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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August 4, 2010
  As Gen Con looms ever closer (the show starts tomorrow, and runs through Sunday), I wanted to talk briefly about another game that I’m really looking forward to: AE Bounty. AE Bounty (short for Alien Encounters: Bounty), from Darkson Designs, is a miniatures skirmish game in a science fiction setting. This will be Darkson…


August 1, 2010
I just got home from a little excursion to PulpFest 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. PulpFest is a convention dedicated to the history, preservation and collecting of the pulp fiction stories of the early 20th century. Characters such as The Shadow, Doc Savage, Tarzan, and more made their first appearances in the pulps. Pulps got their…


July 31, 2010
Road to Gen Con: Dust Tactics   Early Friday morning I’ll be making the 3 hour trek to Indianapolis, IN for Gen Con, the Best Four Days in Gaming! Gen Con is THE big show when it comes to gaming conventions, and is the place where many companies release their big products. This year is no exception. This week, as I…


July 26, 2010
So Why Not a CGI Super-Hero Movie? I just watched the new trailer for the upcoming DC Universe Online game coming to PCs and PS3s everywhere this November. All I can say is WOW.  I would seriously pay to sit in a darkened theater for two hours of something like this. Outside of Pixar’s The Incredibles why haven’t we seen a full…


July 25, 2010
  It’s official. I need to find a job. You see, I’ve been a stay at home daddy for the past couple years since closing down the comic book / game store I owned here in the Columbus, Ohio area back in October 2008. It’s the best job in the world, except the pay stinks….


July 24, 2010
  Yesterday Mattel held their big DC/Mattel: A Heroic Partnership panel at the 2010 Comic Con International in San Diego. Like many fans of the 3-3/4" DC Universe Infinite Heroes line I anxiously awaited news about the line. It’s been a bumpy road since the lines debut two years ago with problems with distribution, sculpting,…


July 21, 2010
If this is the Apocalypse, then bring it on! The Four Horsemen, the Fab Four of the toy industry, have unveiled their latest creations on the Eve of Comic Con International. On their Fantastic Forums late last night fans were given their first look at one of the upcoming Symbiotech figures: Tygos and Tygolith. I…


July 20, 2010
I can’t believe it’s Comic Con time already! I can’t believe that it’s already been a year since I, along with my wife and daughter, visited that fabled city by the sea. Last year was my first time back to Comic Con in about 5 years. In that 5 years attendance had doubled. I admit…


July 4, 2010
Happy 4th of July! God bless the USA! Have a safe and happy fourth of July, everyone! Take a moment to remember the sacrifices of those who have allowed us the freedoms we enjoy today! [youtube][/youtube]


June 30, 2010
Happy B-Day, Ray Harryhausen! Ray Harryhausen turned 90 years old on June 29th. If the name isn’t familiar to you, Harryhausen was the master of stop motion animation, creating a bounty of some of the most imaginative motion pictures of the 50s, 60s and 70s. While crude by today’s CGI standards of cinematic effects, Harryhausen’s work was nothing short…


June 16, 2010
  A couple of columns back I wrote about Privateer Press’s upcoming Voltron Miniatures Battle Game that is launching in July. In that I mentioned that the game was a fully-compatible spin-off with another game from Privateer called Monsterpocalypse. Monsterpocalypse is a table-top miniatures game of giant monster combat. It’s every kaiju movie come to…


June 14, 2010
I’ve been collecting toys for longer than I care to admit.  Most of the time when I was a kid you found out about a new toys was to be surprised by it when you saw it in a store. Back then (and we’re talkin’ the 70s here) there were only a few ways to…