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 2, 2011
Captain Jack Sparrow (expertly played by Johnny Depp) returns to movie theaters this year in the fourth installment of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise: On Stranger Tides. Of course, with a big blockbuster movie comes a big blockbuster toy line. This time around it’s JAKKS Pacific bringing a bounty of pirate treasure to your…

 

January 31, 2011
  Well, by now we’ve heard and read eulogies to the passing of Wizard and Toyfare magazines ad naseum. Regardless, I felt remiss in not sharing my thoughts on the matter. Basically, I find that the cancellation of these two magazines saddens me. Quite a bit, actually. The ironic thing is that I hadn’t read…

 

January 18, 2011
Avast, me hearties! This is fair warning to you that over the next several months you’ll likely be seeing a lot of blogs from me concern Pirates of the Caribbean (or other thusly related topics). I’m a huge fan of the movies (or, as my 6 year old daughter likes to exclaim, "Daddy’s Pirate Crazy!")…

 

January 16, 2011
It’s that time of the year again. Toy Fair is just around the corner. The biggest event in the toy industry is being held this year from February 13 – 16 in New York City. For the past couple years Mattel has been the company from which I was most excited to see their new…

 

December 7, 2010
I’m so excited, I just had to share this! The regular edition of the new Outer Space Men action figures from the Four Horsemen have arrived at their studio today! That means those suckers are gonna be shipping out very soon to folks who’ve pre-ordered them (like me!). I’ve been eagerly anticipating the regular edition…

 

December 7, 2010
Last month I wrote about Jazwares announcing a new 3-3/4" line of Street Fighter action figures for 2011, and my general unbridled and unabashed excitement about it.

 

November 25, 2010
  Happy Thanksgiving, AFi Readers!

 

November 22, 2010
  As you may have read on AFi’s front page, Jazware’s is returning to the Street Fighter license. Street Fighter fans may recall a few years back Jazwares produced a line of 6" Street Fighter figures that were sold at Toys R Us. Most of the figures were based upon sculptures designed by SOTA. Now…

 

November 13, 2010
 As most of the dear readers of this blog already know, May 2011 sees the release of the fourth film in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean saga. While this news may have been met with a collective "ho-hum" from those who felt let down by the over-wrought third film, At World’s End, my reaction was…

 

November 10, 2010
I started reading and collecting comic books when I was nine years old. Last month…I stopped.

 

September 22, 2010
  I was listening to the Comic Geek Speak podcast recently and one of the hosts mentioned something about collecting comics in the days before the internet, and how there seemed to be few surprises for comics readers these days. He had a good point. Between solicitations in Previews and information from the various comic…

 

September 20, 2010
  Diamond Select Toys has a new line of Minimates that’s just starting to hit TRUs right now called Minimates MAX (Mobile Action Xtreme). Here’s the description of the line from the back of the packaging: "Never before has a team of heroes like this been assembled! There’s no situation that’s beyond their resources. You…

 

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