AFI's 2nd Anniversary Day 6- What You've All Been Waiting for… JLU NEWS!
April 21, 2007




Furthur proof that Mattel hears our cries, knows what we want and is working to bring it to us.  There’s still life left in the JLU line despite the internet speculation.

He was the number one most wanted villian in our recent JLU poll, he came in second in the "if you only got 12 more" catagory, and now he is the centerpiece in the next Target 6-pack coming this Summer/Fall.  I give you…. Grodd!!!



There has always been speculation that if we did get Gorilla Grodd, that he might share some body parts with the Ultra-Humanite.  As you can see here he us his own unique sculpt.  He looks to be articlulated at the neck, shoulders elbows and I suspect swivel hips. 

He will be available late summer/early fall in a 6-pack exclusively a Target (similar to the Doomsday 6 pack)

The other figures in the pac are still hush hush, but expect at least one surprise. 


A HUGE thank you to the Mattel Team for letting us finish up with a bang!

Here’s to another great year of news, fun and a great community! 

Thank you to all the AFI Team especially Jason and Peter for all their hard work

And thanks to all the readers! 

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 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,,, Boing-Boing,, 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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