AFI's 4th Anniversary Extravaganza DAY ONE!
April 14, 2009


Four years ago this week Jason and I launched Action Figure Insider.  We started off small, and behind the scenes the site was held together with chicken wire and a lot of prayer, but with the help of some amazing and talented people.. friends, we’ve grown AFi into something really cool that we are all really proud of.

And much like our humble beginings we’re going to start off our 4th  Anniversary Extravaganza/4th annual Scoop Week small as well.  Small on an atomic level, namly The Atom.

There have been a lot of questions about Mattel’s DC Universe Classics Atom mini figure that is shipping in DCUC Wave 8 with the Gentlemen Ghost figure.  How big is it?  Is it articulated? Is it the original figure shrunk down?  Will it be on a base? Will it be the Ray Palmer costume?

So far we’ve only seen the 2-up of the original Wave 5 figures in the NYCC 09 presentation as a place holder image and a very small picture of his head and shoulders peeking out from behind the chip insert on a carded sample that showed up on Ebay last week, but our friends at Mattel have now sent us turn-arounds of the figure so we can get a better idea of what we are getting. 

DCUC Mini Atom Front DCUC Mini Atom SideDCUC Mini Atom Back

Check back each day this week for exclusive reveals, news, blogs and features as our 4th Anniversary rolls on!

Thanks to Matty and Toy Guru for the images!

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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