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.

Read other articles by Daniel Pickett.

 

December 12, 2017
The world of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has a long history of fun crossovers dating back to the original Mirage comic book in the ’80s.   Playmates Toys has also had great success in their decades with the license having the toy line cross over into other licenses as well. When it comes to Teenage…

 

December 11, 2017
 LAST DAY! Each day, for the first 12 days of December, you can get a new exclusive on Funko’s Shop store. Whether you’re buying gifts for others or looking for items to add to your own wish list, find it all here!    A new, exclusive deal each day for the first 12 days of…

 

December 11, 2017
Playmates Toys, the master toy licensee for DreamWorks Animation’s Voltron: Legendary Defender, which is now streaming on Netflix, has shared with us information on an exciting addition to the awesome toy line that will be hitting shelves at all major retailers in January of 2018 (or slightly sooner if you are lucky) – the Voltron…

 

December 11, 2017
In this installment of AquaMonday we take a look at Cryptozoic’s recently announced blind-boxed DC Pumps line of miniature character shoes. Specifically we are looking at the Mera shoe from wave 1.   Some of you will have heard me raving about these before on the Legion of Dans podcast.  Now the first wave is…

 

December 8, 2017
Vinyl Figures of Miniature High-Heeled Shoes Are Inspired by DC’s Iconic Female Super Heroes and Super-Villains (Editor’s Note – Look for an AquaMonday Feature on the Mera DC Pump this coming Monday on AFi!) Lake Forest, CA – December 8, 2017 – Cryptozoic Entertainment, leading creator of board games, trading cards, and collectibles, and Warner…

 

December 4, 2017
Mythic Legions fans have been asking us to re-release some of the favorite characters from past waves and your chance is almost here to help us decide which characters will be going up for pre-order next! Beginning this Monday, December 4th – at 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time, US – we’re going to launch a voting poll…

 

December 1, 2017
Our friends over at Super 7 sent over some reveal images for their new ReAction Figures that are coming out next week.   Check out the new goodness below: Hitchcock and Nosferatu: The Master of Suspense (Alfred Hitchcock) and the doomed Count Orlok (Nosferatu) emerge from the mists of horror films past to walk among us…

 

November 29, 2017
Discover a place where music is on the menu! Drop in at the LEGO® Creator Expert 10260 Downtown Diner, where you’ll discover a healthy portion of fun and surprises. This impressive model features removable building sections for easy access to the detailed interior, which comprises a ground-level 1950s-style diner with a large curved front window,…

 

November 22, 2017
Since his appearance in Batman #1, the Clown Prince Of Crime has been considered not only Batman’s most lethal foe, but one of the greatest villain archetypes of all time. The MDX Joker Figure features five uniquely expressive head portraits, including one with a sculpted hat. He is regally decked out in a newly tailored thee-piece pinstripe…

 

November 22, 2017
Skip the lines and order online from Entertainment Earth! This Black Friday Doorbusters Sale is full of awesome action figures, toys, and collectibles for your holiday list. And best of all, in-stock items ship free in the U.S.! Start your holiday shopping now, and save big while supplies last.   Star Wars The Black Series…

 

November 22, 2017
  The first Marvel Studios film of 2018 will take us deeper into the world of Wakanda, and Diamond Select Toys is getting ready to sink their claws into the amazing costumes and characters of Marvel’s Black Panther! New Marvel Minimates, Marvel Gallery PVC dioramas and a new Marvel Select action figure are all on…

 

November 20, 2017
Here are the latest and greatest solicitations from the good people at DC Collectibles.  These products will appear and be available to pre-order in the next issue of Diamond’s Previews at your local comic book shop.    The products announced in this solicitation will be arriving in stores July 2018. It looks like this month will be…

 

November 17, 2017
Do you know any builder who would love giving or receiving some awesome construction toys during the Holidays? Show our friends at Mega why your builder is most deserving and you might just win! To enter, simply post an original photo and tell them in the caption WHY they love giving/receiving construction toys during the…

 

November 15, 2017
An exciting new line of Star Wars collectibles were revealed today on StarWars.com – MICRO FORCE! Micro Force is a line of squishable and easily collectible micro figures. Fan-favorite characters include Rey, Finn, Darth Vader, Yoda, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and so many more. STAR WARS MICRO FORCE Blind Bags Assortment (Ages 4 years & up/Approx….

 

November 14, 2017
NEW Transformers vs GI Joe Collectibles Available Now at Kidrobot.com Kidrobot has teamed up with toy giant Hasbro for a an all-new collection of Transformers vs. G.I. Joe toys, art figures and collectibles based off the John Barber & Tom Scioli critically acclaimed comic book that has gained an international cult-following! Transformers vs GI Joe Megatron…

 

November 13, 2017
Action Figure: Mortal Kombat The popular video game franchise Mortal Kombat is the latest to join Funko Action Figures! These fully articulated figures stand roughly 5 ½ inches tall, many of which hold deadly weapon accessories! The series includes Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden, Kitana, and Liu Kang! Collect them all this winter!     Coming in…

 

November 3, 2017
Today the Toy Industry Association announce the nominees for all 14 categories the 2018 Toy Of The Year Awards.   This year is the SECOND year they have included an Action Figure of the Year category and the second year we here at AFi have the honor of helping them with the reveal announcement of that…

 

November 1, 2017
Second-Ever HASCON FANmily Event Scheduled for Sept. 6 – 8, 2019 in Providence, R.I.   PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) today announced that it will host its second-ever HASCON event Sept. 6 – 8, 2019, in Providence, R.I. at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Hasbro hosted its inaugural HASCON event…

 

October 30, 2017
We have some exciting news to share from the MCM London Comic Con this past weekend! This is not a show that Hasbro typically attends, much less reveals anything at, so these were a pleasant surprise. During their panel, Hasbro revealed two new Star Wars and Marvel figures that will be available in Spring 2018….

 

October 27, 2017
Hasbro has a booth at this year’s MCM London Comic Con this weekend and they have a few new items revealed at their booth.  Hasbro was kind enough to send along some pictures of these new reveals so that we can all enjoy them! The new figures include Marvel Legends Black Panther 6-inch w/ Oyoke…

 

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