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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November 26, 2013
ImaginextLogo Imaginext is a line that kind of snuck up on me.   It started out cool enough when they started the sub-line that included DC Comics Batman characters.   Then that sub-line became it’s own line and kept expanding and started seeing things like cool playsets, vehicles and villains!  Lots of villains. Then they started moving beyond…

 

November 25, 2013
ImaginextLogo Anyone who visits the toy isles knows that Imaginext is a kids line started by Fisher-Price that is meant for children ages 3-8.    But it’s the kind of line you see on the shelves and think “Aw, man!  I would have LOVED that as a kid!”  Some of us are old enough to have kids…

 

November 22, 2013
I think most of us were excited enough when we found out that Funko was taking over the ReAction line of vintage-esque figures from Super7 and expanding that brand into many other of their licenses.  But this week comes the news from Funko president Brian via the Funko forums that they will also expand their…

 

November 21, 2013
POPWWEJCena   ~ POP! WWE  ~ ~ POP! TELEVISION: SONS OF ANARCHY ~ Pop! WWE And now laaaadies and gentlemeeeen… The maaaaain eveeeeent… WWE POP!’s! They are the tiny heavyweight champions of the world! And that’s the bottom line ’cause Stone Cold said so!      Available December 24th!   Pop! Television: Sons of Anarchy Charming’s toughest…

 

November 20, 2013
MOTUCCastGSCK1 Several folks who placed a pre-order for Castle Grayskull in the original order window received the following email this week:   Dear XXXXX, We are writing you to let you know that your pre-order for the Castle Grayskull playset did not successfully process, and we have had to put your castle on hold.    Order…

 

November 19, 2013
clubblackfreighter This month we got the final piece in Mattel’s “The Watchmen” line of 6″ action figures and the “Club Black Freighter” subscription.   As with any action figure line there are some hits and misses and things that not everyone agrees on.   Some folks didn’t like the scale of the figures since they use the DCUC…

 

November 16, 2013
Despite being shown a much wider variety of characters, including the entire company of dwarfs this year at Toy Fair, The Bridge Direct took to their official Facebook page to re-emphasize to fans that what is out in stores now is all we will see for 2013 from their “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”…

 

November 15, 2013
DCSCRasAlGhulz2 Ra’s Al Ghul, aka The Demon’s Head, wants to keep it all in the family after daughter Talia Al Ghul has a son with Bruce Wayne, but his desire to make the crime fighter his heir is second to his desire to eliminate most of humanity. Brilliant physician and proud owner of unique facial hair,…

 

November 14, 2013
MOTUSecretLiquidOfLife Geldor, Keldor, Gwildor…. Eternian mother’s didn’t have much creativity. GELDOR Evil Barbarian Obsessed with Immortality™ Masters of the Universe® Classics Club Eternia® Figure, November 2013   Eternal Life? He’ll drink to that! We pity the fool who gets in the way of this wicked warrior and his unquenchable thirst to live forever. Voted the 2013…

 

November 14, 2013
8thDoctor1 Holy Crap!   I don’t think ANY of us Who fans were expecting something like this.  But those sneaky fellow over at the BBC put together a prequel short to the upcoming 50th anniversary episode “The Day of the Doctor” and they gave Paul McGann, so only starred in the FOX made for TV movie of…

 

November 13, 2013
The countdown is over… Spoiler Alert: On the off chance you haven’t read ‘The Watchmen yet or if you don’t want to know the truth about Ozymandias, stop reading now. Who watches the Watchmen? Even crime fighters need to be held accountable… more than ever in a world where they themselves are the outlaws! One…

 

November 12, 2013
Today, on their official Facebook page, the Four Horsemen gave fans and Kickstarter backers an update on the Gothitropolis Ravens figures:   We know a lot of you have been awaiting news on the production progress of our Gothitropolis Ravens action figures. Well, we got an incredible package delivered to the studio a couple days…

 

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