Author Archives: The Keep

FigWiz Podcast Episode 9 – Let me take you to the hobby shop

Recorded on the week of the 14th Jan: The Keep, Carlos and Natalie talking where are some of the places we like to shop for figures online. We’ve gone through the experience and talk about both good times and the bad. No we are not getting paid or endorsed by the sites we mention. We just want to say how good they are. Frank And Sons Big Bad Toys Facebook: Star Wars Black Series Group Disney Store Ami Ami Entertainment Earth CS Toys – The Sentai Guy Toys Logic Toylet Collectibles Robert’s Anime Corner Store PowerAnime – shameless plug

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FigWiz Podcast Episode 6 – Chrimbus Special

Sorry for the late drop! Holiday sales craziness and the flu put me out of commission for a bit. We’re back with our year-in-review episode! For those of you that have already listened (thank you!), here are links to the two Kickstarter campaigns Natalie mentioned during the show: Vamplets: 4 New Designer Plush Baby Monster Toys. Ends Wednesday, January 7. Currently US$13,886 out of the required US$22,500 has been pledged. Tentacle Kitty: Color Shift. Ends today, December 30. Already funded but those stretch goals are awfully tempting.

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Daily Blog 2014.12.08 – Compound Interest(s)

While mindlessly swimming through the tidal wave of orders that spashed into my warehouse over the weekend, I was listening to a very interesting podcast that talked about compounding activities day by day. Basically, do a little today, and tomorrow you build on it, and the day after you build on the sum of the previous, and so on. It really puts many things into perspective. If you take a step back and look at any massive task at hand (in my case, a bijillion orders to fill in the next two days), it all starts from doing one small step and building on top of it. That’s what my […]

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Daily Blog 2014.12.07 – Kids 4-9: Cards are still a hot thing

Finished up our weekly Pokemon Trading Card event at Big Lou’s in Culver City. Its really good to see parents really excited to see their kids actually playing the game. I can’t tell you how many parents spend boat loads of cash on cards for their kids who don’t know how to play worth a lick. Both the kids and the parents get this sense of pride and relief after I finally explain the rules, and parents get just as involved with the game (sometimes more so) than the kids. Taking a look at the orders due from my online operation: currently pending – 84 orders. Big titles this year: […]

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Daily Blog 2014.12.06 – Christmas Crush

Call me The Keep. I’m coming off the busiest holiday shopping time of the year for my store. I’ve got business pouring in from all over the place as it seems online business is at full tilt compared to previous years. I’m a little scatter-brained as my warehouse is still going through an inventory count and I really only have about half the things I’ve got active online on my 3rd party venues. is relatively quite compared to the mega-shops like Amazon and Ebay. I find my personal store site more of a place for my locals to check stuff out before coming down to the shop. I’ll be […]

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