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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September 3, 2015
bb8_appicon I think ANYONE that was watching the Star Wars The Force Awakens Global Toy Unboxing event on YouTube the past 18 hours saw a clear winner for the MUST HAVE Episode VII product – Sphero’s remote controlled BB-8 Astromech! Meet BB-8™ – the spherical, loyal Astromech Droid™ of Resistance pilot Poe Dameron. The app-enabled BB-8…

 

September 3, 2015
HTSWEp7KyloRen1 “There has been an awakening, have you felt it?” The newest installment of the Star Wars saga – Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming to theatres worldwide this December! Star Wars fans around the world just can’t wait for December to come any sooner! But before the movie’s release, a wide range of merchandise…

 

September 3, 2015
SWblack During the end recap of the Star Wars Episode VII Global Toy Unboxing event they did a pan of the room and showed off many of the products that will be coming both tonight and in the near future for Star Wars, including a sneak peek at two figures from the SECOND wave of the…

 

September 3, 2015
LEGO_logo  Last night we showed you the Lego Poe’s X-Wing set that was revealed yesterday as part of the Star Wars; The Force Awakens Global Toy Unboxing Event going on now on YouTube.   Over night they revealed 5 additional sets that you can check out below.  All of these sets will be available tonight at…

 

September 3, 2015
TMNT_Minimates Summer may be over, but playtime never ends at your local comic shop! This week, Diamond Select Toys shipped out four new products to comic shops and specialty stores, and each is a must-have for fans of their respective properties. First up, Supergirl is our first full-color Femme Fatales statue from the DC Animated Universe;…

 

September 2, 2015
SWEp7AwakensLogo1  Just this evening, the world started seeing products based on the new Star Wars™ film, Star Wars™: The Force Awakens. Leading up to Force Friday, products are starting to unveil on a rolling basis and will continue to do so over the next 24+ hours. The LEGO Group is part of that roll out and…

 

August 31, 2015
ScreenHunter_46 Aug. 31 01.16 Yesterday the weekly store fliers for retailers were released in newspapers across the country, and Target had a nice ad for their Force Friday event, including two coupons. To get the coupons on your smart phone you can text “Force10” or “Force25” to TARGET Select stores will be open late.   You can check here…

 

August 30, 2015
ToyBox_Hulkbuster_Ralph_Baymax Star Wars™, Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel Join Forces to Bring Families and Fans of All Ages the Ultimate Family Gaming Experience   BURBANK, Calif. – (Aug. 30, 2015) – Disney Interactive today launched Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, the latest installment in the highly successful Disney Infinity “toys-to-life” franchise, bringing together Star Wars™ with Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel for the ultimate…

 

August 28, 2015
POPWGSWProtoFettChip We are exactly a week away from being able to talk about the new tidal wave of Star Wars products that will hit stores on September 4th for “Force Friday”… but in the meantime there ARE new Star Wars toys that we CAN talk about! Walgreens is getting another quartet of EXCLUSIVE Funko Pop! Vinyl figures….

 

August 27, 2015
IGSC-330 ‘The Iron Giant: Signature Edition’ Back in Theaters Remastered With New Scenes See the Special Event Screening on September 30 Encore to Follow on October 4 DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Warner Bros. Pictures and Fathom Events are excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for the animated action adventure “The Iron Giant,” being re-released in theaters…

 

August 25, 2015
TargetSWShareForce2 In anticipation of “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens,” Target has announced the launch of “Share the Force” (ShareTheForce.Target.com), the first digital collection of Star Wars memories.  The collection, which will include celebrity fans Minka Kelly, Chris Hardwick and Bobby Moynihan, will go on to be archived at Lucasfilm – becoming an everlasting…

 

August 24, 2015
LegionofDansBlock Three out of four Dans attended Comic Con 2015.  One stayed home, but who saw more? Three out of four Dans are heading out at midnight to buy some Star Wars toys on Force Friday.  Who will sit this out and why? Find out the answers to those questions and find out who is the…

 

August 24, 2015
Leonardo_BlueMask_MAIN_sized_1024x1024 My favorite thing that I saw at SDCC at 2015 was the Mondo TMNT figures.   These killer figures were sculpted by our old friend Phil Ramirez (Marvel Legends, DC Collectibles, Mondo’s Madballs) This Thursday the first of the four figures will go on sale to the public.  See below for details.  Then check out…

 

August 24, 2015
VI66BatBatman Vinyl Idolz: 1960’s Batman Holy vinyl awesomeness, Batman! The Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder are coming up next in our Vinyl Idolz line! Batman & Robin, in all their campy glory, are ready to put their bat-gadgets to good use in their fight to protect Gotham! The Dynamic Duo is joined by the dazzling Batgirl, who refuses to…

 

August 22, 2015
FTC66BatEEWave5 Every Friday the gang at Figures Toy Company announce some new line or product.  This week’s announcement is bittersweet –   This past week, Yvonne Craig, best known for her portrayal of Batgirl, passed away. We are proud to say that just one week ago, she was able to see and approve the upcoming retro…

 

August 20, 2015
LexLuthorJumboPoster Three new products are coming from the gang at Gentle Giant ltd. early next year from across the spectrum of their licenses.   We see some great new stuff in their Jumbo universe including our first look at the BTAS Catwoman jumbo and the next in their Super Powers Jumbo line.  Then we go SMALL for some Secret Wars…

 

August 19, 2015
MicroBobbles270x270 This week Gentle Giant solicits the new Marvel Secret Wars Micro Bobble series 1.   We first broke the news of these last month as part of our SDCC coverage.  Now we have more details on wave one and where they will be available.  Check out the details below, and check out our Gentle Giant Comic…

 

August 19, 2015
AliensWarrierCookieJar Winter is coming, and you know what that means — another season chock-full of awesome products from Diamond Select Toys! In the new assortment of items currently up for pre-order (and releasing around the end of this year), DST has new offerings from Aliens, the Batman TV show, the DC Animated universe, Ghostbusters, Godzilla, iZombie,…

 

August 18, 2015
10249_Prod Lego just unveiled a new Winter Village Toy Shop for this year! Enjoy the holiday season with the Winter Toy Shop!   Welcome to the Winter Toy Shop! The holiday season has arrived and the toymaker is busy finishing off his latest creations! Outside, children ski and snowboard, and a freshly built snowman sparkles in the…

 

August 17, 2015
ScreenHunter_08 Aug. 17 15.52 Star Wars Ralph McQuarrie Collectibles Coming Soon from Sideshow Collectibles Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars collectibles,including Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, and more will be available soon for galaxies near and far, far away! Sideshow posted this new video today talking about the two formats they are working on, statues and 1:6th scale figures.  It’s worth…

 

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