Articles for March, 2009

 

by Daniel Pickett
March 31, 2009
The final battle for action figure supremacy is going on right now at FANtastic Exclusive and the final two combatants are already leaving their marks on one another!  After one week of voting and more than 1,000 votes, the Four Horsemen are reporting that the ravenous Raven has put down the war-hardened Wolfbat by less…

 

by Daniel Pickett
March 29, 2009
And sadly JLU week draws to a close.  The last entry is the Cheetah, Lex Luthor and Shade 3-pack.   This set features the arrival of Legion of Doom member and Wonder Woman villain Cheetah.   The amazing thing about Cheetah is that she’s an all new sculpt.   She has 6 points of articulation including her…

 

by Daniel Pickett
March 29, 2009
Mattel’s JLU  3-pack featuring The Shade, Cheetah, Lex Luthor in prison jump suit Manufacturer: Mattel Release Date: April 2009 Wave/Assortment: Target Exclusives 2009 Wave 1 Packaging: Three Pack Accessories: One stand Scale: 4" Sculpted By: Mattel’s in House Team         CHEETAH         LEX LUTHOR       THE SHADE…

 

by Daniel Pickett
March 27, 2009
Burbank, CA –March, 2009 – Grand Jester Studios proudly announces the debut of a newline of dynamic busts designed to capture all the grandeur and power of The Walt Disney Studios’ noblest heroes, loveliest heroines, and vilest villains.  Brought to life by Disney and  Grand Jester Studios under the creative direction of animator and sculptor…

 

by Daniel Pickett
March 27, 2009
For a limited time only, you can pick up both the red mutant – Ssejjhhorr, and the green mutant – Grruxx action figures as a set of two for only $25.00!! And if you order them soon, shipping is free within the continental U.S., no matter how many sets you order!! Now’s your chance to…

 

by Daniel Pickett
March 27, 2009
I don ‘t have the Dr. Fate repaint that will be the last figure shipping in the next wave of single packs, so it’s time to move on to the new 3-packs.  This next 3-pack contains three new figures, which is awesome and should make it fly off of shelves.  Not only that, it contains…

 

by Daniel Pickett
March 27, 2009
Mattel’s JLU Batman Beyond 3-pack featuring Batman Beyond, WarHawk, Old Bruce Wayne Manufacturer: Mattel Release Date: April 2009 Wave/Assortment: Target Exclusives 2009 Wave 1 Packaging: Three Pack Accessories: none Scale: 4" Sculpted By: Mattel’s in House Team         BATMAN BEYOND       BRUCE WAYNE         WARHAWK    …

 

by Daniel Pickett
March 26, 2009
Parasite was a tricky figure to find the first time he was released in his original 3-pack so many fans that missed out on him on the first go around are glad to see his return.  Today on JLU week we take a look at the power-draining Superman villian Parasite. You can see Parasite at…

 

by Daniel Pickett
March 26, 2009
AFI brings you this early look at Eternia’s favorite aquatic villain – Mer-Man!  Over in the Toy Archive we have an up close look at the newest edition to the wildly popular Masters of the Universe Classics line.  You can check out Mer-Man, his accessories and his alternate noggins right here. Mer-Man surfaces on Tax…

 

by Daniel Pickett
March 26, 2009
Mattel’s JLU Parasite Manufacturer: Mattel Release Date: April 2009 Wave/Assortment: Target Exclusives 2009 Wave 1 Packaging: Single Carded Accessories:Knife/Saw arm (reused from Metamorpho figure, recast in purple plastic) Scale: 4" Sculpted By: Mattel’s in House Team        

 

by Daniel Pickett
March 26, 2009
StarWars.com brings us news of an AWESOME new Kubrick boxed set: Star Wars Kubricks have developed quite a devoted following both in Japan and in the US, and with a new series of six Boba Fetts — from concept versions to his appearance in animation — collectors will soon be calling in a few favors…

 

by Daniel Pickett
March 26, 2009
Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics – Mer-Man Manufacturer: Mattel Release Date: April 2009 Wave/Assortment:  MattyCollector.com On-Line Exclusive Packaging: Single Carded Accessories: Removable Armor, trident, sword, alternate head Scale: 6" Sculpted By: The Four Horsemen             Mer-Man goes on sale at MattyCollector.com on April 15th.  

 

by Daniel Pickett
March 25, 2009
I came across this fascinating article today about AFI pal Mike Drake of Mezco Toyz and his incredible collection on a New York website.   I always find in interesting  what "toy folks" collect.   And Mike has a doozy of a unique collection. Check out the article and the pictures here.

 

by Daniel Pickett
March 25, 2009
19 New Programming Ventures: Seven New Animated Series and Four Original Movies (Live-Action/CG-Animated) Network Introduces For the First Time Six Live-Action "Alternative" Series and Two Scripted Live-Action Pilots Sports Partnership with NBA, Recruits Boston Celtics Superstar Eddie House for My Dad’s a Pro Short-Form Series ATLANTA, March 25 /PRNewswire/ — Cartoon Network announced a dramatic…

 

by Daniel Pickett
March 25, 2009
Over on Diamond Select Toy’s Art Asylum blog they debuted six new items solicited in the new issue of Previews.  Three of the new items were Minimates.   Marvel Minimates Series 27 Asst The bestselling Marvel Minimates line continues with this themed assortment featuring the stars of Marvel’s award-winning Ultimates series! Each case includes Ultimate…

 

by Daniel Pickett
March 25, 2009
We’re mid-way through JLU week here on AFI, as we continue to take a closer look at the next wave of Justice League Unlimited figures that should be hitting your local Target stores very soon.  This is a great no-brainer repaint of the original 5-point of articulation John Stewart figure, but this time he’s in…

 

by Daniel Pickett
March 25, 2009
Mattel’s JLU John Stewart Green Lantern Manufacturer: Mattel Release Date: April 2009 Wave/Assortment: Target Exclusives 2009 Wave 1 Packaging: Single Carded Accessories: Morning Star Ring Construct Scale: 4" Articulation: Swivel neck, shoulders and hips. Sculpted By: Mattel’s in House Team Notes:  This is a repaint of the original 5-point of articulation John Stewart figure in…

 

by Daniel Pickett
March 25, 2009
This week AFI’s own Superfriend brings us an interview with Vinnie D’Alleva former VP Marketing Hasbro, Inc.  from 1989 – 1999, one of the founders of Hasbro’s "New Ventures" division.  Find out about the transformation of Total Justice in the the JLA line, find out if writing a thesis paper can get you a job…

 

by Danny "CantinaDan" Neumann
March 25, 2009
A vinyl toy maven I am not. But some things I find irresistible. It takes extreme will power not to drop a wad every time I get out to California and visit Kid Robot or when I stop in at Red Hot Robot here in Phoenix. Because I know that embracing the designer toy world…

 

by Jon "Caped Crusader" Edwards
March 24, 2009
In what could only be called a massive disappointment, Hasbro launched a new line of action figures based on characters from the Indiana Jones movies last year. The manufacturer was disappointed in lackluster sales that quickly resulted in retailers pulling their support. Collectors who enjoyed the toys were disappointed in the line’s quick demise. Others…

 

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