Worlds Collide in a Brand New Podcast Just for Toy Fans – ‘The Legion Of DANS!’ #TFNY
February 13, 2015

LegionofDansLogoWhen a project starts with an email with the subject line “I’ve got a cockamamie idea…” you know it has to be good!


This podcast was an idea that came to me late last year.   I’ve been in the action figure journalism biz for a long time, and there are a lot of guys also in the “biz” that I really admired.   Then I started to notice a pattern.   There were a handful of guys that held a lot of the same philosophies that I did about toys and collecting:  That it should be fun, that you should do it because you love it, and if it makes you angry or sad you should find a new hobby that makes you happy.

Then the pattern went deeper… all the people that I noticed had the same philosophy also had the same name… and it was the same as MY name.    It was then that the “Legion of Dans” was born!

I’m am truly honored to get to work on a project with these fine gentlemen, who’s work I have enjoyed so much over the years.    They are all experts in their own rights and all approach their love of the hobby in different ways.    You have most likely heard of all of them already, but on the off chance you haven’t make sure you check out the great work they do on their respective sites:

In this episode you get to know the “secret origins” of each of the Legion members and because it’s the start of Toy Fair 2015 we all talk about what we hope to see at the big show!

Our current thinking is that this will be a monthly podcast and each episode we will tackle a specific topic such as: “white whales,” toys you loved but never had and episode about certain toy lines.

We will have the episode up on iTunes soon so you can subscribe there when it’s ready.  In the meantime you can listen to the premiere episode right here.

Also be sure to check out the Legion of Dans Facebook page.   There you can chat with us, give us feedback and suggest topics for upcoming episodes.

Thanks for listening!


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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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  • Monte says:

    Gentlemen, I am a hard man to please, where podcasts are concerned. But I listened to your debut effort while editing toy photos tonight, and your enthusiasm is infectious… and refreshing! Looking forward to more.

  • IseeRobots says:

    hey guys! Great show! Love it! Do you have an RSS Feed so I can add it to my Beyond Pod. Looking forward to more. Just awesome.

    • We don’t have one yet, but we will very soon. Working on getting that up and running next, as well as recording the next episode.

      • IseeRobots says:

        must be tough to get everyone together but thanks for doing it man! If you get a minute ever peep out my toy pod. It’s at Not as great as yours but it’s a bit of weekly toy talk…

  • JASON ehhhhh says:

    SHOWS????when ???…podcasts are suppose to be taped and ready each month…really…that’s what it says in the PODCAST HANDBOoK …really !!

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