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by Daniel Pickett
July 5, 2007
This is a tribute to my other grandmother.   Were she alive she would have turned 97 today.   I originally posted this at that other site I used to write for back in 2002 after she passed.  I have modified it and added to it a bit from that original version. Happy Birthday Grandma. …

 

by Daniel Pickett
July 3, 2007
Sherills43.jpg Going off the topic of toys today to celebrate something significant.  Specifically my family, even more specifically my grandparents as they both have events the first week in July.   There will be 2 family posts back to back and then we’ll get back to toys. Today is my (maternal) grandparents anniversary.   Their SIXTY-FIFTH wedding anniversary. …

 

by Jeff Cope
July 3, 2007
ci_hp_asst.jpg One of my most anticipated lines of the year has been Cards Inc’s Harry Potter line, released by their newly formed Popco Entertainment division.  Despite being one of the most popular entertainment franchises on the planet Harry Potter has had a rather spotty toy history. Mattel original held the Master Toy License and produced figures,…

 

by Jason "JJJason" Chirevas
July 2, 2007
ratatouille-1.jpg This past Friday, my wife and I saw the new film from the reunited (I’m happy to say) Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios, Ratatouille.  The Pixar films are always an event for us, but I went into Ratatouille looking for more than just Pixar’s usual dedication to quality animation, character, and story.  I…

 

by Daniel Pickett
June 28, 2007
ToungeMcQ2.jpg I’ll admit…. I’ve been resisting picking up the Mattel CARS line based on the Disney/Pixar film.  I love the movie.  I love the products Mattel is doing… I just don’t need another line to collect.    I follow the threads about the line on the boards, I followed how difficult they have been to find…

 

by Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer
June 23, 2007
Otter Wizardry And I’m back from hiatus! For my first post, I can’t think of anything better than this amazing video of an Asian small-clawed otter demonstrating his dexterity with a small white rock. It looks fake, but it’s not! [youtube]gmLQkBcemyE[/youtube]  

 

by Ryan "TheSuperfly" Prast
June 17, 2007
Some fathers fish, or hunt, or camp or work on cars, or more sadly, don’t do much of anything together at all. But my Dad, he and I always had three things we shared – Baseball, a love for Chicago sports, and my collecting of action figures. He never treated my love of this genre as an…

 

by Daniel Pickett
June 8, 2007
CySup2UpBoxBk.jpg Today we take a look at the Toys R Us exclusive 12" Cyborg Superman.  Mattel seems to release these figures in pairs, and this grouping of the new Batman sculpt and Cyborg Superman follow that pattern.  The Batman is in stores now, and the Cyborg Superman will be along shortly.  The interesting change from the…

 

by Jeff Cope
June 4, 2007
sw78cat.jpg Has it really been 30 years since Star Wars hit the big screen? As much as I don’t want to believe it (simply because of how old it makes me feel) it really has been thirty years since George Lucas’ space fantasy epic changed popular culture forever.  My first memory of Star Wars is standing…

 

by Jeff Cope
June 4, 2007
sw78cat1.jpg Has it really been 30 years since Star Wars hit the big screen? As much as I don’t want to believe it (simply because of how old it makes me feel) it really has been thirty years since George Lucas’ space fantasy epic changed popular culture forever.  My first memory of Star Wars is standing…

 

by Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer
May 31, 2007
boxback.jpg OK, I can’t talk about this yet, but since TvShowsOnDVD.com listed it I can point out to you that Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show has been scheduled to be released on August 7, 2007. And now that the box art has been seen, might I suggest taking a close look at the special…

 

by Jason "JJJason" Chirevas
May 27, 2007
6222427_det.jpg When you’re finishing slogging through the disappointing trifecta of Big Summer Movie tres, make it your business to find a theater near you playing…  You’re Welcome. Consider this your first installment of Jason Recommends a Movie.  -JJJ

 

by Jeff Cope
May 19, 2007
joe25th.jpg This is a pretty good year toy-wise. There’s a lot of good stuff coming out that I’m really excited about and looking forward to. But, my single most anticipated toyline of the year has to be Hasbro’s GI JOE 25th Anniversary Collection. I’m a huge GI JOE fan, and have been for as long as…

 

by Ryan "TheSuperfly" Prast
May 17, 2007
So finally, after all these years of waiting by DC fans  – FINALLY these figures have found their way to collectors’ shelves. Despite the few minor issues the fans have had with this wave, I think these figures are fantastic. Everyhting I could have hoped for and I love ‘em. DCD has knocked these outta…

 

by Daniel Pickett
May 13, 2007
CJsJLUGroup.jpg As many of you have seen (and tasted now) Hardees/Carl’s Jr. restaraunts have started their much heralded Justice League Unlimited Kids Meal promotion.  The big 3 are represented in figural form and a wee card game in this bunch. I was fortunate that a nice Carl’s Jr. employee (ironically named "Ronald) was willing to dig…

 

by Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer
May 6, 2007
  "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."  -Theodore Roosevelt  

 

by Daniel Pickett
May 4, 2007
SM3MMBoxBack.jpg One of the exclusives last month at the WizardWorld Los Angeles comic book conventions was the Exclusive Spider-Man3 MiniMate 2-pack.  This pack featured both the Red Spider-Man and Black Costume Spiderman. These new versions of Spider-man use the standard size MiniMate body and it is the first time that the movie costume has been used…

 

by Daniel Pickett
May 2, 2007
NewAvSpiderBoxBack.jpg Diamond Select Toys newest bust is the "New Avengers Spider-Man" Straight from the pages of Civil War this 6" bust depicts the now un-masked wall crawler in his new costume. After Spider-Man’s newer powers developed in "The Other", Tony Stark (Iron Man) developed a new suit for Peter, which he began wearing in The Amazing…

 

by Daniel Pickett
April 29, 2007
Spider-Man Week- Day One Snow Patrol’s video for their new song "Signal Fire", an original song and video from the upcoming Spiderman 3 Soundtrack in stores May 1st

 

by Daniel Pickett
April 19, 2007
afi-shirt-logo.gif   2nd Anniversary Celebration   There’s an extensive list of Marvel product that Toy Biz/Marvel Toys were looking at doing for 2007/2008 when the license for Marvel characters was transfered to Hasbro.   Most of these concepts will not see the light of day.  Over the next few days I’ll be posting some of these…

 

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