As a designer, I’m always thankful that I have at my fingertips some of the greatest tools ever developed for both sheer flexibility and ease of use in making me look good: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Painter, and my trusty Wacom tablet. Up until now I also have relied heavily on what I consider my secret… Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • October 28, 20064 Comments
TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 26, 2006 – On Monday, November 6 from 3-5PM at the Toys R Us in Times Square in New York City, LOST TV star Jorge Garcia, McFarlane Toys creative force and Spawn creator Todd McFarlane and LOST Executive Producer Bryan Burk will be signing autographs and greeting customers that purchase the new… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 27, 2006No Comments
Captain Action, the Original Super Hero Action Figure, was honored amongst his peers on October 14th at the Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. The iconic toy of the 60’s is beloved by a legion of fans, ranging from nostalgic "40-somethings" to comic fans and character collectors. Captain Action was the brainchild… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 27, 2006No Comments
Toy, Model and Film Expo in Meadowlands NJ October 27th – 29th, 2006   Shocker Toys will be attending the Chiller Theatre show in New Jersey  Oct. 27-29. We’ll be located at a booth in the dealers room equipped with the last few Beefcake GWAR exclusives and the usual Shockini suspects. Drop by and discuss… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 27, 2006No Comments
In my column on how the Internet has changed, and in some ways fostered, action figure collecting, I lamented the passing of surprise.  I once had several mini-Christmases a year as each new wave of G.I. Joe, Masters of the Universe, or Transformers appeared on Toys R Us pegs.  I’d get a new figure and feverishly pour… Read More
Jason "JJJason" Chirevas • October 27, 20062 Comments
KidRobot has in stock their new limited vinyl figure based on the Gorillaz band -2D, Murdoc, Russel, and Noodle- as they appear on their latest album, Demon Days.  This is a departure from how they appeared when the first set was released last year, and these new figures are only 6"-8" tall, where the previous… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 26, 2006No Comments
New Robotic Insectoid Joins Tyco® R/C’s Cyber Menagerie EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (October 26, 2006) – Fast on the heels of last year’s smash-hit, Toy Industry Association’s “Boy Toy of the Year" the Shell Shocker™ creature, Mattel, Inc. (NYSE:MAT) today announced the latest Tyco® R/C creation to emerge from its top secret labs – N.S.E.C.T.™ –… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 26, 2006No Comments
Here’s a cool, one of a kind little item I thought you guys would dig. As you may recall Kid Robot did an extremely limited  run of vinyl figures based on Jamie Hewlett’s designs for the "animated" personas of the band the "Gorillaz."       Many fans salivated over these, but a lot couldn’t justify… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 26, 20062 Comments
Most collectors don’t realize that outside of the online communities there is a giant world of books about toys. I hope to highlight some of these books from time to time, since for the most part they are not readily noticable at your local bookstore. Today we’re going to look at Mastering the Universe: He-Man… Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • October 25, 20061 Comment
Toy Biz has sent us some MORE new images today including Marvel Legends Boosters wave 4 (Formerly known as Super Hero Showdown).  Some new TNA stuff and the Marvel Legends "House of M" boxed set.   Have a LOOK! Marvel Legends Boosters  Daredevil and Variant    More after the jump Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 25, 2006No Comments
Well, hello there. It’s been a week and a half since AFI relaunched and opened the doors on these shiny new blogs…and this is my first entry. I hope it’s blogworthy. Life’s been a little nuts around the Cope household since the launch, hence my delay. Many of you know that I have been unemployed… Read More
Jeff Cope • October 25, 2006No Comments
October 25, 2006 (SEATTLE) – WizKids Inc., creator of the award-winning Tsuro(tm) board game, announced today the launch of two new board games: Oshi(tm) and Pirates: Quest for Davy Jones’ Gold(tm). "We are excited to increase WizKids’ board game lineup with these great new titles," said Joe Hauck, executive vice president of Sales, Marketing and… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 25, 2006No Comments
Not necessarily toy news, Mozilla has released the latest version of it’s popular Firefox browser.  This release is supposed to be more secure, more stable, and use less resources than previous versions. Read all about the new features here. They also have upgraded Feed capabilities, which will coming in handy once we activate our subscriber… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 25, 2006No Comments
Toy Biz has sent us updated images of Marvel Icons wave III (and variants) and Marvel Masterworks wave II. Spiderman and Variant    Beast and Variant    Marvel Masterworks Series II    Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 24, 2006No Comments
Hot on the heels of Marvel Legends 14… Marvel Legends 15 has already begun hitting a few stores.  Toy Biz just sent us the latest studio photos of the figures and variants. Beta Ray Bill  Captain Marvel and Variant   Iron Man and Destroyer Variant      Moon Knight and Variant     Spider-Woman and Variant  … Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 24, 2006No Comments
Nightmares of Love Craft have arrived and are distributing as you read this! Here is a look at the packaging of SOTA’s upcoming Cthulhu figure. Although SOTA is already sold out, Love Craft will be distributed through the normal channels (online retailers, comic book stores, specialty toys stores, Spencer Gifts,ect). The Black Cthulhu (previously the… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 24, 2006No Comments
SOTA update time! Here are some new pictures of Now Playing wave three. Notice the two Bloody Werewolf Variants? These will be available (but not exclusively) on our web-site as well as the regular Brown and the Regular Grey Werewolves. All this should be arriving and distributing in late November.         Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 24, 2006No Comments
For those of you that are MySpace friends with NECA you’ve already heard the news, but for the rest of you:   God of War Yes Kratos is coming – I dropped some hints a few weeks back now we can confirm that Kratos from God of War is coming in action figure form this… Read More
Daniel Pickett • October 24, 2006No Comments
  …for I am Chirevas, King of the Weak-Willed Geeks. One of the lines I’ve been on the fence about since its release is The Batman from Mattel.  I like the show well enough (No, it’s NOT Timm’s Batman: The Animated Series.  Put your hand down.) and I rounded up a bunch of figures at… Read More
Jason "JJJason" Chirevas • October 23, 2006No Comments
This will be an ongoing feature here at Ottertorials: ideas and concepts that never made it off the drawing board. While many collectors are aware of certain toys and figures that never make it into production (especially concerning Star Wars toys) most people don’t realize that for every toy made, there are dozens if not… Read More
Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer • October 22, 2006No Comments