DST Unleashes C2E2 Plans & Exclusives!
January 28, 2010

With the dawn of a new decade comes another exciting year of comic book and pop culture fan gatherings – and 2010 is already shaping up to be one of the biggest and best convention seasons on record!  With both the San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic Con events already on the schedule for July and October respectively, we’re excited to announce our attendance at what is sure to be the largest and most extravagant convention in the Midwest – the first annual Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – C2E2!

Operated by convention veterans Reed Exhibitions (of New York Comic Con fame) and housed in downtown Chicago’s spacious McCormick Place, C2E2 is already shaping up to be one of the year’s premier shows thanks to an all-star guest list, special event programming and a host of convention exclusives – including two from Diamond Select Toys!

DST’s exclusive delivers two of the stars of this spring’s upcoming blockbuster Iron Man 2 in Minimate form!  The Iron Man 2 Stark Expo Minimates Two-Pack will only be available at this show and features Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark and Scarlett Johannson’s Natalie Romanova as they appear during the fictional Stark Expo event.  Each Minimate two-pack will retail at the show for $8.00.

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A second convention exclusive will also be available through Action Figure Xpress in the form of the Iron Man 2 Battle Tactics Minimates Box Set.  This con-only set includes battle damaged versions of both Iron Man and War Machine plus Racecar Tony Stark and the first-ever Iron Man 2 Nick Fury!

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As always, DST will have personnel manning the booth to interact with fans and showcase upcoming releases – including a few surprises like our daily 2010 C2E2 Minimate giveaway!  Stay tuned for more updates and programming announcements as this monumental geek event approaches!


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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