About kaptainmyke

He is a man who roams the earth in jeans, sandals and a t-shirt. KaptainMyke is a movie fanatic at heart, and always has been. Why not apply this love of American film culture with the admiration he possesses for hollywood's most creative talents? This website is about reaching the viral fan base that makes our pop culture so vibrant and different. After all, if it wasn't for the fans, nobody would buy the movies and tv programs on DVD, right? We believe in spreading the love of American cinema by making fan merchandise inspired by pop culture, movies, and television.

Tips for Selling Items on Ebay Auctions

Buy all shipping supplies on ebay. Boxes, tape, styrofoam peanuts, and a mail scale.

1. schedule to end on a Sunday night
2. schedule to end at 6pm EST
3. schedule to end around the 1st of the month for maximum payday profit
4. space multiple auctions end times out over 3-5 minute intervals
5. start at 99 cents
6. use a reserve but only if the item is too rare or HTF people don’t know of it
7. free shipping inside US, global shipping program outside US
8. clear concise well lit photos, not blurry or cropped out
9. no reflections of faces, naked body parts, or evidence of a crime
10. use sensationalism words in your description and titles (it works for fruit and vegetables)

THE GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE 1 of 1 Motorized Walking Action Figure Prototype in Box

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE 1 of 1 Motorized Walking Action Figure Prototype in Box

GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE

2017 TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Custom One-of-a-Kind 1 of 1
Unreleased Prototype Toy from the 1994 Playmates Toys Catalog
GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
New, with box featuring custom box art.
Created by Alvin Silvrants of Hits-Design in the Netherlands.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Giant Cyber Samurai Turtle Custom One-of-a-Kind 1 of 1

Previously Unreleased and Unauthorized Bootleg of a Prototype Conceptual Toy from the 1994 Playmates Toys Catalog

Commissioned by Michael Frederik Sorensen aka KaptainMyke, this one-of-a-kind concept prototype was first spotted by myself in the 1994 Playmates Toy catalog. I had to have it. I said to myself, “this figure has to be made!” So, I made it happen. I commissioned legendary Netherlands sculptor, artist and custom toy builder Alvin Silvrants of Hits-Design. www.hits-design.   I would recommend his quality and highly detailed craftsmanship to anyone I know. I am proud to add this figure to my legendary TMNT Collection.

Sealed, new in box.   Completely original packaging and box art courtesy of Alvin Silvrants of Hits-Design.  Playmates Toys Custom Netherlands Release, not a licensed real Playmates Toys figure.  I rarely seek bootleg figures or desire unauthorized toys. When you see a toy figure of this caliber and detail, you cannot resist!  The figure has real walking actions, laser sounds and talking sounds! The laser pistol, eye visor and stomach cavity all light up with bright flashing red laser lights!  Also included is original sketches, conceptual art, top secret build photos, notes, and a certificate of authenticity from Alvin, that states this is the first ever figure made by him and it is 1 of 1.

  • Giant 12″ Hand painted Motorized Walking Action Figure
  • Stock # 3405 as featured in the 1994 Playmates Toy Catalog
  • Custom box art design
  • Original sculpted head
  • Motorized Walking action
  • Laser pistol with working firing sounds and lights
  • Swivel turtle mounted machine gun turrets on both left and right shoulders
  • Swivel turtle mounted machine gun turrets on both left and right knees
  • Left hand features working grabbing hand
  • Includes mutating 2.5″ baby turtle that transforms into Ninja Turtle co-pilot featuring 2 sai weapons
  • Shell cockpit control center
  • Gold paint
  • Purple Metallic Pearl paint on body and weaponry
  • Working blast sounds with talking voice and red lights on eye visor and torso
  • Includes a detailed laminated original concept sketch by artist Alvin Silvrants
  • Includes a laminated original signed Certificate of Authenticity stating #1 by artist Alvin Silvrants
  • Includes a detailed art sketchbook with photos featuring the design and creative process
  • Encapsulated inside a custom measured 14″ acrylic case from Collectible Grading Authority, Inc. (CGA)
  • More photos can be found at www.kaptainmyke.com.
2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Light up action and Walking action

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Left Side of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Left Side of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Right Side of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Right Side of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Front of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Front of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Top of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Top of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Bottom of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Bottom of box art.

 

 

 

Scan of Original page from 1994 Playmates Toys Catalog showing the Giant Cyber Samurai Turtle

Scan of Original page from 1994 Playmates Toys Catalog showing the Giant Cyber Samurai Turtle

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Original certificate of authenticity by artist Alvin Silvrants

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Original certificate of authenticity by artist Alvin Silvrants

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Original concept sketch by artist Alvin Silvrants

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Original concept sketch by artist Alvin Silvrants

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Instruction manual by artist Alvin Silvrants

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Instruction manual by artist Alvin Silvrants

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Back of box art.

Alvin Silvrants information can be found at his website  www.hits-design.  You should look him up for his creative acrylic and oil paintings or commission him to do a custom action figure, or even illustrations for children’s books.  This guy is really talented and you should keep him on your radar in the future.  Thanks, Alvin!

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Collecting High Grade Newsstand Editions for Investing in Comics

Remember when you could go to the grocery store with mom and get a comic book?  Or maybe the pharmacy?  You could even go to these ancient bookstores called Waldenbooks or B. Dalton Booksellers and could buy a comic book off the spinner rack!   That was a long time ago.  If you are a comic book collector now, in 2017, you buy your comic books on ebay, an online retailer, or even at a local comic store. In almost 30 years, this is what happened to newsstand edition comic books:

Newsstand Editions vs Direct Editions from Comic Retailers

Newsstand Editions vs Direct Editions from Comic Retailers

Because of all of this, I would be mindful and watchful for any 1992 or newer newsstand edition comic books that feature a UPC bar code on the covers – especially if they are high grade. Specifically, any comics that are in a grade of 9.4 or higher and newsstand edition are selling for significantly more money than regular market value. Examples include Batman Adventures 12 Newsstand Edition, and any other modern day key issue book:

1993 DC Comics BATMAN ADVENTURES #12 Newsstand Ed. CBCS 9.4

1993 DC Comics BATMAN ADVENTURES #12 Newsstand Ed. CBCS 9.4

For earlier titles, there are exceptions to the rule. Some comics have the bar code on the back, like Marvel Comics Presents #72.   Any books post 2002 would have a UPC barcode on them no matter what now, but the difference is they all state “DIRECT EDITION”. You are looking for 2002 and newer comic books that have UPC Barcodes that do not show the words “DIRECT EDITION” in bold letters above or below the bar code.

Okay I broke down some maths. Let’s look at Image Comics Spawn #1 by Todd McFarlane.

1992 Image Comics Spawn #1 by Todd McFarlane

1992 Image Comics Spawn #1 by Todd McFarlane

That’s a very publicly well known number having a 1.7 million copy print run in 1992. 15% of comics in 1992 were allegedly newsstand. 225,000 (1/4 million copies) I estimated the newsstand edition to be a 1:1000 ration of rarity. So 1:1000 is not accurate, that was hand grenade accurate. 32 is more accurate. I think it’s even more accurate to say it’s a 3:100. Or, 30 in 1000, if you will. That’s still a very low number. Still rare. But not even a 1:100.

In summary, here’s what you need to know about High Grade Newsstand Collecting for Investing:

  • High grade. 9.4 or higher is ideal. Pressing services for comic books helps greatly!
  • The years for comics in 1972-1990 doesn’t really matter. It was a 50/50 ratio split in distribution of direct editions over newsstand editions.
  • Search for comic books from the years 1990-2001 with UPC bar codes on cover.
  • Search for comics from the years 2002-2017 with bar codes that do not say “DIRECT EDITION”.
  • Newsstand Edition error or recalled books are also wise investments.

You can experiment with this with your own Spawn #1 Newsstand search terms on ebay.  Try it!  This is the new hunt, people!  Have fun! The only place where I can find modern day 2016-2017 newsstand edition comic books is:

  1. Barnes and Nobles bookstores
  2. Books-a-Million bookstores
  3. Wal-mart
  4. Toys R’ Us

Good luck!

Here are some examples of high grade newsstand edition rare covers of J Scott Campbell with his run on Amazing Spider-man. This is some of his earlier work, too:

Amazing Spider-man 476 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 476 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 492 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 492 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 493 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 493 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell-newsie-001

Amazing Spider-man 601 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell Very rare

Amazing Spider-man 601 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell with rare $3.99 cover price.

1991 Marvel Comics Marvel Comics Presents #72 High Grade Newsstand Edition, 9.4 1st Weapon X, origin, etc UPC Bar code is on the back of cover, unlike most newsstand editions from 1991.

1991 Marvel Comics Marvel Comics Presents #72 High Grade Newsstand Edition, 9.4 1st Weapon X, origin, etc UPC Bar code is on the back of cover, unlike most newsstand editions from 1991.

1991 Marvel Comics Marvel Comics Presents #72 High Grade Newsstand Edition, 9.4 1st Weapon X, origin, etc UPC Bar code is on the back of cover, unlike most newsstand editions from 1991.

1991 Marvel Comics Marvel Comics Presents #72 High Grade Newsstand Edition, 9.4 1st Weapon X, origin, etc UPC Bar code is on the back of cover, unlike most newsstand editions from 1991.

2015 IDW Publishing Back to the Future #1 ZBOX Variant Cast Signed CGC 9.8

2015 IDW Publishing Back to the Future #1
ZBOX Variant Exclusive cover by Doug Chiang
The “Grays Almanac Cover”
Released on 10/20/2015, the same day Marty, Doc, and Jennifer travelled to the future in BTTF II
Cast Signed witnessed signatures
White Pages
CGC Graded Signature Series 9.8 #1504938002

Signed by Michael J Fox on 1/20/16
Signed by Christopher Lloyd on 6/4/2016
Signed by Lea Thompson on 6/4/2016
Signed by Thomas F Wilson on 1/7/17

The only way to obtain this extremely hard to find variant was to be a subscribing member of zbox for the month of OCT 2015, have the code on the card for the comic, and receive it safely in the mail from ZBOX.  I find this book to be extremely culturally significant and the hands that touched it.  One of the best trilogies ever made, hands down.  Thank you to those who made these films happen.  Bravo!

I am hoping to obtain signatures from:
Flea, Billy Zane, Elizabeth Shue, Bob Gale, and Robert Zemekis, and Stephen Spielberg.

If you guys or their managers are reading this, please sign these books if you ever meet my guy Matt from Trinity Comics Convention Facilitator Services.

2016 NECA 1/4 SCALE DONATELLO from the 1990 JIM HENSON Movie

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

I purchased 2 only because one source was taking over 2 months on pre-order when I bought another one directly from NECA’s ebay store. This one was opened to enjoy its immaculate detail and photorealistic likeness of the movies. NECA manufactured these quarter scale replicas to every single detail from the motion pictures. I am truly amazed at the quality and scale of effort put forth into making these toys for mass production. This is hands down the most detailed and high quality action figure I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Buy one if you ever have the chance!

Authentic 100% NECA North American Release, not an unlicensed imitation bootleg.

Very hard to obtain and purchase only when NECA does limited releases on their ebay store page. You can pre-order these figures from various online retail outlets but there is no guarantee you will get one in a timely manner.

 

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Full body shot posing with bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Full body shot posing with bo staff.

2016-2017 NECA Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1/4 SCALE REPLICA from the 1990 JIM HENSON FILMS
DONATELLO

Comes with:
-extra pairs of hands, open, clutched, and thumbs up
-a slice of pizza
-a cannister of TGRI ooze
-bo staff
-cloth bandanna
-cloth ribbon ties for bo staff on shell
-removable wrist straps for changing hands
-inflated ego

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Action pose with bo staff over his shoulders

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Action pose with bo staff over his shoulders

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding a slice of his favorite pizza and giving a thumbs up to the camera!

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding a slice of his favorite pizza and giving a thumbs up to the camera!

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding a slice of his favorite pizza and giving a thumbs up to the camera!

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding a slice of his favorite pizza and giving a thumbs up to the camera!

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding a slice of his favorite pizza and giving a thumbs up to the camera!

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding a slice of his favorite pizza and giving a thumbs up to the camera!

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding a slice of his favorite pizza and giving a thumbs up to the camera!

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding a slice of his favorite pizza and giving a thumbs up to the camera!

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding a cannister of ooze from TCRI labs.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding a cannister of ooze from TCRI labs.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding a cannister of ooze from TCRI labs.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding a cannister of ooze from TCRI labs.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding a cannister of ooze from TCRI labs.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding a cannister of ooze from TCRI labs.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff. Notice the veins in his hands and arms. Such detail and quality!

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff. Notice the veins in his hands and arms. Such detail and quality!

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie's face.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie’s face.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie's face.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie’s face.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie's face.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie’s face.