@DesignerCon 2015 Gallery now On Line
November 27, 2015

DesignerCon15LogoDesignerCon 2015 was held last weekend in Pasadena.   I was unable to attend because I have a 2 week old, but AFi’s Danny Neumann was in attendance and snapped some pictures for us for our galleries.

It broke my heart to not be able to attend this year as DesignerCon is one of the most fun shows I have ever attended, showcasing the best of art toys, urban vinyl, custom figures, art, and much, much more.   The show keeps growing every year and some larger companies such as Super7 and Kidrobot now have booths at the show.

If you’ve never been to DesignerCon make sure to put it on your calendar and start making plans for the 2016 show.

You can check out some of the highlights of DesignerCon 2015 here in the AFi Galleries.


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, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.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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