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.
Read other articles by Erik "Superfriend" Skov.

 

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…

 

May 19, 2008
Continuuing my 2006 trip to SDCC. – Friday before SDCC Leaving on an Airplane We boarded the plane and then sat on the tarmac for an hour. My wife thinks we could have saved money if we had booked the plane tickets more in advance. Southwest has ‘internet’ fares. Southwest doesn’t connect with some of…

 

May 17, 2008
SDCC as a Vacation With Convention season upon us, I thought I’d submit this.  I know some of you have seen it before, but we have many new members, who might be contemplating going to SDCC for the first time.  (pic from their official web site: http://www.comic-con.org/cci/ ) In 2005 I thought aboout going to ComicCon…

 

May 10, 2008
As a second look at HeroClix, lets take a closer look at one of the pieces I played last night, Dr. Mid-Nite – the Experienced version.  Up until about a year ago, there were 3 versions of most characters made, to show progression throughout the characters long history: Rookie, Experienced, and Veteran.  So, lets start with…

 

May 5, 2008
greenlanternguy1pm6.th_.jpg I love HeroClix.  I blogged about my team a bit back.  How about a feature about HeroClix in general?  (all of these pictures come from WizKids, the maker of HeroClix.) http://www.WizKidsGames.com   To me, one of the awesome things about this game is the variety of characters.

 

April 24, 2008
The Poll: http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11001 2006 SDCC.  I was struck by certain figures.  Nemesis.  Sand.  Aquaman with two hands.  How had Mattel decided on such odd choices.  Then I remembered the we, the fans, knowing the policy of reusing parts in JLU, had actively discussed Nemesis and Sand as ways to reuse Lex Luthor’s holster.  Mattel had…

 

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