OAFEnet Email Update for Thursday, August 23

Happy birthday from the OAFEnet Email Update!

Happy birthday to us, that is: we're finally 10 years old, and we have you to thank for it. But first, this week's newness:

  • JOE FRIDAY! In the 1980s, Marvel Comics produced a four-comic series that told the story of GI Joe and Cobra discovering the existence of the Transformers. This special series briefly brought together these two epic worlds and chronicled the dramatic consequences of this discovery. First...
  • Godzilla gets redesigned every so often, of course - and not just when you're creating a terrible American version! Different suits have been built over the years, sometimes used for a single film, sometimes for several. This particular design was created for 1994's Godzilla vs. Space...
  • MOTU MONDAY! When Roger Sweet originally pitched He-Man to Mattel, the idea was that "He-Man" wasn't exactly a character: he was a toy system. He-Man, like Ideal's Captain Action, would have been a single doll body that could become anything by buying different accessory packs. To demonstrate...
  • To celebrate our birthday, we decided to name the Top 10 toys that came out while we've been active. But because we don't know when to quit, we actually made it 20.
  • TRANSFORMERS TUESDAY! The robot itself looks very strong. He doesn't quite have the bulk that CJ had in the cartoon, but the designers certainly tried. The forearms and shoulders in particular are huge, and his chest is broad and square. Amazingly, most of the car kibble in this mode...
  • This is the Ash that casual fans of the film (if those exist) will be more apt to recognize, due to the iconic chainsaw hand. But that's not all that separates this Ash from the "Farewell to Arms" figure from the previous series: He now has a torn shirt, a bare left arm, and a torn...
  • Ten years ago we also posted our first Figuretoon, and we honored that anniversary with this.
  • Since the beginning, all Minimates have had one thing in common: they were licenses that Art Asylum (or DST) had paid for. But now, for the first time ever, they've been contracted to create Minimates for someone else. Icon Heroes has the "Thundercats" license, and they mainly use it for statues...

If you enjoyed the Top 10 list, be sure to visit the blog this week, because we'll be showing you how everybody voted.

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