My Thoughts on Toy Fair Part 1- Amok Time
February 23, 2008

 

In the coming weeks I’ll be posting news, information and my general thoughts about what I saw this year at Toy Fair 2008.   First up is retailer turned manufacturer Amok Time

You can see all of our Amok Time Showroom Photos by clicking here. 

Amok Time

Amok Time is having a go at manufacturing toys as well as being an online retailer.   They have taken over the classic Battlestar Galactica 12” license from the now defunct Majestic Studios.  The silver and gold cylons were fairly widely available at Tower Records and the like before Tower went under, as was the 12” Apollo.  The 12” Starbuck and Adama however were much harder to come by, so it’s nice to see them re-released.  It looks like the new AT versions will sell for $49, which is a little higher than the original Majestic figures went for.

Starbuck and Apollo will be re-released with new head sculpts.  Adama will be the same.  Then we will start to see new characters such as Boomer, Tigh, Athena and Lucifer.  They are still working on securing the likeness rights with Baltar’s estate.  When the Cylons are re-released they will have the back skirts missing from the original release.

They were displayed on a cool custom Galactica bridge diorama.  That was for display purposes only unfortunately. AT has already started taking preorders for some of these figures on their website.

They are also continuing on with the classic 12” Lost in Space line as well as starting up a line of 12” B-movie monsters.   Also in their 12” line is the classic film version of The Day The Earth Stood Still”with Klatuu at 12” and a 16” rotocast Gort. 

They are also in talks to develop some product based on some classic adult film stars, the first of which is Seka.  Their Seka bookends from last year were a big hit so they are looking at expanding that line further with figures and other merchandise. 

This is Amok Time’s 16 year in business and it should prove to be the most interesting for fans and collectors with all of these licenses they now hold.  All of these offerings look great and I’m excited to see where Amok Time will go with them. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on them.

 

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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