Behind the Toys is a series of interviews where I speak with a number of different people involved within the Toy Collecting community. The idea is to give an deeper insight into the stories behind the action figures on our shelves. 

Steve Evans

Hasbro Marvel Legends

In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Steve Evans aka @MrStevie18. The Design and Development Director for Marvel Toys at Hasbro.

We obviously dive into his own collection and the culture around collecting. Of course we also discuss the Marvel Legends line from Hasbro and hints at what to expect moving forward. 

Taboo

Marvel Comics & Black Eyed Peas

In this episode I caught up with Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas to discuss his passion for toy collecting.

He is an avid collector of vintage toys so we talk about his collection past and present, some of his grail figures as well as the stories he has written for Marvel Comics.

Julia & Eric Lewald

X:Men: The Animated Series

In this episode I spoke with Julia and Eric Lewald, the series developer and one of the writers for X-Men: The Animated Series.

We discuss what it was like to create the series, address a number of questions that people ask and also where it is heading with the recently announced X-Men ’97

Turns out that our interview took place on the 30th anniversary of the day Eric received the call asking him to work on the show!

Ryan Penagos

Marvel Entertainment & Podcast

In this episode I had the pleasure of sitting down with Ryan Penagos aka @AgentM. The VP & Creative Executive for Marvels Digital Media group and host of the official Marvel Podcast, This Week in Marvel. 

We talk about his own collecting and collections as well as everything from Marvel comics to Marvel studios. Through to merchandise such as console games and Marvel Legends…plus much more.

David Nakayama

Comic book Artist

Marvel Comics & Marvel Legends Boxes

In this episode I had a great chat with David Nakayama, the artist behind some of the iconic images that you would have seen across a whole bunch of comics and covers. Not to mention the iconic X-Men: The Animated Series main image.

We discuss what its like designing the artwork for the Marvel Legends boxes as David is responsible for over 50 of them!

Cal Dodd

Voice of Wolverine

X:Men: The Animated Series

In this episode I spoke with Cal Dodd, the voice behind Wolverine in X-Men: The Animated Series.

We discuss what it was like filming the series as well as all of the merchandise that came with it.