The 2011 Poppies - the Judges!
It's our fifth year already, and this time around we have judges from 5
different categories - Companies, Websites, Collectors,
Artists. The final list includes a total of 139 people. They
come from all aspects of the industry - large companies to
general websites to niche, online to print, contract artists to
customizers, and fans of just about every major license. I'm
also happy to say that there's a global influence, with judges from
North America, Asia, Australia and Europe.
without further ado, here's the folks that will be selecting the
winners of the 2011 Poppies:
category of judges, the companies are represented by 38 different
judges. The companies represented range from one guy
operations to multi-billion dollar organizations, from mass market to
specialty market, with headquarters around the world.
- Joshua Izzo
has been leaping around the toy, licensed brand and entertainment
industries for over a decade. Joshua has had the pleasure of
hanging his proverbial hat in the hallowed halls of such industry
giants as Topps Trading Cards, 4Kids Entertainment and Hasbro.
During his career Joshua has manufactured trading cards and magazines,
sold and bought some of the biggest brand licenses in the world and
helped create over 150 kids cartoons. Joshua is currently
the Director of Licensing for Capcom Entertainment, Inc. and is
responsible for the entirety of the licensed toy and publishing
landscape. Joshua has also been going to the local comic book
store every week for close to 25 years, and has an ever-expanding toy
collection that threatens almost every inch of his home. Joshua's
wife is extremely patient and forgiving about his mania....
- Pat Linden,
VP Marketing, Boys Toys at Playmates Toys. His male action brand
experience includes, Star Trek, The Simpsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles and many others.
- Mike Horn,
Philadelphia Eagles fan, is father to two children, husband for more
than a decade, and CEO of a growing collection of businesses. SwagDog.com
is a leading manufacturer of On Demand Apparel™, leading the way with a
license from World of Warcraft to produce custom printed clothing. The MVP Collection
is breaking ground in the licensed collector statue realm with the
introduction of Mini Busts and Statues, licensed by NFL Properties and
NFL Players Association.
- Scott Tipton serves as design consultant and copywriter for Toynami,
where he's worked on product lines like ROBOTECH, VOLTRON, THE
HERCULOIDS, THUNDARR THE BARBARIAN, and FUTURAMA, as well at the
company's CINEMAQUETTE line. Scott also writes a variety of comics for IDW Publishing,
including such series as STAR TREK: THE BURDEN OF KNOWLEDGE, ILLYRIA:
HAUNTED, KHAN: RULING IN HELL, and the upcoming STAR TREK:
INFESTATION. His book, COMIC BOOKS 101: THE HISTORY, METHODS AND
MADNESS, was published by Impact Books and is currently in bookstores.
He has a startlingly large toy collection, but in this crowd it's
probably about average.
- Scott Neitlich is
a Marketing Manager for several of Mattel's most prominent collector
lines including DC Universe, Master of the Universe, Ghostbusters,
Mattycollector.com and the upcoming Green Lantern film. A lifelong toy
fan himself, Scott began his career in advertising but quickly followed
his heart to the toy business to help start up MattyCollector.com and heading up
Mattel's convention and fan relations presence.
Nakagawa, International Media and Marketing Coordinator for
Japan's #1 Collector Toy Company, Kotobukiya.
- Jim Wampler is the
Director of Sales for Quantum
Mechanix, Inc. He's been a
toy collector and fan for longer than he wants to remember and has 20 +
years experience working in the toy and hobby industries.
- Howard Chan - the
Founder and CEO of Hot Toys
Limited, is a Hong Kong based entrepreneur and a creative
for Hot Toys Ltd. Howard has been an enthusiast of collectible figures
since his childhood and turned his passion into a successful career. He
initially started his business by producing 1/6th scale military action
figures. In view of the popularity of the military action figure series
at that time, Howard attained a great success and further expanded his
product scope by specializing in 1/6th scale popular movie character
and world-renowned celebrity collectibles.
- Ken Lilly
is currently a freelance illustrator, writer, product photographer,
graphic designer and product designer under the company name Creatus
Maximus. He was formerly the Director of Product Development for The
MVP Collection, a company created in 2009 producing NFL Mini Busts,
Statues and other sports merchandise, and was also the VP/Director of
Product Development for Palisades Toys, where Ken was the creative
force behind many product lines including Invader Zim, Resident Evil
and the very popular figures and playsets based on Jim Henson's The
Muppet Show. Prior to that he was one of the Product Managers for the
long defunct toy company ReSaurus, working on classic toy lines like
Duke Nukem, Quake, Crash Bandicoot, Sonic the Hedgehog, and the
much-anticipated but sadly canceled Badlands and Magic the Gathering
action figures and playsets.
Currently the main focus of his life is writing about his family on the blog called Blogzilly,
where he chronicles the condition of his youngest son, who has suffered
through a period of catastrophic epilepsy called Infantile Spasms,
brought on by a very rare Grade II Oligoastrocytoma Brain Tumor and
subsequent Temporal Lobectomy, as well as a diagnosis of PDD-NOS, a
developmental delay placing him on the Autism Spectrum. While Blogzilly
sometimes strays into discussions about movies, TV, toys/collectibles,
video games and other such wackiness (which are, essentially, coping
mechanisms as much as anything else) much of Kenneth's blog is about
his family and their difficult journey through the world of Special
Needs. The changes and fears, the victories and defeats, the dreams,
the lessons, the stumbles and most importantly, the hopes. Full
emotional disclosure. Warts and all.
- Amanda Burns Amanda Burns is the Asst. Brand Manager, Marketing
at Bandai America,
who is now working on breathing life into the all NEW ThunderCats toy
line. A child of the 80s dream job - ThunderCats Hooooo!
- Ashly Powell is the
Senior Manager of Product Development at Gentle Giant Studios.
Before landing on the west coast she worked for DC Direct/DC Comics
making Batman and Superman action figures, and before that, she found
her real love and passion of urban vinyl while working for Kidrobot in
New York City. Slogan: "I Love Vinyl" (and marshmallow
- The Phrenologist: This
anonymous judge has worked in some area of the toy industry for over a
decade. He oversaw all action figures for what was once the
largest toy specialty retailer in the US and Mexico. He has
handled contests, press releases and public relations for several toy
companies. As a writer his work has appeared in Fangoria,
Boomer, Omni, Psychology Today, Playboy, ASB Magazine, Time Out New
York, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and numerous other
publications. He is the author of two books currently
on Amazon (and at a bookstore near you!) has just finished a book on
the artwork of imprisoned artist Michael Lee Ford, and is working on a
new book about Halloween in New York City. He believes that
MAC Rescue Center (aka MAC Mountain) is one of the greatest toys that
ever was, and misses old fashioned toy commercials of the 70's.
- Damien Glonek is
product manager at Mezco
and co-creator of Living Dead Dolls. He is a horror movie
and collects everything dealing with horror, please find him a bigger
house to hold his collection.
is the owner of Peril
Unlimited, a toy maker,
horror movie, and comic book fan, and works for the local fire
- Mark Weber survived a year of job hunting and Daddy
Day Care to return to McFarlane Toys this March, with the expanded role
of Sports Product/Brand Manager. His new role includes everything he
used to do for McFarlane, now mixed in with coordinating the day-to-day
progress of the SportsPicks and PlayMakers lines with the factories in
China, and pitching Stadium Giveaway items to professional sports
teams. He made the massive error of promising his 4-year-old son a new
Matchbox car for every twenty seed pods he helped pick up from under
the bottle tree in the front yard, and ended up walking out of Fry's
with 19 new vehicles two hours later. His G.I. Joe collection just
celebrated its 28th birthday, and his brand-new office is protected by
Masterpiece Grimlock and Dr. Doom.
Scott is a senior vice president at Hasbro. His
responsibilities include management of global creative services, which
includes the packaging team, and creative director for Cake Mix Studios
which is Hasbro's internal IP creative engine and video production
team. Terry's team is responsible for all packaging graphic design for
both boys and girls toy lines including; Star Wars, Transformers, GI
Joe, Spider-man and other Marvel lines, My Little Pony, Littlest Pet
Shop, Nerf, Playskool, Easy Bake Oven and many more Hasbro core brands.
He's a lifelong action figure collector of Transformers, Thundercats
and the Thunderbirds.
Falcon has been a featured performer at the Upright Citizens
Brigade Theatre in NYC since 1998, which helped launch the careers of
comedians like Saturday Night Live's Amy Poehler and The Daily Show's
Rob Corddry. Falcon also performs with the comedy group "Mother" and is
the co-creator of "Video=Nasty!" and "Telethon" and has been a featured
player on "The Chipperton Family", "Showgirls = The greatest Movie ever
made....EVER!", "Cracked Out" and "Girl Crush 2040". He has also
appeared in the comedic short film Running with Scissors. When he's not
bringing laughter to the masses, Falcon has created some of the world's
most popular action figures for Marvel Comics, like Marvel Legends and
Legendary Comic Book Heroes. In 2005, Falcon was named a Contributing
Editor to the national humor magazine "Cracked".
- Charles Howell is
the Art Director for Toy
an amusement and crane plush company that produces original designs as
well as licensed designs for some of the top properties out there. He
has worked in the creative end of the toy industry and the amusement
ride industry for over 12 years, plus has produced illustrations for
magazines and books including Star Wars Kids Magazine for Scholastic.
have always wanted to be involved with art, toys, and licensed
properties early on. Along the way I have amassed a good sized
collection. So, yeah I’m a collector as well, I think it comes with the
Falk is the Director of Product Development for NECA.
He manages the development and production for all of NECA's action
figures. He is also an obsessive completist when it comes to his toy
collection especially 3 3/4" Star Wars and the classic MEGO
Otterbacher is the licensing guy over at Sideshow Collectibles. Lover of
all things Terminator, Aliens, Predator, and pulp (esp. Conan), as well
as many other geeky things. He prays to Crom every night, and before
climbing into bed with his stuffed Cthulhu, he makes sure that his
Devilman Underoos® are nice and snug. In all the right places.
Bridges is the Operations Manager at Sideshow Collectibles, providing
support to the creative services and production management teams, and
assisting with the product marketing and forecasting. He's a sucker for
all things Lego and Star Wars, but has a weakness for great sculpts
from any property.
volunteering as a crash test pilot for NASA and serving 10+ years in
the toy industry, Deihl
Betz is about as tough as they come. He
currently resides in Chicago, IL enjoying his gig as Sales Director at
Entertainment. Over the years, Deihl has also spent
McFarlane Toys, Play Along Toys, and Art Asylum. Deihl's Wii
age is 192.
- Jesse DeStasio is
the International Director for Striker Entertainment, handling the
entertainment licensing for several high profile film properties. No
stranger to all things nerdy, Jesse has been nearly fired from gigs at
Play Along Toys, Art Asylum, Mezco Toys, and New Line Cinema. In his
spare time, he paints or something. I dunno. I guess you can see some
of that mess here: www.jessedestasio.com.
Fun Fact: Jesse was flunked out of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
NYC Improv School in early 2008!
- Steve Forde’s first word was "Batman". His affection for art,
design, monsters, and heroes lead to launching Go Hero,
an independent toy & entertainment company at the forefront of the
vanguard movement in designer collectibles. Since 2001, Steve has been
doing justice to justice doers with original designs, cutting edge
collaborations, and classic licenses to create exciting several “first
ever” products. His award winning works have been featured in Sci-fi
Channel, Giant Robot, Juxtapoz, MTV, Low Rider, Wizard Publications, as
well as in film, TV, commercials, books, and countless online media
outlets. In 2011, look for Bat Boy, the return to vinyl, and new 1:6
scale offerings such from Buck Rogers, The Shadow, Doc Savage and more.
- Jason Lenzi is the
founder and CEO of Bif
Toys. Jason lives and works in Los Angeles, as a freelance
writer/producer for television, and as a voice over artist for
television and radio. He's currently in the midst of writing and
producing on his fourth season of ABC's 'WIPEOUT'. He
started Bif Bang Pow! over five years ago, and in that time has
released action figures and bobble heads for 'The Big Lebowski', the
1980 movie version of 'Flash Gordon' (with figures art directed by
Alex Ross), Showtime Networks' hit series 'Dexter' and
'Californication' , CBS' 'The
Twilight Zone', CBS Films' 'Beastly', HBO's 'Eastbound and Down' and
Cartoon Network's 'The Venture Brothers', ABC's 'LOST', and Scott Ian
Anthrax. He is a Leo, loves toys, movies, mod culture and The Beatles.
This is his third year voting on the Poppies, and he hopes
to win in every category. Even the ones Bif Bang Pow! doesn't qualify
- David Lee is the
co-owner of Cast-a-Way
and long time action-figure collector and customizer. Starting back
into toys in 1995 as a collector, he has progressed from aficionado
into toy maker, along with best friend Jason Schiermeyer, to make 8
inch toys reminiscent of their favorites MEGOs from childhood.
- Dan Lujan is Kotobukiya's
Associate Advisor for online media and marketing within the US. No
stranger to the hobby, Dan has been a avid collector of toys, busts,
statues and such for over 15 years.
- Adam Van Wickler
grew up during the heyday of action figures. Star Wars, GI Joe, He-man,
Thundercats, Transformers, Super Powers, Secret Wars, Mego.
name the line and Adam had at least a few figures from it. His mother
still likes to tell people that Adam was potty trained with the promise
of a new Star Wars action figure each time he went like a big boy. To
this day he still expects a new action figure each time he goes like a
Adam has been involved professionally in the toy
industry since 2001 and is lucky enough to have worked on many of the
toy lines that he grew up playing with.
Adam is gainfully
employed by Gentle Giant Studios. Working as an Account Manager in
their External Prototyping division, he works with various clients
throughout the prototyping process. Overseeing concept artwork,
sculpting, molding/casting, painting, and working directly with
licensors to gain approvals are among his day to day tasks.
Be sure to check out www.gentlegiantstudios.com
and Adam's personal site www.playing-with-myself.com
- Bob Fulkerson:
his journey into the toy/collectibles industry began as young boy with
a Kenner Han Solo Blaster and has only gotten worse from there. He
started as a Collector then a Collectibles Dealer and now an Account
Rep/Janitor with Quantummechanix, Inc. Where will
when they peel that Blaster from his cold dead hands.
- Antonio Barranco is the founder, owner and president of GEEK
a new collectible figure company which will be launching the "Seven
Deadly Sins" in January 2011. He has been an action figure collector
for over ten years. His private collection has around 1,000 figures,
most of which are 7 inch film characters. However, his favourite figure
is actually six years old, 40 inches tall and is called A.Barranco Jr.
(his son of course!).
- Frank Supiot is the Director of Licensing for the acclaimed toy
boutique and design firm SUPER7,
responsible for managing properties from film, comics, and music, as
well as overseeing many aspects of the toy production. Frank is a
veteran of the toy industry with over thirteen years experience (some
of spent working in Japan) and is a lifelong collector.
- Joe Amaro
handles Product Development for Jazwares, Inc. and had been involved on
all Boy properties like like Mortal Kombat, Astro Boy, The A-Team and
Sonic to name a few. Joe's been invloved in the toy industry in some
way or another for over 10 years. From making custom figures for
ToyFare magazine, puppets for Robot Chicken and sculpts for various TV
shows and Feature Films.
Other Company Judges include Jeff
Trojan (DC Direct), Joseph
Reiter (Symbiote Studios), Louie Tran
(Triad Toys), Scott
Klauder (Sideshow), Dave Vonner (Hasbro), and Pete
Sinclair (Fun Publications).
our hobby and the industry be without the many websites and magazines
out there that report the news, promote the collectibles, and provide
the social networks for our geek selves. The judges in this
category represent websites and print publications that cover every
aspect of the industry, from niche licenses and products to general
themes and news. There are 39 judges from a wide variety of
of which I'm sure you'll recognize.
- Justin Aclin is the
Editor of ToyFare Magazine from Wizard
Entertainment, the #1 action figure magazine. Prior to the
years with the magazine, Justin was merely an amateur toy, comic book
and geek culture enthusiast. Justin is also the head writer of
ToyFare's award-winning humorous comic strip, "Twisted ToyFare
Theatre," a fact which he never fails to use as an excuse to promote
his own super hero graphic novel, "Hero House," in comic shops now from
- Zach Oat is the co-author of Pop
Sculpture: How to Create Your Own Action Figures and Collectible Statues, a book about sculpting techniques he wrote
with pros Tim Bruckner and Ruben Procopio. He is also the editor of TelevisionWithoutPity.com,
and before that he was the editor of ToyFare magazine for several
years. He loves Marvel Legends, Palisades Muppets and C.O.P.S., and in
his spare time he posts his artwork on the LAW Blog.
- D. Martin Myatt is the Creative Director for Cool
Toy Review, and photographer/editor at Rebelscum.
For more than a decade, he has been contributing to the toy collecting
community through numerous media outlets and has been a contributing
editor and photographer covering Star Wars collectibles for Rebelscum
since 2000. Myatt's Cool Toy Review continues to grow in content and
popularity. Moving into its fifth year, CTR's Action Figure Photo
Archive is still second to none.
- Jason "Poe
Ghostal" Clarke Jason "Poe Ghostal" Clarke writes the toy-themed blog Poe
Ghostal's Points of Articulation.
He has written about toys for ToyFare magazine and websites such as
Topless Robot, IGN and OAFE.net. While his current favorite toy line is
Masters of the Universe Classics, his favorite toy of all time remains
the Transformers G1 Grimlock.
- Brian Slivka
has been covering the designer toy industry for 5 years. It
started with a few Happy Meal toys and a dream. But that just
lead to eating thousands of unnecessary calories and waking up from the
dream 30 pounds heavier. Plastic and Plush
started up over 3 years ago, and it continues to deliver daily news and
reviews from the designer toy and limited edition toy worlds.
- Mark Picirilli is
the admin and webmaster of several large collecting websites,
He has been involved in the collecting online community for over 12
Pawlus Adam Pawlus has been
writing about toys online since 1995. A former contributor to
ToyFare Magazine, several web sites, and other publications, his
currently best known for his daily "Figure of the Day" and weekly
"Q&A" columns at Galactic Hunter. He maintains a general toy news blog
and a second "Figure of the Day" feature at 16bit.com, and his day job is the
merchandiser/Toy Evangelist for Entertainment Earth.
C. Horsley, like Luke Skywalker, grew up on a farm and dreamt
of escaping his small-town life to travel other worlds. After enlisting
in the USMC as an infantryman, he realized this dream. A decorated
combat veteran, Horsley continues to escape the monotony of a routine
life as the managing editor of Figures.com,
where he's free to play with toys and actually gets paid to do so.
"Julius Marx" Pickett is the co-creator/co-owner of Action Figure
Insider, a toy news site with a focus on the creators and
process of making pop culture collectibles. He has been
writing about toys for just under 10 years and has been collecting his
whole life. He also consults with many companies on projects,
hosts panel discussions at conventions, and answers questions from
readers all over the world. Action Figure
Insider has recently been featured on Wired.com, G4's "Attack
of the Show", and USA Today's "Pop Candy" blog.
Wilcox (aka blueduck37) is the administrator for the Simpsons Collector
Sector web community, the largest Simpsons collecting website
on the net. His collection was recently featured in Time Out
New York magazine, making his mother very proud.
- Matt MacNabb is
the Owner/Editor of the *Legion Fan Network*, which
of Gotham, Toy
Collector and DVD
A driving force in the collecting community for over six years, Legions
of Gotham has taken leaps and bounds to break down the barriers between
the industry and the collectors. Their coverage focuses on Batman
collecting and animation. Matt is a lifelong Batman fan and toy
collector, with well over 5,000 pieces in his personal collection.
Stephan has worked in motion picture distribution for many
years, but his true love is for the collectibles of classic
Sc-Fi/Fantasy entertainment. To that end, he is the creator
and administrator of the fan forum "Sideshow Freaks",
the largest website and forum dedicated to Sideshow
Collectibles. Residing in sunny Southern California, he
constantly battles for living space with piles and piles of Sideshow
- Jack Muramatsu -
Founder and editor of Vinyl
the premiere news site providing coverage of designer vinyl
After opening countless toys over the past four years, he's got a
strange gleam in his eye -- one too many sniffs of vinyl fumes. He's
living the dream of blogging full-time about toys and loving every
minute of it from sunny Pasadena, California.
- Ron Mirasol became
a life-long fan of toys when he got a G.I. Joe with the Kung Fu Grip as
a birthday present decades ago - thanks Mom! Today, he is the publisher
of ActionFigurePics.com and the Fwoosh Network, which includes TheFwoosh.com,
TheShortBox.com, and TheCoinSlot.com.
He still gets upset when an action figure can't hold its accessories
properly, and is completely devastated when their fingers break off.
Holoka, a Poppies Judge from the very beginning, is the designer of Star Wars sites as Rebelscum.com,
TheForce.net, and ToshiStation.com.
Saylor - Editor of www.Figures.com.
Artist, writer and admitted toy addict, his passion for pop culture
collectibles dates back to a Micronaut/Star Wars/Shogun Warrior laced
childhood. If not online, Jeff can be found playing video games,
painting or rearranging his extensive toy collection. Currently trying
to find more space for his growing army of robots and
- Pete Svab
is the Director of Marketing & Promotions for ACME Archives in
Burbank, CA. He is also the co-owner of GalacticBinder.com,
the largest Star Wars themed directory on the internet.
- Khalil Quotap aka
Kastor is a toy and comic collector who runs the website Kastor's
with Bill Sencio. On the website, Khalil mixes toy reviews
the joys and frustrations of collecting, along with convention
coverage, custom reviews, and comic related projects. Along with
monthly interviews with Hasbro and Mattel, Khalil also eagerly awaits
the return of the best cartoon property ever, Thundercats.
- Karen Ross is the
webmistress of KrossToys,
the first Spanish website about Toy Collecting. It started back in 2007
and there she works on her own, writing the articles and reviews and
posting interviews to people from the Toy Collecting world.
- David Yeh is
a product of the 80's, raised on true gems such as G.I. Joe,
Transformers, He-man, and yes, even M.U.S.C.L.E. David had
outgrown toys until the
1995 release of Star Wars lured him back for more. Since
then, he has gotten
hooked on dozens of other toy lines as well. David has
written for mwctoys.com, galactichunter.com,
Geek Monthly and currently writes toy reviews
for Figures.com and
- Paul Rudolph is a
seasoned collector, former writer of Toybender.com,
and a frequent guest poster on PoeGhostal.com. His work has also
appeared in ToyFare, WizardUniverse.com,
and the geek blogs GreatWhiteSnark.com
- Bradley "Crazyjaco" Jacobs
is a co-founder, admin, and contributor for Powet.TV,
a site dedicated to bringing high-quality web programming on pop
culture subjects to a new level. Crazy is probably best known for his
regular video series called PowetToys, a segment where he gets to show
off the latest and greatest toys he has encountered in an
information-rich format all his own. As an avid collector of many lines
(Transformers, Marvel Legends, Marvel Minimates, MOTU and the Four
Horsemen's Fantastic Exclusive project to name just a few), Crazy
decided he wanted to give back to a fandom that he had so actively been
a participant. Thus, the launch of Powet.TV and PowetToys, its first
- Eric Resnick
Eric Resnick is a long time collector and has been writing about the
industry for many years. After working as a features writer and
collectible reviewer for Toy Shop Magazine their untimely demise, Eric
and a Cadre of collectors and pop culture fiends launched You Bent My Wookie,
a site that blends collectibles news and reviews with entertainment
news, exclusive interviews and the sexiest geeks on the net.
- Curtis (aka.
lilwingman) is owner/admin of The Harry Potter
and specifically, among other things, a big Gentle Giant collector.
"Being a collector and student means sometimes I miss a really cool
piece. But most times, I get the piece and just skip eating
the week. It's all about priorities.
- Eric "measle" Lind:
Works in the glamourous and sexy world of IT by day to fund his various
movie, game, comic and toy collecting addictions, and then money
allowing, buy food, pay the mortgage, etc. Eric is a
the sorta new pop-culture website Criticalmess.net.
Criticalmess is a pop-culture community that affords any and all
members the ability to contribute site content, submit reviews,
commentaries, rants or raves, or just hang in the forum, it exists as a
vehicle for the fans to be heard and/or use as a creative outlet.
- Corey Tincher,
otherwise known as The Articulated One (TAO for short) uses his youth,
lack of experience, and nostalgia-free perspective on toys to review
them as objectively as possible at his everything-action-figures
Even as editor, writer, photographer, and sometimes *friend *at
Articulated Discussion*,* he still manages to serve as the lead writer
for the Past
Generation Toys Blog, as well as write guest toy reviews for
various other action figure blogs and websites from time to time.
- Daniel Lynch, aka
NoisyDvL5, is the site editor for ItsAllTrue.Net.
He's a product of the 80s toy explosion and has collected toys for as
longas he can remember. It's been twenty-five years and he still finds
himself excited for the next DC Classic, Joe, MOTU figure, Marvel
figure, or Transformer. Up until recently, he's been content to peruse
various toy forums and interact with other fans. This year, he gathered
up a ring of fellow collectors and started ItsAllTrue.Net, a
toy blog that strives to inject some fun into the serious
world of toy collecting.
(John V.) has been collecting Star Wars figures since the original 12
came out. To appear to his wife that he's doing something
with his varied collection, he posts reviews, action figure comics, and
other related items on his website, TV and Film Toys.
- Toy Break is hosted and produced by the owners of October Toys, George & Ayleen Gaspar.
Toy Break is a weekly internet show featuring reviews and news about
toys including designer vinyl, plush, action figures, collectibles,
events, how-tos, interviews, and more! Both lifelong toy collectors,
George has been working in the toy industry since 1996 and Ayleen since
2004. Ayleen also works with Ben Goretsky to coordinate the annual toy,
art, and apparel show, Designer Con in Pasadena, CA.
- Matthew created his site, Toynormous.com,
as a way to gain access into the 2010 Canadian Toy Fair.
Surprisingly, it worked. Since then, with the help of his friend,
TF Baxter, he's continued to type away about toys and toy related
- Lemonjuice Mcgee
spends his days flip-flopping between drowning his sorrows and
reviewing action figures. Apparently, the two go hand-in-hand as LJ is
now the current toy reviewer/news-getter-guy for MTV Geek!
While dealing with a newly-acquired crippling addiction to Glyos
figures; he still does his pathetic best to also keep up his original
toy blog: Lemonjuice McGee's Hobotastic Toy Reviews. Sadly, he may have
to seek professional help on the matter... if only society were kind enough to care.
- Newton Gimmick
is a longtime toy fan who was baptized in a love of GI Joe, Ninja
Turtles, Pro-Wrestling and Godzilla toys as a youth. Now that he's "all
grown up", Newt enjoys reviewing toys, movies and general pop culture
goodness at InfiniteHollywood.com as well as a position as head columnist
and editor at TNAWrestlingNews.com.
His current favorite lines include Character Options Doctor Who, Jakks
Pacific TNA iMPACT and Kaiyodo's Revoltech. Newton continues to build
his empire, one toy at a time and hopes to continue to provide insight
and analysis from a common man perspective on the various toys that are
available now or have been forgotten into the labyrinth of time.
- Justin Gammon
has two defining passions: creating design work and searching out new
members for his ever-growing family of not-so-normal toys. He puts his
art smarts to the task to pay the bills, directing creative projects
for national-level clients with Brains on Fire. While off the clock, he mans the
helm of WeirdoToys.com
- the home for odd, ugly and neglected toys. When he has a rare break
to daydream, Justin spends time plotting out his next move to combine
his two loves, art and toys, into an army of original weirdo creations.
Media Judges include Matt
(Geb from the Green Dragon), Michael
Klein (Figures.com), Sohaib
Awan (from Fictional
Frontiers), and Richard
is 1 anonymous media judge.
produce amazing products without designers, fabricators, sculptors,
painters and other artisans. These judges come from that side
of the business. Many are freelancers, but some work for
specific companies. Others are well known and respected customizers,
who do commission work for individuals, magazines and others. There are 15 judges in this category:
Mancuso - sculpting your favorite Dog Poo, Vomit and
Wine Glass novelty items since 1994. MWC note: Actually, Bill
has sculpted some of the best action figures on the market today,
including many of the Muppets, Marvel Legends and and Marvel
Toys. He's just too shy to tell you.
Pillod - Not satisfied with the limited options
retail, Cason Pilliod has been crafting his own toys since he was a
child. His passion for toys merges with his background as a
theatrical prop designer, allowing him to find unique customizing
solutions, which he shares with the ever-growing customizing community
via Inanimate Objects.
Matthews has been working for a decade sculpting
collectibles. He's done work for Palisades, Graphitti, Plan B Toys, and
He's currently on contract with DC Direct. To see some of his sculpts
check out his
Dunaway has been a painter of resin model kits for over 15
years, and is also an avid toy collector. He loves his aliens
and monsters, but also enjoys any figure that's well
sculpted. Check out his work at his site, ModelZone.
- Timothy Miller - Growing up with a love
of movies, Tim pursued a career in animatronics design upon completing
a Bachelors of Science in Biology. After five years with a small
effects company in Northern California, he launched out as a freelance
sculptor, quickly landing McFarlane Design Group as a key client,
providing portrait sculpts for the prolific toy manufacturer.
Currently, Tim sculpts for Sideshow Collectibles' Adam Hughes designed
line of Comiquettes, as well as numerous other ongoing projects with
Sideshow and Bowen Designs. Tim lives with his wife, Rebekah, and their
spoiled bulldog, Turkish, in picturesque Colorado Springs.
- Rudy Garcia
is a mid-west based artist working in the action Figure,
industry. He started off, way back in 1996, working as a
Conceptual artist for a St. louis based toy company called
Trendmasters. His duties included lllustration concepts and
product development for both boys and girls. By 1998, his
attention turned to the 3D side of the business and he began
sculpt as well as design.
In I999, he left Trendmasters and went
to work for the biggest name in action figures at that time, McFarlane
Toys. He was hired on as an in house designer and sculptor,
creating lines such as Tortured Souls and Spawn:The Dark Ages Samurai
Wars. During his tenure at McFarlane, he also worked on other
licensed product such as Shrek, Austin Powers and of course the 18"
Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on elm Street.
As 2001 rolled
around, he relocated back to the mid-west and started freelancing with
a relatively new, toy and collectibles company called Diamond Select
Toys. There, he sculpted mostly Marvel Characters in statue
bust Form. He has also worked on a handful of licensed
including Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Star Trek.
the Fall of 2002, he landed an in-house, out-of-state sculptor/designer
gig with NECA, creating action figures for the Hellraiser line
bobbleheads for Nightmare Before Christmas.
As of 2005, he has been a full time employee of Diamond Select Toys,
designing and sculpting product for a whole new generation of
collectors. To find out more about his work, check out his website.
Hughes is a world-famous comic-book cover artist, who
regularly misses deadlines because he loves playing with his 1:6 scale
toys a bit too much. When he DOES get to the drawing table, his covers
have graced WONDER WOMAN and CATWOMAN for DC Comics, and STAR WARS for
Dark Horse. He is designing a line of comiquette statues for SIDESHOW
COLLECTIBLES based on MARVEL super-heroines.
'Iron-Cow' Cauley, probably best known for his custom action
figure work, formed Iron-Cow Prod. LLC to better serve his
illustration, animation, design, and toy production clients. In
addition to being a featured contributer to ToyFare Magazine, there are
over 50 ICP-designed DC Direct, Battlestar Galactica and Marvel Comics
Minimate action figures currently on sale. His artwork is exhibited and
published worldwide and he is currently hard at work developing a line
of t-shirts for Macys featuring his illustrations. Matt's illustration,
broadcast, fine art, and toy design portfolios can be seen at the
- Jean St. Jean
is a musician turned sculptor, who began his career in a small upstate
NY toy sculpting studio doing mostly preschool toys and dolls. Five
years later he joined McFarlane where he spent almost 7 years helping
them develop their hyper realistic style, the last 4 years as Sculpting
Supervisor. In 2004, he left McFarlane to start his own company, Jean
St. Jean Studios offering sculpting, painting and prototyping services
working on such licenses as Diamonds Select’s Stargate SG-1, SG
Atlantis and Battlestar Galactica lines, Mezco’s Cinema of Fear, DC
Direct’s World of Warcraft and Ame-Comi and Amoktime’s Killer Klowns
and Day of the Dead lines. Currently he is finishing his
bust in the DC Direct : Heroes of the DC Universe line .
- Tony Robles of
and Admin/Co-Founder of ProCustomizers.com.
Tony is a customizing extraordinaire that specializes in made to order
customs for private clients as well as professional work. Professional
work includes Shocker Toys stand creation for Comic-Con in 2008 and
Designer Mallow's and Indy Spotlight mock up work in 2009.
- Kat Sapene has been
a prototype painter for the toy industry since 1999. Kat has
painted everything from Disney characters to monsters, from action
statues and busts. She was head painter at Sota toys for a number of
deciding to try work as a freelancer. She now runs her own studio, WAK! Toys, with
the help of her cat who dutifully wears a tie to work everyday.
- Ruben Procopio
is a multi-talented artist with more than 25 years of experience in the
animation industry. After earning scholarships to Cal Arts
Art Center, Rubén joined Walt Disney Feature Animation at age 18, where
he Rubén trained under Eric Larson, one of Disney’s legendary “nine old
men.” Rubén worked as an animator, artistic supervisor, head
department, character designer, story-board artist, video game
supervisor, and maquette sculptor on over 25 Disney feature films,
including Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the
Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. Rubén is credited with restoring the
maquette process to feature animation film production in the 80's, and
his Ursula maquette from The Little Mermaid resides in the Smithsonian
Institution’s permanent collection.
Rubén is the founder of Masked
specializing in sculpture, animation, comics and design.
Rubén and his father Adolfo, who had an acclaimed 35 year career as a
Walt Disney Imagineering sculptor, serve the entertainment industry,
comic book and collectibles clients including Electric Tiki, Enesco,
Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Studios, New Line Cinema, Cartoon
Network and DC Comics. At his drawing board, he illustrates
books and graphic novels, including works featuring Moonstone Books The
Phantom, Zorro and the upcoming Green Hornet Anthology as well as his
original characters Chameleon Man™ and Goliath™.
- Jim McPherson has worked primarily in Film Character Design, Visual
Development, Sculpture, and Modeling. His early interests include comic books, puppetry, and animation, but character
sculpture became primary. In the Makeup and Special Effects Industry, Jim has worked with Rick Baker's Cinovation Studios on
Gremlins 2, the Nutty Professor, Matinee, Men in Black, and Planet of the Apes. Rick's philosophy of sculptural character
design has been a huge influence in Jim's work. The opportunity to design characters under his tutelage was an educational
experience that cannot be matched. In the Animation, Toy and Statue arena, Jim sculpted and modeled characters for Chris
Bailey's Major Damage and sculpted characters for Rob Minkoff's Stuart Little; toys based on the designs of John Kricfalusi
and for Tracy Lee's "Electric Tiki" maquette line. In the Visual Development Department at Walt Disney Feature
Animation, Jim modeled and bluebrinted new characters for films in development. Highlights of his work in the digital realm
include digitally sculpted characters in the Fight Club Game, and Sega's Golden Axe. Jim currently 3D Art Director at Gentle
Giant Digital. He works closely with Film Directors on Character design. At Gentle Giant, he has done Character Visual
Development on Alice in Wonderland and a long list of unreleased or 'in development' films. He also continues to digitally
model characters for CG animated films, videogames, maquettes, and toys. (with Adam Van Wickler and Ashly Powell.) A recent
notable project is the Batman Black and White, David Mazzucchelli Statue done for DC Direct. More information at www.jimmcpherson.com.
- Jeremy Sung
is President and Head Designer of Spy Monkey Creations Inc. A
long time toy collector and customizer, Jeremy founded Spy Monkey
Creations in 1999 to provide collectors with hand made accessories to
ehance their action figure collections.
Artist Judges include Brandon Shiflett.
retailers to sell the stuff, there'd be a whole lot less to
buy. In fact, that's one of the current issues for the
industry, as fewer and fewer retailers carry the figures, statues and
busts we love. These 20 judges represent some of the best
specialty and mass market retailers, from small to large.
Gaul is the owner of the CornerStoreComics
online retail stores, as well as the CSC Comic Shop and Collectibles
Showroom located in Anaheim, California. He became a slave to
the plastic back in 1977 (at age 7) when he purchased his first Kenner
Star Wars figure (Han Solo/Fat Head/ 12-back) for $2.29 at the local
- Marc Bowker is the owner of AlterEgoComics.com
and the Alter Ego Comics retail store in Lima, Ohio. A fan of
action figures, comic books and related collectibles since the late
1970s, Marc started Alter Ego Comics in 2003. His personal
collection ranges from Mini-Mates to Premium Format Figures, with a
focus on Star Trek: TOS and Indiana Jones collectibles.
- Russell Kay and Jason Forkos,
are the owners of krazykingsoftoys.com,
an up-and-comer which has been around since August of 2008. Russell
Kay, also known in the majority of the toy community as KingRandor for
many years, has done several reviews for action figures for mwctoys.com,
and was responsible for the original Suncoast Area Report, back in the
day. Russell was first introduced to the world of action figures back
in 1985, receiving the MASK Jackhammer as a present for his 3rd
birthday- and he's been hooked ever since.
Whitelock is the owner of New Force Comics and
Collectibles, and has been a collector of action figures and
comics since the mid-1970's, as well as a retailer and wholeseller of
both since 1995. Collectors of Star Trek or World of
Springfield figures will certainly recognize Rick, as he has been a
huge factor in the online success of both lines.
Wang is the president of
Action Figure Xpress, a worldwide retailer and distributor of
exclusive and limited edition products since 1997.
- Joshua K is a huge
toy collector, has been selling online for 10+ years,
and is the owner of PastGenerationToys.com.
His love for toys started as a child and returned when in college where
he trolled AOL message boards and Internet newsgroups (remember those
which has now turned into a professional business. Joshua currently
all over the web including on Amazon, eBay, and through his newly
Generation Toys is headquartered in Virginia (no physical location,
fulfills orders via a fulfillment center in southern Florida. Although
sell toys, Past Generation Toys realizes that this is service oriented
business and has made customer service the first priority – go and see
- Andrew McIntire is
the Senior Director of Retail Operations for Things From Another World. He has been
a comic and toy enthusiast
since he was a boy, and spent much of his youth taking Transformers and G.I. Joe figures apart, then kit-bashing them back
together in exciting, new, mutated forms. To his great pride (and his wife's great
embarrassment) he boasts that he owns enough classic Star Wars figures,
vehicles, and play sets to stage reenactments of almost every pivotal
scene from the original trilogy--an endeavor which his long-suffering
wife has asked he not indulge in when company's over. She holds on to the hope that he may one day listen.
- Jeff B. is
co-founder of Urban
Collector and a passionate collector of LOTR, Star Wars and
- Andrew Agnello
has been an avid Star Wars collector for well over a decade. While he
holds Star Wars close to his heart, he enjoys collecting many other
collectibles such as Batman, Iron Man, and Harry Potter. He started Andrew's
out of out of his passion for collecting action figures and statues.
When Andrew isn't working he enjoys spending time with his family in
New Jersey. Andrew has a B.A. in Economics & Business
from the University of Rochester and is looking forward to
participating in the Poppies this year!
- Michael Shah is the
owner of on-line retailer,
Mikes Comics N Stuff,
an on-line retail store that specializes in Doctor Who, DC action
figures, and whatever else catches Mike's eyes. An avid and
life-long comic book collector - he still has his first comic book he
bought off the newsstand, Avengers #158, buried somewhere in his
collection - he finally decided to take his 30 years of comic book and
action figure collecting knowledge and pursue his dream of opening a
comic book related collectible business.
- Edward Couturier - Founder & CEO of Movie
He has always had a love for science fiction and horror. Favorite movie
monster is Dracula. Favorite Sci-Fi Movie is the Matrix. MRD was a
childhood dream he started in officially started in August of 2007.
- Troy Emmi is the owner of Fanboy
He has been collecting comic books all of his life. Like most young
collectors, he started with action figures. This would eventually lead
to statues and mini-busts, of which Star Wars and comic book related
fill the majority of his collection. Over the past few years he has
also began acquiring original pages of comic book art and commissions
by a varied number or artists. Now with a retail and online store he
gets to spend his days dealing with fellow collectors.
- Dat Ma has been the Buyer at Entertainment
Inc. for the past 3.5 years. Wasn't' much of a toy collector
growing up, but gradually becoming a hoarder of random bobbleheads and
action figures he came across over the years at EE. His favorites
growing up were 90's anime and manga (Berserk, City Hunter, You're
Under Arrest, anything Rumiko Takahashi). Avid sports fan that
has ESPN and local FOX Sports channels on favorites. GO LA KINGS and
Retailer Judges include Steve
Loney (Toynk), Kenny Penman (Forbidden
Planet), Adam Stinson (Capstone
Comics), Mike (Ozie Goods),
and Michael Richards
there is 1 additional retailer judge that wishes to remain Anonymous.
In the end,
it's the buyers that decide what gets made and what doesn't.
They vote with the money in their wallet, and smart companies and
retailers listen. I selected 23 collectors that I feel are
opinionated, respected, and experienced. Some are collectors
of very specific lines, while others buy just about anything, but they
all know the industry well.
- Mark Bellomo
has written 150+ articles for ToyFare, Wizard Magazine, Lee's Toy
Review, Tomart's Action Figure Digest, and for Toy Shop Magazine as
their Action Figure Columnist. He has published composition &
rhetoric textbooks, critical literary articles, and has authored a
number of bestselling guidebooks on action figures and popular culture:
Warman's Action Figures Field Guide, Transformers: Identification &
Price Guide, Warman's Field Guide to Transformers, The Ultimate Guide
to G.I. Joe: 1982-1994 (1st and 2nd editions), Totally Tubular 80’s
Toys (Oct. 2010), and contributes three chapters a year to Toys &
Prices. Bellomo has been featured in an 18-part film posted on
YouTube—The Collectable Spectacle, and is currently developing the
definitive online action figure resource.
- Michael S. Miller
is the Editor in Chief of Toledo Free Press. He as been a toy collector
since 1977, a year which will ring a bell with many who were affected
by the force unleashed that year. Michael has written about pop culture
and collecting for more than 40 publications coast to coast. His next
published work will be a chapter in "Gotham City 14 Miles," a book
about the impact on the 1966 Batman TV show.
- Willie Goldman is an LA based screenwriter and television producer,
and also the co-creator and co-executive producer of Ace of Cakes,
currently entering its tenth season on Food Network. After
starting his career at NBC in Burbank, he moved to Warner Bros.
Television where he worked on the Emmy-winning drama ER for seven
seasons. In addition to selling and developing a handful of
television pilots recently, he is currently seeing his feature film
screenplay The Last Good Kiss (hopefully) enter pre-production.
Goldman has also worked and written for Master Replicas, Sideshow
Collectibles, and Sony Computer Entertainment, and consulted with
several studios and licensors on several projects including various
home video and video game projects. He also maintains the
website, alienscollection.com, and is the author of The NY Times
of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes.
- John Bonavita
is the author of the very successful action figure guide book, Mego
Action Figure Toys (currently in its third edition by Schiffer
Publishing). John is a early pioneer in action figure collecting and
was instrumental in organizing collectors and spreading hard to find
action figure information during the decades leading up to the advent
of the Internet. His early 1980s fan-produced action figure
guide books are still used today by thousands of Mego, GI Joe and
Captain Action collectors world wide.
to 1989, Action
Figure Insider blogger Jason Chirevas'
bought him action figures to play with. Since 1993, he's collected
figures, this time with his own money and everything. A lot happened
- Jeff Parker
aka Wookster, is a freelance illustrator and designer whose work has
graced everything from BBC television titles through to a burlesque
fetish artist’s logo (you should have seen the perks!). Though it has
to be said toy collecting and reviewing seem to be taking up more and
more of his time. He’s interested in all areas of pop culture and
collects anything and everything, with a special penchant for high-end
1/6 scale, especially if it’s from the ALIEN series of movies. He also
has a soft spot for Bettie Page memorabilia, Guinness (the drink, not
the book of records!) and kicking back with a good DVD (new ones are
increasingly hard to find you know!).
G. Meyer - "The Tekwych" is owner and editor of Go! Figure.
he is a figure collector and industry historian believing that
knowledge of the toy industry's history and an understanding of the
manufacturing process can make one a better collector. While
Japanese robots and Microman make up the bulk of his collection, almost
every format and scale can be found some where on his shelves.
spends a lot of time on various toy message boards while pretending to
work. A full-time Network Engineer, part-time Musician, and a
pop culture junkie with a multitude of obsessions that include the
classic Universal Monsters, pre-80's B-movies, cigars, running and
obviously collecting toys.
Whigham, aka MaulFan, is a freelance graphic artist and a
diehard collector of pop culture memorabilia.
Sean's mix of creativity in his graphics and passion for collecting
have blended into a steady stream of creative imagery posted around the
various thread of the Sideshow
Freaks forums, and has even made its way to
S.) is a programmer/analyst by day and an action figure collector by
morning, noon, night, and later night. He began collecting when his mom
bought him Kenner's original Han Solo in 1982 and he hasn't stopped
since. His favorite toy lines of the way too many he collects include
Hasbro's classic and modern Star Wars and G.I. Joe lines, Playmates'
Simpsons World of Springfield, 6" Marvel Legends and DC Universe, and
movie tie-ins from the smaller companies like Mezco's King Kong and
NECA's Ghostbusters. Good sculpting is more important to him than high
posability and he believes accessories such as vehicles and playsets
are what have truly set the great action figure lines apart from the
Klender - A Los Angeles based
toy collector, he moved to California ten years ago and brought my love
of toys to the sunny state. IHelucked out with a collectors show or a
major show, i.e. SDCC nearly every week so the lust for toys is easy to
nourish. He started years back with the new STAR WARS line and it all
grew from there. He gained recognition as a toy collector with the film
STARWOIDS that made for a fun time at shows with the occasional
autograph and he did receive a fan letter as well. He moved on to the
higher end products and Sideshow Collectibles sees his bank statement
nearly as often as he does. He loves finding the rarity or the obscure
toy that he may not have known of but for some reason must have. It's a
wacky life sure but he wouldn’t trade it for anything in the
world….except for a 12 back vinyl caped Jawa perhaps.
- Scott Rogers
is a video game creative manager for THQ by day and an action figure
customizer by night. He is an amateur comic book historian who has
served as a creative consultant on several toy and game lines including
Heroclix and Corgi and is the world's foremost authority on Matchbox's
Fighting Furies line. He infrequently blogs about game design and recently
published the book "Level Up! The Guide To Great Video Game Design".
When not working, customizing, collecting or writing, Scott is
convincing toy manufacturers to make toys of his favorite comic
character: The Killer Moth.
- Chip Cataldo
burst on the local New York internet collecting scene in 1984, Usenet's
in 1991 (post #13 on rec.toys.misc), helped found The Star Wars
Collector's Archive in 1994, and launched The Bruce Timm Artwork
Archive in 1996. He has been in Bruce Timm's office, gotten drunk with
Pinky & The Brain, and had a private conversation with Chuck
Jones...all within 24 hours. He's even bummed around Toy Fair with
Jason Geyer the Toy Otter multiple times. He currently
DC Universe Classics, Justice League Unlimited, and carded Super Powers.
- Monte Williams
Monte Williams spent thirty years happily scouring American toy aisles
before relocating with his wife and daughter to Africa, where he
suddenly has no toy stores to explore. Nowadays, Monte never
(his toy photography weblog), because the internet connection on his
new home continent is so anemic that he cannot upload his photos!
However, his self-indulgent musings on geek culture can still be found
- Josh Long:
Computer Technology Teacher/Avid Collector. Josh has collecting
something in some form for as long as he can remember. When he was a
kid, he was very big into sports cards of all the major sports but one
athlete in particular. That athlete was Michael Jordan. During his
playing career he hit nearly 2,000 different cards filling multiple
books and shelves so they could all be displayed. After he retired the
second time, Josh decided to take a break from collecting but he didn't
know what he would find that he was so into.
In 2003, just about
the time Return Of The King was going to be hitting the big screen, he
found a little site called Sideshow Collectibles. Josh saw all the
various statues from the movies and kicked himself for not having found
them sooner. He didn't waste any time getting into it though going back
and getting several that he had missed and getting his Pre-Orders for
ones that where still to come.
At one point, Josh was very close
to having all the Sideshow Weta statues but have since cut back on that
to balance his collection out. However, he has replaced that with
several items from Sideshow's Lord Of The Rings lines, The Dead,
Indiana Jones, Masters of the Universe Classics, G.I. Joe and Star Wars. He has also ventured off into buying
some pieces from Hot Toys and Medicom with the great products they've
Josh runs a collectibles blog called The Pulse, as well as
YouTube video reviews.
- Greg Sepelak
has been doing dorky things most of his life, usually involving robots
beating the everloving crap out of each other. He's penned and
co-penned over two dozen official strategy guides for video games from
series like MegaMan, Kingdom Hearts, Avatar: The Last Airbender and the
Incredibles. Over the last several years, he and his writing partner
Trent Troop has been writing for the official conventions and fan clubs
and G.I. Joe,
from comic issues and prose stories to character bios and informational
articles. His artwork
has also featured on several convention-exclusive Transformers toy bio
chuckles, Greg keeps himself amused by amassing a whole lot of
Transformers, with a decent amount of Star Wars action figures,
modifying said toys with extra paint, and helping maintain and take
photographs for TF Wiki,
one of the most expansive Transformers informational resources online.
Jerde (TCM Hitchhiker) is a professional toy photographer who has been collecting toys since 1986, giving me nearly
25 years of experience and knowledge in the hobby (or should that read obsession?). I collect vintage and modern toys of all
scales and styles from many different properties, as well as both loose and/or MOC/MIB, depending on the line.
- Brant Rusch:
When he isn't chinchilla-wrestling to keep food on the table, Brant can
be found behind his desk pontificating to the masses on the InterWeb,
e-tailing, and occasionally dressing dollies (with guns, grenades, and
in one disturbing episode...in panties and armor plating).
Collecting toys and trolling the internet since the early 1990s, he
considers himself an expert on all things, which he is. He's
currently fixated on 1/6 Military and Movie-related figures, but has a
wider appreciation for all things sold that fall under the "Who would
pay money for this crap!?" banner. Known to the world as
HeadRusch1, he responds best to threats of bodily harm.
- Lonnie Cummins
(aka lcummins) has been an avid collector of all things "pop culture"
for the last 35+ years! He started with comic books, non-sports trading
cards and monsters, and now collects everything from 1/6th scale
figures to high-end statues and life-size busts! His favorite line of
collecting is centered around the Universal Monsters... after all, he
was a "monster kid" of the late 60's and early 70's, reading Famous
Monsters of Filmland, building Aurora monster models and watching
monster and horror movies on late night TV. Having never "grown up",
Lonnie enjoys horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres, and has been an
animation fan since the age of 5, sitting in front of the TV on
Saturday mornings watching the Bugs Bunny show. His love of animation
has carried him into the world of anime where he currently resides most
of the time, when not watching the Discovery Channel or Science
Channel. The first "action figure" he ever owned, was the original
1/6th scale G.I. Joes from the early 1960's... which he still owns!
Collector Judges include Eric
McGinniss, and Mike Kelley.
are 1 more judge in the collector category who wish to remain
you have the 135 judges for 2010! I'll be looking to expand
this group of judges in 2011, so if you or a colleague are interested,
please drop me an email.