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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April 9, 2016
Hasbro is launching the first #StarWars #HasbroToyPic Fan Figure Photo Series and calling on fans to show off their amazing collections and creativity by recreating scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens using Hasbro’s Star Wars figures and vehicles.   (images courtesy of @sgtbananas) Beginning Tuesday, April 5th though Thursday, May 4th (May the Fourth),…

 

April 8, 2016
3 Gentle Giant just sent us these four silhouettes teasing their four all new exclusive gifts that will be made available to members of their 2016 Premiere Guild collector club.   Can you guess what all four will be?   

 

April 8, 2016
DSC_0475 Playmates Toys Releases Expansive Movie Toy Line in Conjunction with Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies’ Summer Film ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’   El Segundo, CA – April 5, 2016 – Playmates Toys, the company behind the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line for decades, is introducing a new collection of products…

 

April 7, 2016
SWrogue-one-Tease1 Get your first look at ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY in theaters this December. Visit Star Wars at http://www.starwars.com Subscribe to Star Wars on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/starwars Like Star Wars on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/starwars Follow Star Wars on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/starwars Follow Star Wars on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/starwars Follow Star Wars on Tumblr at…

 

April 5, 2016
ScreenHunter_43 Apr. 05 18.34 The new Watch-With-Me feature in the BB-8 app allows your Droid to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens with you. So if you are like me and went to the store (or pre-ordered) The Force Awakens Blu-Ray/DVD combo and you have a Sphero BB-8 that means you NEVER have to watch Star Wars alone!  Thanks…

 

April 5, 2016
EMLegoArcade1 Two lifetimes ago, in the late 90’s, when I was working at Disney Feature Animation, I met a young digital animator who was working on the 3rd floor on the movie “Dinosaur” that was as big a Star Wars fan as I was.   We became fast friends and spent many a lunchtime running out…

 

April 5, 2016
MST3K_joelmike Anyone that knows me knows I’m a HUGE fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000.  I’m over the MOON with the news of this MST3K reunion done by the Rifftrax team on Kickstarter.  The show has already funded and there are just 3 days left to get in on all the kickstarter exclusive benefits and packages,…

 

April 4, 2016
IMG_1862 Tomorrow marks the release of Star Wars The Force Awakens on Blu-Ray and DVD and many stores are preparing some impressive displays.  Online I have seen some sneak peeks at some impressive displays that will be hitting other retail stores that look like a giant BB-8 or that have a huge Millennium Falcon flying over…

 

April 2, 2016
mhs v4 retro poster v2 WEB   Torrance, CA, April 1, 2016 – Spy Monkey Creations Inc, creators of the Weaponeers of Monkaa, are proud to unveil their new brand, Battle Tribes: Weapons & Warriors.   Battle Tribes is a new 2.5” action figure line compatible with Onell Design’s innovative Glyos System of interchangeable articulation. “I wanted to take Spy Monkey…

 

April 1, 2016
DKR30Logo The gang at DC Entertainment sent me a big box of stuff to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the landmark comic book series The Dark Knight Returns. What’s in said box?  Let’s open it and find out!! What are your memories of the 30 year history of this comic?  When did you first discover it? …

 

April 1, 2016
EntertainmentEarth20th Popular Online Toys and Collectibles Retailer Provides Groundbreaking Industry Innovations for 20 Years SIMI VALLEY, CA: March 31, 2016 – April 2016 is a long-awaited milestone for the Labowitz brothers, Aaron and Jason. On April 1, 2016, the company they founded – Entertainment Earth – will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Since its website first went…

 

March 29, 2016
Alien Day Key Art Dark Horse Comics, Funko, NECA, Sideshow Collectibles, Audible, Titan Books, Zen Studios and more than a Dozen other Partners Join Forces to Mark ALIEN DAY on Planet Earth   Reebok to Release Exact Replica of the ALIEN Stompers worn by Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley   Nationwide Screening Returns One of the Most Iconic Film…

 

March 28, 2016
BTAS_LOTDK_3-pack 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 October 2016.  I know that seems like a long…

 

March 24, 2016
WC_TMNT2_GarbageTruckwithLeo_Main Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows may not be in theaters till June, but fans of the famous turtles can get a glimpse of the new products available for the movie this week – courtesy of Walmart.   Walmart is offering an exclusive pre-order for WonderCon attendees on new licensed merchandise tied to the upcoming movie….

 

March 23, 2016
ReActionAliensTF1 (2) Yesterday on the ReAction Figure Fans Facebook page, Reis, one of the designers at Funko posted an update with a loose timeline on what what fans of the retro 3.75″ action figure line can expect for the rest of 2016.  There are some we knew about and some surprises on the list as not very…

 

March 21, 2016
WonderConLogo.gif Wondercon 2016 is happening this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center!   This year there are a handful of panels that relate to toys and collecting including one being hosted by us here at Action Figure Insider! If you are attending the convention on Friday please come see our panel, ask a question or two…

 

March 16, 2016
BatmanJumboPoster Six new products are being announced/solicited from the gang at Gentle Giant that will be available in Q4 this year from across the spectrum of their licenses.   We see some great new stuff in their Jumbo universe including the regular Spider-Man in their Secret Wars jumbo line and the both the Dynamic Duo in their Super Powers Jumbo line!…

 

March 15, 2016
At New York Toy Fair, the Marvel Legends Series unveiled two new premium role play items arriving in fall 2016. Fans were thrilled by the announcement of the Captain America Shield and Iron Man Electronic Helmet. (Both items are up for pre-order now on Amazon.com.) These awe-inspiring 1:1 full-scale premium role play items were revealed…

 

March 9, 2016
AssassinsCreedMovieBanner1 Kernel Engages Assassin’s Creed fans with exclusive limited-edition merchandise,  Behind-the-scenes first-looks at the upcoming Movie, Movie Tickets and More Beginning today, March 9th at www.kernel.com/assassinscreed, Kernel is affording Assassin’s Creed fans the opportunity to immerse themselves in the highly anticipated movie release with exclusive film merchandise, one-of-a-kind experiences, revealing behind-the-scene sneak peeks and more.  …

 

March 9, 2016
BatmanVSupermanDOJBanner2 Customers Are Invited to Participate in Events and Giveaways Ahead of the Highly-Anticipated Release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, is celebrating Batman v Superman Day at its stores nationwide…

 

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