Weekend gab post

Today’s my bachelor party, and we’re starting off with an Imax showing of The Dark Knight. After that, I have no idea what the plans are…but don’t expect any more updates this weekend. Incidentally, Pete of Fanwank gets married this weekend, so let’s all wish him the best! In the meantime, feel free to use […]

Movie Masters Batman Begins Batman and Scarecrow

(Jeesh, that title’s a mouthful, ain’t it?) I’m not going to do an official review of these, since Michael Crawford’s does the job nicely. This being the Weekend of the Bat, though, I thought I’d talk about them a bit in honor of The Dark Kuh-nigghit, as an outrageously-accented Frenchman might say. (Incidentally, the word […]

Poe gets interviewed (for once)

Richard Gottlieb, whom I interviewed last week, has asked me to return the favor and interviewed me for his own blog. The Tribes of Toy Nation: The Action Figure Collectors While I was wary of speaking for all collectors (and will probably suffer a bruise or two for it), I did my best to present […]

Heightened Interest (Marvel Legends She-Hulk)

Pete here! Hey, lucky me–I completed my Hulk Legends set this week, courtesy of a well-thought out wedding present from a friend of mine. As I’ve perused various postings on the figures in this wave over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed that one figure under quite a bit of scrutiny is She-Hulk. Some are […]

Demons, turtles, and such forth

I’ve got a backlog of posts to get to, including some new interviews, but today I thought I’d just pass on some of the news and pics that have been filling up my inbox.

Ask Mattel > July 15

Another month, another round of Mattel Q&A! Just a few questions this week. Our astute reader EL noticed, in the press photos for the Movie Masters Batman/Scarecrow two-pack, that the gauntlets on both the regular and demonic Batman appear to have been accidentally reversed (that is, the gauntlets have been placed on the wrong wrists). […]

Odds ‘n Ends > Per Edition

ODD: CornerStoreComics gave an update yesterday on shipping for DC Universe Classics and Movie Masters; Mattel “should be shipping” DCUC3 “toward the end of this month.” In my grumpily pessimistic view, that means I’ll receive my figures sometime around August 15. Dwaltrip, it looks like you’re gonna win. I’d be very happy to be wrong, […]

A question for those of you in the toy manufacturing biz

When trying to sell a product–like an action figure line–to a larger retailer like Toys R’ Us or Target, do you show them sales figures from specialty shops and online retailers as a way to persuade them to buy the line? Feel free to email me or comment anonymously below.

Brick-and-mortar vs. online retail (UPDATED)

One of the questions I brought up in my interview with Richard Gottlieb was whether it’s better for toy collectors to buy action figures at brick-and-mortar retail stores rather than, say, ordering them from online retailers. The idea is that this will encourage those stores (such as Target and Wal-Mart) to order more product, and […]

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Back in April 2004, I walked into the theater to see Hellboy knowing next to nothing about the character . At that point, I had started seeing movies more and more rarely at the theater, so I’m not sure exactly why I saw Hellboy except I guess the marketing intrigued me–there were hints that the […]