San Diego Prepares for @Comic_Con #SDCC2014 – The Friday Before: Around the City
July 19, 2014

It’s the calm before the storm as the city of San Diego preps for the onslaught of pop culture next week for San Diego Comic Con.

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There is a lot of early preparation that goes into a show like this and the city has to start early to get the banners up, the buses and trains skinned, the hotels decorated and much more.   Our local reporter Mike aka SDComics went down to the convention center and took a gallery of shots showing all of the preparation that is happening for the con, which kicks off this Wednesday for Preview Night.

Mike even manged to find the first Cosplayers of the con!  Now THAT is dedication!

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The Action Figure insider team will be on site for the whole show bringing you all of the coverage that we can stuff into the Internet!   So bookmark the page and check back early and often!

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,,, 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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