October 4, 2013

This morning at 08:30AM EST, Mantic Games, acclaimed producers of DREADBALL and DEADZONE tabletop war games, launched MARS ATTACKS: THE MINIATURES GAME on Kickstarter!     After just an hour and a half, their funding goal of 50K was achieved and doubled and Mantic have already hit the first two of their many exciting stretch goals!

In this outrageous new game fully licensed from Topps, fast and fun tactical gameplay will combined with over-the-top action and dark humor to create a tabletop experience unlike any other!  MARS ATTACKS: THE MINIATURES GAME is played with highly detailed miniature figurines produced using state-of-the-art digital sculpting and 3D printing technology.

The initial funding goal will produce a basic boxed game that includes a series of unpainted figurines of Martian troops, U.S. Soldiers and a range of civilian heroes as well as modular city scenery and a color rulebook.  By the end of the crowd-sourced campaign, Mantic hopes to also fund such exciting add-ons as flying saucers, giant robots, gruesome mutated bugs, dozens of additional figures, new factions and other exclusive rewards including Topps trading cards, comics and other items available only to Kickstarter backers!

But that’s not all! “Early Bird” backers will also be offered exclusive discounts on key pledge levels, so fans should be encouraged to act fast, and be on the look out for out-of-this-world stretch goal additions to be unveiled as the campaign heats up.
Please visit to subscribe to updates and view the KS page to read more about this exciting new project from Mantic Games!

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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