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 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 MSNBC.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.
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May 26, 2017
Deal Also Includes Classic Star Trek Series Tempe, Ariz., Stardate – May 22, 2017 –McFarlane Toys has signed a toy license deal with CBS Consumer Products to create figures, role play weapons and accessories for the new Star Trek: Discovery television series. In addition, McFarlane Toys will also create merchandise from the entire Star Trek…

 

May 25, 2017
Hasbro sent us a mystery box for the actual 40th Anniversary of Star Wars.   Check out what’s inside and then snap some pictures of your action figures and post them with the hashtag #HasbroToyPic Star Wars: A New Hope opened in theaters 40 years ago on May 25, 1977, leading to decades of Hasbro Star…

 

May 25, 2017
WE’VE GOT MERCHANDISE SIGN! THE FIRST OF MANY EXCITING NEW MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 CONSUMER PRODUCTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! Los Angeles, CA – Following its record-breaking #BringBackMST3K Kickstarter campaign, a new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) launched on April 14, 2017, as a Netflix Original Series. The critically acclaimed show has earned a…

 

May 24, 2017
And so, it begins! With the new SHOWTIME® limited event series that premiered this past Sunday (May 21, 2017), Entertainment Earth announces its first 2017 San Diego Comic-Con Convention Exclusive – the Welcome to TWIN PEAKS Sign Monitor Mate Bobble. TWIN PEAKS® debuted in 1990 and, in retrospect, is a harbinger of the Golden Age…

 

May 24, 2017
Elf is a modern day holiday classic and it’s been criminally under-merchandised!  Diamond Select Toys is correcting that oversight with the new Elf Minimates Boxed set featuring the first ever Santa Clause minimate as well as the first EVER toy of Bob Newheart!   That alone should sell you on this delightful set!!   Elf Movie…

 

May 22, 2017
Designer super hero toys — meet street art. Announced over the weekend via an exclusive reveal at designer toy and comic convention, Five Points Festival, DC Collectibles is teaming up with some of the most talented independent artists in the industry to launch the new line, DC Artist Alley. Inspired by the popular comic convention…

 

May 22, 2017
  Brand Logo to Debut in Theaters on The Mummy with All-New Musical Theme Composed by Four-Time Academy Award® Nominee Danny Elfman Oscar® Winner Bill Condon Confirmed as Director of Bride of Frankenstein, the Next Dark Universe Film, to be Released in February 2019   Dark Universe Reshapes Enduring Cinematic Characters for Today’s Audiences     Universal…

 

May 19, 2017
Tempe, AZ and Hollywood, CA – May 19, 2017 –The Jim Henson Company has partnered with McFarlane Toys, which will harken back to its roots of “Movie Maniacs” to create figures of classic characters from two of Henson’s most well-known features Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. Directed by visionary Jim Henson and executive produced by…

 

May 18, 2017
MARVEL SDCC EXCLUSIVE 2017 MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES BATTLE FOR ASGARD 5-PACK (Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $99.99/ Available at Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego) Recreate legendary battles between the Nine Realms with the MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES BATTLE FOR ASGARD 5-PACK! This mighty set comes in premium packaging with original artwork…

 

May 18, 2017
Experience the Mountain Cave!   Build and experience the Mountain Cave, featuring an amazing minecart track with an integrated redstone‑powered minecart elevator, and an array of other features and functions, including TNT blasting, rotating spider‑spawner, charged Creeper™ explosion and a lava burst. Position the light brick to illuminate the rotating spider-spawner, wall of redstone, jack…

 

May 17, 2017
Dr.Stephen Strange, MD was once a prominent but egotistical surgeon. Following a tragic automobile accident, he searched the world for a way to heal his badly damaged hands. After becoming a student of the Ancient One, Strange not only mastered the martial arts but the mystical arts as well. He now serves as Sorcerer Supreme and from his…

 

May 16, 2017
My friend Philip Reed is finishing up his 9th self published book about toys, and it’s live now on Kickstarter.  The best news it that it’s already fully funded so there’s no nailbiting on whether it will happen or not.   You have 14 more days to head over to the Kickstarter campaign and reserve your…

 

May 16, 2017
Hasbro revealed the Marvel Legends Series 12-Inch Daredevil SDCC Exclusive today! The SDCC Exclusive features impressive detailing, 30 points of articulation, premium packaging with original artwork by Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada, and more. MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 12-INCH DAREDEVIL Figure (Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $59.99/ Available at Booth #3329 at Comic-Con…

 

May 15, 2017
Diamond Announces 2017 San Diego Comic-Con PREVIEWS Exclusives (BALTIMORE, MD) – (May 15, 2017) – Diamond Comic Distributors is offering over 20 extremely limited PREVIEWS exclusives for this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego (July 19-23). The list includes variants of several popular Marvel titles, including Secret Empire, Star Wars, and All-New Guardians of the Galaxy,…

 

May 15, 2017
  Gear up like a Mandalorian warrior with the NERF RIVAL STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT APOLLO XV-700 blaster and face mask set! This special edition blaster and mask set features distinct Mandalorian decoration and comes with a fabric Mandalorian insignia patch. Experience intense, head-to-head competition with the precision and power of the NERF RIVAL APOLLO XV-700…

 

May 12, 2017
Los Angeles, CA. (May 7, 2017)  – Fresh Monkey Fiction is proud to announce another Kickstarter campaign for their retro-inspired action figure line Amazing Heroes. “Thanks to over 300 devoted backers, we funded Amazing Heroes Wave 1 on Kickstarter back in late 2015,” Bill Murphy of Fresh Monkey Fiction says. “We’re super excited to see…

 

May 9, 2017
Action Figures: DC Heroes These fully poseable action figures feature nine points of articulation and are 3.75” tall! This series features classic Batman, Catwoman, Batgirl, King Tut, Mr. Freeze and Bookworm! Look for the Mr. Freeze chase – A 1-in-6 rarity! They are perfect for your collection! Coming this Summer! Coming in June! Learn more…

 

May 6, 2017
Director James Wan and star Jason Momoa dive into the Super Hero’s first-ever solo feature, along with cast mates Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman and more BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “Aquaman,” helmed by James Wan (“The Conjuring” films, “Furious 7”). Jason Momoa stars in…

 

May 4, 2017
Finding wave 1 of Hasbro’s new, vintage-inspired “original 12″ Star Wars Black Series 6” figures has been a bit more difficult than many of us anticipated.   With that in mind, EntertainmentEarth.com has now put wave 2 up for pre-order if you would like to save yourself some frustrations on completing that wave.  They will just…

 

May 4, 2017
Amazon.com has set up a special page to celebrate Star Wars Day 2017 pulling together great deals on toys, video games, apparel and much more!    Click on the image below to be taken to the Star Wars Day 2017 page!

 

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