News and Notes From Preview Night
July 12, 2012

Hey All,

Daniel here.   Before I nod off to sleep on the end of SDCC 2012 preview night I wanted to let you know about some of what I learned tonight.

HASBRO – MARVEL

Marvel Legends wave 3 and beyond.   While it’s true that there is not a build a figure in wave 3, mostly because of development timing, that does NOT mean they are gone for good.  They will return.  There will be some new “gimmick” added to the line next year.  Don’t know what it is yet, but we will find out in the Hasbro Marvel panel.

Marvel Universe is still going strong.  It’s not dying off as some out there have suggested.  Hasbro knows they had some distribution problems with the line this year and they are working to resolve them.

MATTEL

Mattel had 3 preview night reveals.  One was the finished MOTUC Granimyr.  Two was the MOTUC Weapons Pack III and thirdly was both the DCUC All-Star wave and the Batman figure.  4 could have been MOTUC Mosquitor, but the figure in the display case was still headless and the Mighty Spector was sitting on him! Speaking of which…

Looks like the great “costume off” between Toy Guru and Pixel-Dan will happen on Friday.   Dan will presumably be in his Mosqitor costume and Scott will be dressed in his newly created Mighty Spector costume.

DC COLLECTIBLES

The new DCC 3.75″ line MIGHT NOT end up as a con only line.   They want to hear the feedback on that at the show.  If this first set sells really well at the show they will know there is a market for it.  They started out with the Green Lantern universe, but they plan to expand it to their on line stores.  But the “Con Only” is not set in stone.

 

Alright.  That’s it for new.   I’ve got to get some sleep now.  More tomorrow!

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 www.ActionFigureInsider.com. 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 MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, 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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