Erik "Superfriend" Skov

“Gathered together from the four corners of the universe.” Oh, wait, that’s the show, not me. Erik “SuperFriend” Skov never actually got to appear on the show, although he did watch it every week. Erik spent 6 years working for Hasbro in Pawtucket, RI before leaving for a job that paid more (Why else would a collector leave the company that was making Star Wars, Transformers, and while I was there Batman). I used to post all over the net. These days I tend to hang my hat at AFI.

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March 20, 2014
War Of Light Promo My friend and colleague in the “I can’t get enough news about toys and games” business, Scott Rubin, has been doing a fantastic job of covering the 2014 GAMA conference in Las Vegas this week.  Pop on over to CritToHit.com  to see all his coverage.  I’m hoping he doesn’t mind if I borrow one of…

 

September 16, 2013
Fire Arrives to Join the JLI Every year Mattel asks us to blindly sign up for 12 figures of which we usually know 3 or 4. Every year they say they need people who are willing to buy any character in the DC Universe. I think the problem with that is that fans of the DC Universe are fundamentally NOT like…

 

July 29, 2013
Mini Mates - Marvel Comics When I was at NYCC 2012, one of the most impressive things was the Minimates 10th Anniversary. For those who do not know, Minimates are licensed figures the right scale to go with all your Lego buildings, ships, and play sets.  You see, until recently, Lego did not make licensed figures.  Minimates, distributed most of…

 

July 13, 2013
Superman fights his arch enemy, Dust. Well, ok, gravity might be #1, because it causes action figures to fall and break. Then there is heat which during the summer causes figures to warp, changing their center of gravity and then causing them to fall. And we have manufacturing issues like one leg being shorter than the other which adds to the…

 

July 6, 2013
A few days ago, I joined a Facebook group that is against the new DC universe reboot which happened in Sept 2011 after the Flash Point event  (The Reboot ? Wtf !! DC Comics Relaunch Group). After reading posts there for a few days, I’ve realized the reboot is only part of my problem.  In fact, […]

 

June 14, 2013
Award-winning Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance launches for the first time on iOS and soon Android, bringing missions and special agents to the mobile audience. Today, the first social game based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero characters, Avengers Alliance, launches on, iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch® and soon AndroidTM smartphone and tablet devices! This release brings…

 

May 22, 2013
WizKids has released the latest expansion to its table top miniatures game, HeroClix, Teen Titans.   The set is available in 4 options. 3 are blind purchases: 5 figure boosters, super boosters, single figure packs. The last is a “Fast Forces” set, a clear blister which shows you the 6 figures you get and comes…

 

April 25, 2013
Many moons ago, Danny N. and I both wrote blogs about our super hero T-shirt collections.  At the end of mine, I pointed out the dismay of being unable to own a shirt that really felt like Aquaman.  Aquaman does not have a chest symbol like Superman, Green Lantern or Flash. I’ve long thought that…

 

April 23, 2013
Not really, but tonight, April 23rd at 7:30 PM Eastern time is the premiere of DC Nation’s new show, Teen Titans Go. Bringing back the original cast from the prior Teen Titans show, this should be a hit with the younger crowd and somewhat nostalgic to fans of the previous show.  They even remixed the…

 

April 22, 2013
Mid May will see the next release of HeroClix miniatures for that game, this time themed on the various eras, friends and enemies of the Teen Titans.  But it comes with a twist.  A new type of piece, the team base, is being added. In the past, it has often been difficult to field a…

 

April 4, 2013
Boston Comic Con celebrates its sixth year with our biggest show ever! April 20th-21st at the Hynes Convention Center will see retailers, artists, and fans coming together for an entire weekend of fun. Events will include Q&A panels, stand up comedians, a zombie movie marathon, gaming, and much more. You definitely will not want to…

 

March 15, 2013
Back when wave 18 of Mattel’s DC Universe Classics line was announced I was very excited.  I loved those old Super Friends shows.  My internet name, “superfriend” is taken from it.  And now we were getting figures.  The problem was that the price had recently gone up.  They were now 16$ each. I had no…

 

March 8, 2013
In a recent blog I started out talking about my hopes for the show and then channeled that into what I thought would work for a toy line.  But what I think would work is not necessarily what I want.  So lets get deep into that here my actual wants.  This what I hope to…

 

March 1, 2013
Over on another site, the question was raised, “What Next?”  What next indeed.  Most of the big name properties have been mined for sets over the past few years.  Batman, Spider-man, X-Men, Justice League, Avengers, Hulk, Superman, Captain America, Thor, Teen Titans, Iron Man, etc.  For DC, there were 3 areas mentioned over and over…

 

February 23, 2013
One of the great things about HeroClix was being able to build a team of whatever characters you wanted. Case in point: I was always disappointed that in the late 70’s Black Lightning had turned down membership in the Justice League of America. HeroClix gave me the chance to build a team of Superman, Batman,…

 

February 9, 2013
I was remiss in not reporting that the latest WizKids HeroClix release was last Wednesday.  So here is the picture checklist (minus the chase figures). Here is an example of a chase piece.  Notice the red base.  The chase pieces since the Incredible Hulk set have had different colored bases from the normal black base…

 

January 30, 2013
Young Justice and Green Lantern Animated are ending.  It appears that replacing them in the DC Nation block will be a new take on Batman and a new take on Teen Titans.  The new Teen Titans show appears to be modeled after the DC Nation shorts of hilarious escapades of the cast of the prior…

 

December 23, 2012
Wow.  Titans across the ages.  We already knew that the 80’s Perez Teen Titans and the modern nu52 Teen Titans were in this set.  Now we can see that the whole spectrum of Titans history is in the set, from the earliest team.  And this preview also shows us a new team base, the four…

 

December 22, 2012
The Spiderman set due out in February will include a sub theme of classic monsters.

 

December 21, 2012
Wolverine and the X-Men is a set which is due out sometime next summer.  The big draw is that it will focus back to the costumes of the 90’s, while the last set which featured the X-Men (Giant Sized X-Men: GSX) was geared more towards modern looks.  As I was taking a break from the…

 

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