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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The AFB Podcast Episode 340: 2018 Toys of the Year Awards





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Before we start on our 2019 Reviews, we look back at the highlights and lowlights of toy and statue collecting in 2018.

You can play along at home with our picks listed below!

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Ben’s picks
  1. Best small scale fig (6-7” or 1/12 scale and under)
    1. Runner-up - Marvel Legends Silver Surfer
    2. Winner - Marvel Legends Thing

Best Build-A-Figure (BAF) or Collect & Connect (C&C)
    1. Runner-up - Marvel Legends SP//DR
    2. Winner - Marvel Legends Sauron
Best Miscellaneous item
    1. Runner-up - Diamond Select Gallery - Rogue “Savage Land”
    2. Winner - Hasbro Cosplay Infinity Gauntlet


  1. Best Large scale figure/vehicle/playset (8” and above)
    1. Runner-up -
    2. Winner - Star Wars Black - Dewback
  2. Best High end item
    1. Runner-up - XM Studios Moon Knight  
    2. Winner - Sideshow Thanos Maquette
  3. Biggest Red Card
    1. Runner-up - Mattel’s utter failure
    2. Winner - Exclusives & Delays
  4. Innovation Award (for thinking outside the box)
    1. Runner-up - Mezco (for One:12 collective)
  5. Best Line (new or ongoing)
    1. Runner-up - Mezco One:12
    2. Winner - Hasbro Marvel Legends
  6. Best Company (new or ongoing)
    1. Runner-up - Mezco (for One:12 collective)
    2. Winner - Hasbro
  7. Personal acquisition (Something awesome you got. Grail? Vintage? Got it for a deal? Etc)
    1. Winner - Frazetta sketch
  8. The biggie!!!! “Item of the year” (2018 release)



Adam’s Picks
  1. Best small scale fig (6-7” or 1/12 scale and under)
    1. Runner-up – S.H. Figuarts Yamucha
  2. Best Large scale figure/vehicle/playset (8” and above)
  3. Best High end item
    1. Runner-up -
    2. Winner -
  4. Biggest Red Card
    1. Winner – Bandai Pre-order notifications (Buu, SSGSS Vegeta)
  5. Innovation Award (for thinking outside the box)
    1. Runner-up –
    2. Winner - Neko Busou
  6. Best Line (new or ongoing)
    1. Winner -  S.H. Figuarts DB
  7. Winner - Best Company (new or ongoing)
    1. Runner-up – Kaiyodo, Max Factory
    2. Winner - Bandai
  8. Personal acquisition (Something awesome you got. Grail? Vintage? Got it for a deal? Etc)
    1. Runner-up – Neko Busou Namimori
  9. The biggie!!!! “Item of the year” (2018 release)

John’s Picks

  1. Best small scale fig (6-7” or 1/12 scale and under)
    1. Runner-up -Marvel Legends Cloak & Dagger
    2. Winner - SHF Kamen Rider Cross Z Charge
  2. Best Large scale figure/vehicle/playset (8” and above)
    1. Runner-up -
    2. Winner - Jurassic World Big T-Rex
  3. Best High end item
    1. Runner-up -
    2. Winner -
  4. Biggest Red Card
    1. Runner-up -
    2. Winner - Mattel
  5. Innovation Award (for thinking outside the box)
    1. Runner-up -
    2. Winner - Fugglers
  6. Best Line (new or ongoing)
    1. Runner-up - Transformers
    2. Winner -  Mego
  7. Winner - Best Company (new or ongoing)
    1. Runner-up - Hasbro
    2. Winner - Bandai
  8. Personal acquisition (Something awesome you got. Grail? Vintage? Got it for a deal? Etc)
    1. Runner-up - Lego Batman Tattoo
    2. Winner - Jurassic Park Pops
  9. The biggie!!!! “Item of the year” (2018 release)
    1. Runner-up -
    2. Winner - Marauder Task Force K9
Eddie’s Picks

  1. Best small scale fig (6-7” or 1/12 scale and under)
    1. Runner-up - DC Essentials Black Manta
    2. Winner - Marvel Legends Cable

  • Best Build-A-Figure (BAF) or Collect & Connect (C&C)
    1. Runner-up - DC Multiverse Clayface
    2. Winner - Marvel Legends Sauron

  • Best Miscellaneous item
    1. Runner-up - Star Wars Porgs
    2. Winner - Transformers Prime Masters

  1. Best Large scale figure/vehicle/playset (8” and above)
    1. Runner-up - Star Wars Black Enfys Nest
    2. Winner - Transformers Leader Class POTP
  2. Best High end item
    1. Runner-up - Deadpool 2 Hot Toys
    2. Winner - DBZ Majin buu
  3. Biggest Red Card
    1. Runner-up - Marvel Legends Captain America Headsculpt
    2. Winner - Mattel / DC
  4. Innovation Award (for thinking outside the box)
    1. Runner-up - Paper goods
    2. Winner - Battletrap
  5. Best Line (new or ongoing)
    1. Runner-up - Transformers
    2. Winner -  Marvel legends
  6. Best Company (new or ongoing)
    1. Runner-up - NECA
    2. Winner - Hasbro
  7. Personal acquisition (Something awesome you got. Grail? Vintage? Got it for a deal? Etc)
    1. Runner-up - Marvel Legends Puck Wave Cyclops
    2. Winner - ML Annihilus
  8. The biggie!!!! “Item of the year” (2018 release)
    1. Runner-up - SDCC Aquaman Set
    2. Winner - TMNT Movie Figure Set

Scotty’s Picks

  1. Best small scale fig (6-7” or 1/12 scale and under)
    1. Runner-up - DC Collectibles DC Essentials Rorschach
    2. Winner - Mezco One:12 Collective Ascending Knight Batman


  • Best Build-A-Figure (BAF) or Collect & Connect (C&C)
    1. Runner-up - Marvel Legends Lizard
    2. Winner - Marvel Legends Sauron

  • Best Miscellaneous item
    1. Runner-up - Funko 5 Star Jafar
    2. Winner - Hot Toys Incredibles 2 Edna Mode & Jack Jack Cosbaby Two Pack

  1. Best Large scale figure/vehicle/playset (8” and above)
    1. Runner-up - DC Collectibles Batman Animated Joker Expressions Pack
    2. Winner - Marvel Legends Ghost Rider with Flame Cycle

  1. Best High end item
    1. Runner-up - Tweeterhead Harley Quinn Super Powers
    2. Winner - Sideshow Deathstroke Premium Format Statue

  1. Biggest Red Card
    1. Runner-up - Funko Teekeez
    2. Winner - Entitled Fanboys

  1. Innovation Award (for thinking outside the box)
    1. Runner-up -
    2. Winner - DC Collectibles for the expansion of the Bombshells License

  1. Best Line (new or ongoing)
    1. Runner-up - Diamond Gallery PVC Statues
    2. Winner -  Tweeterhead Super Powers Statues

  1. Winner - Best Company (new or ongoing)
    1. Runner-up - Tweeterhead
    2. Winner - Hasbro

  1. Personal acquisition (Something awesome you got. Grail? Vintage? Got it for a deal? Etc)
    1. Runner-up - DC Collectibles Aquaman & Mera Statue
    2. Winner - Bane Premium Format Statue
  2. The biggie!!!! “Item of the year” (2018 release)
    1. Runner-up - Funko WB  Mystery Minis
    2. Winner - Tweeterhead Super Powers Joker Statue

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