The Lull….
March 23, 2007

It’s been way too long since I wrote one of these things.

Frankly, I’ve felt a bit uninspired as of late. Since Toy Fair, really. I had every grand intention of following up AFI’s Toy Fair coverage with my thoughts on the Big Dance…but when Toy Fair failed to deliver…well…

It’s already been discussed ad naseum that Toy Fair, at least as far as our little corner of the toy world goes, pretty lackluster. With lines such as Marvel Legends at Hasbro and DC SuperHeroes at Mattel being virtual no-shows many collectors felt a bit let down. Usually after Toy Fair there’s enough fodder for discussion to last for months. Although Marvel Toys knocked it out of the park with their Legendary Comic Book Heroes line. Great stuff.

So, we wait for SDCC and our next, best hope for news for some of these lines.

On top of that we’ve had to endure the January /February lull. Not much new was showing up on shelves.

Plus, I’m broke. Really broke. And I look at the stuff coming out and wonder how I can possibly afford it.

Still all is not lost. There is great stuff a’ comin’…

2007 really is shaping up to be the year of the Minimates. It seems just about every property under the sun is getting the Minimate treatment from the long-running Marvel stuff to DC to Star Trek to Back to the Future, Rocky, 24, BattleStar Galactica and many many more properties.

Hasbro has me excited about Star Wars like I haven’t been in, literally, years. The prequel trilogy left such a sour taste in my mouth, but the 30th Anniversary celebration has rekindled my love for the original trilogy.

Another anniversary, the GI Joe 25th, also has me pretty darn excited. Those figures cannot get here soon enough, and I’m dying to hear what figures are coming in the line beyond those already announced.

And Zizzle continues to do great stuff with the Pirates of the Caribbean license. 

Plus, it’s finally a great toy year for Harry Potter on both sides of the Atlantic!

Maybe it’s not such a lull after all? 


Jeff Cope
Jeff Cope has been collecting toys and action figures since he was a wee lad growing up in the 70s, and is still waiting to grow out of it. He's been involved in the online collecting community since he first started writing for Raving Toy Maniac in the mid-90s, and is proud to call AFi his online home.
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