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 1, 2012
tf2012_logo21.jpg It’s the 1st of February, and that means that Toy Fair 2012 happens this month! Every year, it seems, the Big Dance of the toy industry is a mix of elation and disappointment. But, for even the most jaded collector there is always something to look forward to. So, every weekday between now and the…

 

January 1, 2012
tf2012_logo11.jpg Today’s January 1st. New Year’s Day. And, like any good little toy collector…one of my first thoughts, come the new year is… …Toy Fair is next month!! What are you looking forward to? Oh, and by the way…HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

December 27, 2011
wow-logo11.jpg There’s a bit of news that broke earlier this year that really has me jazzed. Mega Bloks announced that they would be producing sets in 2012 based upon the super-popular MMO (that’s Massively Multiplayer Online) World of Warcraft created by Blizzard Entertainment.

 

September 30, 2011
smurfmovielogo1.jpg This summer saw a glut of movie based toys clog the aisles of toy departments pretty much everywhere. Despite achieving (for the most part) box office success…the big summer movies failed to drive sales of tie-in merchandise at retail. Much of the product just sat…and is still sitting. I don’t have any empirical sales data…

 

June 27, 2011
or11_phg_colby11.jpg I was recently turned on to a relatively new card game called Summoner Wars produced by an equally new company, Plaid Hat Games. I’m not usually one for card games, preferring miniatures games by far, but Summoner Wars is a fast and fantastic game with loads of options yet not tons of rules to bog…

 

May 16, 2011
There’s a new adventure of Captain Jack Sparrow setting sail this week, and I don’t mean the new film, On Stranger Tides, which opens in theaters this Friday, May 20th. Nope, I’m talking about the new, full-length hardcover novel Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom which hits bookstores on May 17th. Popular genre…

 

May 3, 2011
  As I’ve mentioned previously, I am a huge fan of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. For the new movie, On Stranger Tides, JAKKS Pacific was awarded the Master Toy License. Included in this license was the rights to produce games based upon the movies. Of interest to gamers would be the Pirates of…

 

April 21, 2011
I’ve had a blog idea kicking around the back of my head for over a year now, and Mattel just killed it. Sort of. Being responsible with our environment is an important topic to me. It’s more than a topic, it’s a way of thinking and a way of living. My family and I live…

 

April 20, 2011
  2011 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for me action figure-wise. Two of my favorite properties are not only making a much anticipated return to toy store shelves, but they’re both doing it in the 4" scale. Better yet, they’re coming from the same company: Jazwares (which is rapidly becoming a favorite…

 

April 19, 2011
  My last blog, in which I wrote about our local theater here in the little town of Delaware, Ohio, got me reminiscing about my favorite theater back home in San Jose, California: The Century Theaters (with their unique dome shape) on Winchester Avenue. Specifically, it’s Century 22 that holds a special place in my…

 

April 18, 2011
Summer movie season is nearly upon us. My inner geek is already squealing with anticipation over what is to come in the next few months to our local cinema. It used to be, for the big blockbuster-type movies, I would want to see them at the big chain multiplex with the biggest screen and the…

 

February 10, 2011
  Sonic the Hedgehog is something of a big deal in our household. I’ve written about this before (right here), but 2011 is something special: the 20th Anniversary of Sonic! First off, wow. Does that make me feel old! It’s hard to believe that Sonic has been a part of my life, not to mention…

 

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