@GentleGiantLTD Day 2015 Recap!
November 20, 2015

This past weekend was the first ever “Gentle Giant Day” at Blast from the Past in Burbank. Ca.   Unfortunately I was not able to attend as planned because my wife gave birth 2 days before, but I made sure we had the event covered for AFi.  I sent my friend Chris Tallman, Mr. Thunderman on Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans to take pictures and report back on the event.

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Blast From the Past just recently moved to their new, larger location so it was the perfect place to host this sort of event.   The day had it all, there was cosplay, give-aways, trivia contests and new product reveals!

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Fans that did not attend BlizzCon the previous week got to see the newly announced WARCRAFT line of statues based on the upcoming feature film:

Fans of the Gentle Giant Jumbo lines got to see some new products first hand that they had only gotten to see solicitation photos of previously.  Some were so new they were even in unpainted prototype form.   We got to see new offerings from their Jumbo Batman Animated Series line, Marvel Secret Wars line and the Super Powers line.

We got a look at the newly solicited Morgan bust (with alternate hooded head) from AMC’s The Walking Dead:

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Fans of the classic Star Wars trilogy got to see the new Classic Star Wars bust line:

And FINALLY what we were all waiting for… we got our first look at GG’s first Star Wars: The Force Awakens bust: the First Order Stormtrooper!

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Also congratulations to both winners in our Gentle Giant Day Trivia Contest!

Winner#1 with the MOST right answers is – RO KOHLI

Your JUMBO prizes will be on their way to you very soon from our good friends at Gentle Giant!!

Thank you again for Chris Tallman for covering the event for us!  Keep your eyes here on AFi for all the latest news and reveals from the good people at Gentle Giant ltd!

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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