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The 2004 Summit was also held in Chelmsford MA with a slightly larger crew. This time we had our first international visitor in from London (Russell). Honestly I don’t remember a lot about this one.

- Ed Sanford brought a cool Mazinger Z Cell
- I was beginning to dump my Korean Toys at a rapid rate
- Mason told his tale of the Tetsujin he never got at Mr. Bigs Toyland
- Alen brought the t-28 briefcase, which he forgot. (don’t worry, I returned it).
- Keith raffled off the first of his stash of DX Irongear toys, which would become a summit tradition until he ran out.
- the 6’ Gundam makes a return appearance.

Check out images from the 2004 summit here

The 2013 Summit happens August 24th. RSVP today!

Posted 12 August, 2013 - 12:11 by JoshB
Summit Flashback 2003

I held my first summit in 2003, 10 years ago at my old house in Chelmsford Massachusetts. I wasn't the first to hold a summit, but the small events among friends piqued my interest so I asked the wife if I could have one at our house. Suprisingly, she said yes.

The fifteen of us crowded in my basement and backyard for cool trades and good food. Some memories of that day:

Posted 5 August, 2013 - 15:56 by JoshB
Building a 3D printed Mech

Vintage Kenner Hoth Playset

Phil over at Battlegrip dug up this commercial of the old Hoth Ice Planet playset. I used to have this (and the Sandcrawler playset it was based off of). It was a lot of fun, but the cardboard backdrop was just not durable at all. How much I wish we could get a DVD of all the old star wars commercials in good quality.


Road Wars / Star Wars custom figures

Posted 24 July, 2013 - 08:40 by JoshB
How Possible are the Giant Robots in 'Pacific Rim'?

I come across a lot of neat stuff in my travels, and I wanted a place to gather and share them with you.

Welcome to Beta Capsule. This is where I am going to link to some neat things on the web I found that aren't quite news worthy, but that I find interesting nonetheless. Updated whenever I get the chance.

Lego Mothra Diorama

Never in my wildest dreams could I ever build something like this out of Lego. All my kids and I ever build are rainbow colored space nightmares.


Custom Yatter-Wan car

Because why not.


Posted 16 July, 2013 - 11:56 by JoshB

We're slow and we know it. We've been looking into why the server is being pounded these past weeks. Our bandwith has jumped 50% in the last 7 days with no increase in traffic. It could be a hacking attempt, it could be anything. Rest assured we're working on getting our sites up and running to peak performance as soon as possible.

Thanks for your patience,

Posted 15 July, 2013 - 08:45 by JoshB

Happy Holidays from the CollectionDX Staff! Spend some quality time with your families, and we'll see you after the new year. Thank you for all support, both on the site and our show, especially backers of our Indiegogo campaign!


JoshB, Adam, Andrew, Andrew, Ben, Charles, Dan, Eva, JoshL, JoshR, Leonardo, Luis, Michael, Rob, Vincent, Arshad, Andy and team.

P.S. - Let us know what you got!

Posted 24 December, 2012 - 09:59 by JoshB

You may not know the name "Tsuyoshi Nonaka" but you know his work. He did the mechanical design for Mazinkaiser SKL, Shin Mazinger Shōgeki! Z-Hen and DICE among other things. Oh, he's also done work on some small series as Transformers, Super Sentai and Power Rangers. A lot of his work was credited to PLEX, the design studio he was a part of.

I've been seeing his hame around as guest of honor at various California conventions and wondered what the deal was. Turns out he's moved from Japan to the US to be head of “PLEX International Design, US division” for Bandai America. This means, as of 2011 - Tsuyoshi Nonaka has been designing toys for lines such as Power Rangers, Ben 10 and more.

Now I know why those Ben 10 toys look so great.

Posted 12 December, 2012 - 12:07 by JoshB
CollectionDX in the Boston Globe!

I did an interview with the Boston Globe last week. Apparently our YouTube account is one of the top accounts in Massachusetts! Who Knew!

We only get one paragraph, but it's pretty cool!

Check it out here!

Posted 27 August, 2012 - 08:58 by JoshB

Just caught the first episode of the new TRON animated series on Disney XD and I was blown away. It feels very much like the movie. The animation is top notch, the music is still there, and there are even subtle cues to the original TRON movie. (check out the effects when the guards use their staffs, and the design motifs on the bad guy gloves).

This is a must watch for me. What do you think of it?

Posted 9 June, 2012 - 13:59 by JoshB


For my birthday this year I decided I wanted to make a trip up to a flea market that I hadn’t been to in a few years. This is a great flea market because it is nothing but antique dealers and people selling their junk. There are no stalls selling bootleg purses, no Avon dealers – Just old junk.

I spy my first find just minutes into my trip. Sitting on a table is  a Styrofoam tray with a complete Gobots Puzzler set. I ask how much for the Gobots.

“$100” he says. “It’s unused”

“Woah, that’s way out of my range” I said. “Even with the outer box, that’s too much”

He says he has the box, and the instructions. Still, I feel that at $100 I would be insulting him with what I would be willing to pay. We’re just too far off. I tell him that I just got here and need to walk around.

He then asks “What’s the price you won’t walk away from?”

Posted 25 May, 2012 - 10:18 by JoshB

There’s another comic store in town that I have mixed feelings about. Technically it’s a better store, but the owner is an asshole. I’ve actually been kicked out of his store for being a regular patron of another store. It just leaves a bad taste in my mouth to go in there. But the sad fact is that it’s a better-stocked store, and my kids like it more.

We were killing time one day and my youngest son asked to go to the comic store that had the “Pringles”. This shop had a little snack area by the register and he just loved the fact that he can look at comics and get Pringles. Who am I to say no?

This store has a fair amount of toys, but most of them are crap. DC and Marvel hero toys, with some Spawn toys mixed in for good measure. Typically nothing I am interested in. But today, something on the counter caught my eye.

Posted 24 May, 2012 - 08:50 by JoshB

I’ve been going to my local comic store for about 20 years. While I don’t collect comics anymore, I like to stop in and say hello from time to time. Being a comic store, they also get toys and games from time to time.

It was during one recent visit that the owner, George, called me in back to see a lot of toys he had picked up recently. They were Japanese toys.

Posted 23 May, 2012 - 06:31 by JoshB

We'll be at the Boston Comic Con, April 21-22 2012 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston MA. I'll have a CDX branded dealer table - unloading a lot of excess toys and promoting CDX. We'll be right next to the Incubot booth!

Come visit and say hello!

Posted 16 April, 2012 - 09:35 by JoshB

As I do in every new city I visit, I look online for local toy stores. Yelp is a great resource for this. While looking for stores in the Bay Area, I came across a promising place called Boss Robot Hobby. With a name like that, I thought, this was right up my alley.

But why hadn't I heard of it before?

I asked Ken about it and he said "don't bother". It was small with some Gundam kits but mostly RC car stuff. I took Ken's advice to heart and really didn't think much more of it. 

However, when the group of us were done with Kimono My House, we had time to kill, and I suggested we go check it out. We were in Emeryville, and the store was only a few minutes away in Berkeley.

People lined up across the street for Ice Cream

Posted 20 March, 2012 - 15:25 by JoshB

No toy trip to San Francisco would be complete without a trip to the venerable Kimono My House. KMH may be one of the last shops in the US devoted to nothing but Japanese Toys.

Wait, didn't they close a few years ago? Sort of.

While the KMH store did in fact close, the owner Yuki opens up his warehouse one day a week for visitors to stop by and purchase some toys. It's a far cry from the store that opened in 1981.

Located a few blocks from the old location, the warehouse easy to miss due to there being no sign. If you don't know the address, you won't find it.

After calling to confirm that he was in fact open, Jeremy, Ken-A and Mr Soupy-Oh and myself met on a rather beautiful March morning. As we entered it was something like crossing the threshold into Narnia.

Posted 20 March, 2012 - 10:23 by JoshB
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