Luke’s Toy Store is Reborn With New Features for Minimate Collectors
June 18, 2012

With their 3rd anniversary coming next month, Luke’s Toy Store has rebuilt their online store from scratch in order to add over a dozen new features for their customers. The biggest change is a new way for customers to save money on shipping. Starting today, customers can choose to have any Minimate item in the store unpackaged and shipped loose in sealed polybags. This service will be especially helpful for non-US customers, as it can decrease international shipping rates by up to 80%, depending on order size. Other new features include customer accounts, faster checkout, customer wish lists, product photo galleries, a new mobile site, and a Luke’s Toy Store news page.

Luke Porter opened Luke’s Toy Store in July 2009 with only 20 products, starting with Marvel Minimates Series 23. The store now has over 200 products, and recently received Marvel Minimates Series 46. Starting with just Minimates and customizing tools, the store has expanded to include loose Minimate parts, accessories, custom figures, sticker kits, display cases, and dioramas.

You can visit the new Luke’s Toy Store 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,, 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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