All Santa Wants for Christmas is his Two Front Teeth
December 17, 2007

Last week I took Wee Paige to the mall.  We were on a quest to find a star for the top of our Christmas tree.  As is natural at this time of year, jolly ole’ Saint Nick was there sitting on his throne with his gaggle of high school holiday help.

Paige wanted to have her picture taken with you-know-who.  So, what with it being an annual tradition I ponyed up the dough.  By that time Paige was already sitting on Santa’s lap and talking about what she’d like to find under the tree this 25th. They snapped a picture… it was ok.  There was no one else in line, so I asked them to snap another…it was much better. 

While the pictures are printing out, Paige and Santa are still chatting.  I get the pictures in the little envelop and turn around to get Paige.  Then the following exchange happens between “Santa”and myself:


Santa (to Paige):  Is this your dad? 

(Santa holds out his hand for me to shake it.  I do)

Paige: Yeah.

Santa (to me): Excuse me, you wouldn’t happen to be a dentist would you?

Me: Um… no… no I’m not.

Santa (chuckling to himself): Well, you can’t blame a guy for asking, can ya?


And scene…


I have no idea what that meant.


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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