Mezco Makes The Holidays Brighter For Needy Children
December 21, 2007

New York- The air was cold and the wind was punishing, but Damien Glonek and Mike Drake of Mezco Toyz, braved the elements to deliver toys for a most intriguing event. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Times Square Odditorium was hosting an “Unusual Toy Drive” and the good folks at Mezco Toyz were donating 17 cases of some of the hottest collectible toys of the season. Cases of Goonies, Underdog, and Edward Scissor Hands were delivered by Glonek and Drake and received by Ripley’s host, the Lizard Man. A palpable excitement filled the air, as the toys were unpacked. “Chunk and Sloth!” screamed one young girl as she saw The Goonies action figures. A thirty something man and his companion began to sing the Underdog theme song as Mezco employees unpacked the Underdog and Simon Barsinister two packs. “Its all about the kids” Damien Glonek told a reporter, “there are countless children living in dire circumstances, if Mezco Toyz can do even a little to help bring a moment of joy to their lives then its all worthwhile”.  Michael Drake added “With so many toy drives falling short of their goals this year, Mezco was happy to step up to the plate and help give back to the community and the children in need. After all, they are the children are the blossoming toy collectors of tomorrow”.


About Mezco:

Mezco Toyz is a toy company unlike any other. Mezco combines humor and horror, with action and adventure to produce the most sought after collectibles and toys onthis or any planet. Mezco Toyz is an experienced developer and manufacturer of action-figures, toys and collectibles and has created figures for suchhigh-profile licenses as Heroes, The Spirit, Hellboy 2, Hellboy 1, Cinema Of Fear, Family Guy,South Park, Animal House, Blues Brothers, Scarface, Under Dog, King Kong, The Goonies, and Edward Scissorhands among others. Learn more at


About Ripley Entertainment

 Ripley Entertainment, Inc. is a leading global attractions company with annual attendance of more than 13 million. In addition to its 60-plus attractions, the Orlando-based company has publishing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the globally syndicated Believe It or Not!television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! that still runs daily in200 newspapers in 42 countries.  There are now 30 Ripley’s Believe It o rNot!® odditoriums (including NYC) in operation with another to open in late2007 in India.The unique attractions feature exhibits that one must see to believe – exhibits that are so bizarre, so odd, so strange, that even the most worldly and knowledgeable guests will be awestruck!


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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