Action Figure Insider »Toys for Tots Christmas 2021 Campaign Launch

October 1, 2021 marks the official kick-off of the Toys for Tots 2021 holiday campaign that runs until Christmas. U.S. Marines and volunteers will lead 830 local toy collection and distribution campaigns in all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Who: US Marines and over 35,000 volunteers, millions of local supporters, hundreds of Toys for Tots partner companies

What: Marines and volunteers engaging with local businesses, media and individuals within their communities by collecting new unwrapped toys and distributing these gifts to less fortunate children, allowing them to experience the joy of Christmas

When: October 1, 2021 – December 25, 2021

Or: Toys for Tots runs 830 local campaigns in communities across the United States. Find a local TFT campaign near you by visiting our website at

Why: An estimated 15 million children live in poverty. The mission of Marine Toys for Tots is to bring the joy of Christmas to less fortunate children with the aim of delivering a message of hope that will inspire young people to become responsible, productive and patriotic citizens. The objectives are to have a positive impact on the development of children, to create or restore self-esteem and to bring together all the elements of the communities around a common cause for three

Daniel pickett

Afi founder and editor Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his entire life. The first line he ever collected was the Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line in the 1970s. He has been surrounded by collectibles ever since. In 1999, he was baffled by the lack of information and news on some of his favorite toy lines he collected. Since he couldn’t find the information, he decided to sue himself, thinking that other people might be interested in the same news as well. He started writing a weekly toy industry column and an action figure for a toy news site and within a few years he tripled the site’s daily traffic with his updates, reviews and its product characteristics. He has established relationships with all the major toy makers and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He turned his hobby into a global expertise that the industry adopted. In 2004, he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted both in industry and in the mass media. Over the years, Daniel and AFi have been called upon as experts in the field. Daniel has been featured regularly on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 Network as the main contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our homepage has been linked twice to the USA’s “Pop Candy” blog. 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 blog for Star Wars, Geekology, G4, CNet, and Toy Fare magazine, among others. He has been a consultant on toy lines, books, documentaries and television shows. But it all sounds really arrogant and “his own horn” – basically, Daniel loves toys and he LOVES to talk about them.

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