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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March 25, 2014
GGRABBTARGGp_1 Today the Four Horsemen sent out new and new images showing packaged samples of the first wave of their Power Lords line including the Fan Club exclusive figures:   We got in packaged samples of the upcoming Power Lords releases and although there are a few minor tweaks here and there to be made, we…

 

March 24, 2014
3A_Logo 3A is a toy, publishing and entertainment company founded in 2008 by Kim Fung Wong and Ashley Wood. Best known for creating the toy series from Ashley Wood’s Popbot, World War Robot and Adventure Kartel – 3A has extended its award-winning design and production techniques towards licensed properties such as Valve’s Portal 2 and Team…

 

March 24, 2014
CreatureplicaBanner1  Prepare to enter the primordial woods and frozen wastes of the world and explore it’s darkest corners. There are things undescribed by science on the fringes, stomping through the forest, chittering in the shadows. Join us in our quest. And Beware. This week sculptor Jean St. Jean introduced a new 6″-7″ scale original toyline that…

 

March 20, 2014
image001 You want some MADNESS this month?    Do you love picking your favorites and putting things in brackets? Then it’s time for YOU to pick the most popular character in a galaxy far, far away! This Is Madness: The Star Wars Character Tournament 2014 is fully armed and operational, with many special modifications. Upgrades to this…

 

March 20, 2014
ScreenHunter_316 Mar. 19 22.57 In the summer of 1986, in a mall in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Mattel Toy Company presented their new line of the Masters of the Universe Toy collection with a touring “showroom” that went to malls in large cities.   It presented the line as a “show” for kids and their parents to walk through and…

 

March 19, 2014
ZICA Logo Toy Manufacturer to produce  3.75” figures, vehicles & play sets   New York, N.Y. (March 20, 2014) – ZICA, a manufacturer of pop culture icons and Captain Action Enterprises, licensors of the popular Captain Action toy line, have teamed up to produce a series of retro 3.75” figures. These products will be on sale internationally…

 

March 18, 2014
PlayTMNTTF14Show2 Here is a quick video tour of Playmates Toys 2014 showroom.   Showing you all of the latest and greatest in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys and roleplay items.   No movie reveals yet.  That was all under lock and key! [youtube]http://youtu.be/zg2ORXOXShQ[/youtube] Also you can check out our full gallery of still pictures from the Playmates 2014…

 

March 18, 2014
DSTJayAndSilentBob2 You’ve seen the Bluntman and Chronic 8″ Retro figures, you’ve seen the Jay and Silent Bob Minimates, but THIS is the first time you will be seeing the 7″  Jay & Silent Bob 20th Anniversary Select Action Figures (unless you were at Toy Fair 2014) from Diamond Select Toys.   These figures were shown at DST’s…

 

March 17, 2014
N52_RedRobin_AF_RGB 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 September of 2014.   ACTION FIGURES DC…

 

March 17, 2014
MOTUCJumboSkelProto2 Twice a month the gang from Mattel are kind enough to answer five questions from AFi readers.  The Mattel marketing and PR team, have replied with the answers to our latest round of questions that AFi readers have posted in our forums.   Mattel has changed the guidelines for these Q&As so they only involve items…

 

March 16, 2014
MOTUCHydronAccess Mattel’s March 2014 Club Eternia subscription figure is Hydron from ‘New Adventures.’ He’s ready to dive into the most challenging situations on land, under water, or in space. This New Adventures hero comes with his vintage trident, removable air tanks and removable head dome for underwater battles. Complete your Galactic Protectors collection with this captain…

 

March 13, 2014
DCSC14Group1 The ruler of Atlantis will scour the sea and the shore to give bad guys the hook… which is on the end of his own left arm. One of the most fan-demanded versions, this ’90s-era style Aquaman figure sports an impressive head of hair and a full beard. The king of the seven seas also…

 

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