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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February 10, 2019
“Warriors, come out to pla-ay!” February 9, 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the timeless cult hit, ‘The Warriors’. In honor of this occasion, The Warriors join the One:12 Collective with a four-figure deluxe box set and are packaged together in a special edition, collector-friendly metal tin – perfect for displaying alongside the gang! The One:12…

 

February 8, 2019
It’s that magical time of year, when toy companies from around the world descend on New York City for the International Toy Fair! Pictures of the newest toys splatter across the Interwebs, and we all get to go gaga over products that may not see the light for many months. Well, Diamond Select Toys is…

 

February 8, 2019
 “I’m not gonna fight your war, I’m gonna end it.” While Captain Marvel is coming to theaters in less than a month, anticipation for this forthcoming installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is running exceptionally high. Being introduced at the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel represents a key addition to the Earth’s…

 

February 7, 2019
Volume 2 Over Half-Way Funded in the First 24 hours!     In early 2017, I brought my new book, TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT VOL 1, to Kickstarter. After the 30-day campaign the book was successfully funded, and in the early fall of 2017, the book was delivered to backers. Reaction to the book was…

 

February 5, 2019
TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT RETURNS TO KICKSTARTER FOR VOLUME 2! (HOUSTON, TX): In early 2017, author Blake Wright brought his new book, TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT, to Kickstarter. After the 30-day campaign the book was successfully funded, and in the early fall of that year the book was delivered to backers. Reaction to the book…

 

February 4, 2019
With the Aquaman movie recently crossing the $1billon world wide mark I figured it was time to take a victory lap and get back on the AquaMonday train!   We can all celebrate some Aqua-awesomness in the form of some great new Aquaman products that are now available. I know I normally do these a videos,…

 

February 4, 2019
The follow-up issue of World’s Greatest Toys! Digest is double the size of the debut issue, and features EVEN MORE CONTENT. Created and written by Benjamin Holcomb, the man who quite literally wrote the book about Mego! Professionally designed and printed, this is the most comprehensive 8” Batman Checklist and Price Guide ever compiled, and…

 

February 2, 2019
New Wave Toys, creator of premium videogame collectibles, has announced that Street Fighter II: Champion Edition X RepliCade is now available to pre-order on newwavetoys.com. Street Fighter II: Champion Edition X RepliCade is a limited edition 12-inch tall, fully-playable replica of the original arcade machine in 1/6-scale, officially licensed by Capcom.   Street Fighter II:…

 

January 31, 2019
“I think you are someone very special.” – Dr. Ido The long-awaited movie Alita: Battle Angel is finally coming to the big screen! Sets in the future when robotic technology is thriving, this live-action adaptation follows an amnesiac cyborg, Alita, who finds herself awakens in a future world that she does not recognize. She comes…

 

January 29, 2019
“Reign of the Supermen” arrives TODAY, January 29, on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. DC Universe subscribers can also watch the film on the streaming service starting today. Below is an all-new clip that features an attack on Earth by Darkseid and his army of parademons….

 

January 24, 2019
This week at London Toy Fair, The LEGO Group Revealed a new construction set inspired by The LEGO Movie 2, The Rexcelsior! The Rexcelsior! is a space ship with over 1,800 pieces. The spaceship belongs to new character Rex Dangervest (voiced by Chris Pratt), and features 6-missle spring loaded shooter, 2 minifigures, 2 microfigures, and…

 

January 23, 2019
Pop! vinyl figurines of the iconic founder will be available for a limited time online and in select retailers   January 23, 2019 – LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky Fried Chicken® has partnered with worldwide pop culture collectibles company Funko on a limited-edition Colonel Sanders Pop! vinyl figures line. Funko Pop! collectibles, famous for their charming…

 

January 23, 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 September 2019.  I know that seems like a long…

 

January 21, 2019
The highly anticipated Captain Marvel movie is almost here, and Marvel mania is at an all-time high! So what better time to launch the Captain Marvel Minimates line, with an exclusive assortment of two-packs at Walgreens stores nationwide! Marvel Movie Minimates Captain Marvel assortment soars into Walgreens on Jan. 15, with four different two-packs, all…

 

January 19, 2019
Get primal with DC Primal Age, now available at Target! There are a variety of products now available including action figures, beasts, a playset, t-shirts, a 100 page comic book from DC Entertainment and a real metal lunchbox! To celebrate the release Funko made this retro commercial:  

 

January 18, 2019
Team’s Efforts Focused on Expanding the Hyper-Collectible and Ever Popular Action Vinyls™ Statement at Retail The Company Will Debut 2019 Products at Next Month’s Toy Fair New York in Booths #5385 & #3103 LOS ANGELES, Jan. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Loyal Subjects™ (TLS) – a collectible toy company – is excited to announce the launch…

 

January 15, 2019
Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when…

 

January 8, 2019
The Man of Steel’s 80th Anniversary Culminates With a Big Screen Double Feature of  The Death of Superman and the  National Cinematic Debut of Reign of the Supermen in a Special Event This January 13 and 14 Superman’s greatest adventure – his death and rebirth – will be unveiled in a special two-day exclusive theatrical event as Warner…

 

January 8, 2019
2019 officially marks the 80th anniversary of Marvel! To acknowledge 8 decades of iconic stories, Marvel has planned an exciting year-long celebration across publishing, animation, new media, collectibles, games, and more.   Hasbro is thrilled to be joining Marvel in the celebrations and to kick things off we’re excited to share preorder links to Marvel…

 

January 4, 2019
70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg! Ages 16+. 3,178 pieces US $299.99 – CA $399.99 – DE €299.99 – UK £279.99 – FR €299.99 – DK 2,499DKK *Euro pricing varies by country.  Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing. Enjoy an epic 360-degree play experience—and prepare for an alien invasion—with THE LEGO® MOVIE 2™ 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg!…

 

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