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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July 11, 2016
71040_Prod When you wish upon a star… you get one of the most incredible Lego sets in recent memory.    Getting the Disney wave of mini figures this year was a real treat for both Disney and Lego fans, now these two powerhouse companies are kicking things up about a dozen more notches to bring fans a…

 

July 9, 2016
AFISWBFanPoll2016 We’re thrilled that AFi readers have been asked to again participate Hasbro’s 2016 Star Wars Fan’s Choice Poll! Last year, fans from all over were able to cast their vote on the Star Wars character they wanted to be transformed into a Hasbro Black Series 6-inch figure – and it was a huge success, creating…

 

July 9, 2016
4HMML175ShadowMinotaur1 The Four Horsemen have taken the position that they do not want collectors to have any disposable income and they certainly do not want you buying any of the the exclusives or anything really at Comic Con.   They are doing this through a nafarious, calculated plot that they call code name: MYTHIC LEGIONS. After a…

 

July 7, 2016
MARVEL THE COLLECTOR’S VAULT- oop For several years in a row Hasbro has been knocking it out of the park with the inventiveness and creativity that they have put into their 3.75″ Marvel Legends/Marvel Universe SDCC exclusives and this year just continues that trend with a boxed set FULL of Marvel goodness that a lot of us NEVER expected to…

 

July 7, 2016
TRUSDCC16   Building on our long-standing tradition of offering an unbeatable assortment of toys for kids and the mature collector community, Toys“R”Us has revealed its lineup of exclusive playthings that will be available at the highly-anticipated 2016 Comic Convention taking place next month in San Diego (products/descriptions below).   Conventioneers and online shoppers will find must-have…

 

July 6, 2016
JadaAnimeEx16SS1 This past weekend Jada Toys was at the Anime Expo in Los Angeles and revealed a huge amount of new METALS product as well as announcing new licenses.  If you thought they were just hanging out in the Marvel Cinematic and DC Cinematic universes, think again!   We’ve already spotted Classic Ghostbusters and Classic animated Teenage…

 

July 5, 2016
GGSPJumboWWComp1 The team at Gentle Giant ltd were kind enough to let us show you this first look at their 12″ Jumbo Super Powers Wonder Woman figure.  These are a total flashback to the 80s and the look amazing in your collection. Wonder Woman and the Flash are shipping now with more characters on the way!…

 

July 4, 2016
Aliens_Prototype_logo Just when you thought you’s seen it all those mad geniuses at Super 7 have unearthed something so amazing as to not be believed!  The “lost” follow up to one of the most collectible and controversial action figures of all time – Kenner’s 1979 18″ Alien figure. At San Diego Comic Con 2016 you will…

 

July 4, 2016
MarvelCCPowerWomen This month we crack open the Marvel Collector Corps June box of goodness.  The theme this time around is Marvel’s Women of Power… and there’s some grand exclusives in this box, including one of my all time favorite POP Vinyl! Check it out and don’t miss out on the August SPIDER-MAN themed box!  Head over…

 

July 3, 2016
MattelDCMSSGroup1 The newest wave of Mattel’s 6″ DC Multiverse action figure line has started to show up stores.   This new wave is all figures from the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, and made it’s debut at Toy Fair back in February.  There’s a bit more to this figure line than meets the eye. While Mattel is back…

 

July 3, 2016
Aliens_Prototype_logo Something else from the vaults?   Lost to time?  Unearthed by Super7….   Check back here to AFi tomorrow at 12:00 pm (NOON) PST for the reveal….

 

July 1, 2016
STAR WARS THE BLACK SERIES 6-Inch Kylo Ren Pack - oop2 Two Hasbro Star Wars convention exclusives that were revealed this morning. The Black Series 6-Inch Kylo Ren Pack will be available at Star Wars Celebration 2016, and The Black Series 6-Inch Obi-Wan Kenobi Pack will be available at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 in July. The speculation is that these two figures will also see a…

 

July 1, 2016
GGSPJumboFlashComp1 The team at Gentle Giant ltd were kind enough to let us show you this first look at their 12″ Jumbo Super Powers Flash figure.   I really dig the jumbo lines of figures and Super Powers are my all time favorite toy line, so these are a match made in heaven for me!   I’ll post…

 

June 30, 2016
AFiUnboxing This past week a GIANT box arrived at AFi headquarters.   That makes it a perfect time to do an unboxing video.     What would come in a box this large?  Watch and find out!    

 

June 29, 2016
GGSDCC16BatmanJumboPrototype8 This week, our friends at Gentle Giant ltd. began revealing their 2016 Comic Con exclusives.  Today we have the great honor of revealing two more exclusive, limited edition items that will be available at SDCC 2016. The exclusive Star Wars Jumbos announced yesterday as well as the two new Jumbo figures announces here are CRAZY…

 

June 27, 2016
Our friend Philip Reed  is back once again with a new Kickstarter campaign to launch another of his great books covering the toy world.  This time he turns his focus to the wonderful world of action figure carrying cases!   This is a fun and fascinating corner of the collecting universe and Phil has done tireless…

 

June 25, 2016
ArtOfAtari-HC-Deluxe The Hotly Anticipated Hardcover Compendium to One of History’s Most Iconic Brands Arrives in a Deluxe Slipcase Edition with Retro Design Elements, 100 Games to Download, and More! June 21, 2016, Mt. Laurel, NJ: As the buzz around Dynamite Entertainment’s upcoming release of ART OF ATARI® continues to grow, the publisher announces the highly limited Deluxe Edition of…

 

June 21, 2016
EESDCC16JokerWildBatman1 Over the past several weeks EntertainmentEarth.com have revealed over twenty of their 40+ 2016 Convention Exclusives, but today AFi gets to exclusively reveal their BIGGEST exclusive so far!  Entertainment Earth has teamed up with Jakks Pacific for the first variant in their 19″ scale Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice Big-Fig action figure line.   This…

 

June 20, 2016
VintageDarkCrystal1 Some properties are so toy-ettic you just know they will have a toy line made for it.  As a kid one of the most desired movie-based toy lines for me was Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal.   However, no matter how hard I looked around back in 1982, there was next to NOTHING for me to…

 

June 19, 2016
DSTAliceFiguresWave1AFi Our friends over at Diamond Select Toys have given us the first look at their upcoming Select figures based on Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass.    These figures have great liknesses and look at those awesome connecting bases!   Check out all the details below and then make sure you place your orders when the next…

 

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