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 18, 2014
WalkingDeadMinimatesAOW1 The gang over at Diamond Select Toys have been kind enough to let us debut the next wave of “The Walking Dead” minimates line based on the smash comic book series by Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment.  This assortment of Minimates ties into the recent big story arc “All Out War” and features Negan and…

 

November 17, 2014
McFarTWDComicW5Tease Today on the official McFarlane Toys Facebook page they posted a teaser image of the upcoming McFarlane action figures based on the Image/Skybound The Walking Dead comic.  Keep in mind we wont see these figures until summer of NEXT year.   Right now the leading speculation is the silhouettes are: Abraham, Jesus (armored),  Carl (post… accident)…

 

November 17, 2014
MezBatmanBFOne12pic1 One:12 Collective Reveals a Mezco Direct Exclusive Limited Edition Batman New York- The One:12 Collective is proud to release details of their much anticipated exclusive, limited edition One:12 Collective Dark Knight Returns Batman figure to be sold only at MezcoToyz.com This 1/12th scale fully posable collectible action figure is fashioned on a hyper-articulated body with over 30…

 

November 17, 2014
SWHolidaySpecial1 It was 36 years ago today, Nov 17th, 1978 that the Star Wars Holiday Special first premiered on national television on CBS.   It has only ever aired one time.   I was seven years old when it came out and at the time, to me, it was SHAKESPEARE!   I couldn’t WAIT to see it.   It…

 

November 17, 2014
New52_TheJoker_AF 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 July 2015.   ACTION FIGURES   DC COMICS…

 

November 17, 2014
MOTUCTungLashFace2 This month our Snake Men AND our Horde army expands by one more with the release of the November 2014 Club Eternia figure – Tung Lashor! His enemies wish this sinister servant of King Hssss would hold his tongue, but they’re about to feel the sting of his scorn! Adding to the evil army of…

 

November 14, 2014
This week Hasbro released some more press images, this time for the next waves of their 6″ Star Wars Black line.  All of these figures and sets were announced over the Summer at San Diego Comic Con 2014.    Bounty hunter Bossk and Han Solo in Stormtrooper disguise are in the regular, single figure line.  Hoth…

 

November 14, 2014
CAlady_ad4 First-Ever 1/6 Scale Lady Action Figure from Executive Replicas, Go Hero, and Phicen Ltd    New York, N.Y. (November 13, 2014) – Captain Action Enterprises is excited to announce the debut of the new Lady Action action figure. This 1/6 scale figure, created by Go Hero, Executive Replicas, and Phicen Ltd, was revealed at San Diego Comic Con,…

 

November 13, 2014
LegoDCJLBox Art 1 ENTER A WACKY REALM AS WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND THE LEGO GROUP RELEASE LEGO® DC COMICS SUPER HEROES: JUSTICE LEAGUE vs BIZARRO LEAGUE ON BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACK, DVD and DIGITAL HD, ON FEBRUARY 10, 2015 All-New Original LEGO® DC Comics Movie Featuring Exclusive Batzarro LEGO Minifigure Burbank, CA (November 13, 2014) – In the…

 

November 13, 2014
DCCBombshellMera1 I found this one saved in my drafts file from last month, but it’s Jason Wires and it’s DCC’s AWESOME DC Bombshells line, so it’s worth posting late : How do we create such realistic looking statues? It involves some perfectly applied paint! In this exclusive DC Collectibles 101, painter Jason Wires talks us through…

 

November 11, 2014
DconLogo2 This past weekend in Pasadena, fans flocked to D-Con, AKA DesignerCon 2014.  Despite it occurring in my “back yard” each year, this is the first year I have been able to attend.   It’s a terrific show, with great programming, great vendors and a great energy.  The show is gaining popularity and has doubled in size…

 

November 9, 2014
CA Beret Sticker Final Character Eschews Signature Cap for Special Mission Beret   New York, N.Y. (November 9, 2014) –Captain Action Enterprises, licensors of the popular Captain Action line, are proud to announce their 2014 Holiday Exclusive:  a limited edition action figure & card set will showcase Captain Action in his new special mission beret and long-version sabre. The military…

 

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