The 2011 Poppies - the Judges!
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
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 34 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.
- Georg Brewer is an
award-winning creative leader with extensive experience creating growth
opportunities for the world’s most popular entertainment brands across
multiple product platforms. As the former Vice President of Design and
Product Development at DC Comcs - Warner Bros. Entertainment Georg has
worked with iconic global brands such as Superman, Batman and Mad
Magazine. While at DC he helped to create the most successful high-end
collectibles business in the specialty market, DC Direct, while also
managing the Design and Graphic Novel collections business units. Under
the name, The Brewing Factor,y Georg is doing everything from
illustration and character design to toy and premium production and
development to franchise management and and business development.
- 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
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
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.
wife is extremely patient and forgiving about his mania....
- 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
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.
- 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.
- Zach Oat
is Marketing Supervisor at Diamond Select Toys, and before that he was
the editor of ToyFare magazine for a bunch of years. He is also 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 loves Minimates, Megos and C.O.P.S., and in his
spare time he likes to draw. You can check out some of his artwork on
the LAW Blog.
- 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.
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
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.
- Steve Forde’s first
word was "Batman". His affection for art, design, monsters, and heroes
lead to launching Go
an independent toy & entertainment company at the forefront of
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
- Dan Lujan is Kotobukiya's Director
of Media Operations within the US. No stranger to the hobby, Dan is an
avid collector of toys, busts and statues.
- 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.
- Kevin Fryk is
the go-to guy/Ops Man for the DIY operation at Triad Toys. Driven
by a desire to experiment and create, Kevin has a hand in all aspects
of the company from prototyping, packaging design, production
management, customer service and everything in between. He
still had a fondness for the simpler days of Ninja Turtles and button
mashers at the arcade. The X-Men Animated Series rocked his world.
- Antonio Barranco is
the founder, owner and president of GEEK TOYS,
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
veteran of the toy industry with over thirteen years experience (some
of spent working in Japan) and is a lifelong collector.
- Joe Amaro has
been involved 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. He's
also worked with most major toy companies and design studios like the
Four Horsemen Toy Studio and Rudy Obrero Illustrations, Inc.
- Jeff Trojan has
re-joined Playmates Toys Inc. as Vice President, Boys Brands.
In this position, Jeff will create integrated marketing
programs in support of a new line of action figures, playsets and
accessories based on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
CG-animated TV series launching fall 2012 on Nickelodeon and NickToons.
Prior to re-joining Playmates Toys, Mr. Trojan was most recently Vice
President, Business Development at DC Comics where he was responsible
for the day-to-day management and marketplace expansion of DC Comics’
DC Direct business activities. Before joining DC Comics, Mr.
Trojan was Vice President of Marketing at Play Along where he led the
strategic direction for the LIMA award-winning Care Bears brand as well
as The Lord of the Rings, The Cat in the Hat, Teletubbies and Cabbage
Patch Kids. During his first tour with Playmates Toys, Trojan
served as Vice President of Boys’ Toys where he guided several
award-winning action figure lines, including Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles, Star Trek, Tomb Raider, Skelton Warrior, Exosquad and The
Other Company Judges include Joseph
Reiter (Symbiote Studios), Ryan Mansour (Warner
Brothers), Jim Fletcher
(DC Direct), Craig
(ZICA Toys), Jason
Schiemeyer (Cast-A-Way Toys), and Alain Trembley
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 48 judges from a wide variety of
of which I'm sure you'll recognize.
- 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 is the writer and editor of Poe Ghostal's Points of Articulation.
In addition to running his own site since 2007, he has written for
ToyFare magazine and websites such as Topless Robot, IGN and OAFE.net.
His greatest toy loves include Masters of the Universe, Hellboy and all
things Batman. Poe lives in haunted New England and has an unhealthy
fascination with the film Road House.
- 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.
was originally a blog for one guy to talk about all the nerdy things he
loved. In 2010 the site made a huge change and started producing a
weekly webisode to further explore all things nerdy. Since then the
brand has gone international and nerds everywhere check Nerdlocker.com
for news on toys, comic books, movies, video games, gadgets, etc. It
truly is a place for your inner nerd. And of course everyone involved
in Nerdlocker is a nerdy kid at heart so we are honored to be asked to
give our opinions on the best toys.
- Mark Picirilli is
the admin and webmaster of several large collecting websites,
HaloCollectors.com, CollectAvatar.com, 12inchcollector.com
He has been involved in the collecting online community for over 13
years and is also the Philadelphia Action Figures and Sci-Fi
Entertainment Examiner for Examiner.com.
- Jason "Slick McFavorite" Spiller is owner of Slick McFavorite Toys, LLC and along with his amazing wife, hosts the action figure podcast, Open Your Toys Cast.
OYTC is the official podcast of OpenYourToys.com, the site dedicated to
the four greatest action figure franchises of the 80's and all time:
Star Wars, Transformers, G.I. Joe and Masters of the Universe. Aside
from his ridiculous 10,000+ piece collection and the standard set of
geeky interests (gaming, comics, movies and tech), Slick enjoys all
things Colorado. Seasonally he camps, dirt bikes and snowboards, while
year round he plays basketball and practices Tae Kwon Do.
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
- Erin Snyder
started collecting toys about a decade ago, when he realized action
figures wouldn’t stop following him home from Toys R Us. He has a
number of blogs and websites, including Toy Remix and The Clearance Bin,
both of which are dedicated to toy collecting, customizing, and
display. He’s also written several novels and short story collections,
including a dark fantasy about the greatest toymaker of all, Santa Claus.
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.
- Raised on diet of Marvel comics and Micronaut toys, Iok is the webmaster at That Figures,
a toy blog covering everything from vinyl art toys to collectible
mini-figures, cult TV and genre movies. His favorite toy lines include
GI Joe, Henshin Cyborg, Microman and Marvel Universe.
- 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.
- 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
and the Fwoosh Network, which includes TheFwoosh.com, TheShortBox.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,
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.
- 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 TheRobotsPajamas.com. He also is the founder of the Toys for Tots supporting contest Geeks
For Tots. 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 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.
- Miracle Man is a co-founder of YouBentMyWookie,
a quirky pop culture site that blends collectible news, reviews,
entertainment and viral web sensations. Having always been interested
in comics, collectibles and the geek culture, MM discovered the toy
hobby during its heydays when NECA didn’t exist, McFalrane Toys was
untouchable and Toybiz introduced the concept of "super articulation."
- 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.
- 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.
- Scott Anderson
immigrated from the USA to Australia at the age of 21, and took with
him nothing but a suitcase of clothes and love of comic books and
action figures. After years of not being able to afford to indulge in
the hobby, he got back into collecting in 2003, and launched his blog, Action Figure Blues in 2006. AFB shortly spawned a forum
which hosts an active group of collectors and comic readers across the
globe. Now based in Melbourne, Australia, Scott collects action figure
lines like Marvel Universe, DC Universe Classics and Hot Toys and
statues from companies such as Bowen Designs, DC Direct, Kotobukiya and
Sideshow Collectibles. Action Figure Blues is mainly Scott's vehicle
for trying to justify his collection to his wife as something other
than obsessive compulsive hoarding. To date, this has proven only
- 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
as a way to gain access into the 2010 Canadian Toy Fair.
Surprisingly, it worked. Since then, with the help of his
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
- 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.
- Jason Devall has been involved in the world on on-line toy reviews for 7 years. Starting with the gang at figures.com,
he went on to co-create the hit weekly on-line toy show, That New Toy
Smell and PopCultureNetwork.com with co-creator and co-host "Pixel" Dan
Eardley. He is currently an Executive Producer for ToyWorldOrder.com and is still cranking out all-new video toy reviews, including reviews of the new Bandai Thundercats line for Thundercatslair.org!
- Adam Bernstein is a self-proclaimed film, comic book, and pop culture aficionado whose appreciation of the mediums led to his creating GeekRest.com,
a website devoted to the culture. His love affair with comics began
when, at age 11, he first started helping out at the 2nd largest comic
book store in Manhattan in the early 90s. Twenty years and 30+ comic
book boxes later, his love for the medium and the accompanying culture
remains as strong as ever.
- Eric Marbach entered
the fanboys universe at the earliest age with Marvel and DC comic
books. He's been a long time moderator in one of the most famous toy
communites in France before launching his own blog, Plastik Atomik.
He currently owns one of the most important toy collections in France
with a very wide variety of action figures from a large selection of
toy companies. His collection counts at the moment more than 7 000
pieces and it grows every week. He's also been making his name in the
French customizers community, mostly with Marvel characters. He's
expending his work at the moment in the Transformers universe.
- 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 Chris Pranger (Tomopop), Dan Messer (Vault from It's All True) Frank Patz (Enternal Collector), Philip Reed (Battle Grip), Sohaib
Awan (from Fictional
Frontiers), WB Collectibles (WB Collectibles), Pete Shorney (Dr Who Toy Review), Jess, Nightmare Spain (Nightmare Spain), and John Charles.
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:
- Chris Lauria
is a toy designer and illustrator specializing in concept development
and product design. He has worked in the toy industry for over 20
years, and formed his own design company, Chris Lauria Design, LLC. in
2001. He has worked with many of the leading toy manufacturers
including Fisher Price, Hasbro, Spin Master, Playmates Toys, Jakks
Pacific, Wild Planet, Crayola, Toy Biz, Basic Fun and Tomy. Chris
continues to work on boys toys as well as girls toys in many of the
different toy categories.
In 1999 Chris
created the presentation art for Playmates Toys pitch to Fox that
helped land them the Simpsons toy license. From that point he designed
almost every playset for the very successful World of Springfield toy
line (approximately 40 sets total). He has also designed numerous
collectibles for The Bradford Exchange including over a dozen Nightmare
Before Christmas Halloween Village pieces, and all of their Star Wars
Galactic Village sets. You can view samples of Chris' design work
at his website.
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
- Currently a Project Designer on the Mattel WWE line, Derek Handy
has been maintaing the collector WWE lines and making occasional
appearances on WWE.com for past three years. Previously he was Senior
Manager of Product Development at Gentle Giant Studios, where he worked
for 8 years. There he gained a wide depth of knowledge working on
thousands of projects, including development and production of
everything from Pre-school toys to high end bronze. Fresh out of
college, Derek worked for LEGO on the now disavowed Galidor project.
Apparently it was more fun to work on than to play with.
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.
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.
'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.
His current projects have been the
Lion-o and Mumm-Ra for Mezco’s Mega scale THundercats line, the
Munsters 7” Select line and various Universal monsters for DST
including the Metaluna Mutant and Phantom of the Opera as
wellcontributions to the Marvel Select figure series. He is also
working on his 29th mini-bust for DC Direct including Heroes of the
DCU, Blackest Night and various movie properties.
- Julian "Anthony" Osario
is an accomplished Airbrush Artist, Muralist and sculptor for more than
12 years, live and work in Rhode Island. Have worked as a Freelance
artist and prototype painter for several companies
including Hasbro Toy Company.
Anthony was exclusively delegated
to paint the prototype of Cloverfield limited edition action figure.
While at Hasbro, he created standard patterns (decals) for Transformers
main character (Optimus Prime), airbrushed and hand-painted an
extensive variety of product brands including: Playskool, Cloverfield,
Disney, Dora the Explorer, Fantastic four, G.I.Joe, Ghost Rider, Iron
Man, Littliest Petshops, Marvel, Mr Potato Head, Nerf, Nickelodeon,
Play-Doh, Spider-Man, Star-Wars, The Hulk, Winnie the Pooh,
Transformers, Nerf Guns and more.
Worked painting scaled sets,
characters and backgrounds for TJ Bearytales story books. Besides Bikes
& Helmets, Anthony has done paintings for galleries, oversized
Sculptures and signs for Six Flags, Toys R’ Us, M&Ms World London,
Campbell’s Stadium, The Pilli’s Stadium, Tonka, The Hustler night Club
in Manhattan, Paul Newman’s Water Park, as well as murals and backdrops
for the World Trade Center in Boston and other places throughout the
United States. Most of the bikes airbrushed have been awarded as the
Best Custom Paint bikes, an indicator of the quality of his work.
- 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.
- 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. Spy Monkey is working towards it's first wave of factory produced items slated for 2012I
Artist Judges include Hugo Dourado, Brian Dooley, Alex Davis, and Tim Bruckner.
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 16 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.
- Lee Ward opened The Good The Bad and The Robots
in November 2009 with a business partner and has enjoyed every minute
of offering a personal service and chatting to collectors.Although he
am based in the UK, my European wings are spreading.
started collecting Star Wars figures in 1980 followed by Action Force,
Transformers, Thundercats and He-man. (He really wishes he still had
them). He took an interest in statues approx 8 years ago but is more of
a fan of 1:6th these days. He is also a semi pro magician and has a
real passion for magic.
- 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
- 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 Replicas
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 5.5 years.
- Steven Loney is the founder and CEO of Toynk.com.
Toynk is a toy, collectible and costume company specializing in
licensed pop culture related products. Toynk markets/distributes its
product library worldwide through various retail and wholesale
channels. Toynk is also involved in the creation, development, and
manufacturing of similar licensed and non-licensed products through its
subsidiary company, Locoape, LLC and Incogneato, LLC. Toynk's primary
warehouse is based in Bensenville, IL. Toynk also has a warehouse in
Retailer Judges include Adam
Comics), and Michael
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 25 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.
- Michael S. Miller
is the Editor in Chief of Toledo Free Press. He has 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 is a chapter in "Gotham City 14 Miles,"
a new 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
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
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
and is the author of The NY Times bestseller, Ace
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.
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.
- 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 lives
and teaches in Lahore, Pakistan, where the armed guards who stand watch
in his driveway furrow their brows in polite bafflement whenever he
poses and photographs action figures in his yard.
- Kevin Olmsted
works in television. He writes, produces and edits promotions for news
as well as creating graphic design and animation. He has a small
independent production company that allows him to do more creative,
non-news related art and design.
On the side he builds models,
primarily those of sci-fi/horror nature. He collects baseball cards -
specifically those with retro-style designs - and select non-sports
trading cards. When it comes to figures, he collects things in 3 basic
scales - 12", 4" and tiny.
While he buys both 1/6th and 1/18th,
it's small/tiny scale is really what empties his wallet. Dunnys,
Cosbabys, Lego, Character Building and loads of designer blind-box
figures. He samples everything, usually even if he knows it's going to
be crap he regret. He also collects a lot of DIY vinyl toys.
- 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. In April of 2011 he joined the staff of The One Ring.Net
and has been writing the collecting column there called, "Collecting
the Precious". With this article he coversmuch of the comings and
goings of collectibles that deal with Middle-Earth.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- John Morey aka "Ridureyu"
has been a toy collector for years, really starting when he received
his first pack of M.U.S.C.L.E.s on his fourth birthday. He
founded the first American site based on Kinnikuman, which became
Little Rubber Guys under different ownership. He specializes in
obscure or small-scale toys, and as a former editor and amateur
historian, he uses the skills from his history degree to discover and
share a little extra info about any toy he reviews.
- Gillian Mann: The Nuclear-Reactions.com Pop Culture contingent were an
international vaudeville and comedy act of the early 21st century best
known for their numerous short articles. Their hallmark was physical
talk-backs and extreme interviews. They are commonly known by their
first names: "Gillian, Eric, and Rod" and screen names "StrayCatBlues,
Measle, and Rod Keith," among other lineups. They first started and
still are "CriticalMess.net".
- Eric Stettemeier
has been an avid toy collector for his entire life. Starting with
Weebles and Little People, working his way through Star Wars, Masters
of the Universe, Tron, Go-Bots, Transformers and countless others
during the Golden Age of Toy Collecting (aka the nineteen eighties) all
the way to the Legos and Batmen of today. Eric runs the oft insightful
and always delightful toy blog Toyriffic (link if you wish
Toyriffic.blogspot.com) and still finds joy in toys old and new,
constantly seeking out new acquisitions and toy knowledge at every toy
store, toy aisle and flea market in town.
Collector Judges include Steven Ledyard (Geek Design), Mike Kaplowitz (The Fight Nerd), Adrian Faulkner, Travis, and Mike Kelley.
you have the 139 judges for 2012! I'll be looking to expand
this group of judges in 2012, so if you or a colleague are interested,
please drop me an email.