Diamond Select Toys ( @CollectDST ) Reveal Panels and Events for Comic-Con International 2016 #SDCC
July 12, 2016

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Comic-Con International in San Diego is one of the largest gatherings of toy lovers known to mankind, and every year DST leaps at the chance to interact with their customers at the event, as well as introduce themselves to new fans! This year, DST will be all over Comic-Con, with a booth (#2607) full of prototypes and exclusive toys, two panel presentations that break down our upcoming products, and they are once again taking over Taste & Thirst in the Gaslamp Quarter, turning the popular eatery into a hive of Alien goodness!

On Thursday, July 21, DST will open up their Alien Lounge at 715 4th Avenue (the home of Taste & Thirst on 4th) with a kick-off event from 11 PM to midnight, for ages 21 and up. Alien-themed door prizes will be given out at the kick-off, and the Lounge will be open all weekend, with numerous DST Alien products on display, as well as a photo backdrop featuring Alien Minimates for scary selfies! Stop by for a bite to eat – the chicken wings are to die for – and stay for the xenomorphic atmosphere!

On Saturday, July 23, DST will host the panel “Minimates Mini-Figures: Marvel, TMNT & Beyond” from 1:30 to 2:30 in Room 8 at the convention center. After a slide presentation, DST president Chuck Terceira and prototype painter Brian Felgar will discuss what’s coming up for the long-running 2-inch Minimates mini-figure line and the 4-inch Vinimates vinyl line, including more Aliens, Predator, Gotham, and the reveal of Marvel Animated Minimates Series 3. Marketing supervisor Zach Oat will moderate the Q&A, and give out prizes for the best questions!

Then, on Sunday, July 24, DST will present “Inside DST: Ghostbusters, Star Trek, Marvel & More” from 3:00 to 4:00 in Room 24ABC. DST sculptor Eli Livingston and prototype painter Jason Wires will discuss upcoming action figures, statues, ships and banks from Star Trek, Gotham, Marvel, Justice League and more, and a slideshow of upcoming product will showcase unreleased items. Once again, DSTZach will moderate the Q&A and award prizes!

And in addition to the long list of exclusives that will be available at DST’s booth #2607 – including products based on Marvel, DC, Ghostbusters and Star Trek – there will also be two DST items on sale at the Entertainment Earth/Toys”R”Us booth, #2343. One is a marshmallow-covered Ghostbusters Select Ray Stanz figure, the companion to our Peter Venkman, and the other is an exclusive two-pack of Muppets Minimates, Kermit and Miss Piggy, in formal wear!

See you on the show floor!

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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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