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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April 2, 2015
amiibo_Smash_Greninja_AFi2 If there’s one thing I know it’s that amiibo exclusives are RED HOT, sell out immediately and are highly sought out by collectors and fans of Nintendo!  Today Toys R Us is announcing their amiibo exclusive Greninja AND offering fans a chance to pre-order this exclusive along with 5 other new figures!  And if that…

 

April 1, 2015
WonderConBanner1 Do you like toys? Do you like talking about toys?  Do you like watching guys who make toys talk about toys?   Do you love straight up fun?  Then get yourself down to WonderCon on Friday and join in the conversation!   Action Figure Insider has been doing panels at San Diego Comic con for ten…

 

April 1, 2015
Oh man! Another gap between episodes? Yes. Yes it’s true. Both Jason and I have been traveling a bit this Spring so our schedules have been a little wonky. I just got back from Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle and Jason ran off to the Twin Cites for a bit, so we were literally…

 

March 31, 2015
Announced today over on the official Playstation blog: Hey PlayStation Nation! I know many of you are eagerly waiting for the final installment of Rocksteady Studios’ Batman: Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Knight. Today, I’m pleased to announce a new limited edition bundle featuring custom artwork that pays homage to the epic series. Limited Edition Batman:…

 

March 30, 2015
KotoSPGL9 A Kotobukiya Japanese import! Kotobukiya’s groundbreaking DC Comics Classic Costume ARTFX+ Statue series brings you brand new non-articulated comic book characters based on vintage 1980’s Super Powers action figure sculpts enlarged to 1/10th scale. Following after the initial release of Superman comes Hal Jordan as Green Lantern! Retro is in and you can celebrate the…

 

March 30, 2015
We are excited to announce that Funko will be exhibiting at Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim, CA! You can find Funko at booth #1410! Today we are announcing our Pop! exclusives! Stay tuned for TWO more announcements leading up to the convention! Pop! Star Wars: 2015 Celebration Exclusives E-3PO features a chrome finish! Visit…

 

March 27, 2015
ReActArrowWav1 Residents of Starling City, have no fear, these Pop!’s & ReAction Figures have not yet failed your city! Funko is bringing Oliver Queen and company to life with our new Pop! & ReAction Series! (Salmon Ladder not included) ReAction Figures: Arrow      Available in July! Pop! Television: Arrow   Available in May! His name…

 

March 26, 2015
POPTrgtAaoUVision1 Target Exclusive Faded Vision   Funko is excited to announce a Target Exclusive Faded Vision! The Target Exclusive Faded Vision is beginning to arrive in stores now. Check our store locator at www.funko.com to find your nearest participating Target!

 

March 25, 2015
HTA2Hawkeye1 The release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is coming closer and closer! Fans are all pumped to see the Earth’s mightiest heroes assembling again to save the world from the menacing artificial intelligence Ultron! Following the reveal of Black Widow, Hot Toys is thrilled to present the widely-anticipated 1/6th scale Hawkeye Collectible Figure! The…

 

March 25, 2015
Transformers+Generations+Combiner+Wars+Package1 As seen esterdayy on the Transformers Facebook page, two surprise  new Transformers Generations: Combiner Wars Deluxe figures are coming soon to help you complete your classic G1 Aerialbots and Stunticons teams!   Quickslinger and Brake-Neck will be available this May. We look forward to sharing more details with you regarding availability very soon. Quickslinger Brake-Neck   Roll…

 

March 24, 2015
tie_fighter_poster_by_mightyotaking This has been making the rounds today.  You might remember some clips from it bouncing around last year.   Now the full short film animated by Paul Johnson is availble on-line. TIE Fighter tells the story of a space battle from the Imperial perspective focusing on 3 pilots. Here’s what the creator says about the piece:…

 

March 23, 2015
toys-r-us-time-square4 It was announced this past week by CommercialObserver.com the Toys R Us would not be renewing the lease on their flagship store space in Time Square.    There’s a good chance the store will move to a smaller location in Times Square, but the current locating with it’s multi-story Ferris wheel, T-rex and impressive seasonal…

 

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