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We made a list of the most-viewed toy reviews of toys RELEASED in 2014. Check it out!

Posted 1 January, 2015 - 11:00 by JoshB

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Posted 27 November, 2014 - 12:21 by JoshB

I wanted to give you a quick update about goings on with myself and CollectionDX.

First off, I'll be at New York Comic Con one day only - Friday October 10th, to participate in Viz's Voltron 30th anniversary panel. It will be held in room 1A21 at 2PM. This panel will be recorded and will broadcast the next day on

After the panel, I have an interview with Twitch which should also be broadcast live at the above URL.

At 4PM, at the VIZ booth (#1944) I will be signing copies of Voltron: From Days Long Ago along with the other contributors in attendance. The book ships October 26th, but I believe there are copies to purchase at the booth.

Posted 9 October, 2014 - 13:52 by JoshB

Over at PoeGhostal they are showcasing reviews of the Star Wars Black line all week, with a special giveaway. We reviewed the Luke in X-Wing gear figure, which was fine, but I also bought the R2-D2 figure, which was terrible. I agree with Poe's statements that this one was just full of QC errors and odd design choices. Come on Hasbro, you can do better. 

Click on over to to check out his week long celebration of all things Black.

Posted 7 November, 2013 - 17:03 by JoshB

We've got more Cosplay photos from NYCC courtesy of Amanda and Adam. Which ones are your favorite?

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Posted 17 October, 2013 - 18:33 by JoshB

I'm not sure I understand all the details, but this made the news in China. There was a Toy Expo in Taiching China recently, and in it, a display of Japanese toys (Likely a Bandai-Asia display) featuring the Neo Jumbo Machinder Mazinger Z.

Despite the "do not touch" signs, some kid did and toppled the case over. Onlookers took pictures, posted it on the internet, and then, well, you know how that goes.

According to the report, when the parent was confronted with what the child had done, she responded with the chinese equivalent of "What's the big deal?"

Parenting at its finest.

(Report starts 37 seconds in)

Posted 29 August, 2013 - 11:01 by JoshB

Our local paper, the Lowell Sun, was onhand at the summit to give some exposure.

Also, check out the short video:

Posted 26 August, 2013 - 13:15 by JoshB

2008 was the year that I started taking CDX, and the summit, seriously. Egged on by Dan I decided to host the summit at my place that year, and attempted to make it a big event. I think some people bemoaned the idea of putting the event on Facebook and expanding our audience, but in the long run it worked out OK.

I ended up renting tables for the first time, and I rented too many, making the summit look a bit desolate, despite having our largest turnout yet. The specter of rain loomed ominously forcing us to move trade fodder into my already crowded garage.

Lots of new faces showed up that year, some would go on to be regular CDX contributors.

Highlights of that year:

- Numerous giveaways, which were totally not targeted to that crowd. Sponsors sent a lot of stuff, and the crowd reaction was "meh". I think this was the last time I did a raffle.
- Matt Doughty spending almost the entire summit in my garage, building a powered suit out of first generation Glyos figures.

Posted 21 August, 2013 - 09:22 by JoshB

The 2007 summit was held at Sanjeev's house in Braintree MA, and was the first one we had "sponsored" (meaning companies sent out toys to be raffled off). Turnout started to increase with some people I didn't know in person for the first time.

Things of note:

- Jason's 6' Gundam makes another appearance
- Matt from Onell Design makes his first appearance
- Bob Eggleton (Godzilla Artist) makes his first and only appearance
- Jason's custom Gekiganger III Jumbo makes it's first of many appearances. Remember when making custom Machinders was a thing?
- There are no tables, so everyone trades on the ground.
- Dave brought a box of mini-carnival machinders.
- Roger brought porn.
- Mazinger Ring Toss


Posted 20 August, 2013 - 09:07 by JoshB

The 2006 summit is where shit got real. Dave, Sanjeev, Mason and I all went down to King of Prussia, Pennsylvania to Mark’s house for the summit that year. It was one hell of a trip. There’s a pretty thorough write-up that year on the site, but I’ll go over what I remember as the highlights:

- Fat Acceptance Convention at the hotel we booked ourselves at
- Sanjeev’s irrational fear of little people
- Scrapple.
- Mark’s amazing home theatre
- Roller Derby girls crashing the summit
- Gamera breaking the speed limit

As we entered the video age, I captured the summit on video, including us doing a MST3K style riffing over the Japanese version of Spiderman.

The summit still stayed about the same size as previous years, not including roller derby girls.

Posted 19 August, 2013 - 09:13 by JoshB

The 2005 Summit was held at Mason's house in Maynard, Massachusetts. Turnout was about the same, and Mason debuted his gourmet burgers which would become a staple at these events.

Highlights from 2005:

- Jake unveiled his full-back Grendizer tattoo line art, therefore out-nerding all of us. We'd see the progress over the coming summits.
- Jake also brought homemade screen printed Gamera art for all of us.
- Sanjeev made his debut appearance.
- Roger, unable to attend, sends goodie bags.

Photos are here

One thing I noticed while reminiscing about these past years is how small they were compared to my memory. How far we've come...

Less than ONE WEEK until the 2013 East Coast Summit!

Posted 18 August, 2013 - 19:10 by JoshB

The 2004 Summit was also held in Chelmsford MA with a slightly larger crew. This time we had our first international visitor in from London (Russell). Honestly I don’t remember a lot about this one.

- Ed Sanford brought a cool Mazinger Z Cell
- I was beginning to dump my Korean Toys at a rapid rate
- Mason told his tale of the Tetsujin he never got at Mr. Bigs Toyland
- Alen brought the t-28 briefcase, which he forgot. (don’t worry, I returned it).
- Keith raffled off the first of his stash of DX Irongear toys, which would become a summit tradition until he ran out.
- the 6’ Gundam makes a return appearance.

Check out images from the 2004 summit here

The 2013 Summit happens August 24th. RSVP today!

Posted 12 August, 2013 - 12:11 by JoshB
Summit Flashback 2003

I held my first summit in 2003, 10 years ago at my old house in Chelmsford Massachusetts. I wasn't the first to hold a summit, but the small events among friends piqued my interest so I asked the wife if I could have one at our house. Suprisingly, she said yes.

The fifteen of us crowded in my basement and backyard for cool trades and good food. Some memories of that day:

Posted 5 August, 2013 - 15:56 by JoshB
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