Articles for December, 2006

 

by Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer
December 31, 2006
Legacy_Cover4_sm.jpg In addition to books and toys, I buy a lot of DVDs. Mainly old movies, because I’ve already discovered that they don’t always stay in print for long, and then command crazy insane prices on eBay once they’re out of print. Plus, the past few years have been great as far as the rarer films…

 

by Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer
December 30, 2006
mickey1.jpg If there is one thing I enjoy collecting more than toys, it has to be books. I like books in all shapes and sizes, but mostly concentrate on biographies, books on history, art, and films. But one genre is the most near and dear to my heart: compilations of classic comic strips.  I think my…

 

by Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer
December 30, 2006
Ok, I know the blogging has been inconsistent at best, but hopefully now that I have some massive projects coming to an end I can post the bits of "Otter Wisdom" a bit more frequently. First, though, I need to give massive props to our friend "Vader" who has been a tremendous help in keeping…

 

by Daniel Pickett
December 30, 2006
indygame.jpg After more than a decade of development, the probably final Indiana Jones movie will begin production in 2007.  According to the LA Times, [Director George Lucas said Friday that filming for the much-anticipated "Indiana Jones" movie will begin next year, and he promised it will be "the best one yet." Lucas said he and director…

 

by Daniel Pickett
December 30, 2006
GHMMMephistophles.jpg Diamond Select Toys has sent us images of the new Ghost Rider Minimates – based on the upcoming film.  This is Series 15 of the marvel Minimates and are due out in the Spring.              

 

by Daniel Pickett
December 28, 2006
chubelect5.jpg FORMAL DEBUT TO OCCUR AT 2007 INTERNATIONAL CES: JAN. 8 TO 11, LAS VEGAS CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. – Following explosive growth during the past year and exceptional 2006 holiday sales among major retail chains, Jada Toys and its popular Chub City brand is poised to expand into the consumer electronics market.  Chub City will…

 

by Daniel Pickett
December 28, 2006
SigSeries1.jpg Hasbro has embraced their new Marvel license with a vengence.  We saw a LOT of new upcoming product this past August at Comic Con and Hasbro made sure that they had an aisle full of new product ready for the fourth quarter and the holiday season.  In the week leading up to Christmas Wal-mart seemed…

 

by Daniel Pickett
December 28, 2006
JLUHallook.jpg More like open the doors to Pandora’s box!  A little over one year ago AFI reported an exclusive story that we thought would be of interest to the collector-going public. This was an understatement. The controversy is still raging today, and as much as we don’t want to whack the hornets’ nest again, we do…

 

by Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer
December 25, 2006
Happy Holidays! I have a more apropos post for the christmas season coming soon, but have been too busy to write it. Instead, why not marvel at the spectacle of nature that is…Baboon vs Hyrax?!? [youtube]KamOLSt9g8M[/youtube]

 

by Daniel Pickett
December 24, 2006
Happy Holidays From The AFI Crew! We were going to play some very nice Christmas music for you, but there were technical difficulties. In lieu of that, how about enjoying this classic Star Wars Christmas that I found on YouTube? [youtube]_h-Hkd3GuKA[/youtube] Heck, while we’re at it, why not check out a special cartoon preceding the Wookiee Day of Life? [youtube]3rtPmPDrWjY[/youtube] Hey,…

 

by Ryan "TheSuperfly" Prast
December 22, 2006
xmasstorybunny.jpg Immediately my feet began to sweat as those two fluffy little bunnies with the blue button eyes stared sappily up at me… I’ll be out of town for the next week, so I hope all you crazy cats and pink bunnies have a great holiday!! I hope all you guys n gals get everything you want…

 

by Daniel Pickett
December 22, 2006
DSTSM3.jpg Diamod Select Toys has recently signed its newest license to produce product based on characters from the upcoming blockbuster, Spider-Man 3!  Under an agreement with Spider-Man Merchandising LP, DST will start development and production of several collectible product lines based on the epic continuation of the Spider-Man feature films with a release date of May…

 

by Daniel Pickett
December 22, 2006
Touring Pop Culture Event Updates Schedule for Texas in 2007 and Los Angeles in 2008  Congers, NY (December 22, 2006) – Wizard Conventions today announced changes to the Wizard World schedule for 2007 and 2008. Wizard World, the country’s foremost touring event for pop culture and comic books, has spread out its schedule for 2007…

 

by Daniel Pickett
December 22, 2006
bootlegsh1.jpg I love finding bootleg toys.  I’ve found that it’s not too hard to find them in Los Angeles.  Lot’s of flea markets, mall kiosks and convenient stores have them around these parts.    I love their blatant disregard of not just copyrights… but years of character history!  Of course the people making these have no…

 

by Jason "JJJason" Chirevas
December 21, 2006
Hello again everyone and welcome to the second edition of Jason Reviews A Movie.  We kicked this off a few months ago with Saw III and I, at least, enjoyed it, so we’re going again. Just a reminder, these reviews consist of three parts.  First, I’ll give you my general thoughts, spoiler-free, then I’ll rate…

 

by AFi Admin
December 20, 2006
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Hawkman A closer look at Tim Bruckner’s last figure under exclusive contract While Tim Bruckner has continued to sculpt some projects for DC Direct (like the AWSOME Linda Carter Wonder Woman statue) the last figure he sculpted under his 3 year exclusive contract for DC Direct is the upcoming second assortment Superman/Batman…

 

by Daniel Pickett
December 20, 2006
DCDHM06TN.jpg New in the Features section– We get a behind the scenes look at the making of the Tim Bruckner sculpted Batman/Superman series III, Public Enemies II Hawkaman figure.  Read all about it right here!

 

by Ryan "TheSuperfly" Prast
December 19, 2006
Flagg-catalog.jpg With the holidays here, this seemed like a good time to share my memory of receiving one of the greatest gifts ever. Read on!   1985.  Arguably the greatest toy year ever, with Masters of The Universe, Transformers and G.I.Joe at the heights of popularity.  During that spring I had received the G.I.Joe Snow Cat vehicle, and…

 

by Daniel Pickett
December 18, 2006
mattel1.gif Children’s Hospitals Across the U.S. Receive Thousands of Toys as Part of Mattel’s Toy Donation Program El Segundo, Calif., December 18, 2006 – Mattel, Inc. [NYSE:MAT] today announced that in 2006 it has donated almost 1.5 million toys worth approximately $10 million to children in need around the world. Included in that donation is 45,000…

 

by Daniel Pickett
December 18, 2006
WiiStrap.jpg WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary replacement program for the following consumer product. Name of Product: Wrist Straps Used with Controllers for the Nintendo Wii Video Game System Units: About 2 Million Distributor: Nintendo of America Inc. Issue: If consumers swing…

 

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