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  1. Last week, ToyFarce sat down with Frederick Spicerack, the inventor of the 3-tier spice rack, to talk about how his invention is more and more being used by toy collector on their shelves, in order to improve their display. Unfortunately, it seems he wasn't aware of that... About the 3-tier spice rack: "It is a great feeling to know that my invention helped countless numbers of people have a place for their spices, jars and bottles of oils in their kitchen, displayed in a way that they can see what they need quickly when they are cooking. You need a bit of olive oil or a bit of black pepper? Just look at your 3-tier spice rack, with a quick glance, you can see what's there, where it is, and easily grab it. Some people even put jars of mustard on it! It's marvellous." About the design: "I decided to go with plain white, but also added grey non-slip rubber on the steps, so that your spices will remain in place. It was worth going the extra mile for this." After learning that collectors buy them to display action figures: "What? But... they're for spices! That doesn't make any sense... Do they put toys on them next to their spices then? No? Do they put toys on them, in order to reserve a spot for the spices later, then? This is not what this is intended for... I should have listened to the inventor of the Detolf glass cabinet... He had warned me about this..." We, at ToyFarce, personally prefer using clear acrylic steps for our figures, just in case Mister Spicerack decides to implement changes to his invention that would prevent toys to be displayed on them. More news at 11:00... "Do they at least display those toys on it in their kitchen?"
  2. Happy April Fools' Day, everyone! Today is a good day to be careful about what you hear, see or read (as opposed to every other day, where it would be just common sense), since lots of people are going to try to prank you! Fake announcements, jokes, it's all fair game today. Since we, at ToyFarce, do that all year long, we thought it would be fun to reminisce on the times where we ended up telling real news! After all, even a broken clock can be right twice a day! WEDDING DRESS GRETA October 2020 - After NECA announced the first Greta figure from Gremlins 2, we reported that there would be another version of her, in her gorgeous wedding dress coming soon. We even added a video of actor extraordinaire Robert Picardo, who gave us a lovely, hilarious anecdote about their wedding. Fast forward to SDCC 2022, and the Ultimate Wedding Dress Greta was revealed. STREET SHARKS... SORT OF. April 2020 - After the success of the McFarlane Toys Spawn Kickstarter, we got the scoop that since toys from the 90s seemed to do well on Kickstarter, the Street Sharks were about to make a comeback as well. Lo and behold, a year later, in August 2021, Mattel Creations announced a crowdfunded campaign for ... the original concept art of the Street Sharks... AND THE CROWD WENT MILD. Thankfully, this year, they are making a real comeback! STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES - HALLOWEEN EDITION October 2020 - The Star Wars: The Black Series Holiday Edition figures had just been announced for the following Christmas, but we realized that there was still Halloween before that, and decided that we should get Star Wars: The Black Series Halloween Edition figures too. Then, in 2022, we finally got them. Crossing fingers for the Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving, St Patrick and Easter ones we mentioned too! DC MULTIVERSE BATMAN AND ROBIN & BATMAN FOREVER January 2021 - Our crowned achievement. In early 2021, not even a year in to the brand new McFarlane Toys DC Multiverse line, we unveiled upcoming plans to do action figures from everyone's favorite Batman movies, Batman Forever and Batman and Robin, both directed by Joel Schumacher. 3 years later, we proudly reviewed the DC Multiverse Batman and Robin wave that had just come out. And a few days ago, McFarlane Toys revealed a Batman Forever wave. We're not saying that we're taking full credit for those DC Multiverse wave existing, but still... HONORABLE MENTIONS: Funko Pop Soon Running Out of Franchises and Ideas, Will Start to Make Regular People >> The existence of "Pop! Yourself" More Toy Companies to Use Crowdfunding After McFarlane Toys Kickstarter Spawn Announcement >> The plethora of Kickstarters, Haslabs, Mattel Creations,... that have happened since What would you like us to report, in order to make it come true a few years later? Let us know in the comments! More news at 11:00... Crossing fingers for a few other articles to become reality! *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  3. A great pose always enhances a great action figure. There are a few classic poses that collector love to use, such as the museum pose (same pose as in the packaging, standing straight looking forward), the dynamic "standing up, head slightly tilted to the left", and all sorts of great action poses. Then, there are 2 poses that have been at war with each other for years: the 'closed fist', and the 'invisible orange'. Which side are you on? We sat down with collectors from both sides, to hear their take on the poses: "The 'arm bent, closed fist' pose is clearly the superior one. It shows right away that the character is really powerful, as he is standing there, valiantly, with his fist up in the air. It's the best flex of power ever!" said one collector. "The 'arm bent, holding an invisible orange' is far better! The character has so much power that he can hold it in the palm of his hand, and he doesn't need to close his fist! You can tell he's more powerful! Plus, oranges are packed with vitamins, which is also a good thing!" said the other. Things got slightly heated before we managed to get the collectors to agree to a compromise: The figure can have both a closed fist and an 'invisible orange' hand, and you can switch the side the arms are bent, so that it can be both at the same time! What are your favorite poses for your action figures? Let us know in the comments! More news at 11:00... How about Jazz hands? *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  4. "It's just one of those days..." says Fred, a toy collector for Jacksonville, Florida, after inevitably breaking another figure right out of the packaging. In the last few weeks, a few brand have acknowledged that their figures might have breakage issues, and told toy collectors different ways that it can be avoided. "First of all, I don't cut any of the plastic ties in the packaging. I don't have time for that. I just yank the figure out of it as hard as I can, and 9 times out of 10, the figure loses an arm or a leg and is instantly broken" said Fred (we're off to a good start!). "When I try to move an articulation, and it's stuck, I just try harder until it moves. Most of the times, it breaks." It also doesn't help that he is wearing boxing gloves while opening his figures. "It's my gimmick, I always wear boxing gloves when I review my figures! I just wish companies would make an effort to make the action figures a bit sturdier so that it doesn't break right out of the packaging... or at least give instructions or something." In some cases, the instructions are actually on the tiny piece of paper that is present in the packaging (you know, the one that immediately goes to trash with the rest of the packaging). In it, the companies explain that some joints might be stiff and that heat can help make your figure better. "I do not have a hair dryer, and I suck at cooking so I do not know how to boil water. What should I do then? Not buy any toys?" More news at 11:00... So come and get it? *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  5. All good things must come to an end, and at the end of January 2024, we lost a good one: IKEA, the Swedish giant of furniture that require assembly, has discontinued the Detolf glass cabinet. Back in 2021, ToyFarce had managed to secure an interview with Sven Ivar Detolf, the inventor of the Detolf glass cabinet, which did not go well. We reached out to him for comments about the termination of his beloved invention. “With a glass-door cabinet, you can show off as well as protect your glassware or your favorite collection.” This was the official description of the Detolf glass cabinet on IKEA’s website. If you are a toy collector, you are most certainly familiar with those, as we’ve seen thousands of pictures of toy collection displayed in one or more Detolfs (Detolves?). During our previous interview with Mr. Detolf, he told us that they were specifically made to display bowls, vases and various glasswares and that he didn't like that collectors used them to display toys: "I did everything I could to get IKEA to stop selling them. I warned you! I refuse that people use my invention to display children toys in them!" said Sven. "I told IKEA that they had 2 options: Either remove them from the market, or I would use my fail-safe feature of exploding glass and get rid of all of them. You've heard about this one! You know what I'm capable of!" I guess we are glad it didn't come to that... Anyway, the replacement for the beloved glass cabinet at IKEA has been revealed to be the Blåliden, and ToyFarce has been trying to get an interview with Edgar Blåliden, its creator. Stay tuned for more details... More news at 11:00... The king Detolf is dead, long live Blåliden? *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  6. "I just hope the pegs are going to be okay..." thought a toy collector from Alaska, after visiting his local Target and seeing lots of empty pegs shivering. ToyFarce has received lots of notifications from collectors in cold areas about the pegs at their local stores, who seem to be freezing during that time of the year, due to the lack of peg warmers... "It's always getting very cold this time of the year" said Mark, from Alaska. "Usually, the pegs are fine, because they have Black Series Lando Calrissian or Marvel Legends Eternals figures, but this year, a lot of those have been moved to the discount bin, and now we're worried for the pegs. Our store reported that a lot of their pegs caught a cold during the first week of January, and it's only getting started..." "If you do see a peg that looks cold, be kind and move a figure or two on it. It's the least we can do for them. They carry all the figures we want the rest of the year, but without peg warmers during winter, they might get very sick, and might not be get the figures we want later on. Please, think of the pegs! The absence of shelfwarmers also make us concerned about the shelves... " ToyFarce heard reports that a collector from Minnesota took matters in his own hands, and knitter 'peg covers' for the ones at his store: More news at 11:00... Where is Constable Zuvio when we need him? *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  7. "There are still 3 days left in 2023! That's plenty of time!" said Ryan, a collector from Massachusetts who still believes his pre-orders with an estimate date on Q4 2023 will make it on time. ToyFarce investigated... "I pre-ordered this figure over a year and a half ago." said Ryan. "Back then, they had estimated the release date to Q3 2023, but then, they had some delays and the estimation has now been saying Q4 2023 for some months. I mean, they wouldn't lie to us, right?" Ryan was astounded when we told him that the release date aren't always accurate and that some brands even wait for the last day of each month/quarter to push things to the next month/quarter. He still remained hopeful that his figure would be delivered in the next 3 days: "Maybe they sent it and forgot to send a notification email? It could already be on the way!" More news at 11:00... Good thing he doesn't collect Mezco figures. *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  8. "There was probably some kind of message behind that, but I mostly enjoyed seeing that I've had Turtles and Joes my entire life!" said collector after being visited by 3 Christmas Spirits the night before. ToyFarce investigated... "It was a very weird night, but I made the most of it!" said Charles, a collector from London. "During the night, 3 ghosts visited me, one from the past, one from the present and one from the future. I think they were trying to tell me something, but everytime we went to another era, I was too busy checking out all the toys that were there!" "In the past, I saw all the Ninja Turtles and G.I.Joe figures from my childhood, the vehicles, the playsets, everything! It was so great! Then, in the present, I saw my current collection, which includes a lot of those things from my childhood, with all the modern stuff as well. My display looked so good! And in the future, I still had all those, plus a lot of newer stuff that I couldn't recognize, because they haven't come out yet. It was glorious! I'd definitely do it again!" The message might have been lost, but at least, the collector did have an amazing Christmas night, reminiscing about his old toys, cherishing his current ones and looking forward to the future ones. More news at 11:00... Merry Christmas, and happy holidays! *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  9. A Christmas Scalper! This year, a well known scalper was visited by three spirits of Christmas and realized that maybe, scalping is not a very christmassy thing to do. He then decided to lower his prices by 5 whole dollars! ToyFarce investigated. "It was a very frightening night!" recalls the scalper. "First, the ghost of an old partner of mine visited me. He used to go on toy hunts with me, to grab all the stocks of all the most coveted figures and exclusives, so that we could sell them at toy shows and conventions for twice, sometimes three times the price. He told me I would be visited by 3 ghosts later on... I assumed it was just my imagination, or a piece of undigested leftover Taco Bell I had eaten earlier." "The first spirit was from the past. It showed me how I used to steal my friends' toys, and then try to sell them back to them for double the amount. Ah, the youth! I was really a trouble maker..." he said, fondly. "Then, the second spirit was from the present, and showed me my current inventory. Boy, do I have a lot of things to sell! Those recent sales from Ross and Ollies have really killed my momentum. I was selling figures a lot faster a few months ago!" "The last one was from the future, and he showed me my storage space, which was still full of toys, some from the future, which is actually nice since I already know what to look for when they come out! But he also showed me my tombstone, which means that I had a lot of stocks left before I passed away. They would probably empty my storage and give away all the toys for free to some charity! You hear that? For FREE!" "The morale of the story is that, in order to sell all my inventory, I probably need to lower my prices a little, to be nice. I will now start a sale, with $5 off all my items!" More news at 11:00... I don't think that was the message... Bah, humbug! Happy holidays to all! *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  10. It's that time of the year again, when all your favorite toy reviewers are making lists! Whether you enjoy that type of content or not, it has come to our attention that the rules seem to be pretty loose, so much so that we felt that we should clarify the unwritten rules to make it clear once and for all for everyone. Of course, nobody asked for this, just like nobody asked for the top 10 lists in the first place! Here are a few unwritten rules of the TOP 10 lists: - If you do a Top 10, do a Top *10*! "So I have 3 honorable mentions..." A Top 10 is a list of the 10 highest ranking items of a given category. Adding 3 honorable mentions, as fun as it is to mention that one nice figure that no one else (aka everyone else) has in their lists, it is then a Top 13, not a Top 10. THE NUMBERS DON'T LIE! - Only toys that came out that specific year! "It didn't come out this year, but I only got it this year so I added it to my list!" If you're doing a Top 10 list of 2023, this implies that it should be toys that came out in 2023. That figure from 2 years ago that you got this year is great, really, but should be nowhere near any Top 10 list of 2023. Imagine if the Oscars Ceremony/Academy Awards said "The best movie of the year is that movie from 2017, but I only saw it this year so there's that". Exceptions: The jury is still out on re-issues/re-releases. We personally wouldn't count a re-issue as a figure produced that year, but some do, and, on a technicality, it's not wrong... - The Top 10 Limbo of December! We've mentioned this multiple times over the years, but December is also part of the calendar year, and many figures ship in December as well. Every year, tons of figures get left behind because they came out in December and were not part of the prepared Top 10 lists, and will be disqualified the following year since they didn't come out that year. Please, think of the December figures! More news at 11:00... Here are the top 10 'More news at 11:00...' of 2023! *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  11. "Jingle All The Way" is a fun Chrismas movie in which the Terminator tries to buy a toy for Anakin Skywalker. In the movie, there is a lot of emphasis on the action figure of Turbo Man, which has been sold out everywhere for weeks (and Arnold had not pre-ordered one on time!), but they seem to completely ignore the other figures in the line, such as Booster. A completist collector (aka someone who wants to own every single item from a set) is now looking for a figure of Booster, Turbo Man's sidekick... "In the movie, they make fun of Schwarzenegger's character for trying to grab the hot item, Turbo Man, over Booster, which they have plenty of", said the completist. "They seem to say that Booster is the peg warmer/shelf warmer of the wave, even though we can clearly see shelves full of Dementor behind them in the store! Booster is a fun character with a lot of depth, a great story, and I've ended up preferring Booster over Turbo Man, just like some people prefer Nightwing/Robin to Batman. "Booster was shelf-warming a lot back then, but now he's really hard to find. Some say they buried all the Booster and Dementor figures somewhere in a desert, next to the Atari E.T. cartridges or Funko Pops..." Sidenote: Do you also have your eyes glued to the background during the toy store scenes in the movie? They have old Toy Biz (Ghost Rider, Fantastic Four, X-Men) and Spawn figures! More news at 11:00... #JusticeForBooster *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  12. Life hack! Turn your collection into totally acceptable Christmas decorations with this one simple trick! No need to hide your action figure collection during the holiday season any more, all you need is a bunch of Christmas hats, and voilà, everybody is in holiday mood, whether it's a superhero or a horror figure! "I was helping to decorate the house, and then it dawned on me that I didn't have to hide all my figures this year!" said a merry collector from Wisconsin. "All I needed was a few hundred tiny Santa hats, and we are now sure to get lots of compliments (or at least comments) from our relatives when they come visit during the holiday!" 1:12 Santa hats can be easily found online (Etsy for example), Hobby store or various arts and craft supplies stores, any superstore (if you feel like salvaging other Christmas decorations for parts), or Fresh Monkey Fiction has a pack of Santa Hats from their Naughty or Nice line available on BigBadToyStore (and their Santas have removable hats too!) More news at 11:00... I'd pay good money to see Spawn or a Mythic Legions troll say "Ho ho ho"!
  13. It is the end of the year and the race to post a Top 10 video has started, as a toy YouTuber decided to skip the entire month of December in order to be the first to post his Top 10 on YouTube! A very risky move, as there could still be awesome action figures coming out in December, which would end up in everyone else's Top 10... "High risk, high reward, my friend!" said the ToyTuber. "By posting my Top 10 so early, I might double my views on this video! (34 views instead of 17?). There is nothing that would come out in December, that could possibly top what I have right now, right?" he says, as MAFEX is about to drop 5 or 6 new figures, Mezco is about to ship the long awaited Fantastic Four set, and several other brands have bangers coming out in the next few weeks... "The only real risk is that, if a perfect figure ends up coming out in December that everybody, unanimously, put in their Top 10, I will probably look like an idiot... I'll keep my fingers crossed that everything is mid!" We, at ToyFarce, recommend to wait until the actual end of the year, as there are still many toys coming out in December who end up in "Top 10 limbo", being counted out of this year's lists because the list has already been posted, and not applicable for the following year's list since they didn't come out that year. Please, think of the December figures! More news at 11:00... "If you're not first, you're last!" *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  14. It's a Christmas miracle! A toy collector from California decided to make his own advent calendar this year, by buying a peg board and putting 24 action figures on it. A genius idea, brought to you by ToyFarce! These days, there are tons of different options for advent calendars, like chocolates, teas, coffees, beers, liquor, you name it. "I didn't want to have a tiny chocolate every morning for the whole month" said Josh, the toy collector with the genius idea. "So I went to the hardware store, got a nice peg board with 24 pegs, and I made my own!" Every morning until Christmas, Josh will discover with a child-like wonder a new action figure that he can open, play with and add to his collection. "I just had to ship my pile-of-loot, and there was enough to fill a whole advent calendar! I will open one figure every day until Christmas, and then open more figures on Christmas day! This is the best month ever!" More news at 11:00... It's officially December, we're in the Christmas endgame now! *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  15. "Think about it - Which one sounds bigger: a 6" action figure or a 15 cm action figure?". For the longest time, most domestic toy brands (aka from America) have used the imperial system (6 inch, 7 inch,...). It only took one employee to go on holiday in Europe during the summer to realize the one thing they could use to boost their numbers: the metric system! "Everything will sound bigger if we use the metric system!" said a manager of one of the biggest toy brands. "A 3.75" action figure becomes a 9.5 cm action figure, 6" becomes 15 cm (Yes, 15! Wow!), 7" becomes 18cm and 12" becomes 30 cm, etc... Have you ever had 15, 18 or 30 of something? Psychologically, it sounds huge, right? Then, when the prices go up, people will understand that it's because it's bigger now. Paying $30 for 15cm doesn't sound that bad!" "And after a while, when the customers will be used to the sizes in centimeters, BOOM! We switch to millimeters! Here is your 150 mm action figure. That's one hundred and fifty!! Would you like to see our 300 mm figures? We can sell a 150 mm figure for way more than a 6 inch figure!" More news at 11:00... or is it 23:00 then? Is that AM or PM? *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  16. "We never saw the driver again." told paranormal investigator John C. about the whole situation. You have probably noticed one thing during your last few unboxing sessions: there are more and more little plastic ties holding our action figures in their boxes these days. Especially with bigger figures. One would imagine that it is to keep the figures from moving too much in their boxes during transport, but what if we were to tell you that there is a more gruesome story behind it? Here's another October Horror Story from ToyFarce... "When you open an action figure, first you have to rip the plastic bubble from the card, or remove the tape and pull the tray out if it's a box." said the investigator. "Then, you have to pull the figure out of the transparent plastic shell, which usually holds the figure and accessories pretty tightly to begin with. There should be no reason to add 6 or 7 plastic or twist ties to hold the figure by each limb, chest and waist. Or at least, that is what we thought..." "There was an incident with a truck..." The investigator took a long pause. "A few years ago, a truck was transporting tons of action figures. One day, they lost contact with it, and had to use a GPS tracker to locate it. When they arrived, there were a lot of empty action figure boxes and packaging all over the truck, but not a single toy anywhere near. It was like... they escaped." "We never saw the driver again, and the transport company had to explain to all those toy brands that the figures seemed to have just... vanished. This is why they put so much plastic ties in their packaging now. They don't want another incident like that again..." More news at 11:00... Remember to keep those twist ties, just in case... *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  17. "It all happened so fast!" said famed toy reviewer, looking at his brand new action figure already displayed on his shelf. As we are winding down on the October Horror Stories series, with Halloween being tomorrow (Happy Halloween!), here is one final spooky story for you. Viewer discretion is advised. "It was earlier this week. I bought that action figure that I had been looking forward to for a long time" said the toy reviewer. "When I got home, I don't know what got into me, but I was so excited to finally have it in my hands, I just tore up the packaging and got to the figure, to be able to inspect it, pose it a little, play with it, basically. And it was great, I enjoyed every second of it. A few nitpicks, of course, or I wouldn't be a toy reviewer, right? But overall, a great figure." "And then, it dawned on me... I didn't post a picture on instagram before opening the figure, not even a story... Worst, I didn't film an unboxing video when opening the figure. No pictures of different poses of it on social media... I didn't even post a 'hand pic', a picture of my hand holding the figure... Such a rookie mistake. What is happening to me?" "I can't even fake it and 're-box' the figure, I already threw away the packaging. I don't know how to tell my followers that I have it. I'm scared!" Are there other toy collector related horror stories you would like to share? Let us know in the comments! More news at 11:00... If you unbox an action figure without letting people know, does it even happen? *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  18. "For the longest time, I was part of an elite of collectors that had that figure. Now, everybody has a chance to get it and that makes me sad..." Those are the words of Mike, a collector from Missouri, who has been wronged too many times by toy brands, after they decided to re-issue/re-release action figures that he had already bought during the first release... "I'm not afraid to say that it's really unfair." said Mike to ToyFarce, during our sit down interview. "When the figure first came out, I bought it immediately, because I knew I wanted it back then to complete my collection. Its value went up soon after, which led a lot of other collectors to suddenly want that figure, but only because the value went up, and it was considered rare. They didn't want it when it first came out, not like me! And now, the brands are doing another release, so those collectors can get that figure... Why do they hate me so much?" ToyFarce explained to Michael that it doesn't have to be a bad thing, as there are collectors that started collecting that line only after it came out, or missed out on it the first time and couldn't afford the secondary market prices, so it gives them a chance to have a complete collection as well. The more the merrier, right? Plus the value did not always necessarily go down after a re-issue. "I do not agree with that. Only true, passionate collectors like me should have that figure. The value of the figure *in my eyes* will definitely go down." More news at 11:00... Aaah... Good old fashioned Gatekeeping! *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  19. "Utter and total injustice." That is what a collector felt after discovering that other collectors were receiving a new coveted action figure before him, even though he had woken up early and was able to place his order within a few seconds after the item went live. A terrible situation, truly deserving to be told during our October Horror Stories series. Viewers discretion is advised. "The pre-orders opened at 9 A.M., so I woke up early to be sure not to miss it." said the collector. "I was logged in, with everything ready for a smooth transaction and I am fairly sure I was one of the first few people to order. A few days later, I saw that other people were starting to get their items, even though I still hadn't gotten my notification of shipment. One person, then 2, then a few more... That's when I started to get nervous. It was like the company was actively ignoring my order, processing every other orders first... even though I was one of the first few!" "I feel like companies should process the orders in the exact order that they were placed, and wait that the first orders have received theirs before shipping the rest. It shouldn't matter if you live closer to where the item is shipped fro, I don't understand the logistics of shipments anyway. They should first wait that I get my item, and then ship it to others." "The only thing I can do now is to comment on every posts from people that have gotten it before me that mine still hasn't shipped yet, hoping that it will make things go faster." Right before publishing the article, the collector reached out to tell us that he had finally gotten his notification and that he should get the item soon, even though he cares a bit less about it now, since everybody else had gotten it before him. More news at 11:00... "It didn't even sell out in minutes, now I feel robbed..." *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  20. "It all happened so fast..." What started as a project to make more space in a toy collector's display ended up in the addition of not 1, but 2 new lines to his collection! What exactly happened? ToyFarce investigated... "I had been thinking about adding a new shelf for some time, since all of my shelves have been really crowded for a while." said Nicolas, a collector from France. "At first, there was a lot of space for the figures, but I kept adding more, and adding more, and now, they're all lined up like roman soldiers, shoulder to shoulder. So I decided it was time." Nicolas went to Ikea and bought a BERGSHULT shelf, along with the GRANHULT brackets (it is important to always write Ikea furniture names in capital letters). "I installed the shelf, and man, did I feel accomplished! I can now make more space on my already crowded shelves... Or should I?" An intense feeling went through the collector's body. "I had a moment when I just realized that I now have some space available, and I could maybe buy some of those other figures from that line I never got into, because I didn't have enough space! That new shelf is like a blank canvas, you see, and I can fill it with whatever I want. Something new, perhaps? The possibilities are endless. Exciting!" It was later revealed that Nicolas had started buying figures from 2 lines that he didn't collect prior to getting the new BERGSHULT. More news at 11:00... "What if I get TWO new shelves?!"
  21. You've probably seen videos like that before, whether it is on YouTube or TikTok: a collector goes to a superstore, looks behind a box of dog food in the pet section and finds a bunch of NECA TMNT 2-packs. In another video, G.I.Joe Classified Series figures hidden in the fruits and vegetables section. Those collectors are really lucky, right? Surely, it couldn't be staged... ToyFarce investigated... A few Target employee told us about a recent interaction they had with a collector, who was caught hiding figures all over the store, before filming himself "discovering" them: "We used to see him every few days. He'd come, grab a couple of action figures, then put them in different places", a Target employee said. "Then, he would hit 'record', and act like he had just found them by accident while doing groceries." "It was fine at first, we thought it was just silly. But then, he started to move entire shopping carts to different places, and sometimes, he would not put them back after he was done", another employee explained. "That's more work for us, then, and that's not OK. He would do this for hours, probably filming videos for several weeks..." "I've even seen him do that with his own toys once! He had an action figure from another store in his backpack, and hid it in the light bulbs section", a third one told us. "We reported it to our manager, and watched several occurrences from the security cameras, and the manager agreed that something needed to be done. He is now banned from Target in the whole state." More news at 11:00... Wait... WHAT IS THIS UNDER THE SHELF? SOMEONE'S STASH?! *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  22. Since probably no one is going to read this article due to the focus being on San Diego Comic Con and all its amazing reveals, panels and booths (so many booths!), ToyFarce will report some local news from the area today. Earlier yesterday, Andy, a toy collector had the chance to meet his favorite toy youtuber (or toytuber, who will remain anonymous), but sadly, it didn't go as planned... "I've been one of his followers for years. I always put a like on his videos, leave a comment, and I am always in the chat when he is streaming live. He said my name (well, username...) multiple times when he said hello to the chat, and I used to think that it was kind of a big deal. Like if we were close, he knows my name, he sees me commenting and chatting,etc... I know so much about his life, what toys he collects and likes, ... So when I heard he was going to be at the San Diego Comic Con, I was excited, because I was going too!" What happened that day at the Comic Con was not what Andy had hoped for. "I saw that he was posting pictures of one of the booths, so I headed there, hoping to catch up with him as he would be done. When I arrived, he was chatting with the people from the booths, so I didn't want to bother him. I waved at him quickly when he looked my way, but he just looked confused for a second, like if he didn't know who I was. I have never felt so embarrassed in my life. A bit later, I managed to chat with him. I said that I'm Andy, and I'm usually in the chat, and always comment and like his videos, and he just said "thanks" and that he appreciated it, but then he wanted to go to another booth to take pictures. I had already seen that other booth so I didn't follow him. How rude, right?" We sincerely hope that it didn't ruin the Youtuber's image for Andy and that he will find it in himself to forgive and forget, and still watch his videos. Andy said he would at least watch the next few shows just to see if he mentions him. We asked Andy if he shared his username with the Youtuber, which might have helped a bit more, but he didn't reply. More news at 11:00... They say 'Never meet your heroes', but they say nothing about Toy Youtubers! *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  23. After years of complaining about toy swappers ruining it for everyone, and months of complaining about the windowless packaging making it easier for them, several toy companies are allegedly considering going back to one of the world's most hated creation: the Clamshell Packaging. Remember those? The kind that needed a can opener or scissors to open? The ones that spilled a lot of blood when we thought we wouldn't need tools to open them? Well... they're coming back! A reliable source from within the toy industry told ToyFarce that all the major toy companies have had enough of getting their toys stolen by swappers, who open the boxes, replace the figures with a cheaper, older toy, and bring it back to the stores for a refund. "It's time to bring back a very dangerous weapon" said our source. "The days of people taking advantages of our nice cardboard boxes or windowless packaging are over! If you see someone leaving the toy section with blood and cuts all over their hands, you'll know that he tried to swap a figure! It's a shame that it had to get to that point, and we are sorry for our loyal customers who are honest, but modern problems require modern solutions." Do you have any fond memories of opening those and getting cuts everywhere? Let us know in the comments! More news at 11:00... Oh, THE PAIN!
  24. The pile of unopened toys has many names: "the backlog", "the depression pile", "the rainy day figures", "the pile of shame", "the loot pile" (Bigbadtoystore coined 'Pile of Loot' already), "mount toys", "delayed gratification", "Steve" (I don't get that one either) and many more. It is not uncommon to spot one of those piles in an action figure collector home. Sometimes, life gets in the way and you can't open your newly acquired toys right away. But when does it become a hazard to your health? ToyFarce investigated... We interviewed Dr. Pilefree about the dangers of having an unopened toys pile that is getting out of control: "It can become an issue if the pile of toys is so high that it can fall down on you or your loved ones, and hurt them. The secret is to have a strong base, and not pile them too high. Also, if you have more toys unopened than opened, you might actually be diagnosed as a mint-in-box collector, which is a completely different thing. If the pile is starting to be too much to handle, just open some toys. Make an evening of it, put some nice music, light a few candles, and rip into it." ToyFarce hired a team of R&D engineers to come up with a nice idea, in the same vein of the theme parks height requirement signs: introducing the ToyFarce Pile Height Requirement sign! This *adjustable* sign can be put next to your pile, in order to make sure that it's within normal height. If it your pile goes over the limit, you'll just have to open a few toys (or you can adjust the size so that it becomes the new limit). Keep those piles in check! How do you call your pile of unopened toys? Let us know in the comments! More news at 11:00... Time to open a few toys! *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  25. With more and more toy collectors taking to Youtube and making unboxing videos, we have been able to witness several different ways that an action figure box can be opened. Some are more delicate, while others are more explosives (and then there's the Mint In Box collectors that just look at the box). We, at ToyFarce, have noticed that there seem to be a trend where collectors open their boxes from the bottom. We thought it would be a great time for a debate: Top or bottom? Obviously, this is for action figures or other toys that come in boxes, rather than blister cards. Think Hasbro (Marvel Legends, Star Wars The Black Series, G.I.Joe Classified Series,...), NECA, McFarlane Toys, MAFEX... action figures. And of course, it goes without saying that this is for people who open the toys (duh). We will try to demonstrate the pros and cons. TOP: The most logical one, to us. You open a cereal box from the top, right? If you opened it from the bottom, you'd have all your cereals on the floor, or you would have to store the box upside down. So for an action figure that comes in the box, when you look at it from the front, the natural move would be to open from the top, grab the tray, pull it up and your figure is freeeeeee. Simple, efficient. Why would anyone do it any other way? BOTTOM: A lot of people seem to do it that way, which surprised us, at first, and we are still trying to figure out why. I understand it leaves the top part 'untouched', so it looks like it was never opened from the top, but you still know that you opened it from the bottom. A slightly annoying part with that (which is an issue in both top and bottom opening, really) is that when you pull the cardboard flap out, it bends it a little, which leaves a small dent on the cardboard. Doesn't opening from the bottom cause the box to not sit perfectly flat anymore, in that case? WILDCARD: Some boxes (S.H. Figuarts, for example) open from the sides. This is complete chaos and we will not stand for this. How do YOU open your boxes? Let us know in the comments, let's keep that debate alive! More news at 11:00... Some just open their figures from the front... *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
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