I don’t know if any print toy or comic news magazines exist today, but I got to feeling nostalgic earlier and was thinking about the ones from years past.
When I was a kid, the very first toy mag I came across was Toy Collector. A few months later I fell in love withTomart’s Action Figure Digest and Action Figure News and Toy Review (later to become Lee’s Action Figure News and Toy Review). Both were chock full of great visual guides of toys from years past as well as oodles of information about current and upcoming action figures and related products.
On the DC front, Tomart’s AFD had some swell Kenner Super Powers articles that were full of fascinating product reveals of items that sadly never saw the light of a retail shelf.
AFN had great DC coverage too, and in 2003 was one of the first outlets where I found reliable information (including photos) for Mattel’s then upcoming 6" scale, Four Horsemen sculpted Batman toyline.
ToyFare magazine may have been the best of the bunch however. I discovered it at Barnes and Noble during high school and I loved their news, highlights of lines past and present, interviews with brand managers and other members of production teams from various companies, their sense of humor and their Top 10 list of the top 10 most popular action figures each month.
Lee’s Action Figure News would go on to become a glorified Hot Wheels magazine with a wee bit of action figure news while Wizard Entertainment changed the formats of Wizard and ToyFare magazines and ended up eliminating a good amount of their charm. I don’t know the fates of Toy Collector or Tomart’s Action Figure Digest.
As for comic mags, I was really into Comics Scene as a kid and from my teens until it ceased publication, I was very into Wizard.
Do you have any favorite toy and/or comic magazines you’d like to wax poetic about? Feel free to do so =)