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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July 3, 2007
ci_hp_asst.jpg 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
sw78cat.jpg 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
sw78cat1.jpg 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
joe25th.jpg 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
mgashrek_cu.jpg 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
British_Flag.gif 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…

 

January 11, 2007
rack_at43.jpg I love playing with little plastic people. That should come as no surprise given that I’m a lifelong toy collector and have spent the better part of a decade actually writing about toys. And while I do love collecting action figures I don’t really play with them anymore. But, I do play with little plastic…

 

December 9, 2006
jaz_mk_kano.jpg Today, as I was out Christmas shopping amongst the throngs of people, I picked up the just-released Kano and Reptile from the third series of Mortal Kombat figures by Jazwares.  I love ‘em.  Jazwares, on the whole, doesn’t seem to get a lot of love from the collector community. Sure, they’ve had a bit of…

 

December 9, 2006
jaz_mk_kano1.jpg Today, as I was out Christmas shopping amongst the throngs of people, I picked up the just-released Kano and Reptile from the third series of Mortal Kombat figures by Jazwares.  I love ‘em.  Jazwares, on the whole, doesn’t seem to get a lot of love from the collector community. Sure, they’ve had a bit of…

 

November 25, 2006
dst_trek_picard.jpg Diamond Select Toys has breathed new life into an old love of mine. Star Trek has been a part of my life since I can remember. My family watched the series on it’s original NBC run when I was a toddler (the original series debuted in 1966…I debuted in 1965). I don’t remember those as…

 

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