The 2014 Poppies - the Judges!
eigth year, and as always we have judges from 5
different categories - Companies, Websites, Collectors,
Artists. The final list includes a total of 159
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 2014 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.
- Georg Brewer:
After spending 15 years as an award-winning creative leader at DC
Comics, where he spearheaded the creative growth of Design, DC Direct
and the Collected Editions groups, Georg formed The Brewing Factory in
2011. A full service consulting agency, TBF was involved in
everything from product development, franchise and business planning,
to product design. He joined the international toy company Dracco Co
Ltd. (based on Hong Kong) as their Director – Creative, Content
Brand Management at the beginning of 2012. Georg now leads teams all
over the world in the development of new franchise properties, toys,
animation, web / mobile gaming… you name it! Many of the newest works
are rolling out across Europe now, and you can look for launches in
mass retailers all over North America in 2013.
- 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, DOCTOR WHO: PRISONERS
TIME, and the New York Times Best-Selling STAR TREK/DOCTOR WHO:
ASSIMILATION SQUARED. He is also the co-owner of
North Hollywood, California, a
bookstore specializing in vintage comics from the Golden, Silver and
Bronze Ages. 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 and Ghostbusters.
He is also the voice and vision behind , Mattycollector.com
Mattel's direct to collector web based business. A lifelong toy fan
himself, Scott began his career in advertising but quickly followed his
heart to the toy business. In addition to his work on
Mattycollector.com, Scott has worked on the DC retail lines, Green
Lantern theatrical line (2011) and is excited to be working on some
upcoming kid based product he can't spill the beans on quite yet!
- Play Imaginative
is a figurine producer and manufacturer, and specialises in the design,
manufacture and marketing of high quality collectibles since 2004.
Imaginative holds an extensive license portfolio that includes Disney,
MARVEL, DC Comics, Paul Frank, and SpongeBob SquarePants, amongst
others, and continues to remain competitive in the global collectible
and action figure market, reaching customers worldwide with its
wholesale distribution and direct to consumer networks.
- Jim Wampler is the
Sales Director for Quantum
Inc. and has been with them since their start-up. Jim has been
toy collector and fan for longer than he wants to remember and has 20 +
years experience working in the toy, hobby, and collectibles
- 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.
- David Igo
– Art Director for Sideshow Collectibles. Based in Los Angeles'ish he
makes his work commute to the way less polluted and "this is where you
live when you're done with single-life" city of Thousand Oaks. While
his primary career focus over the last 8 years has been within the
collectibles industry, he has branched out to do concept design for
film & television, games, and a bunch of other random odds and
ends. In his 5 years at Sideshow his main endeavor has been
within Statue Design & Development for their licensed properties –
DC , Marvel, Star Wars, Alien, Terminator, Predator, Lord of the Rings,
and various other nerdlicious properties. A product of 80's cartoons,
David has loved "toys" of all shapes, sizes, materials and price ranges
since day 1, and now he gets to help see them materialize as a living.
He hopes to one day own a real life Mach 5 and live in the world of
Tron Legacy and marry Emma Stone where they would live long and
prosper… but his girlfriend wont allow him to marry Emma Stone, though
she supports the rest.
- Ken Lilly -
Ken Lilly had disappeared from the public side of the toy industry for
quite a while, spending most of his time since 2009 focusing on the
Special Needs of his youngest son, working a little as a freelance
illustrator, writer, product photographer, graphic and product designer
and product manager under the company name Creatus Maximus. Now he's
been brought back into the fold by Jerry Macaluso to work, as he likes
to call it, as a Creative Development Gunzerker, for Pop
Culture Shock Collectibles, doing some product design, art
direction, factory communication and 'anything else Jerry needs me to
was briefly the Director of Product Development for a short-lived
company called The MVP Collection, a company created in late 2008 to
produce NFL Mini Busts where, much to the chagrin of the long-time
Ravens fan, they released one product, based on Pittsburgh Steelers
Strong Safety Troy Polamalu. But Ken is probably best known for his
work as the VP/Director of Product Development for Palisades Toys,
where he was the main community liaison and creative force behind many
product lines including G.I. Joe & Transformers Statues
Busts, Invader Zim, Adult Swim, Resident Evil and the extremely popular
figures and playsets based on Jim Henson's The Muppet Show. Prior to
that he was part of a team of Product Managers from the long defunct
toy company ReSaurus, working on classic toy lines like Duke Nukem,
Quake, Street Fighter, Crash Bandicoot, Sonic the Hedgehog, and the
much-anticipated but sadly canceled Badlands and Magic the Gathering
action figures and playsets.
- 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 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 spent
nine years running the SportsPicks line for McFarlane Toys before
joining Hasbro and championing the Transformers Generations segment for
them. Following the release of Age of Extinction, he received and
accepted his dream job - enlisting with the G.I. Joe team and finally
becoming a Real American Hero. So now you know. And knowing is half 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
- Dan Lujan is Kotobukiya's
Director of Media Operations for North American markets. When not
overseeing social media, hosting panels at conventions or sending out
press releases he gets involved in product development recently
assisting on lines like the Avengers ARTFX+ and Marvel Fine Art
statues. No stranger to the hobby, Dan is a life-long collector.
- Adam Van Wickler grew
up during the heyday of action figures. Star Wars, GI Joe, He-man,
Thundercats, Transformers, Super Powers, Secret Wars, Mego. You 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 big
His younger brother certainly did not appreciate his desire to take
apart their toys and swap parts around, or why he needed to “ruin”
their figures by repainting them to be other characters.
Even now you can find Adam hunting for new toys during his lunch breaks
and visiting his local comic book shop every Wednesday.
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 a part of the 3D Systems - Gentle Giant Studios team in
Burbank. Working as the Director – Creative Services in their External
Prototyping division, he collaborates with various clients throughout
the prototyping process. Overseeing concept artwork, digital sculpting,
rapid prototyping, molding/casting, painting, and working directly with
licensors to gain approvals are among his day to day tasks.
- 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 TOYS,
a new collectible figure company which launched 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!).
- 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 is
currently Vice President, Boys Brands at Playmates Toys Inc.
Jeff leads one of the teams creatively expanding the industry-leading
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brand. New product segments
include TMNT Radio Control Figures and Vehicles, Z-Line Ninjas Playsets
and the newly launched Half-Shell Heroes preschool toys.
Prior to this tour of duty at Playmates Toys, Mr. Trojan served as 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. Previously 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, Skeleton Warriors, Exosquad and The Simpsons.
- Andy Gore
is CEO of Quantum Mechanix Inc. (QMx) and head of product development.
As such, he's led the company's efforts in developing everything from
stickers and keychains to animatronic hero props and filming
miniatures. Licenses he's responsible for include Star Trek, Battlestar
Galactica, Doctor Who, Firefly/Serenity, Ghostbusters, Stargate.
Previous to joining QMx, Andy logged over 20 years as a technology
editor, including 4 years as VP/Editor-in-Chief of Macworld. He also
spent 8 years leading the internet strategy for a Fortune 100 science
research company, where he won several awards, including a Webby award
for design innovation. It seemed inevitable that someone who spent so
many years writing about and working on the future, sooner or later
would want to live in it full time.
CEO of Symbiote Studios. Has worked in the toy marketing, licensing and
manufacturing industry for two decades. He loves the company and the
people that he works with. Will continue working to bring the best toys
to market. The ultimate goal is to make the best products and
merchandise in the business. If you have a video game license and would
like to see merchandisemade for it; contact him.
- Alain Tremblay
is the Marketing Director, Event Coordinator and lead packaging/graphic
artist for Integrity Toys, Inc. A long-time toy collector himself and a
toy industry aficionado, Tremblay has been responsible for the creation
of Integrity Toys' visual image for more than 12 years. Since he
started with the company, he's been instrumental in the growth of
Integrity Toys and has worked on the visual image for both licensed and
proprietary brands such as Fashion Royalty® and Poppy Parker®,
collaborations with Paramount Studios, Katy Perry and RuPaul, and most
recently, the packaging and various accessories for the JEM AND THE
HOLOGRAMS™ re-launch in collaboration with HASBRO. When he's
creating cool stuff for the company's various lines, Alain and his team
organize the annual Integrity Toys convention, which has grown to
become the most sought after collector event of the doll collecting
- Gary B. Schaeffer
is a veteran of a 25 year career on Wall Street as a market maker on
the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Gary left Wall Street and
Goldman Sachs to pursue certain dreams of his own including but not
limited to building the famed and iconic Outer Space Men brand using
his own personal capital.
In 1991 Gary met the creator of the
Outer Space Men; Mel Birnkrant and they instantly became best friends.
The OSM were the favorite toy from Gary’s childhood and as a
result the relationship between Gary and Mel flourished until in the
late 1990’s Gary and Mel forged a partnership to bring the OSM back.
Today Gary and Mel celebrate more than 20 years as friends and partners
and both work tirelessly in bringing back the Outer Space Men to a
world clamoring for these toys; known as, the first action figures for
After a successful 3 year fight for the 13 Registrations
and Copyrights within the US Library of Congress and the USPTO Office
the Outer Space Men made their way back into the hands of the fans by
way of the Graphic Novel. After the success of the book, Gary and Mel
began a licensing deal whereby the OSM would return in action figure
form based upon the Glyos system of 3 3/4” figures. 5 years later and
tens of thousands of figures sold, the OSM have gone from 200 Baby
Boomers who barely remembered the one year that the OSM were on the
store shelves to a global audience of more than 250,000 inside the OSM
Website database. Today the website has tens of thousands of visitors
each year and the brand has grown to a point whereby several big
Hollywood names have taken interest in the line of action figures and
the incredible history that the toys have endured. With Mel, now 77
years old, and his amazing artistic talent and Gary at the wheel, the
OSM have an upward trajectory that still today finds new heights never
before imagined for a toy line that is almost 50 years old.
- Joe Ahearn - Co Founder - Captain Action Enterprises LLC; Product Development / Graphic Design;
enjoys every step of the product development process seeing things
through from beginning to end whether it be roughest sketch to
completed comic book or working toy or collectible. A graduate of
Montclair State University, Joe has spent 20 years by day as a
Commercial Insurance Professional as an underwriter and more recently
as a broker negotiating terms and conditions on many Fortune 1000
accounts too numerous to list. Joe has spent time working for
several of the industry leading firms including Aon Risk Services and
Willis North America where he has built up his account management
and negotiation skill sets.
Joe’s love for all
things retro lead him to a hobby which he has turned into a successful
business venture. In the mid 1990s, he began recollecting some of the
original action figure sets he had as a boy from both GIJOE and Captain
Action. When Hasbro began to reissue the original GIJOEs as
collectibles, it lead Joe to the idea of doing the same for Captain
Joe spearheaded the Captain’s return to toy shelves in
1998 after a two year battle, brokering the concept to a mid west toy
and collectibles company called Playing Mantis who had recently had
much success reviving the Johnny Lightning brand of die cast cars from
the 60s and also reissuing all of the old monster and figural hobby
kits made by Aurora in the 60s and 70s. Joe was hired as a
product development consultant to the line during its run.
Joe partnered with a well known artist in the world of Ed “Big Daddy”
Roth style monster car art John Detrich and together they brokered
their monster die cast car line CREEPSTERS to Playing Mantis which was
released in Toys RUs & Kmart in 2003.
something to be said for being at the right place at the right time and
Joe was, allowing him to acquire the rights to Captain Action in 2005,
partner with Ed Catto and establish Captain Action Enterprises which
continues to grow and flourish in the areas of toys, collectibles,
comic books, apparel and currently in talks for an animated
Joe continues to work in
Insurance by day and Captain Action by night. He has also
started some freelance graphic design, while also handling most of CA
Enterprise’s graphic design needs. Joe lives in New Jersey with his own
Action Boy who shares his Dad’s love for baseball and appreciates all
of Dad’s vintage collectibles.
Other Company Judges include Terry Scott (International Toy Museum), Matt Bishof (Sideshow), Ashly Powell (Gentle Giant), Terry Smith (Sideshow), Jason Lenzi (BifBangPow), Shawn
Knapp (DC Collectibles), Steve Forde (Go Hero), Cody Fultz
(ThreeA, ThreeZero), Pat
Charles Howell (Toy Factory), Jim Fletcher
Collectibles), Rick Phares
(Peak Advantage/Trinity Toys), and Brant Bridges (Snap Creative). There's are no
additional anonymous judges in this category.
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 55 judges from a wide variety of
of which I'm sure you'll recognize.
- TJ Norris/Go Figure
is an interdisciplinary artist known for his urban, conceptual
photography and installation projects. His work is held in several
public and private collections worldwide including the Vanhaerents Art
Collection (Belgium), the Fuller Museum of Art, Museum de la Ciudad,
and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Hailing from New
England, Norris is also a celebrated curator and writer now based in
Dallas, Texas. Norris founded Go Figure
in 2014 after writing for over a dozen years for publications like: Art
News, MIT Press/Leonardo Magazine, Willamette Week, Oregonlive.com, Art
Ltd., Signal to Noise Magazine and many others.
"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.
- D. Martin Myatt is
the lead event/photo archive photographer and editor for Rebelscum.
He's been contributing to the Star Wars community through numerous
media outlets since 1996 and found his online home with the Rebelscum
team in 2000. In addition, he wastes his time writing about silly stuff on his own site Totally Ridiculous.
- 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,
(which celebrated its 10 Year Anniversary this past February), GentleGiantCollectors.com, CollectAvatar.com,
and many more. He has been involved in the
online community for over 15 years. Mark is also the Philadelphia
Figure 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.
- Adam Pawlus
has been writing about toys online since 1995. A former
contributor to magazines, several web sites, and other Internet
publications, his currently best known for his "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.
- 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 The Clearance Bin
where he writes toy reviews and other geek-related articles. He's also
written a couple of novels and more short stories than you can shake a
1/6th scale stick at. You can find information about all of that at www.erinlsnyder.com.
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.
- 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
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 many years ago - thanks Mom!
Today, he is the publisher of ActionFigurePics.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
- David Yeh is
a product of the 80's, raised on true gems such as G.I. Joe,
Transformers, He-man, TMNT, and yes, even M.U.S.C.L.E. David
written for mwctoys.com, galactichunter.com,
Geek Monthly and currently reports
David also contributes to EndorExpress.net,
a site dedicated to Lucasfilm and Disney.
- 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.
- 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.
- Thomas Wheeler,
known to some parts of the collecting community as "GI Trekker", is a
freelance writer and photographer (and definitely for hire!) who has
maintained an extensive action figure collection since G.I. Joe: A Real
American Hero arrived in the scene in 1982, and as a child, counted
Captain Action, Major Matt Mason, and a host of very varied Megos among
his prized possessions. Today his collection features everything from
G.I. Joe, to Masters of the Universe Classics, to Star Trek, to DC
Universe Classics, to Gundam, and much more. He has written reviews on
a wide range of action figures for MasterCollector.Com,
and contributed file cards to the 1997-98 run of G.I. Joe for Hasbro.
(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
launched his website, Action
Figure Blues, in 2006. He now co-hosts the weekly Action
Figure Blues Podcast
and continues to review toys and statue from the worlds of comics and
pop culture at the AFB Website. Originally from Chicago in the USA,
Scott married an Australian lass and moved to Oz in 1991. Currently he
resides in Melbourne and enjoys being part of the local comics and
collecting community. His main collecting passions are currently
focused and statues and busts and other such expensive items, much to
his wife (and his wallet's) despair!
- 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.
- 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 over at InfiniteHollywood.com.
Newton continues to build his plastic empire, one toy at a time and
hopes to continue to provide insight and analysis from a common man
perspective on the plethora of toys that inhabit toy aisles today 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!
- 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 WorthWhile.
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.
- Corey Tincher has
been an action figure collector since birth, trading pacifiers for
plastic and never looking back. He started his own action figure
in 2008, briefly ran the Past Generation Toys blog, and now serves a
double tour of duty as the Guide to Action Figures for About.com and
the Community Manager for Collector-ActionFigures. He can still
occasionally be seen chewing on an old mangled figure that's probably a
holy grail to someone.
- Jesse "Dr Rampageo" Chagnon
is the operator of DoomKick.com.
He has a deep love of Masters of the Universe, GI Joe, and Glyos toys.
When he isn't doing work for DoomKick (so about 15 mins a week) he
spends his time working on one of the many side projects that are
always bubbling over at the DoomKick dojo. He loves toys and feels the
best way to go about things is with a positive attitude and some great
- Brian Szabelski is
editor-in-chief of Tomopop,
a toys and collectibles blog focusing on a little bit of everything. A
member of the Tomopop team since the site's inception in February 2008,
his collecting hobby began when he was younger as he piled up G.I.
Joes, Star Wars figures and a healthy number of Hot Wheels, then moved
on to video games before detouring back into the world of collectibles.
His collection has a little bit of everything, from designer toys to
PVC figures to larger-scale statues. He is currently wondering just
where that next figure is going to go on his already-crowded shelves ...
- James Chillcott is a
digital entrepreneur, adventurer and massive toy nerd. As co-founder of
he is on a mission to build the best online community and collecting
resource known to man or alien kind. As head of Toronto
based design/development studio Advoca, James heads one of
first pro-human focused agencies in North America. He has visited all 7
continents, spent time on mars, and hoards extremely rare Transformers
from the children of the world.
- “Pixel Dan” Eardley
is a reviewer, reporter, and all-around toy enthusiast. Growing up in
the 1980′s and 1990′s, Dan enjoyed popular toys such as He-Man, TMNT,
ThunderCats, Voltron, and many more. His love of toys has followed him
into his adult life where he continues to collect toys both new and
old. Through his popular videos, he shares his enthusiasm for
collecting hobby with others. Dan is well-known for his charismatic
video reviews and interviews and has been featured on prominent toy and
video game web sites since 2008.
- Colin Dorman: Editor
and Publisher of the "Action Figure Resource" magazine, the only
digital magazine dedicated to the hobby, and owner of Mcfarlane-figures.com
Colin has been an avid collector all his life and before moving to
Thailand had a highly successful business in the UK trading in Action
figures, CCGs and Trading cards as well as all forms of Sports and
Movie memorabilia. He has been featured and interviewed on local and
national TV and radio and has written regular articles for several
magazines, including Sported, FIBA and Model Mart.
- Arnie Carvalho
Arnie Carvalho is the co-founder and president of the Venganza Media
podcasting network and the co-host of collecting podcasts Star Wars Action News, focused on Star Wars toys and collectibles; and Marvelicious Toys, based on the figures, statues and collectibles from the pages of Marvel Comics.
is recognized for owning one of the world’s largest Star Wars
collections. He has served as a presenter and panellist at multiple
conventions, including Star Wars Celebration 4, 5, and 6, Star Wars
Celebration Europe 2, and San Diego Comic-Con.
has been published in the Star Wars Super Collector’s Wish Book and he
is a recipient of the Star Wars Fanworks Lifetime Achievement
- Sohaib I. Awan is
the Host of Fictional
Frontiers with Sohaib. Recognizing the dearth of
serious pop culture discourse, Sohaib launched Fictional Frontiers in
June of 2008. In addition to hosting duties, Sohaib serves as
Executive Producer, Talent Supervisor and Liaison, Public Relations
Director, and CEO of Fictional Frontiers. Sohaib is also the
founder and CEO of international transmedia company, Jabal
Entertainment, LLC. He is the creator of IDW Publishing's
Jinnrise. The internationally-recognized series is Jabal's
first comic book series.
Prior to Fictional Frontiers, Sohaib was the founder and managing
partner of The Law Offices of Sohaib Awan. He received his
Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of
Richmond, his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law-Camden, and
Management Certification from The Wharton School of Business
(University of Pennsylvania).
In addition to his efforts on Fictional Frontiers, Sohaib is an active
member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar. He
is a duly qualified and admitted attorney, with mediation and conflict
resolution certification from the Community Mediation Center of
Each week, Sohaib records a weekly audio segment for Random House's Suvudu entitled
Fifteen Minutes of Fiction...with Fictional Frontiers.
Sohaib is also a member of the Broadcast Television Journalists
- Toy Pizza
is your YouTube headquarters for all things collectible. A Frederator
production, Toy Pizza has enjoyed 20,000+ subscribers and over 1.6 Mil
views in 9 months. Co-Created by Jesse DeStasio, Nicky Fung, and Cade
Hiser, Toy Pizza has partnered with companies like Funko, ThreeZero,
and Bandai Tamashii Nations to produce cutting edge video content.
Media Judges include Jason Stephens (MTV Geek), Kris Waste Time, Jed Harris-Keith, Blake
Wright (Little Plastic Men), John Charles, Michael Breaux, Michael Skram II, Dan
Messer (Vault from It's
All True), Philip
Reed (BattleGrip), Scarecroodle, and Jeremy "Emerje" Crocker
(both from Tomopop), Frank Patz (Eternal
Collector), Sean Long, Justin
Bell (General Joes), David Stephan
(Sideshow Collectors), Randy Caldwell, Nick Lenihan, Michael Richardson (Mike's Toy Blog), Wendy Olafson (Da Bomb Show), and Vincent (Robot's
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
25 judges in this category:
- Jerry Macaluso
is a toy designer/sculptor whose love affair with the industry began
(way back) as a child when he received his first Mego Micronauts
figure. That life changing event inspired him to pursue a career in the
arts, first with his special makeup effects company SOTA Effects, which
supplied props, makeups and effects for films such as Spawn, A.I., Gods
and Monsters, Toxic Avenger 2 and Darkman, as well as television shows
including Weird Science and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
his first Todd Toys, Spawn figures in the mid-90s reignited his love
for action figures and Jerry began contacting toy manufacturers to see
if they would like to use his special effects company for creating toy
prototypes. This quickly led to work with industry leaders
ReSaurus, Applause, Toy Biz, Palisades, Mattel and Diamond and the
forming of a new company, SOTA Sculpture and Design.
Macaluso made the jump from prototype studio to full fledged toy
manufacturer by acquiring the action figure rights to Street Fighter
and Tomb Raider. Both were a big success and led to the
of SOTA Toys which enjoyed years of success creating action figures and
statues from such popular licenses as World of Warcraft, Johnny Cash,
Legend, The Thing, Charmed, Micronauts and Marvel, among many
others. In 2006 Macaluso sold SOTA Toys to focus on his film
producing career, making the films 'Night Skies' and 'The Devils Tomb'.
2008, Macaluso formed his new toy and collectibles company, Pop Culture
Shock Toys. Currently, PCS is enjoying much success crafting
end polystone statues and busts from licenses such as Street Fighter,
Mortal Kombat, Judge Dredd and Masters Of The Universe.
satisfied with the limited options available at retail, Cason Pilliod
has been crafting his own toys since he was a child. His
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,
and its new sister site DC
Animated Universe Comics.
- Jonathan Matthews
has been a professional toy geek since 1998 when he began sculpting for
a small toy company out of Ohio called Resaurus. When the company
dissolved a few years later, he began a freelance career with clients
that included Palisades, Graphitti, and Plan B. He's been a contract
employee of DC Collectibles for nine years and spends most of his time
sculpting Batman and the other Justice League players. Check out some
of his work at www.matthewsculptor.com.
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.
- Tim 'TK' 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. In the past fifteen years Tim has sculpted
for industry leaders, including Sideshow Collectibles, Bowen Designs,
and most recently DC Entertainment. Tim lives with his wife, Rebekah,
and their spoiled pug, Winston, 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, DC Direct’s Blackest Night series,
Mezco’s Mega scale Thundercats line, and Mega Scale
Frankenstein, Diamond Select’s Munsters, Universal Monsters, Sin
City, and Kill Bill action figure lines and Diamond’s Batman
’66 series of mini-busts and banks. 2015 will see Jean St. Jean Studios
first original action figure line hit store shelves under his new toy
brand Creatureplica, showcasing cryptozoological and mythical monsters
Jean St. Jean Studios handles sculpting, fabrication, prototyping and
painting and is well known for their distinctive style and versatility,
creating for some of the most notable producers of fine toys and
- 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.
- 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
enhance their action figure collections. Since then Spy Monkey
Creations has moved on to mass production for their accessories and in
2012 launched their first original action figure series, The Weaponeers
- Hugo Dourado may be
better known as grungethemovie on figurerealm
for his awesome custom figures and not for writing in third person
about himself. He's also worked as concept artist and 3d modeler (and
2d animator back in pixel times) in videogames and animation, and would
absolutely love to work in the Toy Industry. I don't believe anyone
will read this, but if you happen to be reading go check my, uh, i mean
- Joe Allard
is a designer and art director woking in the toy and collectibles
industries for over 15 years. Joe began his career coloring Comic Books
for Marvel Comics in the mid 90’s. Eventually Joe followed his passion
to the toy industry, where he took a job designing product for Star
Wars, Marvel Comics and many others.
In 2002, Joe left the full
time world behind to carve his own path as an artist and designer.
Based out of Southern California, Joe founded Design Devil and quickly
made a name for himself working with clients such as Hasbro, Mattel,
Disney and Lucasfilm. Now after nearly 12 years, Joe and Design Devil
are still going strong. Currently Joe is busy working with long time
partners Sideshow Collectibles on their line of Sixth Scale figures.
- John Harmon is an action figure customizer of Mint Condition Customs.
He has been customizing professionally sincy 2007. His work has been
featured on various sites such as io9, Geekologie, and even Bloody
Disgusting. He's created custom action figures for famed comic book
writer Peter David, and has created movie props and figures for
independent films. John is also an avid toy collector, perhaps his
favorite collection being his DC Universe Classics figures, of which is
nearly complete. Customizing is his full time job, yet he still hopes
to someday work in some capacity for a toy company. You can find his
entire custom action figure catalog at http://www.mintconditioncustom.com
Artist Judges include Trevor Grove, Hauke Sheer, Andy Bergholtz, Salvador Gomes, Dave
Dorman, Richard Lau, Jason
Barbiero, Toria Casarro, Anthony Mestas, Scott
Rogers, and Bill Mancuso.
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 17 judges represent some of the best
specialty and mass market retailers, from small to large.
- Marc Bowker is the
owner of AlterEgoComics.com
and the Alter Ego Comics retail store in Lima, OH. He got hooked on
comics at age 10 when he picked up a copy of Marvel Super Heroes Secret
Wars #1 and is the man he is today because of comics and the TV
shows/movies of the 1980s. His personal collection ranges
Mini-Mates to Premium Format Figures and he's a die hard Star Trek: TOS
and Indiana Jones fan.
- 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.
- Lee Ward opened
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
is based in the UK, his 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 Vice President of Things
From Another World.
He became enamored with toys, comics, and all manner of geeky things at
an early age and never quite managed to shake the habit. To his great
pride (and his wife's horror) his collection of toys, comics, and
statues has aggressively expanded from his den to encroach on several
of rooms in their home, and is likely to overtake the kitchen sometime
in the spring.
- 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.
- 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 online, convention 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 Addison, IL. Toynk also has a warehouse in Adelaide, Australia.
retailer judges include Dylan Battles (Entertainment Earth) Steve Anne (Walgreens), Kenny Penmen
(Forbidden Planet), Adam
Stinson (Capstone Comics), Kevin (Past Generation Toys), Michael Richards (Razor's Edge), and KG Hobby.
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.
- 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!).
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.
- Monte Williams
has photographed action figures in Northern California, in and atop the
Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls, Idaho, at Stonehenge and Windsor
Castle, along the shores of the uninhabited Dahret Island on the Red
Sea, in Istanbul, in Asmara, Eritrea and, most recently, in Lahore,
Pakistan. His photostream
will change your life.
- Eamon O’Donoghue
is a freelance illustrator and designer which includes toy design and
packaging. He is mostly recognised by his fantasy and science fiction
book covers for the worlds top publishers and last but not least his
luscious pinup art which has gained him some notoriety in some corners
of pop culture fandom! Since the original Masters of the Universe at
aged eight, Eamon hasn’t really stopped collecting and his passion for
action figures doesn’t seem to be slowing down with his extensive
collection of Hot Toys and Masters of the Universe Classics and hosting
- 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 had to sell off several of them to take care of adult
responsibilities. Now, that he has taken care of those he has slowly
rebuilt his Middle-earth collection. Thanks to the great products from
Sideshow, Weta, The Bridge Direct, and Gentle Giant he has a collection
he can truly drool over.
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". Through his countless reviews he covers much of the
comings and goings dealing with Middle-Earth related collectibles.
- Travis Getz
has been a toy and model enthusiast since before he was born. He
currently serves as the authenticity coordinator for the Tom Clancy
video games and runs several side businesses, including
SquadronStore.com (aerospace and military support art) and Getz
Solutions (design and consulting - occasionally on licensing deals in
the military arena for a certain toy company).
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.
- Curtis - A young
LEGO/Gentle Giant collector who anxiously awaits growing up and being
able to actually afford the stuff he buys.
- John Morey aka
"Ridureyu" is a writer and editor who has been collecting toys
ever since 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 mostly collects
obscure or small-scale toys, but enjoys just about anything.
currently writes Life In Plastic, a regular toy-collecting column at Nerditis.
- Brian Ashmore
is an illustrator and avid toy geek. Brian has produced
illustrations for many companies including Marvel and DC
His "toy heart" is firmly planted in the nostalgic past with the toys
of his childhood (Megos, Evel Knievel, Kenner Star Wars, Six Million
Dollar Man) but he continues to collect many pieces from modern toy
lines, as well. He is still struggling with the idea that a
Batman or Star Wars action figure can cost over $200. Check out his
work at his website here!
- Eric Stettmeier has
been collecting toys since day one. Inspired by his father's die-cast
car collection, Eric began with Little People and Weebles, moved into
Star Wars, Masters of the Universe, GoBots Transformers, Batman, Lego,
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and all sorts of toys above, below and
inbetween. Eric has been blogging about his toys since 2007 at his blog
and lives with his
family in California, where the year-round Flea Market and Yard sale
weather allows for some excellent toy scores!
- Adrian Faulkner
is former Editor-In-Chief and owner of Action-Figure. He has
written for ToyFare, Memorabilia Magazine and Action Figure &
Collector. His debut Urban Fantasy novel, The Four Realms,
published in 2012 by Anarchy Books. Adrian lives in
England and in his spare time is one of the country's leading
geocachers. You can find out more details at http://www.adrianfaulkner.com
Collector Judges include John Bonavita, Jim
Beard, Markwin Chuah (OneSixthRepublic), Tyler Cvetan (Collection Stash), Crystal Bam Fontan, J Hernandez, Greg
Karukas, Roberto Cucci, Will Ripamonti, Nathan Dewitt, and Mike
you have the 159 judges for 2014! I'll be looking to expand
this group of judges in 2015, so if you or a colleague are interested,
please drop me an email.