Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Recent toy purchases

As I write this it is extremely hot. Here I am talking on all my social media platforms about how Autumn/Fall is coming, bye bye summer, and now there is going to be a heatwave. Not really sure how I feel about this news. Ah screw it, I don't want the warm weather! As much as I love the warm summer evenings, I am defiantly an Autumn kinda gal. When the weather starts to get a little bit colder, fun drinks start appearing in our favourite coffee shops, its time to get out one of my many scarves, I can start buying Halloween goodies, walking by the seaside seems more fun during the colder months, and then of course you know that Christmas is on its way.

Recently I have gotten back into buying blind boxes. It's a very dangerous thing to start collecting again, but at the moment its for fun! Plus it's just a box here and there. When I was in Game on Monday I picked up a couple more. Now I have a few of the Harry Potter ones, which are all super cute! There was only one box left in the store, so I took the risk! I also picked up a Suicide Squad box. I wasn't really sure about getting one of these since I only really wanted Harley or maybe even Enchantress. However when I looked at the box it actually said these ones were from Game Stop in America. They had three exclusives that could, maybe, hopefully be in the box. I walked straight out the door and started ripping the box open. To my surprise, and I was really surprised, I find the exclusive Game Stop Harley Quinn looking back at me! Plus moments before that David had opened his box (he got one also) and he had an exclusive Joker! 

We both couldn't believe our luck! Blind boxes are always a risk. Blind bags give you a little bit more of an idea and you can feel the packet. With the boxes you are just guessing with the weight of them, and even then you don't really have a clue. One of the downsides is that they are quite a lot of money. I know they are Funko and they are very good quality, its just for a few pounds more you could buy a pop. I will do another post on the Harry Potter mini's because I have quite a few now! Other recently toy purchases have been some new pops for the collection including my main man, old-man-beardy-Luke and Captain Marvel. But who am I kidding, I have brought quite a lot recently.

Everyday I seem to go online and see more toy exclusives that my American friends seem to be finding. Honestly collecting toys in the UK really does suck. I have seen the Barnes and Noble Harry potter 3 pack creatures set on various websites in the UK, and the prices are stupid. But then again, its like anything! My friend Dillon sent me the new Ghostbusters figures from the US, and while I was at a con I saw them for a stupid amount when they clearly should not be so expensive. This will not put me off collecting toys though! My collection is still going strong. I have added a few more pops to the collection recently and can't wait for a new toy store to open in my town very soon! Now I shall go back to scrolling through the internet to all the exclusive toys I can't get in the UK at the moment. I just can't stay away, everything is just too pretty *heart eyes emoji*.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

A few days in Bristol

So when my week off work started I got to spend a few days in Bristol with my gal pals Ella and Mel. We jumped in the car and Mel drove us all the way to Bristol so we could stay with Ella and her partner Johnny. I was excited to finally meet Johnny, and he was simply awesome. So perfect for Ella! Such a nice guy. So when we got there we went straight out and visit a graffiti and street art festival that was happening. We walked for what seemed like miles and miles. We did catch a few Pokemon while we were out. Oh yeah, I'm playing PokemonGo and it's like my childhood has come back to life. 

When we got to Upfest, it was all happening. There was so much amazing work being created on the streets. It was so busy and full of life! Everyone was enjoying the work. These photos are a few of my favourite pieces from the festival and the streets we walked around in Bristol. Also, we found a funky wall and had to get a typical photo in front of it.

We also did quite a bit of shopping! I got to visit Forbidden Planet and picked up the new Loki figure, which seems to be rather hard to find! I was super happy about this, and made up for the fact they didn't have any of the new Ghostbusters pop vinyls. I also found my shop ban.do diary that I brought in Austin last summer, and I managed to pick up the new one. I love the shops in Bristol because you never really know what you will find! Surprises all round! Plus, while you wander around Bristol there is so much wall art and endless photo opportunities!

Ella also took us to a really cool Artists pop up shop, kinda like the Made in Ashford one, but in Bristol! It was called Colab. It was really interesting and I came away very inspired and filled with loads of new ideas! It's so wonderful to see other local independent shops like this around the country. we need more of this!

We also eat pretty good while we were there. Lots of different coffee shops and tearooms filled the streets. So much good food, and great cake!

And last of course, I managed to stumble across 3 Banksy pieces of work while I was here. My favourite was the angel in the museum, but I also loved the wall piece that we randomly walked past and then had to run back to look at. Bristol was super! It was my 3rd visit, and I can't wait to go back again.