Wizard Announces ToyFare Hall of Fame 2010 Inductees
June 2, 2010

The gang at Wizard/Toy Fare just announced their 2010 Toy Fall of Fame inductees on their website:

We like to have fun with toys, but we’re also serious about the artform of toys, statues and collectibles. That’s why, for the past two years, we’ve inducted three industry figures and one toy line into the ToyFare Hall of Fame. At this year’s Wizard World Philadelphia, we’re inducting three more men and one classic toy line into these hallowed halls, and YOU’RE invited to the ceremony! In alphabetical order, the honorees are (click on each name for biographical information)…

GEORG BREWER (Vice President of Design and DC Direct Creative, DC Direct)

JEREMY PADAWER (Executive Vice-President of Marketing – JAKKS Pacific, Inc.)

ROBERT TONNER (Founder – Tonner Dolls, Inc.)

And our newest Hall of Fame toy line (and its representative…)

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE – MATTEL (Represented by Toy Guru Scott Neitlich)

If you’re coming to Wizard World Philadelphia, make sure you swing by on Friday, when all the good toy stuff will be going down. Friday, June 11th, from 4-5, we’ll be doing a Big Toy Industry Panel with all of these guys and more. They’ll be taking questions, talking about the toy biz and what they’ve got coming up from their companies. At the very least, Scott Neitlich will be world-debuting a new Masters of the Universe Classics figure during the panel! Then stick around from 5-6 for the induction ceremony. Our honorees will get their moment in the spotlight, and you’ll get your first glimpse at this year’s exciting new trophy, designed by a toy industry legend!


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, 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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