Huckleberry + Toddland unveil their San Diego Comic Con plans of awesomeness!
July 4, 2012

 Los Angeles, CA (July 2, 2012) – Huckleberry (booth# 3449) has partnered up with their friends at Toddland to put together an amazing array of exclusive goods, meet & greets and FUN for the San Diego Comic Con 2012!



First up from Huckleberry is the unveiling of their line of figures from upcoming Focus Features / LAIKA film ParaNorman, which hits theaters August 17, 2012.  The eight figure line encompasses all of the core characters and a number of spooky zombies.  As an advance preview, Huckleberry will be releasing four limited edition ParaNorman San Diego Comic Con exclusives: Norman w/ paint variation and Glow-in-the-Dark hand, Norman in Pajamas paint variation, Glow-in-the-Dark Zombie Judge Hopkins and Glow-in-the-Dark Zombie Lemuel Spalding.

Each figure will retail for $20 or buy the set of four for $60

Join the cast of ParaNorman at 10:45AM Friday July 13 in Hall H for a behind the scenes look at their new stop-motion-animated feature.  The filmmakers of ParaNorman will then be in the Huckleberry booth at 3:30PM on Friday July 13 for a signing.  A limited number of wristbands for the signing will be available for those who purchase sets of ParaNorman figures before Friday.  Remaining wristbands will be handed out at some point Friday mid-morning on a first come, first serve basis.  Lastly, look out for  Norman and the Zombies for great photo ops on Friday!


Sid & Marty Krofft

Sid & Marty Krofft are back this year with a whole new panel and a rare glimpse into never-before-seen network footage of their classic show Land of the Lost, on Saturday July 13, 2012 upstairs in Room 23ABC.  After the panel, the Kroffts will be in the Huckleberry booth at 2:30PM for a signing.  In honor of their Land of the Lost presentation, Huckleberry has created some exclusive San Diego Comic Con merchandise for the occasion.

We have a very limited number of cool sleestak skull shirts ($20), embroidered hats ($25) and buttons ($2) that will be for sale.  Artists Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo have created some amazing limited edition hand-pulled silk screen poster prints.  Tom Wahlen’s Land of the Lost 6 color print will come in a numbered edition of 125pcs and sell for $60.  The 6 color variant version will be a numbered edition of 75 pcs and sell for $85.  Dave Perillo’s H.R.Pufnstuf 7 color print will come in a numbered edition of 125pcs and sell for $50.  The 6 color variant version will be a numbered edition of 75 pcs and sell for $75.


Huckleberry will also be unveiling their new CHARA-COVERS line of iphone/ipod/ipad accessories with DC and Marvel.  Stop by to see what all the buzz is about and pre-order your favorite DC or Marvel case at special Comic Con pricing!

Todd Masters and his crew at Toddland have really outdone themselves for this year’s show….almost everything they’ve produced has been made in ultra-limited numbers exclusively for San Diego Comic Con.


Adventure Time

First up, Adventure Time and the must-have item for any hardcore AT fan…a Pendleton Ward hand drawn designed sweater limited to only 75 pcs and sell for $75…this will not last!  Awesome Finn and Jake Hoodies ($30 each), Jake and Lady Rainacorn Belts ($18), Jake and Finn Socks ($12), Jake Boxers ($15), Jake Sweats ($25), Assorted Air Fresheners ($5) and Assorted Pillows ($15).

Yo Gabba Gabba!

Toddland has created an assortment of hip Yo Gabba Gabba wallets ranging from a furry Brobee to bumpy Muno, each at $20 pc.  An exclusive Japan Brobee t-shirt limited to 150 pcs each color for $20.  And some secret releases as well.

Come meet DJ Lance and Muno for photo ops and signing on Friday July 13, starting at 11AM.

The Aquabats!

Holy caped crusaders, it the Aquabats!  Toddland has created some incredibly rad merch for the San Diego Comic Con bearing the Aquabats iconic logo…..a Bat Logo and MC Bat Commander wallet ($20), a Floating Keychain ($5), a Nighty Night Pillow ($15), Bat Cape ($10), Powerbelt Boxers ($15), Uniform Underpants Set ($25), Socks ($12) and Aquabats Pajama Party Set ($30).  Also be on the look-out for a secret release yet-to-be-revealed.

The Aquabats will be on hand for a signing on Saturday July 14th at 11AM.

Remember, booth# 3449 is the place to find some of the hottest stuff of SDCC 2012!




When a small town comes under siege by zombies, who can it call? “Norman!”


From Focus Features and LAIKA, the companies behind the Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline, comes the comedy thriller ParaNorman. Following Coraline, ParaNorman is the second stop-motion animated feature to be made at LAIKA in 3D, unifying the two stunning art forms to tell an all-new frightfully funny, magically emotional, and hilariously spooky story.

ParaNorman is set in the town of Blithe Hollow, whose locals profit from mining the town’s history as the site, 300 years ago, of a famous witch hunt. 11-year-old Norman Babcock (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee of Let Me In and The Road) spends much of his days appreciating the finer points of scary movies and studying ghost lore. In fact, Norman is gifted with the ability to see and speak with the dead, such as his beloved grandmother (Elaine Stritch). Most days, he prefers their company to that of his flustered father (Jeff Garlin), spacey mother (Leslie Mann), and deeply superficial older sister Courtney (Anna Kendrick). At middle school, Norman dodges bullying Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), confides in the impressionable Neil (Tucker Albrizzi), and tries to tune out his blowhard teacher Mrs. Henscher (Alex Borstein).

Norman is unexpectedly contacted by his odd uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman), who floors him with the revelation that a centuries-old witch’s curse is real and is about to come true, and that only Norman will be able to stop it from going into overdrive and harming the townspeople. Once a septet of zombies – led by The Judge (Bernard Hill) – suddenly rises from their graves, Norman finds himself caught in a wild race against time alongside Courtney, Alvin, Neil, and Neil’s musclebound older brother Mitch (Casey Affleck) as Sheriff Hooper (Tempestt Bledsoe) chases them all. Worse, the town is up in arms and taking up arms.

Norman bravely summons up all that makes a hero – courage and compassion – as he finds his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

A Focus Features presentation of a LAIKA production. ParaNorman. Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Elaine Stritch, Bernard Hill, Jodelle Ferland, Tempestt Bledsoe, Alex Borstein, and John Goodman. Costume Design, Deborah Cook. Music by Jon Brion. Edited by Christopher Murrie, ACE. Production Designer, Nelson Lowry. Director of Photography, Tristan Oliver. Produced by Arianne Sutner, Travis Knight. Written by Chris Butler. Directed by Sam Fell, Chris Butler. A Focus Features Release.

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,,, 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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