17th Jun2013

Mail Call Monday – Claymation Werewolf Makes My Day

by Will

Ya know, I never knew if this was gonna be a regular feature, but I just keep getting cool stuff in the mail. This time, I got a wonderful surprise from the Claymation Werewolf himself, my Twitter pal “Rhett Kahn”, AKA @ClaymationHowl. I reside at West Base Beta, yet all my mail goes to West Base Alpha – which I visit weekly. So, imagine my surprise last week, when I noticed an envelope had come through the mail from me. Since I’d received a wonderful Christmas card from him, I recognized the address immediately. It wasn’t Christmas, however, so what could it be? I opened it up, and the 80s kicked me in the face:

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I got this care package of stickers and magnets, featuring some of my favorite things: the ’80s, shiny things, and toys! It was a welcome surprise, and I really appreciate it, man!

Last time, I mentioned that I collect Marvel Legends movie figures, and my pal @kngfu71 hooked me up again!

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This round, we’ve got the Kelsey Grammer Beast from X-Men: The Last Stand, and a shirtless Logan that I think is based on Morrison’s New X-Men run, based on the belt/pants. I also collect ML X-Men, so both of these are welcome additions to my various collections. You’ll notice that Logan has a paint rub on his nose, and he has a few others on his body, but I think they actually add to the figure, almost like a representation of his healing factor. There are tons of comics with his skin torn in places, and I think the play wear just makes him more authentic.

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I’ve also moved into the Booster Gold phase of Operation: Trade Up. I LOVED that series, but it’s just not easily re-readable in singles. I figure I’ll cherish it more in trade form, plus it’ll help me get rid of another longbox. The problem is that the entire series was never collected, so there are a few issues I’ll have to hold onto. Still, a handful better than the full 60-whatever issue run.

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It can’t all be good news, however. You see, I’ve recently been selling a lot of stuff on Amazon. I find that Will’s World of Wonder is good for vintage/collectible stuff, but new/unopened items fare better on Amazon. So, I sold Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps War Vol 1, and imagine my surprise when I got a return request for the book. The buyer just said that he didn’t want it anymore, and asked to return it. I didn’t even know I had to accept returns, as I never do on eBay, but I guess this is a different ballgame. I approved the return, but it wasn’t in the same shape in which I sent it.

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There were creases across the cover that weren’t there when I shipped it out. Basically, the buyer didn’t take as much care as I had when repacking it. Now, not only does he want his money back, but I’ve got to resell this thing in this condition. I don’t really think that’s cool, so I’ve got an email out to him, asking him to verify its condition upon arrival to him. I don’t really expect a happy ending, but I don’t feel like I should just drop the ball. Plus, now that I know returns are possible, I need to know what to do in case this happens again.

Anyway, the point of this post wasn’t to brag about all the cool stuff I got. Instead, I’m just trying to show the power of the internet. It just goes to show that you can make real friends online, and I really appreciate the stuff I got from these guys. When it comes to the internet, I’m nothing without the folks who read and recommend me to others. With that, I’d also like to take the time to thank all you folks for constantly mentioning me in Follow Friday posts. Y’all are helping me spread the Gospel of Will!