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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February 13, 2015
LegionofDansLogo When a project starts with an email with the subject line “I’ve got a cockamamie idea…” you know it has to be good! SECRET ORIGINS This podcast was an idea that came to me late last year.   I’ve been in the action figure journalism biz for a long time, and there are a lot…

 

February 13, 2015
BBP375FlashGordon1 Diiiiiiiiiiivvvvve! It’s the day before Toy Fair 2015 starts and the floodgates of information and reveals have opened.     Here is your first look at the recently announced 3.75″ retro Flash Gordon figures from our friends at Bif Bang Pow!   These figures are overflowing with 80’s goodness!   There will be lots more…

 

February 13, 2015
View-Master works with Google Cardboard to deliver an affordable, kid-friendly immersive digital experience NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Kicking off the Toy Industry Association’s Toy Fair in New York today, Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) unveiled a collaboration with Google that gives the iconic View-Master toy a 21st century twist. With the new View-Master that works with Google…

 

February 13, 2015
SuperPowersBannerAFI Gentle Giant take great delight in blowing up your childhood… but not in a bad way, in an amazing JUMBO way!  Today, on “Toy Fair Eve,” the good people at Gentle Giant ltd, have have two fantastic pre-Toy Fair announcements that they are letting us debut here on AFi. Gentle Giant ltd. has had tremendous success…

 

February 13, 2015
BatmanTASBannerAFi Gentle Giant take great delight in blowing up your childhood… but not in a bad way, in an amazing JUMBO way!  Today, on “Toy Fair Eve,” the good people at Gentle Giant ltd, have have two fantastic pre-Toy Fair announcements that they are letting us debut here on AFi. Gentle Giant ltd. has had tremendous success…

 

February 12, 2015
FactoryEnt_logo Concord, CA – Factory Entertainment, Inc., the Concord, California-based producer of licensed toys and collectibles, announced today that it will debut a wide range of products based on the upcoming films, including Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel’s Ant-Man, Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War and Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Factory Entertainment will be launching a variety…

 

February 12, 2015
DCArrowDiggle1 DC COLLECTIBLES UNVEILS 2015 LINE-UP INCLUDING NEW ACTION FIGURES FROM HIT TV SERIES “ARROW” & “THE FLASH” AND AN ALL-NEW DC COMICS “ICONS” ACTION FIGURE LINE AHEAD OF NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL TOY FAIR First-Ever Batmobile Scaled for 6’’ Action Figures Inspired by Batman: The Animated Series Set to Debut in 2015   Burbank, Calif. –…

 

February 12, 2015
MOTUCNinjorChip    The February 2015 Masters of the Universe Classics figure is Ninjor…er… Ninja Warrior. He gives stealth a bad name… or a good name, if sneak attacks are your thing. He wins the title of Eternian Ninja Warrior hands down thanks to his expert use of nunchucks. The swift and sneaky servant to Skeletor® arrives…

 

February 11, 2015
This weekend kicks off Toy Fair 2015 so since I have an action figure website and Jason has a toy company it only makes sense that we spend a good chunk of this episode talking about toys and the toy industry.  We have quite a bit of “behind-the-scenes” toy talk in this episode so we…

 

February 11, 2015
HTA2Ultron1 “There are no strings on me.”   Since the first official release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, the film’s titular villain Ultron’s menacing appearance and memorable speech has grabbed many fans’ attention and left wondering how the Earth’s mightiest heroes can stand up against this highly dangerous robot and its large army. With…

 

February 11, 2015
DeathStar_0142 CARLSBAD, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2015) – The LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star Model Display has arrived to LEGOLAND® California Resort! The planet shaped LEGO® model, made out of more than a half million LEGO bricks, stands 13-feet high, 8-feet wide and weighs more than 1,900 pounds. The LEGO Death Star is the largest LEGO…

 

February 10, 2015
MOTUCspiritLives_Logo Mattel updated the MattyCollector.com news blog to give fans the details on how and when they can order the 2015 MOTUC chase figure” The Spirit Lives with our 2015 Chase Figure: When He’ll Appear is (Kind of) a Mystery Spirit of Hordak™. Loo-Kee™ and Kowl™. And now, the great Spirit of Grayskull™ commands his rightful…

 

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