As Julius Marx wanders the Javits Center between appointments he’s snapping camera phone pics right and left to share with you, the reader. See below are a wide range of stuff, including Rocky3 and Platoon Mini-Mates, a few new Battlestar Galactica figures, A few of Shocker Toys’ new prototypes (Shi, Katchoo, and the Maxx),… Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • February 17, 2008No Comments
After thinking that fans had seen nearly everything that would be offered this year in DCUC, and with JLU not being shown due to its new status as a Target exclusive, Mattel came straight out of left field with a brand new DC Comics based line: Infinite Heroes! This amazing looking toy line will have… Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • February 17, 20081 Comment
No pictures yet, but Diamond has a new line of incredible 18" figures from Star Wars and Indiana Jones! The likenesses look to be the best we’ve seen yet for these characters. Shown in their showroom are Ben Kenobi for Star Wars: A New Hope (comes with lightsaber and jedi training remote), Han Solo in… Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • February 17, 2008No Comments
Hasbro revealed a few surprise additions to the 25th Anniversary G.I.Joe line yesterday at Toy Fair. Among the already-revealed figures are: B.A.T. w/ battle damaged head and mutliple arms Steeler & Serpentor w/ Armadillo and Air Chariot Breaker & Tele-Viper w/ RAM Cycle and Cobra Flight Pod Clutch w/ new VAMP Rip It w/ black HISS tank  DVD… Read More
Ryan "TheSuperfly" Prast • February 17, 2008No Comments
Our intrepid Julius Marx has called in with a bit of news for Dr. Who fans (if this sounds off, it’s because I don’t know a thing about Dr. Who and wrote it down wrong!): Torchwood is getting its own figures- they will be 7" scale unfortunately, but will include Jack, some of the monsters… Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • February 17, 20082 Comments
Lego has shown up this year with some awesome new licenses including the Indiana Jones license for all 4 films, the Speed Racer movie,  Star Wars: the Clone Wars animated series, and most importantly, Spongebob Squarepants! Go check out our brand new gallery of all the Lego goodness!  Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • February 17, 2008No Comments
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Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • February 16, 2008No Comments
And now it all begins! Hasbro’s Indiana Jones site just went live, and with it a bunch of new pictures of the upcoming toy line. We expect a lot more pics to show up tomorrow, but for now it looks like this line is off to a great start! Go check it out!   Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • February 15, 2008No Comments
Julius Marx is once again braving the cold, cold New York winter to bring you all the best news, pictures, and info from this year’s Toy fair extravaganza, while the rest of the AFI crew sits bundled up at home compiling it all back here for your enjoyment. Except for those of us in Texas,… Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • February 15, 2008No Comments
Here is the latest round of answers from our ongoing, monthly Mattel Q&A. You can find our past Q&A’s here. And you can discuss the answers at our Mattel board.      Q1: Legion of Super-Heroes figures ?!? Any word at all ?!? 2008 is the 50th anniversary of the debut of the Legion. Is… Read More
Daniel Pickett • February 14, 2008No Comments
Since we broke the first pic of the Crystal Skulls (since taken down at the request of paramount. Whoops!) we’ve been excited at any news of the newest exploits of our favorite teacher, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. And what could be more exciting than the first trailer for the film?… Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • February 14, 2008No Comments
Wow. I had no idea that this blog post of crazy Star Wars concepts would get picked up so fast and spread around the web. So welcome, new readers! Go check out the post on Mister Dog, you won’t regret it! And stick around next week for Toy Fair; we’ll have big pictures of lots… Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • February 14, 20085 Comments
STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–World Wrestling Entertainment®(“WWE”), the greatest force in sports entertainment, and Mattel, Inc., the undisputed champion of the toy industry and the world’s leading toy manufacturer, today announced that they have entered into a comprehensive,multi-year licensing agreement, effective as of January 2010, naming Mattel as WWE’s master toy licensee covering all global territories upon… Read More
Daniel Pickett • February 13, 2008No Comments
For many months rumors have been flying around with nothing able to be confirmed or denied about this mysterious piece….until now!   Gentle Giant is excited to announce the Obi-Wan Kenobi in Clone Trooper Armor Mini Bust, a companion piece to the similarly named statue released in January 2007.   We’ve taken one of the… Read More
Daniel Pickett • February 12, 2008No Comments
 From the "Gadgets that Crack Me Up" file: ThinkGeek has come up with a brilliant/insane new product called the: SnūzNLūz – Wifi Donation Alarm Clock. Here’s the description from their website: Connects via WiFi to your on-line bank account, and donates YOUR real money to an organization you HATE when you decide to snooze! For… Read More
Daniel Pickett • February 12, 2008No Comments
SpikeTV online has posted Episode 1 of "The Team", a new animated show starring none other than Jesse Falcon, of UCB’s Mother: The Soundtrack and Marvel Toys fame! In this episode: A ninja ambush convinces the Wolf to rejoin the Team.   Jesse is the voice of Wolf. And… just to be on the safe side… Read More
Daniel Pickett • February 11, 2008No Comments
 Hot New Toys to Debut February 17-20 at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center NEW YORK, February 11, 2008 – It will be all fun and games February 17th to 20 th at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center when more than 1,200 toy companies, 15,000 retail buyers and thousands of toy industry professionals from around… Read More
Daniel Pickett • February 11, 2008No Comments
Ten years to be exact. That’s when I left the oil fields (where I was shooting industrial video) and entered the world of product design. I got really lucky, having made some contacts through Raving Toy Maniac when I was running it with Eric G. Myers, to somehow stumble into a new career despite having… Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • February 10, 2008186 Comments
Toyfare Magazine #128 will be hitting comic shops this week and the big news contained within is Mattel’s plans for JLU in 2008. AFI’s good friend Pierre "Airmax" Kalenzaga caught an advance look at the issue and reports that among other things, JLU will be exclusive to Target stores starting this summer, and will have at… Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • February 9, 2008No Comments
It’s almost that time of year again. Toy Fair 2008 is just over a week away. As an action figure collector Toy Fair is one of the two most exciting times of the year (Comic Con International in San Diego being the other). The sneak peek into what the year ahead holds for toys is… Read More
Jeff Cope • February 8, 2008No Comments