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.

 

July 31, 2017
This week on AquaMonday we take a look at the new Jada Toys Nano Metals Aquaman figure that is part of their larger line of Nano scale figures that includes properties like: Marvel, Harry Potter and Disney/Pixar. These are in stores now and available as 10-packs, 5-packs and single carded figures.       MARVEL…

 

July 30, 2017
Hasbro’s SDCC 2017 panel was a little later in the con than usual.   This year it fell on Saturday Night at 5pm.   That left Hasbro in a bit of a quandry as they typically don’t put out the figures from their panel reveals until AFTER the panel.  But with the panel happening so late in…

 

July 28, 2017
Today the Hasbro team sent out some additional information on HASCON exclusive merchandise for Transformers – including the Transformers Optimus Prime Converting Power Bank and Transformers Generations Titans Return Arcee Special Edition Set. The converting power bank is a Hascon convention exclusive and the Titans Return Arcee Special Edition Set will be available for purchase…

 

July 26, 2017
Earlier this week AFi was given permission to reveal a new wave of Mattel’s DC Multiverse figures that will be coming early next year.  If you missed either day of reveals you can see the figures below.   However I forgot to post the Collect and Connect figure for that wave.   I will correct…

 

July 25, 2017
I’ve heard from a lot of fans that were baffled by the absence of any new DC comics Multiverse action figures on display at the Mattel booth at comic con 2017. That coupled with the fact that there was not a Mattel DC comics panel this year have many collectors frightened about the future of…

 

July 23, 2017
I’ve heard from a lot of fans that were baffled by the absence of any new DC comics Multiverse action figures on display at the Mattel booth at comic con 2017. That coupled with the fact that there was not a Mattel DC comics panel this year have many collectors frightened about the future of…

 

July 19, 2017
Our man on the street Mike aka SDComics took a stroll around San Diego this week and took pictures of how the entire city is prepairing for the kick off of San Diego Comic Con International. You can check out the full gallery of images by clicking here!

 

July 19, 2017
  First Figure in Stores in Late September! July 18, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ:  Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce a new licensing partnership with Executive Replicas and Phicen Ltd., adding iconic horror hostess and Dynamite mainstay Vampirella to the manufacturer’s celebrated line of intricately-detailed, sci-fi and horror-related action figures. The first release, the Vampirella…

 

July 19, 2017
  The Chase is On for Fans to Collect All 12 Cyanide & Happiness Mini-Figures   Los Angeles, California, July 18, 2017 – “Cyanide & Happiness,” in association with global media company Studio71, is launching it’s first-ever line of collectible mini-figures at San Diego Comic-Con. The line comprises 12 unique “Cyanide & Happiness” characters hand-picked…

 

July 17, 2017
Coming this Wednesday, July 19th 2017 @ 5:00pm EST on Store Horsemen (http://www.StoreHorsemen.com) the pre-order for Mythic Legions: Coliseum begins! The pre-order is planned to run until Friday, August 18th 2017 @ 5:00pm EST. This wave will contain all eight of the recently revealed Mythic Legions: Coliseum characters – Adamonn ($35), Halmyr Goldentooth ($35), Keltuss ($35), Rahmulus ($35), Raygorr ($35), the Orc Legion…

 

July 17, 2017
2017’s blockbuster season has just started, but the countdown has already begun for one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2018 – Pacific Rim Uprising from Legendary and Universal Pictures. In 2013’s Pacific Rim, director Guillermo del Toro unveiled the first chapter of this spectacular universe of monsters and mechs, in which human-piloted machines…

 

July 15, 2017
Two of the recently revealed characters from Mythic Legions: Coliseum – Adamonn and Keltuss – will be making their debut and will be in hand & up for sale in verily limited numbers at the 2017 Power-Con – September 9th & 10th in Los Angeles, CA! A certain amount will be set aside for each…

 

July 14, 2017
With San Diego Comic Con just around the corner, our friends at from Playmates Toys have updated us on their fantastic exclusives that will be available for purchase during the show. Please see below for information on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Voltron Legendary Defender figures!   DreamWorks Voltron Metal Defender Collection from Playmates Toys…

 

July 13, 2017
Hardcore Dynasty fans rejoice! We are bringing you two very limited exclusive variants that are needed to complete your Series 2 Dynasty action figure collection. If you’ve got X-Ray Eyes, you’ll notice that the KISS Dynasty The Demon Bloody Variant 3 3/4-Inch Action Figure varies from the main version by depicting the rocker – his…

 

July 12, 2017
In stores now! DC Collectibles Batman: the Animated Series Batgirl action figure! Now we can fill one more hole in our animated collections with the addition of the original version of Barbara Gordon. Figure comes with stand, a bat-a-rang and a variety of swappable hands. THE PACKAGE THE FIGURE ACCESSORIES: This sample was provided by…

 

July 11, 2017
This week Hasbro announced their biggest San Diego Comic-Con 2017 exclusive product—the REVOLUTION Comic Crossover Preview Mega-Set! (The item will also be available at Fan Expo in Canada.) Hasbro is bringing together a bunch of its iconic brands with this revolution set, featuring 16 characters from seven story worlds, serving as a prelude to IDW’s…

 

July 10, 2017
We are BACK! Here is a brand new AquaMonday featuring the newly released DC Bombshells Aquaman from DC Collectibles. This is a limited edition statue of only 5000 pieces. He is available right now in comic shops and online retailers.   THE PACKAGING: THE STATUE: This sample was provided by DC Entertainment

 

July 6, 2017
  Little Falls, NJ (July 5, 2017) – Four Horsemen Studios is happy to once again announce the return of Power Lords to your action figure collections! After an extended hiatus we have been granted an extension of the Power Lords license so that we may continue to recreate the revolutionary designs created for the…

 

July 6, 2017
There’s no “i” in Vynl. because there’s always two of them! Funko is proud to introduce Vynl., a brand new line of stylized vinyl collectibles created with pop culture fanatics in mind! Vynl. will take a new approach to collecting by showcasing the intricate relationships between beloved characters through a playful new aesthetic and display-ready…

 

July 6, 2017
Nickelodeon is bringing three decades’ worth of iconic characters to life at this year’s SDCC, with retail items that celebrate memorable ‘90s shows like Hey Arnold!, Rocko’s Modern Life, The Ren & Stimpy Show and Rugrats, and fan-favorite properties including SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Loud House, Avatar and Danny Phantom. This year…

 

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