December 22, 2012

Oshawa, ON December 22 2012 -They were sometimes poorly made, had little to no relation to the  license attached to them and you probably likely don’t remember what  happened to them after you convinced your parents to get it. Still,  lower cost Rack Toys are an essential element to any happy childhood as  evidenced by “Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings” a new book by the creators of the popular retro website “Plaid Stallions”.

Shipping now, this 144 page book describes itself as “a celebration of  fun toys that broke super easy” and breaks it’s subject matter into  categories such as Science Fiction, Monsters, Superheroes, Generic Rack  Toys, Knock Offs and demonstrates how these odd toys are actually more  fun because of their illogical and sometimes, thoughtless nature.



“Even as kids we knew that the Incredible Hulk didn’t need a helicopter  and that Dr Zauis from Planet of Apes had no business floating down on a  parachute” explains Rack Toys author Brian Heiler “However, that didn’t  stop us from having a fun afternoon with them, until they got stuck in a  tree that is.”

Rack Toys is available for $19.95 at Amazon.com or through the book’s  official site:www.racktoysbook.com

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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