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.
Read other articles by Daniel Pickett.

 

January 29, 2015
Today, Lego revealed their long rumored, brand new The SHIELD Helicarrier construction set based on the classic iconic vehicle in the first Avengers film! Please note, this set is based on the first Avengers film not the Avengers: Age of Ultron hitting theaters this year. Build and display the huge SHIELD Helicarrier! Discover a world…

 

January 28, 2015
New York-  The New York International Toy Fair is the world’s largest and most important industry-only toy show. “Toy Fair Only” collectible items are a proud tradition and Mezco Toyz continues this custom with the introduction of  their Gus Fring Limited Edition Preview Figure.   Gus Fring is the ruthless drug kingpin with the mild mannered,…

 

January 25, 2015
We can still say “Happy New Year” to each other since it’s still January, right?  I thought so. There’s a lot of housekeeping/catch up in this episode.  Since it’s been a few weeks between episodes and there was a holiday “break” we had a chance to see and catch up on a lot of stuff…

 

January 23, 2015
Today, DC Collectibles has updated their blog with some news on the QC issues they have been facing on some product, which has also lead to them having to adjust the wave assortment for their upcoming waves of Batman: The Animated Series product.  Also they also tease… is THAT what I THINK it is?… I’m…

 

January 23, 2015
HOTH and VADER’s REVENGE Stages Set to Deal Additional Challenges to the Rebel Alliance Last October, BANDAI NAMCO Amusement America announced an exciting advancement in arcade entertainment with Star Wars™: Battle Pod™. Star Wars: Battle Pod features a special dome shaped screen that surrounds a player’s field of sight, controller and seat vibration synced with…

 

January 23, 2015
-New LEGO® Scooby-Doo animated content to roll-out, including 22-minute special and made-for-video movie releases, from Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group-   LONDON, BRITISH TOY AND HOBBY ASSOCIATION TOY FAIR (January 23, 2015) – The LEGO Group today announced its partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to develop a collection of LEGO®…

 

January 22, 2015
Mondo is thrilled to announce The Iron Giant Deluxe Figure will be available for Pre-Order starting today, January 22! Director Brad Bird had a chance to preview the figure and was most pleased with the results! Mondo worked to obtain the digital files used in the film to create the most accurate and detailed Iron Giant figure to…

 

January 21, 2015
For years Barsom has been professionally sculpting garage kits, statues and action figures for some big companies.  Now he takes on one of geek-doms biggest villains in the form of a 3rd party head for your MOTU baddie – Skeletor.    This ain’t no digitally sculpted Shapways project for you to finish.   This is…

 

January 20, 2015
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 August of 2015.  I know that seems like a…

 

January 20, 2015
“Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it.’” Venture into the cryptic backstreets of San Francisco’s Chinatown with Jack Burton! Prepare yourself for a mystical battle against the evil sorcerer Lo Pan! Straight from the underground of Chinatown… Big Trouble in Little China…Coming to you in both Pop! and ReAction!   Pop! Movies:…

 

January 19, 2015
We are entering the season of toy companies reaching out to the big media outlets to announce new products ahead of Toy Fair.   You will be seeing a lot of this in the coming weeks.   Today, we have Hasbro announcing several new entries into their kid-friendly MASHERS customizeable figure line, including Jurassic World,…

 

January 19, 2015
Last week our friends over at DC Collectibles hit a whopping 250,000 likes on their official Facebook page, and to celebrate they announced they would be doing a full week of reveals of new products!   The first announcement is from my favorite line of 2014 – their Batman Animated line.  Check out the announcement…

 

January 15, 2015
This morning I got a cryptic announcement about a new line of 8″ vinyl figures that seem to be born from a partnership between Funko, A Large Evil Corporation and new comer Vinyl Sugar.    These new Vinyl Idolz figures are supposed to be on display next month at New York Toy Fair.   We will bring…

 

January 15, 2015
 Downloadable Content Brings Show’s Iconic Characters to Popular Open World Sandbox Game REDMOND, Wash – January 15, 2015 – Minecraft players can soon bring the characters of Springfield to life in fully-textured, cubic glory when Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Xbox launch THE SIMPSONS content packs for Minecraft Xbox 360 and Xbox One editions. Scheduled…

 

January 15, 2015
Our friends over at Diamond Select Toys have given us the opportunity to reveal two new products this week ahead of their Toy Fair debut.  We will have one today and one tomorrow (so check back again!).    Today’s reveal is not just a single product but a whole first wave of new, licensed Minimates!  …

 

January 14, 2015
Its no secret that my most anticipated line of 2014 was the DC Collectibles line based on both Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures.  Wave 1 is out in stores now and wave 2 should be hitting the direct market shortly.  DC Collectibles has solicited the figures up through wave 4 and…

 

January 14, 2015
JUDGE DEATH Created by John Wagner, Alan Grant, and Brian Bolland; Judge Death is a twisted version of Judge Dredd from a dimension where all life is a crime and the only solution is death. The first release in a new wave of 1/12th scale collectible figures from 2000AD designed by 3A. 3A is an…

 

January 13, 2015
  This righteous reptile-human hybrid may be cold-blooded, but he burns with dedication to the Masters of the Universe®. Lizard Man doesn’t hesitate to toss his tail into the fray to defend Eternia®, and he’s a worthy warrior when speedy stealth is needed. Finally arriving in the MOTUC lineup, he comes with a Filmation sword…

 

January 13, 2015
No one likes to find ants on their food.   But what happens when the ant IS your food?!?!    Fans are going to have to figure that one out because the gang at PPW Toys is dipping back into Marvel Studios for another one of their Pop Culture spuds – Ant-Man!   Soon Ant-Man will be able…

 

January 12, 2015
‘BUILD THE MILLENNIUM FALCON’ REPLICA MODEL BASED ON THE ACTUAL MOVIE PROP De Agostini Publishing has announced the release of a brand new weekly magazine series offering Star Wars fans and model makers the opportunity to build a detailed replica of the Millennium Falcon.   Featured in the recently released teaser trailer for Star Wars:…

 

SPONSORS