Here we are again! Today's the fourth anniversary of the Dork Dimension, so let's take a step back and see how the site has fared in the past year. Not much has changed in terms of design, with a few tweaks here and there to make my life easier. But let's get down to the meat of the matter: this year's most popular articles by page views!
Before you check out the top articles for this year, you might want to take a look at recaps of previous years: Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3. Now, on with the show!
Top Articles for Year 4
Honorary Mention: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012
This review didn't make it to the top ten but it deserves an honorary mention regardless. In less than a month, it shot up the charts into the top 20, and with a few more weeks I'm sure it would have broken the top ten. There's a huge resurgence of interest in the TMNT property due to the new cartoon and figures, and it's a great time to be a Turtle fan.
The Dinobots just managed to sneak into the top ten for the first time this year.
The Dino Megazord made it on the list for the third year in a row, although it's fallen from position three to nine. Maybe Power Ranger fandom is cooling a bit?
Krang made the list again this year, but slipped to #8 from #4. Still, given the increased attention TMNT are getting, he might perform better next year.
In just three months, Marvel Select Hulk rampaged his way all the way up to #7. The popularity of the Avengers movie as well as interest in the character himself likely contributed to the hit count. Regardless, it's a great figure that deserves the attention.
Once again, the tribute to Godzilla GMK and Final Wars scored a good number of hits, up three positions from last year.
This one was an interesting surprise: Chris' epic toy collection made it all the way up to #5. Not only that, but it also managed to find itself on StumbleUpon.com (as evinced by the traffic sources). It's always cool to see how other collectors display their collections, and given the interest in Chris' collection, it's evident that others agree.
When I reviewed this Papo T-rex, I expected it to be one of those off-the-wall posts that nobody cares about. Surprise, surprise... it turns out people actually dig Papo dinosaurs. As a dinosaur nut, I can understand why: they're heads and tails (so to speak) above other dinosaur models. You can definitely expect to see more of these guys here next year.
For the fourth year in a row the Toxic Crusaders land in the top ten! It's a great line and it's understandable why it gets so much attention. It lost two positions, likely because the article is no longer linked-to on the Troma website. The article is showing its age, too. Maybe next year I'll update it with better pictures.
This tribute to Animated Batman really seemed to make an impact. It was released in December of last year, but shot up all the way to position 2 on the list. Action Figure Evolution articles are some of the most fun to do, even though they're very labor intensive. I have at least one planned for next year... stay tuned!
And now... the moment you all have been waiting for! The #1 most-viewed article from the past year is none other than... wait for it...
Uh... what? I'm not sure why this article landed the top spot. I thought that maybe a high-traffic site linked to the article, but nope, the traffic was all coming from Google searches. Why people are so intent on this Jabba all the sudden is beyond me. But there you go.
Most Commented Article
Not only was the TMNT 2012 review one of the most viewed articles, it also proved to be the most commented article of the year. Given all the interest, it seems like the Playmates Ninja Turtles line is the one to watch for the coming year.
Top Five Referring SitesI always feel honored to have my site linked to from another site, so thanks once again to all those webmasters who do so. The top 5 sites from which The Dork Dimension got the most referrals are:
5) Scary Crayon
4) Chase Variant
3) Michael Crawford's Review of the Week
2) Infinite Hollywood
Once again, Infinite Hollywood and Battlegrip.com top the list. In case you're wondering, Michael Crawford's site made it into the top five simply because he linked to my animated Chewbacca review in his "best action figures of 2011" awards. One link generated that much traffic... it just goes to show you how many hits his site gets.
What's to come in Year Five?Year 5 looks a lot less dismal than Year 4 did at its onset. Sure, MOTUC is off the table since I consider my collection to be complete with the addition of Stinkor. And Star Wars looked enticing at the beginning of the year but I just can't find the figures (which is the same complaint I had last year).
There are toy lines that continue to catch my interest, though. A few pieces are still missing from my Star Trek collection, and I haven't covered nearly all the toys in my collection so far, so you can definitely expect more Trek coverage. The FigureArts Godzilla line is still interesting (albeit often prohibitively expensive). The modern Papo and vintage Marx dinosaurs are all kinds of fun. But it seems like TMNT is really ramping up to be my primary focus this year. And now... on with Year 5!