Custom Action Figure Contest Judging at San Diego Comic-Con #SDCC2014
July 18, 2014

The “Ultimate Cosplayer” holds first annual customizer contest

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Ridgewood, NJ. (July 18, 2014)Captain Action Enterprises, licensors of the popular Captain Action line, are excited to announce the finale of the Captain Action 1/6th scale Custom Action Figure Contest, to be held during an “American Idol” style judging panel at San Diego Comic-Con.


“As the original superhero action figure, and the “ultimate cosplayer”, we felt that there was no one more appropriate than Captain Action to host this contest and provide an opportunity for creative fans to display their talent”, said Ed Catto of Captain Action Enterprises, LLC.


The Contest Finale is scheduled for the panel on Thursday, June 24, from 3:30 to 4:30 in Room 24ABC at the San Diego Comic-Con


Midtown Comics is sponsoring the Grand Prize: a $500 Action-Packed Prize Pack, including Captain Action merchandise, comics and collectibles. Five (5) First Prize winners will be awarded the new Codename: Action collected edition, courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment. Just released, it features the first five issues of the recent series by Chris Roberson and Jonathan Lau.

 Vigilante 1 by James Long The Shadow Jase Marshall Mysterio Tom Pyne Luke Cage Captain Mar-Vell Vince Geppeto CA_Hawkman Ron Lopez Custom Contest

An All-Star Panel of Judges will review the custom figure entries and select the winners. Evaluations will be judged upon creativity, craftsmanship, originality and professionalism. Judges include:

  • Marv Wolfman, Legendary Comics Creator
  • J. C. Vaughn, Vice President, The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide
  • Daniel (Julius Marx) Pickett, Action Figure Insider
  • Michael Polis, Atomic Toybox Entertainment, Wildbrain and Yo Gabba Gabba
  • Michael Crawford, Captain Toy, MWC Toys
  • Jack Kralik, Tonner Doll

The contest finale will be hosted by actor Wally Wingert, most recently of the Tonight Show and Avengers: Earth Mightiest Heroes.


“This impressive list of creators just shows what a high-powered caliber of fan Captain Action attracts! And we’re thrilled to be working with these folks,” said Joe Ahearn of Captain Action Enterprises, LLC.


A brief screening of the Captain Action Animated Series “sizzle reel” and several new product announcements will serve as a prelude to the judging.
For more information and a full view of contest entries, visit .


About Captain Action Enterprises

As Retropreneurs, Captain Action Enterprises, LLC specializes in taking old properties and rejuvenating them for a new generation. Captain Action’s appears in an on-going comic book series, lithographs, statues, action figures, T-shirts, model kits and more. Additional properties include Captain Action Cat, Dr. Evil and Savage Beauty. For additional information, please contact Ed Catto at

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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