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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September 22, 2014
SWRebelsSaber1   Glendale, Calif. (September 22, 2014) — Disney Consumer Products has unveiled an intergalactic assortment of products celebrating the release of Star Wars Rebels, the new Disney XD animated television series which debuts October 3rd on Disney Channel and continues on Disney XD starting October 13th. With all new exciting adventures and memorable new characters, Star Wars Rebels will introduce…

 

September 19, 2014
For all of you folks that have been asking for more toy talk on the podcast, then this is the episode for you! We talk a little bit of music, a little bit of catch up and then we dive deep in our plastic lives and talk toys. I don’t think we talk about a…

 

September 17, 2014
EIChris51Feature It’s always great to see people at the top of their craft, which is part of what makes it so fun watching Epic Ink every Wednesday on A&E.   This past week I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the stars of the show, tattoo artist and shop owner Chris 51.   First lets…

 

September 15, 2014
Arrow_TV_Arrow_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 in April of 2015.  I know that seems like a…

 

September 15, 2014
MOTUGiantHeManSDCC4 Today we take a quick look at the new MOTUC GIANTS He-Man from Mattel. This is the first in Mattel’s new jumbo line of vintage Masters of the Universe figures. Faithful recreations of the vintage MOTU figures in 12” scale! Each figure has a twist waist power punch, “rubber band” legs, and vintage-style accessories. They…

 

September 12, 2014
ReActionAlien2BigChap EntertainmentEarth.com surprised us all this morning by quietly posting the 2nd series of Funko/Super7’s retro ReAction ALIEN line.   We’ve sort of known the partial line-up of Ripley in her space suit and Kane with Chest-burster were available in clear and smoky/sparkly variants as part of the SDCC exclusive blind-boxed egg program.  The metallic Big Chap…

 

September 12, 2014
ScreenHunter_419 Sep. 11 23.43 Target.com is now taking pre-orders on the Blu-ray release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and with it Target gets an exclusive NECA gorilla soldier in retro packaging:   Get a Target Exclusive Planet of the Apes Gorilla Soldier Classic Action Figure in Retro Packaging with the pre-order of Dawn of the Planet…

 

September 9, 2014
DCSCSuperboy4Face2 As we learned last year in my interview interview with Scott Neitlich, the Connor Kent Superboy figure was actually sculpted a few years back and was originally scheduled to be part of DCUC Wave 13.  He was going to be a 50/50 split with the ‘Reign of the Supermen” 90′s Superboy that we got in wave…

 

September 8, 2014
GortKlaatuSet2 Several months ago online retailer Amok Time surprised collectors by getting into the retro 3.75″ (or 4″) game when they announced a 2-pack of action figures based on the 1951 sci fi parable film “The Day The Earth Stood Still.”   In the past we have gotten a few Day The Earth Stood Still items,…

 

September 6, 2014
Sherlock Limited Edition Gift Set  The Complete Seasons 1-3 Blu-ray/DVD Combo  NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — This holiday season, there is one gift that is sure to be on every Sherlock fan’s wish list: Sherlock: The Complete Seasons 1-3 Limited Edition Gift Set, including a brand new bonus disc that features never-before-seen footage,…

 

September 5, 2014
la_ad Our friends at Captain Action Enterprises have given us an exclusive sneak peek of the Lady Action 1:6th scale figure ad that’s in the next issue of Captain Action Cat (on sale Wednesday at your local comic shop).  This 12″ figure is a collaboration between Captain Action, Executive Replicas and Go Hero.   I got…

 

September 4, 2014
Today over on the MattyCollector.com news page Mattel announced the following new contest: He-Man: The Photography War – Comic Cover Contest He-Man fans, this is the chance of a lifetime to contribute to the history of the brand and get the attention of the world for your amazing creative and photography skills.  Mattel is hosting…

 

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