New to AFI – And new toys on shelves now!!!
August 1, 2010

Hello AFI!  As a fan & reader of the site for a long time, I consider it a pleasure & a priviledge to be here. A liitle about me before we begin – I am a former video game designer, toy designer/producer, and a professional model builder. I’ve been writing for another toy site for the better part of ten years, and AFI is definitely a big promotion for me!  Thanks to all the Men of Action, Toy Otter, and Julius for the warm welcome I received at Comicon!

Now that the formalities are out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the newest toys hitting shelves this weekend. First is are some new offering for Mattel’s Brave & The bold. Singly carded is B’Wanna Beast (accompanied in the case by a correct color Blue Beetle) and boxed is the sweet Proto Bat-Bot.  Toy Guru told me that the Proto Bat-Bot was designed internally at Mattel, but was so liked by the folks at Cartoon Network that it will appear on the show! Lights, sounds and firing missiles round out this kid-friendly toy.

Next up shipping from is the long-awaited Iron Man Mk. V 6" exclusive. Nice to finally get this figure, which shows a marked improvement compared to Hasbro’s previous 6" offerings.  I’m sure they’ll start appearing on Walmart shelves very soon.  Last but not least, that fantastic Jabba the Hutt exclusive has surfaced at WalMart.  Here’s a pic of the one I picked up the other day in my collection .

Thanks for the read, be back soon with more new stuff & some thoughts. Please feel free to drop me a line with requests or questions! i’ll also be doing a giveaway soon in conjunction with Mr. Julius Marx with sets of Starro Spores for those who couldn’t make it to Comicon this year.
Captain Collector

Steve "Captain Collector" Ceragioli
A veteran member of the toy journalism community for well over a decade, Steve "Captain Collector" Ceragioli has written for sites like AFT, AF Hub, and Action Figure Insider. Steve moonlights a a professional model & prototype painter in his spare time, which unfortunately he has very little of! Steve collects many of today's toy lines, and he has a massive vintage & modern toy collection.
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  • Jason geyer says:

    Welcome aboard, Steve! We are all thrilled to have you as part of our crazy team!

  • demoncat says:

    nice to see you have found a new home for your articles.was hoping captain collector had not gone for good. plus been waiting for proof that that jabba is out finaly

    • Steve CaptainCollector says:

      Thank you sir! He’s definitely out, I found 2 at a local Walmart last week. He seems to ship 2/ case with 2 Jedi starfighters.

  • vader says:

    Welcome to AFi. It’s great to have you join the team. I’m looking forward to reading more of your write-ups.

  • kevfett says:

    Welcome! That’s really cool to hear the Bat-bot will appear on the show. I’ll keep an eye out for that.

  • Steve CaptainCollector says:

    Thanks Mr. Vader & Mr. Kevfett! The Proto Bat Bot is a fun toy, and it will indeed be implemented into the show. Similarly, for series 2 of Green Lanten Classics, DC let them design an all new yellow lantern (named by Geoff John, IIRC) who will be then introduced in to the comics! Mattel has some great partnerships going on right now.

  • utahpadre says:

    Where did you find the B’Wanna Beast figure? Target?

  • Steve CaptainCollector says:

    B’wanna Beast was banging on a peg at my local Wal-mart. He appears to be one per case. Check out those nipples!

  • Steve CaptainCollector says:

    It was just a tease, no new info yet, but as soon as we know, you will!

  • Hello Captain, welcome to the team! Looking forward to reading more and getting hip to what’s on the shelves!

  • Stcardinal says:

    Hey I know you! Welcome to AFI. We met a few years back at SDCC when you had a broken arm. Saw you again this year, but you brushed me aside like Megan Fox to little fat rose boy. I guess the promotion got to your head. JK.

    • Steve CaptainCollector says:

      LOL!!! Ah the SDCC with the dislocated shoulder! What fun that was! Sorry I “rock starred” you this year πŸ˜‰

  • Jeremy SpyMagician says:

    Hey Steve!

    It was great meeting you at Con and great to have you as part of the team!

    You HAVE to blog about your amazing dioramas, I don’t think the AFI crowd has been fully blown away by your model building skills yet!


    • Steve CaptainCollector says:

      Trust me, the feeling & the respect is
      Mutual!!! You saw some of my work??? Awesome! Thank you so much! I’m working on some neat stuff now, I’ll definitely be showing some of it soon. I’m working this weekend on my 30″ X 30″ X 30″ Death Star playset!

  • TRDouble says:

    Welcome, Captain Collector! I had your old column bookmarked and it was always a joy to click on the link and see a new article!

  • Danny Cantina-Dan says:

    Late to this, but big welcome, CC! Glad to have ya here and looking forward to your contributions! And, yes, if Spy says “amazing dioramas,” I want to see!

    Thanks for the heads up on Jabba. Can’t wait to get him!

  • Gothneo says:

    Hey ???Man! Good to see you on AFI! I’ve book marked your blog so I can get to it easily! Looking forward to reading many years of your reviews here!

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