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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April 28, 2015
7_group_2 Today, as part of our 10th anniversary celebration, we have a great guest column from our old friend Matt “Iron Cow” Cauley of Iron Cow Productions. While I only tiptoed into the shallow waters that are the bootleg Super Powers figures (and other non DC Characters) made by the mysterious “Industrial Toy Werks” with a…

 

April 27, 2015
DCMultiverseTF15pic1 The other day a friend of mine reached out to me to say he had gotten a message from an online retailer that Mattel’s 4″ DC Comics Multiverse line had been canceled.   This was surprising to be because we had just seen production versions of 8-10 NEW figures back in February in the Mattel showroom…

 

April 27, 2015
KotoSPAFi10 After 10 years one week of celebration just wasn’t enough so we are going to keep the fun going this week with a few more scoops and some new articles and features. Today we have a new image of the Batman and Robin ARTFX+ sculpts from the new series of statues from Kotobukiya.   This…

 

April 24, 2015
BCSherlock221BDoor10 It’s Friday!  We all made it through the week and are looking forward to the weekend… so let’s have a Double Scoop of Scoops!  That’s right there’s a SECOND scoop today! The reveal comes from the folks at Big Chief Studios in the UK.  These are the folks that are knocking it out of the…

 

April 24, 2015
EEGoGBoxedSet Entertainment Earth Exclusive! Your favorite heroes from Guardians of the Galaxy are here in 6-inch scale, with fantastic accessories and more firepower than you can shake a stick at! Bring home the exclusive of the year with this Guardians of the Galaxy Comic Edition Marvel Legends Action Figure Box Set from Hasbro that includes 5…

 

April 24, 2015
NECAAmbush8 Today’s scoop is a great one from our friends at NECA!  NECA continues their stranglehold on my wallet by expanding their awesome Predator action figure line to include updated version of the classic Kenner Predator action figure collection. Today they are letting us debut the 2015 Convention Exclusive Ambush Predator in all of his invisible glory!…

 

April 23, 2015
BBPFlashGWave1 FIRST LOOK! Bif Bang Pow! Is Once Again the Savior of Your Action Figure Collection     Long live the new savior of your action figure universe! Collectors can now rejoice as Big Bang Pow! presents the first-ever 3 3/4-inch scale action figures from the cult favorite 1980 sci-fi film Flash Gordon. These authentically designed and rendered action…

 

April 23, 2015
DC Super Hero Girls1 A New Super Hero Universe Designed Just For Girls, Slated For Fall 2015 Mattel to Launch Company’s First Action Figures for Girls Unprecedented Initiative to Include Digital Content, TV Specials, Made-For-Videos, Publishing, Toys, Apparel and Other Products Random House Children’s Books to be Master Publishing Partner The LEGO Group to be Exclusive Construction Partner Beginning in…

 

April 22, 2015
BBP29100A_AA_Kiss-Figures-Wave-1_EE-AFi Rock & Roll All Nite with Bif Bang Pow!’s New KISS Collector’s Set     Collectors can now “pull the trigger” on owning one of the most popular rock bands of all time with the KISS Love Gun 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures Series 1 Set from Bif Bang Pow!, available now for pre-order at Entertainment…

 

April 21, 2015
BM_Animated_Jkr_HQ_MadLove_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  from September to December of 2015.  I know that…

 

April 21, 2015
FIGBMTV125AAlg Entertainment Earth Exclusive! Slide down your Bat-Pole and get your hands on this limited edition, retro-style action figure collection celebrating the 1966 Batman TV series! The Batman Classic 1966 TV Series 8-Inch Action Figure Set – Entertainment Earth Exclusive features the show’s cast in unique episode-specific outfits you’ve never seen before, with fantastic accessories and…

 

April 21, 2015
DSTGhostbusters_wave1 Welcome to day 2 of AFi’s 10th Anniversary! Today we get to reveal the third figure in Diamond Select Toys first wave of Ghostbusters figures.   We saw Winston and Ray debut at Toy Fair back in February, now the last figure in the first assortment can be announced and shown. I’ve said several times on…

 

April 21, 2015
BBP05100C_3 3-4inch_hires_EE copy The Twilight Zone 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures Series 2 You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of a sight and sound, but of action figures! Bif Bang Pow! brings an incredible limited edition assortment of its new second wave of articulated The Twilight Zone 3 3/4-inch scale action figures, available now for pre-order…

 

April 20, 2015
DCB_WW_holidayAFI Today we kick off a week of awesome reveals, interviews, features and scoops as part of our 10th anniversary here at Action Figure Insider.    I’ll write more about that later, but first we have a lot of great reveals planned for the week.  We should have at least two a day on most days!…

 

April 18, 2015
JL_GaM_01_Batman_AF DC Collectibles announced today a brand new six-inch action figure line based on the upcoming direct-to-video DC Universe animated film, JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS & MONSTERS. The first wave of figures (BATMAN, SUPERMAN, and WONDER WOMAN) will be available in stores this Fall. In addition, DC Comics also announced that a new Digital-First comic book miniseries…

 

April 18, 2015
ScreenHunter_566 Apr. 18 16.44 Get your first look at Star Wars Rebels Season Two, including the return of the Ghost crew, some familiar faces, and frightening new enemies. Monday Nights at 9p/8c on Disney XD I loved season one and season two looks ever better!   What do you think of the new trailer? And how McQuarrie is THIS…

 

April 16, 2015
1000563530BRDBEAUTY_c81d1a96 ANIMATION VISIONARY BRUCE TIMM PUTS NEW SPIN ON FAVORITE DC HEROES AS WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS & MONSTERS ON BLU-RAYTM DELUXE EDITION, BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACK, DVD and DIGITAL HD JULY 28, 2015   All-New DC Universe Original Movie features distinctly different Superman, Batman & Wonder Woman   BURBANK, CA (April 16, 2015) – Warner Bros. Home…

 

April 16, 2015
E7HanChewie2   New Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Trailer… say goodbye to the rest of your day.   We’re just gonna keep watching this over and over and over and over… “We’re home…”

 

April 15, 2015
75112_Grievous_Back The Battle for the galaxy is going to get bigger! Expanding the way children can build and play within the Star Wars universe, new LEGO® Star Wars™ large scale Buildable Figures are launching in September. The first sets featuring Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker were unveiled at New York Toy Fair in February, with four more…

 

April 13, 2015
4HMRAVENSDCC15ExNitm1   We’re already gearing up for the 2015 San Diego Comic Con and we wanted to make sure that we have some figures ready for the show, so we’re teaming up with our friends over at Action Figure Xpress (AFX)to make this happen! The first figure will go on sale at 3pm EST and is…

 

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