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, 2014
Pre-Toy Fair: DC Collectibles – New York Toy Fair Reveals Video (2014) #TF14 Not going to Toy Fair? Not a problem! DC Collectibles is giving you a first look at their new product reveals. The latest Bombshell, the crazy new Batman Black & White, the latest DC Comics Designer Series action figures–they’re all here! Plus, check out our newest lines, including new action figures based on Batman: The…

 

February 13, 2014
HasbroGOGPoster As the floodgates of pre-Toy Fair news opens today we see that Yahoo has a first look at Hasbro’s 6″ Marvel Legends scale ‘Guardians of the Galaxy” movie figures that will feature a build-a-Groot figure.   This look comes in the form of an exclusive poster that will be handed at by Hasbro this weekend at…

 

February 13, 2014
bluntman_head_painted We are almost to Toy Fair Eve 2014 this weekend and everyone is rabid with anticipation to see the new hotness that all the toy companies will reveal starting on Sunday at the Javits Center in NYC.   We thought it would be be fun to look back at some really rare older figures that…

 

February 13, 2014
Even though MTV Geek! is dead, DC Collectibles still went the MTV route to do an early debut to most of the new products they will be announcing this coming weekend at New York Toy Fair. There are several extensions to existing figure and statue lines as well as the announcment of new figure lines…

 

February 12, 2014
MattyAFiLogo.jpg 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…

 

February 11, 2014
Ggripptogg_BkGr_03_1 The Four Horsemen’s 4th annual gallery show, Toypocalypse 4: FanEXtasy, begins this Saturday and there will be a VERY limited number of the new “Barlowe Concept Color Ggripptogg” figure. This figure represents the original color concept art that Power Lords creator and world renowned creature designer for major motion pictures, Wayne Barlowe created early in the…

 

February 11, 2014
FunkoLegGOTSnow1 New line of articulated action figures available now exclusively at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide LYNNWOOD, WA – February 11, 2014– Funko is excited to announce a new line of highly articulated action figures celebrating some of pop culture’s biggest franchises. The hit HBO® series Game of Thrones® will be the first license released in the…

 

February 10, 2014
Product Pre-order Launches Feb 10th PCSC Exclusive Version Also Available   LOS ANGELES, Jan 31st 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE)—    She’s the beautiful and cunning Captain of the Royal Guard of the Palace of Eternos, and she’s coming soon to a display shelf near you! Teela- Warrior goddess and fearless companion to Prince Adam- is coming…

 

February 10, 2014
GOT Cersei Baratheon FNL MILWAUKIE, OR, JANUARY 10—The epic HBO® series Game of Thrones has won worldwide success and a legion of fans. This audience is clamoring for unique collectibles and merchandise, and Dark Horse has been working with HBO Global Licensing to provide just that. A core item in the Game of Thrones program is the ongoing series…

 

February 10, 2014
2011-02-03 23.28.14 By John “Tougher Than A Harley” Charles   New York- Mezco Toyz invited a handful of reporters to their international world headquarters Wednsday for an exclusive preview of the items set to be revealed at The 111th American International Toy Fair  on February 16th. Despite Mother Nature’s attempts (or should we blame Freeze Meister?) the…

 

February 7, 2014
EEReAction1 Our Friends over at EntertainmentEarth.com got the Exclusive First Look at many of the new “retro” ReAction Figures from Funko: Get them here first! Funko and Super 7′s super-hot, brand-spanking-new release of fully poseable 3 3/4-inch ReAction figures has arrived… and it’s available first at Entertainment Earth! Choose exciting new action figures of key fan-demanded characters and…

 

February 4, 2014
DCUCVoteList Remember this old chestnut from the days of the Wizard Fan Poll for DCUC?    There were six figures in the running.   Between DC Universe Classics,  DC Signature Collection and Batman Unlimited we got 4 of the 6 as 6″ figures.   The two we did not get were Ragman and Vixen. I suspect we would have…

 

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