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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May 30, 2016
thundercats_logo_new2.jpg Back in 2009 Warner Brothers Animation and Studio 4°C Animation started development on a revamped and revived Thundercats animated series.  This new series launched with an hour long special in July 2011 on the Cartoon Network.   The series was very well received by critics and fans.   I’m sure not everyone loved it, but it was…

 

May 27, 2016
ThunderCats-Fall-2012-Product-1 We have a special week planned for you all of you AFi readers next week… it’s a little later than I had originally planned, but better late than never!   I wanted to post this scoop last month as part of our 11th anniversary, but there was so much other news and reveals that week…

 

May 26, 2016
MattelSDCC16WonderWoman1 Yesterday MattyCollector.com announced they would start revealing their 2016 San Diego Comic Con Exclusives today and would reveal one item each day.   Today they revealed eight items at once originally to USAToday and then later sending out the press release below. What will happen tomorrow?  Will we get one reveal?  More?  Who knows! BARBIE® AMAZON…

 

May 25, 2016
FEB168433 STL009982 Batman TAS Bust   (BALTIMORE, MD)- (May 25, 2016) – Diamond Comic Distributors is offering over 25 extremely limited PREVIEWS exclusives for this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego (July 20-24). The list includes several variants of Marvel’s current hit, Civil War II, an exclusive Outcast cover from Image just in time for the show’s premiere on Cinemax, a…

 

May 25, 2016
HTMarvelDDTease1 Justice is blind. We are thrilled to officially announce today, Hot Toys’ highly detailed and amazing collectibles based on the highly-popular Netflix Original series Marvel’s Daredevil are coming real soon! Daredevil fans stay tuned. It’s time to get ready for the Man Without Fear and the deadly vigilante Punisher!

 

May 25, 2016
JakksSWBB8BigFig1 If you are like me you wanted one of those motion activated BB-8’s that were in Target’s toy aisle for the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  If you are also like me you DIDN’T end up with one, but now is your chance to get something similar, albeit a little smaller, but with…

 

May 23, 2016
SDCC TURTLE POWER! SDCC TURTLE POWER! We couldn’t be more excited to announce two Comic-Con exclusive sets that have been in the works for a while now! From the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4-player arcade game, we’ll have 4-figure box sets for both the Turtles and the Foot Clan coming to San Diego Comic…

 

May 19, 2016
BOMKSLogo Don’t you just hate it when you find a cool Kickstarter for product/projects you love but you never know if it will fund or not?   Well I’m telling you this is an AWESOME Kickstarter project and you can back it without fear because it’s already funded!  We told you about this project back in…

 

May 16, 2016
bm_animated_37_Holiday_Joker 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 primarily December 2016, but there’s also an August and…

 

May 12, 2016
06230_12th_Doctors_2nd_sonic_Product_Green New York, NY – May 12, 2016 – After months of speculation, BBC Worldwide North America announces Doctor Who’s Twelfth Doctor Second Sonic Screwdriver will go on sale beginning today, Thursday, May 12th, shipping exclusively in the U.S. for $29.98 from BBC Shop US and Doctor Who Shop US and in Canada for  $37.98 from …

 

May 12, 2016
AliceVinimates Our friends over at Diamond Select Toys are rolling out a variety of new Vinimates!  Vinimates are a larger format 4″ PVC vinyl figure still in the style of the Minimates that you know and love.  The figures are pre-posed to give them personality and have ball-jointed necks so you can ad some of your…

 

May 8, 2016
BrucknerToyBizHeads1 Our old friend Tim Bruckner has been doing some Spring cleaning at the Art Farm and has dug up all (we think) of the Master Wax Head Sculpts of the Marvel comic book characters he did for Toy Biz back in the day.   It’s an unbelievably  impressive line up, and this doesn’t include the WCW…

 

May 6, 2016
MMMCivilWarWv2AntFalcon Two more Avengers stand revealed! Ant-Man and Falcon Minimates will hit Toys”R”Us this summer as part of Captain America: Civil War Series 2! Series 1 is in stores now, with exclusive War Machine figures coming very soon to comic shops! Marvel Minimates Series 66: Captain America Civil War Series 1 – comic shop/specialty assortment w/exclusive…

 

May 5, 2016
HSB8215_watermark You saw it revealed online this week, now you know where you can get it FIRST!!  The Marvel Legends boxed set with the first Spider-man figure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe is available NOW at EntertainmentEarth.com!   Captain America Civil War Marvel Legends Spider-Man, Captain America, and Iron Man Set Entertainment Earth has 1st Reveal…

 

May 4, 2016
SWrogue-one-Tease1 One final post for ‪#‎StarWarsDay‬ 2016 – A new episode of our pop culture web show “Abby Has Questions.” This episode I show her the teaser trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One… and then I say a lot of nerdy Star Wars stuff. Enjoy! Here is the teaser trailer for Rogue One:   And here…

 

May 3, 2016
CryptoDCBombShellPennantsWW1 As part of our 11th Anniversary celebration we are proud to bring you this AFi First Look at Cryptozoic Entertainment‘s AWESOME first wave of DC Bombshell Pennant Banners! These felt 12” x 30”  showcase your favorite DC Comics Bombshell characters in VIBRANT color and detail! Check out our reveal video below for all the details:…

 

May 2, 2016
MarvelCCCivilWarBox2 Here was have an unboxing of the Funko Collector Corps April box – Civil War is the theme! What’s inside?   Have a look and find out! Want in on the monthly fun?  Then head over to http://www.collectorcorps.com and order a box FULL of exclusive goodies for yourself!

 

April 30, 2016
NECA-Aliens-Series-9-Group2 Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Aliens with three extraordinary action figure debuts! Series 9 includes the first-ever Private Vasquez and Private Frost figures with authorized likenesses, as well as an Albino Alien concept figure based on the original James Cameron screenplay. Private Jenette Vasquez is one of the most requested action figures of all time…

 

April 30, 2016
GhostbustersSonyDisplay2016 Back in February at Toy Fair 2016 we got a look at some of the collector line for the 2016 Ghostbusters film during the collectors preview night (you can see images of that here in our gallery) and we got to see some of the kids line products at the regular Mattel show room (pictures…

 

April 29, 2016
DCCBatTASMadLoveBoxFt As part of ActionFigureInsider.com’s 11th Anniversary Scoop Week, DC Collectibles is letting us do a first look at there upcoming Batman: The Animated Series “Mad Love” action figure two-pack, featuring an exclusive nightgown Harley Quinn figure.  The set will be available June/July 2016. We have the first look at the packaging and the finished figure:…

 

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