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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August 27, 2014
SpiderManElectro2pk_pkg1 In 1964, The Amazing Spider-Man #9 hit comic book racks, pitting the newly minted superhero against the man who would become one of his most legendary foes: Electro! For 50 years, the electricity-wielding supervillain has gone up against Spider-Man, by himself and as a member of the Sinister Six. And while his costume has occasionally…

 

August 26, 2014
HTIM3mkXXXVI1 The Mark XXXVI armor is designed by Tony Stark in Iron Man 3 to be a Riot Control Suit. The brightly-colored suit is also nicknamed as the “Peacemaker” because it is built to control riots and keeping peace. Today Hot Toys is delighted to continue expanding the “House Party Protocol” and introduce the 1/6th scale…

 

August 26, 2014
Breaking news – The sub fully funded!!  This just in from MattyCollector.com: Yes, you do have the power! The fans have spoken, and it’s official… we’ve reached our subscription goal for the final Club Eternia®! That means we’ll be seeing Lizard Man, Ninja Warrior, Huntara™, club-exclusive Oo-Larr®, and the rest of the lineup for 2015.   It’s…

 

August 22, 2014
DCUCDoomsday1      We were overjoyed at the news this week that DC fans would be getting one last figure released on MattyCollector at the end of the year.   Ever since DOOMSDAY Unleashed was announced at the tier 2 figure for the 2014 DC Infinite Earths subscription, fans have wanted this massive Superman villain on their…

 

August 22, 2014
SaveHeMan3 Ok MOTUC fans… now is the time to rally!   The 2015 Club Eternia subscription window is back open for a VERY limited time!  We are just 10% shy of the sub fully funding and us getting another year of AWESOME Four Horsemen sculpted Masters figures.   If you were on the fence (and have the means)…

 

August 21, 2014
ClubEterniaLogo1 As announced on Monday, the 2015 MOTUC Club Eternia missed funding this year by about 10%.  Mattel announced they would re-open the sub for a very brief window this weekend in a last-ditch effort to save the sub. In anticipation of that re-opening, today, the Four Horsemen posted their plea for the fans to sub:…

 

August 20, 2014
DCUCDoomsdayUN2 We didn’t think it would happen, we were TOLD it wouldn’t happen.  Most of us had given up  hope of it every happening.  We were told not to want it or expect it.  The DCUC line was DEAD.  Over.   2 more quarterly figures, the Super Powers stuff and then lights out. Over, everyone head home,…

 

August 19, 2014
SWRebels1 “STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION” AVAILABLE ON WATCH DISNEY XD, MONDAY SEPTEMBER 29; PREMIERE TELECAST ON DISNEY CHANNELS AROUND THE WORLD ON OCTOBER 3 Continuing the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga, an exciting animated one-hour movie “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion” will be available first to verified users on WATCHDisneyXD.com and the…

 

August 19, 2014
DCUCSPSuperGldLogo       As announced, back in February at Toy Fair 2014, the final figures in Mattel’s long running 6″, Four Horsemen sculpted, DC Universe Classics line will be a series of tributes to the 30th anniversary of Kenner’s beloved DC Comics ‘Super Powers’ 3.75″ action figures.   Mattel is repainting 6 figures (including a collect-and-connect…

 

August 18, 2014
BM_AK_Batman_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 March of 2015.  I know that seems like a…

 

August 18, 2014
ScreenHunter_413 Aug. 18 09.33 Today is the FINAL day to subcribe to Mattel’s 2015 MOTUC Club Eternia line and ensure we get the remaining vintage MOTU and POP characters in the Classics style by the Four Horsemen! The Kowl-o-Meter is at about 77% right now.    Don’t let MOTUC go the way of the Club Infinite Earths DC Sub….

 

August 15, 2014
HTAABatman1 “You’re not safe here. No one is.” Batman Arkham City has been a very popular video game among fans since its debut! The narrative, character, world designs, and game play have all contributed to the game’s success. Many Batman fans have been craving for the collectible figure from the video game since the release of…

 

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