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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December 16, 2014
The good people over at Diamond Select have given us the scoop of being able to show off the first official images and solicitation information for the upcoming Marvel Cloth Retro Wolverine Action Figure Limited Edition Box Set!  Some folks are unofficially calling this new wave of 8″ retro figures ReMego, but I prefer “Mego-esque.”…

 

December 16, 2014
I’ve had quite a few fans reach out and ask if I had heard any updates from Mattel on the shipping of the Doomsday Unleashed DCUC figure from MattyCollector.   As you will recall the Doomsday Unleashed went on sale back in November as part of the MattyCollector.com BlackFriday/Cyber Monday sales.    Then on December 1st Mattel…

 

December 15, 2014
The name “Boba Fett” is no stranger to all Star Wars fans. With his customized Mandalorian armor, deadly weaponry, and silent demeanor, Boba Fett was one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy. Following the introduction of Hot Toys’ Star Wars 1/6th scale collectible figures, today we are very excited to officially reveal…

 

December 15, 2014
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 July of 2015.  I know that seems like a…

 

December 12, 2014
This morning over on MTV.com, DC Collectibles have revealed the sculpts of the 4th wave of action figures based on the beloved Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures. We got to see digital renderings for 3 of these figures and one preliminary sculpt of the figures when DC held their press event…

 

December 9, 2014
Every so often, Brian the president of Funko, throws caution to the wind and freaks out his PR and Media Relations team by leaking/announcing new products over on the Funko Forums… which he can do… he IS the president after all.   Yesterday he started the “Funko 12 Days of Christmas” which seems to be him…

 

December 9, 2014
The wait is finally over and TMNT Minimates are here!   These Minimates, based on the Nickelodeon animated series were first announced back in February at Toy Fair.   They are being released at Toys R Us as 2-packs with keychain attachments and at other retailers like Kmart and the direct market as single packed blind-bagged figures.  …

 

December 9, 2014
New York- Finding yourself in a precarious situation? “‘S all good man”! We have just the right criminal… lawyer for you.This classic character provided more than just legal loopholes and comic relief. Known for his nonchalance and questionable advice, Saul quickly won over fans worldwide. Walter and Jesse narrowly made it through their troubles with his…

 

December 8, 2014
We can hardly believe that it’s been 3 years since we first launched the Geek Shall Inherit podcast, but the numbers… and dates don’t lie. It was 3 years ago THIS WEEK that we launched the Geek Shall Inherit podcast with episode one, and we have been talking pop culture ever since! True to form,…

 

December 8, 2014
BifbangPow! and EntertainmentEarth.com are making sure the geeks get the toys they are looking for this holidays season!   The new Minimates based on the #1 comedy “The Big Bang Theory” have just landed in their warehouses and are ready to be shipped out to all the good boys and girls and love the antics of…

 

December 3, 2014
It’s that time of year again! Once a year, at Mattel’s  headquarters in El Segundo, they hold their annual holiday tent sale.  This sale typically runs from Halloween until just before Christmas around the corner from their main building in an adjacent parking lot.   The sale is primarily made up of bulk overstock toy of…

 

December 2, 2014
As we told you about last month, Honda is really pulling on the nostalgia strings for kids of the 1980’s with the focus on classic toys in their 2014 Happy Honda Days ad campaign. Skeletor, Strawberry Shortcake, Jem, Gumby, Little People, Stretch Armstrong and G.I. Joe all make appearances in the original grouping of commercials….

 

December 1, 2014
For those that might have missed out on the WB Ebay sale of this Blu-Ray and figure set, NECA just posted this news on their Facebook page: Good news, Bat-Fans! Thanks to your requests, we’ve been able to work with Warner Bros Home Video and Toys ”R” Us to get a limited quantity of our…

 

November 28, 2014
Prepare to spend the rest of your day watching this over and over and over and over…   Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theaters December 18, 2015. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, and features a cast including actors John Boyega,…

 

November 25, 2014
Mass Effect is one of the gaming world’s most epic franchises, with three installments that have taken gamers across the galaxy. Additional books, comics and an animated film have taken fans even deeper inside the world of the game, and now the sci-fi universe of the Mass Effect Trilogy is colliding with another giant universe…

 

November 21, 2014
A new kickstarter campaign launched today started by my friend and former Mattel and Spin Master brand manager Jim Murphy called the INVICTA CHALLENGE.  Several of the rewards and stretch goals feature action figures designed and sculpted by the Four Horsemen Design Studio.   Check out all the details about the campaign below:   INVICTA Challenge…

 

November 20, 2014
In an unprecedented post-Toy Guru move, Mattel and MattyCollector.com has revealed the entire wave of proposed 2015 figures sets for the Masters of the Universe Minis line in an attempt to get enough subscribers to make the line move forward for 2015. The timeline of reveals is as follows: They showed us the first 2…

 

November 20, 2014
You probably noticed that there was a bit of a gap between episodes, but if you are at all internet savvy you will have found both Jason… and I talking about pop culture stuff on a couple of other podcasts.  Hopefully that helped you get some of your GSi “fix” in between episodes. There’s been…

 

November 20, 2014
When NECA first debuted their 7″ Michael Keaton Batman based on the 1990 video game (that was based on the 1989 movie) fans were told that the purple game deco was the only version NECA could do and we would not be getting a regular black version of the figure. It looks like NECA was…

 

November 19, 2014
It was announced today over on Marvel.com that Gentle Giant ltd. would be giving the Jumbo treatment to Mattel’s vintage Secret Wars line from 1984.    Just as we have seen in the past with Kenner’s Star Wars and Hasbro’s G.I. Joe line, the vintage 3.75″ figures have been lovingly scanned and enlarged to 12″, including…

 

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