Hotel Metropole Yoshi Qee
June 22, 2010

Just a few steps away from Casino Square in Monte Carlo stands one of the most luxurious properties in the land, the Hotel Metropole. Named one of the ‘Leading Hotels in the World’ in 2004, renowned architectural and interior designer, Jacques Garcia, has created beauty and luxury beyond belief.

One of the jewels of the property is the new restaurant, Yoshi, a Japanese inspired  delight. Created by one of France’s most celebrated Michelin-starred chefs, Joel Robuchon, and featuring modern and healthy fare from Japanese chef Takeo Yamazaki.

Toy2R was given the honor to develop a simple yet elegant Qee to represent the restaurant as a symbol of Asian creativity for the opening and entrance way to the restaurant. Yoshi, which means ‘kindness’ in Japanese, and is immortalized as a 2.5" and 8" Qee Bear with the restaurant’s logo and is found throughout the entrance of Yoshi.

Available exclusively through the Hotel Metropole, the Yoshi Qee expresses that of its host restaurant; luxury, elegance and creativity.

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 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,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, 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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