Another journal showing off some of the more interestingÂ items I’ve found at fleamarketsÂ this season (and possibly the season before that as well; things have kind of piled up). Due to length, I’ve this timeÂ tried sorting everything into roughly defined categories.
Figures & Figurines
A set of plastic figures from the Watership DownÂ TV series. Was very surprised to stumble over these when going to a random fleamarket atÂ HeggedalshallenÂ in Heggedal (which was a pretty good fleamarket overall). I actually didn’t know what these were when I got them, but I thoughtÂ they looked cute and interesting and I saw they were all part of the same series.Â It wasn’t until I got back home thatÂ I realized what they were, looking up the differentÂ names printed under the different figures. I got a couple of double ones (I bought all the ones I could find), butÂ sadly there are a couple missingÂ to make aÂ complete set.Â I regret not using more time to browse in the boxes in the toys section,Â asÂ maybe the missing figures were hidingÂ there somewhere.
The bulk of figures I boughtÂ thisÂ fleamarket season.
Wile E. Coyote, Taz the Tasmanian Devil, and Sylvester and Bugs Bunny on surfboards.Â All well-knownÂ Looney TunesÂ characters.
A mouse by the name of Colette who’s from the Geronime Stilton book series, an unknown something or other (see below for more pictures and speculation), Fifi the pink poodle from Rugrats in Paris, a moleÂ wearing a monocleÂ pointing at his crotchÂ while holding a caterpillar (no idea where he’s from, looks like something from Aardman Animations â€“ see below for a close-up), and aÂ pretty ugly version of the bloated duck from the Bonbon Andemad candy bags. (See below for more,Â and prettier, Bonbon figures.)
Finally we haveÂ Amy from Sonic the Hedgehog, Fluttershy from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and Puss from theÂ ShrekÂ movie-series and more recently the theÂ Puss in Boots movie.Â As it’s a chubby version of the Puss character, it must be from Shrek Forever After.
There areÂ two things I really like about this mole figure.Â The first is that his monocle is see through plastic (withÂ gray painted along the sides), giving a neat effect. The second thing I like isÂ his rather obscene gesture, pointingÂ down while grinning. I do not know what movie or show this character is from.
Another mystery character. It looksÂ like a mouse or an otter maybe. He (or she) has a football, has the Norwegian flag on his shoulders, appears to be wearing a captain’s / pilot’s hat, and has SAS on his back. (SAS being aÂ Scandinavian airline.) An old mascot SASÂ used, perhaps? Something related to someÂ football team or event? I have no idea. The figure itself isn’t bad though, and it has some impressive paint work and details.
Buttercup and Blossom from The Powerpuff Girls. A great show, and these figures look pretty goodÂ too (though Blossom’s hair is slightly damaged, but you can’t see it from the front). Sadly theyÂ can’t stand on their own, so I’m guessing they were a part of… something that would keep them erect. Maybe some sort of decorative mobile you’d hang in theÂ ceiling?
Figures from the DanishÂ Bonbon brand of candy which was popular here in Scandinavia, who’s schtick it was to feature somewhat vulgar anthropomorphic animal characters onÂ their candyÂ bags, with the contents made to simulate whatever the vulgarity was. Below you willÂ find the mascots for: Andemad (translates to “duck food”;Â the bloated duck), Tisse-bleer (translates to “pee/wet diapers”; the baby hippo with the blue head), Puh-bÃ¦ (I think it translates to something like “yucky poop” or “smelly poop”; the pig on the potty), Bladlus (translates to “aphids”; the green bug on the leaf), and BÃ¸vsss (translates to a long “buuurp”;Â the baby lion laying on its back). These are very small andÂ easy to overlook when you’re looking through containers of toys.
Three figures from Rugrats. Some googling reveals that these are actually pencil holders/huggers (in the same series as Fifi the poodle seen above). I actually thought they were supposed to combine together in some way toÂ be a decorative piece, so I was keen on getting more of them. Pencil holders are slightly less exciting, but the figureÂ designsÂ are still nice.
A sassy/saucy/sexy reindeer ornament. Unlike Santa, she doesn’t care if you’ve been a naughty boy.
I presumeÂ this figure is supposed to be of Minnie Mouse, but it really just looks like Mickey Mouse in a dress. Or did MickeyÂ wear a dress at some point in some cartoon, and this figureÂ is based onÂ that?
Some random video gamesÂ I picked up cheaply. Alas I own neither a Sega Dreamcast, norÂ a Sega Genesis (nor a Sega Mega Drive for that matter). ButÂ who knows what the future might bring; I never thought I’dÂ get a PlayStation 2, and now I have two of them! (See below.)
Yes, that’s right, I now have two PlayStation 2 consoles. A friend was kind enough toÂ donate one to me a couple of years back, complete withÂ game pads and a memory card. Then at a recent fleamarket, I stumbled over one for sale. But they didn’t know whether or not it was working; they only had the power adapter for itÂ (and one controller), and not the TV cable. SoÂ they weren’t able to test the picture. But asÂ it was clearly able to be turned on, I figuredÂ it was a fairly safe bet thatÂ the picture and everything else would be in order. So IÂ got it for 100Â NOK, and indeed when I cameÂ home to testÂ it with the TV connector from myÂ other PS2, itÂ worked fine! (Unlike the PSOne I’d bought at a previous fleamarket, which didn’t work at all. But thankfully I’d only spent about 20 NOK on that one. If I had the necessary skills, I’d try making it into a waffle iron or somesuch.)
Some near mint condition DisneyÂ story books. They had a few more, and I now regret not buying more of them.
Various Lion King books in varying states of decay. The hardback ones are in pretty good condition, the non-hardback ones… in less good condition. I’m particularly interested inÂ spin-off books, those thatÂ tell original stories not seen in any of the films. Those are harder to come by.Â I believe the most famous and sought after ones â€“Â compiled in the Six New AdventuresÂ box setÂ â€“Â were never published in Norway, soÂ there’s not much chance of ever stumbling overÂ those. Still, I can hope.
I loved Tiny Toon Adventures as a kid. (Or Tiny Toons, as I’d normally call it.) One of the funnier cartoon shows at the time. Then Animaniacs came along, which made TTA seemÂ dull and dumb in comparison, making it effectively obsolete for me.Â Anyway, here are two story books, both in pretty decent condition, and one still even has its price tag.
A horror manga I hadn’t heard of before: Cat Eyed Boy by Kazuo Umezu. Looks to be in almost mint condition, except for a slight tearÂ at the side. Annoyingly it’s just volume one, and I need to purchase volume two to complete the story. I guess I should be thankful that there aren’t even more additional volumes.
Turns out, EvetyrbÃ¥nd are fairly collectible. I was actually contacted by someoneÂ in relation to my find of two sealed copies of Alf Blir Detektiv, who offered toÂ Â buy them from me. Then later I was contacted by yet another guy wanting to buy them from me, but by then I’d already sold them to the first guy. Sorry!
So I’ve started picking more of these up when I’m able. They’re often in pretty bad shape though, and those copies I usually just ignore. But here are a few of the ones I ended up picking up.
I found two almost sealed, almost mint condition copies. There’s Barnas Ã˜nskejul,Â which seems to have been meticulously opened so as to cause the least amount of damage, and the book has been re-inserted.Â I guess whoever owned it wanted to enjoy the contents, but at the same time appreciated the packagingÂ andÂ wanted toÂ keep them in as good condition as possible. HenceÂ this compromise. But, it was missing the tape, though at the same fleamarket I actually found both another copy of the book, and the tape. They wereÂ in a plastic bag, somewhat hidden away. The tape was in mint condition. Which made me believe thatÂ maybe the tape was the original one from the packaging. Rather curious.
Then there’s Dumbo, whichÂ seems to have sustained some damage. Maybe at the fleamarket when being shuffled around, or maybe prior. So theÂ plasticÂ container for the tape has been kind of crunched. But other than that, it doesn’t look bad, and unlike Barnas Ã˜nskejul it doesn’t seem to have been opened at all.
And two worn copies of justÂ the books without the tapes:Â Bambi – Sommerfuglenes Hemmelighet, and Den Lille Havrfruen. The former I got because I haven’t seen many Bambi spin-off stories and it’s one of my favourite Disney films, and the latter because it was a plastic bag sale (you buy a plastic bag andÂ fill it as much as you want and are able)Â and I had the room for it.
VHS & DVDs
I was very surprised to stumble over five movies by renowned B-movie studio and distributor Troma Entertainment. But this was during the first day ofÂ the fleamarket, so the prices were still steep,Â and knowing I’d come back the next day I figured I’d buy them then, when the prices wereÂ lower.Â What were the chances anyone would be interested in these?
Of course, two of them were gone the next day. But thankfully it was Toxic Avenger (which I alreadyÂ own a copy of) and Sizzle Beach, U.S.A. (which, from what I’veÂ gathered, is a forgettable soft coreÂ erotica comedy film starring Kevin Costner), which were the ones I was the least interested in. So I ended up with Surf Nazis Must Die, Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D., and Troma’s War.
Four “films” by the Spanish animation studio BRB Internacional. I say “films” as I believe they’re all just heavily abridged versions of cartoon series with the same name. Â The “films” are:Â Gnomenes Fantastiske Reise, Willy Fog: Jorden Rundt PÃ¥ 80 Dager, Dogtanian: En For Alle, Alle For En, and Sondokan.
Two more DVDs: Dunderklumpen,Â a Swedish animated film I’ve been curious about, and Den Lille Gjetergutten, which I’ve no idea what is.
A VHS special collector’s edition of Titanic, which IÂ only bought becauseÂ I thought it could be worth something. Plus, it was cheap. I don’t care for the movie at all. TheÂ box comes with prints from the film, as well as aÂ few frames from one of the film rolls.
Of course, it turned out it was pretty worthless. So now I own a worthless copy of the Titanic collector’s edition VHS.
A collection of animated films (and series) on VHS. Most of which are fairly obscure, andÂ I don’t think they’re available on any other formats (yet). At least not the Norwegian dubs.
Jungel Patruljen: De Tre SmÃ¥ Grisene, Leo The Lion: Jungelens Konge (curious that they didn’t translate the title of the film into Norwegian, but that they did translate the sub-title), Skriket Fra Villmarken (which is a slightlyÂ oddÂ translation of The Call Of The Wild, asÂ it translates backÂ to The Scream From The Wild; I think Villmarkens Kall would have been a better translation)…
… JungelÂ Boken (writtenÂ incorrectly as two words), Jorden Rundt PÃ¥ 80 Dager…
… and anotherÂ Jungelboken (this time written correctly), and De Morsomme Kattene.
More VHS tapes! More animation, and a few live action ones.
Beyond: Behind The Scenes – Universal StudiosÂ Hollywood (still sealed and unopened), Panda PÃ¥ Ã„ventyr (the Swedish dubÂ of a film IÂ remember watching as a kid, which I’ve been wanting to get my hands on for a while;Â whileÂ a neat find, IÂ still need to get a hold of the Norwegian dubbed version)…
… Sealab 2020 (am a big fan of Sealab 2021, so figured this could be a fun and interesting watch), AladdinÂ Og Den Vidunderlige Lampen…
… and finally, LÃ¸vinnen Elsa (original title: Born Free), and Born To Be Free (the follow-up to Born Free).
Four CDs I boughtÂ because they seemed potentially interesting, and they were cheap or free. There’s Ophelia Ragtime OrchestraÂ with From Ragtime To Radio (which I gotÂ because I was undergoingÂ a minor ragtime music kick at the time), SeljÃ¥sen with DyretrallÂ Og Trollevers (which I gotÂ on a whim as I had no idea what it was, and which actually turned out to be kind of wonderful when I listened to it), Sver with Fruen (which I gotÂ because of the artwork; see more pictures below), and Total War: Eras (compiling music from the Total WarÂ computer game series, which I gotÂ because, hey, it’s video game music and I like video games).
Fruen by Sver. I bought this CD due to the neatÂ artwork, predicting it would either be a punk or a Norwegian folk music album. It turned out to beÂ folk music! It’s not half bad either.
A Â promo copy of the album Do Things by Dent May, an artistÂ I’m a very casual fan of. The seal is still unbroken. I was amused to see that this was a copy addressed to Thomas Talseth, a music journalist now working at the Norwegian newspaper VG. He used to be the editor and a writer for the Norwegian youth magazine Spirit, and usually wrote theÂ bulk ofÂ the albumÂ reviews.Â I remember I used to get quite annoyed withÂ his writing, as it seemedÂ so forcefullyÂ youthful; I was never a very youthful youth.
I’m curious how it ended up in a fleamarket in Lommedalen, my hometown. Does Thomas Talseth actually live here? Shouldn’tÂ he have turned the copy in orÂ destroyed it, rather thanÂ letting it end up being resold?
I’m also curious what the heck “watermarked audio” means.
A folder of home-made MiniDisc compilations, and a MiniDisc player. Sadly the player doesn’t seem to work.
A keyboard! A Casio SA-21.Â I think I paid 20 or 30 kroner forÂ it, getting it cheap as they had no idea whether or not it was working. When I came home and got it powered up, I found that it did indeed work! While not a Casio PT 30 or 50, nor a Casio VL-Tone 1, it’s definitely aÂ nice find.
Three framed prints of stills from the Norwegian animated movieÂ Solan, Ludvig Og Gurin Med Reverompa,Â set in the same universe as the cult classic FlÃ¥klypa Grand Prix and featuring manyÂ of the same characters. I’ve yet to see it, but from what I knowÂ it’s not supposed to be veryÂ good.Â I will probably watch it eventually.
A framed (though the frame is way too big) shiny metallic print thing of The Lion King. It’s hard to see the effect properly here, butÂ it doesn’t look half-bad. Need to find a good frame for it, as this one doesn’t fit at all. (The white borders aren’t part of the print, they’re just empty space.)
An adorable art print of what appears to beÂ a black/brown bear cub snuggled up with a bigger/older polar bear. I just wish it didn’t say Cliff Wright in big letters at the bottom, which somewhat ruins theÂ aesthetic.Â I wish theÂ white borders were thinner too (which here are a part of the print and not just empty space between the print and the borders of the frame), or that theyÂ were entirely absent.
A drawing of a river boat. At the bottom it reads “Steamer Natchez, New Orleans”. Can’t quite make out the artist. “Don” something, and it says “copyrightÂ 1976”. I’m pretty sure this is just a print of the original drawing, and not the actualÂ original.Â It has a nice detailed sketch look, and I rather like it.
This got me pretty excited:Â aÂ My Little Pony cup from 1986.Â I was really surprised at the condition it was in, as it looked unused, with very little wear on the imageÂ print.
A Disney’s Gummi Bear jigsaw puzzle. While the boxÂ is worn and tattered, the actual piecesÂ are in almostÂ near mintÂ condition, andÂ I was happy to find that none of them were missing.
When I was in Sweden earlier this year, we were able to stop by a fleamarket on one of my last days there.Â It was a gravel field where people could bring their cars and sell their waresÂ from tables set upÂ by their car trunks.Â It was the first time I had been to a fleamarket like that.Â WhileÂ I didn’t make anyÂ super exciting, jaw-dropping finds, I didÂ find some nice itemsÂ â€“Â which I’ll of course list below.
Starting off with more figures. Here we have Scar from The LionÂ King, Sebastian and Flounder from The Little Mermaid,Â Thomas O’Malley from The Aristocats (and for some reason, the figure has wheels so you can vroom around with it â€“ since when do catsÂ come with wheels?), Wakko from Animaniacs, and Friend Owl from Bambi.
The Scar figure looks really nice! Except for the fact that he’s a wind-up figure, so his front legs both have visible screws, and there’s an obvious line dividing his body in two. I wish itÂ had just been made as a normal, decorative figure; the sculpt and paint job are both great.
Two Disney cups: one with aÂ 101 Dalmatians motif, and one with a Baby Mickey motif.
A children’s book with some cuteÂ looking art. While neat, I could have skipped it, but I was urged to buy itÂ by my friend.
And finally, a jul-themed animatedÂ quasi movie entitled Den Magiska Julnatten. Depicting aÂ creepy looking 2D drawn Santa and a clunky looking CGI mouse. It might be fun!