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I've decided to make some packaging for my TSCC action figures because any respectable figure should have it's own awesome package design. Before getting started, I wanted to browse through some action figure packages to check card sizes, familiarize myself with what info is on them and also see if there were some plastic bubbles I could pillage the for my own packages. So I wandered down to the basement where all my carded action figures are stored. Some are in boxes on shelving and some are in storage carts.

Before I go any further, this is not some insanely huge collection I have; it's leftover inventory that I've been too lazy to liquidate ($5,000 worth of crap no one wants). BTW if anyone wants a Darth Maul, let me know. What, no takers? I do have some awesome Dragon figures, though. Those kick ass for WWII soldier realism.

Okay back to the story...
My crazy cat was very involved in this browsing because I had to move the carts around to get into the drawers, which exposed floor space he'd never walked through (a very exciting event to a cat). So while I was digging through stacks of figures in various drawers, he was milling about in parts unkown. I finally yanked out some 3 3/4" Funschool Joes (semi-knock-offs made in India that I think I'd orignally bought for maybe a buck a piece). Perfect. Those could be buried in the sand for 1,000 years and they'd still only be worth about a buck a piece.

I closed up the drawers, pushed the carts back into place and headed upstairs. There was some discussion about packaging and we ate some dinner. A little while later I headed back down to the basement to grab another action figure when I heard the muffled but familiar high pitched girly meow of my cat (he's a male).

Meeeeeeeeeeow. Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeow.

I go looked around and called his name.

Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeow.

I started moving storage carts around.

Meeeeeeeeeeow. Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeow.

I finally found him INSIDE a drawer.

There's something you need to know about my cat - he's BIG. When I hold him, it kind of looks like this (okay maybe not quite that ridiculous, but it looks like he's been enlarged in PhotoShop). You'll just have to trust me when I say he could not have gone unnoticed if he'd been in a drawer when I closed it earlier. My best guess is he squeezed himself into the lower drawer from the back through a temporary opening created when I had a middle drawer open. It still would have been tricky. He was crammed so tightly in the drawer (with some action figures) that he couldn't move until I got the drawer fully open and actually extracted him.

He was most grateful. He'd did lots of purring and rubbing against me and he hasn't left my side since. Maybe he'll stop lunging at my calves when I walk by him now (that's his favorite activity).



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the_narration
Aug. 10th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
That's... a hell of a lot of effort for him to go through to cram himself into a drawer. You think it might be a cry for help?

BTW if anyone wants a Darth Maul, let me know. What, no takers?I'll pass. Not much use for action figures these days. But if you have any tabletop gaming miniatures I'd probably take 'em off your hands.
roxybisquaint
Aug. 10th, 2008 09:41 am (UTC)
A sign of brain damage, more likely. He's like a shark - he'll eat anything he can eat in his mouth. We think maybe he ate a few too many pieces of vinyl mini blinds ;)

Alas, I have no gaming miniatures.
the_narration
Aug. 10th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
He's like a shark - he'll eat anything he can eat in his mouth.
My family's Basset hound would chew anything he could reach (which was more than you'd think... he was pretty spry) but he wasn't dumb enough to *swallow* the things that weren't edible.

Alas, I have no gaming miniatures.
I didn't think you would, but I figured I had to ask. Ever since they started using them as collectible wargame pieces and selling them in randomized packs like Magic cards, it's been a royal pain in the ass to actually get any particular one you might want for, y'know, actual RPG gaming. So I can't walk into a game shop and say "gimme a six pack of stormtroopers" but instead have to buy a box of randoms and hope there's a stormtrooper in there. Luckily we've gotten used to the idea of most of the bad guys being represented by spare change and extra dice. :-P
roxybisquaint
Aug. 11th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
Well, brains are kind of lacking in this cat. He may have fallen victim to a zombie at some point.

So I can't walk into a game shop and say "gimme a six pack of stormtroopers" but instead have to buy a box of randoms and hope there's a stormtrooper in there.

That's totally evil - an obvious marketing ploy to try to sucker gamers into buying more than they need or want.
the_narration
Aug. 11th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
Yes, and it works. Wizards of the Coast makes a fortune on those damn minis by using the same scheme that made them a fortune on collectible card games. One of my friend has a shoebox full of D&D miniatures, most of which he never uses, from buying random packs to get what he wanted.
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