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What A Long Strange Trip It's Been...


Well, we're trying something a bit new this year here at AFI. After spending the past 6 or 7 years being beaten down by the glory and the chaos that is SDCC, I (Jason 'ToyOtter' Geyer) am staying behind to man the fort while our intrepid team (Daniel 'Julius Marx' Pickett, Cuban Zod, and Mike 'SDComics' Walker, along with a few friends and colleagues) will send back reports and pictures from the con floor. With any luck we'll be able to update more frequently than if we were all there. Helping me tremendously in keeping the fort secure is the rest of the team: Ryan 'The Superfly' Prast, Jeff 'Jeff' Cope, and Darren 'Dare' Chia. So check back here throughout the four days of the convention, and take a gander at our special SDCC forums set up for all sorts of discussion. Daniel will also once again be moderating his famous toy panels, so if you hit the con be sure to go check them out!

For more good coverage and pictures, the only places you need to go visit are Fwooshnet, Raving Toy Maniac, Action-Figure.com, Rebelscum, and YoJoe.com .

Now on with the show!

 


Friday July 21, 2006 - Day Two

 

More News : Stargirl and Winged Amazo were put out at the end of the day in Mattel's display of JLU figures. Here are a couple of pictures.

Stargirl
Amazo

Breaking News : DC Direct just unveiled the new Infinite Crisis Wave 2 figures. All will be pre-posed for the first time (although still articulated). The articulation has been designed to allow the figures to stand up straight with out the stands in "plain" pose. This includes some torse and ankle joints. The heads and arms on the Two Donna Troy figures were switched during unpaking the figures, but will be correct in production (and probably tomorrow at the con). Both Donnas will be packed one each per inner case to retailers. I'm not sure how the fans feel about the new approach, but I dig 'em!


Donna Troy figures with correct arms & head

 

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Lots more pics and news to come! This is just the first batch.

TOY BIZ

Toy Biz is going out with a bang this year as far as Marvel properties are concerned. Having sold the licence to Hasbro (effective Jan. '07), Toy Biz still has two more assortments of Marvel Legends to hit before the end of 2006. Shown here is the final one, wave 15, and some of the prototypes of toys that will now never be made. The villain henchmen were going to be packed in with the figures in the 13th wave (Bring on the Bad Guys) that instead ended up with a build-a-figure Onslaught. Also shown are some of their offerings for the TNA wrestling line, which will continue.

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DC DIRECT

Not too many surprises were shown the first few days of SDCC, but Infinite Crisis wave 2 was announced and unveiled late Friday, and we'll have pics up of that wave soon.

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MATTEL

Mattel showed a smattering of new JLU figures, and debuted the new packaging design for the line. Sadly, much of the thunder was stolen for these figures due to the surprise appearance of some internal sell sheets earlier in the week online. However, the big news for the second year in a row was the Four Horsemen sculpted 6" DCSH line. Almost no fans have been disappointed in the sculpts shown so far (even if the announcement of the scale being somewhat less than perfect dampened fan enthusiasm). How long will DC hold out in refusing Mattel access to the entire DC Universe in light of such wonderful product? Only time will tell. Also showcased has been the hot selling "The Batman" animated line, including THREE new Robin figures and an 8" electronic "Shadowtek" line extension.

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED

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THE BATMAN

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HASBRO- MARVEL

Many fans have been anxiously awaiting to see what Hasbro would show in their first outing as controllers of the Marvel license. Well, they didn't disappoint many with this massive extension of the Marvel brand into nearly all of their toy lines. Look for many more to appear at Toy Fair in Feb. '07. A word of caution, though: although Hasbro will be manufacturing and distributing everything seen here, the Marvel Legends line for '07 was surely in development well before Hasbro acquired the license. So odds are that what was shown is still pretty heavily Toy Biz influenced. The true direction that Hasbro will take the line will most likely not be seen until Toy Fair. Hasbro also brought back the 8" Mego-esque bodies not seen since they used them for the short lived DC Heroes line in 1998.

Spider-Man will get a repaint line with a handful of new sculpts in advance of the Spider-Man 3 film in 2007. This is a good way for fans to catch any villains they missed; Hasbro pluses up the Spideys with the generous use of metallic paints. Also in '07, the Ghost Rider film with Nic Cage gets a healthy figure line.

Marvel Legends

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Diamond Comics, Toy Tokyo, McFarlane Toys

Diamond Comics had their usual massive booth full of glass cases of upcoming toys from all companies. Lots to see! McFarlane showed their line of LOST figures among other thing, and also the Animated Style Spawn 30 (wonder if Bruce Timm gets royalties?) And Toy Tokyo shows off a cases full of imports, including the sadly not for sale Sloth figure from The Goonies. Baby Ruth!

 

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