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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February 23, 2017
Mattel continues to innovate with an expensive but really impressive remote controlled Batmobile from the upcoming Justice League movie. Here we see one of the designers of the piece showing off the features at the Mattel Showroom at NY Toy Fair 2017.

 

February 23, 2017
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 September 2017. It looks like this month will be…

 

February 18, 2017
The event starts in about 10 minutes. No photos will be allowed but we will be updating this article with the news as they reveal it. Keep checking back for all the news from Hasbro Toy Fair 2017!!     My Little Pony Friendship is Magic – Season 7 New movie coming Bow Hot Hoof…

 

February 18, 2017
You’re not gonna want to miss this! Brand new Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 2-pack, including Ego, a figure that won’t be available in any other set. And guess what? Entertainment Earth gets the first shipment. Pre-order this incredible set to get it BEFORE ANYONE ELSE this summer!   Roguish and unpredictable, Ego and Star-Lord share…

 

February 18, 2017
All-New 12’’ Statues Inspired by Upcoming Justice League Film Stars: Ben Affleck’s Batman, Henry Cavill’s Superman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ezra Miller’s The Flash, and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg!   DC Collectibles Takes Bestselling Batman: The Animated Series to Next Level with Detailed Batcave Vignette    New DC Bombshells Action Figures and Statues…

 

February 17, 2017
Hasbro will be unveiling one of their BIGGEST (literally) toys of 2017 – the TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS TITANS RETURN TRYPTICON Action Figure! In 2015 (as you may already know) Hasbro gave fans the option to vote for their favorite character to become the next Generations Titans Return Titan Class toy. The ballots were counted and fans…

 

February 17, 2017
Toy Fair starts tomorrow!   Follow us on all of our social media channels for all of the latest news and reveals from the show!  There will be updates here on the main page all weekend as well, but if you want the FULL coverage and the most up to date make sure you follow…

 

February 17, 2017
At New York Toy Fair this weekend, Fisher-Price’s Imaginext® brand will unleash what could arguably be the coolest Batman product of the year – the Imaginext® DC Super Friends™ BatBot Xtreme! Inspired by a cult favorite storyline from recent DC Comics, the BatBot Xtreme is sure to be the talk of Toy Fair and a…

 

February 16, 2017
Two new Hasbro Marvel Legends role play items were revealed this morning!   The role play items include the Legends Series Star-Lord Electronic Helmet and Legends Series Thor Mjolnir with premium design and lights/sounds capabilities. Mark your calendars – These will both be available for pre-order this Saturday, 2/18 at 12pm ET on Amazon.  …

 

February 15, 2017
This morning Yahoo revealed some new Hasbro Star Wars items ahead of Toy Fair, and now Hasbro has passed on the information for us to share with you as well. The reveals include The Black Series Poe Dameron Electronic Helmet, Bladebuilders Path of The Force Lightsaber, and Nerf Glowstrike Stormtrooper Deluxe Blaster.     STAR…

 

February 15, 2017
Tempe, Ariz., – February 15, 2017– In a collaboration of legendary proportions, McFarlane Toys is proud to announce that it is once again partnering with Bungie – this time to create Guardian action figures for Destiny, scheduled for release this summer. Developed by Bungie and published by Activision, Destiny is a first-person action shooter that…

 

February 14, 2017
  Cartoon Network Enterprises is broadening its licensing program around popular Adult Swim brand Rick and Morty by expanding its partnership with Funko, the world’s leading creator of pop culture collectibles. The company has been named master toy partner for Rick and Morty, and will help bring the critically acclaimed animated series to life with…

 

February 9, 2017
We’re excited to share new Hasbro Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 40th Anniversary The Black Series role play, figures, and Monopoly were revealed this morning!   This exclusive includes highly detailed Star Wars The Black Series 3.75-inch Titanium Series Diecast figures based on A New Hope, including Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker,…

 

February 8, 2017
(BALTIMORE, MD) – (February , 2017) – Get ready to crush General Leia’s Resistance at comic shops as Diamond Comic Distributors and Beast Kingdom offer more selections from their line of PREVIEWS Exclusive (PX) Egg Attack Action Figures. You’ll be able to build your own First Order army with these highly mobile Storm Trooper figures…

 

February 8, 2017
New Hasbro Marvel Spider-Man: Homecoming Legends Series figures were revealed this morning, and you can see them below!   These waves include highly articulated Marvel Spider-Man: Homecoming Legends Series 6-inch figures with Spider-Man’s Homemade Suit, Spider-Man’s Web Wings, and Vulture with Flight Gear BAF. You’ll also find the Marvel Legends Series Movie 2-Pack with Iron…

 

February 8, 2017
We’re excited to share that more Spider-Man: Homecoming toys from Hasbro were revealed this morning! Additions to the spring lineup include electronic figures and role play gear based on the upcoming movie.   SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING SPRING 2017   SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING EYE FX ELECTRONIC SPIDER-MAN Figure (Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: May 2017)…

 

February 6, 2017
Eaglemoss Collections Teams with Twentieth Century FOX Consumer Products for the Alien & Predator Official Figurine Collection (February 6, 2017 – New York, NY) – In celebration of one of science fiction’s most loved and enduring series of films, Eaglemoss Collections has joined with Twentieth Century FOX Consumer Products to answer the demands of generations…

 

February 3, 2017
A new assortment of Marvel Legends 3.75-inch movie 2-packs were revealed this morning, featuring characters from Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, and Spider-Man: Homecoming! A favorite among kids and collectors alike, the Hasbro Marvel Legends Series features high-quality deco and premium articulation. Marvel LEGENDS SPRING 2017   MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 3.75-INCH 2-PACK…

 

February 3, 2017
Star Wars – Princess Leia (Classic) Mrs. Potato Head PopTater. Release date 2/20/17. Pre-order now at www.ppwtoys.com. Mrs. Potato Head joins the Rebel Alliance and becomes a force for good as Princess Leia! This detailed figure includes the iconic Alderaan gown and hairstyle worn by Leia when she first appeared in Star Wars Episode 4:…

 

February 3, 2017
Ahead of Toy Fair and in celebration of the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story theatrical release this winter, Hasbro has shared some newly revealed Hasbro figures and role play!   Figures include characters from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 3.75-inch scale such as Admiral Raddus, Fenn Rau, Lieutenant Sefla, and Shoretrooper &…

 

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