AFI v2.0 Hits the Stands!
October 14, 2006

It’s been over a year and a half since our inital launch in April 2005, and now Action Figure Insider is finally becoming the site we always envisioned it to be!

All of our content has been consolidated into the Features sections, our news page is now streamlined and automated (letting us update easier and more often) and we’ve added that cutting edge technology of today: Blogs! We’re very happy to have some old faces on board such as Jason "JJJason" Chirevas, Ryan "The Superfly" Prast, and Jeff Cope along with all new collaboraters such as long time forum denizen Peter Fries. And old stalwarts Darren "Dare" Chia, Mike "SDcomics" Walker, Superfriend, and General Zod will still be helping out from time to time.

We hope you like the changes as much as we do, and that you’ll check back over the next couple of weeks to see all upcoming surprises that we have in store for you. Here’s to another fruitful "year and a half" and beyond!

– Daniel "Julius Marx" Pickett & Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer

Daniel Pickett
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 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,,, Boing-Boing,, 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.
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