DST Announces First Ever Fan's Choice Minimates Poll – Secret Wars!
April 17, 2009

Get ready for the best toy news of the year!  In celebration of Marvel Comics’ 70th Anniversary, Toys R Us and Diamond Select Toys are teaming up to conduct a poll where, for the first time ever, YOU the fans will decide which new Marvel Minimates will be featured in an exclusive box set!  And because this first-ever Minimates Poll needed that little something extra, all ten potential Minimates have been taken from one of the most popular Marvel events of all time – Secret Wars!

That’s right True Believers!  Beginning today and continuing until May 31st, fans will be able to visit ArtAsylum.com to cast their ballots in deciding which of their favorite characters will be included in the exclusive Secret Wars Minimates box set.  Spanning the twelve-issue Secret Wars, the characters listed below represent some of the most well-developed, visually-distinct and fan-favorite characters of all time – as well as some of the strangest!

Available Choices Are:  Ben Grimm, The Beyonder, The Beyonder (Energy Form), Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel (Energy Form), Dr Doom, Molecule Man, Spider-Woman, Storm and Symbiote Bond Spider-Man.
So check out the full control art, make your choice and cast your ballot for the all-star Secret Wars Minimates box set, exclusively available this fall from Toys R Us and Diamond Select Toys!  The top four fan selections will be included in the set, so rally your own army of heroes or villains and become a part of Marvel Comics history!


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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