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.

 

October 24, 2017
Entertainment Earth is announcing 7 yes, seven! new Pop! Vinyl exclusives!  Talk about your “Justice League Dark!”  Entertainment Earth announced today their 7 new glow-in-the-dark, DC Super Hero, Justice League exclusive POP Vinyl figures, which are available right now on their website.  These new POP figure, based on the classic Justice League from the comic…

 

October 20, 2017
The time has finally come for 1:12 (6 inch) Super Articulated Blanks!  Cryptid Toys has launched a campaign that is on Kickstarter now! Each action figure has all the standard points of articulation that collectors have come to expect in addition to interchangeable parts.  These figures are in scale with Marvel Legends, DC Universe Classics, DC Multiverse, and many other…

 

October 17, 2017
POP CULTURE ICONS ADAM WEST & WILLIAM SHATNER UNITE TO VOICE THE TITLE CHARACTERS FOR  AN ALL-NEW, ACTION-PACKED, ANIMATED FILM,  WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT’S Batman VS. TWO-FACE   COMING OCTOBER 10, 2017 TO DIGITAL AND OCTOBER 17, 2017 TO BLu-Ray TM COMBO PACK & DVD   BURBANK, CA (AUGUST 14, 2017) – Warner Bros. Animation…

 

October 16, 2017
New Action Figure Line Features Iconic Batman Designs from Award-Winning Artists Jim Lee, Greg Capullo and More   Exciting Summer Lineup Includes ‘DC Artists Alley’ Variants, ‘Dark Nights: Metal’ Statue and Life-Size Joker Cane   DC Collectibles is gearing up for a fun-filled June 2018 stocked with enough new statues, action figures and collectibles to…

 

October 12, 2017
  MEGA™  has been taking the store shelves, as well as collector’s shelves, by storm with their licensed construction sets geared toward kids aged 8+ and collectors, recently rebranded as Mega Construx™.  While some consider the brand’s early offerings to be just another brand of construction toys, the MEGA™ team has been pushing the envelope…

 

October 11, 2017
Action Figure: Disney Afternoon Our latest Action Figures now feature some characters from The Disney Afternoon Collection! These fully articulated figures stand roughly 3 ¾ inches tall and most are featured with accessories! This series includes the terror that flaps in the night, Darkwing Duck! The richest duck in the world,  Scrooge McDuck and the…

 

October 9, 2017
Watch the new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and see it in theaters December 15. Get your tickets now: http://www.fandango.com/lastjedi Visit Star Wars at http://www.starwars.com Subscribe to Star Wars on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/starwars Like Star Wars on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/starwars Follow Star Wars on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/starwars Follow Star Wars on Instagram at…

 

October 8, 2017
Hasbro took NYCC 2017 by storm announcing several new 3.75″ Star Wars figures in their The Last Jedi line as well as some new fan favorites coming to the 6″ Star Wars The Black Series line.   These items should be arriving on shelves in 2018. 3.75″ Figures – C’Ai Threnalli Maz Kanata (single carded figure)…

 

October 8, 2017
BLUEFIN LAUNCHES WEBSITE OFFERING NORTH AMERICAN COLLECTORS DIRECT BUY ACCESS TO SPECIAL PRODUCTS FROM BANDAI, BANDAI HOBBY, STORM COLLECTIBLES AND MORE Collectors And Pop Culture Fans Invited To Celebrate The Launch Of New Web Destination And Take Advantage Of 10% Off and FREE Domestic Shipping Offers Using Promo Code “10PR0”   Anaheim, CA, October 5,…

 

October 7, 2017
New York Comic Con 2017 is mid-way through, and the news and reveals are coming fast and furious.   This weekend Hasbro has revealed six new 6″ Marvel Legends figures from a vartiety of upcoming 2018 ML waves.   See below for the news: Gladiator: Mr. Fantastic (rumored to be a Walgreens exclusive) Multiple Man (Jim Lee…

 

October 5, 2017
Not going to NYCC this year, but still want some of those sweet, sweet Funko exclusives?  Not to worry because this year the team at BoxLunch has picked up three shared Funko Pops that will only be available at NYCC and BoxLunch!   And remember, for every $10 spent in-store or online, BoxLunch will help…

 

October 2, 2017
Fan-Demanded Favorites and XL Edition Starships Will Be on Display (October 2, 2017 – New York, NY) – Eaglemoss Collections is winging its way into Booth #1520 at New York Comic Con with a host of exclusives and never-before-seen starships that’ll have generations of Star Trek™ fans beaming. In fact, it was overwhelming fan demand…

 

October 2, 2017
Masters of the Universe New 7″ Classics Figures Pre-Order Opens on Monday, October 2nd The Masters of the Universe Classics line continues with the next wave of Super7’s Masters of the Universe Collector’s Choice and Club Grayskull figures! The new assortment of 8 heroes and villains are sculpted once again by the fantastic Four Horsemen. Details About The…

 

October 2, 2017
The NYCC exclusive will be the first ever LEGO® BrickHeadz featuring characters from Star Wars™ – double pack of Boba Fett™ & Han Solo™ in Carbonite. A few product details on the brand-new set: Pieces: 329 Price: $40 This product is an New York Comic-Con retail exclusive, available only at the LEGO Group’s mobile experience…

 

September 26, 2017
Dare to enter The Joker™ Manor! Help Batman™, Barbara Gordon, Alfred Pennyworth™ (in his classic Batsuit) and Nightwing™ regain control of the jokerized Wayne Manor with this massive THE LEGO® BATMAN MOVIE set. The Joker™ Manor is packed with iconic details from the movie and cool functions, including a rollercoaster encircling the whole building, a…

 

September 26, 2017
  As New York Comic Con approaches, Skybound is excited to share our Comic Con exclusives – The Walking Dead Ezekiel & Shiva Action Figure 2-Pack and Beta Action Figure, SAGA– Hazel & Izabel Action Figure 2-Pack, and variant cover for Extremity #7. TWD Ezekiel & Shiva Action Figure 2-Pack (Color and Bloody Versions) -$50…

 

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…

 

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