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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August 13, 2018
This December Aquaman will return to the big screen to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king Show your Aquaman pride with Mystery Minis, Pop! keychains and Pop! Mystery Minis: Aquaman A Mystery Mini 12-pack featuring Aquaman shirtless, Aquaman wearing his iconic gold and green hero suit, Aquaman Gladiator,…

 

August 9, 2018
Funko and PEZ Candy, Inc. Debut Pop! PEZ Collectibles at BoxLunch and Hot Topic First Wave of Pop! PEZ features iconic Marvel personas including Deadpool, Thor, Hulk, Stan Lee & more!   LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Aug. 9, 2018) – Today, pop culture retailers BoxLunch and Hot Topic announced the debut of Pop! PEZ, an all-new collectible…

 

August 6, 2018
Hasbro revealed new Star Wars and Marvel figures from The Black Series, The Vintage Collection, and the Legends Series lines at Mexico’s Unboxing Toy Convention over the weekend.   STAR WARS Available early 2019 Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Leia Boushh Figure – The first Photo Real TVC Star Wars: The Black Series Han Solo…

 

August 1, 2018
I’ve been putting together and moderating panels at San Diego Comic Con about the toy industry for over 17 years.  Every year I like to try to change up the topics and the participants some to make sure each year feels fresh.  This year I felt like I had to cover the biggest story of…

 

July 31, 2018
I posted this the other week at the start of Comic Con and it got a bit lost in the shuffle, so I’m posting it again… Enjoy!   Today we take a look back at some of the greatest toys of my childhood, the Fisher-Price Play Family sets, that eventually came to be known as…

 

July 30, 2018
We are back with and extra long, extra informative, extra COOL AquaMonday! This past Friday I was able to sit down with Mattel designers Bill Beneke and Jason Langston and discuss the genesis and development of one of the coolest 2018 San Diego Comic Con exclusives- The DC Multiverse Aquaman “Between Two DOOMS” action figure…

 

July 27, 2018
3-D foldable playset that requires no assembly, easily folds and unfolds for play or storage, has photorealistic graphics and more!     At last, Space Base is here! THIS EXCITING PLAYSET requires no assembly, folds and unfolds for play or storage in seconds, has photorealistic graphics and multiple levels of play! ReadySetz Space Base Playset…

 

July 26, 2018
Pop! Movies: Little Shop of Horrors Relive the 1986 Warner Bros. Pictures cult classic rock musical with this Pop! line that will have you singing “Feed me, Seymour.” The collection features Seymour holding a small Audrey II, the man eating plant, Seymour’s love interest Audrey and her savage dentist boyfriend also make an appearance, along…

 

July 26, 2018
If you love Hellboy as much as we do, you NEED this in your life. Dark Horse Direct, alongside creator Mike Mignola and 1000toys, are proud to present the fully articulated, 1/12th scale Hellboy action figure of your dreams. Made from PVC and standing at 7.5” tall, this stellar Hellboy figure comes with interchangeable Beast…

 

July 25, 2018
We’re excited to share images for all of the reveals from today’s Hasbro Marvel panel at SDCC!   Into the Spider-Verse Marvel Legends   Vintage Style Legends Multipacks Gamer-Verse Exclusives  

 

July 23, 2018
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 March 2019.  I know that seems like a long…

 

July 23, 2018
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND DC ENTERTAINMENT PRESENT   Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition COMING OCTOBER 16, 2018 TO BLU-RAY™ BOX SET AND DIGITAL   BURBANK, CA (July 23, 2018) – Batman: The Animated Series, the most acclaimed animated super hero television series in history, arrives this fall in an all-encompassing package…

 

July 18, 2018
Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Amber Heard’s Mera and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Black Manta Will Swim to Life as 12″ Statues in November 2018   New ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ 6’’ Action Figures and Batcycle Set to Debut in 2019   Fan-Favorite Artists Joe Ledbetter and Chrissie Zullo Join DC Artists Alley Designer Vinyl Line   Burbank,…

 

July 17, 2018
After the con floor closes on Saturday 7/21, come rest your tired legs and let’s talk toys!   The bankruptcy and liquidation of “the world’s biggest toy store,” Toys ‘R’ Us, earlier this year has sent shockwaves through the toy industry. Many toys and smaller toy companies are left without a brick-and-mortar store presence. Is…

 

July 13, 2018
Entertainment Earth Exclusive! Mezco and Entertainment Earth present the Friday the 13th Bloody Jason Voorhees Glow-in-the-Dark Mask Stylized 6-Inch Action Figure – Entertainment Earth Exclusive! With 10 points of articulation, his signature bloody ax and machete, and a glow-in-the-dark hockey mask, there’s no escape for the unhappy camper! Splattered in blood, Jason’s trademark mask is removable to reveal…

 

July 12, 2018
In addition to the mini-sets that Lego is offering as SDCC exclusives, they will be going the give-aways of individual exclusive Minifigures:   The LEGO Movie 2 Apocalypseburg Unikitty minifigure:   LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Sheriff Deadpool™ minifigure: LEGO DC Super Heroes Black Lightning™ minifigure: Today is the final day for folks to enter to…

 

July 11, 2018
    This Classic Action Figure Line is About to Make a Comeback, and It’s Only at Target July 11, 2018 Ready for a blast from the past? Toymaker Mego and industry legend Marty Abrams, co-founder and CEO of Mego Corporation, are recreating the company’s famous action figure line, and Target will be the exclusive retailer….

 

July 9, 2018
Nickelodeon has some hot new retail items exclusive to San Diego Comic-Con 2018 that are only available at the Nick booth (#4113).   Nickelodeon is bringing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, INVADER ZIM and more to life at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2018 through one-of-a-kind virtual and real-world experiences. Attendees can get their fill of…

 

July 9, 2018
Don’t just bring back any old convention exclusive… bring back something MAGIC with these 3 EntertainmentEarth.com HARRY POTTER exclusives!   Anyone can pick up some tchotchke that will just sit on your desk or worse, just in a box somewhere.  Now you can bring home these 3 great practical magic tricks bases on items in the…

 

July 8, 2018
LEGO® DC Super Heroes Aquaman and Storm Ages: 8-14 197 Pieces Price: $40 A first-look at DC‘s iconic Aquaman and Storm from their original animated TV appearances in the ’60s as a collectible LEGO building set, which will be exclusively sold at San Diego Comic-Con. LEGO® Star Wars™ Millennium Falcon™ Cockpit Ages: 8-14 203 pieces…

 

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