Thank you for calling FigureFan, I’m not in to take your call…

Nothing to see here, as I’m taking the day off. Still, there were just a couple of points of business I wanted to mention today.

For all you masochists out there, don’t forget tomorrow is Matty Sale Day. Its another opportunity for Matty to show you their appreciation by letting Digital River bend you over a table and… ah, that got away from me a bit. Although, I should give credit where credit is due. I did get my notification yesterday that my Voltron Club-Whatever-The-Hell-Its-Called Subscription was charged and shipped. Its nice to know mine shipped out at least one day before the sale. What wasn’t nice was how it goes from $55 retail to $71 shipped. But its what I’ve come to expect. I haven’t decided yet whether I’m going to bother with any of the other figures being offered up tomorrow. Draego-Man does look somewhat cool.

C2E2 is being held in Chicago this weekend, with a few action figure and toy companies showing some wares. So… yeah, that’s something that happened.

Anyway, tomorrow kicks off a new week with another MASK edition of Vintage Vault. Also included next week will be a little Doctor Who, one of the vehicles from the upcoming Avengers movie, some GI JOE, and at the end of the week, a second helping of Vintage Vault, which will be something not-MASK.

Until then…  enjoy your Sunday!

Happy New Year!

I can’t tell you all how happy I am that the holidays are behind us and we can start getting back to business as usual. I try my best not to be a buzzkill, but the stretch of madness that leads into Christmas and doesn’t fully subside until after New Year’s is definitely not my time of the year. I think that’s pretty evident by my frustrating hiatus in November and the first half of December. And besides being crazy busy and getting sick of the holiday nonsense, let’s face it by 4th Quarter most of the toy companies (apart from maybe Character Options) have long since finished with their reveals and everything that’s coming out has already been out. Still, when all is said and done, I think 2011 was a great year for my little blog and for toy collecting in general.

That having been said, I’m really looking forward to 2012. We get to gear up all over again with the anticipation leading up to Toy Fair and then the various Comic Cons and all the new reveals that will be coming down in the 1st and 2nd Quarters of 2012. I’ve got two Subs from Matty Collector starting soon, so I can begin assemblng my huge Voltron and at the same time I can finally give up the infuriating hunt for DC Universe Classsics figures, because now they will be shipped right to my door. I’m also pretty psyched for Hasbro to bring back Transformers Generations in some way or another and to see them launch the inevitable toy-marketing juggernaut for The Avengers film.

Resolutions? I’m not big on them. Last year, I vowed to start collecting Lego and it panned out pretty well, as I completed the Pharaoh’s Quest line, picked up a good number of the Atlantis sets, and even a number of the Kingdoms line. This year, I think I’m going to be just looking to tighten up the lines that I do collect. I completely redid my home this year and it meant removing a lot of cluttered action figure displays in favor of a more space-efficient organized storage system that still allows me to get at them easily. The only collection that I have on display right now is my Doctor Who figures, and even that doesn’t include everything. By focusing on what I really love: Doctor Who, Marvel, DC, Transformers, Thundercats… I can spend my resources of space and money a little more wisely.

Anyway, I just wanted to stop by with a Happy New Year and a big word of thanks to everyone who has dropped me a line or in some way shared my hobby with me via this blog. Here’s hoping for a great year in 2012.