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Shameless Plugs > OAFE Podcast, Top Ten Action Figures of 2013

I’ve been remiss in mentioning a couple of gigs I had recently. Topless Robot contacted me to put together a list of the best action figures of 2013:

TR’s Top 10 Action Figures of 2013

I always have a hard time putting together this kind of list because I really only collect a few lines (seriously, I think a lot of you would be surprised by how few figures I actually own – it’s a lot compared to a layman, but on the small side compared to your average collector). So this time I solicited some help, and the comments seem fairly positive about my choices. One thing to mention is I did try to enter a last-minute draft update where I swapped out Springer for Masterpiece Soundwave, but somehow it didn’t make the cut when the list went live.

I also did the whole best-toys-of-the-year thing on a podcast with, along with my old OAFE-mates Rustin Parr, yo go re and Shocka. You can listen to that here.

Eight Horror-Themed Action Figures from Otherwise Mainstream Lines


In the spirit of the season, we here at PGPoA have been thinking a lot about horror. There have been plenty of horror-themed toy lines over the years, from Aurora’s monster models in the 1960s to Remco Universal Monsters in the 1970s, from the Real Ghostbusters and Super Naturals in the 1980s to Skeleton Warriors and Movie Maniacs in the 1990s, but most action figure lines don’t center around gore or guts.

However, many toy lines often feature one or two characters with a horror theme. Often the characters in these toy lines are based on some sort of gimmick (be it an action feature or simply an aesthetic), and for certain characters, that gimmick is “horror” or perhaps just “being scary.”

In honor of All Hallow’s Eve, we put together a list of eight characters from more mainstream lines who are still pretty horrifying. We could only come up with eight in time for the deadline, so please feel free to post your own suggestions in the comments!

Poe’s Five Most-Wanted Likely Characters in Star Wars Black – and Five UNlikely


You know I’m into a toyline when I start doing lists like this. You’d think it would be only fair if I started reviewing the toys, too, but my camera died recently and I’m saving up for a quality replacement. As soon as I can afford it, I’m planning to do a whole Star Wars Black week.

Anyway, as I was coming up with this list it occurred to me that Kenner’s Star Wars may be the reason I tend to want toys of anything cool I see – movies, television shows, comics. Because Kenner turned everything from Star Wars into a toy. Yes, there were a few glaring exceptions (see below), but for the most part the 1970s-’80s toy line covered anyone who got at least five seconds of screen time. It conditioned me and a generation of collectors to want action figures of anything that moved.

Ten Awesome Things about Masters of the Universe Classics


As the 2014 Club Eternia subscription struggles to meet its minimum, there has been a lot of negativity surrounding the way the line has been managed by Mattel. While such discussion is certainly justified, we at PGPoA thought we’d put together a list of reminders of what makes Masters of the Universe Classics so great, and why you might want to consider subscribing if you haven’t yet.


10.) Army builders. For the first time, MOTUC offers a variety of awesome army builder figures, often with alternate heads and weapons to offer as many custom looks as possible. The Palace Guards, the Snake Men and the upcoming Horde Troopers are all excellent examples of great army builder action figures.

New Topless Robot List – “The Most Controversial Toys of the Modern Era, Part 2”


So, I’ve got another list up at Topless Robot – this is part two. Part one is here.

The Most Controversial Toys of the Modern Era, Part 2

New List at Topless Robot: “The Top Ten Most Controversial Action Figures of the Modern Era”

I’m not sure how this list had never been done before (for TR anyway). It was fun to write. I remember being aware of  a few of these when they happened, but I didn’t realize the extent of some of them, particularly Death Row Marv.

The Top Ten Most Controversial Action Figures of the Modern Era

A big thanks to Newton Gimmick of Infinite Hollywood, and also Jason Jerde of Inanimate Life, for providing some of the photos for the article.

New List at Topless Robot – “The Ten Best Action Figure Reveals at Toy Fair 2013 So Far”


Photo by JediCreeper

Topless Robot asked me to write up a quick list of the best action figure reveals from Toy Fair so far. I included a few things that were announced prior to Toy Fair but are basically part of the whole event.

The Ten Best Action Figure Reveals at Toy Fair 2013 So Far

The Ten Most Bizarre McFarlane Figures of All Time


Had a lot going on lately behind the scenes, but believe it or not I will be slowly getting back into the swing of things – particularly because, for the first time in two years, I will be going to Toy Fair next month.

In the meantime, in case you missed it last week, Topless Robot posted another list of mine:

The Ten Most Bizarre McFarlane Figures of All Time

This list reminded me how frigging bizarre some of McFarlane’s stuff was. The Tormentor especially – what was the thought process there? What was with Todd’s “one giant boot” fetish? That kind of creeps me out.

The Top Ten Toys of 2012


Remember how I said I didn’t feel qualified to list awards for the best toys of the year? Well, I was asked by the new Topless Robot editor Luke Thompson to come up with a list of the top ten toys of 2012, so I went ahead and did it anyway.

Topless Robot’s Top Ten Toys of 2012

TR is an entertainment website, and the term “top” isn’t exactly precise, so don’t interpret this as the most “critically acclaimed” toys, but rather the most popular/interesting/notable toys of the year. When writing a list for TR I try to write for geeks of all stripes, not just toy collectors. Oh, and the addition of S.H.MonsterArts Spacegodzilla was a pure indulgence on my part, I’ll admit (though it is a great figure and worthy of being on the list).

For the record, ThreeA’s Metal Gear Solid Rex nearly made the list, as did the Avengers SDCC Helicarrier and Figma Link. It was a tricky list to write. 2012 may have been one of the best years for toys since the early 2000s.

New List at Topless Robot > Ten Video Games that Should Have Gotten Toys

I missed the fact that my (possibly final) Topless Robot list went up yesterday (thanks to PrfktTear for pointing it out to me.)

Ten Video Games that Should Have Gotten Toys

I don’t know yet whether the Bricken-less TR will want to continue the lists, so as of right now, my plan is to start doing the occasional list right here at PGPoA. They’re great for traffic and fun to write.

Oh, and for the record, it wasn’t my idea to create a graphic that gives away the whole list before the page-turn. But I’m using it here because you’re gonna see it anyway when you click, but you can still go enjoy my lovely prose.

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