Articles for December, 2009

 

by Danny "CantinaDan" Neumann
December 31, 2009
Last year we began an anthropological study focused on the evolutionary changes visible within the species parumplasticus populus (little plastic people). Over the last several months I undertook to reexamine the fossil record. The findings range from predictable to surprising. Whereas today’s parumplasticus populus is more sophisticated in many ways, its ancestors maintain the genetic…

 

by Ryan "TheSuperfly" Prast
December 31, 2009
As the decade comes to a close, it’s time to reflect upon this bizarre hobby of collecting tiny plastic men. This past decade saw a renaissance of sorts in the toy collecting hobby, with the increased focus on adult collector-only lines, and a rebirth of many of the 1980s properties we cherished as kids. We…

 

by Daniel Pickett
December 31, 2009
  Manufacturer: Mattel Release Date: January 1st, 2010  Wave/Assortment: FleXforce Wave 1 Packaging: Single carded Accessories: none Scale: 6" Sculpted By: Gentle Giant Notes:  With Flip kick action so you can deliver a 619.   Not as much detail or articulation as the basic or elite assortment figures. Try Me packaging. THE PACKAGE  

 

by Jason "Plastic Soul" Lenzi
December 30, 2009
I’ve remarked before in these entries that I believe we’re living in the Golden Age of Action Figures, and for me, there’s no better evidence than this past decade. Now, because we’re all geeks at heart, and passionate ones, we always quibble, and a great many of us moan, about the shortcomings of our favorite…

 

by Daniel Pickett
December 30, 2009
  Manufacturer: Mattel Release Date: January 1st, 2010  Wave/Assortment: Wave 1 Packaging: Single boxed Accessories: cloth shirt and base Scale: 6" Sculpted By: Gentle Giant Notes:  22+ points of articulation THE PACKAGE    

 

by Daniel Pickett
December 29, 2009
  Manufacturer: Mattel Release Date: January 1st, 2010  Wave/Assortment: Wave 1 Packaging: Single boxed Accessories:  base Scale: 6" Sculpted By: Gentle Giant Notes:World Wrestling Entertainment Figures Climb into the ring with the full line of WWE action figures that offer extreme articulation, amazing accuracy and authentic details. The approximate seven-inch basic WWE figures are created…

 

by Daniel Pickett
December 28, 2009
  Manufacturer: Mattel Release Date: January 1st, 2010  Wave/Assortment: Wave 1 Packaging: Single boxed Accessories: Cape, necklace, crown and base (with theme music) Scale: 6" Sculpted By: Gentle Giant Notes:  From Wrestlemania 22 appearance THE PACKAGE    

 

by Erik "Superfriend" Skov
December 26, 2009
 I’ve been reading articles at Newsarama.com  about how the Avengers has been turned into a franchise.  It hit me this morning.  As more of a DC fan than Marvel, why has DC not turned the Justice League into a franchise?   Sure, there was JLA Classified, but that folded a few years back without even a…

 

by Daniel Pickett
December 25, 2009
I was already working on this blog when Cantina Dan posted his on the same topic (with the same name even!)… to tell the truth I started this blog LAST Christmas and never got around finishing it.   Like Dan my family was of a modest income being the son of two teachers, but they,…

 

by Danny "CantinaDan" Neumann
December 23, 2009
Recently I wrote a blog about the old AD&D toy line. In the post I included a 25 year old Christmas photo that showed some of those toys under the tree. It got me thinking about how many cherished childhood playthings I actually received all those momentous December 25ths. We didn’t grow up in the…

 

by Daniel Pickett
December 22, 2009
  Manufacturer: Mattel Release Date: December 15th 2009 Wave/Assortment:  MattyCollector.com Figure Exclusive Packaging: Boxed (with outer mailer box) Accessories: 2 “Crude Noisemaker” weapons Extra hands Stand Scale: 12" Sculpted By: Mattel’s In House Team Notes: All kneel before Zod! Straight from the classic movie Superman II comes this truly incredible version of the wicked-to-the-core, and…

 

by Daniel Pickett
December 15, 2009
  Manufacturer: Mattel Release Date: December 15th 2009 Wave/Assortment:  MattyCollector.com Figure Exclusive Packaging: Single Carded Accessories: Sword of Power™ Half Power Sword® Removable chest armor Havoc staff Scale: 6" Sculpted By: The Four Horsemen Notes:THE FIGURE SHOWN HERE WAS AN EARLY PRODUCTION FIGURE AND DOES NOT HAVE THE CORRECTED "tight grip" HAND. Back in 2008,…

 

by Daniel Pickett
December 11, 2009
     Manufacturer: Mattel Release Date: December 15th, 2009 Wave/Assortment:  Wave 1 Packaging: Single Carded Accessories:  Removable Hat and Bow with Arrow Scale: 8" Sculpted By: Mattel with the assistience of Dr. Mego   THE PACKAGE  

 

by Daniel Pickett
December 10, 2009
  Manufacturer: Mattel Release Date: Winter 2009 Wave/Assortment:  Wave 11 Packaging:Single Carded Accessories:  DC Universe Classics Stand Scale: 6" Sculpted By: The Four Horsemen   THE PACKAGE    

 

by Erik "Superfriend" Skov
December 8, 2009
 I was on my way to lunch and suddenly in front of me was huge poster of a toy I did not know was coming.  There on the entrance to Burger King was a giant picture of Captain America from the Super Hero Squad.  Apparently, this had completely slipped under my radar.  The big deal…

 

by Ryan "TheSuperfly" Prast
December 7, 2009
pearl-harbor-uss-arizona.jpg We must always remember what happened on this day at Pearl Harbor 68 years ago. The passing of time has not dulled the memories of those who endured the attack, which ushered the United States into World War II. For the United States, the war would last for three years and nine months more, until…

 

by Jim Abell
December 7, 2009
Found a fun little item over at Amazon this morning. Despite the title of the blog, it wasn’t a toy. In Amazon’s music download store they have an abundance of music that is free to download. I’m having fun checking that page each day as you never know what you’ll find each morning. Now the…

 

by Jason "Plastic Soul" Lenzi
December 7, 2009
For anyone who is a regular visitor to AFI, I’m sure it’s no surprise to learn that the licensing and approval process for action figures is not an exact science. It’s usually fraught with delays, dozens of people who need to have everything run past them, misunderstandings, too many departments missing each other’s information (or…

 

by Ryan "TheSuperfly" Prast
December 3, 2009
Sweet, a week late…punctuality is overrated. I wrote this last week and posted on facebook, but I wanted to share here too.Thanksgiving may be over, but the sentiment is always relevant.  – – – – – This Thanksgiving Day, it may be all-too-easy to dwell on the negative thoughts and feelings, and all the struggles…

 

by Erik "Superfriend" Skov
December 3, 2009
Based upon the feedback from my prior blog, I’ve done some thinking.  What I’ve realized is that once I got started writing, I tried to put too many ideas in the blog which were not necessarily a good fit together. Click here to visit the referenced blog.   1. Saving money.  In this economy, we…

 

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