
We are going to end on a very high note here. I contacted John from the Youtube channel Action Figure Grader. I figured a guy with over 700 graded figures and a Youtube channel, has to have a lot more knowledge than me about all the ins and out of the grading companies. And he does. Enjoy!

Do you remember the first item you sent in for grading? What pushed you to get into it?

John: I wish my first order of graded items was something more exciting, but I believe the very first time I ever sent something in to AFA was sometime in the 2008/2010 timeframe and was a sealed case of Star Wars 6-inch Black Series figures.  I had a fairly large collection of mint-on-card GI Joes at the time, and I wanted to see what it was all about and how difficult the process was.  I had enjoyed watching a number of different YouTube channels (such as The Blacked Out Ewoks, GI Joe Carlos (who is no longer really active on YouTube) that discussed graded action figures, and I loved the way they looked, the fact that the item could be authenticated and assigned a grade in terms of condition, and the protection and preservation aspects.  Once I received my first order back, I was basically hooked from there and have only been collecting graded items ever since.
Do you only collect Star Wars and Joes? 

John: Yes, I mainly collect vintage licensed and bootleg Star Wars figures now.  I had a massive collection of AFA- and CAS-graded GI Joes at one time and sold them all slowly several years ago for over $20,000.  I plowed all of those funds (and then some!) back into the hobby and focus almost exclusively on Star Wars now.  The recent COVID-19 economic impact has been tough on my family personally though, as I am in real estate and my wife has been furloughed, so I have more recently branched out into some very limited modern Star Wars as well as some limited GI Joe purchases, primarily pre-production and prototype items.  I have been enjoying collecting on a budget over the last few months and have derived just as much collection “satisfaction” finding some cool modern (post 1990) items as I did when buying high-dollar vintage Star Wars items!
Do you prefer one company to another?

John: I get asked this question quite a bit.  I think because people watch my channel and see me primarily unboxing items from Collector Archive Services, they assume that I like them the best.  This is definitely not the case though!  Each of the grading companies (AFA, CAS, and UKG in Europe) offer their distinct advantages and disadvantages in my opinion.


AFA:  They are the leader in the graded action figure/collectibles industry since they have some of the most well-known authenticators (such as Tom Derby) running their operation.  Their reputation is deservedly excellent since they really started the industry from the ground up.  Many collectors only collect AFA-graded figures, and the sales statistics show that AFA-graded figures typically have the highest resale value (if all other factors are equal).  AFA is the least user/customer friendly in terms of the ease of submissions and they offer almost zero customization.  They also limit what they are willing to grade (in terms of loose/out-of-the-package items).  The bottom line is that as a collector, if you have a rare Star Wars item or a rare mint-in-package item, you cannot go wrong with sending it to AFA.


CAS:  Great customer service, highly custom offers, and absolutely amazing encasement options.  They are who I use for items such as vintage bootlegs or other custom items that AFA would not even touch.  Their turnaround times are pretty poor (6 to 8 months) for custom items, but they offer 30 day guaranteed turnaround for packaged items.  Loose Star Wars figures run about 2 months.  They are fairly new to the industry, but they are “hungry” and offer lots of promotional discounts, and their customer service is excellent.  My biggest complaint with them is that they make a lot of typos on their labels that I often ask to correct, but they are oftentimes the only service that is willing to grade exotic items or loose non-licensed Star Wars figures.  These guys get most of my collecting grading money because I enjoy collecting and grading wacky stuff.  I consider the graded figure custom projects that I sometimes put together to be miniature pieces of art, and they allow my ideas to come to fruition.


UKG:  I own many UKG graded items.  I do not send items to them because of the geographic distance, but I have heard they are easy to work with and are a little more flexible in terms of what they will grade than AFA.  Their cases are more rudimentary than CAS though.  UKG is in my mind the leader in terms of label accuracy.  They know how to label things clearly, and both AFA and CAS could learn from them in this department.  Their prices are also very competitive and are known for great service.  I sometimes question the grades they give on some of their items, but the same can be said for any of the 3 grading companies.


APG is a one-man operation and is someone I would not recommend using.  They do not have any prominence in the graded figure community, and their items are not permissible for sale in most of the major Facebook groups.  I would not spend your money sending items to APG.
In the next 3-5 years who do you feel will be the leader in the industry?

John: This is a very difficult question to forecast.  I do not see any of the 3 major grading companies going anywhere anytime soon.  The economic downturn always hits the action figure collecting industry hard since this kind of expenditure is optional for most people.  If the pandemic that we are currently experiencing leads to a significant economic depression over the next 3 to 5 years, then I would expect all three companies will sort of be in a status quo sort of limbo until the effects have dissipated somewhat.


If the global economy bounces back in the next 12-18 months, then all three grading companies should experience continued, if not somewhat subdued growth. I do feel that CAS’ entry into the space a few years ago has significantly “upped the ante” so to speak and forced changes to AFA, such as laser cut etched accessory cases and AFA’s decision to implement the “+” system to graded items.  AFA will in my mind likely continue to be the de facto standard, but the incredible work that CAS continues to pump out combined with their significant social media presence should hopefully allow them to continue to grow.  CAS recently announced the infusion of some new investors/minority owners, so that should allow them to invest in even more improved marketing, equipment, and manpower.  Hopefully this will reduce their leadtimes/turnaround times, which are currently their largest weakness by far. 


 I've posted my graded things on toy groups in Facebook. There is always a "toy grading is a scam". "It inflates the prices" etc. Do you have any opinion on toy grading and its effect on prices? or its legitimacy?

John: This question/topic comes up every few months in the Facebook groups.  I think the Pro grading and Anti-grading camps are so firmly entrenched in their positions that neither side sees the other’s point of view.  It reminds me of modern politics!  Grading items is not for everyone certainly given the costs involved.  Most collectors who have common or easy-to-find items shouldn’t bother, and even some collectors that I know with amazing collections that dwarf mine in terms of value and rarity hate grading with a passion.  I can understand their point of view and respect it.  At the end of the day, people should collect what they want and how they want.  If you are into grading, then go for it.  If you are not, then I don’t see why you have to be so aggressive about it.  The aggression (in my opinion) against grading toys seems to fall into one of two camps: (1) it makes everything cost more or (2) grading companies make mistakes and don’t know what they are doing so it is pointless.  Both of these are incorrect with elements of truth sprinkled in. 


Certainly grading causes inflated prices, but the price differential is no different when examining classic cars in different condition, baseball cards, comics, or anything else.  People pay more for higher quality, better conditioned items.  Grading is simply a measure of condition by a neutral third party that (in theory) has experience with similar figures and can assess condition and authenticity. 


On point #2, every grading company makes mistakes, and I have always been quick to point it out in my videos, be it an incorrect label or a generous or overly harsh score.  The volume of figures assessed and handled by the grading companies dictates that an occasional mistake will happen.  When they do make mistakes, I am glad the anti-grading people highlight it and ridicule the grading companies if only because they will learn from past mistakes and do better the next time.  Occasionally, a grading company does not catch a fake or mislabels an item, but their hits are far more numerous than their misses.  If I am purchasing something rare or expensive, it is nice to see it authenticated when possible.  Not everyone knows a Lili Ledy expert or a bootleg expert in their circle of (real or virtual) friends, so purchasing a graded item provides some assurances to the novice collector or when buying from an unknown seller online.  The catalog of mistakes by grading companies is out there, but I have seen just as many mistakes by “experts” in a given sub-section of collecting when examining an item themselves.  The action figure collecting industry is so big and there is so much money in it at this point, that fakes and crooks are a natural byproduct.  Grading companies are one way to combat that cancer on the hobby (or industry, depending on who you ask). 
 Top 3 Pieces in your collection?

John: This is another very difficult question to answer as I have well over 700 graded items in my collection.  My favorites definitely change often.  I had a really cool custom project that CAS did last year with a first generation 1980s Polish bootleg Boba Fett that was displayed in front of an extremely difficult to find overstock unused Polish bootleg cardback.  That was a lot of fun to assemble and easily one of my favorites.  I also have a couple of late 1990s Russian bootleg Bossk figures that are metallic green and metallic orange and one of only 3 or 4 to have every surfaced to date.  In terms of licensed items, my two double-telescoping Luke Skywalkers are favorites since I really enjoy collecting Luke Farmboys.

I want to thank John from Action Figure Grader for taking the time to write such great deep responses. Just piles of good info here. Hopefully this post helps some with deciding what company to use or just how to go about the process. Feel free to hit me up on twitter with any questions. 





RMT:Ghostbusters 2 (RT 51%)

I saw the trailer to this as a kid and went crazy in the theater. I then saw it and enjoyed it. I mean I was 7 so there was no way I wasn't going to like it. Now my kids have been asking to watch this one more and more. I'd say more than the original. They really love the end to the first but I think there are some slow parts for kids that bore them. Two moves a bit faster pace imo. Since I've seen the move twice in 2 days thanks to the kids I'd figured we do a Random Movie Thoughts on it.

-I can't believe this came out in 1989. Feels like 1992 or something. Can't explain it.

-Egon's hair is taller than ever.

-Loved seeing a broke down Ecto 1. We need a Hot wheels Elite of this.

-Dana was hot in the red in GB1. Never hot again in any movie at any time.
-I wish I could watch World of the physics with Bill Murry for real.

-Those guys make a crap attempt at stopping that baby carriage.

-I like the haunted painting bit. Think hes a creepy enough but you never feel the weight of "the world is ending like in GB1".

-The Ghostbusters digging the hole in the middle of the street is probably one of the funnier parts of the movie. Bill of course leads the charge.

-No Winston of course digging. He gets shit on per usual.

-I love how Ray freaks out and hits one pipe and the whole city goes dark.

-Tully is great in all the court stuff. Very funny.
-I love the court bust. Two great spookes, lots of proton streams. I think both movies could have had more busting. I want more of this! There just isn't enough.

-Get to see the new Ecto-1A which I loved as a kid. I entered a contest at the store to win one. I didn't win... I wonder who won it and what happened to it? Was it the real car? Replica? My son says it looks better too. I now enjoy the classic Ecto 1. Less is more but as a kid you love A1.

-You see some great stuff during the music video. Stuff I would want to see not just quick clips of. Again not enough busting.

-Jeanine is back and just odd. I really don't like it. She goes from normal secretary with an edge or attitude to trying to be sexy and now just seems like a dumb bimbo or something. Its almost seems like not the same person but it is.
-This movie takes like no chances what so ever. They took the safest of safe routes making this movie. Its like the same as the first but subbed in different ghosts and Vigo. Bill said the movie looked nothing like what he was told it would be. I think Sony got cold feet since the Real Ghostbusters was so huge and didn't want to keep parents from taking their kids. So they played it safe. Had Dan change it up from what he showed Bill. I mean they don't even smoke... No Twinkies either.

-The GB sign shows a "2" fingered ghost? So they are breaking the 4th wall? They know its a movie? Always thought the GB 2 logo was silly. Not a chance I go that route if it were my choice.

-So the door locks and Egon and Ray are trapped next to the fire. Winston then breaks the door down... So one side had the lock... If its on the outside why does he smash a door down? If its on the inside why don't they just unlock it?

-Probably the only original new thing in this movie was the river of slim. I enjoy all those parts and how it works with emotion.

-The slim throwers was pretty great, I had that toy.

-The Titanic scene was always a favorite. I still have my Hardees glass with the ship on it.

-I never realized that the ghost who took Oscar looked like Janosz...Until now.. Huh.

-I always liked the Liberty scene. Its just he Melo Man part of the movie basically. Loved the NES Advantage is driving the thing..All pretty crazy really.
-The last Fight with Vigo is so quick. Not enough streams and slim! seems like it ends fast. Ray turns to Vigo for like a hot second. Can't you imagine if Rayigo run off, grab Ecto and the GB have to follow to save their friends life? Would have been better right? Hire me.. when I was 7.
GB2 is what it is. Its Ok. It really builds very little from the first and tells almost the same story. Its a bit of a bummer. If anyone says its better than the first they drank to many Ecto Coolers. Played it way to safe and not enough Buster action imo. I still like it but series still has one great movie to its name. On the bright side. The 2nd NES game is a bit better than the first GB game...

I have the three GB2 comics which shows some deleted scenes with Ray driving like a nut in Ecto and crashing. Worth checking out and cool little vintage comic.



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Top 10: Real Ghostbusters Toys

The real Ghostbuster toys were amazing. I had so many. I'm lucky I still have most of them and my kids now play with them. Kenner did a hell of a job for the most part. The minor complaints would be we never saw any of the great spooks from the show like the sandman,boogedy and many others. Also the proton packs didn't take much of a beating. I remember my streams snapping off and other things on them breaking and I was a kid who didn't play rough. The ghosts we did get all had fun elements like spitting water, shooting objects and popping eye balls. The line gets more and more expensive to collect. I just spent $100 on Ecto Glow Egon so I should know..

The original four GBs will cost you a lot on Ebay. I just saw a graded 85+ Peter go for $700...So yeah they hold value. Of course condition matters but I've found a few at flea markets for almost nothing sealed(gross Grandma for $1 and Freighters Ray for $15). I really wish I could find a sealed Ecto but that isn't happening or I'd have to pay for it. Please feel free to share any of your RGB in the comments! This was a really tough list to make since I had so many..

10. Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
My issue with him as a kid was his size. He's just to small. He can fit in the fire house! I used to use a story line in my head that he got shrunk down by Egon just so I could stand using him. He is still a must for this toy line and I had my fun dragging him with Ecto 1. I always wanted the bigger plush one but never got it.

9. Slimer
I had the opposite issue with Slimer, He's huge! I wish he would have just been one of the ghost to come with the GB. He'd be scaled right at least. I did enjoy his half eaten rubber pizza.

8. The Ghost Trap
It didn't work the greatest but I still really liked it! I mean for the look alone it was awesome. Very cartoon accurate. Glows in the dark too! I used to run around with it on my hip. Throw it out to catch a ghost and stomp on the petal and...nothing most the time would happen..

7. Ecto-2
This was a pretty fun toy. My son enjoys it too. Just having a GB dangle from the string was fun. I picking up a big ghost. It again looked just like the cartoon and Kenner did a great job doing that. I always parked it on the roof of HQ. 

6. Egon Power Pack Hero
This was always my favorite Egon. I loved his black flight suit. I wish I could have gotten the others in black. His flying backpack wasn't bad either.

5. Ecto-Glow Ghostbusters Series
This has become a adult favorite as I never saw these as a kid. This was the last series that barley saw the light of day as Kenner was bought by Hasbro and line was pulled. They even use the original sculps of the first four. The cards and the figures are just a thing of beauty. I just bought Egon in Mint Mint Mint... MINT condition. This series will set you back as its the most valuable behind the Original four. I dropped $110 for Egon but with the case and it being Mint.. It was a steal.

4. Proton Pack
What a great toy and you got a PKE meter! I would run around the house busting ghosts and acting the cartoon out. My parents had a old farm house and I for sure busted some spooks with my Pack. Now my kids run around wit it on their back and that makes me happy.

3. Original Ghostbusters
The big 4! The originals! These got the most run with me. Sure the others are cool and do some funny stuff but these are it. The ghosts were always great too that came along with them. I just wish the proton packs would have been more durable as my broke and we used lots of super glue to keep them in service. Nothing was better then crossing the streams while playing and saving the world again and again. I would do terrible things to own these sealed. 

2. Ecto-1

Man was it hard not putting this at one. I love this car. I had so much fun loading up the RGB and busting out of the fire house with my mouth siren blaring. Using the claw made for many RGB saves  from cliffs... I know but it happened in my room. The down side was the doors had issues staying on and it could be very hard to get the guys in the front seat. I never used the black top seat. Didn't seem to fit much with the look of the car. Mine was in rough shape and I got some new stickers and a door and repainted. Looks good as new. I also bought the Ecto-1A and was a bit let down when it was the same car but with different stickers. I'm sure my mom was happy too...Its still Probably my favorite toy vehicle next to the Thundertank.  

1. The Firehouse 
I love this toy. I used this for years beyond RGB as it would used for other toy lines with my playing. I mean this thing is scaled for the Ecto which is something I wished my Thundertank was with Cats Lair but isn't. The guys can do all the things they can do in the show. You can go down the pole,put ghosts in the containment unit and work on Ecto in the garage. I loved busting through the doors with Ecto and heading out to busts some ghost. I never used the slim since I was afraid it might gunk up my toy. Not long ago I found my old one in rough shape in my mothers basement. I restored it and painted to be more movie accurate. You can see that process here. Now my kids use it all the time for a number of things and really enjoy it as much as I did. I'm still looking for the sign that goes outside so if anyone wants to donate one (: 
The Kenner RGB is just an amazing line that got cut off from Kenner going out but the toys stand the test of time(not the proton packs) and still are a great time. Here are a few pics of my kids enjoying the line. If you are interested in my top 10 Real Ghostbusters episodes you can check those out here.




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COOL CRAP: Diamond Select Batman The Animated Series Batmobile

Well I pulled the trigger on this monster of a Batmobile. A 24 inch Animated Series Batmobile. Its always been one of my favorite ones next to the 89 Batmobile. I bought a 2014 Chrysler 300 just because it reminds me of this Batmobile.
Diamond Select did an awesome job with this. The hatch slides open and the pit has a ton of detail. The lights are very bright and give a fun touch. It rolls well and I am sure my son will take this and play with it when I am not around to tell him no. I've wanted it for some time but never wanted to drop $80. Saw it in person at Grand Rapids Comic Con where a dude told me $90 and I said nope I'll find it for a cheaper. He said "I doubt it."

Later that night I found it on Amazon for $50! Brand New. Couldn't pass it up any longer. I need to buy some a of the great figures that they have released for it. The finish on it is a very flat black and will look dusty if you don't keep up on it. My brother did a comparison with the toy from our childhood and it night and day. I used to think the Toy was a amazing replica but it can't hold a candle to this thing.
I would love to see DS to a Ecto 1 with the lights and everything. They did a great job here and with the Knight Rider Kitt. Some people might say its to big but I think that makes it cool. Everyone who sees in my house always checks it out. If you are a BTAS fan then this is a must.
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