There should be a rule…
April 16, 2008

I like Star Wars as much as the next fan.   I’ve been buying Star Wars figures since I first sent away for the Early Bird kit back in 1978.  I’ve bought almost every version of every classic trilogy (and some assorted new trilogy) figure since Hasbro fired them back up in 1996.   I like the obscure characters and I LOVE having a Sandcrawler full of droids, a cantina full of aliens and a a Jabba’s palace shelf full of scum and villainy… but I think we may have reached a tipping point with this most recent wave.

I picked up the new 2-1B figure from "Revenge of the Sith" and as I’m looking it over… I notice something odd on the back of the card.   Let’s see if you can spot it too…

(go ahead and click on the image to see the larger version) 


Give up? 

Did you spot it?

My beef is 2-1B… NOT on the card!   Sure there’s a picture of the FIGURE on the card, but the screen shot, the only one they could find (?) is just a glowing eye and part of a tube under Vader’s elbow.  Really?  That’s the BEST picture you could find?

So here’s the new rule I propose: 

If you can’t find a screen shot of the character…maybe he/she/it doesn’t need a figure! 

Is it just me on this one people?  




Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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