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by Jeff Cope
August 26, 2018
You may be familiar with Fresh Monkey Fiction’s retro styled toyline from a few years back called Amazing Heroes. It was brought to plastic life via Kickstarter and featured primarily public domain comic characters such as the Original Dare-devil, Amazing Man, Stardust the Super Wizard as well as a few more recent licensed characters such…

 

Some of my favorite exclusives at San Diego Comic-Con were the Transformers available at the Hasbro booth.  I was especially excited by the Optimal Optimus repaint, which included the rest go the Prime Masters figures!  Check ’em out below, courtesy of Hasbro!  These figures are available on Hasbro Toy Shop this Monday, August 13th, for those who…

 

Hey Folks, Captain Collector, reporting for duty!  Every Year at Comic-Con International, I’ve given the privilege of interviewing the Brand Manager of my favorite toy line, Transformers!  Without further delay, here is my interview from this year, with all the answers to your questions about the new line, War for Cybertron! CC:  Hello Jon, it’s…

 

by Erik "Superfriend" Skov
July 19, 2018
Batman Animated Heroclix by WizKids I’ve written about Heroclix before for AFI. There are a number of sites which have already done articles about this set. This time I want to focus on a question asked by a friend on Facebook. How do I get these (wonderful toys)? Heroclix sets are blind boxed in packs of 5. The expected price…

 

Last year, Playmates amazed everyone with their 16″ Voltron based on the Netflix show.  As a lifelong Voltron fan and collector, I was really impressed at how much bang you got for your buck.  Now, with the demise of Toys R Us, for which I believe this would’ve been an exclusive, we get this set…

 

On the eve of my journey to San Diego, there was a knock at my door, delivering a box marked “Funko”. As I’m getting ready to leave shortly, I wanted to make sure to give you all a look at the newest Rick & Morty action figures!  These should hit retail shortly.  Thanks to the…

 

Recently, rumors started floating around about a new line from Funko, one that was 5.5″, and paid homage to the art style of a certain muscle-bound hero from the 80’s.  Well, the rumors are true!  Funko has delivered with the first salvo in what promises to be a very lengthy campaign.  First up in this…

 

OK, this one took us all by surprise at Comic-Con this year.  Those of us who grew up collecting the old Toy Biz Marvel Super-Heroes 5″ line immediately recognized the card backs and obvious homages to that great line that started a revolution.  Using (mostly) existing bucks and tooling, Hasbro has tugged at our nostalgic…

 

When Funko announced last week that they would be producing action figures from a variety of great Disney cartoons of yesteryear, little did I know that they would show up on my doorstep days later!  Before we get into the nostalgic awesomeness, I’d like to thank Funko for the opportunity to give you fine folks…

 

  Greetings fellow Toy Collectors!  Every year, the AFI staff ventures south to San Diego for the annual pilgrimage to the Granddaddy of them all, Comic-Con International.  We’ve uploaded all of the galleries, published the interviews, and now it’s time for my favorite part, the post-mortem wrap-up.  This is where I get to talk about…

 

by Jeff Cope
August 24, 2017
(Disclaimer: The title of this blog post is solely the opinion of the author…but, dang it, it’s still true!) I love Dungeons & Dragons. Love it. I first was introduced to the game in 1979 as a Freshman in High School. My school (Branham High School in San Jose, CA) had an afterschool Dungeons &…

 

by Jeff Cope
August 16, 2017
By now, most of you know the tale of Power Lords. It started as a before-it’s-time action figure line from model maker Revell in the 1980s. It didn’t connect with kids at the time and disappeared from toy shelves all too soon. Gone, but not forgotten, Power Lords made a glorious return a few years…

 

This year at SDCC, I was given the opportunity to interview Jon Warden, Brand Manager for Hasbro’s Transformers lines.  e shed some light on what they’ve done, where they’re going, and gives us a peek inside the process of making some of my very favorite toys. JW  Hello!  i’m Jon Warden, Hasbro, I work on…

 

It seems like it’s taken forever to get here, but the time is almost at hand!  As a Black Panther fan, I was excited to get the new retail exclusive Marvel Legends Black Panther.  I’ve taken a few quick pics, so that you can compare him to the previous (Blue Panther?) version this figure was…

 

by Erik "Superfriend" Skov
April 9, 2017
Tomorrow is the first episode of the remake of Ben 10. Ben 10 is the story of 10 year old Ben Tennyson, his cousin Gwen, and their Grandfather traveling across the country in an RV. Except Ben finds a strange glowing watch which allows him to transform into 10 difference aliens. Along the way we…

 

by Erik "Superfriend" Skov
April 5, 2017
I know what you thought.  You thought after last time when I got the last character I needed to complete the set, that would be the end of my Mighty Meepling. But what about those last two lonely packs I mentioned last time?  I bought them this week while at the store.  Here is what…

 

by Erik "Superfriend" Skov
March 30, 2017
A quick recap. As of our last posting, I was at 27 out of 30 Mighty Meeples. My luck continued during week 9. My first pack of the night brought me the elusive Black Manta. Although a common, it had taken me this long to pull one. You might call this a Legion of Doom…

 

Last month, Funko showed off their upcoming products for Guillermo Del Toro’s Netflix show “Trollhunters”.  The show has developed quite a following, and features an all-star cast of voice talent, such as Kelsey Grammer, Ron Pearlman, and the late , great Anton Yelchin.  I was fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to paint…

 

by Erik "Superfriend" Skov
March 5, 2017
Back for week 6, the win here is Deadshot. I really like that Cryptozoic / DC chose to include a Suicide Squad character who is both in the movie and was a member of the Ostrander line up back in the 80s. Week 7, the first pack blew my mind. Here we are, 24 deep…

 

by Erik "Superfriend" Skov
February 25, 2017
We break from our regularly scheduled biweekly update of Erik’s Mighty Meeple collecting to bring you a big update.  Daniel Pickett has uncovered some truly horrifying news for the completionists out there who – like me – thought they were almost done. Spotted in the Cryptozoic booth, Daniel snapped the above picture.  I’m pretty good…

 

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