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 25, 2016
NECAAlienSpaceJockey3 Holy smokes!   Just look at what Randy and the gang at NECA have cooked up this time… I can’t even… there are no words… As seen in the 1979 horror classic Alien, this stunningly detailed #replica of the Fossilized Space Jockey is perfect as a #diorama element and a striking #display piece on its own!…

 

August 21, 2016
KawaiiCubesDCGroup1 We take a look at the adorable first wave of DC Comics Kawaii Cubes from the Wish Factory. These plush cubes feature all your favorite DC heroes and villains. They are collectible, stackable and just plain fun! There are a variety of sizes and more licenses have just been released including Star Trek and Suicide…

 

August 19, 2016
DC_Super_Pets_Batcow_Plush_AFi Today we have an exclusive reveal that we are very exited about as it has to do with our old friend Art Baltazar of Aw Yeah, Comics!  Art has been designing a line of super cute Super Pets for DC Comics that DC Collectibles have been turning into adorable plush characters. Today we get to…

 

August 17, 2016
LegionofDansLogo Last month was San Diego Comic Con 2016.  Half the Dans were on-site at the show, the other half were tracking things from home.  What did they love? What exclusives did they pick up and what did they miss?  What were their favorite surprises and WHO will be the August DAN OF THE MONTH? The…

 

August 16, 2016
MLFanVote2016Winner The votes have been counted, the hanging chads have been unhung and they are ready to call the winner in all districts! The fan vote launched on the @HasbroPulse Instagram during San Diego Comic-Con and featured a daily match-up between characters including Solo, Typhoid Mary, Lasher, Scream, Citizen V, White Rabbit, and Terror. Voting for…

 

August 15, 2016
DCIconsAquamanLogo1 Welcome to episode 2 of our new ongoing series of videos called AquaMonday where we take a look at an Aquaman item in my collection. In this episode we are looking at DC Collectibles most recent Aquaman figure in their new Icons 5.5″ action figure line. Here are some additional images of the figure as…

 

August 12, 2016
PowerUpGearsOWarBanner1 Power Up Factory may sound like a new name in the collectibles industry, but behind the scenes they have an impressive history of releasing great product, including Mike Horn, former CEO of Palisades toys. This Fall, PowerUp Factory is launching a new line of 7″ busts based on the wildly popular Gears of War video…

 

August 10, 2016
Voting for the four finalists in the 2016 Marvel Legends fan vote has officially started on the Marvel Facebook page. Voting last month during Comic Con narrowed the field from 8 semi-finalists, down to these 4 finalists and now it is time to pick a winner! Fans can vote for Songbird, Typhoid Mary, Citizen V,…

 

August 10, 2016
EE_summersale_2016 Check out EntertainmentEarth.com’s Summer Clearance Spectacular Sale! They have added HUGE discounts to the HOTTEST items, including action figures, plush, and statues featuring Star Wars, Marvel, DC Comics, and more. You don’t want to miss this! The sale starts now and runs through August 23rd! There are a WIDE variety of products available in the…

 

August 8, 2016
QMXQfigAqamCthSDCC16Pic4 This is the debut episode of a new video feature on AFi where we take a look at a new Aquaman product each Monday.  I have a ridiculously large, ever growing Aquaman collection.  We will look at some new Aquaman products as well as flashback to some older Aquaman offerings. For our first episode we…

 

August 3, 2016
DCCBTASGordonRas1 We have a First Look Unboxing video for you today for the new DC Collectibles Batman The Animated Series Commissioner Gordon and Ra’s Al Ghul and The New Batman Adventures Etrigan the Demon and Klarion the Witch Boy 2-pack (Zatanna is also in this wave, but I didn’t have her at the time of the…

 

July 29, 2016
AFiSDCCbanner1 We have over 50 galleries from Comic Con 2016 Live and ready to be perused in our Gallery section! There are even more on the way, but in the meantime you can see all of the live galleries here.  

 

July 27, 2016
During the con we posted pictures of the Marvel Legends reveals live as they happened.  Those were photographs of a slideshow in a dimly lit conference room. Now Hasbro has sent out some nice, clear press pictures of most of the figures that were revealed. So here those are: SPIDER-MAN WAVE:   DOCTOR STRANGE WAVE:…

 

July 22, 2016
img_2873.jpg DC BOMBSHELLS STORM SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON WITH FIRST-EVER 6.75’’ DC COLLECTIBLES ACTION FIGURE LINE DC Collectibles 2017 Line-Up Includes All-New Action Figures Inspired by Fan-Favorite 1990’s TV Show Superman: The Animated Series   Popular DC Films Action Figure Line Expands in 2017 with New Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Characters  …

 

July 22, 2016
IMG_3712 (Large) We’ve been snapping pictures of booths for a day and a half already!  Head over the the AFi Gallery section to see all the awesome things we have seen so far!   New galleries will be going up each evening!   Click here to check them out!  

 

July 16, 2016
IMG_1480 - Copy April 23, 2016 – We at Action Figure Insider are proud to present the exclusive world premiere of the first-ever Gfantis Vinyl figure! The prototype shown here was designed by renowned artist Matt Frank, and the paint masters were done by our very own Captain Collector, Steve Ceragioli.  Gfantis is the longtime mascot of G…

 

July 15, 2016
img_2615.jpg   Revealed today in London during the “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” cast panel at Star Wars Celebration was Hasbro’s Star Wars Black Series “Jyn Erso” action figure — the first of new “Rogue One” products to be seen publicly. The 6-inch figure was revealed by Jyn herself – played by Felicity Jones –…

 

July 14, 2016
ML THE RAFT LEGENDS SERIES 6-Inch Set in pkg2 Hasbro has done it again, creating a much sought after boxed set of Marvel Legends gold as their San Diego Comic Con exclusive.  This year’s “The Raft” set includes two oversized figures that would be a build-a-figure in a regular wave and 3 new characters that have never had the Marvel Legends treatment before! See…

 

July 13, 2016
AmazHeroes2016pressimagev7 Los Angeles, CA. (July 11, 2016)  – Fresh Monkey Fiction is proud to announce another Kickstarter campaign for their retro-inspired action figure line Amazing Heroes.   “Thanks to over 300 devoted backers, we funded Amazing Heroes Wave 1 on Kickstarter back in late 2015,” Bill Murphy of Fresh Monkey Fiction says. “We’re super excited to…

 

July 12, 2016
BBP29120_Unmasked_ForWeb Bif Bang Pow! lifts the curtain unveiling its all-new KISS Series 2 action figure deluxe boxed sets with  KISS Unmasked 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures Deluxe Box Set – Convention Exclusive – making its exclusive debut at San Diego Comic-Con 2016. Following last year’s first-ever KISS action figure deluxe boxed set (featuring an interactive Alive II…

 

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