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Zolo Who? Toy Shield Has Arrived!

Man o man am I happy! As a MOMC collector, I like to keep the packages as fresh and mint as possible so of course when I discovered protective clamshell cases for my carded figures, I was excited! While a few companies have offered up some great cases for certain toy lines like Star Wars, G.I. Joe & Hot Wheels, I always found that other big lines were being ignored. Then I found out about Zoloworld. While they offer a variety of different sized cases, my OCD wouldn’t allow me to enjoy them as much of their cases leave too much room in the case. There are plenty of lines that they ‘specialize’ in but everyone who knows me knows my main line is TMNT so you can imagine my disappointment with their TMNT designed cases. They always say if you want something done right, do it yourself and that was an idea a buddy of mine and I had early this year but then just recently, I discovered a newcomer to the world of protective clamshell cases. Enter: Toy Shield.

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Pictured above is the actual TMNT case for all vintage carded TMNT figures from 1988-1993 as well as my order of 4 bubble wrapped to avoid damage while being shipped.

First let’s talk customer service and price. They are $1.60 less than Zoloworld’s cases (ZW-$5.35 each vs TS-$3.75 each). ZW is currently offering a TMNT Fit case that is still way too big for the carded stuff. Toy Shields cases are exact fit. While I can’t compare their customer service, I can say that Toy Shield is very quick to reply to any questions you may have and the turnaround time is fast! Before placing my order, (it was a Tuesday afternoon), I was told I would be holding them by Thursday. Sure enough come Thursday, they were waiting for me. As shown in the pic above, they arrived wrapped in bubble wrap as well as a few air pillows to prevent them from moving around inside the box. The one thing I would say I didn’t like about the actual shipping were the TMNT stickers ON the box with the company name and slogan. It’s not that I don’t like the stickers themselves, I just don’t like people at the Post Office or anyone who sees the box to know what’s in them. Hey let’s face it, people can be shady! Moving on, below are a few comparisons of the extra space on the sides for both Toy Shield Cases and ZoloWorld.

Toy Shield Case with Movie Star Leo

Toy Shield Case with Movie Star Leo

ZoloWorld Case with Movie Star Leo

ZoloWorld Case with Movie Star Leo

Space left in a ZW case

Space left in a ZW case

Toy Shield Snug Fit

Toy Shield Snug Fit

These Toy Shield cases also fit the smaller carded TMNT lines released after 1993 very well, although not exact due to Playmates making the cards just a tad less wide. Below are images of my Savage Leo figure in such a smaller package for comparison.

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Looks pretty sharp doesn’t it? Of course me being a collector of many different lines, I decided to grab a few other series’ within arms reach just to see what else fit. Some things to note about the stuff shown below; the current Nick TMNT card is just a hair off from being able to lay perfect on the inside from side to side, bigger boxed items like the Mutations line as well as some of the smaller vehicles like the Cheapskate are all too thick for these cases, Playmates Darkwing Duck series are the exact same size as the 88-93 Turtles so guess what? Perfect fit!

To sum up this review, I would highly recommend this company and their cases to my fellow collectors! They currently also carry exact fit cases for the Kenner Super Powers line and are currently working on Kenner era Batman exact fit cases as well as taller vintage TMNT subsets like the Star Trek series and more. I’m stoked! Contact them and let them know what lines you want to see exact fit cases for!

 

S3: #9- Rad Vintage Toy & Clothing Store

For our 9th episode of our 3rd and final season, join with David, Junior & Alex as they visit with RJ, owner and operator of Rad Vintage in Andersonville, right outside of Chicago! From TMNT, MOTU, Looney Tunes T-Shirts, Snapbacks and anything else pop culture toys or clothing from the 80’s & 90’s, Rad Vintage is sure to have it!