Mezco’s Mez-Itz Join Forces With FX Show To Help Fight Cancer
April 1, 2009

New York- Toy Fair 2009 was abuzz with excitement when Mezco Toyz announced that their popular Mez-itz line, first introduced as 2.5inch figures in 2002, would be resized into 6inch vinyl figures. Although the first of these new deluxe Mez-Itz will not be available until July, fans designer vinyl toys are in for a very special treat this April. 
In cooperation with the twentieth annual FX Show, Mezco Toyz will supply one hundred and fifteen artists with specially made, six inch tall, blank Mez-Itz designer vinyl figures to customize as part of the FX Vinyl Art Jam. Each artist will have 90 minutes to customize their bare Mez-Itz figure. 
The completed figures will then be displayed and voted on by show attendees with prizes awarded to the “fan-favorites”. On Sunday April 19th, the figures will be auctioned to benefit the American Cancer Society. Interested bidders will be able to participate both in person or online. 
“Its hard to find someone whose life has not been touched by cancer” says Mezco’s Director Of Special Projects, “so when Mezco heard about FX’s Vinyl Jam and the funds it would raise to help fight cancer, we immediately wanted to participate! 
Our new Mez-Itz are the perfect medium for an art event like this, and although they don’t officially debut until July, a cause as important as this made it easy to justify ramping up production to make the needed figures.” 
Although the list of participants is still being finalized, the list may include such talented artists as: Michael Golden, Oliver Coipel, Mark Texeira, Jim Cheung, Greg Horn, Michael Oeming, “Mez” Markowitz (Presideent of Mezco), Damien Glonek, Mike Gorilla Pasquale, and Pierre “Airmax” Kalenzaga, along with many others. 
For further info on the FX Show visit 

About Mezco Toyz: 
Mezco Toyz is an experienced developer and manufacturer of action figures, toys, and collectibles, and has created figures for such high-profile licenses as Little Big Planet, Goosebumps, The Wolfman, Heroes, The Spirit, Hellboy 1 & 2, Cinema of Fear, Family Guy, South Park, Animal House, Blues Brothers, Scarface, Under Dog, King Kong, The Goonies, and Edward Scissorhands among others. For more information, visit
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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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