(BALTIMORE, MD) — (April 19, 2023) — Diamond Comic Distributors and Funko have partnered on a new series of PREVIEWS Exclusive Pop! figures and comic covers, recreating the landmark battle that ushered in a new era for the mutants in 1991’s X-Men #1 by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee. The first Pop! figure in the series is a faithful recreation of Wolverine.
Featuring an all-star line-up, Marvel’s milestone X-Men #1 sold a record-breaking 8 million copies. Now, the milestone event comes to life as Funko celebrates 60 years of Marvel’s X-Men with this limited-edition PREVIEWS Exclusive Pop! comic cover featuring artwork from Jim Lee’s iconic gatefold cover of X-Men #1. This exclusive display piece also includes a 3 3/4″ tall Pop! figure of Wolverine with a classic comic deco design. The hard display case measures approximately 11″ tall, 7″ wide, and 3.5″ deep. The display case does not open and figure is not removable.
This PREVIEWS Exclusive display is the first of four pieces comprising the legendary gatefold illustration by Jim Lee. Diamond and Funko will be collaborating on three more Pop! comic covers to complete and commemorate this incredible chapter of Marvel history.
ThePREVIEWS Exclusive Pop! Comic Cover X-Men Wolverine vinyl figure (JUN229108; $29.99) is available for pre-order now at comic shops and through PREVIEWSworld PullBox, with an expected release date of May 31, 2023. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com.
Retailers interested in placing wholesale orders for this item and other PREVIEWS Exclusive items are encouraged to place their orders online. Business owners interested in opening an account should contact Diamond Comic Distributors’ New Accounts Department at [email protected].
ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD) — Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture. Based in Hunt Valley, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels, and related pop-culture merchandise, serving thousands of retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com.
AFi founder and Editor-In-Chief Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since.
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. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features.
He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced.
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. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s
“Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on Bloomberg News, MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com
Wired.com, Fark.com, 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 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.