Our Prayers Go Out To The Families In Colorado
July 20, 2012

Just like the rest of you we have woken up today to the news of the awful tragedy, the shooting at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado.  As some of you know one of our team member “Superfly” lives in that area.  We have heard from him this morning and he and his family are fine.   But our heart absolutely breaks for the families of the dead and injured in this terrible event.   Senseless violence is always just that… senseless, and we may never know the gunman’s motivations.

While we may not know any of the victims, we know that they were genre fans, Batman fans, nerds, geeks, film lovers… just people like the rest of our community.  People that were excited to see a movie that most of us are excited to see.  They are us, they are fans, they are part of our “extended family”… and now there are 14 of them that don’t get to go home and tell their family and friends how great the movie was, or how tired they are this morning, but that it was totally worth it.  And there are at least 50 more that will live with lifelong injuries.

If I live to be 1000 I will never understand what motivates someone to end the life of an innocent person.

Some people are focusing on the fact the gunman was dressed up, some are questioning why there were young kids, 3 month and 6 years old in the midnight screening.  None of that is the point.   We’ve had a death in the family, the over all family of fandom and we should mourn them.  They were us.  They deserved better.

Our hearts go out to all that were affected by the events last night.

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, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.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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1 Comment »

  • demoncat says:

    you are not the only one who will never under stand what the shooters motive for using a theatre as his own gallery and take some innocent lives. and the best way to honor the memory of those who lost their lives doing something they loved .being fans of batman

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