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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December 13, 2018
The Toy Association announced the nominees for all 17 categories the 2019 Toy Of The Year Awards. This year is the third year they have included an Action Figure of the Year category and the third year we here at AFi have the honor of helping them with the reveal announcement of that category and…

 

December 11, 2018
Our friends over at Diamond Select Toys know of our love of Aquaman and have given us the opportunity to reveal him and the rest of the fifth wave of their popular DC Comics Vinimates vinyl figure line!   A Diamond Select Toys release! The DC Comics VInimates line keeps going with another assortment of…

 

December 7, 2018
Add some awesome to your collection! Bring the next big thing in Star Wars home with the Star Wars The Black Series Clone Commander Wolffe 6-Inch Action Figure. This veteran of the Clone Wars survived the rise of the Empire and eventually retired, but before then he had his eye blasted out and fought countless droid armies…

 

December 6, 2018
New York, NY | December 3, 2018 – The Toy Association announced today that it will induct the late Stan Lee, former editor-in-chief, publisher, and chairman of Marvel Comics, Brian Goldner, chairman & CEO of Hasbro, and the late Joe Mendelsohn, president of Kenner Products into the esteemed Toy Industry Hall of Fame. These individuals were…

 

December 4, 2018
Hot on the heels of the brand new trailer, Hasbro revealed the full Spring 2019 product line for Captain Marvel. The line features a role play glove, Captain Marvel dolls, and Legends figures for characters including Captain Marvel, Nick Fury, Talos, and Star Force Commander. MARVEL CAPTAIN MARVEL SPRING 2019   When the universe is…

 

December 3, 2018
Drop by the LEGO® Creator Expert 10264 Corner Garage, where you’ll discover a world of fun and surprises! This amazing model comes with removable building sections for easy access to the highly detailed interior and comprises 3 stories. On the ground level there’s a 1950s-style gas station with fuel pump, kiosk and a vehicle workshop…

 

November 29, 2018
Our Most Anticipated Bust of The YEAR! You asked for her and she is here!  Our Ahsoka Tano Mini Bust is now available for pre-order! Since her announcement this Summer at Comic Con, our most asked question has been “when will Ahsoka go up for pre-order?”  That day is today!  This limited edition Mini Bust…

 

November 28, 2018
The One:12 Collective Daredevil – Vigilante Edition The One:12 Collective Daredevil – Vigilante Edition captures Matt Murdock at the beginning of his heroic journey as he upholds justice in Hell’s Kitchen, as portrayed by Charlie Cox. Outfitted in a long sleeve shirt with utility pants and mid-calf combat boots, the Man Without Fear comes complete…

 

November 24, 2018
Arriving this Cyber MOTU Monday: Straight out of an 80’s Christmas in Eternia! Masters of the Universe – Holiday He-Man 7″ Club Grayskull Collection Figure. The new He-Man sculpt with Santa Hat inspired by the 1985 Masters of the Universe Christmas Episode! Holiday He-Man comes with new candy cane sword and snow covered packaging. Everything…

 

November 24, 2018
Entertainment Earth has beginning their Black Friday weekend sale!  They’ve got a lot of great action figures on sale. Take a look at the action figures and epic deals!  Click on the image below to be taken to the sale!

 

November 21, 2018
This past weekend at DesignerCon 2018 Super 7 honcho Bryan Flynn mentioned to me there would be a surprise Masters of the Universe figure released on 11/26/18 for “CyberMonday.”   He didn’t tell me what the figure would be, just that the figure has been completed and is sitting in the warehouse ready to ship out…

 

November 20, 2018
Starting today, Prime members can purchase tickets for early showings of Aquaman a week before the movie’s nationwide release The exclusive showings will take place at 7 p.m. local time on December 15, 2018 in over 1,000 movie theaters across the country   SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NASDAQ:AMZN) – Amazon Prime members can be the first to experience…

 

November 19, 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 JULY 2019.  I know that seems like a long…

 

November 16, 2018
Groman’s Unique Takes on Batman, Killer Croc, The Joker and Two-Face  Will Hit Stores in October 2019   Hours before the DesignerCon 2018 show floor opens, superstar designer toy artist James Groman revealed via Instagram his monstrous reimaginings of Batman and his Rogues Gallery for his upcoming DC Artists Alley designer vinyl collaboration with DC…

 

November 16, 2018
In this Lucky 13 episode, Super7’s Brian Flynn reviews Super7 at DesignerCon 2018, the latest ReAction Figure releases, and gives updates on all of the current Masters of the Universe Pre-Orders (Laughing Prince Adam, Vintage Wave 1 and Wave 2 Figures, and Club Grayskull Wave 3 Figures).  

 

November 14, 2018
This week the Toy Industry Association announced the nominees for all 17 categories the 2019 Toy Of The Year Awards. This year is the third year they have included an Action Figure of the Year category and the third year we here at AFi have the honor of helping them with the reveal announcement of…

 

November 14, 2018
When It Comes to the Holidays, Entertainment Earth Means Business Entertainment Earth®, a pioneer in the collectibles and toy industry, will celebrate the gift-giving season with The 21 Business Days of Christmas, November 19, 2018 through December 18, 2018. It might look like someone got the traditional 12 days of Christmas backward. It might sound…

 

November 12, 2018
Over 100 Innovative and Exciting Toys & Games Are the Judges’ Top Picks for the Holiday Season!   NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Toy Association today unveiled the 123 finalists for the prestigious 2019 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. Known as the “Oscars” of the toy industry, the TOTY Awards program recognizes…

 

November 12, 2018
Today the Toy Industry Association announce the nominees for all 17 categories the 2019 Toy Of The Year Awards.   This year is the third year they have included an Action Figure of the Year category and the third year we here at AFi have the honor of helping them with the reveal announcement of that…

 

November 7, 2018
Exclusive DC Artists Alley Figure from HaiNaNu “Nooligan” Saulque, Custom Prints and More Surprises in Store at DC Collectibles Booth (#1500)   DC Collectibles, DC’s in-house line of high-end collectibles, will make its DesignerCon debut, showcasing some of the company’s most cutting-edge collectibles at this year’s convention from November 16-18, 2018, in Anaheim, CA.  …

 

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