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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The AFB Podcast: Pimp the Podcast Contest!

If you know AFB, then you know we love giving away prizes, and we've had some great contests and giveaways over the years. For the first contest for the AFB Podcast, we really wanted to pull out all the stops, and to do that we needed the help of the amazing Mike from Mike's Comics N' Stuff - and I can guarantee you he has definitely come up with something amazing!

 

First, to the contest: it's the AFB Pimp the Podcast Contest, so to enter what we're asking you to do is help us get the word out about the podcast fun we're having. To do this, you might:

  • make a post about the AFB Podcast on your blog or website
  • share the links and some kind words about the podcast on a social networking site or platform
  • find another creative way to spread the word to a wider audience
Whatever you choose, all you need to do to enter is send the proof to (such as a link) to podcast@actionfigureblues.com - all valid entries will go into the draw and the winner will be announced on Episode Five of here AFB Podcast.

As for the prize, the winner will receive an amazing Prize Pack of toys from Mike's Comics N' Stuff. We'll give more details of the contents as time progresses, but rest assured this is an AMAZING set of prizes that will make any collector happy - far and away the biggest prize that's ever been given away under the Action Figure Blues banner.

So, what are you waiting for? Get to pimping that podcast, and don't forget to send the proof to podcast@actionfigureblues.com to go into the draw! You have until we record Episode 5, so get moving!

 

The Action Figure Blues Podcast Episode 3: Bowen Designs Giant Man Statue / Accessories: Do They Matter?


Episode Three of the AFB Podcast is now live at iTunes and available for direct download! Download and subscribe to the podcast at iTunes now! Follow the link and click "View in iTunes" to see the new episode!

Join Ben, Justin, Scott and Andy from the AFB Forum for Episode Three of the Action Figure Blues Podcast! The AFB Podcast is a weekly look at action figures, statues and other collectibles from the worlds of comic books and popculture.

You don’t need to know anything about AFB or the Forum to enjoy the podcast, so please have a listen!

Episode Three includes our Toy of the Week feature on the new Bowen Designs Giant Man Statue, and our Feature Discussion Question is “Accessories: Do They Matter?"

ALSO: be sure to listen right to the end for details of our first AFB Podcast Contest, which is also the biggest ever AFB Prize Giveaway, and it's all thanks to Mike's Comics & Stuff!

If you can't use iTunes, you can download Episode Three here now! Click on the link to listen, or right click to save the file! The podcast will always be available from the “Podcast” tab here - but if you can subscribe and give us postive ratings at iTunes, that will help us greatly!

Have a listen, and please give us some feedback at podcast@actionfigureblues.com - we might even read out your feedback on the next show!

Happy listening!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The AFB Podcast Episode #2: NY Toy Fair, HT Classic Predator, Are you 'Out' as a Collector?


We had so much fun we had to do it again! Episode Two of the AFB Podcast is now live at iTunes and available for direct download! Download and subscribe to the podcast at iTunes now! Follow the link and click "View in iTunes" to see the new episode!


Join Scott, Ben, Eli and Andy from the AFB Forum for Episode Two of the Action Figure Blues Podcast! The AFB Podcast is a weekly look at action figures, statues and other collectibles from the worlds of comic books and popculture.

You don’t need to know anything about AFB or the Forum to enjoy the podcast, so please have a listen!

Episode Two includes a rundown of New York Toyfair News, our Toy of the Week feature on the Hot Toys Classic Predator, and our Feature Discussion Question is “Are you 'out' as a collector?"

If you can't use iTunes, you can download Episode Two here now! Click on the link to listen, or right click to save the file! The podcast will always be available from the “Podcast” tab here - but if you can subscribe and give us postive ratings at iTunes, that will help us greatly!


Have a listen, and please give us some feedback at podcast@actionfigureblues.com - we might even read out your feedback on the next show!

Happy listening!

DC Universe Classics Wave 19: 5 Guys, A Girl and.... a Baby on the way??

The Death Knell may have tolled for retail waves of Mattel's DC Universe Classics as we knew it, but I still have two waves to work through and review, starting with the JSA-themed DC Universe Classics Wave 19, which came with a S.T.R.I.P.E. Collect & Connect figure.

This is a wave of quite high highs and very low lows which sums up the legacy of DCUC perfectly. It adds some much needed characters to the 6" DC Universe, but also delivers some lesser lights, and what is my view is one of the most horrid figures in the line.




The Golden Age Sandman is the winner of the wave in my eyes. DC Direct delivered two versions of the JSA’s Sandman in their earlier days, and while these were welcome figures, the sculpt was quite a stylistic one that didn’t necessarily mesh well with later figures. This figure, therefore, is a very welcome addition to the DCUC JSA. The sculpt is dead on, and while there is an existing “suit” buck out there for this line, there are some stylistic differences between this and other figures that have used it. His mask and hat are beautifully sculpted, as are his tie and and cape. It’s all supported by a great paint job with great colour choices. This is a great example of what Mattel and the Four Horsemen did with this line when they did it well.

Next up is the Golden Age Atom, who really is a sight for sore eyes, which were made ever so much sorer by the mini-monstrosities that DC Direct tried to pass off as GA Atoms some years back. The DCUC Atom is a tad taller and bulkier than I’d like to see, and I do have to wonder why the smaller male buck wasn’t put to use here, but after DC Direct’s Tiny Terrors I’ll settle for something on the slightly larger scale. The sculpting and paint is solid here, and while I don’t see Atom winning any figure of the year polls, he does make a great addition to the DCUC JSA.

This wave contains a re-issued Hawkman who comes with a JSA cowl extra head. If the waves weren't coming to an end I'd be a bit more vocal about this taking up a spot, but as it is I'm glad Mattel found a way to get it to us. I do still pine for the once promised but then cancelled Golden Age Hawks Two Pack, but ah well....





I’ve criticised the DC Direct versions of some of the other characters in this wave, but DCD’s recent effort with Kobra was quite a good one, which takes a little wind out of the sails of the DCUC version for me. It is a great effort, no doubt. A great looking figure with some nice reuse of different parts and then some custom sculpting on top. Nice to have in the DCUC line, but not as exciting as a brand new to plastic character would have been.

The JSA version of Magog isn’t a figure I ever felt I needed, but he’s here in this wave, and for what it is, he's an adequate representation. Unfortunately, I can think of so many JSA characters that could have better filled this spot that it's hard to appreciate the figure on its own merits, and I have to begrudge him all of the custom tooling he’s had. He has his staff to hold, but his weapon is sculpted in to the holster. I will say that I'm happy to replace by DCD Magog with this one for the simple fact that the DCD version is one of my most chronic faller-over-ers, and often takes out the whole JSA with him when he goes.





Unfortunately, it's left to poor old Stargirl to carry the tag of not just the dog of wave, but quite possibly the line. It’s not news that the DCUC female buck really isn’t great to start with, and unfortunately this figure is one that really shows up the issues with the cookie-cutter buck approach. The lower abdomen and hips of the female buck are quite wide, and the painted-on bare midriff makes Stargirl like like she’s either expecting or really needing to hit the JSA gym. I really find it hard to imagine people sitting in a QC meeting (I mean, I’m sure they have those, right?) and thinking that this looked any kind of okay. I suspect this figure is going to be a big disappointment to fans of this character, and it's a bit symbolic of the issues with this line - the times when you know the figure could have been so much better with a little bit of thought and adjustment.

S.T.R.I.P.E. borrows somewhat from the Stel CnC from Green Lantern Classics, but gets a fair amount of his own tooling as well. I had quite a bit of trouble getting his head to connect to the torso, and had to do a “boil and pop” in the end. It’s the first time I’ve ever had any kind of issue with putting a DCUC CnC together, so I guess that’s a pretty good run.




I’m quite impressed by this figure - he works well, and is one of the most poseable of the DCUC Collect & Connect figures. His joints all move nicely and he can maintain a number of poses and stay balanced.  It was a great idea to include Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E. in the same wave - just a shame that only one

So, one wave to go, and then its up to Club Infinite Earths to fulfill all of our DC Universe hopes and dreams. I’m hoping for many more Sandman moments, and really, really hoping never to have a Stargirl moment ever again.....

You can see more pics at Facebook, discuss this at the AFB Forum, or comment below to enter the February AFB Comment of the Month Contest!

Also, please don’t forget to check out the brand new AFB Podcast - Episode One is up at iTunes now!



Until next time!


Monday, February 20, 2012

Announcement: iTunes AFB Podcast feed change

Eli here, from the Action Figure Blues Podcast, with a short announcement for our iTunes subscribers.

Due to the technical limitations of the feed provider we are using the for the Action Figure Blues blog (actionfigureblues.com), we have had to create a new feed specifically for iTunes. If you have subscribed to the podcast outside of iTunes, then this change does not affect you, nor does it affect you if you are accessing it from a direct link, or from the Podcast tab on actionfigureblues.com. Please carry on enjoying the podcast!

For our iTunes subscribers, you will need to re-subsribe to the podcast from the iTunes Store. Just search for the "Action Figure Blues Podcast" again, and click on the Subsrcibe button again. Or go directly to the podcast from this link: http://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/action-figure-blues-podcast/id504118976

We apologise for this change in events, however we made a decision to fix it as soon as it became apparent, rather than wait 100 episodes down the track...

Our next episode, the "real" Episode #2 (where we talk about New York Toy Fair, Hot Toys Predator, and the discussion topic "Are you out as a collector?"), is due out in a couple of days, so get to the iTunes store as soon as possible and re-subscribe!

Thanks again for listening!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Hot Toys Superman Review: Hot Toys does Christopher Reeve Proud

There was a time, back in my earlier collecting days, when I would justify whatever purchase I was making by saying to myself, "At least I don't collect Hot Toys." That resolve was already breaking by the time the Hot Toys Christopher Reeve as Superman figure came along, but this figure is one that has certainly pushed me over the brink of calling myself a Hot Toys Collector.





I have always veered away from movie figures, but for people of my generation, I think Chris Reeve as Superman is such an icon that it falls into a different category. The kicker for me in terms of deciding to purchase this, though, was the dead-on likeness of Reeve that Hot Toys has captured. It’s certainly not a surprise coming from Hot Toys, but this has to be one of their best. Throw in a Fortress of Solitude Base, and I was a goner!
Once I decided to pull the trigger, the best deal around was from Popcultcha.com, who did a great job as always of sending off my figure once it was in stock.





One thing I've resolved to do with each Hot Toys purchase is to take a set of unboxing photos, mainly to make re-packing the figure and it's many accessories and props an easier task. In this instance, however, doing the packaging photography was almost as much of a treat as photographing the figure itself. I’ve never considered packaging as a category in the very unoffical AFB Toys of the Year Award, but after opening up this lovely box I’ll have to remember to give this a nod at the end of the year.
This figure is packaged with the utmost of love, starting with the Superman “S” shield shaped outerbox,  moving to the dedication to Reeve on the next layer, and working down to the figure itself. It’s a majestic presentation which suits such a significant figure. The extra layer of plastic keeping all of the smaller pieces in the tray is a great touch.




As for the figure itself, it has the things that we know we can rely on from Hot Toys - a fantastic True Type body which makes the figure imminently poseable. I recently divested myself of my DC Direct 13” figure collection, and when I look at this figure, I can really see why that slightly larger scale didn’t work as well. There’s obviously been a great deal of work put in to make the True Types, well, true, and it shows. Superman looks great both in standing and flying poses, and there are many options for each.

The figure comes with three sets of hands - fists, open hands, and hands with fingers extended in what I’d say is a great position for flying poses. Those Hot Toys folks really do think of everything. I don’t see myself making much use of the “in between” set, but the fists and the flying hands are going to come in very - well, you know.

Superman’s outfit is beautifully constructed. The suit fits well and accommodates all manner of poses easily. Seams are tight and clean, and the construction of the boots is fantastic. One thing that really killed the DCD 13” figures for me was the very visible thigh and arm cuts that came through outfits like these, but there are no such issues with Hot Toys - in fact the form fitting nature of this outfit shows off the great design of the base body - the detail of the muscles and ribs on the torso are particularly impressive.



If I was going to nitpick anything, it would be the cape. It’s lacking a little bit of weight that would have given it more presence. It does have a bit of framework to it to keep it from just hanging limp, but it might have been reasonable to expect something a bit more substantial for the price point. A little more weight in the bottom of the cape would have given it a bit of a better look.
There is “some assembly required” for the Fortress of Solitude base, and while it does come with instructions I have to say I did have to fiddle around a bit to get everything in the right place, and even then not all of the ice poles sit as snugly and firmly as I’d like. For a low-budget base and prop, however, this is a great addition and provides some great display options. Superman can stand on the base itself or be displayed on a flight stand alongside it.
All up - this goes right to the head of the class. It’s a loving tribute to a classic chapter of superhero film history, and one that I suspect has caused many collectors to cross over to Hot Toys territory. Perhaps, like myself, some will stay.





You can see more pics at Facebook, discuss this at the AFB Forum, or comment below to enter the February AFB Comment of the Month Contest!

Also, please don’t forget to check out the brand new AFB Podcast- Episode One is up at iTunes now!

Until next time!


Thursday, February 16, 2012

AFB Asks Matty for 15.2.12!


It’s time for another set of “Ask Matty” questions! It’s often challenging to get real answers from Mr Mattel, but we are working on wording our questions to get a better result, and hopefully slowly getting there, but this round is another mixed bag:
Q: Many collectors are continuing to experience less than satisfactory dealings with Digital River. Dealing with their support is often and confusing and frustrating, and it can take several attempts to resolve an issue. Does Mattel feel that using Digital River is helpful to Mattycollector's reputation? One of the reasons that has been given is the low cost of international shipping with DR - is there any scope for asking international collectors if they'd be prepared to pay a bit more for better service? I know this international collector would be willing!


A: We are constantly working with DR to improve all aspects of the ordering process. They are well aware of all the issues customers have brought up.



Q: Recently some collectors had their MOTUC Subscriptions cancelled after issues with the split payments for the Star Sisters three pack. This was obviously a wide enough issue that a special renewal page was created nd emailed out What percentage of subscribers took up the offer to return after this debacle, and how has this impacted on Club Eternia's health for 2012? What measures are being taken to avoid such issues in the future?



A: The main reason subs were "canceled" was due to sub holders not having enough funds in their account/on their cards to cover the figure. There were a small handful of customers who had other issues, but we do know fans were not trying to "cancel" their sub, this was an automatic message sent out to customers without adequate funds or do to a charge error (which we know sometimes was DR's error with some customers and we are very sorry for this). Going forward we changed the wording of the message to clarify for customers that their sub will be "on hold" due to a payment failure, not canceled. This was our fault for a poorly worded automatic message. (Editor’s note: All very good, but despite several attempts to sort this out, I have been unable to “uncancel” my subscription!)



Q: Why has there been such a long gap in reveals for Club Infinite Earths? Is Mattel aware that this lack of information, combined with the announced figures for the All Stars line, is creating concern about Club Infinite Earths amongst some subscribers? More than just a generic answer about how great Club Infinite Earths is going to be and we just have to wait, please - this is about the thoughts behind the lack of communication.



A: We're just catching up. More reveals are coming soon! (Editor’s note: I’d call that a generic answer, wouldn’t you?)
 Q: The Green Arrow and Red Arrow figures in DCUC Wave 20 were both excellent, but the bows with molded arrows are very limiting for display and posing. Why are other companies like DC Direct and Marvel Select able to produce regular bows and detached arrows and yet Mattel is not? Is there are scope for offering these in an accessory pack on Mattycollector or through some other avenue?
 A: Mattel has much higher safety standards compared to some other companies and we are required to keep arrows in the string on accessories like this or they are classified as "sling shots" which we do not sell or make. One way we have found to avoid lodging an arrow in the string is to issue just the bow without a string like we did with the MOTUC Bow figure. It is certainly something we can explore for DC figures in the future.



Q: How are sales of WWE items a Mattycolector going, and what does this mean for future releases?
A: Very well and more figures are coming!


For better or worse, that does it for another round! Have your say about these answers at the AFB Forum, or comment below to enter the February AFB Comment of the Month Contest!



Also, please don’t forget to check out the brand new AFB Podcast - Episode One is up at iTunes now!




Until next time!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

It's here - The AFB Podcast Episode One!

You asked for it - well actually you didn’t, but we’ve done it anyway! Action Figure Blues is now a podcast! You can download and subscribe to the podcast at iTunes now!

 Join Scott, Ben, Eli and Justin from the AFB Forum for Episode One of the Action Figure Blues Podcast! These four hosts, along with our “fifth Beatle” Andy, will be make up the rotating set of four hosts for a weekly(ish) look at action figures, statues and other collectibles from the worlds of comic books and popculture.

You don’t need to know anything about AFB or the Forum to enjoy the podcast, so please have a listen!

Episode One includes our Toy of the Week feature on Marvel Select’s Colossus Action Figure, and our Feature Discussion Question is “Why do you collect?” (or: “Are you really just an obsessive compulsive hoarder?:”)

If you can't use iTunes, you can download Episode One here now! Click on the link to listen, or right click to save the file! The podcast will always be available from the “Podcast” tab here - but if you can subscribe and give us postive ratings at iTunes, that will help us greatly!


Have a listen, and please give us some feedback at podcast@actionfigureblues.com - we might even read out your feedback on the next show! Of course, remember none of us have done anything like this before so be kind - we're learning on the job!

Happy listening!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The Elephant in the Room - DC Direct's Green Lantern Wave 5

It’s been a pretty long time since I had an entire wave of DC Direct figures to review, but tonight I’m looking at the whole set of DC Direct Green Lantern Wave 5. Granted, I probably would have left one of these figures on the shelf if they hadn’t been cheaper as a set, but thanks to a good discount I'm reviewing all four figures from the wave tonight.





DC Direct is notorious for not finishing what they start, but the Green Lantern Universe has obviously been a cash cow for them. Between the Green Lantern and Blackest Night lines, the DC Direct Green Lantern display has become a pretty crowded one!

As well as being notable for being a fifth wave of a series, this wave also brings us two first time in plastic characters, Soranik Natu and Brother Warth. Both of these figures are great examples of what DCD has to offer when they bring their A game. Alongside these two new entrants, we have worthy revisits for Guy Gardner and Sinestro as a Green Lantern.





Brother Warth is the obvious standout of this wave. This figure is a good reminder of why we need DCD to continue their action figure output - Mattel isn’t going to be bringing us the characters that need this amount of tooling. This is the kind of character that DCD generally excels in, and this figure is one of their best in a long time. Beautiful sculpting work on this figure has created a great representation of our favourite elephantine Blue Lantern, and this has been bolstered by an excellent paint job using a clever mix of metallic and matte to represent different aspects of Warth's uniform and skin. It's early days to be thinking 6" figure of the year, but I'll be surprised if Warth doesn't factor somewhere in the runnings.





Soranik Natu has become a significant character in the GL-verse, and is therefore a welcome addition to the DCD line. Unfortunately, DCD has used the Donna Troy base for her body, which is my least favourite of the different styles they recycle. The bizarrely flat hips are not my cup of tea. The headsculpt and uniform suit the character and are nicely painted, but once again DCD loses points from me by casting the figure in the character’s flesh tone rather than painting it - a cost cutting measure that sadly cheapens the look of the end result. Soranik is a great team builder for your GL shelf and a worthy purchase on that basis, but as an action figure she’s not much to write home about.





Guy Gardner is a repeat character, but a welcome DCD revisit. The original DCD Guy Gardner remains one of my favourite 6” action figures, but it is firmly rooted in the late ‘80s JLI Guy, so a modern update is certainly warranted. I like the headsculpt - modern look, same Guy attitude, but could have done with a bit less metallic on his tunic and boots. It doesn’t stop the figure from getting a thumbs up from me, but it does hurt my eyes a tad.





Sinestro as a Green Lantern has been done before, but once again we are getting a modern update and so it’s an allowable figure in my book. The figure wins points with me for having a much better iteration of Sinestro’s flesh tone as opposed to the grapeish purple DCD’s last few Sinny efforts have borne, but loses points for casting the figure out of the plastic of that colour instead of painting it. This figure also has a touch of the uber-metallics, but the headsculpt, body sculpt and stance is quite good.

All up, this is quite a solid wave, helped greatly by the standout effort with Brother Warth. As we enter a time of uncertainty as to what we can expect from DCD, it’s good to be reminded of what they’re capable of!

You can see more pics at Facebook, discuss this at the AFB Forum, and comment on this post to enter the AFB Comment of the Month Contest for February!

Until next time!



Sunday, February 05, 2012

Bowen brings Hercules to the Statue fold

Tonight I'm reviewing the Bowen Designs Hercules Full Size Statue. This review has been a long time coming, and not just because I'm always behind in reviewing additions to my collection!





Having made an interstate move just over 12 months ago, I had a period where I was looking for the best avenues for getting statues and tried out some new suppliers. Unfortunately, the site I ordered my Hercules statue not only stiffed me on the statue, but is still hedging on returning my money. A nasty story, to say the least.

Needless to say it took a while for me to realize that I was going to have to find another place to buy Hercules - many thanks to Alternate Worlds in Melbourne for once again coming to the rescue. They seem to get all of the Bowen statues in and so they can often be relied on to have a recent Bowen item in stock. I was very happy to see Hercules up on their shelves when I went in hunting for them!

After seemingly losing a fair stack of money on my failed purchase, I might have decided not to try again with some characters, but Herc is an Avenger, and the Avengers are one of the teams that I am a completist with when it comes to Bowen statues, so I was pleased to be able to find a local option.

I'm happy to report that there is nothing to be disappointed with when it come to this fabulous statue. Sculpted by the always reliable Mark Newman, Hercules stands 14" tall and casts an impressive shadow over any display shelf. He most certainly has been given the sculpting treatment worthy of a god!





Mark Newman can always be relied upon to deliver an excellent piece. The pose he has chosen for Herc, with one leg raised and perched on the creatively thought out base, is magic. Some of Bowen’s newer sculptors need to take notes from Newman here - the energy lacking in some of their sculpts is present in spades here thanks to the pose and levels Newman has created. The statue gives off a majestic air that keeps drawing my eye when I walk past my display even though Herc’s been on my self for awhile now.

You might think that there isn’t much to sculpt on a character that doesn’t wear much in the way of clothes, but Newman has gone above and beyond in providing detail here. Newman obviously had a strong understanding of anatomy and musculature, but the level of detail he bring to this piece goes far beyond that. Every element of Herc’s costume is sculpted, from his headband to the extensive leather boots and straps that cover his legs. No shortcuts have been taken in allowing any of these just to be added in paint. The detail in the weave on his sash is particularly impressive.

The headsculpt for Hercules is simply dead on, right down to the hooked nose. This is classic Hercules in every way. He has a well defined, determined facial expression which has translated well from concept to production.





The base is inventive and adds much to the statue without taking over. The crushed pillars add levels and interest, but don’t create a particularly expansive base when you consider the size that would have been required to suit Hercules’ ‘wide stance’.

Nothing about the paint job on this statue takes away from the great sculpt - instead it adds to it greatly with excellent flesh tones and solid colour choices. The colours in the figure and gear mesh nicely with the sand colour of the base to create a very strong visual effect. There is some nice use of metallic paints where appropriate.

All up - I couldn’t be happier with this purchase, and it was well worth the hassle and wait. Some Bowen pieces make it into my collection because they help complete a set, while some make it in because the statue looks fantastic. This Avenger ticks both of those boxes without a doubt!

You can see a greater range of pics at Facebook, discuss these at the AFB Forum, and comment here at the blog to enter the February AFB Comment of the Month Contest!

Until next time!



Thursday, February 02, 2012

AFB Asks Matty for 1 February 2012!

Some technical snafus have kept AFB out of the last couple of rounds of Ask Matty, but we’re back today with a new instalment!

Q. A comment recently that Granny Goodness was not on the cards for Club Infinite Earths as figures that needed 100% new tooling weren't possible. What exactly is the percentage of new tooling that is workable?

A. Tooling is based on sales. We had a very low sell in rate for the online 2012 DCU sub and therefore we had less tooling to use. We will have to see how day-of sales go and how the 2013 sub sell in rate goes before revisiting other highly tool'd figures. At the end of the day fans vote with their purchase. If DCUC sold as well as MOTUC we could certainly look at fully tool'd figures, but as of now, it does not so we have to be creative with the tooling we do have to use.

Q. Is there any possibility that multiple packs of WWE figures might be sold at Mattycollector? This would be away to bring collectors a few fan-demanded characters at once!

A. Yes, this is something we are looking into.

Q. Are there any firm plans to bring more Legion of Superheroes characters to either Club Infinite Earths or DC All Stars?

A. Yes in time.


Q. Has Club Lion sold well enough to ensure a second year of the subscription?

A. The subscription did not so we are waiting to see how day-of sales go before giving the green lite on a 2013 extension of the line.


Q. Is the Star Sisters Three-Pack a one-off, or are Three-Packs a possibility for future MOTUC releases?

A. We are not going to force any figures into a 3 pack, but if there is a logical pairing of 3 figures we are open to this option.


Have something to add or say? You can discuss these at the AFB Forum, and comment here at the blog to enter the February AFB Comment of the Month Contest!

Until next time!

 

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The AFB Comment of the Month Contest for February 2012!

First off, thanks to everyone who commented on last month’s blog posts! Congratulations to flywheels for being our randomly selected winner! Once we hear from flywheels, (you can can PM your choice to "Andy" at the AFB Forum or email me at scott@actionfigureblues.com), his choice of  either the DC Direct Green Lantern Wave 5 Brother Warth or the Marvel Universe Mister Sinister / Gambit Two-Pack from Hasbro will be on the way when available from Mike’s Comics N’ Stuff.

Now to February's Contest: on offer are two great prizes, either the DC Universe Classics Wave 20 Hawk or Dove Figure from Mattel  - either of which would be a great prize!

A few bits and pieces:

  • every genuine comment on a post from the calendar month will be eligible to receive the prize. I’m going to stick to my own time zone and call it at 23:59:59 Australian Eastern Standard Time – best to comment often and comment early!

  • if my super scientific randomizer comment selector system chooses an Anonymous comment, I’ll skip it and go again – you need to leave a name, a link, your AFB Forum username or email addy so that I can contact you if you are the winner. Blogger comments allows you to do this, as long as your profile is not set to private – check your settings.

  • you will be given a choice of one of the two figures on offer from the month’s contest – figures will be in their original packaging.

  • figures will be sent by first class mail within the US (Mike is sending them, remember) and first class international to any overseas winner. An overseas winner can elect to chip in for Priority Mail or Insurance, but otherwise we can’t take any responsibility for a parcel that doesn’t arrive – after all this is coming out of AFB’s not dreadfully deep pockets!

Once again, thanks to Mike for making this all possible for us, and here’s to another happy month of commenting!

Until next time!


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