July 21, 2005

The Act You’ve All Been Waiting For…

"San Diego Here We Come…"

Well, it’s that time of the year again: time to be beaten down by the biggest nerd gathering known to man. Yes, my friends, I’m talking about the San Diego ComicCon International. As you can see by the picture at right, Daniel "Julius Marx" Pickett and Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer are on their way down there as you read this, ready to bring you the best Con Coverage on the web! This year looks to be unbelievably huge, with estimated attendance topping 100,000 people. Comic Con has come a long way from being a tiny gathering of locals. These days, all of genre Hollywood turns out to "wine & dine" their target audience, and more importantly for us all the major and minor toy companies show off their upcoming goodies. In terms of brand awareness and consumer relations, SDCC has become a more important event for the companies than the New York Toy Fair. Nowhere is that clearer than in the massive amount of exclusives being offered this year. So enough with the preamble, let’s get to the coverage!

Click Here For AFi’s Full SDCC 2005 Coverage!

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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