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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June 29, 2017
The gang at Lego have pulled back the curtain and allowed fans to have a look at their new construction sets based off of the upcoming Justice League feature film.  There are 3 initial offerings, the details of which are below:   LEGO Super Heroes- Justice League Product Reveals:   76085- Battle of Atlantis Team…

 

June 28, 2017
DOCTOR WHO First-to-the-Market at SDCC 2017 are two new 4.5” window-boxed Doctor Who TITANS vinyl collectibles: 4.5” “Pandorica Opens” TARDIS variant and 4.5” “Closing Time” 11th Doctor variant. From the penultimate episode of series five The Pandorica Opens, this 4.5″ TARDIS is decorated in the style of Vincent van Gogh’s prophetic painting of the TARDIS’s fate. This 11th Doctor 4.5″…

 

June 28, 2017
Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3rd, and Hasbro has an exciting lineup of electronic figures and role play to gear up for the film.   Gear up for other-worldly adventures with a thundering cast of Super Heroes and Super Villains as Marvel’s THOR: RAGNAROK hits theaters in November 2017! Fans can recreate their…

 

June 27, 2017
The JUSTICE LEAGUE™ Pin Mate™ Wooden Figure Set of 3 – Convention Exclusive is one very exciting way to expand the DC universe in your collection! From Bif Bang Pow!, these three retro-styled wooden figures band together in anticipation of the 2017 film JUSTICE LEAGUE™! This set brings the DC Trinity home to your Pin…

 

June 22, 2017
Yesterday Lego announced the STUNNING Ninjago City set from the upcoming Lego The Ninjago Movie.  Today they reveal their other sets including several store exclusive sets.  See below for all of he details on each new set: 70612 Green Ninja Mech Dragon – Outwit the Green Ninja’s evil father Garmadon with this mighty mech featuring…

 

June 21, 2017
This week Icon Heroes announced their 4th San Diego Comic Con exclusive! DC Comics Arrow TV Green Arrow Animated Statue ($50)   The Green Arrow is adorable in this 6″ statue from the hit CW TV show Arrow!  Based on the amazing art of Lord Mesa, each statue is hand painted, individually numbered, and includes…

 

June 21, 2017
The other week at E3 we caught a grainy glimpse of Hasbro’s Marvel vs. Capcom 2-pack  on social media. This 3.75″ Target  was mentioned in Hasbro’s Toy Fair 2017 press conference, but no images or sculpts were shown at that time.    Now Hasbro gives us more details and official pictures of what is sure to…

 

June 20, 2017
Hasbro revealed another one of their San Diego Comic-Con 2017 exclusive products—the TRANSFORMERS PRIMITIVE OPTIMUS PRIME Figure! Transformers worked with Primitive Skateboarding, the company founded by legendary skateboarder Paul Rodriquez, to roll out this special edition item. The Transformers Primitive Optimus Prime figure was co-designed by Paul and features Primitive Skate’s classic black and gold…

 

June 20, 2017
We have previously seen wave 1 of Diamond Select Toys Justice League Movie Vinimates Vinyl Figures with Batman, Flash and Wonder Woman: Now our friends at DST are letting us give you the first look at Justice League Movie Vinimates Vinyl Figures Wave 2 A Diamond Select Toys Release! Complete the League with this all-new…

 

June 19, 2017
The Incredible Hulk and legendary Thor, are two of the most powerful Super Heroes in the Marvel Universe. The uncalculated and nearly unlimited power that Hulk brings to the table is balanced by Thor’s ancient wisdom and precision weaponry. Together, these two are nearly unstoppable. And this exclusive collectible celebrates their comradery in a totally…

 

June 16, 2017
Action Figure: Stranger Things From Netflix’s Original Series Stranger Things, some of your favorite characters from Hawkins, Indiana are joining the Funko Action Figure line! Action Figures are arriving as 3-packs. Each figure stands 3 ¾ tall and are fully articulated. Pack 1 includes Lucas, Mike, and Eleven – with her signature Eggo. In addition,…

 

June 15, 2017
  Hasbro just revealed one of their biggest San Diego Comic-Con 2017 exclusive products—the G.I. Joe Cobra Missile Command Headquarters!   You may be familiar with this classic playset, which is a faithful reproduction of the original and iconic Cobra Missile Command Headquarters Set from 1982… See below for more details: G.I. Joe Cobra Missile…

 

June 15, 2017
I’m sure many of you were as surprised as I was to get an email from the defunct MattyCollector.com address.   It looks like Mattel has integrated that email list to be able to get the word out about the upcoming announcement of their 2017 SDCC exclusives. In the image sent out below they show a…

 

June 14, 2017
From comic books to the big screen and some surprises in between, Funko’s DC exclusives for San Diego Comic Con really runs the spectrum! We have key additions to the Wonder Woman and Justice League movie lines as well as a Suicide Squad The Joker inspired Batman! Speaking of Batman, we also have a stunning…

 

June 14, 2017
Wade Winston Wilson, known to the world as Deadpool, is a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary with the superhuman ability of an accelerated healing factor and physical prowess.  He is presented here in his blue and yellow X-Men outfit. If you think it’s strange to see Wade Wilson in a X-Men outfit, then you are not alone…

 

June 13, 2017
Skybound Entertainment is happy to share The Shiva Force four figure gift-box, a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive featuring The Walking Dead favorites Rick Grimes, Michonne, Ezekiel, and Shiva! Catch the Shiva Force against Negan in Skybound’s action-packed commercial HERE.   All details on The Shiva Force are included below.   It’s that time of year,…

 

June 12, 2017
Tweeterhead announces their first 2017 SDCC exclusive item: The Bottle City of Kandor maquette. The city was designed and sculpted by Matthew Black and it’s really incredible! The city will come as one piece but Matthew designed it to have 12 different parts! Being this tiny, that’s quite a challenge! Kandor is 5.5 inches tall…

 

June 7, 2017
Comic-Con International in San Diego is fast approaching, and Diamond Select Toys has a ton of new exclusive items they’ll be offering at the show! From Star Trek, Marvel Comics, Justice League, Nightmare Before Christmas, Iron Giant, The Dark Tower, Batman Beyond and more, there is something for every kind of fan at the DST…

 

June 6, 2017
Hasbro just revealed one of their biggest San Diego Comic-Con 2017 exclusive products—the TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT VOYAGER CLASS OPTIMUS PRIME Figure! Following the exciting Transformers: The Last Knight movie release on June 21, fans will have the opportunity to take home a piece of the film with this Voyager Class Optimus Prime figure which…

 

June 6, 2017
Great news for fans who can’t make it to San Diego Comic-Con! We will make a limited quantity of our exclusives available for pre-order at The NECA Store beginning June 20, and shipping will be offered (to U.S. addresses only). Keep reading for important details! AVAILABILITY There are only two ways to get our exclusives…

 

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