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 22, 2014
9_Batman75_4Pack 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 October 2014.   ACTION FIGURES DC COLLECTIBLES BATMAN…

 

April 22, 2014
afi_9th Welcome to Action Figure Insider’s 9th Anniversary “Scoop Week!”  As has been the case for the past eight years, on the week of our anniversary of AFi’s launch,  we have a little something we like to call “Scoop Week” where we bring you a variety of exclusive news on all your favorite action figure, collectibles and…

 

April 22, 2014
MechagodzillaBanner Welcome to Action Figure Insider’s 9th Anniversary “Scoop Week!”  As has been the case for the past eight years, on the week of our anniversary of AFi’s launch,  we have a little something we like to call “Scoop Week” where we bring you a variety of exclusive news on all your favorite action figure, collectibles and…

 

April 21, 2014
AFISWGGBanner2 Welcome to Action Figure Insider’s 9th Anniversary “Scoop Week!”  As has been the case for the past eight years, on the week of our anniversary of AFi’s launch,  we have a little something we like to call “Scoop Week” where we bring you a variety of exclusive news on all your favorite action figure, collectibles and…

 

April 21, 2014
afi_9th Welcome to Action Figure Insider’s 9th Anniversary “Scoop Week!”  As has been the case for the past eight years, on the week of the anniversary of AFi’s launch,  we put together something we like to call “Scoop Week” where we bring you a variety of exclusive news on all your favorite action figure, collectibles and toy…

 

April 13, 2014
SFOToyShow2014pic5 My wife was traveling out of town this weekend and had a layover at the United terminal at the San Francisco International airport.   While walking to her gate she came upon a art show they had at the airport which was a collection of vintage Japanese toys called “Japanese Toys! From Kokeshi to Kaiju.”   Being…

 

April 13, 2014
ScreenHunter_341 Apr. 13 18.41 Blade is the Evil Master of Swords™.   He’s unique release, in that he was a character in the 1987  Masters of the Universe feature film that also had a vintage figure in the original Masters of the Universe action figure line.   Because he had a previous figure Mattel is also able to make a MOTUC…

 

April 13, 2014
With episode 100 behind us we move on to episode 101, which I consider to be “well into our 100’s.” Thanks everyone for all the great feedback on Episode 100. We enjoyed reading all of the comments. Now we hope to back on a more regular schedule. By the time you read this and hear…

 

April 10, 2014
ScreenHunter_333 Apr. 10 17.29 Today, as part of Batman’s 75th Anniversary celebration, DC Entertainment released a new animated Bruce Timm short featuring a very Golden Aged caped crusader.    This new 3 minute black and white short takes the viewer back to the golden age of DC animation as well with Batman: The Animated Series. As an open letter to…

 

April 9, 2014
QMx-DCbombshells-18x24-Batgirl-1 LOS ANGELES — April 9, 2014 — Quantum Mechanix Inc. (QMx), a leading sci-fi and pop culture collectibles company, unveiled plans today with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, to produce a line of art prints featuring the ladies known collectively as the DC Comics Bombshells.   The DC Comics Bombshells are based off the bestselling…

 

April 7, 2014
Last week DC Collectibles gave fans their first look at the other two figures that will be in their first wave of their 6″ Batman: The Animated Series line.   In this new article they give a lot more details on the figure including points of articulation, some possible accessories and showing the digital sculpts.  …

 

April 6, 2014
DHGoTNedStarkPress This week are are going to be looking at Dark Horse Comics‘ 7″ Game of Thrones figure line.  Series 4 of Game of Thrones starts today 4/6 on HBO.  The first wave of figures were released back in January and consisted of Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow.  The second wave of figures just came out…

 

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