January 29, 2012

Toypocalypse 2: Futuretro is less than two weeks away and we’ve just gotten  the confirmation that the original creator of the Outer Space Men and toy industry icon Mel Birnkrant will be our very special guest of honor on the opening night – February 10th, 2012 at the TT Underground Gallery in NYC!

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet Mel and many other soon to be announced toy industry greats appearing all evening to meet and chat with action figure fans! We’re really excited to announce to you the names on our growing guest list over the next couple of weeks, and you’re ALL invited to come to this very special gathering of geek culture.

And speaking of geek culture, we’ve already gotten in a few of the Outer Space Men customs done by OSM fans and simply out, they’re AMAZING! If you haven’t gotten your Outer Space Men customs finished and out to us, what’re you waiting for?!? We wanna’ put your stuff on display right alongside our own stuff for all the world to see, and we can’t wait to see what you’re gonna’ do with our figures! The deadline’s coming up quick so be sure to go HERE the check out all the details and get your entry in to us soon.

Last, don’t forget about the AMAZING set of super limited Outer Space Men figures redesigned by Mel Birnkrant himself specifically for Futuretro! This extra special set of figures will be signed by Mel AND The Four Horsemen, and will also come with an exclusive Outer Space Men print by fan favorite illustrator and frequent Four Horsemen collaborator, Nathan Baertsch! All of that for only $125.00! What a steal! If you want a sneak peek into Mel’s brain as he created this new variation on his old classics, check out the “Custom Colors” section of his “Sketchbook” website HERE.

The show’s absolutely free, so come on by, chill out with us and some amazing toy industry dignitaries for a couple hours, have a free brewsky on us, and say ‘hey’ at Futuretro!

Beerlao – the official beer of Toypocalypse 2: Futuretro

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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