There’s GOLD in them thar hills…er…plains!
December 30, 2007

As most of you have read, I’m currently back in Oklahoma celebrating the  holidays with my family and old friends. Once again I have access to Walmarts (which are few and far between in the Los Angeles area) and several Targets… and I have to tell you, I’m having MUCH better luck finding stuff here in OK than I was in LA!

I’ve come across the new The Batman (Green Lantern, Hawkman and the Deluxe line) several times.   I’ve found Fred, Rusty & Dusty, Dale Jr., pit crew Fillmore and pit crew Hudson Hawk from the CARS line.   I’ve found both versions of the ML3 Hydra Soldier and the variant Marvel Girl.  And I’ve found a bunch of new and new-ish Star Wars figures that I have never seen in the LA area.

But the craziest thing is that up until last week, I have NEVER seen one of those gold coin Star Wars figures outside of pictures on EBAY.  Not one.  Now, within just being in OK for a week I have found FIVE of them (six really, I found 2 Wedges at one store).   That’s insane to me…. and it just makes me loath the Frank and Son’s "collectibles show" that runs every Wednesday and Saturday just outside of LA.  The dealers there just wipe the shelves clean every day looking for new stuff to scalp.  But I digress. 

I know it’s not like this all the time in Oklahoma… but it’s a nice change, and a Christmas miracle to be able to walk into a store and walk out with something cool that you’ve been looking for again! 



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.
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