Sam the Eagle, Rizzo the Rat and Darth Vader!

In store now at @CollectDST: Sam the eagle, Rizzo the rat and Darth Vader!

It’s Wednesday, and that means New Toys Day! That’s right, new toys are hitting comic stores and specialty stores across North America, and two of the coolest are from Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant LTD! The new Muppets Action Figure Two-Pack is available now, as is the all-new Star Wars 12-inch Jumbo Figure! Read on for details, then find a store at, or order online at and!

The Muppets Sam the Eagle and Rizzo the Rat Deluxe Action Figure Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s the American way! The next Muppets action figure has arrived, and it’s (American) Sam the Eagle! Plus, as a bonus, you get Rizzo the Rat! These 7-inch scale action figures stand 5 inches and 3 inches respectively, and each features multiple points of articulation. Accessories include a podium. Together they are packed in a full color window box. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item #AUG212424, MSRP: $29.99)

Star Wars Concept Darth Vader 12″ Jumbo Figure

A version of Gentle Giant Ltd. ! The all-new Star Wars Jumbo Action Figure harkens back to the early days of Star Wars! Based on concept art of Darth Vader, this new 12-inch figure features an all-new concept-inspired head sculpt, new blue and black paint scheme, vinyl cape, and retractable lightsaber! It comes packaged in a resealable retro-style blister card, so you can hang it on your wall or take it out and play with it! Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue and sculpted by Gentle Giant Ltd. ! (Item #MAY212116, MSRP: $80.00)

Daniel Pickett

AFi’s founder and editor, Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett, has been surrounded by toys his entire life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Superhero line in the 70s. He’s been surrounded by collectibles ever since. In 1999 he was baffled by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite lines of toys he collected. Since he couldn’t find the information, he decided to search for it himself, thinking that other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and an action figure for a toy news site and within a year he tripled the site’s daily traffic with his updates, reviews and features. of products. He has established relationships with all the major toy manufacturers and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He has turned his hobby into a global expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they started their own website Daniel has been quoted both in the industry and in the mass media. Over the years, Daniel and AFi have been sought after as experts in the field. Daniel has been featured regularly on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 Network as a top contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our homepage has been linked to USA’s “Pop Candy” blog twice. Today. Daniel’s content has also been featured on Bloomberg News,,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo .com, Ain’t It Cool News, the official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet, and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But it all sounds really cocky and ‘tootin’ his own horn’ – basically it’s that Daniel loves toys and LOVES talking about them.

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