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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January 20, 2015
BTiLCPOPWave1 “Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it.’” Venture into the cryptic backstreets of San Francisco’s Chinatown with Jack Burton! Prepare yourself for a mystical battle against the evil sorcerer Lo Pan! Straight from the underground of Chinatown… Big Trouble in Little China…Coming to you in both Pop! and ReAction!   Pop! Movies:…

 

January 19, 2015
TF15HasMashJURASSIC-WORLD-HERO-1 We are entering the season of toy companies reaching out to the big media outlets to announce new products ahead of Toy Fair.   You will be seeing a lot of this in the coming weeks.   Today, we have Hasbro announcing several new entries into their kid-friendly MASHERS customizeable figure line, including Jurassic World,…

 

January 19, 2015
Last week our friends over at DC Collectibles hit a whopping 250,000 likes on their official Facebook page, and to celebrate they announced they would be doing a full week of reveals of new products!   The first announcement is from my favorite line of 2014 – their Batman Animated line.  Check out the announcement…

 

January 15, 2015
VinylIdols1 This morning I got a cryptic announcement about a new line of 8″ vinyl figures that seem to be born from a partnership between Funko, A Large Evil Corporation and new comer Vinyl Sugar.    These new Vinyl Idolz figures are supposed to be on display next month at New York Toy Fair.   We will bring…

 

January 15, 2015
Simpsons 3  Downloadable Content Brings Show’s Iconic Characters to Popular Open World Sandbox Game REDMOND, Wash – January 15, 2015 – Minecraft players can soon bring the characters of Springfield to life in fully-textured, cubic glory when Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Xbox launch THE SIMPSONS content packs for Minecraft Xbox 360 and Xbox One editions. Scheduled…

 

January 15, 2015
DSTSpongebobMMAFi1 Our friends over at Diamond Select Toys have given us the opportunity to reveal two new products this week ahead of their Toy Fair debut.  We will have one today and one tomorrow (so check back again!).    Today’s reveal is not just a single product but a whole first wave of new, licensed Minimates!  …

 

January 14, 2015
DCCBatwave1n2 Its no secret that my most anticipated line of 2014 was the DC Collectibles line based on both Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures.  Wave 1 is out in stores now and wave 2 should be hitting the direct market shortly.  DC Collectibles has solicited the figures up through wave 4 and…

 

January 14, 2015
Judge Death JUDGE DEATH Created by John Wagner, Alan Grant, and Brian Bolland; Judge Death is a twisted version of Judge Dredd from a dimension where all life is a crime and the only solution is death. The first release in a new wave of 1/12th scale collectible figures from 2000AD designed by 3A. 3A is an…

 

January 13, 2015
MOTUCLizardManChip   This righteous reptile-human hybrid may be cold-blooded, but he burns with dedication to the Masters of the Universe®. Lizard Man doesn’t hesitate to toss his tail into the fray to defend Eternia®, and he’s a worthy warrior when speedy stealth is needed. Finally arriving in the MOTUC lineup, he comes with a Filmation sword…

 

January 13, 2015
MarvelMPH_AM-AFi1 No one likes to find ants on their food.   But what happens when the ant IS your food?!?!    Fans are going to have to figure that one out because the gang at PPW Toys is dipping back into Marvel Studios for another one of their Pop Culture spuds – Ant-Man!   Soon Ant-Man will be able…

 

January 12, 2015
Falcon top open ‘BUILD THE MILLENNIUM FALCON’ REPLICA MODEL BASED ON THE ACTUAL MOVIE PROP De Agostini Publishing has announced the release of a brand new weekly magazine series offering Star Wars fans and model makers the opportunity to build a detailed replica of the Millennium Falcon.   Featured in the recently released teaser trailer for Star Wars:…

 

January 9, 2015
Mez112JudgeDreddPress5 Ripped from Rebellion’s award winning comic is Mega-City One’s most notorious Street Judge, Judge Dredd. Some time in the near future Mega City One is part of what is left of a dystopian society and the law is upheld by Judges. Charged with the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner Street Judges are on the front line of maintaining order in a post apocalyptic world….

 

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