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 15, 2005
By CubanZod “Say hello to my little friend!” Yeah, for a dead guy, Cuban gangster Tony Montana is having a helluva year. Sideshow Collectibles is making a 12” version of the Miami Drug Lord; Vivendi Universal Games has licensed the likenesses of Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, and Robert Loggia for the upcoming videogame SCARFACE: THE…

 

June 11, 2005
By CubanZod & Jason Geyer Long a stalwart of the Marvel Universe, Captain America had traditional gotten short shrift in the action figure world compared with his peers Batman and Superman, to say nothing of such upstarts as Spider-Man and (shudder) Wolverine. Thankfully that has changed in the past few years, with Toy Biz giving…

 

June 2, 2005
  It’s become popular in recent years for most companies to offer some sort of exclusive product at the San Diego Comic Con International and this year looks to be the biggest yet! Below is a list of con exclusive product. Some of these you can pre-order on line, but most you will have to…

 

June 1, 2005
by Cuban Zod A line of Justice League figures and Villains based on the artwork of Alex Ross… A line rumored to eventually feature 30 figures, heavy on Ross’ modern interpretations of the “Legion of Doom” villains from the Hanna-Barbera series—who instead of colorful costumed crooks, will be realistic and menacing threats to humanity. The…

 

May 27, 2005
As you may recall DC Direct was kind enough to let me announce this new assortment of First Appearance figures right after Comic Con last year. Now, almost one year later, they are here and the First Appearance line stretches into it’s third incarnation bringing us to a more recent past in the DC Universe….

 

May 24, 2005
ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT EXPO- 2005 By Daniel Pickett and Jason Geyer. It’s that time of year again… for the loudest trade show EVER- E3 the Electronic Entertainment Expo featuring the newest and best of the video game and enteractive entertainment industry. This event was again held in Los Angeles at the LA Convention Center from May…

 

May 17, 2005
By Cuban Zod and Julius Marx It’s tough to make a guy named “Mysterio” (cue the 1950s Ed Wood Sci Fi music) a really deadly menace, but God bless guys like Kevin Smith and Todd McFarlane for trying… In Todd’s case—he was one of the few villains Todd illustrated in his fairly short but memorable…

 

May 7, 2005
5th Tentacle Dr. Octopus

 

April 19, 2005
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…

 

April 19, 2005
By Zod and Julius Marx Green Lantern Wave One is a figure wave that even DC Direct’s most ardent and vocal critics have to appreciate on some levels… We’re getting some key cosmic characters that have been around for 20+ years (the Guardians); a new sculpt of a popular and hulking alien Green Lantern that’s…

 

April 19, 2005
By Julius and CubanZod You have to love the spin-off. Say, this Happy Days is a hit! What about Laverne & Shirley? Mork & Mindy? Joanie Loves Chachi? Well Super-heroes are far from immune of this whole philosophy of “too much is NEVER enough!” And apparently, super-heroes have the lousiest copyright lawyers in town—because how…

 

March 20, 2005
  This was the second year for WizardWorld Los Angeles, and while it is still a relatively small show, it’s still manageable and easy to get through in a day. Once again the convention was held in the Long Beach Convention Center in the re-vamped downtown section of Long Beach. CubanZod and I headed down…

 

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