March 9, 2007

Left, Mike Drake- Mezco Director Of Special Projects, Right, Natalia Fidelhotz- Registar Of The Museum of the Moving ImageNew York- A Mugwump stares forlornly from the ceiling, Kid Dy-No-Mite! wears a plastics smile, and a vintage stuffed Bugs Bunny stands proudly in a huge showcase. That was the scene Wednesday at The Museum Of The Moving Image as they accepted the prototype for Mezco’s King Kong action figure into their permanent collection.
"Toymaking is an often under appreciated art form" said Mike "Mez" Markowitz, President Of Mezco Toyz, "and I find it very gratifying that The Museum Of The Moving Image not only honors the industry with their amazingly extensive collection of film and television related toys, but also that they are accepting Mezco’s King Kong prototype into their memorabilia collection. Often, prototypes are destroyed in the toy making process, and the few that survive usually  end up in the hands of private collectors. For Mezco’s King Kong to be given a permanent place in the museum, where it will be displayed for generations of fans to admire, among not only so many other great toys but with such amazing movie props as ships from Star Wars and F/X items from Dick Smith, is truly a honor".
Mezco is also in talks with the Museum Of The Moving Image to supply them with prototypes from their Family Guy and South Park lines as well.
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 on this or any planet. Mezco Toyz is an experienced developer and manufacturer of action-figures, toys and collectibles and has created figures for such high-profile licenses as Family Guy, South Park, Animal House, Blues Brothers, Scarface, Under Dog, King Kong, The Goonies, and Edward Scissorhands. Learn more at

About The Museum of the Moving Image: The Museum of the Moving Image advances the public understanding and appreciation of the art, history, technique and technology of film, television, and digital media. It does so by collecting, preserving, and providing access to moving-image related artifacts; screening significant films and other moving-image works; presenting exhibitions of artifacts, artworks, and cinema related toys; and offering educational and interpretive programs to students, teachers, and the general public. Learn more at


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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