February 8, 2007

DC Unlimited, the new brand launched by DC Comics to license and promote the world’s greatest pop culture characters and stories, is proud to announce the acquisition of a license to release a line of action figures and collectibles based on the Studio Gonzo produced  "Afro Samurai"  animated series.  The series debuted on Spike TV January 4th and will be released on DVD in May by FUNimation Entertainment.  The
collectibles will be offered in the U.S. and Canada by DC Unlimited, with the first series of products debuting at the American International Toy Fair, held in New York in February 2007.

Adapted from Takashi Okazaki’s manga, the series chronicles Afro Samurai’s relentless

quest to avenge his father’s brutal murder. Featuring music by renowned hip-hop

artist The RZA and starring Academy Award-nominated actor and executive producer

Samuel L. Jackson as the Afro Samurai, the series is a groundbreaking fusion of

American hip-hop and classic samurai story. Other voice talents working on the series

include Ron Perlman ( " Hellboy " ) and Kelly Hu ( " X2 " ).

 "The opportunity to bring Afro Samurai to action figure and collectible fans was

something we couldn’t pass up," said Cheryl Rubin, Senior Vice President Brand

Management at DC Comics.  "The combination of Afro Samurai’s hip, cutting-edge

animation with the quality and attention to detail that DC Unlimited is known for

is a perfect match."


DC Direct, best known for their authentic collectibles generated directly from

the source material, will launch a line of Afro Samurai collectibles that will

include fully articulated 6.75 "  and 14 "  action figures, resin busts and statues

 –  all spotlighting the characters from the popular anime. The first wave of

figures will include Afro Samurai, his sidekick Ninja Ninja and his deadly

adversaries Kuma and Justice. The first wave of figures is slated to hit comic

book and pop culture specialty retailers Fall 2007.


 "With its innovative fusion of hip-hop and anime, Afro Samurai is such a

unique title we knew we needed an exceptional partner to create figures

befitting the animation," said Bob Brennan, Director of Licensing at

FUNimation Entertainment.   "DC Unlimited’s reputation, superior design

and attention to detail combined with their passion for this property made

them the natural choice for this line."



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 www.ActionFigureInsider.com. 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 MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, 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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