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 26, 2016
NECAAliensNewttease2 Actress Carrie Henn, who played ‘Newt’ in the 1986 film Aliens was given special permission over on her official Twitter account,  by the gang at NECA, to give the world the first sneak peek at the upcoming Newt action figure that will be part of their ongoing Aliens line of figures.   I was given…

 

April 25, 2016
RipleyStill It’s April 26th already on the East Coast, which means it’s officially Alien Day! Chosen for the xenomorph’s source planetoid LV-426, today is a day to celebrate all of the films of the Aliens Quadrilogy, as well as to make some exciting announcements in the Aliens world. Right now, let’s check out some new Aliens…

 

April 25, 2016
MatBvSMultiCardMystery1 Welcome back to AFi’s 11th anniversary “Scoop Week” part 2.   It was my intention to post this reveal last week with the others, butas usually happens life gets in the way (as some of you know I have a newborn) and you have to move something around.  I didn’t get half of the stuff I…

 

April 25, 2016
NECAAliensKennerRipleyCard1 #AlienDay426 is almost here! To mark the out-of-this-world global celebration of the ALIEN franchise, be sure to pick up our 7” Alien Day Exclusive Kenner Tribute Ripley Action Figure with Mini-Comic! We’ve got all the details you’ll need below (as well as a sweet photo gallery). AVAILABILITY IN STORE: Available only in Toys R Us…

 

April 23, 2016
Zatanna_batman_animated_title_card Welcome back to day 6 of AFi’s 11th Anniversary “Scoop Week.”  This is the first of 2 scoops we have for you today, but we didn’t get to everything we wanted to this week, so we will be extending the celebration into next week with a few more interviews, some packaged item reveals and a…

 

April 22, 2016
LegionofDansLogo We are back with a DOUBLE sized episode full of toy and Danny goodness! First up the Legion of Dans discuss what they were most excited about out of Toy Fair.  Two of the Dans attended, two stayed home, but everyone saw some surprises and things they are excited about. For the second half of…

 

April 22, 2016
NECAAFiUltimate-T8003 Welcome back to day 5 of our 11th anniversary scoop week!   We have one more incredible reveal for you today (and 2 more tomorrow)! This reveal is from our good friends at NECA who have always been so gracious with us providing scoops every year of Scoop Week.   The tradition continues today with another great…

 

April 22, 2016
AFiSDCC-2016-Exclusive_BACK-Sleeve Welcome back to day 5 of our 11th anniversary “Scoop Week!”  We have a couple more great reveals today starting with some goodies from our friends at Playmates Toys and a highly anticipated film called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, coming June 3rd to a theater near you! Not only do we…

 

April 21, 2016
PPWToysLogo Welcome back to day 4 of “Scoop Week” and our 11th Anniversary celebration.   Today we have an awesome reveal from the gang at PPW Toys.   In this day and age it’s never easy to carve out a name for yourself and do something different with a license other than slightly changing the scale.  But PPW…

 

April 21, 2016
EFCardsKickstarter Imagev2 Welcome back to day 4 of Scoop Week.  We’ve got two great reveals today.  First up we have a reveal from our friends at Fresh Monkey Fiction who later this summer will launch a Kickstarter campaign to revamp and relaunch the vintage EAGLE FORCE action figure line. They are building the buzz right now with…

 

April 20, 2016
PenguinSuperPowersJumbo9 Our friends over at Gentle Giant ltd have given us an exclusive window to debut the first look upcoming April solicitations!  Three great new products are coming from the gang at Gentle Giant early next year from across the spectrum of their licenses.   We see some great new stuff in their Jumbo universe including the…

 

April 20, 2016
AFi11KRSFVAkuma2 Today as part of our 11th Anniversary Scoop Week we get to debut Kidrobot‘s Street Fighter Akuma Medium Figure!   Kidrobot brought the box and had it on display at Toy Fair back in February, but this is the world premier look at the figure: Akuma is the supreme master of the fist! In celebration of…

 

April 20, 2016
No. 001 of 365 There are a lot of Toy Photographers out there these days, but none capture the joy, whimsy and fun of PLAYING with your toys quite like AFi’s own Danny Neumann.   Danny Neumann is a dear friend of mine.  He’s a blogger here at AFi, he created our logo (as well as the logo for Geek…

 

April 19, 2016
carrierobin Welcome back to AFi’s 11th Aniversary Scoop Week.    For our first reveal of the day we have a new 6″ DC Multiverse action figure from Mattel.  The new figure is Carrie Kelly Robin from the original Frank Miller miniseries Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. This figure was rumored back in January when someone found a…

 

April 18, 2016
Justice League 7-pack.tiff 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 November 2016.  I know that seems like a long…

 

April 18, 2016
MOSNamEk1 Hi everyone and welcome to Day 1 of our 11th Anniversary “Scoop Week” celebration! All week long we will be bringing at least one world premiere, exclusive and/or reveal as well as exclusive articles and interviews so make sure you check back and spread  the word that it’s #AFiScoopWeek !   To kick things off…

 

April 14, 2016
21128_front_01   Build and protect The Village!   Join forces with Alex at the busy Minecraft™ village, including a variety of biomes plus a watchtower, library, blacksmith, butcher and marketplace. Enjoy hands-on Minecraft adventures featuring your favorite characters and objects with this LEGO® Minecraft set—designed for young fans of the highly successful sandbox video game. Includes…

 

April 12, 2016
Han Solo MPH Our friends over at PPW Toys have sent us the news of their newest Star Wars Mr. Potato Head PopTaters, Han Solo and Chewbacca! These Star Wars spuds will be available at select specialty retailers and websites in June 2016. Product Descriptions: Han Solo Mr. Potato Head – becomes the galaxy’s favorite “Nerf herder”; the…

 

April 12, 2016
This week Mezco updated their blog to give us a behind-the-scenes look at the development of their incredible One12th Collective DC Green Arrow action figure: Green Arrow is a vigilante superhero who fights crime using archery, martial arts, and technology. His secret identity is Oliver Queen, a hot-headed social activist living in Star City as…

 

April 9, 2016
Hasbro is launching the first #StarWars #HasbroToyPic Fan Figure Photo Series and calling on fans to show off their amazing collections and creativity by recreating scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens using Hasbro’s Star Wars figures and vehicles.   (images courtesy of @sgtbananas) Beginning Tuesday, April 5th though Thursday, May 4th (May the Fourth),…

 

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