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Cruizin' Atariage - why the hell did I not buy this?!- April 2021



(Submitted by Doctor Clu)


So this was originally written in the "Why the hell did I not buy this?!" thread here on AtariAge.

"a thread for items that you thought you would never need/want but looking back, you think you should have gotten it. "


Got many collections but Bubsy Bobcat is one of the few that I've tried to hunt down everything possible for and try to buy it.   Must admit, I like Bubsy collecting because I can afford the occasional thing that pops up every now and then.   He's a delightful character, the game development for all the releases are a fun triumph in their own ways.  The other Bubsy fans I've met along the way are all generally likeable too.  So for this thread I mentioned the Bubsy collection.  And for that I remarked:



I work to not live with too much regret.    I've done pretty well as a Bubsy Bobcat and Zool: Alien Ninja from the nth Dimension collector.

Both of those collections I have some rare items I'm proud of...

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That said, as a Bubsy Bobcat collector, there are some things that got away, but I am happy to know they exist.   Most of the time it was just timing and funds.   Or someone just wanted it more, and well, kudos to them!  :P



Two very rare items came up at once.   The Bubsy sunglasses as a Babbages promotional item...



And an invite to the promotional party at a CES for the launch of Bubsy...



I decided to let the flip-flop go, and went all in for the sunglasses, giving a $100 ceiling for the auction.  And lost!

Till then I never paid any great amount for Bubsy merchandise, but was shocked when someone wanted those sunglasses that much.  😮

Other Bubsy fans existed, possibly more fanatical than me?    Shock!!


in 2020 the Bubsy plush I showed at the beginning showed on ebay for the first time in a decade, and I learned from the above story.   I took all steps necessary to make sure to secure that plush, being up against not only Bubsy collectors but PLUSH collectors who had already deemed it a holy grail.   They could have it.. for the cost of a used car!  :D   So gained wisdom from the lost flip flip and sunglasses.



Development hand drawn maps were put on ebay from Bubsy: Fractured Furry Tales game producer Faran Thomason.



Reason for not buying them?   That I had ripped the actual maps from the game rom.  :P

But would have been a nice piece from the development of the game looking back.  There are such few merchandise and collectables for the Jaguar Bubsy game.  Just glad we have these shots of the maps though.  Kinda nice.



Had just made a large purchase two weeks ago and as a collector when I use credit for large purchases I work to pay that off before another large purchase.


And so naturally, days later, my first sighting of Toys R' Us VidPro cards for the Jaguar appeared.  A lot of 22 of them.  $499 to buy it now, and with a $199 starting bid.  Also naturally, a Bubsy Vid Pro card was in there.  The first sighting I'd seen of this card... ever.  :P




I have other Bubsy vidPro cards, but little known fact...  Bubsy: Fractured Furry Tales is my favorite Bubsy game.  ;)   So would have been nice to pick that up, but not for $499.   There were other cards that would have made the $199 worth it.  Probably would have resold about 19 of them.   Held off till the last minute, and in this instance, was out-sniped. 


Oh well, it would be boring to have a complete collection, right?   Gotta be something out there worth hunting down.


As they said in Pirates of Dark Water "Always the Quest!"


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You have the Bubsy plush now? I'm actually in something similar, but with the 2002 Invader Zim plush. There are two for sale. One for $199, and another for $159. I'm going with the latter. Only thing is, mom doesn't want me to spend money on it because she thinks it looks "stupid," and so does my dad (he's allowing me to get the plush though.) I could've gotten it for $12 in May 2018, but of course my parents were stupid and it disappeared. Because of that experience, I'm doing all I can to secure this plush!! I'm literally going to have a panic attack over it, I want it so bad.


There's also the 1997 Rocko plush, which was sold at the Nickelodeon Stores around the country (including one in the Palisades Center, which closed 3 years before I was born.) It's literally nowhere on eBay (Spunky shows up more often than him), but I did find someone who actually owns it (and Heffer, who will go for more than Rocko.) Hopefully he'll be willing to give them to me, since I CANNOT find Rocko on eBay (even though I have a 2016 one.)


Then there's this mysterious Courage the Cowardly Dog plush that was only released in Italy in 2013. It's shown up on eBay a few times, but I'm meaning to get him later.


The reason I want these instead of newer plushes is because I'm obsessed with what I call "run era merchandise," meaning I can only get plushes that are from the period the show ran in. (Courage does not count because that plush was 2013.) Usually this fails miserably, but I did get a Dot from A Bug's Life plush that came out in 1998 thanks to my old neighbors, I bought a Knuckles from Sonic Underground plush that was given out with kids' meals at Denny's in 2000 on eBay, and most of my SpongeBob merchandise could be considered "run era" because the show is still going (though I consider "run era" 2000-2004 because of the first three seasons being the best.)


Now you got me wanting this Bubsy plush... Jenny Nicholson won't give away her second, so what am I to do? Great. Now this is my new holy grail.

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