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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September 25, 2017
Collectors Rejoice Because Toys”R”Us Is Heading to This Year’s Show With Must-Have Products and a First-Look at Its New Fan Vault Collector Shop WAYNE, N.J., Sept. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time, Toys”R”Us® is heading to New York Comic Con along with a slate of must-have products ONLY available at Toys”R”Us. Attendees and online…

 

September 22, 2017
Featuring an all black outfit with a gold tone belt, this Batman Day Exclusive The One:12 Collective Batman-Ascending Knight  is only available through MezcoToyz.com and limited to a 1939 piece production run, which happens to be the year he debuted. The One:12 Collective celebrates Batman Day 2017 with am exclusive Limited Edition Ascending Knight  Black Variant. This…

 

September 21, 2017
Hasbro Inc. recently revealed Volcanicus, a brand new Dinobot Combiner that is making its debut appearance today in TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS, the award-winning combat strategy mobile game available for free from Backflip Studios and Space Ape Games on the App Store and Google Play. Volcanicus and the Predacon Combiner, Predaking, are part of TRANSFORMERS: EARTH…

 

September 18, 2017
Files Voluntary Chapter 11 Petitions in U.S. and Intends to Seek Protection under CCAA in Canada;  Operations Outside U.S. and Canada Not Included in Proceedings Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us Stores and Web Stores across the World are Open and Continuing to Provide World-Class Experiences for Customers Restructuring Process Expected to Enhance Financial Flexibility for Investments in…

 

September 18, 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 May 2018. It looks like this month will be…

 

September 14, 2017
 BOB’S BURGERS Cooks up Special Cause Campaign and Mouth-Watering Merchandise Ahead of its Season Premiere, Sunday, October 1 on FOX   BoxLunch Releases an Exclusive Bob’s Burgers Funko Pop! In Partnership with Feeding America® to help provide meals to people in need   Los Angeles, CA (September 12, 2017) – In celebration of the upcoming September…

 

September 13, 2017
  Over the weekend Hasbro Inc. revealed at HASCON a new Dinobot Combiner character, Volcanicus. This new character will make his debut appearance on September 21 in TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS, the award-winning combat strategy mobile game available for free from Backflip Studios and Space Ape Games on the App Store and Google Play. Coming in…

 

September 7, 2017
By now everyone should have seen the regular 6″ DC Multiverse Justice League movie figures in stores: There are 6 figures/characters in the main line and if you buy them all you can “Collect and Connect” the parts to build Steppenworlf, the main villain of the upcoming film. While several of the store exclusive figures…

 

September 6, 2017
If you missed out on the orignal Kickstarter for the amazing “Toys that Time Forgot” book, if you’ve been pining over all of the pictures on social media of all of us who have the book in-hand now, you have one more chance to get a copy for yourself!    Blake has posted on the TTTF…

 

September 5, 2017
KAPOW! For the first time ever, the Imaginext team is heading to New York Comic Con with an action-packed show exclusive that brand fans and Batman lovers alike will not want to miss. This October, Imaginext is bringing Batman fanatics into the world of Gotham City with a limited-edition version of their DC Super Friends™…

 

September 1, 2017
Earlier today the team at Lego announced an assortment of LEGO® Star Wars™ products based on the upcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi – all of which will be on sale beginning tomorrow, Force Friday (Sept. 1)! The lineup includes seven construction sets (including new characters, minifigures and vehicles making their first appearance in…

 

September 1, 2017
JAKKS Pacific‘s BIG-FIGS™ action figures are the gold standard in action figure play. BIG-FIGS™ large scale action figures provide everyday play, collectability, and value! With figures ranging in size from 18-inches to 48.5-inches, BIG-FIGS™ action figures allow kids to build their action figure world.  20-inch BIG-FIGS™ action figures offer the widest assortment of characters, across…

 

August 31, 2017
Entertainment Earth’s Force Friday Sale is LIVE!  Click here to be taken to all the new items for sale!   Plus there are 2 characters to unlock as part of the Find The Force App!

 

August 31, 2017
AFI reader Andre L. was was kind enough to share some pictures with us today from Mall of Asia, Pasay City Philippines. The store opened up at midnight local time and here’s some of what was available!  

 

August 25, 2017
#FindTheForce with the Star Wars Augmented Reality App by Unlocking Exclusive Walmart Content in Stores BENTONVILLE, Ark.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Walmart is your only hope to #BeJediReady for the release of December’s highly anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd. In addition to new and exclusive Star Wars merchandise available at 12:01 a.m. Friday,…

 

August 24, 2017
Fans to reveal a new Star Wars: The Last Jedi character via social media New product line for Star Wars: The Last Jedi launches globally at 12:01 AM September 1 More than 20,000 retail locations worldwide will become home to augmented reality Star Wars characters from September 1-3 GLENDALE, Calif. (August 24, 2017) –  Following…

 

August 21, 2017
This weekend our friends at Funko had a massive event to kick off the Grand Opening to their new retail store, located on the bottom floor of their new head-quarters in Everett, Wa.   They blocked off 4 city blocks and had food trucks, face painting, celebrity guests, signings and for those lucky enough to get…

 

August 14, 2017
Today’s AquaMonday is an unusual one. We take a look at the dissected vinyl Aquaman XX-ray figure from Mighty Jaxx Justice League of America line.  If you aren’t familiar with Mighty Jaxx make sure you check out their website.  They are doing some really phenomenal vinyl items and some cool licensed stuff as well!  In…

 

August 10, 2017
This morning Hasbro sent us more official images of the HASCON exclusive Marvel Legends 6-Inch Uncanny X-Force Deadpool Figure.   This unique event will bring Hasbro’s most iconic brands to life like never before, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY and G.I. JOE and exceptional partner brands such as BEYBLADE,…

 

August 9, 2017
This morning our friends at EntertainmentEarth.com added a few new Star Wars items to their website that I wasn’t sure that we were going to get here in the US. It does not appear that they are available anywhere else as of this writing.  These are great items and are limited in production so if…

 

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