Welcome to AFi’s First Ever Imaginext Week! – Day 1
Anyone who visits the toy isles knows that Imaginext is a kids line started by Fisher-Price that is meant for children ages 3-8. But it’s the kind of line you see on the shelves and think “Aw, man! I would have LOVED that as a kid!” Some of us are old enough to have kids…
DC Signature Collection – Ra’s Al Ghul
Ra’s Al Ghul, aka The Demon’s Head, wants to keep it all in the family after daughter Talia Al Ghul has a son with Bruce Wayne, but his desire to make the crime fighter his heir is second to his desire to eliminate most of humanity. Brilliant physician and proud owner of unique facial hair,…
As announced at their Toy Fair presentation on Sunday, Mattel is giving fans the opportunity to pick the color of the first release of the MOTUC Man-E-Faces. For the next few days they are running a pole on their MattyCollector.com message board. You only have a few more days to vote so if you want your input heard vote now!
So we all know that collectors want more input into the MOTUC line and we have a great way for you to have your say! Our upcoming Man-E-Faces figure has a bit of a deco dilemma. The original cross-sell image of the toy on the back of the package showed Man-E-Faces with flesh-toned skin with blue armor. But the original toy didn’t match this and shipped with orange skin, which most fans have interpreted over the years as an orange skintight suit (much like Man-At-Arms wears a green skintight suit).
We checked with some of the original Mattel designers and indeed the orange color on the vintage figure was intended to be flesh-toned, but back in the day our partners in China had a hard time matching the tone and he came out orange!
Most fans have memories of him having an orange suit (or orange skin), especially when you consider his human face was flesh-toned! And even more so, later figures of Man-E-Faces (such as the 2002 figure) were done with purposeful orange skin/suit, so there is a lot of precedent for this color as well.
So here is the deal… we’re going to let you vote! We’ll run a poll for the next five days. You can vote for the original cross-sell colors (flesh-toned skin), the original toy colors (orange skin/orange skintight suit) or go for the half-and-half version we painted up for Toy Fair. We did this half-and-half version on purpose so we can simply notch the color up or down a bit depending on the way fans vote without having to do a new paint master.
Let us know what you want to see! It doesn’t mean we won’t do the other version one day down the road, but for this initial release we want you to vote on the final deco! (There is no guarantee we will get to a second version, so please keep that in mind when you vote.)
Can’t wait to see how you vote!
Question: What color scheme would you like to see on the upcoming Man-E Faces figure?
Original cross-sell colors (flesh-toned skin) Original toy colors (orange colored jump suit) Half and half deco as presented at Toy Fair
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 www.ActionFigureInsider.com.
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 MSNBC.com,
Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, 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.