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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April 17, 2019
King of Atlantis. Ruler of Earth’s oceans. Founding member of the Justice League. The One:12 Collective Aquaman comes outfitted in a scaled soft armor and finned Atlantean wet-suit, inspired from his classic comic look. Featuring sculptural details such as an ‘A’ shaped belt buckle, gloves, boots, and neck line, Aquaman also includes three head portraits,…

 

April 15, 2019
Happy Star Wars Celebration weekend! We’re thrilled to share the latest product info and high-res images for all of the exciting reveals coming out of the Hasbro Panel at SWCC Friday afternoon.  We have also included some of the pre-sale links where these items are now available. STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION JABBA’S TATOOINE SKIFF…

 

April 14, 2019
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 December 2019.  I know that seems like a long…

 

April 12, 2019
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the LEGO ® Star WarsTM product line, the LEGO Group just broke the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM title for largest display of LEGO® Star Wars™ minifigures! Yesterday, at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, the LEGO Group Senior Director of Brand Relations, Michael McNally was presented the certificate of achievement…

 

April 10, 2019
Long Live the Bat: As DC and Warner Bros. Celebrate Batman’s 80th Anniversary, Fathom Events Brings Four Heroic Adventures Back to the Big Screen This May Movie Theaters Nationwide Will Present ‘Batman,’ ‘Batman Returns,’ ‘Batman Forever’ and ‘Batman and Robin,’ Each for One Day Only DENVER – April 5, 2019 – This May, only in…

 

April 9, 2019
2019 marks 20 years (!) of LEGO Star Wars – the first ever LEGO licensed property way back in 1999, which was released the same year as The Phantom Menace, adding to the fervor and fandom. All week long we will be looking back at some great Lego history, taking a look at the 2019…

 

April 8, 2019
From the upcoming Lionsgate film based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy joins the One:12 Collective. The One:12 Collective Hellboy figure features 2 head portraits capturing the great beast’s unforgiving nature. Hellboy is outfitted in a removable duster coat. His guns fit neatly into the holsters on his utility belt. The half-demon comes complete…

 

April 1, 2019
April is here and Hasbro can at long last share the official images and product descriptions for Hasbro’s Marvel Avengers: Endgame products!  The first wave of product is in stores and online NOW!   MARVEL AVENGERS: ENDGAME SPRING 2019 PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS   The Spring 2019 MARVEL AVENGERS: ENDGAME ROLE PLAY line includes: MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES…

 

March 31, 2019
The Avengers are putting it all on the line to defeat Thanos. Show your support for your favorite Super Heroes by bringing home Captain America, the Hulk, Iron Man and Thor as pen toppers. It doesn’t get much more adorable than a Funko Shop limited edition Dorbz Thanos, Hulk and Captain America three pack bundle. Even Thanos…

 

March 30, 2019
If you are attending the show on Saturday head up to room 208 and see us!  Or if you are wandering the aisles say “hi”  

 

March 29, 2019
  KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 28, 2019) — Star Wars fans have so much to anticipate this coming year, and PopMinded by Hallmark is ready to share the excitement. Four new event-exclusive items will be available at Star Wars Celebration, taking place April 11-15 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Since 2016, PopMinded is Hallmark’s way…

 

March 29, 2019
With special edition 80th anniversary packaging, iconic vehicles including the BatmobileTM and the Batman BatwingTM are featured in these celebratory sets. Each set is iconic to the Batman universe. 76118 – LEGO® Batman™ Mr. Freeze™ Batcycle Battle 200 pieces | Age 6+ 19.99 (USD) Available August 1st, 2019 Wide Distribution Available July 1st, 2019 Exclusively…

 

March 28, 2019
This week HasbroPulse.com posted the upcoming Marvel Legends Series 19 X-Men wave up for pre-order and it gave us a closer look at each figure with new press photography:   With over 80 years of comic book history, Marvel has become a cornerstone of fan collections around the world. With the Marvel Legends Series, fan…

 

March 27, 2019
“Time to float!” The One:12 Collective IT (2017): Pennywise figure captures the demonic clown as he appears in the 2017 film. The shape-shifter features four head portraits with expressions from the film. Pennywise comes outfitted in a clown costume with ruffle detailing around the collar, wrists, and ankles. He also comes complete with his infamous…

 

March 25, 2019
Hasbro sent over an impressive Press Kit of their new products for the upcoming UGLYDOLLS movie, opening May 3rd. The box offered a sampling of each of the product categories the will be offering to support the movie.  I gathered up my 3 year old daughter and we did an unboxing video of all of…

 

March 22, 2019
At Toy Fair last month McFarlane Toys wasn’t able to show anything from Stranger Things Season 3 in their showroom, but they did have a Season 3 sign and info tents saying there would be figures for Eleven and Sheriff Hopper.   With the new trailer dropping this week they have revealed the first of the…

 

March 16, 2019
(BALTIMORE, MD) — (March 15, 2019) — By the Power of Grayskull, you too can have the Power! Mondo is proud to bring you the third figure in our Masters of the Universe 1/6 scale figure line: The PREVIEWS Exclusive Faker 1/6 Scale Collectible Figure! Featuring over 30 points of articulation, fabric costume elements, and…

 

March 15, 2019
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 November 2019.  I know that seems like a long…

 

March 8, 2019
All-new land will invite guests to live their own Star Wars adventures, with an epic opening for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance later this year BURBANK, Calif. (March 7, 2019) – In anticipation of high guest interest, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products announced today it will open Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ahead of schedule at…

 

March 5, 2019
ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT TO GET IN ON VOLUME 2!! The Toys That Time Forgot Kickstarter campaign sent out the following update today.   The book is fully funded, the Star Wars streatch goal chapter has been unlocked and we ALMOST have enough for the Super Powers chapter to be added (which yours truly will be…

 

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