All this week here in the AFi Archives we have been showcasing a figure in each of the different lines from Mattel’s new WWE license.   The line officially goes on sale on January 1st, 2010 (but many stores aren’t paying attention to the markings on the cases and the figures are currently on the… Read More
Daniel Pickett • January 1, 2010No Comments
Last year we began an anthropological study focused on the evolutionary changes visible within the species parumplasticus populus (little plastic people). Over the last several months I undertook to reexamine the fossil record. The findings range from predictable to surprising. Whereas today’s parumplasticus populus is more sophisticated in many ways, its ancestors maintain the genetic… Read More
Danny "CantinaDan" Neumann • December 31, 200915 Comments
As the decade comes to a close, it’s time to reflect upon this bizarre hobby of collecting tiny plastic men. This past decade saw a renaissance of sorts in the toy collecting hobby, with the increased focus on adult collector-only lines, and a rebirth of many of the 1980s properties we cherished as kids. We… Read More
Ryan "TheSuperfly" Prast • December 31, 200913 Comments
I’ve remarked before in these entries that I believe we’re living in the Golden Age of Action Figures, and for me, there’s no better evidence than this past decade. Now, because we’re all geeks at heart, and passionate ones, we always quibble, and a great many of us moan, about the shortcomings of our favorite… Read More
Jason "Plastic Soul" Lenzi • December 30, 20093 Comments
 I’ve been reading articles at Newsarama.com  about how the Avengers has been turned into a franchise.  It hit me this morning.  As more of a DC fan than Marvel, why has DC not turned the Justice League into a franchise?   Sure, there was JLA Classified, but that folded a few years back without even a… Read More
Erik "Superfriend" Skov • December 26, 20098 Comments
I was already working on this blog when Cantina Dan posted his on the same topic (with the same name even!)… to tell the truth I started this blog LAST Christmas and never got around finishing it.   Like Dan my family was of a modest income being the son of two teachers, but they,… Read More
Daniel Pickett • December 25, 20098 Comments
Recently I wrote a blog about the old AD&D toy line. In the post I included a 25 year old Christmas photo that showed some of those toys under the tree. It got me thinking about how many cherished childhood playthings I actually received all those momentous December 25ths. We didn’t grow up in the… Read More
Danny "CantinaDan" Neumann • December 23, 20098 Comments
 I was on my way to lunch and suddenly in front of me was huge poster of a toy I did not know was coming.  There on the entrance to Burger King was a giant picture of Captain America from the Super Hero Squad.  Apparently, this had completely slipped under my radar.  The big deal… Read More
Erik "Superfriend" Skov • December 8, 20095 Comments
We must always remember what happened on this day at Pearl Harbor 68 years ago. The passing of time has not dulled the memories of those who endured the attack, which ushered the United States into World War II. For the United States, the war would last for three years and nine months more, until… Read More
Ryan "TheSuperfly" Prast • December 7, 20092 Comments
Found a fun little item over at Amazon this morning. Despite the title of the blog, it wasn’t a toy. In Amazon’s music download store they have an abundance of music that is free to download. I’m having fun checking that page each day as you never know what you’ll find each morning. Now the… Read More
Jim Abell • December 7, 20092 Comments
For anyone who is a regular visitor to AFI, I’m sure it’s no surprise to learn that the licensing and approval process for action figures is not an exact science. It’s usually fraught with delays, dozens of people who need to have everything run past them, misunderstandings, too many departments missing each other’s information (or… Read More
Jason "Plastic Soul" Lenzi • December 7, 20098 Comments
Sweet, a week late…punctuality is overrated. I wrote this last week and posted on facebook, but I wanted to share here too.Thanksgiving may be over, but the sentiment is always relevant.  – – – – – This Thanksgiving Day, it may be all-too-easy to dwell on the negative thoughts and feelings, and all the struggles… Read More
Ryan "TheSuperfly" Prast • December 3, 20091 Comment