Happy Holidays from AFI!
December 25, 2008


We wish you all the warmest and happiest holiday season.

Thank you to everyone that reads the site, sends us info, posts on the boards, and contributes to our community.   We love the site, we love toys and we love that you make our site a part of your hobby and your Internet day.   We wouldn’t be here without you.

Thank you to Jason for his clear vision for the site and his friendship.  You have designed and continue to improve this site into a classy place that I am proud to be a part of.

Thank you to Peter for his generosity of time, skills and dedication to a site run by a couple of guys that he has never met in person.  We really wouldn’t be here doing this without your help and we can never repay you for all you do for us behind the scenes keeping us safe and up to date.

Thank you to Ryan for being such an integral part of the team and always being our "goodwill ambassador" out on the rest of the ‘net.  You are a great idea man.

Thank you to Abby for her help, dedication, and for sharing me with with the site.  Your video production has taken the site to another level.

Thank you to the mods.  Your insight, action and discourse continue to shape this place.

Thank you to the Men of Action.  We love what you are doing and I look forward to reading more of your thoughts in 2009.

Thank you to every poster, reader, lurker, informant, industry insider, friend, colleague, sponsor and anyone else I might have forgotten as I post this at 2:00am.  

We love doing this and there’s no point in doing it with out you here with us.

We wish you the Happiest of Holiday Seasons!

There’s going to be a lot more awesomeness in 2009.

Jason here. Just want to second all that Daniel posted, and leave you with a heartwarming song for the Season:




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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