Jeff Cope

Jeff Cope has been collecting toys and action figures since he was a wee lad growing up in the 70s, and is still waiting to grow out of it. He’s been involved in the online collecting community since he first started writing for Raving Toy Maniac in the mid-90s, and is proud to call AFi his online home.

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February 26, 2009
  Last summer at the San Diego Comic Con International Hasbro finally made the announcement that I had been waiting for: a 3-3/4" Marvel Universe line. As a big fan of the 3-3/4" scale (there’s nothing better in my book) I was hoping Hasbro would go this route with the Marvel license. The announcement was…

 

July 22, 2008
  I’ll try not to whine. If I could anyplace on earth this week it would be in beautiful San Diego, California.

 

July 2, 2008
Yes, this is yet another blog entry about Mattel’s soon (but not soon enough) to be released Infinite Heroes toyline.  Back in the early 1990’s Al Gore introduced some legislation about what he termed the Information Superhighway, otherwise known as the Internet, leading to his supposed claim of inventing the internet.  Well in much the…

 

June 14, 2008
Sigh. As an action figure collector this is one of my least favorite times of the year. It’s the Countdown to the San Diego Comic Con, and the toy news lull the preceeds it.

 

April 29, 2008
(pardon the craptacular picture, please) I stumbled across a bunch of Mattel The Dark Knight toys this morning at Wal-Mart (amazingly, the closest Wal-Mart to me which I never find anything at!) and, much to my surprise, I was able to purchase them. 

 

April 20, 2008
The number 52 has had much significance in the DC Universe lately. The weekly comic book series entitled 52 ran from mid-2006 through mid-2007, and ended with there existing 52 separate universes within the DC multiverse. However for DC action figure fans, it appears that 54 is a pretty important number, too.

 

April 18, 2008
Doctor Who returns (at last) to American television tonight (Sci Fi Channel, 8:30pm) with the US broadcast premiere of the Voyage of the Damned (2007 Christmas Special). Series 4 officially begins on the following Friday. This year we are only a few weeks behind the original UK airdates, which is awesome.  

 

April 15, 2008
Three years. I realize three years isn’t the longest stretch of time, but it’s still hard to believe this place called Action Figure Insider has already been on the Interwebs for three years. It’s been a blast being a part of the crew here, and in many ways a dream come true. I first met…

 

March 15, 2008
I remember Toy Fair 2007. It was a pretty lackluster showing. For me, at least. I’d wager it was the same for many collectors going by comments I read here at AFI and elsewhere during and after the event.  To use an overused Interwebs parlance, it was pretty "meh". Toy Fair 2008, however, was a…

 

February 8, 2008
It’s almost that time of year again. Toy Fair 2008 is just over a week away. As an action figure collector Toy Fair is one of the two most exciting times of the year (Comic Con International in San Diego being the other). The sneak peek into what the year ahead holds for toys is…

 

February 8, 2008
  It’s almost that time of year again. Toy Fair 2008 is just over a week away.  As an action figure collector Toy Fair is one of the two most exciting times of the year (Comic Con International in San Diego being the other). The sneak peek into what the year ahead holds for toys…

 

February 3, 2008
Anyone who knows me and my collecting habits at all know that I love 1:18 (3-3/4″) scaled figures. Love them. If I was Emperor of the Toy World all action figures would be done in this scale. Over the past few months I’ve really been enjoying the new Bravo Team line by Unimax that’s been…

 

July 3, 2007
One of my most anticipated lines of the year has been Cards Inc’s Harry Potter line, released by their newly formed Popco Entertainment division.  Despite being one of the most popular entertainment franchises on the planet Harry Potter has had a rather spotty toy history. Mattel original held the Master Toy License and produced figures,…

 

June 4, 2007
Has it really been 30 years since Star Wars hit the big screen? As much as I don’t want to believe it (simply because of how old it makes me feel) it really has been thirty years since George Lucas’ space fantasy epic changed popular culture forever.  My first memory of Star Wars is standing…

 

June 4, 2007
Has it really been 30 years since Star Wars hit the big screen? As much as I don’t want to believe it (simply because of how old it makes me feel) it really has been thirty years since George Lucas’ space fantasy epic changed popular culture forever.  My first memory of Star Wars is standing…

 

May 19, 2007
This is a pretty good year toy-wise. There’s a lot of good stuff coming out that I’m really excited about and looking forward to. But, my single most anticipated toyline of the year has to be Hasbro’s GI JOE 25th Anniversary Collection. I’m a huge GI JOE fan, and have been for as long as…

 

April 6, 2007
I love the Shrek movies. Love them. I’m eagerly anticipating the arrival of Shrek the Third next month (man, what a good movie month! Shrek! Spidey! Pirates!) and I’ve been looking forward to seeing what new license holder, MGA Entertainment (makers of the Bratz dolls) would do with the license. Three movies and three master…

 

March 23, 2007
It’s been way too long since I wrote one of these things. Frankly, I’ve felt a bit uninspired as of late. Since Toy Fair, really. I had every grand intention of following up AFI’s Toy Fair coverage with my thoughts on the Big Dance…but when Toy Fair failed to deliver…well… It’s already been discussed ad…

 

March 23, 2007
It’s been way too long since I wrote one of these things. Frankly, I’ve felt a bit uninspired as of late. Since Toy Fair, really. I had every grand intention of following up AFI’s Toy Fair coverage with my thoughts on the Big Dance…but when Toy Fair failed to deliver…well… It’s already been discussed ad…

 

January 30, 2007
I’ve been buying toys from overseas for years. Until recently those purchases have consisted entirely of Japanese toys. I went through a Gundam kick around 2000 after seeing Bandai’s Gundam range on display at Toy Fair 2000. Of course, I’ve grown up with Godzilla and have picked up numerous Godzilla toys from importers over the…

 

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