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by Jeff Cope
February 26, 2013
valiant_oldnew1.jpg So, it’s already been reported here at AFi (here and here), as well as some of the other toy sites, and speculated about on various forums, that David Vonner (who has worked on fan-favorite lines like Marvel Legends and Marvel Universe in his time at Toy Biz and Hasbro) is working on a new project….

 

by Danny "CantinaDan" Neumann
February 25, 2013
photo-4-150x1501.jpg I always regretted not buying the Toynami Herculoids sets when they were easily available. They are definitely one of the coolest cartoon families ever. Of course, I had only vague recollections of the cartoon so I watched a couple episodes the other day. Pretty much what you’d expect from a Alex Toth / Hanna-Barbera cartoon…

 

by Erik "Superfriend" Skov
February 23, 2013
BlackLightning-117x150.jpg One of the great things about HeroClix was being able to build a team of whatever characters you wanted. Case in point: I was always disappointed that in the late 70’s Black Lightning had turned down membership in the Justice League of America. HeroClix gave me the chance to build a team of Superman, Batman,…

 

DSC01177-500x530.jpg Mattel’s latest DC Universe retail offerings have begun to show up on the shelves of brick & mortar and specialty shops nationwide.  Here are the most recent releases!

 

by Danny "CantinaDan" Neumann
February 14, 2013
BLOGgofigures-open1.jpg I love taking pictures of the little plastic people. Its kinda my grown-up way of playing with my toys. As an adult, I don’t think its quite possible to replicate that very imaginative space children occupy when playing with their toys. Trust me, I’ve tried. Through the eyes of a child, toys become more than inanimate…

 

by Jeff Cope
February 13, 2013
PowerLords_logo1.jpg Well, Toy Fair 2013 is in the history books. For me, this was one of the better Toy Fairs of recent memory. Well, part of the reason was technically outside of Toy Fair proper and that would be the unveiling of the Four Horsemen’s upcoming Power Lords revival at their Toypocalypse event. I am so…

 

by Erik "Superfriend" Skov
February 9, 2013
ASM_CHECKLIST-463x600.jpg I was remiss in not reporting that the latest WizKids HeroClix release was last Wednesday.  So here is the picture checklist (minus the chase figures). Here is an example of a chase piece.  Notice the red base.  The chase pieces since the Incredible Hulk set have had different colored bases from the normal black base…

 

by Danny "CantinaDan" Neumann
February 4, 2013
BLOGpinewood-open1.jpg You ever have a moving box of miscellaneous stuff that just never gets unpacked? I’ve had one that’s travelled with me to multiple homes. Ever time I look at it I get irritated because I’m kind’uv an anti-packrat. Finally the other day I decided enough was enough, the box was getting unpacked even if it…

 

by Danny "CantinaDan" Neumann
February 2, 2013
BLOGpeewee-open1.jpg “There’s a lotta things about me you don’t know anything about. Things you couldn’t understand. Things … you shouldn’t understand.” I’m not sure if its taken six months to write this blog because the lines quoted above are how I feel a little, but, if you’ll forgive my tardiness I’ll plow ahead! A couple years…

 

by Erik "Superfriend" Skov
January 30, 2013
TeenTitansGo-TitansEast1.jpg Young Justice and Green Lantern Animated are ending.  It appears that replacing them in the DC Nation block will be a new take on Batman and a new take on Teen Titans.  The new Teen Titans show appears to be modeled after the DC Nation shorts of hilarious escapades of the cast of the prior…

 

by Daniel Pickett
January 8, 2013
The “Hills” Are Alive… With Toys! Over the holidays I was talking to fellow AFi staffer Cantina Dan about the “olden days” of collecting and I mentioned my time in the mid 90’s out east and hitting “Hills” department stores as part of my regular run.   I never had Hills in the mid-west and they seemed to be a treasure trove…

 

by Daniel Pickett
January 3, 2013
20130103-2246241.jpg Just got this in the mail from the good folks at Round 2 and Captain Action. Full feature coming soon…  

 

by Jeff Cope
January 3, 2013
who50th_logo1.jpg Well, not me.  Not yet.  I’ve got a couple more years left in my 40s. But, Doctor Who is turning 50 this year. Amazing. 50 years and still going strong. Sure, it had a bit of a break there in the late 80s/early 90s as far as televised adventures go. But, the Doctor still traveled…

 

by Jeff Cope
January 2, 2013
Marvel-Now-logo1.jpg Marvel Comics recently launched their Marvel NOW re-branding (“it’s not a reboot!”) of their publishing efforts. Being a pretty dyed-in-the-wool trade-waiter I’ve not read any of these yet. However, thanks to various online comics sites such as Newsarama and Comic Book Resources I’ve seen many of the new looks that the various Marvel characters are…

 

by Ryan "TheSuperfly" Prast
December 31, 2012
2012_101.jpg As the year comes to an end, it’s been tough been trying to decide who will make my short list of Top Ten Action Figures for 2012.  It’s been tough to pare it down to ten, with some really great toys just missing the cut.  My criteria? well, the web has enough articulate, detailed, and…

 

by Jeff Cope
December 31, 2012
Ah, December 31st. We meet again. In a few hours we fall headlong into a new year. 2013. Still no sign of flying cars. 2013 has been a year of change for me and my family. We’ve had a major shift in the focus of our lives, which led to a move cross country from…

 

by Ryan "TheSuperfly" Prast
December 28, 2012
Flagg-catalog.jpg Just for the holidays, I’m reposting one of my favorite Times Past recollections…I hope you all had a safe and happy holiday. Enjoy! – – – – – With the holidays here, this seemed like a good time to share my memory of receiving one of the greatest gifts ever. Read on! 1985.  Arguably the greatest…

 

by Erik "Superfriend" Skov
December 23, 2012
Clixmas11-500x299.jpg Wow.  Titans across the ages.  We already knew that the 80’s Perez Teen Titans and the modern nu52 Teen Titans were in this set.  Now we can see that the whole spectrum of Titans history is in the set, from the earliest team.  And this preview also shows us a new team base, the four…

 

by Erik "Superfriend" Skov
December 22, 2012
Clixmas10-500x299.jpg The Spiderman set due out in February will include a sub theme of classic monsters.

 

by Erik "Superfriend" Skov
December 21, 2012
Clixmas09-500x299.jpg Wolverine and the X-Men is a set which is due out sometime next summer.  The big draw is that it will focus back to the costumes of the 90’s, while the last set which featured the X-Men (Giant Sized X-Men: GSX) was geared more towards modern looks.  As I was taking a break from the…

 

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