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 4, 2016
star-wars-the-force-awakens-blu-ray-dvd   Arriving early on Digital HD April 1, 2016 Bring it home on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on April 5, 2016   Including new in-depth bonus offering fans the chance to experience more   BURBANK, Calif. (March 3, 2016)—Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box office records upon its debut to become the cinematic event…

 

March 3, 2016
ToynVoltonEX1 A Toynami interpretation that captures the Voltron essence of power and might, the Ultimate Edition is a massive 16″ tall piece that pays tribute to the handsome musculature of the lion. Each Hyper-articulated lion can be posed in multiple ways, even sitting down! Fully transformable and constructed of sturdy POM and ABS plastic to allow…

 

March 1, 2016
InfinityNext_Logo Today, Disney debuted Disney Infinity Next, a new online video series designed to share upcoming plans for – and a behind-the-scenes look at – Disney Infinity. Below is a blog post from John Blackburn, SVP & GM of Disney Infinity, which outlines the details announced in the video. This morning, we shared information about our…

 

February 27, 2016
Adventure People2 Promo The revamped Kickstarter campaign for first wave of Zica Toys Adventure People featuring Captain Action and some vintage Remco characters has now fully funded. A New Adventure Begins! ZICA Toys is very excited to present a new take on an old favorite from the action figure toy aisles, Adventure People! With the help of Eleventyplex,…

 

February 27, 2016
ATReanimatorCarded1 Amok Time Toys just announced the newest release in their MONSTARZ line – a retro 3.75″ figure of Herbert West from the cult classic horror movie The ReAnimator!  And best of all he’s available to order RIGHT NOW on the Amok Time website (and there’s free shipping!):   MONSTARZ Re-Animator news Hello friends, (Please read…

 

February 27, 2016
afwd2016 Following a successful launch in 2014, Action Figure Work Day has set Friday, March 4 2016, as the third annual Take Your Action Figure To Work Day (#AFWD2016). Take Your Action Figure To Work Day began when Randy Ham brought a Teen Titans Raven variant to work with him and posted a few photos of her in…

 

February 26, 2016
lego_bb8_base Admit it, you’d love a to have a Lego BB-8 and a team of builders wants to give you one. They’ve built a model that can actually roll. The design uses weights and magnets to keep the head suspended in the upright position when rolling. You can take a look at the project on the…

 

February 26, 2016
DaredevilS2Tease3 Just when Matt thinks he is bringing order back to the city, new forces are rising in Hell’s Kitchen. Now the Man Without Fear must take on a new adversary in Frank Castle and face an old flame –  Natchios. Bigger problems emerge when Frank Castle, a man looking for vengeance, is reborn as The…

 

February 25, 2016
Yesterday on their official blog, Mondo announced the details of there Madballs relaunch pre-order: Everyone who’s anyone remembers Madballs, the now classic toy balls featuring disgustingly fun characters, and we’re stoked to bring them back as highly detailed vinyl ball figures. Based on the classic gross-out Madballs characters from the 80s, Horn Head, Skull Face,…

 

February 23, 2016
motu_set_1024x1024 This week the gang over at Super7 announced their Masters of the Universe Retro Action figures (the regular painted versions) are up for pre-order on the Super7 website. Last week at NY Toy Fair, Super7 unveiled the fully painted and colored the long awaited MOTU figures. Each figure stands 3.75″ tall and of course comes with weapon accessory!…

 

February 14, 2016
1455422045-67 All of your Day One galleries are live now in the AFi Gallery Section! Check out the showrooms for Lego, Funko, DC Collectibles, Jakks, and ALL of Hasbro! You can find all of our Toy Fair 2016 Galleries here!

 

February 13, 2016
DSC_0198 New York Toy Fair officially starts in about 3 hours (or 1 hour if you count the Lego pre-Toy Fair event that starts at 7am… which we will be at so keep watching here for updates!) but we already have 2 galleries up of new toys for you to look at while you wait for…

 

February 11, 2016
TF16TeaseMLDeadpool1 Yesterday over on the Hasbro PULSE blog they revealed another new 6″ Marvel Legends figure… a new Mutant Movie star you might have heard of by the name of DEADPOOL!   Contributed By: Deadpool Hello, it’s me. That’s right, Marvel Legends fans! Wade Wilson here – your favorite Special Forces operative turned mercenary turned anti-hero….

 

February 11, 2016
DRB46_SpongeBob_THOMAS_03 Beloved Thomas & Friends Characters Featured as DC Comics Super Friends, Batman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and More   Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants and His Pals to be Featured in MINIS form as well   February 11, 2016—Fisher-Price is expanding its highly successful Thomas & Friends MINIS with the addition of all-new mash-up MINIS.  Following the tremendous success…

 

February 11, 2016
AliensVinimates   Check out some of the new items that will be on display at the Diamond Select Toys booth (#4907) at New York Toy Fair! Pre-orders will open later this month, so check with your local comic shop, or your favorite online retailer! Find a store at comicshoplocator.com!   Aliens Vinimates Vinyl Figure Asst. A…

 

February 10, 2016
70599 Cole's Dragon LEGO® NINJAGO™, LEGO® Systems wildly popular franchise with a television show and movie coming out in 2017, is coming out with an entire new series of sets for 2016! These sets are going to be seen for the first time on Saturday at Toy Fair, but our friends at Lego gave us a peek at…

 

February 9, 2016
Bif Bang Pow! has been buzzing with excitement and is thrilled to present our brand-new Peg Pal™ line of collectibles! And, even better, Entertainment Earth is offering you a chance to pre-order our KISS Destroyer Peg Pal collection starting today at entertainmentearth.com. These one-of-a-kind, retro-styled minature wooden figures transport you back to a simpler time…

 

February 9, 2016
DCSHG1 Global Master Toy Licensee, Mattel, Among Other Key Partners, Debut Brand-New Merchandise Collection for Girls Available Exclusively at Target  All-New Television Special to Debut on Turner’s BOOMERANG Timed to Retail Launch in March BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)-– Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and DC Entertainment (DCE), in partnership with Mattel, announced an exclusive partnership with Target Corporation…

 

February 8, 2016
NECAWeirdAl1 Not being content to just release the single Simpson-ized version of this rock legend, NECA has announced they will bring the orginal Polka Master to life once again in plastic as part of their 8″ retro, cloth costumed Re-Mego line of action figures.   Al comes with alternative heads for a classic and modern version….

 

February 7, 2016
rainbow_batman_clip 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 August 2016.  I know that seems like a long way off,…

 

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