AFI's 4th Anniversary Extravaganza Day 5- New DCUC reveal!
April 18, 2009

It was 4 years ago today that a lot of planning, scrambling, and dreaming finally launched.   I always wanted my little corner of the web, and thanks some unfortunate circumstances and the generosity of my good friend Jason Geyer was born.   We launched back on April 18th 2006 but it feels like I’ve been doing it forever.   I love the site we’ve built here.  I love the community that has gathered. I love the trust and belief the manufactures have in us.  I love the friends I’ve made, the trips I’ve taken, the readers I have met both virtually and face to face. 

I have to say the biggest "THANK YOUs" to Jason Geyer and Peter Go.  I post a lot of stuff, but without them AFI simply wouldn’t exist.  They MADE this place.  Jason did the design and Peter puts it all together and keeps it running.   I can’t say thank you to them enough. 

Thanks to Ryan, Eric, Dan, Jim and Jeff. Your contribution is so important.  I can’t be everywhere at all times so I appreciate your diligence and contributions.

Thank you to  the Men of Action.   I love reading the thoughts and stories of fellow collectors.   You guys are such an interesting  and diverse group.   I look forward to reading each one of your blogs.

Thank you to Randy and NECA, Jason at BifBangPow! and Scott at Mattel for their participation in out 4th Anniversary Extravaganza.

Thank you to my girlfriend Abby and my daughter Paige for letting me sneak away and have my "nerd time." Thank you for your love and your support of the site and my passions.

Finally, THANK YOU to the readers.  There’s not a lot of point to us doing this if you’re not reading it.   Thanks for your support, your suggestions, your opinions, your time.   Whether you post on the boards or are just a lurker, we’re glad you are here.  If you’re a lurker we’d love to have you sign up for the boards and join all the discussions.  If you see any of us out in the world say "hi" we’d love to meet you,  If there are other things you like to see us cover let us know.  2008 was a GREAT year for the site and 2009 is shaping up to be even better!


And now it’s time for the big reveal.   A BIG thank you to ToyGuru and the Mattel crew for allowing us to debut a new DC Universe Classics figure.  This is VERY generous of them to let us do this.  

So here you go….

She’s from a YET UNANNOUNCED wave of DCUC from Mattel!   Here she is…. Ms. AFI 2009…..



DCUC Power Girl Front

DCUC Power Girl Front DCUC Power Girl SideDCUC Power Girl Back


DCUC Power Girl Back DCUC Power Girl SideDCUC Power Girl Front

DCUC Power Girl Face DCUC Power Girl FaceDCUC Power Girl Face

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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