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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January 19, 2016
yamato_wonderwoman_exclusive Entertainment Earth Exclusive! Princess Diana of Themyscira, as envisioned by world-renowned artist Luis Royo, is brought to breathtaking 3D life by Shin Tanabe in this limited edition Fantasy Figure Gallery DC Comics Collection Wonder Woman Variant Resin Statue – Entertainment Earth Exclusive. With a numbered display plate, art card, and certificate of authenticity, Wonder Woman stands…

 

January 17, 2016
1stOrder7pkBox1 This week the mailman dropped off my Hasbro/Amazon exclusive Star Wars: The Force Awakens First Order Legion 7-pack.   This is a set that I literally ordered on my smartphone while I was standing in line for Toys R Us to open for Force Friday back in September.   The day after I ordered I…

 

January 16, 2016
ZicaCAKickstarterPromo ZICA Toys is very excited to present a new take on an old favorite from the action figure toy aisles, Adventure People! With the help of Eleventyplex, Boss Fight Studios, and other talented artists, this new line will have the aesthetics and articulation features that are most popular with today’s modern action figure collectors. Standing…

 

January 15, 2016
They didn’t have cat videos in 1985, but they had something even better… ThunderCats™! The fierce felines of Thundera traveled through space to find a new home and they’ve landed right here in Club Third Earth! Laser cats? We prefer ThunderCats! The brave Lion-O arrives in 2016 with a few friends and foes, and we’ve…

 

January 14, 2016
LegionofDansLogo Happy New Year Everyone!   We all hope you had a lovely holiday season.   The Dans are back with their first episode of 2016 and we are talking Star Wars: The Force Awakens! There ARE spoilers in this episode so if you HAVEN’T seen the movie yet do yourself a favor and don’t listen until you…

 

January 13, 2016
DCLOCJanuary2016 DC Comics and Funko are proud to unveil Legion of Collectors, the only OFFICIAL DC Comics subscription box! Featuring 100% exclusive collectibles, apparel and accessories from the DC universe, the debut box – themed after Batman v Superman – will ship this March. For just $25 every other month, members will receive a box full…

 

January 13, 2016
SWTFAEliteReyBB8 Second Wave of Products Reveals Secrets of Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren and more GLENDALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Disney today revealed details of new Star Wars: The Force Awakens products kept under wraps to preserve surprises for fans. With the film now breaking box office records and storylines officially revealed, new toys, collectibles and more are rolling out…

 

January 13, 2016
SSquadMezitzGroup1 In the DC Universe, when a job is too dangerous for even a hero to handle there is just one group to call: the Suicide Squad. Based on Warner Bros upcoming action adventure film of the same name, the Suicide Squad is comprised of a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains: The…

 

January 12, 2016
Ultraman Shonen “Long Lost” collectible to be produced in Japan after 50 years   New York, N.Y. (January 16, 2016): Captain Action Enterprises, LLC is proud to announce a partnership with MEDICOM TOY CORPORATION to produce the long-lost Ultraman outfit.   This uniform set was planned to be a part of the popular super-hero line of costume sets to be used…

 

January 12, 2016
Lego66BatmanBatcaveBox1 Some images of this INCREDIBLE set leaked last week on line.  Today Lego makes the official announcement of the new 1966 Batman BATCAVE!!   This is the showpiece set to beat for 2016!   I can’t WAIT for this!!! In honor of the first episode of Batman on January 12th, 1966… we present the LEGO DC…

 

January 10, 2016
JasonLangston1 The news of a death in the family never comes easy.   Some of you may not know the name Jason Langston, but if you are a toy collector or a reader of Action Figure Insider then you do know his work.  Jason does packaging design work for Mattel.  Over the years he has worked on…

 

January 8, 2016
Funko is commemorating the greatest gladiator match in history with a variety of Batman v Superman figures! The Son of Krypton takes on the Bat of Gotham! Pop! Heroes: Batman v Superman Batman v Superman Pop! figures commemorate both sides of the battle with Batman and Knightmare Batman squared against Superman and the Superman Soldiers! Wonder Woman…

 

December 31, 2015
Lego2016AvengersIronSkull1 While at my local Target today I came across a few of the new 2016 Lego sets.   These will officially be on sale tomorrow.   There were new Star Wars build-a-character sets, new Marvel sets and there were two new Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice sets… which MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS. It’s cool to…

 

December 24, 2015
ChooseDarkSide1 We received our third Hasbro Star Wars press samples box as part of their Star Wars the Force Awakens #ChooseLightSide/#ChooseDarkSide campaign. What’s inside?  Let’s unbox this sucker and find out what treasures are inside! Thank you to the Hasbro team for letting us be part of this campaign. These samples were provided by Hasbro

 

December 24, 2015
MarvelCCGOG3 This month we look at the December offering from Funko’s Marvel Collector Corps monthly subscription box.  The December theme is Guardians of the Galaxy. Every item in the box is 100% exclusive to Funko and the Collector Corps. You can sign up for the January box (and beyond) at www.collectorcorps.com.   And tell them AFi…

 

December 24, 2015
SalaciousCrumbHolidayFB Since it’s Christmas Eve it’s only right that we do some unboxings!  We have 3 new unboxing videos for you today. First up we have the 2015 Premiere Guild exclusive Star Wars Jumbo Salacious Crumb from Gentle Giant.   As you know Gentle Giant is now famous for hiding miniature surprises in their holiday items…

 

December 23, 2015
948x250_yearendclearance_header Most stores wait until the day AFTER Christmas to start their big clearance sales, but EntertainmentEarth.com is getting the jump on things by starting their sale two days before! EE’s huge, year-end blowout sale started today, Wednesday, December 23rd. They’ve got over 400 action figures on sale, including some Star Wars Black Series, The Walking Dead,…

 

December 23, 2015
Coleco Chameleon1 (Trabuco Canyon, CA – December 23, 2015) Video-game industry pioneer COLECO re-enters the market, partnering with Retro Video Game Systems, Inc., to introduce a new, modern-day video-game system called the COLECO Chameleon.   COLECO Chameleon is a versatile new video-game system that serves as a modern day take on the classic game console and will accurately…

 

December 21, 2015
DPLootCrateVisit1 Earlier this month we had the privilege of visiting the Loot Crate offices in Los Angeles and hanging out with some of the team. While we were there we were able to do some unboxings of their most recent offerings. In this video Daniel sits down with Loot Crate’s Jacob Shin to look inside the…

 

December 21, 2015
MattelTent14pic1 It’s that time of year again! Once a year, at Mattel’s  headquarters in El Segundo, they hold their annual holiday tent sale.  This sale typically runs from Halloween until just before Christmas.  The tent is set up in a parking lot around the corner from their main building, close to their other retail store.   The…

 

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