Poe Probes > Reviewing Samples, Part 5: Q&A with Pixel Dan

This is the fifth in a series of articles about the practice of toy reviewers being given free samples for review, and whether that represents a problem for readers looking for honest assessments to make purchase decisions. You can find the other articles in the series here. Today’s Q&A is with Pixel Dan, who’s best know for […]

Poe Probes > Reviewing Samples, Part 3: Julius Marx of AFI

This is the third in a series of articles about the practice of toy reviewers being given free samples for review, and whether that represents a problem for readers looking for honest assessments to make purchase decisions. You can find the other articles in the series here. Today’s piece was written by Julius Marx of ActionFigureInsider. For […]

Poe Probes > Reviewing Samples, Part 1: Introduction

Quite a while back, I got to wondering how toy collectors felt about reviews of toys that were provided as free review samples to reviewers. It’s a fairly common practice among most other industries such as movies, television, music, electronics, and videogames. However, the reviewers in those industries are almost always employed (or at least […]

How to Make a Monster (Photo, That Is)

Last week, I ran this Pic of the Day by Ed Speir IV. Featuring Hasbro’s G.I. Joe Hazard-Viper and Zombie-Viper, I declared it one of my favorite POTDs ever. Given its cinematic look and style, I asked Ed if he wouldn’t mind describing how he made it. –PG Here is a brief description of how […]

The effect of inflation on action figure prices

He-Man.org member Mermisto has written up an interesting post examining inflation and it’s relation to the action figure industry. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do but never got around to it, and I think Mermisto did a better job anyway because he had access to the old Sears Wish Book catalogs. I’m not going […]

TAtTF: Talkin’ about the Talkboy

Ahhh the days when a simple tape recorder could bring joy to a mischievous youth. If you’ve ever seen the movie Home Alone 2, you might just remember that our hero Kevin sported a Talkboy as one of his tools to defeat the nefarious thieves who want to brutally murder him. The Talkboy was actually […]