Hello AFI! As a fan & reader of the site for a long time, I consider it a pleasure & a priviledge to be here. A liitle about me before we begin – I am a former video game designer, toy designer/producer, and a professional model builder. I’ve been writing for another toy site for the better part of ten years, and AFI is definitely a big promotion for me! Thanks to all the Men of Action, Toy Otter, and Julius for the warm welcome I received at Comicon!
Now that the formalities are out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the newest toys hitting shelves this weekend. First is are some new offering for Mattel’s Brave & The bold. Singly carded is B’Wanna Beast (accompanied in the case by a correct color Blue Beetle) and boxed is the sweet Proto Bat-Bot. Toy Guru told me that the Proto Bat-Bot was designed internally at Mattel, but was so liked by the folks at Cartoon Network that it will appear on the show! Lights, sounds and firing missiles round out this kid-friendly toy.
Next up shipping from Walmart.com is the long-awaited Iron Man Mk. V 6" exclusive. Nice to finally get this figure, which shows a marked improvement compared to Hasbro’s previous 6" offerings. I’m sure they’ll start appearing on Walmart shelves very soon. Last but not least, that fantastic Jabba the Hutt exclusive has surfaced at WalMart. Here’s a pic of the one I picked up the other day in my collection .
Thanks for the read, be back soon with more new stuff & some thoughts. Please feel free to drop me a line with requests or questions! i’ll also be doing a giveaway soon in conjunction with Mr. Julius Marx with sets of Starro Spores for those who couldn’t make it to Comicon this year.