Like my favorite baseball broadcaster of all time, Gary Cohen says when my New York Mets rarely get a win, “Put it in the books!” And that’s what we can now say now about 2017, a fantastic year for toys. However, at our AFJ EAST year-end summit last week, we quickly realized that we were going to have to make several TOP 10 LISTS—one for the under $100 (seen here) crowd with lots of honorable mentions, one TOP 10 LIST for the crowd looking to spend upwards of $150 to $300+ per figure, and of course 2017’s TOY COMPANY OF THE YEAR (seen here). So enough exposition, let’s just dig right into our lists that we fully admit were super tough to make because there was so much awesome product in 2017 for Junkies of all ages. Enjoy! #AFJ4LIFE
Editor's Note: This was one of the last articles Jarrett had started writing. I took it upon myself to finish out his "Top 10 of 2017 Over $100". Forgive me, if the descriptions aren't as long as what the "Head Junkie in Charge" would have written. This is still his list.- Robert Trate, Editorial Director
10. PRIME 1 STUDIO TRANSFORMERS MEGATRON ($969.00)
Leave it to our fearless leader to put a Sideshow statue on the list that is nearly $1,000. However, one quick look at this incredible statue by Prime 1 Studio and you'll remember why you loved the leader of Decepticons to begin with. Designer Josh Nizzi clearly had a great love for this, the vilest of robotic villains. AFJ fully appreciates the sleekness of his interpretations over the square corners and hard edges the cartoon character had. -RT
Order Megatron HERE!
9. HOT TOYS IRON MAN 3 SILVER CENTURION MARK 33 1/6 SCALE ($249.99)
Again Hot Toys wows us with an incredible Iron Man collectible that would easily be the centerpiece of any collection! If you are wondering if Robert Downey Jr. is under that mask, relax, he most certainly is. Sadly, this collectible is sold out at Sideshow but it should be available on the secondary market. - RT
See the full description HERE!
8. SIDESHOW SPIDER-GWEN STATUE ($425.00)
This limited edition of Spider-Gwen comes from Sideshow Collectibles. It is the perfect likeness of this relatively new character that has captured the imagination of so many readers! Designer Mark Brooks has further sculpted two heads so that you can either display Gwen or her alter ego in full disguise. This particular Spider-Gwen arrives between June and July of 2018. - RT
Order Spider-Gwen HERE!
7. HOT TOYS NETFLIX DAREDEVIL 1/6 SCALE COLLECTIBLE FIGURE ($229.00)
This Daredevil caused some stir here at the office. I thought he should be in the header, while Jarrett wanted the Punisher (see where he placed him on the list below). As you can see I split the difference and conceded to the Head Junkie in Charge. Regardless, this Hot Toys' collectible lives and breathes as you look at it (and we're just talking about the pictures). He is ready now for you to purchase, so do not wait any longer if you have the coin to spend on him, Junkies. - RT
Order Daredevil HERE!
6. DOCTOR STRANGE MOVIE MASTERPIECE SERIES HOT TOYS 1/6 SCALE ($234.99)
Now, we are given Benedict Cumberpatch's DOCTOR STRANGE in full 1/6 scale. An absolute bargain for the collector in your life and personally, DOCTOR STRANGE is one of my top 5 MARVEL movies to date so I am really hyped up for this one. Here is what the figure comes with: Sorcerer Supremely poseable wearing a detailed fabric Cloak of Levitation with an inner wire armature for maximum posing. The figure also includes the Eye of Agamotto, the Doc's signature Sling Ring and a pair of alternate hands. He has come to bargain! - JK
Join the waitlist for Doctor Strange HERE!
5. STAR WARS LUKE SKYWALKER 1/6 SCALE FIGURE BY HOT TOYS ($229.99)
From the end of The Force Awakens comes Master Skywalker. The likeness here is uncanny as if you had a miniature Mark Hamill in your living room. Clearly, a centerpiece for any Star Wars collector as Hot Toys has captured the essence of the character. The base (follow the link below to see it) and the accessories (sans a lightsaber) are equally impressive. - RT
Order Luke Skywalker HERE!
4. MARVEL SPIDER-MAN DELUX VERSION 1/6 SCALE FIGURE BY HOT TOYS ($251.99)
It was this Spider-Man that sparked a whole debate at AFJ East Coast Summit. It was then we knew we had to do two separate Top 10's of 2017, over $100 and under $100. Certainly, Hasbro and SH Figuarts came out with some fine Spider-Man: Homecoming likeness this year. In comparison to the Hot Toys rendition, they pale in comparison. Which opens up the debate, is it worth spending over $20 or $100 for what is essentially a toy in your living room? The answer depends upon your level of fandom. For both Jarret and I, the answer is yes after seeing this Hot Toys' Spider-Man. - RT
Pre-Order Spidy HERE!
3. STAR WARS EXECUTIONER TROOPER 1/6 SCALE FIGURE BY HOT TOYS ($204.00)
The Last Jedi SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!
Sadly we didn't get to see those axes in action, however, we love that Hot Toys brought the Executioner Tropper to life with their 1/6 scale rendition. This bad boy is on "Low Stock" alert so if you need it, get it now. Otherwise be ready to shell out some bitcoins for him down the road. - RT
Order the Executioner HERE!
2. GHOSTBUSTERS 1984 SPECIAL PACK 1/6 SCALE ($894.00)
No, this is not a four-way tie for #2 on our list. In fact, this "1984 Special Pack" comes essentially with 5 figures (yes, we are counting Slimer). The details are Gozeriffic (that's a word), however, this is already sold out on Sideshow and is now going for nearly $2,000 on the secondary market! "Mother puss bucket" is right! This is the new crown jewel in the Ghostbusters collection. Easily a must have or Holy Grail set for any fan of the franchise. - RT
Check out all the images of the 1984 Special Pack HERE!
1. MARVEL DAREDEVIL NETFLIX MOVIE MASTERPIECE PUNISHER 1/6 COLLECTIBLE FIGURE ($234.99)
Without a doubt, the best Punisher to date. Then again, we are dealing with a Hot Toys release. The details and accessories are sick. Check out the full listing, decide which bill to skip this month, and order this 1/6 scale collectible. He not only made this list but took our #1 spot on our "Top 10 Punishers" as well (seen HERE). - RT
Join the waitlist for the Punisher HERE!