Hasbro’s Star Wars #ForceFridayCountdown Day 31
August 4, 2015

Hasbro sent out this amazing page-a-day Star Wars calendar to help us countdown to the release of new Star Wars: The Force Awakens product on “Force Friday” on September 4th.

Today we are 31 days away from Force Friday and the toy of the day is the first large size Star Wars figure I ever bought… or more specifically my parents bought for me.  We were on a family road trip for my dad’s business for a weekend conference.    I remember my grandparents went with us to babysit my brother and I while my parents were working their booth at the convention/conference.   My grandparents took us shopping to buy a new toy to keep us occupied.   I went into the store thinking that I would just get a 3.75″ figure or two.   Then I saw these large size figures and I flipped my lid!   My grandparents let me get 2 of the figures.   I got Luke and Obi-Wan.

I went on and collected the whole series, except for Leia (she was a “doll”) and the R2-D2 (becasue I had the remote controlled R2 that was close in scale and I thought was WAY cooler.)


To this day the vintage Kenner large sized action figures are some of my favorite things in my collection. (I have since picked up Leia and R2, and a couple of customs).


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, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.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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