Fueled by a fierce nostalgia, four fellas come together to chat about their toy-centric childhoods and mutual love of the little plastic people. Firmly committed to the idea that adult life is best spent recapturing the magic of youth, this podcast is dedicated to fun conversations about how the toys we played with shaped who we are today and are influencing the wider world of pop-culture. Our banter is light-hearted, upbeat, and very nerdy. Oh, and we all happen to be named “Dan”. Welcome to The Legion of Dans podcast!

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Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life.  In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
My childhood was defined by the toys I played with. Being four years old in the Spring of ’77, I was very much transported to that galaxy far, far away. Star Wars figures transitioned to G.I. Joe figures, then He-Man figures, with lots of other good stuff in between. What’s left of my childhood collection has been reinforced over the last 15 years with thousands of companions. Too much of my free time is spent keeping up with the latest in this subset of geek culture. I have been contributing to action figure collecting forums for a decade, and for the last few years have been a moderator and blogger at a popular genre website. I began to photograph my action figures  as a “grown up” way to play with my toys. Although this has always been just a personal creative outlet, others enthusiasts began to respond to my images in a positive way. To observe the smiles that spontaneously appear on people’s faces as they interact with my photos brings me tremendous joy. Through my photographs I endeavor to bring action figures to life, mimicking the magical way toys are seen through the eyes of a child. Using subtle variations in pose and juxtaposition, I try to capture the unique personalities of these beloved playthings. Whether an enthusiast or not allow my photographs to bring you back to that special time when action figures were more than mere toys.
Daniel “NoisyDvL5” Lynch doesn’t know why he’s here. In 2009, he submitted a custom to a contest on ActionFigureInsider.com and there was this little box that said “website”, so he made www.ItsAllTrue.netand put a couple action figure reviews on it. Then people started coming to the site and have kept coming since. He’s not sure why, but they won’t stop and so he persists. Nowadays, folks ask him to judge figure contests, join special toy groups, and do toy podcasts with weird concepts, so he just carries on as best he can. Luckily for him, Daniel just happens to love toys and collecting which has helped him to build a vast collection of toy knowledge, and not to mention piles of plastic, over the last thirty years. He hopes that someday he’ll finally figure out how he got here… and how to clean out his garage.
Growing up in the 1980’s and 1990’s, “Pixel Dan” enjoyed popular toys such as He-Man, TMNT, Voltron, and X-Men as well as the more obscure toys such as Food Fighters and Rock Lords. His love of toys has followed him into his adult life where he continues to collect toys both new and old. Dan is well known for his charismatic video reviews where he shares his enthusiasm for the collecting hobby with the world.

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