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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September 23, 2016
movingcollectibles_btas_v01_r01_blog Our friends at DC Collectibles have sent us an updated release schedule for the Batman: The Animated Series and DC Icons action figure lines. Hey DC Collectibles fans! We know our action figure release schedule has been a bit on the Bizzaro-side this year, the good news is we have an update! Here’s the updated…

 

September 23, 2016
star-wars-smart-r2-d2-in-pkg Today Hasbro started announcing some of their upcoming retailer exclusives for their Rogue One campaign launching in stores September 30th on sale date: STAR WARS SMART R2-D2 (Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $99.99/Available: Fall 2016) Bring home your very own astromech droid with this programmable and interactive R2-D2! Download the accompanying app to…

 

September 22, 2016
MEZCO_TYGRA_01 Sure Mattel tanked their Thundercats re-launch line after only 6 figures, but that doesn’t mean there’s not still fun Thundercats items to be found out in the world! Today we are going to take a look at the Mezco Toys 14″ Tygra Mega-Scale action figure.  This figure has been out there for awhile, and now…

 

September 20, 2016
mattelbatunlim12aquaman2 I know, I know… it’s Tuesday.   But the video was posted on YouTube on Monday.  I just didn’t get a chance to post it here yesterday because of my appearance yesterday on theStream.tv’s Gotham After Show and Welcome to the Batcave show. On this episode of AquaMonday we take a look at Mattel’s 12″ Aquaman…

 

September 19, 2016
dc_icons_af_20_cyborg 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 April 2017.  I know that seems like a long…

 

September 19, 2016
2016 New York Comic Con Exclusives: Wave One! Funko is proud to announce the latest batch of New York Comic Con 2016 exclusives! Our exclusives contain many of Funko’s most popular lines like Pop!, Dorbz, and ReAction! Our goal was to cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic Con…

 

September 17, 2016
gotham-season-3-header Batman Day seems like the most appropriate day to make this announcement so in these final moments…. Hi all, Daniel here.   I have teamed up with the gang at thestream.com to co-host two new Batman themed web-shows. The first is the Gotham After Show, where every week we will discuss each episode of Season 3…

 

September 17, 2016
mezone12joker1 The Clown Prince Of Crime has bedeviled Batman since the moment he first appeared in Gotham. Not only is The Joker one of the Dark Knight’s greatest villains, he is widely considered one of the greatest villains in all of time. The Joker’s origin and appearance have been revised countless times since his 1940 debut…

 

September 17, 2016
EESDCC16JokerWildBatman1 Happy Batman Day everyone! Happy Batman Day Everyone!  This week, with the help of our friends at EntertainmentEarth.com we are giving away one of their Jakks 19″ SDCC exclusive Batman: Joker’s Wild Big Figs. The contest is simple.  No purchase necessary.  It is open ONLY to viewers in the continental US. All you need to…

 

September 16, 2016
Last year Target went all out for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, giving fans a chance to #ShareTheForce—and making Target an ultimate Star Wars destination. Now, the Star Wars fun is back: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits the big screen Dec. 16. And we have out-of-this-world plans to unleash your inner rebel, starting with…

 

September 12, 2016
06230_12th_doctors_2nd_sonic_product_callouts_a Doctor Who’s Twelfth Doctor Second Sonic Screwdriver is now available from Underground Toys to add to your collection!       This new toy version is a faithful recreation of the current Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) Sonic Screwdriver, which made its debut in the season nine episode, “Hell Bent.” This is the first Sonic Screwdriver toy…

 

September 9, 2016
Go Rogue_Screenshot 4 Today, the next chapter from the #GoRogue series of stop-motion shorts from Disney and Hasbro created by Star Wars super fans went live. Chapter 1 of the series debuted last week and Chapter 2 can be viewed below (or here). Both shorts feature several new figures and vehicles from the Hasbro Rogue One: A Star…

 

September 8, 2016
ROGUE ONE NERF GlowStrike CAPTAIN CASSIAN ANDOR Blaster1 Hasbro sent out a second batch of reveals for products that will be available in stores starting September 30th for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  In this grouping we get to see some of the upcoming 3.75″ action figure line (including some new SW: Rebels figures!), some new Nerf blasters, a new MicroMachines set……

 

September 7, 2016
MeTVStarTrek2 Special Anniversary Event Also Includes Star Trek’ Official  Premiere Episode ‘The Man Trap’ Saturday, September 10 Beginning 9pm/ET  09/06/16 – Chicago, IL – MeTV, America’s #1 all classic TV network, boldly takes viewers back in time with a special three-hour network event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek: The Original Series. On Saturday, September 10 at 9:00pm/ET, MeTV…

 

September 6, 2016
NECANYCC16TMNTFoot20 If there’s ever been any doubt that NECA is doing the Lord’s work, this settles it once and for all!  YEARS after announcing/debuting these figures at Comic Con, Randy and the gang at NECA never gave up the fight to get these figures into the hands of fans. I like to think that I had…

 

September 5, 2016
Welcome to episode 4 of our new ongoing series of videos called AquaMonday! Each week we take a look at an Aquaman item in my collection.  Sometimes it’s a new item, some times a classic item and sometimes they will be unique custom or home-made items! In this episode we are looking at the new…

 

September 1, 2016
LEGO_logo Finally this week we get to see the reveals of many of the upcoming releases for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that have been shrouded in mystery for so long.    This morning we get to reveal the Lego products that will be in stores on September 30th to support the opening of the…

 

September 1, 2016
STAR WARS 12-INCH FIGURE Assortment (Imperial Death Trooper) It’s an awesome week to be a Star Wars fan as many companies are starting to reveal their initial products that will be released on September 30th for ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY.   Below is the announcement from Hasbro for a good chunk of their product, but there will still be more reveals coming…

 

August 31, 2016
SWGoRogueLogo “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” toys unveiled in series of original stopmotion animated shorts debuting online today Launch heralds global UGC contest celebrating fan content, creativity and storytelling (Caption: New “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” toys revealed in the first installment of a fan-created “Go Rogue” series debuting today on Star Wars YouTube)…

 

August 30, 2016
NECAAliensRipNewt3 Continuing the Aliens 30th anniversary celebration, NECA presents a special edition action figure 2-pack that recreates the movie’s classic poster! That iconic image of Ripley rescuing Newt appears on the front flap of the deluxe packaging; open the flap and the figures are posed in the box just as they appear on the poster. Ripley…

 

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