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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May 21, 2010
Way back in October of 2006 I wrote a blog entitled Finally, Sports Figures Done Right. It was about Gracelyn Toys then brand new line of 5" articulated NFL players called RePlays. As a casual sports fan (I’m definitely a fan, just not a fantatic) I had only a passing interest in previous sports lines…

 

May 19, 2010
Origins of a Real American Hero GI JOE: A Real American Hero is, hands down, my favorite toyline of all time. I love the Joes vs Cobra storyline, I love the characters and I especially love the toys! The other day I came across a video (first saw it on JoeCustoms.com) that is going to be part of an in-production documentary…

 

May 17, 2010
It’s amazing what you can find out there in the Intertubes. Through a series of links starting initially on Paul Nomad’s (formerly of Action-Figure.com) Facebook page I discovered a new small toy company called ZICA Toys. Upon visiting their site I saw they were hard at work on a couple of very interesting projects.

 

May 14, 2010
When you hear the term ‘boardgame’ what comes to mind? Monopoly? Life? Maybe Risk or even Axis & Allies if you like your games a bit more on the strategic side. I love a good boardgame, but I like my games to be epic.  Thankfully there’s several companies out there producing amazing boardgames that are…

 

May 12, 2010
Last time out I wrote about my love for The A-Team. However, the 80s television series is not the only A-Team for which I have great nostalgia. To quote Yoda, "No…there is another." That other A-Team…in fact, my first A-Team would be none other than the GI JOE Adventure Team. Long before GI JOE shrunk…

 

May 10, 2010
In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else…

 

May 7, 2010
I don’t know about you, but for me nostalgia plays a huge part in my toy collecting habits. As I got older, entered into marriage and then parenthood I started to attempt to curtail my collecting habits. I have tried to stop being a magpie collector, picking up every new and shiny thing that caught…

 

May 5, 2010
(with all due respect to author Muriel Barbery) It certainly seems that the obsessive gene is hereditary. Last year I wrote about my 5 year old daughters obsession with My Little Pony. Allie still loves her ponies, but she currently has developed a new obsession that I never saw coming… Sonic the Hedgehog. Now, ultimately,…

 

May 3, 2010
  Last week I followed up on my Marvel Universe toyline top 10 wants from last year (which, you may recall, I was 0 – 11 in my predictions). This time around I’ll be looking at my top 10 Most Wanted DC Universe: Infinite Heroes predictions from a year ago.

 

April 30, 2010
One of the things I enjoy in observing the toy industry, especially some of the smaller players, is watching a given companies product improve by leaps and bounds. There’s a lot of reasons for this happening. Sometimes it is as simple as a new person being brought on board to oversee your product lines. Perhaps…

 

April 28, 2010
  I posted a blog a year ago with my Top 10 (well, 11 really…I snuck Stegron the Dinosaur Man in at the last minute!) picks for Hasbro’s 4" Marvel Universe line. Boy, was I off. Way off. Here we are, a full year later and I am a solid 0 – 11.  

 

April 23, 2010
Evergreen. It is the holy grail of the toy industry. Finding a property that remains both popular and viable in the marketplace even when there is no media support. Every year there is a flurry of movie licensing as toy companies scamble to catch lightning in a bottle and, hopefully, find the next Star Wars….

 

July 2, 2009
  The annual Origins Games Fair was held this past week in Columbus, Ohio and I was able to go and check things out for two of the five days the show ran for. Every year it seems there are a couple of games that catch my eye. This year is no exception.  Ex Illis…

 

May 7, 2009
  Last week I blogged about my 10 Most Wanted figures for Hasbro’s super-cool new Marvel Universe line. This week I wanted to do the same for one of my other favorite toy lines: Mattel’s DC Universe: Infinite Heroes. Most AFI readers know that I’ve been championing this line since it first debuted at the…

 

April 28, 2009
  I started a thread here on AFI a few days back asking for folks ten most wanted characters in Hasbro’s new Marvel Universe toyline. There’s been a similar thread going on over at Fwoosh, too. Part of the fun of collecting is the guessing and hoping what characters might be coming down the pipe….

 

April 20, 2009
After dropping my daughter off at preschool this morning,  I swung by Wal-Mart to see what might be out. There wasn’t anything new (well…not new new) but I did pick up the 3-3/4" Captain Pike figure from Playmates new Star Trek movie line. Driving home I got to thinking about collecting habits and buying preferences…

 

March 17, 2009
  So as it turns out, I am not the only collector in the Cope household. My four-year-old daughter, Allie, is big time into My Little Pony. I mean BIG time. The picture accompanying this blog shows just a portion of her ever growing collection.

 

March 4, 2009
  I’ve collected toys based upon a lot of various things over the years from comic books to movies to television shows and even some original concepts here and there.  As I work at pairing down the collection to a more manageable level, I am trying to focus on the things I really, really like…

 

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

 

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