December 19, 2015

LOS ANGELES, CA – Friday, December 18, 2015 – Announced today, the Toys for Tots “It’s All About Love” online toy drive at to raise monetary contributions to support the annual Toys For Tots toy drive will continue through the end of the year.


“While we have received many new, unwrapped toys for deserving youngsters nationwide during our annual toy drive the need for monetary contributions to provide for additional gifts especially for those ‘hard to buy for’ teens and pre-teens and support our ongoing program is as important as ever,” said retired Marine Major Bill Grein, Vice President of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “We are very appreciative for the generosity of J.C. and Stan Lee and other celebrities who are supporting this online campaign,” he added.


In addition to Stan Lee, filmmaker/actor Kevin Smith, a big supporter of Stan’s, is promoting the online drive. Other celebrities including model/actress Raquel Pomplun (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Gambler, Chocolate Milk Series), actress Brittany Curran (Lifetime’s Double Daddy, Men of a Certain Age), Cameron Colvin (former San Francisco 49er, When the Game Stands Tall), actress/model Ashley Doris (Chocolate Milk Series), actress Malorie Mackey (Chocolate Milk Series), and Melanie Specht (Transformers: Age of Extinction) among others taped videos supporting the campaign.


“We are most grateful for the celebrity support the online drive is receiving,” said Alain Nguyen, campaign chairman. “Stan is so passionate about the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation, that he shot a personal video in his family room at his home asking his friends and all his superheroes to contribute to the online drive and share on all their social media. There is still time to contribute and those donating $10.00 will receive a digital copy of J.C. Lee’s ebook ‘It’s All About Love – The Lee Family,’ a family photo album featuring never before seen home photographs as our thank you gift.  We will be accepting contributions through December 31st,” he added.


“Contributing online is a simple and easy way to help the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program,” Grein said.


Since its founding in 1947, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program has collected over 469 million toys and is supported by many celebrities including First Lady Michelle Obama.



The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during the holiday season throughout the United States each year and deliver through the distribution of a new toy, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, and patriotic citizens. National corporate partners/sponsors include Disney, Hasbro, Build-A-Bear, UPS Store, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, and Macy’s.

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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