AFAIK, Toyfare and Wizard gave a few weeks notice that they weren't publishing magazines any more and that was it. And...from some reports, didn't refund subscribers.
I used to quite enjoy the magazine myself, although admittedly, both publications were very poorly edited, if at all, and had been going downhill for a while. I can see why they stopped, since most of everything they featured had already been seen on the internet, but that's why I think they should have changed tack, rather than just throwing in the towel. Oh well.
AEC toys might be good finds at 2nd hand stores or garage sale types of things. Most kids that had them will have grown up and honestly, most will have left those things behind. The majority of the toys were fairly sturdy too, so barring some missing accessories, they should be mostly intact.
assembling a Neo-G1/TF:TM cast. Please PM if you have (or know of) the following at a reasonable price: Classics or Henkei Prowl, Astrotrain, Ramjet, Skywarp, Sunstreaker, Sideswipe, Blurr, Perceptor, GDO Wheelie and Springer, or 3rd Party Motobot Arcee, FP Springer, iGear Ratchet and Ironhide, City Commander (and/or Ultra Magnus), Starscream (deluxe) Coronation add-on, or Spike and Daniel in their Exo-Suits.