AFi’s Action Figure Theatre – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Trailer
June 16, 2014

I have long been a fan of stop-motion animator Alex Kropinak and the work he has done on’s ‘Marvel What The–?! series as well as the Minimate animations he has done for DST.   It was a real thrill to get to meet him in person a couple of years ago while in NYC for Toy Fair.

Alex and have been talking about doing some projects for AFi.  This is the first of them.   NECA has been doing a Planet of the Apes reveal every week as part of their “Monkey Mondays.”   Even though it is late in the day this is a Monkey Monday of our own.

Alex has painstaking created a stop-motion Dawn of the Planet of the Apes teaser trailer using the new NECA Dawn of the Planet of the Apes action figures.  As you can see the results are spectacular!  The sets he builds, the expressions he creates and the emotions he is able to convey are fantastic.

Please share this video far and wide!  I’d love to see Alex’s handiwork go viral!


These samples provided by NECA.  Thank you to Alex for letting us share your work.

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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,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, 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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