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 12, 2013
Comikazie13photo2 AFi’s image gallery from our weekend at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2013 is now live in our Gallery section. Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo was last week and AFi was there.   This is the 3rd year of the convention and every year the show gets bigger and better.   It’s been tough to get a good con…

 

November 11, 2013
DCComics_WonderGirl_AF 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 mostly in May 2014 (but Arkham Origins Killer…

 

November 10, 2013
This weekend was the release of Marvel Studios Thor: The Dark World feature film.  The film has already racked up $86 million (up 31% from the original Thor’s opening weekend). Despite being shown at SDCC 2013 back in July I’ve seen some questions pop up on line this week if Hasbro will be making figures…

 

November 7, 2013
We were just sent this press releases from Lucasfilm, so it’s legit:   With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII. “We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the…

 

November 7, 2013
DC Collectibles – Lex Luthor Deluxe Action Figure Trailer If you’re going to tangle with Superman, you’d better dress appropriately. Fortunately, the Armored Suit Lex Luthor Deluxe Action Figure from DC Collectibles is more than up for the task. Clad in the instantly recognizable green and purple armored suit, this 8 1/2-inch deluxe action figure features over 20 points of articulation and will be…

 

November 7, 2013
Netflixlogo Disney’s Marvel and Netflix Join Forces to Develop Historic Four Series Epic plus a Mini-Series Event Based on Renowned Marvel Characters Landmark Deal Brings Marvel’s Flawed Heroes of Hell’s Kitchen, led by “Daredevil,” to the World’s Leading Internet TV Network in 2015 Burbank, Calif. – Nov 7, 2013—The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and Netflix…

 

November 6, 2013
71004_TLMminifigseries Lego has revealed some of the new sets that will tie in with the upcoming “The Lego Movie” feature film over on the official Lego site: Minifigure Collection 16 all-new, special minifigures from the new THE LEGO® MOVIE™, is now part of the LEGO® Minifigure Collection. Each minifigure comes in a sealed “mystery” bag with…

 

November 5, 2013
ScreenHunter_208 Nov. 05 10.11 Today Lego made a lot of Minecraft fans very happy.  They announced not only will their Minecraft line that was origianly launched as part of CUUSOO will be continuing, but now it will be in the minifigure scale AND fans can help design the line!   We’re excited to announce that we are launching a…

 

November 3, 2013
DCSCLogo-500x145 While I was at the Mattel booth yesterday at Comikaze 2013 I was talking to Scott aka Toy Guru and he gave me a little hint that we might still be getting one last unannounced surprise for fans of DCUC and the DC Signature Classics line. After the panel he said to me: I’m really…

 

November 3, 2013
Yesterday Comikaze 2013 kicked off with with Mattel Mattypalooza panel and with it, two new Masters of the Universe Classics reveals.   Announced this weekend were Flutterina, receiving her first toy since 1985 and Intergalactic Skeletor (who is also “New Adventures of He-Man” Skeletor, but apparently there was a rights issue with using the words “New…

 

October 30, 2013
Hasbro is calling this Star Wars Black 2014 Wave 1, but I’m old school, so I’m calling it wave 3.   They just sent over pictures of this wave loose and in package: Wave 3 features: Episode II: Attack of the Clones – Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode IV: A New Hope – Stormtrooper Episode V: The Empire…

 

October 29, 2013
Over 50 Licenses to be Included Hillside, NJ—October 29, 2013—National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) today announced SCALERS, a new line of licensed electronics accessories that builds on its established relationships with some of the hottest intellectual properties to bring a brand new concept to the marketplace. SCALERS are decorative cord accessories in the shape of…

 

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