Something you just have to celebrate- 65 and counting!
July 3, 2007

Going off the topic of toys today to celebrate something significant.  Specifically my family, even more specifically my grandparents as they both have events the first week in July.   There will be 2 family posts back to back and then we’ll get back to toys.

Today is my (maternal) grandparents anniversary.   Their SIXTY-FIFTH wedding anniversary.  That’s an incredible amount of time to be married.  That’s slightly under two of my lifetimes.  They were married in their mid to late teens just before Grandpa went off to be a tail-gunner in some B-26s in WWII.

All marriages have their ups and downs and their trials and tribulations, but these folks have stood the test of time and they have done it with a grace that is an inspiration to everyone that has met them.  You can’t imagine one without the other.  In a time where… what’s the statistic up to now?  HALF of all marriages end in divorce?   It’s incredible to see one last this long and still work.   They are God-loving farm folks that made it through the great depression, made it through being a world apart during World War two, raised three children, seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, droughts, floods and fires…  they’ve seen it all and they still wake up in the morning and say "I choose you."

 I wish I were back in Oklahoma to celebrate with them and the rest of my family today, but since I can’t do that, this will serve as my salute!   

I love you guys!   You’ve taught me about life, love and what’s really important.   Here’s to 65 more!   God bless you.



My grandparents circa 1943


My grandparents circa 1987 

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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