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
…and Chiron Beta Prime!   [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3DyxaCYlfg[/youtube]   Thanks to everyone that reads, contributes and didn’t hack the site this year.  Read More
Daniel Pickett • December 25, 2007No Comments
Here’s a great idea made better.  We all remember the old Rock’em Sock’em Robots (by Marx!) and spent many an afternoon pummeling our opponent.  But what if you could open that "arena" up and REALLY get to some robot bashing?!?!  That’s the idea behind Johnny Lightnings new BATTLE WHEELS. These are collectible remote controlled,fighting robots… Read More
Daniel Pickett • December 24, 2007No Comments
Welcome to the Shelves! or How ROUND 2 Saved Christmas! As many of you know I was a HUGE fan of Playing Mantis’ holiday "Memory Lane" lines of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Peanuts lines back in the day. As a result theirs was always one of my favorite showrooms to visit each year at […] Read More
Daniel Pickett • December 23, 2007No Comments