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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October 24, 2014
Sorry this episode is a little later than expected. I’ve been a bit busy trying to rally 40,000 collectors to make their voice heard by Toys R Us over this Breaking Dad toy controversy. It’s taken up a lot of my week, but it’s been well worth it as we have quadruple the signatures that…

 

October 21, 2014
DC Comics Mystery Minis How many caped crusaders does it take to change a light-bulb? None. They like the dark.DC’s most powerful superhero team and mightiest villains have gone miniature! This series features a line of classic DC characters! Each PDQ contains 12 pieces. See below for the character rarity scale. Take a better look…

 

October 21, 2014
My old friend Tim Bruckner never ceases to amaze me with the innovation that he continues to explore in sculpture, whether for a commissioned piece or a personal, exploration piece.   He seems to thrive on creating problems for himself and then solving them.   Recently he found himself in that situation as he collaborated with…

 

October 20, 2014
BTAS_TheCreeper_AF_s4 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 in May of 2015.  I know that seems like a…

 

October 17, 2014
ScreenHunter_03 Oct. 17 20.56 Offered a new opportunity at another toy company October 17th, 2014 (Los Angeles) – Mattel brand manager Scott “Toy Guru” Neitlich handed in his letter of resignation this morning at Mattel.   After 9 years of making collector product at Mattel, Scott was headhunted by another toy company and has accepted that position.   While Scott has…

 

October 17, 2014
TRUAdultCol I guess the Ebola news cycle is slowing down, because today there is a news story gaining traction in some media outlets about a Florida mother who is bent out of shape that Toys R Us is carrying the Mezco Toyz ‘Breaking Bad‘ action figures.   She’s gone so far as to start a petition on…

 

October 16, 2014
BAKRedHood4 There’s not a lot of information on the webpage yet, but since I already knew about it and it’s live now on the site, I can tell you that GameStop has an exclusive action figure from DC Collectibles coming in 2015: Batman: Arkham Knight Red Hood Figure This figure features the Arkham game universe version…

 

October 15, 2014
SPMrMyxChip2 As announced, back in February at Toy Fair 2014, the final figures in Mattel’s long running 6″, Four Horsemen sculpted, DC Universe Classics line will be a series of tributes to the 30th anniversary of Kenner’s beloved DC Comics ‘Super Powers’ 3.75″ action figures.   Mattel is repainting 6 figures (including a collect-and-connect figure) and giving…

 

October 14, 2014
DCUCSPRiddlerChip1   As announced, back in February at Toy Fair 2014, the final figures in Mattel’s long running 6″, Four Horsemen sculpted, DC Universe Classics line will be a series of tributes to the 30th anniversary of Kenner’s beloved DC Comics ‘Super Powers’ 3.75″ action figures.   Mattel is repainting 6 figures (including a collect-and-connect figure) and…

 

October 11, 2014
ScreenHunter_432 Oct. 11 16.04 And here are the final reveals for Mattel’s 2014 New York Comic Con digital celebration! Get a sneak peek at the figures we’ll release in April, May, and June 2015, plus the Q2 “beast/oversized” figure.   April 2015 – POP- Angella May 2015 – Blast Attack June 2015 – SSSqueeze Q2 Quarterly figure – Multi-Bot

 

October 10, 2014
We are NOT at New York Comic Con this weekend… but we wish we were. At least I THINK we wish we were. There was a report published on Thursday that NYCC had surpassed SDCC in attendance. And not just by a little, by something like 20,000 people! They say there are roughly 130,000 +…

 

October 10, 2014
NYCC14Day1 Our Day 1 New York Comic Con 2014 galleries are now live for your perusal.   Our team spent the whole day shooting all the booths, all the toys, all the cosplay and even some lovely shots of “The Big Apple!” Our day one galleries include: Captain Action Cosplay Dark Horse Comics DC Collectibles Diamond…

 

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