Fantasy Shopping Spree at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles

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by Howie Decker @HowardTheDeck

in Nerdy

As I’m sure most of you know, UnderScoopFire is a proud member of the quickly expanding League of Extraordinary Bloggers. I don’t get to contribute posts as often as I’d like, but this week’s assignment was way too cool to pass on.

Hake’s Amer­i­cana & Col­lectibles is part of Geppi’s Enter­tain­ment Museum in Baltimore (which I was somehow unaware of before trading emails with Brian from Cool & Collected this week). Since 1967, Hake’s has become a world leader in  popular culture collectibles. The League assignment was to peruse their impressive selection and document a fantasy shopping spree there!


The first three categories that drew my attention were their G.I. Joe section, as well as their Star Warscomic book and action figure categories. This place has everything you can imagine, and as a pop culture fan, everything you want.

I see where other Leaguers have posted a tally of the prices of the items in their shopping spree. I will be doing no such thing, as I’m taking full advantage of this (albeit fantasy) opportunity to ignore price tags.

The first thing I’m scoopin’ up is the Hoth Ice Planet Adventure Set:

hoth ice planet adventure set

This could have been just the box and I still would have scooped it up. The vintage packaging for Star Wars toys is unmistakably cool and I want to decorate a room with it.

Remember how cool roller skating was in 1983? How much cooler would it have been if you were sporting these Darth Vader roller skates? Sold.

darth vader roller skates 1983

Next I’m grabbing this 6″ prototype Darkseid head “from the unproduced ‘Tower Of Darkness’ playset that was featured in the 1986 Toy Fair catalog and on 3rd Series figure cardbacks”. This playset was to stand opposite the Hall of Justice as a lair for the Kenner villains. A one of a kind collectible, super cool for a fan of the Kenner Super Powers line.

You know what? Toss in this Kalibak prototype figure too. It won’t cost me anything, and it’s freakin’ awesome.

Next up, they have a boxed Dino Riders Tyrannosaurus Rex! Gotta have it.

dino riders trex

Throw in the Diplodocus too! Holy crap I just clicked to the next page and there are 8 more Dino-Riders, a bunch of boxed vintage Star Wars figures, an 18″ Kenner Alien figure, and some James Bond figures. Gimme ’em all!

As bad as I want this Hedstrom Knight Rider K.I.T.T. bicycle, Jason from Rediscover the 80s already scooped it up in his post, so I’ll let him have it. I remember this thing though. A mini version of K.I.T.T.’s front end between the handlebars? Too rad.

Follow Hake’s on Twitter @HakesAmericana for awesome retro and entertainment auction updates and more!


Here’s what some other Leaguers snatched up from Hake’s:


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Brian (Cool and Collected) March 7, 2013 at 4:17 pm

The box art from 80’s toys would make amazing wallpaper for any room. Great choices!


Howie Decker March 7, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Yes! I don’t have the heart to open any of my 25th Joes for that very reason!


Jason Gross (@SockOfFleagulls) March 7, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Nice haul, Howie. Totally missed the Vader skates. I’ll race you on my K.I.T.T. bike!

Was really surprised no one went after the Guns N’ Roses jacket like I did. Headlining item if I was hosting an auction!


Howie Decker March 7, 2013 at 5:59 pm

It is a high quality item.


ShezCrafti March 7, 2013 at 5:37 pm

I couldn’t resist those Vader skates either. I posted my blog first which means I have dibs!


Howie Decker March 7, 2013 at 5:59 pm

You had ’em too?? OOPS! I paid close attention to mention that Jay had already scooped the KITT bike, I must have missed the Vader skates in the ONE MILLION THINGS you picked. Kidding. I really like dyour visual layout though with the numerical key. You’re so much more image-ly talented than I am.


BM Punk March 7, 2013 at 5:57 pm

LOVE it all!


Count Marzo March 7, 2013 at 9:06 pm

All that Dino-Riders stuff is perfect for a fantasy shopping spree!!


Howie Decker March 8, 2013 at 7:05 am

I love it. And the box art is fantastic.


Shawn Robare March 8, 2013 at 7:30 am

Now I wanna see a version of all the Death Star scenes except with everyone on roller skates. Xanadeathstardu…


Howie Decker March 8, 2013 at 11:24 am

Xanadeathstardu. Unreal.


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