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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November 2, 2016
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 02:  Actors Benedict Cumberbatch (L) and Chiwetel Ejiofor are seen filming "Doctor Strange" on location on April 2, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Stewart/GC Images) We are BACK with an ALL NEW episode of ABBY HAS QUESTIONS! Just in time for the movie’s release we take a look at the first 2 trailers for Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE… and wouldn’t you know it?  Abby has some questions!  

 

November 1, 2016
ReAction: E.T. E.T. phone home! E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and his buds Elliott and Gertie come together as part of this fun-filled line! This is a special limited run — only 5000 pieces available worldwide!   You can also collect E.T. with a glowing chest and finger, exclusively at Entertainment Earth! Coming in January!

 

November 1, 2016
holidaytoylist Customers can easily shop the earth’s largest selection of toys and games, starting with Amazon’s top 100 picks for this holiday season or by browsing our curated lists sorted by trend – tech toys, STEM toys, mini figurines, crafts and DIY, active play, classic toys, family night and more New deals offered each day throughout…

 

October 31, 2016
Funko is bringing the Netflix Original Series Stranger Things to collectors and fans in 2017! Coming in early next year, fans of this amazing show will be able to take home Pop! vinyl versions of their favorite characters, including Eleven, Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Will, Barb, and, of course, the terrifying Demogorgon from the Upside Down!…

 

October 31, 2016
img_4788 This week’s AquaMonday veers off into the Aquaman family with the inclusion of Mera! Recently Cryptozoic released the first wave of their new blind-boxed vinyl figures, DC Comics Lil’ Bombshells.  These stylized mini figures are based on the popular DC Bombshells franchise.

 

October 27, 2016
imaginextjokerssurpriseafi1 Fisher Price’s Imaginext line is one of the few toy lines that can still surprise fans.  Every year there are new lines, new figures and dozens of store exclusives but official announcements are few and far between.  Even at Toy Fair each year the Imaginext team usually only show off their BIG holiday items for…

 

October 26, 2016
lacomicconlogo16 After over a decade of putting together and hosting panels on toys and the action figure industry for San Diego Comic Con and WonderCon, I have been approved to do my first ever panel at Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con! (formerly Comikaze). So, if you are attending the show this Saturday, why not take a…

 

October 26, 2016
mccdoctorstrangeshirt1 This month we take a look at the latest offering from Funko’s Marvel Collector Corps subscription box.  The focus for this October box is Doctor Strange! We crack one open and see what exclusive goodies Funko has conjured up for us this month…   The next box available from the Collector Corps will be X-Men…

 

October 25, 2016
cq0gnksweaaq39j I know, I know… today is Tuesday.   I got the video uploaded to YouTube yesterday, I just wasn’t able to get it posted it today (which is a great reason to subscribe to the AFiTV YouTube channel, that way you’ll get to see everything first!). This episode we look at one of the 8″ retro…

 

October 23, 2016
The newly announced EntertainmentEarth exclusive Star Wars Black Series 3 3/4-Inch Astromech Droids 6-pack is NOW IN STOCK and ready to ship out! Entertainment Earth Exclusive! These figures will make your diodes tingle! The droids you are looking for are here. Celebrating the entire Star Wars saga and the 10th anniversary of our super-popular, sold-out,…

 

October 23, 2016
dccwonderwoman75poster This weekend, to help celebrate Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary, the gang at DC Collectibles put together a digital poster of 75 Wonder Woman items (figures, statues and busts) over the years.   You may recall that Wonder Woman was one of the figures in the first wave of comic book characters that DC Direct releases when…

 

October 19, 2016
hascon2017banner1 First-of-Its-Kind Convention Will Bring Fans and Families Together for Three Days of Immersive Entertainment Experiences, Talent and Character Appearances, Panels and More in September 2017   – Today Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), a global play and entertainment company, announced it is creating the first-ever HASCON fan and family convention in September 2017. The massive event, which…

 

October 18, 2016
SuperMansionLogo This is the second of 3 interviews we conducted at New York Comic Con with the cast and producers of the stop-motion animated series SuperMansion. This interview is with cast member Breckin Meyer and co-creator Zeb Wells.   SuperMansion is starting up it’s 2nd season on Crackle in early 2017and was created by the team…

 

October 17, 2016
bm_animated_35_girls_night_out_all 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 May 2017.  I know that seems like a long…

 

October 17, 2016
10255_front_01 In celebration of 10 years of LEGO Modular Building, the LEGO Group is launching a brand new Assembly Square in January with a wealth of intricate details, hidden surprises and easy-to-remove building sections! The newest addition to the modular building collection features a bakery, florist’s shop and café, music store, photo studio, dental office, dance…

 

October 17, 2016
supermansionteam1 This is the first of 3 interviews we conducted at New York Comic Con with the cast and producers of the stop-motion animated series SuperMansion. This first interview is with cast member Keegan-Michael Key and co-creator Matthew Senreich.   SuperMansion’s second season will take flight in early 2017 on Crackle and was created by the…

 

October 10, 2016
img_4145 This AquaMonday is about the Series 2 Original Minis Aquaman from Blip Toys.  It’s a non-articulated, stylized minifigure that is blind bagged and comes with a stand.  This figure uses the New 52 costume and deco.  

 

October 6, 2016
hasbrosw2-pack-baze-and-stormtrooper Last night Hasbro held a Pre-New York Comic Con press only event to showcase some of their new figures from a variety of lines.  (You can see pictures of that event here).   There were some new 6″ Star Wars Black Series figures shown at that event.  Then earlier today at NYCC Hasbro has a Star…

 

October 6, 2016
img_4309 This week Hasbro sent a big mysterious black box to our offices to help celebrate the launch of their new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story products that hit stores on Sept 30th, 2016.   What’s in the box?   Watch and find out!     And don’t forget to subscribe to our channel here on…

 

October 6, 2016
hasbro-marvel-legends-shocker Last night was Hasbro’s Pre-New York Comic Con Party they revealed  new Marvel Legends action figures (You can see pictures of the event here).  Today they released their professional press photos of those figures.  These figures fill in some of the gaps from the waves revealed at SDCC earlier this year. In the Spider-Man Wave:…

 

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