Erik "Superfriend" Skov
"Gathered together from the four corners of the universe." Oh, wait, that's the show, not me. Erik "SuperFriend" Skov never actually got to appear on the show, although he did watch it every week. Erik spent 6 years working for Hasbro in Pawtucket, RI before leaving for a job that paid more (Why else would a collector leave the company that was making Star Wars, Transformers, and while I was there Batman). I used to post all over the net. These days I tend to hang my hat at AFI.
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October 18, 2008
One of the things you notice fairly quickly when you collect this stuff – and take it out of the package –  is how much packaging there really is.  It doesn’t matter the toy or the company, there is still packaging that has to be dealt with.   What do we do with it? 

 

October 8, 2008
One of my current favorite books is  Superman/Batman. The concept seems like a no brainer.  Put DCs top 2 characters in the same book.  Its been done before.  When I was younger, the same concept was called "Worlds Finest."  Sometimes an idea is so good it strikes gold twice.

 

October 5, 2008
For some reason, they won’t let me forget.  I hate the story, "Identity Crisis", in so many ways.  But that is not my issue today.  My issue today is that DC won’t just let me forget it and move on.  This once declared "stand alone story", has become almost a cornerstone of the DCU at…

 

September 30, 2008
www.NewsArama.com has some reports from the Baltimore Comic Con which was this past weekend.  One of them is from the DC Comics DC Nation panel.  I found one of the comments in there to be very telling.  "Everyone is a Black Lantern."  That’s right, anyone who has died, literally at any time in the DCU…

 

September 24, 2008
Say you drive to every toy store withing 50 miles every day looking for those elusive toys.  But the price of gas has you down.  You could consider getting a smaller car…

 

September 20, 2008
    In 1999, a new era of Batman mythos was born when the cartoon Batman Beyond went on the air.  Now he’s on DVD, in the comics, and on his way to your toy shelf.

 

September 18, 2008
 Recently in an exchange on a forum, it came out that my air hockey table is right now covered with HeroClix.  The quick witted response was "Wow, you came up with a way to make them really fly."  Then it hit me.  They really have taken over the whole air hockey table. These 1-1/4" based things.  The whole thing.

 

September 11, 2008
This week, DC recalled one of their books.  For extremely offensive word use.  Apparently, they attempted to black out the words, but in the final analysis apparently you can still read them.  So now they are being recalled. I’m not going to dwell on what the words were, that has been done by others, but…

 

September 6, 2008
One of my friends here, SDMike, has commented to me that while most of the the topics in the forums are about toys, his first love is comics.  Considering how much we discuss toys related to comics, I think that most of us are comic fans too. As my user name, superfriend, indicates I am…

 

August 24, 2008
Milestone Comics.  I’ll admit, I’ve never read an issue of any of the series.  When they came out, I was burned out from trying a number of independant series only to be disappointed in one way or another.  I also had been through a cost cutting round that left me with no Marvel comics left. …

 

August 16, 2008
A father passing by his son’s bedroom was astonished to see that his bed was nicely made and everything was picked up. Then he saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow that was addressed to ‘Dad.’ With the worst premonition, he opened the envelope with trembling hands and read the letter.

 

August 12, 2008
That’s what I see in DC Comics these days.  Its the same tune over and over again.  Character X is killed off for a cheap thrill.  But once they are dead, they are no longer available to be used in stories in the regular universe.  Sure they might pop up in an alternate reality or…

 

August 2, 2008
Marvel Comics’ big event for the summer is "Secret Invasion".  In their closest tie in yet, WizKids has released their newest HeroClix expansion of the same name.  And HeroClix Secret Invasion delivers. Last night I played in a sealed event at my local store.  Everyone buys two boxes of 5 pieces each (10 pieces total)…

 

July 9, 2008
Here I am, knowing 5 waves of Mattel’s DCUC, and debating.   Do I buy or not.  I saw Black Manta again yesterday.  At 10$ each and in the 6" scale, they look a lot like DCDirect figures to me.  And that’s the problem.

 

June 25, 2008
What follows is an email exchange between myself and Paul Levitz, President of DC Comics.  If you want something, I always say aim for the top.  And I had his email address.  I hope he doesn’t mind.   me: Fri 1/7/2005 4:55 PM Subject: Mattel, JLU, and Captain Atom

 

June 18, 2008
 You may remember my recent article about "A Perfect JLU 3 Pack".  http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/blog/superfriend/a-perfect-jlu-3-pack/  Unfortunately, I’m not sure Mattel saw it.  Because this isn’t one of them.

 

June 5, 2008
Part 5 – Saturday, Sunday, Monday.  Catholic mission, trolley tour, the Con, Tijuana, aquarium, marine history.

 

June 3, 2008
You may be wondering why these are so close together.  I’m trying to get this up so folks who have never been will get an idea of what else you can do there. Wednesday thru Friday.

 

June 2, 2008
So there you are, in San Diego, and you have a week.  How do you spend it?  Well, we used the AAA tourbook to pick out a bunch of stuff.  This is how we spent our 1st 4 days.

 

May 21, 2008
One of our posters asked,  “Why isn’t John Stewart in the JLA line which had the 3rd wave solicited this week.  I started writing and decided it was kind of long for a post. The current JLA line of figures form DCDirect covers the JLA comic era that was started roughly at the "One Year…

 

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