Book Review: Boy’s Toys
January 1, 2007

So I got this book not too long ago as a gift: Boy’s Toys by Jed Novick. It’s a kind of odd book, wanting to be a primer of the popular toys of the 60s & 70s, with a bit of the 80s thrown in. What it comes off as, though, is one person’s memories of said toys…with maybe a quick trip to Wikipedia to fill in the gaps. No toy line gets more than a two-page spread (and these are tiny pages) so the information is very scattershot. Couple that to having BAD information and the fact that many of the pictures are of wrong items or out of date ones (example: a 1996 X-Wing supposedly being a 1978 one) I can’t recommend this book to pretty much anyone. And since a picture is worth a thousand words, etc., just take a look at this page to see a representative example of the whole book. Note: Marvel Legends figures aren’t mentioned once in the entire book. (Click on pic for bigger image).

Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer
AFi Editor-In-Chief Jason Geyer has been part of the online pop culture world for nearly 20 years, having founded some of the very first toy sites on the web including Raving Toy Maniac, ToyOtter, and now Action Figure Insider. Along the way he helped pioneer online coverage of industry events such as San Diego Comic Con, E3, Toy Fair, and CES. He is also a former toy designer who is now a marketing genius. If he does say so himself. And he does.
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1 Comment »

  • a book to leave behind…

    I’m not sure how these books get published, but they do. ToyOtter over at actionfigureinsider reviews a book called Boys’ Toys which totally misses the mark. Read his review to see the flaws…….

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