As I was running errands over the weekend I stopped be a recently stocked Toys R Us and lucked into the other new heroes in The Batman line- The Superman, The Flash and The Martian Manhunter.  We had carded pictures of these figures up on the front page last week, but I hadn’t seen any… Read More
Daniel Pickett • January 14, 2008No Comments
  Making the rounds on the net are these solict pics of the first assortment of the Hasbro toy line that ties-into the upcoming Spectacular Spider-Man animated series on Kid’s WB. Shown are Symbiote costume Spidey, Spider-Man with interchangeable Peter Parker Head, Venom, and Dr. Octopus. Faithfully based on designs by Sean "Cheeks" Galloway, best… Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • January 13, 2008No Comments
…but you’re gonna have to face it you’re addicted to toy information.  I recently answered a forum post to explain to a faithful reader why our trusty Mattel rep, ToyGuru, hadn’t posted lately to spill the beans on the upcoming JLU announcement in February’s Toyfare magazine.  Click here to read that exchange. Go ahead, I’ll… Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • January 13, 20085 Comments
This exclusive Red Edition Grabbit is TOUMA’s latest figure from Play Imaginative and features TOUMA’s signature teethy grin.  This new super red glossy version is available exclusively through Previews catalog.  Grabbit comes boxed and will be limited to 300 pcs. This amazing vinyl figure comes marked with serial number, and includes a mini art print… Read More
Daniel Pickett • January 10, 2008No Comments
Please check out the new site that our friend Peter Go (of AFHub.com) just launched: www.DCUC.info Inspired a great deal by Jason Geyer’s Super Powers archive, Peter felt this great new line from Mattel and the Four Horsemen needed a definitive archive of its own. It’s still very much a work-in-progress, but there is much… Read More
Daniel Pickett • January 10, 2008No Comments
January 8, 2008 (SEATTLE) — WizKids Inc. announces Order 66, the next scheduled release of the Star Wars™ PocketModel™ trading card game (TCG), to arrive in stores March 2008. Chancellor Palpatine’s treachery has been revealed, and the annihilation of the Jedi rebellion is imminent with the execution of Order 66.  Fight the military response with… Read More
Daniel Pickett • January 9, 2008No Comments
Really HasbroCollectors.com?   Seriously? So just before the holidays I placed a fairly large order of Star Wars figures and a few Marvel Legends I was missing because I had two codes that when used together gave me about 25% off my full order. I got the majority of the order in one box, about… Read More
Daniel Pickett • January 9, 2008No Comments
Next in DST’s continuing line of Movie Minimates releases comes this Minimates set based on the thrilling 1991 Academy Award-winning Best Picture “The Silence of the Lambs”! Prepare to explore the darker side of humanity with this Minimates box set featuring Clarice Starling, the twisted Dr. Lecter, Buffalo Bill and the ingenious Hannibal the Cannibal!… Read More
Daniel Pickett • January 8, 2008No Comments
Mattel has provided us with carded images of the new  heroes in The Batman line.  Shipping right now to stores are Green Lantern and Hawkman.  These were mostly found at Targets and Wal-Marts around the holidays.    And coming right behind them are The Flash, Martian Manhunter and Superman.  We were told these were coming… Read More
Daniel Pickett • January 8, 2008No Comments
Iconic Toy Maker’s 60th Year Of Engaging America’s Young And Old With A Yearlong Celebration That Includes Online Commercial Contests, Special 60th Anniversary Products And A Search For The Next Great Kid Toy Inventor EMERYVILLE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WHAM-O, Inc., the originator of innovative outdoor fun, is marking its 60th year of engaging kids of all ages… Read More
Daniel Pickett • January 7, 2008No Comments
Mattel has given us the exclusive first look at the Wave III Variants for their new DC Universe Classics line.   Fans will now have the opportunity to get Deathstroke aka Slade Wilson unmasked and Sinestro in his recent SINESTRO CORPS uniform.  The gang over at Toy Fare broke the first pictures of this wave, and… Read More
Daniel Pickett • January 3, 2008No Comments
The New Year’s traveling cut short my blogging time the past couple of days, so I’m a bit behind the schedule I had planned to keep.  So I think I’ll write a few extra posts over the next week to catch up. One thing I did see over the holidays was this crazy toy on… Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • January 2, 2008No Comments
We’re testing some cool new things here at the ol’ AFI, so you shouldn’t read too much into todays’ poll…or should you? Enjoy! Opinion Polls & Market Research Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • January 2, 2008No Comments
As most of you have read, I’m currently back in Oklahoma celebrating the  holidays with my family and old friends. Once again I have access to Walmarts (which are few and far between in the Los Angeles area) and several Targets… and I have to tell you, I’m having MUCH better luck finding stuff here… Read More
Daniel Pickett • December 30, 2007No Comments
I don’t feel like going overboard on a big blog post today, so instead I’ll just gather a few neat things I’ve seen around the web recently. First, Christophe of the Hall of Justice webpage has made a couple of really nice visual checklists for Mattels’ JLU and DCSH/DCUC lines. Click on each one to… Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • December 30, 20072 Comments
Recently a person who had been banned some time ago from the AFI forums wrote to demand that he be let back on the forums. Never mind the fact that he was warned multiple times before being banned (and the fact that almost no one goes far enough to even get banned from AFI) or… Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • December 29, 20079 Comments
They pull me back in! Over the years I’ve "quit" collecting toys many, many times. But this past year I really thought that i was done for good. I had stopped picking up most current lines, I moved into my own house, and had about 75 boxes of toys that had been in storage for… Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • December 27, 20071 Comment
Looking back on 2007, I think the number one complaint of most collectors has not been a lack of product range being produced, but the near impossibility of finding many, many figures. Although all companies are to blame, Mattel probably comes of harshest in the eyes of collectors for the crazy distribution and bizarre case… Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • December 26, 20072 Comments
Just in time for the holidays!   We have an exclusive interview with Round 2 Corp, the new company that brought Rudolph and Charlie Brown back to store shelves, and started off strong with their brand new Frosty products.  We find out who they are, where they came from and what’s next for Round 2… Read More
Daniel Pickett • December 25, 2007No Comments
And what have you done?  Apologies to John Lennon, but this year I haven’t done anywhere near as much as I should have. Sure, I finally bought my first house and gained a couple of dogs (and a 40 mile commute! Yikes!) but I had planned on accomplishing a lot more. A lot of things… Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • December 25, 2007No Comments