Below are the DC Direct solicitations for items shipping June 2009.  It includes on the most anticipated lines that DC Direct has ever announced.    ACTION FIGURES   HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES BASED ON THE ART OF GEORGE PÉREZ The first in an ongoing line of action figures that spans… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 20, 2008No Comments
Dream Halloween is right around the corner. This is a fantastic event where Mattel teams created one-of-a-kind collector items to auction off for Children Affected by Aids. This year, among the spectacular toys are two items we showed off first at San Diego Comic Con, the one-of-a-kind Darth Mater and the second and last publically… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 20, 20081 Comment
One of the things you notice fairly quickly when you collect this stuff – and take it out of the package –  is how much packaging there really is.  It doesn’t matter the toy or the company, there is still packaging that has to be dealt with.   What do we do with it?  Read More
Erik "Superfriend" Skov • October 18, 20084 Comments
Due to unforseen events, the JLU Repaint Custom Showcase will be slightly delayed. We hope to have it live as soon as possible. In the meantime, we are proud to present in its place….THIS!!! [youtube]XAg5KjnAhuU[/youtube]   Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • October 18, 2008No Comments
The good folks over at Entertainment Weekly have sent us some news and a preview of the cover featuring Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine from the new Star Trek movie.  The issue hits newsstands tomorrow, October 17 and has great photos from the highly anticipated film. Below are some of the more newsworthy quotes below… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 16, 2008No Comments
Action-Packed Film And Television Brands Include STAR TREK, TERMINATOR SALVATION And TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Expansions Of Innovative Playmates Toys Originals, MYLIFE and NIGHT GUARDIANS™, THE DEFENDERS OF DREAMTIME          COSTA MESA, CA – Drawing upon a rich history of pioneering imaginative products as well successfully managing and developing lines based on stellar entertainment brand… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 16, 20081 Comment
October 15, 2008 (SEATTLE) — WizKids Inc. announces the manufacture sell-in of DC HeroClix®: Arkham Asylum.  WizKids’ entire inventory of Arkham Asylum, releasing October 22, has been completely sold in to distribution in North America due to overwhelming preorder sales.  DC HeroClix: Arkham Asylum brings BATMAN’s most dangerous villains to players’ tabletops to re-wage the… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 15, 2008No Comments
Gaaaaaaah!   There was NO new JLU for so long and now there is SOOOO much new JLU goodness I can hardly stand it!   To think that this line was so close to canceled last summer, and now to already have 17 1/2 new figures so far is amazing! I just got a the… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 15, 20086 Comments
Mattel and Nelvana to Bring Hot Wheels® to the TV Screen as the Brand Celebrates its 40th Anniversary EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (October 13, 2008) –Mattel, Inc. (NYSE: MAT) and Corus Entertainment Inc.’s (NYSE: CJR; TSE: CJR.B) Nelvanaannounced today that Hot Wheels®, the No. 1 vehicle property in the U.S.[1], will be developed into a new… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 14, 2008No Comments
Much like their Q&A sessions with the brand managers of Star Wars, Marvel and GI Joe, the team at Hasbro has started up a monthly Q&A session with the team the runs the Transformers brand.   We at AFI put out a call for questions and you responded.  Below are your questions to "Team Transformers"… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 14, 2008No Comments
The Wall Street Journal and MSN Money have posted an interesting article today about toys and the holiday buying season.   "The discount retailer, which earlier this decade aggressively grabbed a bigger share of the toy market, prepares for the year-end holidays by slashing prices on 10 popular toys to $10." You can read the… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 14, 2008No Comments
San Francisco, CA – (Oct. 14, 2008) – Dr. Toy, (www.drtoy.com) today announced a new feature of selected toys called “BEST PICKS FOR 2008.” The items were chosen by Dr. Toy, aka Stevanne Auerbach, PhD., who has been evaluating children’s products for more than 25 years, to complement the goal of providing the most current… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 14, 2008No Comments
Custom Celebration 3 set for October 13-26   October 13, 2008— For more than 25 years, Hasbro’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero action figures have fueled the imaginations of passionate fans. And since 2002, more than 1,700 those fans have drawn on each other’s energy and creativity to inspire their own artistic efforts, sharing… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 13, 2008No Comments
Vader over at AFHub.com has pictures of Hot Toys latest 12" figure from their "The Dark Knight" collection. Hot Toys is proud to announce the seventh collectible from The Dark Knight movie series – the 1/6th scale TWO-FACE/ Harvey Dent collectible figure. This figure stands approximately 12 inches tall and features more than 32 points… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 13, 2008No Comments
MIDDLETON, Wis., Oct 13, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — American Girl officially announced plans today to say farewell to Samantha Parkington, one of the company’s original historical characters introduced in 1986. Samantha’s complete product collection, including her best friend Nellie(TM), will soon be removed from American Girl’s catalogue, Web site, and retail stores and placed in… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 13, 2008No Comments
Packaging Art Hand Painted by Alex Ross, In-Pack Comic Book By MK Co-Creator John Tobias Today, Midway officially confirmed details and box art for the special North American Kollector’s Edition of Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe. Featuring box art that was hand painted by Alex Ross, one of the world’s most pre-eminent and respected comic… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 13, 2008No Comments
Toy2R, one of the pioneers in the designer toy business, is excited to announce the launch of Toy2R USA.   For more then 10 years, the iconic Toy2R Qee brand has been one of the most recognizable platforms in the designer toy genre.   Establishing a US office will allow Toy2R to expand their global presence…. Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 13, 2008No Comments
Custom Con 21 is in full swing over at Joe Acevedo’s site.  They are already up to the day 4 listings so there’s lots of great stuff to see!   Check it out at this link.   And don’t forget the deadline is approaching for our own AFI JLU Custom Showcase.   I’ve seen a… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 9, 2008No Comments
One of my current favorite books is  Superman/Batman. The concept seems like a no brainer.  Put DCs top 2 characters in the same book.  Its been done before.  When I was younger, the same concept was called "Worlds Finest."  Sometimes an idea is so good it strikes gold twice. Read More
Erik "Superfriend" Skov • October 8, 20085 Comments
Second Chapter of “Watchmen” Motion Comics Now Available on iTunes and other Digital Distributors   Burbank, Calif., October 8, 2008 – Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution today announced the renowned graphic album “Batman: Black & White” and graphic novel “Superman: Red Son” are being developed into short-form digital Motion Comics.  In addition the… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 8, 2008No Comments