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 10, 2015
ScreenHunter_535 Apr. 10 12.51 Three 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 our first look at the BTAS Joker jumbo and the next in their Super Powers Jumbo line.   Super Powers Wonder Woman Jumbo Figure In 1984,…

 

April 8, 2015
WarpoC2E2Cth1 Exclusive to C2E2, Attendees Will Have the Chance to Win these Ultra-Rare Customs CHICAGO, IL (April 8, 2015): Warpo, creators of the acclaimed Legends of Cthulhu retro action figure line, announce today that renown artist Skinner has created four custom, one-of-a-kind figures, which will be available to win exclusively at the C2E2 convention, taking place…

 

April 7, 2015
JokerBustBank This Wednesday is a huge New Toy Day for comic shops, as a ton of new products are heading their way from Diamond Select Toys! Granted, a lot of those products are tiny, 2-inch Minimates mini-figures, but when you bring together sets from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Buck Rogers, Pulp Fiction, The Walking Dead, SpongeBob…

 

April 6, 2015
ScreenHunter_511 Apr. 06 21.45 C-3PO Droids Celebration VII Exclusive Jumbo Figure STAR WARS CELEBRATION VII EXCLUSIVE Limited to 1 per customer account. Duplicate orders will be cancelled. In 1985, everyone’s favorite protocol droid and astromech droid starred in their own animated TV series. Star Wars: Droids, featured R2-D2 and C-3PO on their early adventures that took place before Star…

 

April 3, 2015
FTCDCplaysetAnnounce1 Clear some shelf space for today’s big news! Official World’s Greatest Heroes playsets are coming later this year! Repros of The Batcave and Aquaman vs. The Great White Shark are on the way!   Figures Toy Company is expanding their DC Comics World’s Greatest Heroes license by reproducing two of the most popular Mego sets…

 

April 2, 2015
amiibo_Smash_Greninja_AFi2 If there’s one thing I know it’s that amiibo exclusives are RED HOT, sell out immediately and are highly sought out by collectors and fans of Nintendo!  Today Toys R Us is announcing their amiibo exclusive Greninja AND offering fans a chance to pre-order this exclusive along with 5 other new figures!  And if that…

 

April 1, 2015
WonderConBanner1 Do you like toys? Do you like talking about toys?  Do you like watching guys who make toys talk about toys?   Do you love straight up fun?  Then get yourself down to WonderCon on Friday and join in the conversation!   Action Figure Insider has been doing panels at San Diego Comic con for ten…

 

April 1, 2015
Oh man! Another gap between episodes? Yes. Yes it’s true. Both Jason and I have been traveling a bit this Spring so our schedules have been a little wonky. I just got back from Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle and Jason ran off to the Twin Cites for a bit, so we were literally…

 

March 31, 2015
Announced today over on the official Playstation blog: Hey PlayStation Nation! I know many of you are eagerly waiting for the final installment of Rocksteady Studios’ Batman: Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Knight. Today, I’m pleased to announce a new limited edition bundle featuring custom artwork that pays homage to the epic series. Limited Edition Batman:…

 

March 30, 2015
KotoSPGL9 A Kotobukiya Japanese import! Kotobukiya’s groundbreaking DC Comics Classic Costume ARTFX+ Statue series brings you brand new non-articulated comic book characters based on vintage 1980’s Super Powers action figure sculpts enlarged to 1/10th scale. Following after the initial release of Superman comes Hal Jordan as Green Lantern! Retro is in and you can celebrate the…

 

March 30, 2015
We are excited to announce that Funko will be exhibiting at Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim, CA! You can find Funko at booth #1410! Today we are announcing our Pop! exclusives! Stay tuned for TWO more announcements leading up to the convention! Pop! Star Wars: 2015 Celebration Exclusives E-3PO features a chrome finish! Visit…

 

March 27, 2015
ReActArrowWav1 Residents of Starling City, have no fear, these Pop!’s & ReAction Figures have not yet failed your city! Funko is bringing Oliver Queen and company to life with our new Pop! & ReAction Series! (Salmon Ladder not included) ReAction Figures: Arrow      Available in July! Pop! Television: Arrow   Available in May! His name…

 

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