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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July 29, 2015
CA_card_package_mockup JA_2 CAPTAIN ACTION ENTERPRISE, LLC ANNOUNCES RETURN OF CLASSIC CARD GAME FOR CHARACTER’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY NEW YORK and CHAPEL HILL, NC – July 27, 2015 – Captain Action Enterprises, LLC  (CAE), in cooperation with veteran game designers and developers Harold Sipe and Meg Stivison, today announced a new card game based on the beloved Captain Action properties. The team will bring…

 

July 28, 2015
KRPhunnyCharacters1 Boulder, CO – July 28, 2015 – Kidrobot proudly introduces additional characters to their Phunny line. Full of creeps, monsters, and classic characters softened to huggable absurdity, Phunny plushes use Kidrobot’s legendary quality and warped worldview to shake-up the plush category! Following the previously announced Gremlins, Kidrobot will release additional series of Phunny including characters…

 

July 28, 2015
MOTUCSDCC14KingHssss1 After MattyCollector’s 2015 SDCC MattyPalooza panel many MOTU fans were wondering what the future of the 200x King Hsss in Snake Form head/torso would be.   Last year fans were told that the extra part that was shown in the 2014 display case would ship with a regular MOTUC figure later in 2015.   No mention was…

 

July 23, 2015
DisneyStoreLogo   Glendale, Calif. — July 23, 2015 — Disney Store today announced the all-new collections and Limited Editions set to launch at this year’s D23 EXPO 2015, Disney’s ultimate fan event held at the Anaheim Convention Center August 14–16. Located within the Disney Consumer Products Pavilion at D23 EXPO, the Disney Store shop will feature…

 

July 23, 2015
HTEp4Leia1 “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” – Princess Leia The brave and strong-willed Princess Leia is a beloved character in the original Star Wars trilogy. Her important role in leading the rebellion against the Galactic Empire is unforgettable to any Star Wars fans! Following the introduction of the Hot Toys Luke Skywalker 1/6th…

 

July 21, 2015
MLAntmanWalgSDCC15 Despite the sign announcing this figure at the Hasbro booth at SDCC saying it would ship in September 2015, Walgreens stores across the US are currently getting the Walgreens exclusive Marvel Legends Ant-Man action figure.  So far I have seen reports from Illinois to California of friends finding the figure in stores.  I found one…

 

July 20, 2015
ScreenHunter_12 Jul. 19 23.03 Four new products are coming in  Q2 2016 from the gang at Gentle Giant from across the spectrum of their licenses and you can pre-order all of them now.   We see some great new stuff in their Jumbo universe including Green Arrow being the very first series 2 Super Powers figure solicited in their…

 

July 17, 2015
HTAntMan1 “Scott, I need you to be the Ant-Man.” The Marvel’s newest entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Ant-Man begins to land in theatres worldwide today! Our new hero, Scott Lang, will don the Ant-Man suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength and help his mentor Dr. Hank Pym…

 

July 16, 2015
AntManLogo We have an all new weekly video show here on AFi called “Abby Has Questions” Are you partnered to a geek, nerd or lover of the pop arts? So is Abby! I have a head full of worthless comic book, TV and movie trivia.   Abby does not. Watch as she asks all the questions you…

 

July 15, 2015
DCCollectiblesLogo 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 of 2015 through February of 2016.  Some items have…

 

July 14, 2015
MOTUC2016Preview1 They’re here! The 2015 Masters of the Universe Classics line, AND a preview of the 2016 Collector’s Choice line. They’re the figures you told us you wanted… and we’re ready to make it happen! This subscription brings nine newly designed figures, including one subscription-only figure you will not want to miss. Get the full story…

 

July 11, 2015
SDCCLogo.gif After the con floor closes and you need to get off your sore feet we have the perfect rest stop for you!  The Action Figure Insider Presents: 10 Years of Talking About Toys  panel!   I’ve put together a great line up of panelists for this year, some old familiar faces, some brand new guests to…

 

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