#SDCC 2018 Winner Capt Action Outta This World custom figure contest
July 23, 2018

This years winner of SDCC’s Captain Action’s “Outta This World” custom figure contest has been announced!  This year the 5 judges choose Joshua Grossberg for his custom Dr Evil as Mars Attacks as the first place winner.  His custom features a hand sculpted and painted custom latex mask.  A full custom chest harness using Lego parts and a GI Joe scuba tank, an Adventure Gear blue jumpsuit and Loki gloves and boots.  Captain Action fans may also recognize the vintage Weapons Arsenal rifle the Martian is wielding.  Josh is no stranger to Captain Action customs having also won last years contest.

Here’s a pic of him sculpting, his final entry and a picture of him with his custom at the Captain Action panel.  With him are Ed Catto(Captain Action Enterprises),  Michael Polis (Atomic Toybox), J.C.Vaughn(The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide), Meg Stivinson and Harold Sipe(Little Monster Cards).

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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