SDCC 2009 Dark Avengers Minimates!
May 19, 2009

Toys R Us and Diamond Select Toys today announce a new opportunity for fans across the country to experience the excitement and wonder of San Diego Comic Con as well as to get their hands on the hottest new exclusive featuring the current stars of the Marvel Comics Universe!
Still reeling after the stunning events of the Secret Invasion, the Marvel Universe was turned upside down by the whirlwind success of Norman Osborn and his Dark Avengers.  With their stolen legacies and costumes deceiving the general public, these new "heroes" have swept the nation along with their message – He Lost.  They Won.  Accept Change.  Now they’re invading your collection with the first Dark Avengers Minimates box set – featuring Norman Osborn as the Iron Patriot, Marvel Boy, Venom as Spider-Man and Daken as Wolverine!

Dark Avengers MiniMatesDark Avengers Unmasked

Launching this July, the first-ever Toys R Us San Diego Comic Con exclusive will be available nationwide in the form of the Dark Avengers Minimates!  No longer requiring the travel to San Diego, we’re bringing this exclusive set directly to for a special event combining the biggest pop culture gathering of the year with the latest exclusive toys and collectibles.  Fans lucky enough to attend San Diego Comic Con in person can also pick up this exclusive set by visiting Entertainment Earth’s booth (#2343) on the show floor.


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,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, 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.
Read other articles by Daniel Pickett.




No Comments

Comments are closed.