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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May 15, 2014
Legend travels fast. Don’t miss The Flash, coming Tuesdays this fall to The CW! WATCH THE FIRST LOOK extended trailer: ABOUT THE FLASHAfter a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, CSI Investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and falls into a coma. Months later he awakens with the power of super speed, granting him…

 

May 12, 2014
TF4AFiAutobots1     The summer of extinction is almost upon us and that means we can officially start talking about Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.   The Hasbro T4:AoE figures are not officially in stores until May 17th (there are reports of some stores breaking the street date) but the gang at Hasbro PR were kind enough…

 

May 9, 2014
spiderman-webwings1 We saw the announcement of this deal from Marvel a few weeks ago.  Here is the official press release from DST:   For years, Diamond Select Toys (DST) has been re-creating the classic 8-inch, cloth-costume action figures of the 1970s, but one line has received more requests than any other: the Marvel Comics characters from…

 

May 5, 2014
322180_SW_Yoda_Black_Series Over the weekend, for Star Wars Day, Hasbro revealed two new(ish) 6″ Star Wars black figures.   One was a very “Empire Strikes Back” version of Yoda (but with a lightsaber?) and the other was the San Diego Comic Con 2014 exclusive version of Jabba the Hutt (with exclusive Salacious Crumb).   Jabba was revealed…

 

May 2, 2014
CBSDCC14Banner1 The weekend, for Free Comic Book Day, Mattel has 2 of their upcoming San Diego Comic Con exclusives on display at The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach, Ca.   This is the 3rd or 4th year in a row they have done this sort of reveal display for Free Comic Book Day.   The Comic…

 

April 30, 2014
Posted just moments ago on MattyCollector.com:   Oh San Diego Comic-Con, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways… First, we start by revealing one MOTUC figure and one DCU figure right here, right now! Without further ado, meet… Masters of the Universe® Classics Hordak® with Imp Celebrate the 30th anniversary of She-Ra® and Princess…

 

April 29, 2014
SWEp7TableRead Just about 20 minutes ago the Walt Disney Studio posted the following picture and message about the Star Wars Episode VII table read happening today in London.   I’m going to be staring at this all day.   The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam…

 

April 28, 2014
IMG_0341 (Large) I’m week late getting these posted because I was focusing on all of the 9th Anniversary stories, but last weekend in Anaheim, WONDERCON 2014 was held next to the “Happiest Place On Earth” for the 3rd year in a row.    The Anaheim incarnation of WonderCon has grown year over year, and I have heard…

 

April 26, 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 25, 2014
AFiSuper_Freddy1   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…

 

April 25, 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 24, 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…

 

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