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 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…

 

February 10, 2015
WarpoFigures First Action Figures Based on the Legendary World of H.P. Lovecraft Release in Comic, Toy and Hobby Stores Nationwide Today CHICAGO, IL (February 10, 2015): From a successful Kickstarter less than a year ago, to toy stores across the country, Warpo is thrilled to announce the Legends of Cthulhu retro action figure line releases today….

 

February 10, 2015
BBP-big-lebowski2 Bif Bang Pow! Abides Again LOS ANGELES, CA: February 10, 2015 – Bif Bang Pow! today announced it has renewed its agreement with Universal Partnerships & Licensing to produce an exciting new line of toys and collectibles inspired by The Big Lebowski.   The license provides for all-new 6 to 24-inch action figures, car accessories…

 

February 10, 2015
Box - Standard Creators of the DC Comics™ Deck-Building Games Developing Officially Licensed Ghostbusters™ Board Game Lake Forest, CA – Feb. 10, 2015 – The streams have been crossed and the Keymaster and the Gatekeeper have come together! Cryptozoic Entertainment, creators of board and collectible card games, is bringing the world’s most highly respected group of paranormal investigators/exterminators…

 

February 9, 2015
Mythic Press image_sm MYTHIC LEGIONS ARE STORMING THE CASTLE!! The Four Horsemen’s highly anticipated Mythic Legions Kickstarter campaign is LIVE and running right now! Just march your armies over to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fourhorsemen/mythic-legions-action-figures-by-four-horsemen-stu?ref=nav_search right now to check out the various pledge levels and all of the add-ons and please help spread the word! Here’s just some of the details of the line:  Four Horsemen Studios’ Mythic Legions Kickstarter is…

 

February 5, 2015
Our old pal Jesse DeStasio is cooking up something new in the toy world that ties into his online toy show “Toy Pizza.”   He is using Kickstarter to fund making figures based on the (un)official mascot team “the Knights of the Slice.”   The good news is that the campaign has already fully funded, so if…

 

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