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, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.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 10, 2006
05/12/05 Laerico asks: Hi Julius!! Your new site is amazing, congratulations! Well, Kingdom Come will complete 10 years in 2006, and we know the first 3 waves sold really well, so, is there any hope of seeing one or two waves of Kingdom Come figures in 2006? C`mon, they could even include new versions of…

 

May 21, 2006
By Daniel/Julius For any of you that have been to Comic Con and seen a hand painted 2-up prototype of a Marvel Legend figure you know that you have considered a bit of larceny to get something that cool into your collection. Well now Marvel Toys (Toy Biz) has taken everything they have learned from…

 

May 2, 2006
By Mike "SDComics" Walker and Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer. In the theory of better late than never, here are a good portion of the pics taken by AFI of the stuff shown at Wizard World Los Angeles, along with commentary on what was revealed by the always comprehensive SDComics! For SD’s full report including more pics…

 

May 2, 2006
MARVEL LEGENDS- MONSTERS Boxed set By Daniel/Julius and General Zod Man, whenever this impressive Marvel Legends train comes screeching to a halt, some toy geek is going to write volumes on what a comprehensive and brilliantly marketed line this has been. This on again, off again, on again set has finally become a reality. And…

 

March 26, 2006
Last year at Comic Con International I hosted a panel on action figure sculpting called “Under the Knife.” I had assembled a healthy roster of talent from Phil Ramirez who sculpted the 16” Toy Biz Galactus to Jason Carter who has sculpted many Heroclix for Wizkids. But the one thing I didn’t have on the…

 

February 20, 2006
Well, it’s that time of the year again: no, not Valentine’s Day! But TOY FAIR 2006, where all the goodies for most of the year are unveiled to a greedy public anxious to buy the latest and greatest gadgets for their kiddies. But for us, the fanatics, Toy Fair is a bright and shiny wonderland…

 

January 6, 2006
www.TIMBRUCKNER.com A Closer look at some of Tim Bruckner’s recent contributions to DC Direct As some of you may have already seen, master sculptor Tim Bruckner has recently launched his own website showcasing much of his work over the past 10 years. It’s not a complete history by any means, as there are still items…

 

December 20, 2005
It’s no secret amongst customizers and toy aficionados alike that Bill Burns looms large above the landscape. A master fabricator, Bill can take a nothing figure and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile. For these reasons, and many others too long to mention here, when Bill recently hit a patch of bad luck all-around good…

 

December 19, 2005
THE SECRET JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED FIGURE An ACTION FIGURE INSIDER EXCLUSIVE! By Julius Marx In the world of action figures there have been several special edition "holiday gift" figures. These hard to find figures are sometimes sent to press and retailers as a way to say "thank you" for promoting and supporting a line. Sometimes…

 

November 30, 2005
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED- THE NEXT WAVES Upcoming Release from MATTEL By Julius Marx Our good friends at Mattel have given AFI a sneak peek at the new packaging and some of the finished product of the next batch of DC Super Heroes: Justice League Unlimited. The new card style debuted at Comic Con back in…

 

October 22, 2005
DC Direct’s Green Lantern vs. Sinestro Statue AFI is pleased to bring you this exclusive behind the scenes look at the recently announced DC Direct Green Lantern Vs. Sinestro statue sculpted by Tim Bruckner. This is such and interesting and dynamic piece it’s hard to capture how cool it really is with a single solicitation…

 

September 23, 2005
04/19/05 I think the first question on most people’s minds is "What the heck happened with you and AFT?" Good darn question! I’m still trying to figure that out. They all have their side of the story, and I have mine and the truth must lie somewhere in between. It’s a pretty strange sensation to…

 

September 22, 2005
A Closer look at Tim Bruckner’s Joker and Wonder Woman At Comic Con in July we got a sneak peek at the 3rd assortment of DC Direct’s Justice line, based on the art and comic series of the same name by Alex Ross, in the form of the Hal Jordan Green Lantern figure sculpted by…

 

July 26, 2005
New Release from TOY BIZ By CubanZod and Julius Marx It’s a great time to be a Spidey Villain. Even journeymen baddies like THE BEETLE are getting the super multi-articulated 6” treatment! (If only the FLASH ROGUES got such love!) Now shipping to a Wal-Mart and Target near you is the latest wave of Spider…

 

July 21, 2005
The Act You’ve All Been Waiting For… "San Diego Here We Come…" Well, it’s that time of the year again: time to be beaten down by the biggest nerd gathering known to man. Yes, my friends, I’m talking about the San Diego ComicCon International. As you can see by the picture at right, Daniel "Julius…

 

July 11, 2005
By Julius Marx, CubanZod & Jason Geyer The Ultimate Action Figure Battle A contest of Strength, Poseability and Strategy – A collaboration of Toy Biz World Wide and Upper Deck Entertainment. Famous characters from the Marvel Universe engage in the ultimate action figure battle! Put your hero in the Attack Pose of your choice, and…

 

June 20, 2005
Everything Is Going Swimmingly By CubanZod Hitting stores right now is the first wave of PALISADES figures based on the CARTOON NETWORK ADULT SWIM series HARVEY BIRDMAN: ATTORNEY AT LAW, SEALAB 2021, AQUA TEEN HUNGERFORCE, and THE BRAK SHOW. For those unfamiliar with ADULT SWIM, the folks at Cartoon Network decided to take advantage of…

 

June 20, 2005
By CubanZod Hitting stores right now is the first wave of PALISADES figures based on the CARTOON NETWORK ADULT SWIM series HARVEY BIRDMAN: ATTORNEY AT LAW, SEALAB 2021, AQUA TEEN HUNGERFORCE, and THE BRAK SHOW. For those unfamiliar with ADULT SWIM, the folks at Cartoon Network decided to take advantage of the 25-40 something audience…

 

June 19, 2005
As we sit here on the eve of the end of an era… an almost 30 year journey for many of us. Tomorrow, just after midnight tonight fans will be able to witness the final decent of Anakin Skywalker as he becomes Darth Vader. Much has been speculated about the content of of Episode III:…

 

June 16, 2005
The most asked question Jerry Macaluso gets these days is "How does your family feel about you being in the porn industry?" To which Jerry always answers "I’m not. I just make toys." Because, while it is true Jerry is the driving force behind the Adult Superstars line of figures being made by Plastic Fantasy…

 

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