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 20, 2013
4HMOSM2013Alpha The Four Horsemen just posted the following update on their Facebook page: The wait is almost over! We FINALLY got the figures, boxes and stickers for the 2013 SDCC Alpha Phase Outer Space Men in a few days ago and they’re now in stock and being prepared for shipment. Included in these two limited sets…

 

August 19, 2013
mogwai_series_4_group.jpg Introducing the Gremlins – Series 4 Mogwai 7″ Action Figures! Continuing the ever popular Mogwai series, we went deep into the vaults for this new assortment of cuddly creatures. These are concept Mogwais that were created by Rick Baker Studios for Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Over the past 20 years the original puppets have…

 

August 17, 2013
Here is Mattel’s final video push for the DC Classics and MOTUC subscriptions and Ecto-1 pre-order available through 8/19 at 11:59pm PT at www.MattyCollector.com. The MOTUC Sub is currently at 72% The DCSC Sub is currently at 39% The Ecto-1 Preorder is currently at 28%   [youtube]http://youtu.be/2_SJl-Bw2_o[/youtube]

 

August 17, 2013
DW_Robin_Rev_01-215x300.jpg In the final push for the 2014 Subs to fund Mattel was able to reveal one more figure for the 2014 DC Club Infinite Earths subcription today.  That brings the number of revealed figures up to five: with (Damian Wayne) Robin,  (Hook Hand) Aquaman, Ice, (Connor Kent) Superboy and Doomsday.   Toy Fans, We’ve been…

 

August 15, 2013
ScreenHunter_150 Aug. 15 16.59 Dr. Evil Coffin Box New York, N.Y. (August 15, 2013) –Captain Action Enterprises announces a New York Comic Con exclusive: Dr. Evil in retro style “coffin box”.   Harkening back to the sixties, these so-called coffin boxes were the standard form of packaging in an age before blister packs.   Additionally, this retro-style packaging shows the insidious…

 

August 15, 2013
This week Mattel announced that if the 2014 MOTUC Club Eternia subscription goes through that the January figure “Two-Bad” will be a a sub-only figure with no day of sales.   That means if you want the update of this vintage figure in your collection then you had better sub up here at MattyCollector.com before…

 

August 14, 2013
Two fantastic new Star Wars items are now up for pre-order from the good people at Gentle Giant Ltd. Jumbo Star Wars Snowtrooper Just like they were when you were a kid, only BIGGER! Gentle Giant is proud to bring you their new line of vintage Kenner inspired Star Wars Action Figure reproductions with the…

 

August 14, 2013
GGHolidayYoda1 This was originally announced right before comic con to the Gentle Giant Collector Club and then shown at SDCC.   Now Gentle Giant has posted it in their official news letter.  ALSO… I was told at a party at SDCC that there will be some other additional “surprise” item that will ship with this item.  I…

 

August 12, 2013
4HMRAVENSheadshots We are in the final day and hours of the Four Horsemen’s Gothitropolis Ravens Kickstarter campaign.  They have blown the roof of their 65K goal and are currently sitting at almost 260K!!  The have unlocked ALL of the original proposed ravens and even added two additional birds – the Eagle and the Flamingo.   They have…

 

August 9, 2013
ScreenHunter_136 Aug. 09 12.32 This 4.5″ tall Alien Egg is an incredibly detailed recreation of the mysterious eggs from the Alien films. Closed, the egg glows with an eerie green light… but press the button concealed on the back and launch a rubbery Facehugger high into the air! Frighten your friends, your neighbors or your household pets. An incredible…

 

August 8, 2013
Reports are coming in that the 16th series of Marvel Minimates at Toys “R” Us has started to show up in stores! Featuring the latest costume designs from Marvel Now, this series includes Uncanny Avengers Captain America and Scarlet Witch, the Indestructible Hulk and the Invincible Iron Man, the Savage Wolverine with a vicious Reaper,…

 

August 7, 2013
captain-action Once again Walmart is doing their “Get On The Shelf” voting campaign where shopers can vote on new products to be carried in stores.  It’s kind of like American Idol for shelfspace. As it turns out our friends over at Captain Action are working to get on the shelf at Wal-Mart for 2014! And guess…

 

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