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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June 11, 2010
A new movie-based action figure line has recently hit the toy store shelves, and with it came the requisite round of internet complaining. Complaints ranged from the sculpting, to the paint apps, to the articulation. Comments ranged from "some of the worst executed tiny line figures ever" to "horrendous" to "the fact that they have…

 

June 9, 2010
So now Voltron’s coming back, eh? The 80s renaissance continues as a new animated series, Voltron Force, was announced this week along with an accompanying toyline from Mattel. Now, I was never a huge Voltron fan. I’m typically not into giant robots (which is odd, considering how much I loved Shogun Warriors back in the…

 

June 7, 2010
I’m getting older. There’s been definite signs. They’re impossible to miss, as much as I have tried to. My continued interest, nay, obsession with toys isn’t one of them. There’s the expected like forgetting things more often than I used to. Becoming tired sooner than I used to. My body aches more often (and easier)…

 

May 24, 2010
Welcome to the latest installment of Game On!, my blog within a blog covering the wonderful world of tabletop gaming. Like many collectors, I tend to have a fairly obsessive personality. So, when something really catches my interest I can easily develop tunnel vision. Ever since the Four Horsemen’s announcement, less than a month ago,…

 

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,…

 

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