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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November 25, 2014
MassEffectS1Group1 Mass Effect is one of the gaming world’s most epic franchises, with three installments that have taken gamers across the galaxy. Additional books, comics and an animated film have taken fans even deeper inside the world of the game, and now the sci-fi universe of the Mass Effect Trilogy is colliding with another giant universe…

 

November 21, 2014
A new kickstarter campaign launched today started by my friend and former Mattel and Spin Master brand manager Jim Murphy called the INVICTA CHALLENGE.  Several of the rewards and stretch goals feature action figures designed and sculpted by the Four Horsemen Design Studio.   Check out all the details about the campaign below:   INVICTA Challenge…

 

November 20, 2014
MOTUMinis2015pic1 In an unprecedented post-Toy Guru move, Mattel and MattyCollector.com has revealed the entire wave of proposed 2015 figures sets for the Masters of the Universe Minis line in an attempt to get enough subscribers to make the line move forward for 2015. The timeline of reveals is as follows: They showed us the first 2…

 

November 20, 2014
You probably noticed that there was a bit of a gap between episodes, but if you are at all internet savvy you will have found both Jason… and I talking about pop culture stuff on a couple of other podcasts.  Hopefully that helped you get some of your GSi “fix” in between episodes. There’s been…

 

November 20, 2014
NECADVD89Batman When NECA first debuted their 7″ Michael Keaton Batman based on the 1990 video game (that was based on the 1989 movie) fans were told that the purple game deco was the only version NECA could do and we would not be getting a regular black version of the figure. It looks like NECA was…

 

November 19, 2014
GGJumboSecretWarsBlkSM1 It was announced today over on Marvel.com that Gentle Giant ltd. would be giving the Jumbo treatment to Mattel’s vintage Secret Wars line from 1984.    Just as we have seen in the past with Kenner’s Star Wars and Hasbro’s G.I. Joe line, the vintage 3.75″ figures have been lovingly scanned and enlarged to 12″, including…

 

November 19, 2014
KidRobotLogo URBAN VINYL ICON KIDROBOT JOINS NECA FAMILY OF COMPANIES Will Again Be Run as an Artist-Driven Company Under the Creative Direction of Frank Kozik. Hillside, NJ – November 19, 2014 – In an announcement sure to bring cheers and tears of joy to die-hard fans and artists around the world, KR Purchase, LLC (a wholly…

 

November 18, 2014
WalkingDeadMinimatesAOW1 The gang over at Diamond Select Toys have been kind enough to let us debut the next wave of “The Walking Dead” minimates line based on the smash comic book series by Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment.  This assortment of Minimates ties into the recent big story arc “All Out War” and features Negan and…

 

November 17, 2014
McFarTWDComicW5Tease Today on the official McFarlane Toys Facebook page they posted a teaser image of the upcoming McFarlane action figures based on the Image/Skybound The Walking Dead comic.  Keep in mind we wont see these figures until summer of NEXT year.   Right now the leading speculation is the silhouettes are: Abraham, Jesus (armored),  Carl (post… accident)…

 

November 17, 2014
MezBatmanBFOne12pic1 One:12 Collective Reveals a Mezco Direct Exclusive Limited Edition Batman New York- The One:12 Collective is proud to release details of their much anticipated exclusive, limited edition One:12 Collective Dark Knight Returns Batman figure to be sold only at MezcoToyz.com This 1/12th scale fully posable collectible action figure is fashioned on a hyper-articulated body with over 30…

 

November 17, 2014
SWHolidaySpecial1 It was 36 years ago today, Nov 17th, 1978 that the Star Wars Holiday Special first premiered on national television on CBS.   It has only ever aired one time.   I was seven years old when it came out and at the time, to me, it was SHAKESPEARE!   I couldn’t WAIT to see it.   It…

 

November 17, 2014
New52_TheJoker_AF 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 July 2015.   ACTION FIGURES   DC COMICS…

 

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