Never Growing Up, But It’s Time for Saying Goodbye

Today, as I type these words, the Toys R Us I called mine closed.  By the time this post is published, the other store in the area will be on its last day if not closed already, as will all of the other stores in the country. Today is truly a sad day for me.  When TRU announced new closings earlier this year, there was a store in my area listed.  I panicked at the thought of my Toys R Us being closed to save the corporation money, and then when I realized it was the Babies R Us store

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Toy Fair 2016 – What I Want To See

Toy Fair is upon us once again, and it seems more than ever, there are fewer surprises, what with official reveals promised to various media outlets and leaked images popping up everywhere.  So, this post is not truly 100% prediction or speculation — this is what I hope to see this weekend. HASBRO TRANSFORMERS – We know we’re going to see Titans Return all over the place. So, I want to see Powermaster Prime and Fortress Maximus on display, as well as Victorion. And then give me Headmasters galore – I want to see the new Hardhead and Brainstorm. I

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The Case for a The Black Series 6″ Mara Jade

Look, I know I don’t usually cover Star Wars figures, I know I have BotCon info to put up, and I know I am not even part of the polling process, but I need to get this out there. The only character you should vote for in the Star Wars 2015 Fans’ Choice Poll is Mara Jade. I admit that I’m biased. My wife is a huge Mara fan. But honestly, there is no better choice for the winner, simply because this is the best opportunity. I know the 6″ The Black Series line is missing a lot of iconic

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Fifteen Years of ASM – A Look Back

July 12, 1999 — that graphic you see above was revealed to online Transformers fandom for the first time, heralding a new online magazine about those toys that could alter their states from robot to vehicles and beasts, an internet-only fanzine that promised debate about a wide variety of subjects that would take a new look at the Transformers mythos: “I can sum up Altered States Magazine‘s focus: OPINIONS. This very well be my fanzine, but I want it to be a forum for your ideas, your essays, your opinions…. “Future issues of Altered States Magazine may deal with themes like heroism, morality, and religion. A lot will

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It Is The Year 2014… and I’m Listening To New Vince DiCola Music

Sure, it’s been almost 30 years since the original animated The Transformers: The Movie appeared in theaters, and it’s been almost 30 years since the Transformers fandom was introduced to the music of Vince DiCola. It’s nice to know that even now, well past the future of 2005, we can still get new Transformers music from Vince.  He announced a few months ago that Sony/Intrada would be releasing a new version of the score from the movie (the first time it would be available in full outside of the BotCon CDs), due out sometime this month.  But what if you

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Behind the Kickstarter – BMOG Toys

Most of you hadn’t heard of BMOG Toys until their Kickstarter went live last week.  If you still are unaware, BMOG Toys is a new project headed by Trent Troop, Alex Androski, and Greg Sepelak, and the goal is to provide 5mm peg compatible accessories for a variety of toylines.  These accessories are animals that are made entirely out of individual weapons, meaning you get weapons for your existing toys as well as a new animal toy.  It’s awesome.  You should back it. As I said, most of you hadn’t heard of BMOG until recently.  So let’s step behind the

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A Few Thoughts on the New Mara Jade Bishoujo Statue from Kotobukiya

Kotobukiya has released images of their long-awaited Bishoujo Mara Jade figure today via their Facebook page.  The figure is also currently on display in their booth at New York Comic Con.  While I wish I could be there in person to view the figure, being just shy of nine months pregnant means I’m unfortunately not allowed on a plane to New York.  Thankfully, the photos Kotobukiya provided on their Facebook page give a more than adequate view of the figure’s details.  My review here is based solely on those images.  [Ed: A select few have been reproduced here for this

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Terror In The Toy Aisle: Chucky Returns To Toy Stores

[Mezco Toyz was kind enough to provide this report by John Charles.  Enjoy!] Terror In The Toy Aisle: Chucky Returns To Toy Stores By John Charles Chucky burst onto the horror scene in 1988’s CHILD’S PLAY and has been an icon of horror ever since. During his 25 year reign, he has stared in 6 films (the latest, Curse Of Chucky, is on demand and DVD this October), guest hosted Weekend Update on SNL, presented awards at the Horror Hall Of Fame, and in perhaps one of his highest honors, hosted his own haunted house at Universal Studios. As soon

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From the ASM Archives: The Birth of Online Transformers Fandom

[On this, the 20th anniversary of the creation of alt.toys.transformers, I am reposting the long article I wrote when ASM wasn’t a daily blog site.  I’ve done some editting here and there, but when you read it, remember that the references to people or places are many years out of date; this was written about a decade or so ago, long before ASM had its daily blog.  I never wrote articles detailing what happened after the events of this article occurred, and that’s a shame — I really should do a follow up to this piece…. Anyway, enjoy this trip into the

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