AquaMonday Episode 22- @Mattel ‘s #SDCC 2018 #DCMultiverse 3-pack Designer Interview
July 30, 2018

We are back with and extra long, extra informative, extra COOL AquaMonday!

This past Friday I was able to sit down with Mattel designers Bill Beneke and Jason Langston and discuss the genesis and development of one of the coolest 2018 San Diego Comic Con exclusives- The DC Multiverse Aquaman “Between Two DOOMS” action figure 3-pack.  It’s like a mini-comic con panel before Comic Con has even started!

Check out this *ahem* DEEP DIVE* into one of my all time favorite conventions exclusives and find out all the love and care that went into the making of this incredible DC Multiverse 3-pack.



Photographer/Stylist Jeff O’Brien

Photographer/Stylist Jeff O’Brien

Photographer/Stylist Jeff O’Brien

This sample was provided by Mattel.

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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  • Scott Gordon says:

    It would be great if we could get official word from Mattel on whether or not this set will be available online for non-attendees.

  • Rod Keith says:

    I really enjoyed this extended, in-depth interview! Great to get some insight into how much work goes into these things. All of this is bittersweet, of course, knowing that Jason Langston was laid off from Mattel just after this interview and SDCC. He seemed like a passionate, articulate member of the team that really contributed a lot. I really think that’s a big loss for DC collectors to not have him there now.

    I like all the characters brought up at the end as potential holy grails, but (since Daniel asked) I’d love to see a proper dedicated comic-style Mera. No better time than now!

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