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.

 

April 12, 2017
Micro-series of original, animated shorts will focus on untold stories of everyday heroism that shape the destinies of Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano and others   Daisy Ridley, Felicity Jones, Tiya Sircar, Ashley Eckstein and Lupita Nyong’o reprise their roles for new series launching in July   Books, apparel and toys…

 

April 12, 2017
Ahead of Star Wars Celebration this weekend, we’re excited to share Hasbro’s newly revealed The Black Series X-34 Landspeeder and 6-Inch Luke Skywalker figure which will be on display at Hasbro’s Booth. STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES X-34 LANDSPEEDER & 6-INCH LUKE SKYWALKER Figure (Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $59.99/Available: Fall 2017)

 

April 12, 2017
Leading up to Star Wars Celebration this weekend, Hasbro is excited to share the news of The Black Series 6-inch Rey figure and Rey’s Speeder!  The product will be on display at the Hasbro Booth #2744 at Star Wars Celebration, and will hit shelves later this year. (Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $59.99/Available:…

 

April 12, 2017
  They call Chicago “Second City,” but it’s always first in the hearts of Diamond Select Toys, as they head back to Chi-town on April 21-23 for C2E2, the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo! Celebrating 15 years of Minimates mini-figures and Select action figures, DST will be setting up a booth at the show to…

 

April 4, 2017
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars saga, Star Wars Celebration attendees will have the chance to enter a raffle to purchase a special-edition LEGO Star Wars set inspired by the Detention Block AA-23 from the original 1977 film! A Star Wars Celebration exclusive, the set includes Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in…

 

March 31, 2017
If you find yourself at WonderCon in Anaheim, Ca on Saturday 4/1 why not swing by room 209 and listen to us talk with a panel of great toy folks?  See below for the details.  We’d love to see you there! Action Figure Insider Presents: Plastically Incorrect Saturday April 1, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm Room…

 

March 30, 2017
Sorry we disappeared for a bit.  Life and all that!  But the Dans are BACK and ready to talk toys… which is good because one of the biggest toy events of the year just happened last month – Toy Fair 2017.   Half the Legion of Dans were there, half were studying the reveals from home,…

 

March 29, 2017
It’s morphin time! Just in time for this month’s theatrical release of the new live-action Power Rangers film, Fisher-Price has unveiled new toy collaborations with two of its most popular brands Imaginext® and Thomas & Friends to help little fans morph into action.   Created in partnership with Saban, Imaginext® – the team behind New York Toy Fair’s breakout hit, BatBot Xtreme –…

 

March 28, 2017
This morning Gentle Giant revealed the first of their 6 2017 Premier Guild exclusives.   They will reveal 2 exclusives a day for the next 3 days, then on Friday March 31st they will open up the new tiered membership they have announced for their 2017 Premier Guild collector club.   Gentle Giant Ltd. Premier Guild…

 

March 22, 2017
    Collect a true Star Wars classic: the T-47 Snowspeeder. This LEGO® interpretation of the iconic airspeeder that fans will remember from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back has all the details you’d expect, including opening airbrakes, rotating rear gun, and an opening cockpit with space for the included Rebel Snowspeeder Pilot…

 

March 21, 2017
Entertainment Earth Exclusive! Bruce Campbell’s iconic character from Army of Darkness and Evil Dead. Exclusive bloody deco variant!   Entertainment Earth Exclusive! Things are about to get bloody as Ash battles the evil dead. With a chainsaw hand, Bruce Campbell returns to his Army of Darkness roots as Ashley “Ash” J. Williams in the Starz’s…

 

March 20, 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 October 2017. It looks like this month will be…

 

March 15, 2017
Entertainment Earth Exclusive! Wonder. Power. Courage. 2017’s Wonder Woman in disguise! Exclusive Diana Prince outfit!   Entertainment Earth Exclusive! She’s no ordinary secretary! From 2017’s Wonder Woman film, actress Gal Gadot picks up the mantle of Amazonian Princess. This exclusive Wonder Woman Movie Diana Prince Pop! Vinyl Figure features Diana Prince wearing her civilian disguise….

 

March 8, 2017
NEW FUNKO Funko presents their new Donnie Darko Dorbz, Lord of The Rings Rock Candy, Five Nights at Freddy’s articulated figures, and more awesome titles! These figures come in collector-friendly window box packaging. NEW JAPANESE IMPORTS Anime and video game fans can get their favorite characters as scaled articulated and non-articulated figures! Grab Nendoroids, model…

 

March 8, 2017
Los Angeles, CA. (March 7, 2017)  – Fresh Monkey Fiction is proud to announce a Kickstarter campaign for the legendary comic book creator Larry Hama action figure. Larry Hama has been many things: a storyteller, illustrator, rock musician, storyboard artist, actor, and the creative force behind the 1980’s leading action figure line G.I. Joe. One thing that Larry…

 

March 8, 2017
We here at AFi would like to welcome our newest sponsor: Be-A-Doll.com.   The team at Be-A-Doll can create for you a one-of-a-kind hand-made action figure or doll.  And not just a custom head, but a whole doll including the outfit! It couldn’t be easier, just submit a minimum of 2 photos (in accordance with their…

 

March 6, 2017
Hasbro just revealed two new TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS TITANS RETURN DELUXE figures during the Australian Toy Fair: MISFIRE and SLUGSLINGER.     TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS TITANS RETURN DELUXE Assortment (Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $16.99/Available: Fall 2017) The TRANSFORMERS battle explodes into uncharted territory when the TITANS RETURN! To control an ancient race of giant,…

 

March 3, 2017
Happy Friday! Today is Take Your Action Figure to Work Day! And Entertainment Earth is having a contest!   How To Enter the Take Your Action Figure to Work Day Contest:   Step 1: Take a photo of yourself with your action figure!   Step 2: Visit https://gleam.io/EPzDI/take-your-action-figure-to-work-day-giveaway   Step 3: Login with either Facebook,…

 

March 3, 2017
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1-2-Switch Start a Steady Drumbeat of Great Games in 2017 REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today’s launch of the Nintendo Switch video game system means that console-quality gaming is no longer tethered exclusively to the living room TV. Nintendo Switch lets people play their favorite games anytime, anywhere and…

 

February 27, 2017
We have mentioned the launch of the highly anticipated book “The Toys That Time Forgot” that is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter all about unmade toys and toy lines.  The Kickstarter campaign is cooking along, but it’s not a sure thing yet. With only 10 days to go the book is currently 78% funded. That’s…

 

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