In Stores This Week: Ultron, Silver Surfer and the Battle Beasts!
September 18, 2012

If it’s Wednesday, it must be New Toy Day! Diamond Select Toys has a couple of new products shipping to comic shops this week — both of them Marvel Comics-based — and there’s also an actual comic book they want you to check out! It’s not Marvel, but it’s quite possibly the awesomest comic you will read this week. Let’s see what’s coming out!

Marvel Select Ultron
Watch out, Avengers — Ultron has arrived! Designed and sculpted by Gentle Giant this 7-inch figure depicts the classic Avengers villain in all his robotic glory. Ultron was built with 16 points of articulation, so he can strike menacing and/or victorious poses over the fallen forms of Ant-Man and the Wasp on his display base. He comes packaged in our deluxe Select packaging, suitable for in-package display and with keen side art for shelf storage.

Silver Surfer Metal Bottle Opener
Galactus may hunger, but he’ll need a tall beverage to wash down that planet he just ate! Luckily, there’s this handy-dandy Silver Surfer bottle opener to pop open the top of his grape Nehi! Standing nearly 6 inches tall, this metal opener depicting Norrin Radd, surfer of the spaceways, has the same chrome finish as Galactus’ most famous herald. Simply holding it in your hand makes you feel like a devourer of worlds!

Battle Beasts #3 (IDW Publishing)
Based on the upcoming toy line from DST, it’s Battle Beasts #3 from IDW! The epic invasion of Earth by the Beasts has turned San Francisco into a war zone, and the army has been called in to deal with the situation. Vorin, Merk and Gruntos take their human charges underground, and we catch a glimpse of how their band of brothers was formed. The last chapter before the whisker-rattling finale! Regular cover by Valerio Schiti; 1 in 10 cover (part two of a triptych) by Jeff Zornow.

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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 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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