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 8, 2015
IDWBloomCounty2015 IDW TO PUBLISH COLLECTION OF NEW COMIC STRIPS IN 2016 San Diego, CA (October 8, 2015) – For the first time since 1989, Berkeley Breathed is producing new Bloom County comic strips. Featuring all of his beloved characters—Opus, Bill the Cat, Milo, Steve Dallas, and more—the world has never been more ready for Breathed’s biting…

 

October 8, 2015
70317_The Fortrex World’s leading toy brand introduces new intellectual property that bridges physical and digital play with building sets, episodic content and digital gaming   New York Comic Con attendees get first-look at story, products and gaming app   NEW YORK CITY (October 8, 2015) – The LEGO Group today announced LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS,™ a new, original…

 

October 6, 2015
LegoIdeadsDrWhobox After some foreign catalog images leaked on the internet this week, the Lego Ideas team made the official announcement on the first Lego Ideas Doctor Who set, with images over on the official Lego Ideas blog:   You might have thought it disappeared into a crack in space and time, but today we’re excited to…

 

October 4, 2015
BMvSM_DoJ_WonderWoman_Statue1 On Friday our friends over at DC Collectibles snuck out some news and announcements to help get us through our weekend.  One of the announcements was: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Wonder Woman Statue: DC Collectibles recently revealed a Gal Gadot Wonder Woman statue based on Warner Bros. upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice…

 

October 3, 2015
On Friday Mattel announced the details of their 2016 MOTUC 2.0 Filmation subscription:   These are the figures that’ll take you right back to Saturday morning, sitting in your PJs, bowl of cereal in hand, face ten inches from the TV. Get ready for Classics 2.0! This is the subscription that’ll give you all the…

 

October 3, 2015
FullSizeRender_2 This weekend Mondo is hosting MondoCon 2015 in Austin, Texas.   That means there is news and reveals from their new toy division as well.  Earlier today at one of their panels they announced that they would be producing 12″ figures based on Batman The Animated Series, and at long last we get our first…

 

October 3, 2015
DCC_BTAS_Batmobile   Batman: The Animated Series – Batmobile Unboxing Video: The DC Collectibles team revealed today a fun unboxing video featuring the highly popular Batman: The Animated Series Batmobile. It’s sleek! It’s speedy! It’s straight out of the show! Yes, we’re talking about Batman: The Animated Series’ classic Batmobile, which is now available from DC Collectibles. In…

 

October 2, 2015
darkhorse_minicomic_collection_cover We have the great pleasure to debut some new teaser pages from the highly anticipated He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection hardcover book by Dark Horse.  This book, first announced over the summer at SDCC collect and reprint the beloved classic MOTU mini-comics as well as some never before seen materials. The toy juggernaut…

 

September 30, 2015
Michelle2 Following the launch of Character Options’ double helping of Exclusive Doctor Who Missy Figures last week, the actress who plays Missy, Michelle Gomez, has been photographed with her miniature alter egos. The figures have whipped up storm with Doctor Who Fans since they were revealed on Thursday 24th September by way of a virtual press…

 

September 29, 2015
HarleyQuinnBW1 It’s almost October, and while many people’s thoughts have turned to dressing up for Halloween, some cosplayers have been aiming for a much closer date. On October 8th, New York Comic-Con kicks off at the Javits Center in New York City, and Diamond Select Toys will be there with their brand-new booth full of prototypes…

 

September 25, 2015
S7motu_grayHeman1 Super7 and Mattel present the ‘By the Power of Grayscale’ edition of Masters of the Universe 3.75″ Action Figures! Now He-Man can defend the secret power of Castle Grayskull from Skeletor and his evil henchmen in black and white! Each sturdy, plastic action figure is 3.75″ tall with five points of articulation, and comes packaged on…

 

September 24, 2015
Missy - Purple - Out of Pack - Small Product Development Director, Al Dewar, unveils the new 5.5-inch scale Missy Collector Series Figure during online broadcast.   24th September 2015 – London, England – Character Options has today unveiled details of a brand new Limited Edition Doctor Who 5.5” scale action figure. Images of the Missy figure, first in a new range of scale Doctor…

 

September 23, 2015
Grimskull There’s only one week left in the October Toys Skeleton Warriors Grimskull Kickstarter campaign.  As of this writing there are only FIVE DAYs left to fully fund this figure and we they are only half way there.   I can tell you first hand as a customer that supported their previous Skeleton Warriors Kickstarter for Baron…

 

September 23, 2015
Funko is proud to announce the first batch of New York Comic Con exclusives! You’ll see familiar characters decked out in new colors and materials alongside figures that are entirely brand new! Our exclusives contain many of Funko’s most popular lines – Pop!, ReAction, Hikari – as well as new lines from Vinyl Sugar! Our goal was to…

 

September 22, 2015
Bobba Fett Highly Detailed Figures Incorporate Japanese Samurai Aesthetic; Pre-Orders Open For “Ronin” Boba Fett, “Daisho” Darth Vader, “Teppou Ashigaru” Sandtrooper and “Akazonae” Imperial Guard; “Taisho” Darth Vader And “Ashigaru” Stormtrooper Figures Available Now!!   Irvine, CA, September 21, 2015 – Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong…

 

September 19, 2015
SuperPowersMicroFigsW1_270x270 Several new products are coming from the gang at Gentle Giant ltd. mid-year next year from across the spectrum of their licenses.   There are some great statues from Star Wars, Marvel and The Walking Dead, as well as a fun new Captain America statue based on the art work of Skottie Young.  There are NO Jumbos…

 

September 18, 2015
S7NYCC15alien_special_3_pack_wb Journey into the mysterious Derelict Spaceship with the ReAction Figures Nostromo Crew Special Action Figure Set! Dallas, Lambert and Kane don their spacesuits to venture out of the safety of the Nostromo Spaceship to investigate a distress signal on a distant planet. Little do they know the terror they are about to unleash! The ReAction…

 

September 18, 2015
Lot 1558--Carrie Fisher Slave Leia costume collection from Return of the Jedi ORIGINAL SCREEN-USED “STAR WARS: EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE” ‘BLOCKADE RUNNER’ FILMING MINIATURE-THE SHIP THAT SET THE TONE FOR THE ENTIRE “STAR WARS” FRANCHISE; A ‘REBEL FLEET TROOPER’ HELMET FROM “STAR WARS: EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE”; CARRIE FISHER ‘SLAVE LEIA’ COSTUME FROM “STAR WARS: EPISODE VI – RETURN OF THE JEDI” AMONG THE…

 

September 15, 2015
MOTUCKngChooblahFt2 Heroic King of the Kulataks Today on MattyCollector.com sees the release of the Masters Of the Universe Classics King Chooblah action figure.   King Chooblah is the next figure in the “200X” sub-line that features characters and designs seen in the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe animated series.  If you already subscribed to…

 

September 14, 2015
WW_AoW_Bruce_Timm 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 April 2016.  I know that seems like a long way…

 

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