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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October 23, 2013
First came the Classic Video Game Jason SDCC Exclusive action figure. Then, Classic Video Game Freddy… Are we gonna make a habit of this? Heck yeah! Feast your eyes on NECA’s newest family member, straight from the ’80s with none of the bad fashion and all of the attitude… Classic Video Game Robocop! WARNING: If…

 

October 22, 2013
ScreenHunter_169 Oct. 17 12.30 This past week Comikaze published their list of show exclusives on their official website.   There are a wide range of exclusives from figures to t-shirts to comic covers and more!  There’s even some figures of the man himself!   Funko has a Pop! Vinyl of Stan and Mattel has the MOTUC Standor figure, which was announced…

 

October 21, 2013
From the creative minds of Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) and Bruce Timm (Superman: The Animated Series) and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this short follows Superman through the years, from his first appearance on the cover of Action Comics #1 to Henry Cavill in this year’s Man of Steel…all in two minutes! This first…

 

October 18, 2013
LouS1 We have the unfortunate duty of reporting the passing of Lou Schimer, one of the original founders of the Filmation animation studio.    He was an Emmy and Grammy winning producer as well as being an voice over actor.  He was Executive Producer of  several well known animated series from the Filmation stables  such as: Masters…

 

October 15, 2013
ScreenHunter_166 Oct. 15 12.04 We are excited to share an update and new images of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug toy line from The Bridge Direct! The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and 13 Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield,…

 

October 15, 2013
Mantenna® may not always see eye-to-eye with Hordak®, but he never loses sight of the objective… to destroy his enemies! The final member of the original 1985 Horde, this fan-demanded figure features an almost completely new sculpt. Mantenna® includes interchangeable pop-in and pop-out eyes to recreate the vintage action feature, and four fully articulated legs….

 

October 15, 2013
GoTPodcast1 This past week I was invited by the good folks over at the “Galaxy of Toys” Star Wars Podcast to hang out and talk toys.   Since action figures are one of my favorite things to talk about I readily accepted.   Check out my appearance on episode 15 on the link below and thanks to the…

 

October 14, 2013
Is there such a thing as ‘pthu wicked? Being bad is a day at the beach for this malevolent magician, but he doesn’t just build sand castles, he builds entire sand armies to do his evil bidding. This Filmation figure can hold his sinister sun scarab Ankh in his hand, and he comes with a…

 

October 14, 2013
BM_AC_2Face_AF 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 April 2014 (except for the Arkham Riddler…

 

October 14, 2013
RonB13figure Ron Burgundy is back in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. The much anticipated sequel to the hit 2004 comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is in theaters this December, and you can get in on the excitement by checking out these awesome Anchorman collectibles from Beeline Creative Inc. Be sure to pre-order these legendary…

 

October 13, 2013
NYCC 2013 Video: Star Wars Rebels: The Empire Returns In this special video that debuted at New York Comic Con 2013, Dave Filoni, executive producer of Star Wars Rebels, takes fans behind-the-scenes of the upcoming animated series and discusses the prominent role the Empire will play in the show. Filoni introduces some of the creative team involved in Star Wars Rebels, including executive producers…

 

October 11, 2013
nycc-logo-2013-lo.jpg The Mattypalooza panel at NYCC 2013 is still going on now, but that didn’t stop the Matty staff from updating the news section of MattyCollector.com with the news of the panel reveals.   Also check out the AFi Twitter feed, where Erik aka SuperFriend is live tweeintg the panel including the Q&A portion.   Toy Fans,…

 

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