Happy Birthday Admiral!
September 9, 2008

I don’t think I’ve ever posted the full story on my friend from back home, James Bridges the musical Batman.   But those of you that have hung around me for any amount of time have most likely heard at least part of it.

For the uninitiated here it is in a nutshell- "Admiral" James Bridges is a well known character in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He was called by God to perform.   When I still lived there, that mostly meant him dressing up like super heroes and singing Elvis songs in children’s hospitals and nursing homes, but lately I hear he is singing the national anthem and revving up the crowds at Tulsa Drillers games.

 Today is James’ 41st birthday.

To help you celebrate, here are some highlights from early in his career:

PS- Yes… this is all for real 

  

  

  

  

  

Someday when I get the time I’ll have to dust off the "James Bridges Archive."  I have a pretty epic collection of him harassing celebs at local comic book conventions.

Here’s to you Admiral James!   I’ll see you at the holidays. 

 

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.
Read other articles by Daniel Pickett.

 

 

 

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