June 28, 2010

Best known as a presenter on Top Gear, James May leaves the sports cars and race tracks behind, as he’s on a mission to get kids away from their computers and video games and drag parents along with them, to get them all playing together again. Using some of the world’s best loved toys, May puts generations of families at the heart of some ambitious adventures and extraordinary feats of engineering and technology that spark the imagination and remind us of the joys of doing things together as a family. James May’s Toy Stories, sees May, his team and the general public tackling some mind-bogglingly spectacular challenges including cultivating the world’s first Plasticine garden and entering it at London’s prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, building the world’s biggest model plane  and constructing the world’s first full-size house made of Legos.


James May’s Toy Stories premieres Monday, June 28, 10:00p.m. ET/PT

For more information about the episodes click here.



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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