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, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.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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March 8, 2019
All-new land will invite guests to live their own Star Wars adventures, with an epic opening for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance later this year BURBANK, Calif. (March 7, 2019) – In anticipation of high guest interest, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products announced today it will open Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ahead of schedule at…

 

March 5, 2019
ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT TO GET IN ON VOLUME 2!! The Toys That Time Forgot Kickstarter campaign sent out the following update today.   The book is fully funded, the Star Wars streatch goal chapter has been unlocked and we ALMOST have enough for the Super Powers chapter to be added (which yours truly will be…

 

March 3, 2019
PRE-ORDER OPEN NOW: The Super7 Masters of the Universe Collector’s Choice series continues with the William Stout Collection of highly detailed deluxe 7-inch figures! Based on the legendary 1987 William Stout production art, each highly articulated figure was sculpted by the Four Horsemen and comes complete with accessories. The set includes He-Man, Hyper Skeletor, Karg,…

 

February 28, 2019
Available today at super7.com! Series2 of The Worst! You saw them at Toy Fair and NOW you can own them! Don’t sleep on this release before it slips through your fingers! These are The worst toys ever!  

 

February 27, 2019
The time has finally come for 1:12 (6 inch) SWAT, Soldier, and Army Builder figures! Cryptid Toys has launched the Army Alphas campaign that is on Kickstarter now! Each super articulated action figure has all the standard points of articulation that collectors have come to expect in addition being very modular. Helmet tops, heads, necks,…

 

February 22, 2019
Discover the magic of an iconic 1960s American muscle car with the LEGO® Creator Ford Mustang, featuring dark-blue bodywork with white racing stripes, bonnet scoop, printed mustang grille badge, GT emblems and 5-spoke rims with road-gripping tires. Developed with input from Ford, this authentic replica comes with optional add-ons for customization, including a selection of…

 

February 19, 2019
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 August 2019.  I know that seems like a long…

 

February 17, 2019
NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2019 — Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT), the leading global children’s entertainment and toy company, made headlines today as Jurassic World™ Dinosaur action figures received the highly coveted Toy of the Year (T.O.T.Y.) award in the Action Figure category. Receiving accolades from toy retailers, media, TIA members and consumers, the award was presented Friday…

 

February 17, 2019
Hasbro just released some of their biggest Power Rangers line of the year: the Power Rangers Lightning Collection! The collection was revealed today in Hasbro’s showroom during New York Toy Fair.   Hasbro acquired the Power Rangers franchise last year and they are releasing the first set of Power Rangers toys this year, which includes…

 

February 16, 2019
Starting soon…. check out the page.  We will refresh live with news as it’s announced….   Hasbro Pulse – Hasbro Pulse is a combination of HasbroToyShop.com, Haslabs and the Hasbro Pulse news site.   There will be new items up for preorder today starting at 3:00PM.   If you buy something this week you will get a…

 

February 15, 2019
COLLABORATIVE FIGURE AND IDW COMIC SERIES   ‘More than Meets the Eye’ Collides with ‘Who You Gonna Call?’ For Transformers & Ghostbusters™ 35th Anniversaries   PAWTUCKET, RI – Feb. 15, 2019 – Autobots, Decepticons and ghosts?! Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) and Sony Pictures Consumer Products today revealed the first-ever TRANSFORMERS-Ghostbusters Collaborative figure, the ECTO-1 ECTOTRON, available…

 

February 15, 2019
-Company pioneers experience where kids play with one hand in two worlds- NEW YORK (February 14, 2019) – The LEGO Group today unveiled LEGO® Hidden Side™, an augmented reality-enhanced LEGO play theme where kids must turn a haunted world back to normal, one ghost at a time. It is the only play experience available today…

 

February 14, 2019
Product Line to be Revealed at New York Toy Fair 2019   SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Leading U.S. toymaker JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK), today announced it has entered into a multi-year, global toy licensing deal with SEGA of America, Inc. to manufacture, market, and distribute their iconic Sonic the Hedgehog video game brand. The entire…

 

February 12, 2019
Tempe, Ariz., – February 12,  2019, 2019 – Batman, Superman and the entire roster of DC’s iconic characters have a new place to hang up their capes and cowls. McFarlane Toys, an award-winning toy company, announced today they have entered into a three-year global licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC,…

 

February 12, 2019
Both Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. have long been known for delivering high-quality busts, statues and action figures to collectors worldwide. Now, fans can get the best of both worlds, as DST finalizes the purchase of select assets of Gentle Giant, taking over manufacturing and distribution of many of the company’s key lines….

 

February 12, 2019
PARSIPPANY, N.J., Feb. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ –– Toys”R”Us® has officially emerged as a new company, with new leadership and a new vision to deliver the magic of its iconic brands around the world. Effective January 20, 2019, the new company, Tru Kids Inc. doing business as Tru Kids BrandsTM, became the proud parent of Toys”R”Us®, Babies”R”Us®,…

 

February 11, 2019
Factory Entertainment Debuting KUZOS™ Diecast Metal Collectibles At New York Toy Fair Concord, CA – Factory Entertainment, Inc., announced today that it will be unveiling its brand new line of miniature diecast metal pop-culture collectibles, called KUZOS™, at New York Toy Fair on February 16, 2019. KUZOS™ are detailed die cast metal collectibles based on…

 

February 11, 2019
McFarlane Toys and Warner Bros. CONSUMER PRODUCTS ANNOUNCE New Wizarding world INSPIRED figure line LAUNCHING Fall 2019 Tempe, AZ – February 11, 2018 – McFarlane Toys, a global leader in the action figure industry, and Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) announced today a partnership to bring a new line of premium collectible Wizarding World action…

 

February 11, 2019
Hasbro recently announced the third wave of the Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures 3.75-inch line of figures, with fan-favorite heroes and villains such as Rey, Kylo Ren, Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and more included. STAR WARS GALAXY OF ADVENTURES Figure and Mini Comic Assortment (HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Spring 2019) STAR…

 

February 11, 2019
For the past 2 weeks Mezco Toyz have been using their newsletter to tease new product reveals that will be at their booth this weekend for the launch of Toy Fair 2019.   Today’s reveal showed that they are stepping into the retro 5 points of articulation arena with a new line they are calling “5…

 

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