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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July 19, 2009
If you own a DVR (or a VCR) you MUST record the new season of Torchwood. (oh… and you’ll also need a cable or satellite provider that gives you the BBC America channel.     If you like good TV…. If you like thought provoking drama and suspense…. If you consider yourself in the slightest atom of your being a fan of Science Fiction…. You MUST record "Torchwood: Children of Earth" It’s…

 

June 11, 2009
These aren’t mine, but someone brought them by the office for me to look at so I couldn’t resist putting them in with the rest of my JLU and taking a few shots.  I can’t WAIT for this set!     As you can see I threw in a Bandai Teen Titans Beast Boy, just…

 

May 31, 2009
It’s no secret around these parts that I’m a Super Powers collector.   I have a complete loose collection and a (near) complete carded collection.   But, I can’t just stop with the 33 figures in the line.   For the past 3 years I have been buying Super Powers customs.   Mostly loose, but…

 

May 17, 2009
Tonight at 8:39 PM there was a magnitude 5.0 earquake centered about 1.5 miles from my house. My collection did not fare well.  It was the FIRST things to start tumbling.       I’m sure this will also be the scene in my office in the morning to stay tuned for part 2 tomorrow….

 

April 17, 2009
Do I go to work today?  Or do I just keep following this truck to it’s destination in the hopes that it is filled with new JLU and DCUC wave 8?  Hmmmm…..

 

March 20, 2009
So Long Galactica As I was putting my 5 year old daughter to bed last night she asked me "Dad, what’s your favorite TV show?"  and after thinking about it and weighing Lost against everything else I had to say "It’s a show called ‘Battlestar Galactica‘." And then I had to say "and oddly enough the last show…

 

March 17, 2009
This is too well done not to post! I came across this over on Veidt.com and thought it was TOO well done not to share.  It’s a mash up of  the Watchmen trailer and Pixar’s Wal*E.    Someone spent some time on this and it shows!    

 

March 13, 2009
This was the scene I was met with this morning at my local Target on my way to work.    Target has reduced two colums of Justice League Unlimited and DC Infinte Heroes (8 pegs) into one column (2 pegs for each, 4 total) and in the remaning space has added 8 pegs of Marvel…

 

March 5, 2009
The short answer is I liked it. On Monday night I was invited to a special IMAX test screening of Warner Brothers Watchmen movie that will be released this coming Friday to a theater near you.  Why did I call it a “test screening?”  Because it’s one of the longest IMAX movies ever attempted and…

 

March 3, 2009
ZodAFISuperFuneral4.jpgI’ve seen a lot of collections in my time, but no one puts together more interesting dioramas than my buddy Cuban Zod.  He just finds the coolest stuff and puts them together in such an interesting fashion.    I have a few photos of parts of his collection that I thought would be fun to share…

 

February 23, 2009
I’ve been lucky so far.   I’ve keep toys at my workplace for the past 13+ years, and not just a few here and there.  A LOT!  I’ve been fortunate to work at places where a toy collection fits into the culture so it’s really become and extension of my displaying area.   Here is a…

 

January 5, 2009
I’ve basically been collecting toys my whole life.  There was maybe an 8 month break my senior year in High School that I stopped buying stuff… but I still HAD all my Star Wars, Shogun Warriors and Transformers out on display for any and all to see.   I started college in 89′ right after…

 

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