DST’s Marvel Select Photo Contest Winners Revealed!
November 14, 2013

It’s been a long time coming, but the massive Marvel Select photo contest is finally finished! We went through all of the entires and picked out the three best, based on a variety of criteria, including pose, lighting, composition, complexity and innovation. Read on to see who the winners were!

The second runner up was Earl E. Ware III, who shot the Marvel Select Rhino standing victorious over a fallen Spider-Man. With the rubble-strewn set and the particles of dust floating in the air, it made for a dark and ominous scene! He wins a pre-production Unleashed Hulk in test packaging and an unpainted brown Amazing Spider-Man prototype.

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The first runner-up is Geof Le Baron, who shot Marvel Select’s Agent Venom being overpowered by the Classic Venom, in full-on Madness mode. Whether this scene is literal or metaphorical, the stark white backlight puts the focus fully on the truly disturbing situation unfolding in the foreground, and Geof scores a Fearsome Foes of Spider-Man Gift Set and an unpainted brown Green Goblin prototype.

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The winner of the competition is Ryan Vasquez! Ryan was a runner-up in our contest from two years ago with his shot of Marvel Select Juggernaut, and this year’s photo blows that one out of the water! Once again, the Marvel Select Rhino takes on Spider-Man, but this time, Spider-Man executes a dazzling leap over the mid-stride Rhino. For capturing such an action-packed moment on such an elaborate battle zone set, Ryan wins the grand prize: a Don Cheadle-signed Iron Man 2 War Machine figure, a variant Genis-Vell Captain Marvel figure, a prototype Fearsome Foes of Spider-Man Gift Set and an unpainted all-black Venom prototype.

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Below, you can see some of the photos we think deserve an honorable mention: Arvin Trinidad’s charging Rhino; Brent Brown’s Phoenix-haunted Marvel Girl; Dominic Dmagmaliw’s victorious Hulk; Fred Saulo’s Spider-Man rogues; James King’s mourning Days of Future Past Wolverine; Johneric Razon’s intense Classic Venom; and Emmanuel Guevara’s hilarious Marvel Select beach party. But thanks to all the entrants for making our toys look so good!

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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