Mezco Debuts Underdog Figures!
February 8, 2007


Forty-two years and 120 episodes after the animated series debuted on NBC (1964) Underdog is still fighting crime with rhyme, racing to danger singing “When there’s trouble I am not slow. It’s up, up, up and away I go!”

The pop-culture icon, Underdog, is poised for his big screen debut with a live-action/CGI effects feature now filming, from SPYGLASS ENTERTAINMENT (Bruce Almighty, Seabiscuit, Sixth Sense) and Classic Media and brought to the screen by DISNEY.

New DVD releases of the original animated series will coincide with the launch of the feature film as well as an updated, hip-hop, music driven, 2-D animated Underdog series for fall ‘07. Twenty-six episodes are planned with writers JORDAN ALLEN-DUTTON and ERIK WEINER (Robot Chicken) on board. TREVOR VAN METER will art direct.

A broad assortment of Underdog branded consumer products will hit the market this year. Classic Underdog PVC action figures from MEZCO TOYZ will be released in July just prior to the August release of the film. The assortment includes: Underdog, Polly Purebred, Simon Barsinister, Riff Raff.

The Underdog cartoon series is one of the most recognized animated super-heroes series of all time. There’s a lot of buzz around Underdog for 2007!

Mezco is thrilled to announce the first series of Underdog figures timed perfectly with the revival of the old and the arrival of the new Underdog for adult fans and children alike. The first series includes:

· Underdog
· Sweet Polly Purebred
· Riff Raff
· Simon Barsinister

Underdog Polly Purebred

Riff Raff Simon Barsinister

Each figure features multiple points of articulation, interchangable arms and hands and character-appropriate accessories. Retro clamshell packaging. 

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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