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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March 22, 2017
    Collect a true Star Wars classic: the T-47 Snowspeeder. This LEGO® interpretation of the iconic airspeeder that fans will remember from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back has all the details you’d expect, including opening airbrakes, rotating rear gun, and an opening cockpit with space for the included Rebel Snowspeeder Pilot…

 

March 21, 2017
Entertainment Earth Exclusive! Bruce Campbell’s iconic character from Army of Darkness and Evil Dead. Exclusive bloody deco variant!   Entertainment Earth Exclusive! Things are about to get bloody as Ash battles the evil dead. With a chainsaw hand, Bruce Campbell returns to his Army of Darkness roots as Ashley “Ash” J. Williams in the Starz’s…

 

March 20, 2017
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 October 2017. It looks like this month will be…

 

March 15, 2017
Entertainment Earth Exclusive! Wonder. Power. Courage. 2017’s Wonder Woman in disguise! Exclusive Diana Prince outfit!   Entertainment Earth Exclusive! She’s no ordinary secretary! From 2017’s Wonder Woman film, actress Gal Gadot picks up the mantle of Amazonian Princess. This exclusive Wonder Woman Movie Diana Prince Pop! Vinyl Figure features Diana Prince wearing her civilian disguise….

 

March 8, 2017
NEW FUNKO Funko presents their new Donnie Darko Dorbz, Lord of The Rings Rock Candy, Five Nights at Freddy’s articulated figures, and more awesome titles! These figures come in collector-friendly window box packaging. NEW JAPANESE IMPORTS Anime and video game fans can get their favorite characters as scaled articulated and non-articulated figures! Grab Nendoroids, model…

 

March 8, 2017
Los Angeles, CA. (March 7, 2017)  – Fresh Monkey Fiction is proud to announce a Kickstarter campaign for the legendary comic book creator Larry Hama action figure. Larry Hama has been many things: a storyteller, illustrator, rock musician, storyboard artist, actor, and the creative force behind the 1980’s leading action figure line G.I. Joe. One thing that Larry…

 

March 8, 2017
We here at AFi would like to welcome our newest sponsor: Be-A-Doll.com.   The team at Be-A-Doll can create for you a one-of-a-kind hand-made action figure or doll.  And not just a custom head, but a whole doll including the outfit! It couldn’t be easier, just submit a minimum of 2 photos (in accordance with their…

 

March 6, 2017
Hasbro just revealed two new TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS TITANS RETURN DELUXE figures during the Australian Toy Fair: MISFIRE and SLUGSLINGER.     TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS TITANS RETURN DELUXE Assortment (Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $16.99/Available: Fall 2017) The TRANSFORMERS battle explodes into uncharted territory when the TITANS RETURN! To control an ancient race of giant,…

 

March 3, 2017
Happy Friday! Today is Take Your Action Figure to Work Day! And Entertainment Earth is having a contest!   How To Enter the Take Your Action Figure to Work Day Contest:   Step 1: Take a photo of yourself with your action figure!   Step 2: Visit https://gleam.io/EPzDI/take-your-action-figure-to-work-day-giveaway   Step 3: Login with either Facebook,…

 

March 3, 2017
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1-2-Switch Start a Steady Drumbeat of Great Games in 2017 REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today’s launch of the Nintendo Switch video game system means that console-quality gaming is no longer tethered exclusively to the living room TV. Nintendo Switch lets people play their favorite games anytime, anywhere and…

 

February 27, 2017
We have mentioned the launch of the highly anticipated book “The Toys That Time Forgot” that is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter all about unmade toys and toy lines.  The Kickstarter campaign is cooking along, but it’s not a sure thing yet. With only 10 days to go the book is currently 78% funded. That’s…

 

February 27, 2017
HAKE’S AMERICANA PRESENTS: THE TIM BRUCKNER ARCHIVES COLLECTION Tim Bruckner’s earliest memory of sculpting was when he was seven. He sculpted little heads of the Seven Dwarves out of wax candy tubes. From the very beginning, he was a wax sculptor. He started working professionally at the age of eighteen as a jeweler’s apprentice/wax carver….

 

February 23, 2017
Mattel continues to innovate with an expensive but really impressive remote controlled Batmobile from the upcoming Justice League movie. Here we see one of the designers of the piece showing off the features at the Mattel Showroom at NY Toy Fair 2017.

 

February 23, 2017
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 September 2017. It looks like this month will be…

 

February 18, 2017
The event starts in about 10 minutes. No photos will be allowed but we will be updating this article with the news as they reveal it. Keep checking back for all the news from Hasbro Toy Fair 2017!!     My Little Pony Friendship is Magic – Season 7 New movie coming Bow Hot Hoof…

 

February 18, 2017
You’re not gonna want to miss this! Brand new Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 2-pack, including Ego, a figure that won’t be available in any other set. And guess what? Entertainment Earth gets the first shipment. Pre-order this incredible set to get it BEFORE ANYONE ELSE this summer!   Roguish and unpredictable, Ego and Star-Lord share…

 

February 18, 2017
All-New 12’’ Statues Inspired by Upcoming Justice League Film Stars: Ben Affleck’s Batman, Henry Cavill’s Superman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ezra Miller’s The Flash, and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg!   DC Collectibles Takes Bestselling Batman: The Animated Series to Next Level with Detailed Batcave Vignette    New DC Bombshells Action Figures and Statues…

 

February 17, 2017
Hasbro will be unveiling one of their BIGGEST (literally) toys of 2017 – the TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS TITANS RETURN TRYPTICON Action Figure! In 2015 (as you may already know) Hasbro gave fans the option to vote for their favorite character to become the next Generations Titans Return Titan Class toy. The ballots were counted and fans…

 

February 17, 2017
Toy Fair starts tomorrow!   Follow us on all of our social media channels for all of the latest news and reveals from the show!  There will be updates here on the main page all weekend as well, but if you want the FULL coverage and the most up to date make sure you follow…

 

February 17, 2017
At New York Toy Fair this weekend, Fisher-Price’s Imaginext® brand will unleash what could arguably be the coolest Batman product of the year – the Imaginext® DC Super Friends™ BatBot Xtreme! Inspired by a cult favorite storyline from recent DC Comics, the BatBot Xtreme is sure to be the talk of Toy Fair and a…

 

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