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 29, 2015
Halo5-11-10-15-15-w  Customized Spartans from Halo 5: Guardians Now Available on HALOWAYPOINT.COM SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) and Sandboxr team up with 343 Industries to launch the first of its kind 3D printing Digital to Doorstep™ platform for Halo 5: Guardians fans worldwide. Utilizing 3D Systems’ full color 3D printing technology on the ProJet® x60 series…

 

November 28, 2015
MST3K_joelmike One of my top 5 all time favorite TV shows is MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000.   I was a devoted MSTie that keep circulating the tapes.   I followed the show from Comedy Central, to the SiFi Channel to it’s eventual cancellation.  I saw the feature film in the theater, I mourned and cheered the cast changes,…

 

November 25, 2015
KrampusWishbook The gang at Warpo aren’t the sort of folks that just drop their Kickstarter campaign on the world and then let it run to the end.  They are constantly adding, chatting, brain-storming and rewarding their fans and backers.   Today we get to help them with a new announcement that is part of their current…

 

November 20, 2015
IMG_9940 This past weekend was the first ever “Gentle Giant Day” at Blast from the Past in Burbank. Ca.   Unfortunately I was not able to attend as planned because my wife gave birth 2 days before, but I made sure we had the event covered for AFi.  I sent my friend Chris Tallman, Mr. Thunderman…

 

November 19, 2015
DC_Icons_AF_17_Static_Shock_sRGB 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 June 2016.  I know that seems like a long way…

 

November 18, 2015
preblast-group-fb-banner-rev Across the frozen wastes of the northern most reaches of the globe, through the primeval forests and valleys, lurking in the darkest recesses of man’s forgotten histories, the creatures of nightmare and legend are shambling out of the shadows to reclaim a world that has forgotten the true meaning of fear… Creatureplica, the toy world’s…

 

November 11, 2015
75827_Side_03 Get ready to bust some ghosts at the Firehouse Headquarters!   Recreate iconic Ghostbusters™ scenes with the 2-story Firehouse Headquarters, featuring laboratory, living quarters, containment unit and much more. Capture the ghosts with the proton packs and restore order, or solve other supernatural cases! Includes 9 minifigures: Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore,…

 

November 7, 2015
Target3DMeKiosk1 Over the past several weeks many Target stores across the US have been remodeling their stores.   Aisles are now wider, some aisle have been shortened with new featured displays added, the electronics area had a major face lift and there are more interactive displays in many sections of the stores.   Now some of…

 

November 6, 2015
96741ABF-Warcraft_18in_Durotan_BlizzCon_03[1] BLIZZCON EXCLUSIVE DELUXE DUROTAN BIG FIG sold by Jakks Pacific at the Legendary Entertainment Booth on the 3rd floor of the   NEW! From JAKKS BIG FIG collection comes the BlizzCon Exclusive Edition Deluxe Durotan action figure! Offered for sale only to those attending BlizzCon this amazing figure perfectly recreates the orcish hero from Legendary’s upcoming…

 

November 5, 2015
HTSWTFACaptPhasma1 As the release date of Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming closer and closer, the anticipation for this long awaited installment of the saga is growing stronger everyday! Following the reveal of the First Order legions of troopers, Hot Toys is very excited to officially present the 1/6th scale collectible figure of their commander clad…

 

November 5, 2015
GGSWJumboDeadpool Remember you don’t have to answer EVERY question to win, you just have to answer the MOST!   So give it a shot!   Last week our friends at Gentle Giant announced the first ever “Gentle Giant Day” Saturday Nov 14th at Blast from the Past in Burbank. Maybe you can’t make it to Burbank….

 

November 2, 2015
Warpo12inCth3 Warpo and Diamond Comics Distributors Announce Exclusive Worldwide Distribution Partnership CHICAGO, IL (November 2, 2015): Warpo, creators of the Legends of Cthulhu action figures, announce today the highly anticipated, extra-large 12” Cthulhu retro action figure is now available at toy and hobby shops nationwide. The 12” Cthulhu Standard Edition, along with the Previews Exclusive Glow…

 

November 2, 2015
DSC_0265 Today we crack open a big box of EVIL and show you what is in the new VILLAINS box from Funko’s awesome Marvel Collector Corps.  Have a look at all the goodies and order your own monthly box of EXCLUSIVE Marvel Merch at www.collectorscorps.com

 

November 2, 2015
DSC_0273 Stan Lee’s Comikaze continues to be one of the nicest, friendliest comic book conventions on the West Coast and this year was no exception.   I wish I had be able to spend more time at the show this weekend, but my wife is due to give birth any day now and I needed to…

 

October 31, 2015
BTAS_17_RoxyRocket_AF Coming to comic book shops this month is the new DC Collectibles Roxy Rocket deluxe action figure from ‘The New Batman Adventures.’  DCC brings us the first EVER Roxy Rocket figure, filling a 20+ year old hole that Kenner/Hasbro never filled in their Batman Animated line.  Not only do you get the figure and episode…

 

October 31, 2015
HTStanLee1 He is a creator of numerous superheroes. He has brought joy and excitement to comic book readers all around the world. In various superhero movies over the years, his cameos have lightened up the scenes and sometimes surprises movie-goers. Today, celebrating the opening of Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2015, Hot Toys is thrilled to officially…

 

October 29, 2015
E_DOZEN_1 The original release of our anthropomorphic avians was so incredibly popular that Four Horsemen Studios is doing it again! Next Friday, November 6th at 3pm EST thirteen new Mythic Legion Eathyron’s Dozen and the main character in this wave – Eathyron – will be a deluxe figure that will come with his own set of golden…

 

October 29, 2015
NECADCVideoFigures1 NECA Toys dropped a bomb on fans today when they announced a new line of 7″ Action Figure pack-ins in partnership with Warner Brothers Home Video.   Much like the movie accurate black costume 1989 Michael Keaton Batman 7″ action figure that was released last year with the Diamond Edition of the Batman DVD, these…

 

October 23, 2015
LegionofDansLogo Force Friday has come and gone.  How many Dans attended their local events and what did they pick up? Also New York Comic Con was the other week at the Javits Center and there was a TON of new toy goodness what were the favorites of the Legion? Listen to episode 5 and find out!…

 

October 23, 2015
GGSWJumboDeadpool Last week our friends at Gentle Giant announced the first ever “Gentle Giant Day” Saturday Nov 14th at Blast from the Past in Burbank. Maybe you can’t make it to Burbank.  Maybe you don’t even live in California.  Maybe you still want to win some awesome Gentle Giant ltd. products. That’s where WE come in!…

 

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