Diamond Select Toys to Open Minimates Headquarters at Comic-Con International!
July 10, 2013

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For the past year, Diamond Select Toys has been celebrating the tenth anniversary of their Minimates toy line, from the mini-figure line’s debut in 2002 with Star Trek and KISS to the launch of the flagship 2-inch Marvel line in 2003. With the anniversary coming to a close, DST is turning things up a notch by transforming one of San Diego’s best eateries into Minimates Headquarters for the weekend of Comic-Con International!

Taste and Thirst on Fourth, the home of some of the best wings in San Diego, will become the headquarters for Minimates fans beginning Friday, July 19th. The Headquarters will open to the public at 11 am, and will be the home of the touring 10th Anniversary Exhibit, with 10 years of Minimates on display all weekend, including figures and artwork from Marvel, Star Trek, Walking Dead, Ghostbusters, Halo, Universal Monsters, Terminator, Knight Rider, Peter Pan, Lord of the Rings, Expendables, DC Comics and Back to the Future! Pick up one of the con-exclusive Shadow Merk Battle Beasts when you visit, and use the coupons available at the DST booth (#2607) to get a discount on food and drinks!


As a special treat for the hardcore Minimate fans, DST will also open the Headquarters to the public at 10 pm on Thursday night! The exhibit will be on display, the DST staff will be on hand to talk shop, and lucky attendees will receive a free exclusive “Hot Wings” Merk Minimate while supplies last!

Taste and Thirst on Fourth is located at 715 4th Avenue, and opens at 11:00 on Friday, and 8:00 on Saturday and Sunday.

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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