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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December 16, 2016
Just a few days ago Warner Brothers released a new trailer for the upcoming Lego Batman movie, which you can see below: In a “blink and you might miss it” moment you can see Batman at an event celebrating with the Justice League…but pause that moment and you will see SO much more… it’s the…

 

December 13, 2016
In this episode of AquaMonday we take a look at a recent Imaginext 4 Pack that features (mostly) aquatic characters including: Aquaman, Black Manta, Killer Croc and Batman.  It’s possible this set is a Walmart exclusive as that is the only place I have seen this particular   There are a couple of these up…

 

December 10, 2016
Now that the new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers have been released that allowed Hasbro to release new images of new Marvel Legends figures!    We have already seen half of the Guardians wave, but now we get to see the rest.   And while we already have a Marvel Cinematic Universe…

 

December 9, 2016
Wave 2 of Super Powers gets a little love in this most recent announcement!  This past week Figures Toy Company announced what might be my most anticipated line up of characters that were never before made in the 8″ retro figure style!  The line for these starts behind ME! Our Super Powers series is about…

 

December 6, 2016
For this week’s AquaMonday we take a look at BifBangPow’s 7 character Justice League Wooden Nesting Dolls set.  This is sort of like a bonus episode, because not only do we get a great Aquaman figure in this set but 6 additional Justice League Members to keep him company! This set was one of the…

 

December 5, 2016
Today we have the great pleasure of unboxing one of the fantastic DC Bombshells from DC Collectibles.  Bumble Bee will be released in comic shops in November 2016 along with the recently announce “Art of DC Bombshells” hardcover book! Check out the unboxing video below for all the details:   The DC Bombshells BumbleBee statue…

 

December 5, 2016
Deals on Action Figures, Toys, and Collectibles  Entertainment Earth®, the leading pioneer in the online toy and collectibles retail industry since 1996, unveils its top collectibles this holiday season. From exclusive Batman to Transformers to Star Wars action figures, the list offers a comprehensive collection that should appeal to any collector. “Our Top 12 Great…

 

December 1, 2016
I thought this was going to a straight unboxing video for the newly released Walmart Exclusive Star Wars Rogue One Scarif Trooper from Hasbro… but what was actually in the box surprised me and left me speechless…   The Walmart exclusive Star Wars Black Series Trooper is available right now in stores and on Walmart.com….

 

November 28, 2016
WAAAAY back in June of 2015 we showed you images of some newly revealed DC Comics Fisher-Price Imaginext figures.   All of the figures were posted on the official Imaginext website and almost all of those figures that were reveled were released over the next year… with 3 exceptions: Firestorm and the Sinestro/Cheetah 2-pack.   Those figures…

 

November 27, 2016
As you finish off your Thanksgiving leftovers this weekend and wrap up your Black Friday shopping, we offer you a break from the outside world for a short while in the form of a new episode of our webshow ‘Abby Has Questions!”   In this episode of ‘Abby Has Questions’ we take a look at…

 

November 25, 2016
Click on the image below to be taken to EE’s Black Friday sale so you can see ALL the deals!   The latest Amazing Spider-Man Marvel Legends Figures Wave 7 was just added to the Entertainment Earth website! The Amazing Spider-Man Marvel Legends Action Figures Wave 6 bring back generations of Spider-Man in an awesome…

 

November 23, 2016
Lego has moved into the world of licensed figures as part of their blind bagged minfigures waves.  In the past we have gotten waves based on the Simpsons and Disney characters.  Today they announced the much rumored wave of The Lego Batman Movie minfigures and it contains some great bat-variants, supporting characters and some of…

 

November 22, 2016
Our friends over at Diamond Select Toys gave us this first look sneak peek of their next DC Gallery animated PVC figure to share with you:   DC Gallery Batman New Adventures Catwoman PVC Diorama A Diamond Select Toys Release! We’ve never been more excited for a black cat to cross our path! This black-costumed…

 

November 21, 2016
Earlier today the Toy Industry Association announced the nominees for all 14 categories the 2017 Toy Of The Year Awards.   This year is the FIRST year they have included an Action Figure of the Year category and we here at AFi have the honor of helping them with the reveal announcement of that new category.   …

 

November 21, 2016
Earlier today the Toy Industry Association announced the nominees for all 14 categories the 2017 Toy Of The Year Awards.   This year is the FIRST year they have included an Action Figure of the Year category and we here at AFi have the honor of helping them with the reveal announcement of that new category.   …

 

November 21, 2016
Consumers invited to vote for their favorites at ToyAwards.org – now until January 15, 2017 NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — From innovative tech toys and licensed characters to enriching playthings that teach and inspire, 100 finalists for the prestigious 2017 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards were unveiled today by the Toy Industry Association…

 

November 18, 2016
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS THE MYSTICAL SIDE OF SUPER HEROES IN ALL-NEW DC UNIVERSE ORIGINAL MOVIE JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ON BLU-Ray TM DELUXE GIFTSET, BLU-Ray TM Combo pack AND DVD FEBRUARY 7, 2017   AVAILABLE TO OWN ON DIGITAL HD STARTING JANUARY 24, 2017   Celebrity-Laden Cast Features Matt Ryan Reprising his Acclaimed Television…

 

November 16, 2016
Greetings MOTU Friends – Thanks for being patient with us!  The pre-sale for Super7’s new MOTU products is now open at the Super7 Webstore for 2 weeks beginning at Noon PST on Wednesday (16th) until Midnight PST on Wednesday, November 30th.  Details for each of the new items are listed below. We’re also happy to announce that…

 

November 14, 2016
Welcome to an all new AquaMonday! Today we are looking at the AMAZING repro Aqaman vs The Great White Shark set from Figures Toy Company.   This is a reproduction of the hard to find, incredibly expensive vintage Mego set from back in the 1970s.  Even though it’s a reproduction I’m still happy with it as…

 

November 11, 2016
The other day Hake’s Americana auction house launched an incredible set of auctions that should make every action figure fan salivate.  Hake’s is know for having a long history of auctioning off some stunning one-of-a-kind items, and the new collection is no exception.  In their most recent auction they have listed the first lots from…

 

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