Hasbro’s Star Wars #ForceFridayCountdown – Day 83
June 13, 2015

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

Today we are 84 days away from Force Friday and the toy of the day is a figure I NEVER thought we’d get – The Ralph McQuarrie Stormtrooper.  Not only did we get the Stormtrooper, but we got an amazing subline of action figures based on Mr. McQuarrie’s designs.   If you like the look of anything or anyone in the original trilogy, then you like the work of Ralph McQuarrie.

Today is the late Mr. McQuarrie’s birthday.

 

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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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1 Comment »

  • demoncat_4 says:

    cool for the shield and sword makes the storm trooper more medevil. did not know this one of ralph’s designs got made.

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