Move over Todd McFarlane
- you're in for some serious competition. Joining the sweeping trend among
band merchandise tables everywhere, punk band AFI has started manufacturing
a set of action figures in their own likeness.
While action figures of bands
such as Metallica and Limp Bizkit can be found at most music store chains,
the AFI figures are going to be a little bit harder to get ahold of.
When released, the two-inch high, Lego-type figures are going to be exclusive
to the AFI fan club. Singer Davey Havok stated, "These are special, just
for the hardcore fans. I don't want them turning up in malls and places
As for the peculiar design
of the toys, drummer Adam Carson explained to us, "When we were first thinking
about making the toys, we came to the conclusion that articulation is overrated.
Those kinds of figures never stand up. We wanted something that would be
durable and live through lots of wear and tear. Something that could be
passed onto your grandkids. And since our figures are Lego-sized, they
can be used with most of the standard Lego playsets. That adds a whole
new dimention to playing with them."
Despite this versitality
with exsisting playsets, the members of AFI are still working on creating
their own scenarios. They are currently in the process of making a "Moldy
Berkeley Mansion" and a "Phoenix Theatre" playset. The Mansion will be
designed after their own home while the other will be a scaled down version
of one of their favorite Bay Area venues.
"You can only have so many
AFI t-shirts, you know? Personally, I love toys and it really thrills me
to have one modeled after myself," says Havok.
The toys will be out sometime
this summer. In the meantime, the members of AFI will continue to work
on their sixth studio album.