A Cool Tool for Collectors
April 18, 2008

As I was walking the showroom floor at Toy Fair in NYC back in February I came across a small booth over by the Mezco booth with two guys sitting at a table.   These two guys were working hard, trying to interest passer-by buyers in their invention- The Yule Tool.   They were angling for the moms and grandmas market, but I thought it was something we can ALL use!

Their motto was "Snip, Snip- Here’s your Toy!"

Basically the "Yule Tool" is a pair of wire clippers that has  one of the handles is also a Phillips’s head screwdriver (for the battery compartments).  It also comes with a small retractable exacto knife, which would be even cooler if they could some how attach it by a chain to the other handle so it wouldn’t get lost.  Maybe they can make that happen in version 2.0.

I talked to the guys briefly when they handed me my sample and told them they should include the collector market in there sales plan because NO ONE deals with more twist ties than us!

I’ve got my by my sample one by my photography station and have used it many times already and I love it!

In looking at their website over at www.yuletool.com it doesn’t look like they are quite ready to sell to the general public yet and that they are still collecting orders for manufacturing.  I hope this is something that Wal-Mart is smart enough to pick up and carry year-around in the toy aisles, and not just as a seasonal item.  

They should have final product and possibly a new name later this year.  According to their website:

    We have a little work on the packaging and some quality issues but we are ready to take orders or please contact us and we will let you know when final product packaging is available.  Please check back in Early April and you can see the final package and order for this 08 Holiday season

I would also like to hear about names some suggested that Yuletool was limiting.
Others would be "Mom’s toy tool"  or just "Toy Tool"

I like this idea.  I’ll keep my eye on it and let you guys know when it’s available.  It’s something every collector should have.  I think it will give you back about an hour of your life each year depending on how many toys you buy each year!



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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