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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August 25, 2015
TargetSWShareForce2 In anticipation of “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens,” Target has announced the launch of “Share the Force” (ShareTheForce.Target.com), the first digital collection of Star Wars memories.  The collection, which will include celebrity fans Minka Kelly, Chris Hardwick and Bobby Moynihan, will go on to be archived at Lucasfilm – becoming an everlasting…

 

August 24, 2015
LegionofDansBlock Three out of four Dans attended Comic Con 2015.  One stayed home, but who saw more? Three out of four Dans are heading out at midnight to buy some Star Wars toys on Force Friday.  Who will sit this out and why? Find out the answers to those questions and find out who is the…

 

August 24, 2015
Leonardo_BlueMask_MAIN_sized_1024x1024 My favorite thing that I saw at SDCC at 2015 was the Mondo TMNT figures.   These killer figures were sculpted by our old friend Phil Ramirez (Marvel Legends, DC Collectibles, Mondo’s Madballs) This Thursday the first of the four figures will go on sale to the public.  See below for details.  Then check out…

 

August 24, 2015
VI66BatBatman Vinyl Idolz: 1960’s Batman Holy vinyl awesomeness, Batman! The Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder are coming up next in our Vinyl Idolz line! Batman & Robin, in all their campy glory, are ready to put their bat-gadgets to good use in their fight to protect Gotham! The Dynamic Duo is joined by the dazzling Batgirl, who refuses to…

 

August 22, 2015
FTC66BatEEWave5 Every Friday the gang at Figures Toy Company announce some new line or product.  This week’s announcement is bittersweet –   This past week, Yvonne Craig, best known for her portrayal of Batgirl, passed away. We are proud to say that just one week ago, she was able to see and approve the upcoming retro…

 

August 20, 2015
LexLuthorJumboPoster Three new products are coming from the gang at Gentle Giant ltd. early next year from across the spectrum of their licenses.   We see some great new stuff in their Jumbo universe including our first look at the BTAS Catwoman jumbo and the next in their Super Powers Jumbo line.  Then we go SMALL for some Secret Wars…

 

August 19, 2015
MicroBobbles270x270 This week Gentle Giant solicits the new Marvel Secret Wars Micro Bobble series 1.   We first broke the news of these last month as part of our SDCC coverage.  Now we have more details on wave one and where they will be available.  Check out the details below, and check out our Gentle Giant Comic…

 

August 19, 2015
AliensWarrierCookieJar Winter is coming, and you know what that means — another season chock-full of awesome products from Diamond Select Toys! In the new assortment of items currently up for pre-order (and releasing around the end of this year), DST has new offerings from Aliens, the Batman TV show, the DC Animated universe, Ghostbusters, Godzilla, iZombie,…

 

August 18, 2015
10249_Prod Lego just unveiled a new Winter Village Toy Shop for this year! Enjoy the holiday season with the Winter Toy Shop!   Welcome to the Winter Toy Shop! The holiday season has arrived and the toymaker is busy finishing off his latest creations! Outside, children ski and snowboard, and a freshly built snowman sparkles in the…

 

August 17, 2015
ScreenHunter_08 Aug. 17 15.52 Star Wars Ralph McQuarrie Collectibles Coming Soon from Sideshow Collectibles Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars collectibles,including Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, and more will be available soon for galaxies near and far, far away! Sideshow posted this new video today talking about the two formats they are working on, statues and 1:6th scale figures.  It’s worth…

 

August 17, 2015
Batman_Animated_23_Commissioner_Gordon 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 March 2016.  I know that seems like a long…

 

August 16, 2015
Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Disney Parks Ð Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at D23 EXPO 2015 that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and DisneyÕs Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., creating DisneyÕs largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.  These authentic lands will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. (Disney Parks) ANAHEIM, Calif. (Aug. 15, 2015) – Today at the D23 EXPO 2015, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced to an audience of more than 7,500 fans that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.,…

 

August 14, 2015
WalE21303_Back_01 Build a beautifully detailed LEGO® version of WALL•E—the last robot left on Earth! Created by Angus MacLane, an animator and director at Pixar Animation Studios, and selected by LEGO Ideas members, the development of this model began alongside the making of the lovable animated character for the classic Pixar feature film. It has taken almost…

 

August 14, 2015
ScreenHunter_05 Aug. 14 03.48 While at San Diego Comic Con 2015 we were able to catch some time with our old friend Todd McFarlane of Image Comics and McFarlane Toys fame to talk about the newly announced Game of Thrones construction sets, the new Walking Dead sets, action figures, how he’s coming with the Spawn movie script and much more!…

 

August 14, 2015
HTEpVIBobaFettD1 In Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, Jabba the Hutt has sentenced Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca to death by casting them into the Great Pit of Carkoon on Tatooine, but Luke Skywalker has saved themselves from the terrible fate by fending off the fearsome bounty hunter Boba Fett and Jabba’s minions!…

 

August 13, 2015
Kim aka Skeletor’s Love Child just posted this Mattel Thundercats update over on the official MattyCollector.com message boards.  It looks like they found a way to make a good thing even BETTER! Good day Thunderians! Remember the Lion-O we showed at Comic Con this year? We loved him and you loved him too, but after…

 

August 13, 2015
pc2016Exclusives1 The details of ticket pre-sales and exclusive sales for Power-Con 2016 have been posted and the launch is THIS WEEKEND!   Make sure you mark your calendar to get your tickets so you don’t miss out on the triumphant return of Power-Con!! See below for all the details: Are you ready for the power to…

 

August 13, 2015
TargetSWShareForce1 BE THE FIRST TO “SHARE THE FORCE” WITH TARGET AT D23 EXPO AUGUST 14 – 16 AT THE Share the Force booth (F6) next to Center Stage BE THE FIRST TO JOIN THROUGH #SHARETHEFORCE Target is creating the first-ever collection of Star Wars memories to be permanently archived at Lucasfilm. Attendees at D23 EXPO: The…

 

August 12, 2015
MOTUC16MostWanted1 Mattel posted today that the MOTUC line for 2016 fully funded by the deadline.  MOTUC lives to fight another year with their shortened “Collector’s Choice” series of figures.  Congrats to all the fans who rallied and made this happen!     posted August 12, 2015 08:30 AM And now you shall receive them. The sub…

 

August 12, 2015
From the “Here’s an image you NEVER thought you’d see re-created on TV” comes this AMAZING teaser image for Season 2 of The CW’s THE FLASH:   Get ready for worlds to collide when Jay Garrick arrives on #TheFlash! @teddysears@grantgustpic.twitter.com/gq5EaIC6cQ — The Flash (@CW_TheFlash) August 11, 2015 Is it October 6th yet?!?!?!?

 

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