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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June 3, 2015
LegoBBTpic2 BAZINGA!! As announced back in November of 2014, the Lego Ideas Big Bang Theory set is coming in 2015!   Today we get our first official look at the set and the Minifigures of the actual set!  This set is based on the long running, hit comedy on CBS and features Minifigures of all seven of…

 

June 2, 2015
BBPSDCC15KissAlive2box1 Entertainment Earth Convention Exclusive! What’s the next best thing to seeing KISS live in concert? It’s having their official action figures rock out on a replica stage to your custom playlist of course! That dream is now a reality thanks to the KISS Alive II Stage with 1:20 Scale Action Figures – Deluxe Box Set…

 

June 2, 2015
AlienMinimates The motto of Diamond Select Toys is “The Best of All Worlds,” and this new batch of products scheduled for late 2015 comes from a lot of worlds! Whether it’s the physical worlds of Earth, Oa, Krypton and LV-426, or the thematic worlds of cartoons (Batman: The Animated Series), movies (Godzilla), and video games (Plants…

 

May 29, 2015
LEGO_JL_DOOM_BD_OSLV_3D_1000524019-2 THE FATE OF THE JUSTICE LEAGUE HANGS IN THE BALANCE AS WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND THE LEGO® GROUP RELEASE  LEGO® DC COMICS SUPER HEROES:  JUSTICE LEAGUE: ATTACK OF THE LEGION OF DOOM! ON BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACK, DVD and DIGITAL HD,  AUGUST 25, 2015   Includes Exclusive Trickster LEGO® Minifigure for Initial Ship!   Burbank, CA (MAY…

 

May 29, 2015
DCImagineTar7PkFt Target stores are starting to get in new DC Comics Super Friends Imaginext product, including a new exclusive 7-pack of figures.  The other item of note is that there are some new products revealed on the back of one of the packages. First up is the Target exclusive Heroes Vs. Villains 7 pack.  The litteral…

 

May 29, 2015
HTSWEp4LukeSky1 “I’m Luke Skywalker. I’m here to rescue you.” – Luke Skywalker Originally just a moisture farmer on the planet Tatooine, the young Luke Skywalker’s life began to change forever when he purchased two droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO, and met the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, the infamous smugglers Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Princess Leia! Luke’s actions…

 

May 28, 2015
CABad Guys Custom The “Ultimate Cosplayer” continues tradition by Bringing Out The Bad    Ridgewood, NJ. (May 28, 2015) –Captain Action Enterprises, licensors of the popular Captain Action line, are excited to announce the 2nd Annual Captain Action 1/6th scale Custom Action Figure Contest, to be held during an “American Idol” style judging panel at the Comic-Con International,…

 

May 28, 2015
BBPSDCC15ST4Bobble1 Entertainment Earth Convention Exclusive! If you never get the chance to swim with the whales, at least you can bobble with them. Presenting the only logical way to fit humpback whales in your collection this Star Trek IV: Whales with Spock bobble head made by Bif Bang Pow!. This Entertainment Earth Convention Exclusive measures approximately…

 

May 27, 2015
BBPSNLWeekendUp1 LOS ANGELES, CA: May 27, 2015 – Why just listen to the news when you get to play with it? That’s what Bif Bang Pow! had in mind when they created the Saturday Night Live Weekend Update with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey 3 1/2-Inch Action Figures Set of 2. Showcasing the detailed likenesses of both…

 

May 26, 2015
LegionofDansLogo In this episode the Dans discuss their most anticipated films of 2015.  For the toy talk they discuss their white whales and holy grails, the just out of reach collectibles that they all still want for their collections.  And find out who the May “Dan of the Month” will be…  

 

May 24, 2015
HTAAOUIMXLV1 In Marvel’s latest box office topping blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tony Stark donned the brand Iron Man Mark XLV new armor with a new female Artificial Intelligence Friday for the Avengers’ final showdown with Ultron! Many fans are fascinated with this new Iron Man Mark XLV armor’s unique streamline and extremely sleek design! And…

 

May 22, 2015
AlienBox copy In their quest to get new and unique products into the hands of collectors, Diamond Select Toys has frequently teamed up with retailer Action Figure Xpress on exclusive items that expand on DST’s existing lines in very exciting ways. And at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, AFX will offer four new items developed…

 

May 22, 2015
DCSP_Krypto_plush   DC Collectibles, the exclusive line of toy and collector items from DC Entertainment, revealed today three “con exclusive” products only available to those attending Comic Con International: San Diego on July 8-12 2015. Check out the exciting line-up below! DC Super Pets Krypto Plush Toy – Based on the artistic style of legendary comic book…

 

May 22, 2015
MOTUCMincomicsFallEt2 We had so much stuff planned for our 10th anniversary week that we couldn’t squeeze it all in back in April and since this whole year is really our 10th anniversary we are going to keep on celebrating! Scott “Toy Guru” Neitlich has been a friend and a gracious contributor to us here at AFi…

 

May 20, 2015
Mez15DKR2pk1 The One:12 Collective continues it’s Dark Knight Returns collection with this new limited edition Batman VS The Mutant Leader Deluxe Boxed set for sale online at www.mezcotoyz.com and at Mezco Toyz’s San Diego Comic Con booth #3445 Depicting the epic first encounter between Batman and The Mutant Leader in one of comicdom’s most infamous battles this boxed…

 

May 20, 2015
AlexRoss_JusticeLeague_AFs 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 in  from September to December of 2015. It looks like…

 

May 20, 2015
Gotham_MinimatesBox1 Now that Gotham has wrapped up a successful first season on Fox, you can bet that the second season will be even more of a roller coaster ride!  While you wait for new episodes in the Fall you can re-enact some of your favorite scenes with the characters in the newly announced  Gotham Minimates Series…

 

May 20, 2015
LettermanPiggyback I have what might be called an unnatural love of David Letterman. When I started watching Dave’s show in 1985 I thought it was a revelation of comedy. I couldn’t believe what I was watching.  I was just starting High School and Letterman’s brand of humor and antics were right up my alley.  It was…

 

May 19, 2015
D23EXPO_DreamStore_R4D23AFi Special logo apparel, product debuts, artist signings, and more  will highlight the Ultimate Disney Event for Fans and Families August 14 – 16   BURBANK and ANAHEIM, Calif. – May 19, 2015 – Bursting with D23 EXPO 2015 – themed official merchandise and other specialty items from Disney Theme Park Merchandise, the Dream Store returns…

 

May 16, 2015
FTCbstlab It’s one thing to just make the replicas of the 2 vintage Mego scale vans, but to go one step further and make NEW ones as well just blows my mind.   I was just talking this past week on the new episode of the Legion of Dans podcast that these were items from my…

 

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