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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June 15, 2015
BTAS_22_Mask_of_Phantasm_AF_2_Pack 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 December of 2015 and January of 2016.  I know…

 

June 15, 2015
BBP25605_Malcolm_HighRes_060215 Last week we brought you the news of the first two 6″ Penny Dreadful action figures coming from Bif Bang Pow, now today we are able to reveal the next three figures to round out the cast and your shelves: The Penny Dreadful Debonair Explorer is Now an Entertainment Earth Convention Exclusive As an amasser…

 

June 15, 2015
PenguinRoughed1 Each year, Diamond Select Toys sets up at Comic-Con International in San Diego, ready to show off their upcoming products to the large crowds. And with that many DST fans in one place, they also like to bring new products that will go on sale for the first time ever on the show floor! This…

 

June 12, 2015
DSTNBX_MinimatesWv2 Here’s a nice little late Friday reveal from our friends at Diamond Select Toys.    Here’s your first look at wave 2 of their upcoming Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates!   These will be solicited in the next issue of Previews so swing by your local comic book shop next week and place your order! Personally…

 

June 12, 2015
GruntJumbo13 Gentle Giant is keeping classic GI Joe alive this year at San Diego Comic Con, now in TWO different scales!  if you are a member of Gentle Giant’s Premier Guild you can pre-order these now.  First we have the Jumbo Grunt: GI JOE GRUNT – $130 Inspired by the Hasbro vintage GI Joe A Real…

 

June 12, 2015
Rebels_Screenshot_TOTR_Kanan2 Introducing Four Star Wars Rebels™ Characters, Unlockable Across All Three Star Wars™ Play Sets and Immediately Playable in the Toy Box LOS ANGELES, Calif. – (JUNE 12, 2015) Disney Interactive and Lucasfilm today announced that some of the Star Wars™ characters from the popular animated TV series Star Wars Rebels™  are joining Disney Infinity 3.0…

 

June 10, 2015
Funko is proud to announce our second batch of San Diego Comic-Con exclusives! Our goal was to cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic-Con attendee why they fell in love with these stories in the first place. In an effort to provide more of our products to Con-goers, we are NOT offering…

 

June 10, 2015
BBP02100_HiRes_050815 Return to Mongo with the New Convention Exclusive from Entertainment Earth   Evil Emperor Ming is out to destroy Earth, but not to fear. Flash is here to save us all… in 3 3/4-inch scale, that is! From Bif Bang Pow! comes the Flash Gordon Hawk City Scene 3 3/4-Inch Figure Set – Convention Exclusive….

 

June 9, 2015
LE15BatSupBatmobile2 Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman Costumes from the highly anticipated film to also be unveiled     This morning Warner Bros. Consumer Products officially revealed the Batmobile and select costumes from the highly anticipated film, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” marking their first public unveiling.   From director Zack Snyder, and starring Henry Cavill in the…

 

June 9, 2015
Funko is proud to announce our first batch of San Diego Comic-Con exclusives! Our goal was to cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic-Con attendee why they fell in love with these stories in the first place. In an effort to provide more of our products to Con-goers, we are NOT offering…

 

June 7, 2015
customization Explore, Discover and Create in STEAM Early Access BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group today announced LEGO® Worlds, a limitless collection of procedurally generated worlds made entirely of LEGO Bricks, where players build unique environments and define their own experience. Developed by TT Games, LEGO Worlds allows players to…

 

June 6, 2015
RATE_PlaySet_JabbaPalace-XL Disney Interactive Releases New Information and Assets for Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition: Star Wars™ Rise Against the Empire Play Set   Game Spans Iconic Destinations From Classic Star Wars Trilogy, Takes Open World Exploration and Space Combat to New Heights with Overhauled Vehicle Mechanics   LOS ANGELES, Calif. – (June 5, 2015) Disney Interactive today released…

 

June 6, 2015
SDCC15PreviewsLogo (BALTIMORE, MD)- (June 4, 2015)- Diamond Comic Distributors is offering  over 20 limited PREVIEWS exclusives for this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego (July 8-12), including custom comics and collectibles. Comic-Con attendees will be able to preview the items at the Diamond PREVIEWS booth #2401 and purchase from retailer booths on the show floor. The exclusives…

 

June 5, 2015
CHH96-imaginext-dc-superfriends-firestorm-d-1 The other week we showed you some DC Comics Imaginext reveals that showed up on the back of some new packaging, but now the good folks at Fisher-Price have done one better with new products officially revealed on the Imaginext website!   New figures, new vehicles and new fun are coming our way! And this…

 

June 4, 2015
HasSDCC15DrStrangeBox2 At LONG LAST Hasbro has revealed their Marvel Legends SDCC 2015 exclusive set.   Hasbro typically reveals their SDCC sets back in February at Toy Fair, but this year it was “radio silence” when it came to convention exclusives.   It now appears that the reason they waited was to make the announcements via main…

 

June 4, 2015
HTAOUScarletWitch1 “I can show you what you truly fear!” In Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Wanda Maximoff a.k.a Scarlet Witch has undergone experiments by HYDRA to obtain superpowers in neuro-electric interfacing, telekinesis, mental manipulation and became a “secret weapon” of the evil organization. When HYDRA fell, she joined Ultron to get their revenge on Tony Stark,…

 

June 4, 2015
BBP17160_StuartSheldon_HiRes What Happens at the Comic-Book Shop Stays There with New THE BIG BANG THEORY™ Convention Exclusive!       Our special edition THE BIG BANG THEORY™ Sheldon and Stuart 3 ¾-Inch Action Figures Set of 2 – Convention Exclusive is made exclusively by Bif Bang Pow! for Entertainment Earth as a convention exclusive! In his…

 

June 3, 2015
LegoBBTpic2 BAZINGA!! As announced back in November of 2014, the Lego Ideas Big Bang Theory set is coming in 2015!   Today we get our first official look at the set and the Minifigures of the actual set!  This set is based on the long running, hit comedy on CBS and features Minifigures of all seven of…

 

June 2, 2015
BBPSDCC15KissAlive2box1 Entertainment Earth Convention Exclusive! What’s the next best thing to seeing KISS live in concert? It’s having their official action figures rock out on a replica stage to your custom playlist of course! That dream is now a reality thanks to the KISS Alive II Stage with 1:20 Scale Action Figures – Deluxe Box Set…

 

June 2, 2015
AlienMinimates The motto of Diamond Select Toys is “The Best of All Worlds,” and this new batch of products scheduled for late 2015 comes from a lot of worlds! Whether it’s the physical worlds of Earth, Oa, Krypton and LV-426, or the thematic worlds of cartoons (Batman: The Animated Series), movies (Godzilla), and video games (Plants…

 

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