The Poppies 2014

Whilst I'm no longer writing Action-Figure, I still like to keep up to date with what's happening in the world of collectibles and 2014 was an awesome year for collectors.  Now I've moved and have the space, I'm looking to add to my collection, but still deciding on what direction I want to go.  Hasbro, [...]

February 10th, 2015|Toys|0 Comments

Five Fantastic Fantasy Action Figures Over At Pornokitsch I feel like all my blog posts at the moment are just me linking to various articles I've done... but then I have been very busy this year! The latest article popped up on Friday on the genre / literary site, Pornokitsch, where I picked out Five Fantastic Fantasy Action Figures as part of [...]

February 9th, 2015|Toys, Writing|0 Comments

New Article At Fantasy-Faction On Why Writing Is Like LEGO In this month's article for Fantasy-Faction I look at the links between writing and LEGO and explain why both are awesome. It's a fun article that seems to have gone down very well so please be sure to check it out!

April 11th, 2014|Toys, Writing|0 Comments

The Secret Story Of Toys Throughout my years as a pop culture journalist I've seen a lot of toys.  I've had the pleasure of visiting some of the studios where these things are made and even the most cynical could not come out of those places without a new found respect for the hard work and artistry that goes [...]

August 15th, 2013|Toys|0 Comments

Gothropolis Kickstarter

I might not have my finger quite so much on the action figure pulse as I once did but I do follow events. My collection is currently packed in a cargo container and I really don’t have the room for more than a couple of figures so know that if I’m thinking of buying an entire series, it has to be good. So with that in mind, I urge people to take a look at the Gothropolis Kickstarter. […]

July 12th, 2013|Toys|0 Comments

The Poppies Awards 2012

It's that time of year when old colleagues descend on New York to cover the US ToyFair and my emotions fluctuate between nostalgic jealousy and wanting to tell the newcomers how they have it easy (in my day we had to cover as many as 80 companies over the week). I have little to do [...]

February 8th, 2013|Toys|0 Comments

Cobra Recruitment Video If you're a GI Joe fan like myself you'll probably get a buzz out of this Cobra Recruitment Video  

February 6th, 2013|Toys|0 Comments

Project Octopus’ Media Plan

Back in the days when I ran Action-Figure, media plans were the bane of my life. This is where a publicity department or an external media agency will work out the press for any given product along a timeline so to manage their resource and supposedly “maximise consumer impact”. Back in the day, the major event in the toy & collectible industry calendar was the US ToyFair. This trade event, held every February, was when all the major products for the year ahead got announced in order that retailers could place their orders. The fact that many major summer blockbusters get their trailers to début at this time is no coincidence. […]

October 15th, 2012|Toys, Writing|0 Comments

Palisades Toys’ The Muppets Action Figure Line

I’m packing up the action figure collection. Most of the Star Wars is now packed, as is the G.I. Joe, and last night with great sadness I packed up two of my favourite lines of all time: ToyBiz’s Marvel Legends and Palisades Toys’ awesome Muppets line. Where I’m going there won’t be the room to display them all and so they will be going into storage for the foreseeable future. […]

March 29th, 2012|Toys|0 Comments

The Free Universal Construction Kit Project

Close to 10 years ago, I wrote a big article on 3D Printers for Action-Figure. They were just starting to be used for prototyping by big industry with machines that cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. But prices were destined to fall and in the article I envisioned a future where you wouldn’t so much go out and buy an action figure or toy, but would buy the plans and print and construct your own. If I weren’t in the midst of packing, I would dig out the article and repost it, but needless to say it was probably the most popular article that year and drew a lot of comment. Maybe after I move, I’ll try and find it out? […]

March 27th, 2012|Toys|1 Comment