Batteries Not Included (But We Sell Those Too): Toys At Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 14, 2015 06:46pm | Post a Comment

Walking into the massive cavern of fun that is Amoeba San Francisco, it can be easy to forget what you came in to shop for in the first place. The senses are immediately flooded with stimulus from every direction and, like most of us music fiends, it’s a free-for-all as soon as you’ve entered the big red doors. Maybe you didn’t have a plan of attack and are here to browse? That’s ok too. In fact, that just might be the right way to go. As you peruse the always-expanding Book & Magazine Section and prepare for your journey onto the main floor, take a gander at the Toys & Collectibles Showcase on the mezzanine. There’s something for kids of all ages on display in there!

Besides finding rare, out-of-print action figures and toys in the Showcase, you’ll also be able to choose from current popular lines such as the Funko POP and ReAction figures. Game Of ThronesBreaking Bad, and the Star Wars Black Series are ever popular, and everyone loves a bobble head! Stop in and check it out. 

“There’s always that one customer who absolutely needs something from the Showcase, even if they don’t know it!” says Amoeba SF Collectible Buyer, Brent James. “That’s the beautiful thing about our brick and mortar stores. Twenty years into the game and counting, we’ve become museums. Only in THESE museums you can walk out with things. Amoeba customers are the real deal and they know a good thing when they see it. I think it’s important to offer a little bit of everything, since we deal with such a wide range of clients. It’s also worthy to note that there aren’t many ‘traditional’ toy stores left in San Francisco -- not even a Toys R Us -- so every little bit helps in the toy world. I’m constantly searching for good deals and am thrilled when people bring items into the store to sell.”

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Funko's 'Pop!' Toys Invade Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, June 3, 2015 09:12am | Post a Comment

funko pop toysToy maker Funko’s massively popular “Pop!” vinyl figurines have come to Amoeba Hollywood in a big way.

We first started carrying the 3.75-inch tall toys, which resemble pop culture icons with enlarged heads and eyes, when the company made music figurines for the likes of Michael Jackson, Tupac and The Beatles. Now as they’ve grown in popularity, we’ve begun carrying Funko’s Pop! collectibles from all realms of the pop culture landscape.

“It keeps growing and growing,” says Amy Pennington, a buyer for Amoeba. “I think it was this past Christmas when we realized how popular they were and that we should devote an entire section to them.”

The Funko figurines now mostly reside in their own section between books and soul music, along with more pop culture goodies like vintage-style lunchboxes and Beatles collectibles.

Figurines in-store come from TV shows like “Game of Thrones,” “Adventure Time” and “Breaking Bad”; films such as Frozen and Guardians of the Galaxy; and franchises such as “The Avengers” and “X-Men.” We’re also carrying some of Funko’s cultier offerings, like Howard the Duck and the Bride of Frankenstein.

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One Bad Day: Breaking Bad, The Killing Joke & Something or Other about Mark Millar

Posted by Charles Reece, October 2, 2013 09:48am | Post a Comment
breaking bad: jesse reacts to andrea's murder

As if you don't know, that there is Jesse Pinkham from Breaking Bad having one very fucked up day (in the episode "Granite State"). He's just witnessed his ex-girlfriend, Andrea, get knocked off by Todd, whom Jesse has appositely summed up as "that dead-eyed Opie piece of shit." Todd belongs to criminal clan of ratio-instrumentalist racist rednecks and he's the least emotional of the bunch when it comes to taking care of business. He shot a child witness last season without flinching, now terrorizes Skyler by threatening to kill her baby girl Holly should anything come out to the cops about Lydia (Todd's crush and criminal business partner), followed by murdering Andrea to prove a point. The point being that Jesse better keep cooking meth for Lydia and the rednecks or he'll kill Andrea's boy, Brock, just as easily as he did his mother. Contrary to the cannibalistic hillbilly savages that Hollywood tends to depict the under-employed and -privileged white Southerner as, Uncle Jack's family are real cold motherfuckers. Everything is about profit and risk assessment. They are the smartest criminals in the the entire five season run of the show. And they're probably the most evil, too, for that same reason.

Andrea's murder is the most heinous of all in a story that has featured many, many murders. Why? Because of its iniquity: she was killed because of what it would mean to Jesse, not because -- as was the case in killing Hank or even the boy witness last season -- she had anything on Todd's family or business associates. In terms of the criminal ratiocination that makes up the show's diegesis, her death was the most unfair. Hank was actively going against the criminals, so chose to put his life at risk. And the boy on a bike, at least potentially, had knowledge that might've been actively used against Walt, Todd and the others. Andrea had nothing on which to ever actively go against the rednecks. Instead, she was killed as pure means to an end of which she had absolutely no knowledge or ability (potential or actual) to alter as a free agent -- that end being the continuance of Uncle Jack's family business. Her death was pure collateral damage, in other words. Hank went out with honor, accepting his fate as a result of trying to live as a moral agent, Andrea's life was simply used by others.

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Breaking Badfinger - Music from Breaking Bad's Finale

Posted by Billyjam, September 30, 2013 01:50pm | Post a Comment
Badfinger's 1972 hit "Baby Blue" closed the final episode of Breaking Bad last night on AMC

Spoiler alert if you have not already seen the final Breaking Bad episode. After last night's final episode of Breaking Bad, fans of the award winning Vince Gilligan television series will likely be showing up at Amoeba Music this week in search of specific songs and releases by Marty Robbins, Groucho Marx, and especially Badfinger - all of whom were prominently featured in last night's nail-biting finale of the five-season, five-star television show. Fans will also be tracking down both Breaking Bad (Music From The Original Television Series) that includes the Dave Porter main title theme, and the full Dave Porter Breaking Bad (Original Score From The Television Series) - not to mention, of course, all the Breaking Bad DVDs/Blu-Rays available from Amoeba such as Breaking Bad: The Fifth Season (All Hail The King) DVD that was released back in March and includes the first half of the final (two-part) fifth season. Clocking in at a stunning 375 minutes, the DVD set includes such special features as Episode 504, shot by Vince Gilligan and narrated by the Breaking Bad Writers, Prison Stunt Rehearsal, Jesse Plemons & Laura Fraser Audition Footage, The Cleaner: Jonathan Banks as Mike, and much more.

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Breaking Bad Maintained Course and Didn't Get Lost

Posted by Charles Reece, September 30, 2013 08:34am | Post a Comment
breaking bad finale walt dying

I found every final showdown Walt had, including with himself, to be emotionally satisfying, maintaining a consistency in characterization to the very end. I'm sure some will say it was all too pat and wrapped up, but the show was never big on narrative realism (it was, however, great at the psychological variety). Besides, the opposite criticism was made of The Sopranos, so there's no way Vince Gilligan and team could satisfy everyone. Also, was the final shot a big raspberry blown at the most notoriously disappointing finale in TV history? To wit:

lost finale jack dying

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