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 5, 2015
GGSWJumboDeadpool Remember you don’t have to answer EVERY question to win, you just have to answer the MOST!   So give it a shot!   Last week our friends at Gentle Giant announced the first ever “Gentle Giant Day” Saturday Nov 14th at Blast from the Past in Burbank. Maybe you can’t make it to Burbank….

 

November 2, 2015
Warpo12inCth3 Warpo and Diamond Comics Distributors Announce Exclusive Worldwide Distribution Partnership CHICAGO, IL (November 2, 2015): Warpo, creators of the Legends of Cthulhu action figures, announce today the highly anticipated, extra-large 12” Cthulhu retro action figure is now available at toy and hobby shops nationwide. The 12” Cthulhu Standard Edition, along with the Previews Exclusive Glow…

 

November 2, 2015
DSC_0265 Today we crack open a big box of EVIL and show you what is in the new VILLAINS box from Funko’s awesome Marvel Collector Corps.  Have a look at all the goodies and order your own monthly box of EXCLUSIVE Marvel Merch at www.collectorscorps.com

 

November 2, 2015
DSC_0273 Stan Lee’s Comikaze continues to be one of the nicest, friendliest comic book conventions on the West Coast and this year was no exception.   I wish I had be able to spend more time at the show this weekend, but my wife is due to give birth any day now and I needed to…

 

October 31, 2015
BTAS_17_RoxyRocket_AF Coming to comic book shops this month is the new DC Collectibles Roxy Rocket deluxe action figure from ‘The New Batman Adventures.’  DCC brings us the first EVER Roxy Rocket figure, filling a 20+ year old hole that Kenner/Hasbro never filled in their Batman Animated line.  Not only do you get the figure and episode…

 

October 31, 2015
HTStanLee1 He is a creator of numerous superheroes. He has brought joy and excitement to comic book readers all around the world. In various superhero movies over the years, his cameos have lightened up the scenes and sometimes surprises movie-goers. Today, celebrating the opening of Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2015, Hot Toys is thrilled to officially…

 

October 29, 2015
E_DOZEN_1 The original release of our anthropomorphic avians was so incredibly popular that Four Horsemen Studios is doing it again! Next Friday, November 6th at 3pm EST thirteen new Mythic Legion Eathyron’s Dozen and the main character in this wave – Eathyron – will be a deluxe figure that will come with his own set of golden…

 

October 29, 2015
NECADCVideoFigures1 NECA Toys dropped a bomb on fans today when they announced a new line of 7″ Action Figure pack-ins in partnership with Warner Brothers Home Video.   Much like the movie accurate black costume 1989 Michael Keaton Batman 7″ action figure that was released last year with the Diamond Edition of the Batman DVD, these…

 

October 23, 2015
LegionofDansLogo Force Friday has come and gone.  How many Dans attended their local events and what did they pick up? Also New York Comic Con was the other week at the Javits Center and there was a TON of new toy goodness what were the favorites of the Legion? Listen to episode 5 and find out!…

 

October 23, 2015
GGSWJumboDeadpool Last week our friends at Gentle Giant announced the first ever “Gentle Giant Day” Saturday Nov 14th at Blast from the Past in Burbank. Maybe you can’t make it to Burbank.  Maybe you don’t even live in California.  Maybe you still want to win some awesome Gentle Giant ltd. products. That’s where WE come in!…

 

October 22, 2015
Posted today “From the Desk of Skeletor’s Love Child”   This is going to be a long one so before you settle in make sure you have your beverage of choice and some snacks handy. King Hssss As of right now he will not be available until January 2016. For the reasons why please see…

 

October 20, 2015
Print This event will be an end of the year round up for Gentle Giant LTD. Gentle Giant Day will be held at a local vendor’s new store called “Blast from the Past”. It will serve as a show case for the last quarter of 2015 product. We will also display production samples of current work…

 

October 19, 2015
DC_Icons_AF_16_Firestorm_sRGB 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 May 2016.  I know that seems like a long way…

 

October 19, 2015
MarvelCCGOG1 The order window on the Villains box has closed.  Today Funko’s Collector Corps announced their next box theme – Guardians of the Galaxy!  Remember every box is 100% exclusive Funko goodness, NO FLUFF! If you aren’t already in the Hero Program then you have until December 4th to get your order in on what is…

 

October 18, 2015
SWTFAPoster1 Do you all remember back in 1999 when the first trailer for Episode I was released?   Can you remember ANYTHING else you did that day other than watch that trailer 100 times? Tomorrow is going to feel a LOT like that. Today Disney and LucasArts released the final poster for Star Wars Episode VII:…

 

October 15, 2015
UniversalMonstersBW It’s almost Halloween, and Diamond Select Toys has sent a whole horde of horrific must-haves to your local comic shop for New Toy Day! From Godzilla to the Universal Monsters to the zombie hordes of Marvel, Kevin Smith and the Walking Dead, scares are now in-stock everywhere! There’s even a Batman cookie jar to hold…

 

October 14, 2015
ScreenHunter_129 Oct. 14 02.10 The ultimate Marvel subscription box for Pop! and/or Marvel collectors. Every month the good people at Funko stuff a box FULL of their Marvel goodness just for you.   For $25 a month you get figures, toys, POP Vinyls, t-shirts, stickers, comic book covers and more! EVERY SINGLE ITEM is exclusive to the box!  …

 

October 13, 2015
EEMontyPythonBlackKnight1 Like King Arthur, you might think he has no arms left… but “it’s just a flesh wound.” This terrific Monty Python and the Holy Grail Flesh Wound Black Knight Pop! Vinyl Figure – Entertainment Earth Exclusive revisits one of the most hilarious moments in the classic comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The Black…

 

October 8, 2015
DCMDKRBatman Today at New York Comic Con, Mattel debuted three new 6″ action figures as part of their DC Multiverse Re-Launch.  These 3 figures are from Frank Miller’s innovative Batman: The Dark Knight Returns series from the 1980s.    The wave will be exclusive to Walmart and will feature Batman (repainted version of the Batman Classics…

 

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…

 

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