October 14, 2006

Fans of one of the most popular franchises in recent history celebrated the successful completion of Christie’s in New York unique three-day 40th Anniversary Star Trek auction last week – an extraordinary event including 1,000 individual lots!  Featuring models, props, costumes and sets from each of CBS Paramount Television’s ground-breaking Star Trek series and feature films.  The auction revenues were approximated at $7,107,040 – partially thanks to a number of lots sold to Star Trek licensee Diamond Select Toys & Collectibles!

“Star Trek began as a science fiction phenomenon, but forty years later people are still discovering the Star Trek universe,” says CEO Steve Geppi.  “There are few franchises capable of generating this level of interest and Diamond Select Toys is excited to have helped contribute to that success.”


Diamond Select Toys purchased several items over the three-day auction, including items from every era of Star Trek
– from the Original Series to Enterprise.  Key costumes from the Star
Trek films, props from the television series and even large pieces of
the Enterprise will be making their way to fans over the next year.


“We’ve got great plans for our auction winnings,” says Chuck Terceira, Director of Diamond Select Toys.  “We plan to display these items at
several conventions and trade shows in the coming months, culminating
with a great new Star Trek promotion sure to excite fans of the
  Although tight-lipped about the details, Terceira adds “It’s something that’s never been done before.”



Select Toys and Collectibles, LLC was founded in 1999 by sister company
Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. Envisioned to create
unique and exciting collectibles for children and adults alike, the
company has licensed a variety of pop culture properties to be turned
into merchandise.
With partners such as Marvel Enterprises, CBS Viacom, Universal,
Capcom, Twentieth Century Fox, Hasbro and MGM, Diamond Select Toys and
Collectibles produces a large range of products based on a wide variety
of properties, and is headquartered in Timonium, MD. For more
information, visit www.diamondselecttoys.com.



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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