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.

 

June 5, 2017
A worldwide icon for over 75 years, WONDER WOMAN™ has captured our attention as a comic book staple, a prominent cartoon figure, a live-action television star, and this year she finally receives her very own live-action feature film. With each phase, WONDER WOMAN™ connects with fans of all shapes, sizes, ages, and genders – many…

 

June 5, 2017
Hasbro just revealed a bunch of awesome Transformers: The Last Knight products late last week.  Now they have shared the information, ncluding descriptions, availability and price points with us.   Transformers: The Last Knight releases in theaters on June 21st. Please let us know if you’re able to share with your readers and if you…

 

June 2, 2017
NECA Toys has announced additional details on their recently announced SDCC exclusive TMNT boxed set: To celebrate 30 years of the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, we needed to create something suitably epic, like this massive, limited edition collector’s set with carrying case! It includes 8 action figures (Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Shredder, Krang…

 

June 1, 2017
Today Lego is announcing two new construction sets based on Marvel Studios upcoming Thor: Ragnarok.   76084- The Ultimate Battle for Asgard   Fly the Commodore spaceship and team up with Thor, Bruce Banner and Valkyrie to take on Hela, her Berserkers and the Fenris wolf in this exciting LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes The Ultimate…

 

June 1, 2017
It’s always fascinating for me to watch something go from idea, to concept to fully realized product.  It’s kind of like discovering a cool band before they get popular.  The Tiny Ghost vinyl figure is sort of like that for me. Back in October of 2015 my friend Reis O’Brien, the man behind Bimtoy.com and…

 

May 30, 2017
NECA is going to reveal some incredible Turtle news later today in the form of some SDCC exclusive sets: It’s #turtletuesday and today we’re going to blow your mind with a multi-part reveal of the biggest convention exclusive we’ve ever done. Stay tuned! The full reveal/announcment is coming today at 3pm EST.  In the meantime…

 

May 28, 2017
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past month you have no doubt heard about the Fidget Spinner craze sweeping this nation’s elementary and middle schools.   Originally used as a tool for autistic children, they are now THE toy/accessory to have this year as evidenced by the fact that 45 of the…

 

May 26, 2017
Deal Also Includes Classic Star Trek Series Tempe, Ariz., Stardate – May 22, 2017 –McFarlane Toys has signed a toy license deal with CBS Consumer Products to create figures, role play weapons and accessories for the new Star Trek: Discovery television series. In addition, McFarlane Toys will also create merchandise from the entire Star Trek…

 

May 25, 2017
Hasbro sent us a mystery box for the actual 40th Anniversary of Star Wars.   Check out what’s inside and then snap some pictures of your action figures and post them with the hashtag #HasbroToyPic Star Wars: A New Hope opened in theaters 40 years ago on May 25, 1977, leading to decades of Hasbro Star…

 

May 25, 2017
WE’VE GOT MERCHANDISE SIGN! THE FIRST OF MANY EXCITING NEW MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 CONSUMER PRODUCTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! Los Angeles, CA – Following its record-breaking #BringBackMST3K Kickstarter campaign, a new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) launched on April 14, 2017, as a Netflix Original Series. The critically acclaimed show has earned a…

 

May 24, 2017
And so, it begins! With the new SHOWTIME® limited event series that premiered this past Sunday (May 21, 2017), Entertainment Earth announces its first 2017 San Diego Comic-Con Convention Exclusive – the Welcome to TWIN PEAKS Sign Monitor Mate Bobble. TWIN PEAKS® debuted in 1990 and, in retrospect, is a harbinger of the Golden Age…

 

May 24, 2017
Elf is a modern day holiday classic and it’s been criminally under-merchandised!  Diamond Select Toys is correcting that oversight with the new Elf Minimates Boxed set featuring the first ever Santa Clause minimate as well as the first EVER toy of Bob Newheart!   That alone should sell you on this delightful set!!   Elf Movie…

 

May 22, 2017
Designer super hero toys — meet street art. Announced over the weekend via an exclusive reveal at designer toy and comic convention, Five Points Festival, DC Collectibles is teaming up with some of the most talented independent artists in the industry to launch the new line, DC Artist Alley. Inspired by the popular comic convention…

 

May 22, 2017
  Brand Logo to Debut in Theaters on The Mummy with All-New Musical Theme Composed by Four-Time Academy Award® Nominee Danny Elfman Oscar® Winner Bill Condon Confirmed as Director of Bride of Frankenstein, the Next Dark Universe Film, to be Released in February 2019   Dark Universe Reshapes Enduring Cinematic Characters for Today’s Audiences     Universal…

 

May 19, 2017
Tempe, AZ and Hollywood, CA – May 19, 2017 –The Jim Henson Company has partnered with McFarlane Toys, which will harken back to its roots of “Movie Maniacs” to create figures of classic characters from two of Henson’s most well-known features Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. Directed by visionary Jim Henson and executive produced by…

 

May 18, 2017
MARVEL SDCC EXCLUSIVE 2017 MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES BATTLE FOR ASGARD 5-PACK (Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $99.99/ Available at Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego) Recreate legendary battles between the Nine Realms with the MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES BATTLE FOR ASGARD 5-PACK! This mighty set comes in premium packaging with original artwork…

 

May 18, 2017
Experience the Mountain Cave!   Build and experience the Mountain Cave, featuring an amazing minecart track with an integrated redstone‑powered minecart elevator, and an array of other features and functions, including TNT blasting, rotating spider‑spawner, charged Creeper™ explosion and a lava burst. Position the light brick to illuminate the rotating spider-spawner, wall of redstone, jack…

 

May 17, 2017
Dr.Stephen Strange, MD was once a prominent but egotistical surgeon. Following a tragic automobile accident, he searched the world for a way to heal his badly damaged hands. After becoming a student of the Ancient One, Strange not only mastered the martial arts but the mystical arts as well. He now serves as Sorcerer Supreme and from his…

 

May 16, 2017
My friend Philip Reed is finishing up his 9th self published book about toys, and it’s live now on Kickstarter.  The best news it that it’s already fully funded so there’s no nailbiting on whether it will happen or not.   You have 14 more days to head over to the Kickstarter campaign and reserve your…

 

May 16, 2017
Hasbro revealed the Marvel Legends Series 12-Inch Daredevil SDCC Exclusive today! The SDCC Exclusive features impressive detailing, 30 points of articulation, premium packaging with original artwork by Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada, and more. MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 12-INCH DAREDEVIL Figure (Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $59.99/ Available at Booth #3329 at Comic-Con…

 

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