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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October 11, 2013
66Bat2PkClimbArnold1 A few weeks back I wrote a story here about running into some of the Mattel staff and them telling me to pass on that their Classic TV 1966 Batman line was not ending after the Catwoman figure, but would still live on (you can read that original story here).   The main thrust of…

 

October 10, 2013
DCCBizarro_af Earlier this week DC Collectibles announced their reveals they will be bringing to New York Comic Con, but our friends at DCC are still in a revealing mood and have allowed Action Figure Insider to debut the first images of the next two characters in their awesome  Super-Villains line:  Bizarro and Deathstorm. If you have…

 

October 9, 2013
Tonight at their annual “‘Twas the Night Before…” Party, Hasbro showcased several new reveals of 2014 items from the KRE-O, TRANSFORMERS, STAR WARS and MARVEL brands, including: – The full line of KRE-O DUNGEONS & DRAGONS construction sets. – The first reveal of a figure from 2014′s feature film Transformers: Age of Extinction, a leader class…

 

October 9, 2013
SWRebelsCard1 In anticipation of Lucasfilm’s STAR WARS REBELS panel at New York Comic Con (Saturday, October 12, 2013; 2:45 PM ­ 3:45 PM; Location: Empire Stage 1-E), Hasbro unveils the packaging treatment for its STAR WARS REBELS 3.75-inch action figure line supporting the upcoming animated series. STAR WARS REBELS continues the epic tradition of the legendary…

 

October 9, 2013
DCCnycc13_ivy_exclusive1 Debuts Include a ‘Sandman Overture’ Statue, ‘Justice League: War’ Action Figures, and ‘Earth 2’ Action Figures DC Collectibles, the exclusive line of collector items from DC Entertainment, announced today it will reveal two new action figure lines and a new statue at New York Comic Con (Oct. 10-13).  Big reveals include action figures based on…

 

October 8, 2013
NYCCGGRAPPTIKKgrunts 2013 New York Comic Con! Onell Design’s booth – #102! Saturday, October 12th 1pm to 4pm! Power Lords: Ggrapptikk Grunts figures! Two versions! Extremely limited supplies! Poly-bagged, stickered and numbered! $13 each or both versions for $25! The first variant figures to be released of the Power Lord’s fan favorite character, Ggripptogg, these two Ggrapptikk Grunts feature multiple points of articulation as well as modular playability via…

 

October 7, 2013
I was out and about this week and ran into a couple of members of Mattel’s boys retail team and we got onto the topic of Yvonne Craig signing her likeness rights deal with Warner Brothers.  While they did not tell me any specifics they did tell me that the Classic TV 66 Batman stuff…

 

October 3, 2013
Reenact one of the most famous scenes from ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ with this incredible special offer! Just like they were when you were a kid, only BIGGER! Gentle Giant is proud to bring you the latest addition to our of vintage Kenner-Inspired Star Wars Action Figure reproductions with the release of the WAMPA! Digitally…

 

October 3, 2013
After a two year hiatus “The Collectors Show” is back and I had the honor of being the first guest on the relaunch show back in August.  If you can’t get enough of me talking about toys on my weekly podcast “Geek Shall Inherit” then here’s even more audio of me chatting about one of…

 

October 1, 2013
It’s that time of year again: the leaves start changing, all of the back to school product has been clearanced and retailers have reset their season aisles and their sights on HALLOWEEN! You can always count on Round 2 to bring us more of their seasonal “Forever Fun” lines for the holidays. Today we are…

 

October 1, 2013
66YCBatgirl This past week on her official website, actress Yvonne Craig announced that she had reached an agreement with Warner Brothers on the rights to use her likeness for future 1966 Batman merchandise.   Hey Bat Fans! To all of you who’ve been asking: I’m pleased to announce that I’ve just signed a licensing agreement with…

 

September 30, 2013
We were contacted over the weekend by Tris, the creator of this set and asked if we could throw our support behind it and help get the word out.  Once we clicked on the link and saw this fantastic proposed set we knew it would be the perfect 80′s companion to the recently released Back…

 

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