Five years. Wow, that’s pretty big isn’t it? Seriously, when I started this thing, I never thought it would actually make it this long. Surely I’d have thrown in the towel by this point, wouldn’t I? Well, despite some serious pressure from some outside factors, I haven’t given up on this whole action figure thing, and at this point, I think I’m just too far in to ever really leave it behind.
Last year, there were some sizable changes for the site. I brought on a new full time feature, The Blaster in Question, written by my friend Tim Marron, and I also got rid of that pesky “wordpress” section of my url. This year’s a little more low key, I suppose, at least from the reader’s perspective, but from a personal and professional side, I was quite happy to have formed a partnership with my friends over at All Time Toys. They’ve been nothing short of awesome, and I’m excited about working with them more as we move forward. That said, having a toy store on call for just about whatever I need is a slightly scary prospect.
Over the course of the last 365—er, 359 days, I’ve written 244, 568 words about a total of 479 action figures, 11 vehicles, and two movies. I’m up a few review subjects from last year, and down a few words. Am I finally learning some brevity? Perhaps.
This year, the site’s views climbed past 211,000 views, we gained a whopping 44 followers, bringing our total count up to 169! As always, thanks for joining us guys! In addition, there were 42 comments this year, excluding those made by yours truly. That’s a good number.
Switching over to the contents of those reviews of mine, Marvel Legends remained at the top of the charts, making up 78 of my reviews. Next was the 3 3/4 inch Star Wars line, which made up 54 of my reviews, followed closely by Minimates at 48. Hasbro was my top manufacturer, at 156 reviews, with DST following at 50, and Kenner taking third with 27. As of today, 43.4% of my collection has been reviewed, and my total number figures climbed another 700 this year. I gotta slow down on the buying. I’m sure that’ll totally be happening now that I’ve got a toy store on call…
Moving away from myself, this year saw three guest reviews, as well as 39 Blaster in Question reviews. Always nice to get somebody other than me rambling, right?
I’d once again like to take a moment to acknowledge some of my favorite review subjects from the last year. It was definitely a high competition year, with a lot of really great stuff. Narrowing down this list was tough, but here’s my Top 5!
I had no prior experience with 1000toys, but this guy really caught my eye, and oh boy was he a fun figure. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a cool robot. I look forward to getting more from these guys!
I’ve enjoyed the 12-inch Legends since the start, but Wolverine is hands down the best thing to have come out of the line, and one of the finest Legends offerings we’ve gotten from Hasbro, period. And this is coming from a guy who thinks Wolverine is overplayed. This guy rules!
#1704: GRAND MOFF TARKIN
The faceprint tech that Hasbro’s introduced into their 6-inch lines is nothing short of phenomenal, and its showcased no better than with their Grand Off Tarkin release. This guy looks so much like Peter Cushing that Lucas is undoubtedly campaigning to insert him into future releases of Rogue One.
#1739: BATMAN — THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS
My partnership with All Time has of course had a huge impact on this site, and of all the cool items they’ve loaned me, this guy was hands down my favorite. He’s so much fun, and I still kind of kick myself for not getting one of my own back in the day.
This last spot was the toughest of all, and I had several of this year’s Legends Build-A-Figures in it, but my favorite was definitely Sauron, who shows that Hasbro can produce unique sculpts that are every bit as good, if not better than, anything that Toy Biz put out during their tenure.
#1791: NORM PETERSON
Mego’s back! That was certainly pleasant turn of events, wasn’t it? Well, for me, anyway. They were kind enough to send over a Fonzie for me to review, which was pretty awesome, but the figure that really got me on-board was Norm, who really seems to capture that old spirit the best. I hope they can make this new line work.
Grueling as it may have been to write six reviews for a single day, I sure had a ton of fun working on this whole endeavor, and learning what I could about the history of the Viper mold. I also gained even more of an appreciation for that mold than I already had, and got to unleash a little bit of my zany side as I careened through the latter portions of that day’s reviews. It almost makes me want to try it again…almost.
Thanks again to all my faithful readers who have stuck by me through all my crazy ramblings, and thanks to all of those who have joined me along the way. I couldn’t do this without you guys! Here’s to another five years!
That’s pretty much it…