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 Post subject: Anyone else Nostalgic for Toy Magazines?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:34 am 
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Back when there was Lee's AFN and Toy Review, Tomarts, Toy Shop, and later Toy Fair. There was also White's guide but they sucked. The printed page slowly is dying out and the days of niche magazines is over. But it was very informative before the internet hit.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone else Nostalgic for Toy Magazines?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:32 am 
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I still miss Toyfare.

But I have to admit the Internet is a much more efficient method of getting info these days.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:26 am 
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Shellhead wrote:
But I have to admit the Internet is a much more efficient method of getting info these days.

No doubt about it, we are seeing pics of SDCC in almost real time as opposed to paying $5 to read about it two months after the fact. I still remember when John BonvitA's Mego bible came out. So many rare figures and prototypes even hardcore collectors minds were blown.Image


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone else Nostalgic for Toy Magazines?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:22 am 
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The only mag I miss is Toyfare honestly. Anything I need as far as information goes I can find online, but Toyfare was funny and stupid and just, not clever, but not completely unaware of what they were and what they were doing.

It was a joy to read the dumb shingbling and Twisted Mego Theater and all the other silly stuff each month. I really just loved the energy and good humor of the whole thing. Sure sometimes it was a dud but the guys that made it really put a lot of themselves into the pages and it was a fun read and a labor of love.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone else Nostalgic for Toy Magazines?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:40 am 
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Agreed. It was especially great in the early years when they could parody DC characters as well. Before Warner Brothers sicced their lawyers on them.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone else Nostalgic for Toy Magazines?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:15 pm 
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I definitely miss them. Nice big pictures of figures, and nobody arguing about how much this or that sucks!

ToyFare was fun, I miss that one the most. They had some nice articles about older toy lines which were pretty informative.

Sure, the Internet news if faster, but it can be a pain in the ass to slog through all the posts to find the info - and I've always loved magazines. Who needs books with all their words?


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone else Nostalgic for Toy Magazines?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 5:50 am 
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I also miss Toy Fare. I even had a sub!

It was good fun to read and seeing upcoming figures was always exciting, especially in a full size magazine page.


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I liked White's Guide. Jeannie Savin featured my work in her article 5 times.

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We subbed to Toyfare for years, still have the complete collection. It was a dumb magazine though, not really about information, just stupid jokes, in the end, I only read it for Twisted Toyfare Theater. If I want information, I get online, magazines of all kinds are a dying breed.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone else Nostalgic for Toy Magazines?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:23 pm 
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Out of curiosity... What would you want to see in a toy/figure magazine if one were still around today?

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Back when there was Lee's AFN and Toy Review, Tomarts, Toy Shop, and later Toy Fair. There was also White's guide but they sucked. The printed page slowly is dying out and the days of niche magazines is over. But it was very informative before the internet hit.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone else Nostalgic for Toy Magazines?
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The magazines had an updated price list on collectables. Most just covered action figures while White's covered a wider range including die cast and sports items. They were listed with MMC, MoC, loose, etc. categories that allowed you to keep track of what your collection was worth. I have yet to find anything like that on line. Pictures of old and new figures were always good and that you can find on line. At least in the magazines you had to be a journalist to write a column. On line anyone with a keyboard can pretend to be an expert, but when they start leaving out basic facts, their incompetence shows.

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Personally, I never really looked at the price guides. Usually because they had no basis in fact and because I was never really interested in selling. Ebay is my price guide now because something is only worth what somebody's willing to pay for it. :wink:

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A solid price guide can be useful for insurance purposes.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone else Nostalgic for Toy Magazines?
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lpm wrote:
Out of curiosity... What would you want to see in a toy/figure magazine if one were still around today?


I'd rather have a simple, no-nonsense magazine that listed everything new that was coming out and, if not a price guide, at least guides to everything that is available in particular series. It's hard to know what's available to buy, especially classic or older toys, when there are no comprehensive lists around. Price lists take a lot of work, which limits the ability of a magazine to keep thousands of toys updated, I'd settle for some vague guidelines, along the lines of $ = $1-10, $$ = $10-50, or whatever.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone else Nostalgic for Toy Magazines?
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Most nostalgic for me was the toyfare sections in Wizard magazine. I loved to see the customs people did using parts from other figures.


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