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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November 25, 2015
KrampusWishbook The gang at Warpo aren’t the sort of folks that just drop their Kickstarter campaign on the world and then let it run to the end.  They are constantly adding, chatting, brain-storming and rewarding their fans and backers.   Today we get to help them with a new announcement that is part of their current…


November 20, 2015
IMG_9940 This past weekend was the first ever “Gentle Giant Day” at Blast from the Past in Burbank. Ca.   Unfortunately I was not able to attend as planned because my wife gave birth 2 days before, but I made sure we had the event covered for AFi.  I sent my friend Chris Tallman, Mr. Thunderman…


November 19, 2015
DC_Icons_AF_17_Static_Shock_sRGB 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 June 2016.  I know that seems like a long way…


November 18, 2015
preblast-group-fb-banner-rev Across the frozen wastes of the northern most reaches of the globe, through the primeval forests and valleys, lurking in the darkest recesses of man’s forgotten histories, the creatures of nightmare and legend are shambling out of the shadows to reclaim a world that has forgotten the true meaning of fear… Creatureplica, the toy world’s…


November 11, 2015
75827_Side_03 Get ready to bust some ghosts at the Firehouse Headquarters!   Recreate iconic Ghostbusters™ scenes with the 2-story Firehouse Headquarters, featuring laboratory, living quarters, containment unit and much more. Capture the ghosts with the proton packs and restore order, or solve other supernatural cases! Includes 9 minifigures: Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore,…


November 7, 2015
Target3DMeKiosk1 Over the past several weeks many Target stores across the US have been remodeling their stores.   Aisles are now wider, some aisle have been shortened with new featured displays added, the electronics area had a major face lift and there are more interactive displays in many sections of the stores.   Now some of…


November 6, 2015
96741ABF-Warcraft_18in_Durotan_BlizzCon_03[1] BLIZZCON EXCLUSIVE DELUXE DUROTAN BIG FIG sold by Jakks Pacific at the Legendary Entertainment Booth on the 3rd floor of the   NEW! From JAKKS BIG FIG collection comes the BlizzCon Exclusive Edition Deluxe Durotan action figure! Offered for sale only to those attending BlizzCon this amazing figure perfectly recreates the orcish hero from Legendary’s upcoming…


November 5, 2015
HTSWTFACaptPhasma1 As the release date of Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming closer and closer, the anticipation for this long awaited installment of the saga is growing stronger everyday! Following the reveal of the First Order legions of troopers, Hot Toys is very excited to officially present the 1/6th scale collectible figure of their commander clad…


November 5, 2015
GGSWJumboDeadpool Remember you don’t have to answer EVERY question to win, you just have to answer the MOST!   So give it a shot!   Last week our friends at Gentle Giant announced the first ever “Gentle Giant Day” Saturday Nov 14th at Blast from the Past in Burbank. Maybe you can’t make it to Burbank….


November 2, 2015
Warpo12inCth3 Warpo and Diamond Comics Distributors Announce Exclusive Worldwide Distribution Partnership CHICAGO, IL (November 2, 2015): Warpo, creators of the Legends of Cthulhu action figures, announce today the highly anticipated, extra-large 12” Cthulhu retro action figure is now available at toy and hobby shops nationwide. The 12” Cthulhu Standard Edition, along with the Previews Exclusive Glow…


November 2, 2015
DSC_0265 Today we crack open a big box of EVIL and show you what is in the new VILLAINS box from Funko’s awesome Marvel Collector Corps.  Have a look at all the goodies and order your own monthly box of EXCLUSIVE Marvel Merch at www.collectorscorps.com


November 2, 2015
DSC_0273 Stan Lee’s Comikaze continues to be one of the nicest, friendliest comic book conventions on the West Coast and this year was no exception.   I wish I had be able to spend more time at the show this weekend, but my wife is due to give birth any day now and I needed to…