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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December 1, 2016
wmswroscarifftrooper1 I thought this was going to a straight unboxing video for the newly released Walmart Exclusive Star Wars Rogue One Scarif Trooper from Hasbro… but what was actually in the box surprised me and left me speechless…   The Walmart exclusive Star Wars Black Series Trooper is available right now in stores and on Walmart.com….

 

November 28, 2016
WAAAAY back in June of 2015 we showed you images of some newly revealed DC Comics Fisher-Price Imaginext figures.   All of the figures were posted on the official Imaginext website and almost all of those figures that were reveled were released over the next year… with 3 exceptions: Firestorm and the Sinestro/Cheetah 2-pack.   Those figures…

 

November 27, 2016
abbyhasquestionsww1 As you finish off your Thanksgiving leftovers this weekend and wrap up your Black Friday shopping, we offer you a break from the outside world for a short while in the form of a new episode of our webshow ‘Abby Has Questions!”   In this episode of ‘Abby Has Questions’ we take a look at…

 

November 25, 2016
Click on the image below to be taken to EE’s Black Friday sale so you can see ALL the deals!   The latest Amazing Spider-Man Marvel Legends Figures Wave 7 was just added to the Entertainment Earth website! The Amazing Spider-Man Marvel Legends Action Figures Wave 6 bring back generations of Spider-Man in an awesome…

 

November 23, 2016
legobatmanmovieminifiggroup1 Lego has moved into the world of licensed figures as part of their blind bagged minfigures waves.  In the past we have gotten waves based on the Simpsons and Disney characters.  Today they announced the much rumored wave of The Lego Batman Movie minfigures and it contains some great bat-variants, supporting characters and some of…

 

November 22, 2016
newcatwomangalleryaltsm Our friends over at Diamond Select Toys gave us this first look sneak peek of their next DC Gallery animated PVC figure to share with you:   DC Gallery Batman New Adventures Catwoman PVC Diorama A Diamond Select Toys Release! We’ve never been more excited for a black cat to cross our path! This black-costumed…

 

November 21, 2016
toty17lottiefosil1 Earlier today the Toy Industry Association announced the nominees for all 14 categories the 2017 Toy Of The Year Awards.   This year is the FIRST year they have included an Action Figure of the Year category and we here at AFi have the honor of helping them with the reveal announcement of that new category.   …

 

November 21, 2016
DCSuperHeroGirlsLogo1 Earlier today the Toy Industry Association announced the nominees for all 14 categories the 2017 Toy Of The Year Awards.   This year is the FIRST year they have included an Action Figure of the Year category and we here at AFi have the honor of helping them with the reveal announcement of that new category.   …

 

November 21, 2016
toty17catagories Consumers invited to vote for their favorites at ToyAwards.org – now until January 15, 2017 NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — From innovative tech toys and licensed characters to enriching playthings that teach and inspire, 100 finalists for the prestigious 2017 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards were unveiled today by the Toy Industry Association…

 

November 18, 2016
jldark-box-art-3d WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS THE MYSTICAL SIDE OF SUPER HEROES IN ALL-NEW DC UNIVERSE ORIGINAL MOVIE JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ON BLU-Ray TM DELUXE GIFTSET, BLU-Ray TM Combo pack AND DVD FEBRUARY 7, 2017   AVAILABLE TO OWN ON DIGITAL HD STARTING JANUARY 24, 2017   Celebrity-Laden Cast Features Matt Ryan Reprising his Acclaimed Television…

 

November 16, 2016
super7motutease1 Greetings MOTU Friends – Thanks for being patient with us!  The pre-sale for Super7’s new MOTU products is now open at the Super7 Webstore for 2 weeks beginning at Noon PST on Wednesday (16th) until Midnight PST on Wednesday, November 30th.  Details for each of the new items are listed below. We’re also happy to announce that…

 

November 14, 2016
dc_replicaaquamanvsshark_box_front Welcome to an all new AquaMonday! Today we are looking at the AMAZING repro Aqaman vs The Great White Shark set from Figures Toy Company.   This is a reproduction of the hard to find, incredibly expensive vintage Mego set from back in the 1970s.  Even though it’s a reproduction I’m still happy with it as…

 

November 11, 2016
hakesbrucknerarchivebanner1 The other day Hake’s Americana auction house launched an incredible set of auctions that should make every action figure fan salivate.  Hake’s is know for having a long history of auctioning off some stunning one-of-a-kind items, and the new collection is no exception.  In their most recent auction they have listed the first lots from…

 

November 11, 2016
Our friends at EntertainmentEarth.com have just debuted a NEW Entertainment Earth Exclusive! It’s the Transformers Generations Platinum Liokaiser – EE Exclusive! This is the first time this rare Transformer has been available outside of Japan! And there’s a special coupon for this! For a limited time, get $20 off the Liokaiser, plus a free diorama,…

 

November 10, 2016
super7reactionbanner1 November 10th, 2016 San Francisco, Ca. – Super7 Retail, Inc. and Funko, LLC are pleased to announce that, effective immediately, Super7 Retail will resume designing, manufacturing, and distributing ReAction Figures and related merchandise. Since 2013, Super7 has partnered with Funko to release the ReAction line to great success.  Super7 will build on that success by…

 

November 8, 2016
super7motutease1 Greetings M.O.T.U. Friends and Fans – As we announced last week, Super7 is taking the keys to Castle Grayskull on behalf of our friends at Mattel! Our first offering begins Wednesday, November 16th, with a variety of new made-to-order pre-sale products, shipping early 2017. Don’t miss out on these great new Eternian products: New M.O.T.U. Ultimates…

 

November 2, 2016
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 02:  Actors Benedict Cumberbatch (L) and Chiwetel Ejiofor are seen filming "Doctor Strange" on location on April 2, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Stewart/GC Images) We are BACK with an ALL NEW episode of ABBY HAS QUESTIONS! Just in time for the movie’s release we take a look at the first 2 trailers for Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE… and wouldn’t you know it?  Abby has some questions!  

 

November 1, 2016
ReAction: E.T. E.T. phone home! E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and his buds Elliott and Gertie come together as part of this fun-filled line! This is a special limited run — only 5000 pieces available worldwide!   You can also collect E.T. with a glowing chest and finger, exclusively at Entertainment Earth! Coming in January!

 

November 1, 2016
holidaytoylist Customers can easily shop the earth’s largest selection of toys and games, starting with Amazon’s top 100 picks for this holiday season or by browsing our curated lists sorted by trend – tech toys, STEM toys, mini figurines, crafts and DIY, active play, classic toys, family night and more New deals offered each day throughout…

 

October 31, 2016
Funko is bringing the Netflix Original Series Stranger Things to collectors and fans in 2017! Coming in early next year, fans of this amazing show will be able to take home Pop! vinyl versions of their favorite characters, including Eleven, Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Will, Barb, and, of course, the terrifying Demogorgon from the Upside Down!…

 

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