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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September 9, 2013
BatmanArkhamOrigins_Firefly 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 March 2014. ACTION FIGURES BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS…

 

September 8, 2013
Behold! The Power-Con 2013 Weaponeers of Monkaa Exclusive Figure! The Eternal Barbarian! These will be offered exclusively at Power-Con next Saturday and Sunday, September 14th & 15th in Torrance, CA at the Torrance Marriott. Includes a Deluxe painted Weaponeers of Monkaa action figure, a full assortment of extra heads in extra special paint ops, a…

 

September 5, 2013
[Editor’s Note – I’ll me moderating a panel on MOTUC on Sunday at Power-Con 2013] Last year saw the Power-Con fan convention DOUBLE in attendance from its first outing and we expect this year to be even bigger with the addition of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the fun that He-Man, She-Ra, and ThunderCats…

 

September 3, 2013
ScreenHunter_104 Sep. 03 14.13 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES CLASSIC COLLECTION TOY LINE LAUNCHES EXCLUSIVELY IN TOYS“R”US® STORES NATIONWIDE AND ONLINE     El Segundo, CA (September 3, 2013) – Calling all Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans and collectors! Playmates Toys announced today that Toys“R”Us is the ultimate headquarters for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Collection. Available now in…

 

August 30, 2013
Fans were surprised by yesterday’s news that Funko would now be releasing the ReAction retro Aliens figures in conjuction with Super 7, and were even  more surprised when on-line retailers started offering the set of 5 figures for $25 less than what everyone who bought an Early Bird set or pre-ordered them from the Super…

 

August 29, 2013
Funko™ and Super7™ to partner on ReAction Figures™  collectibles line and other properties! Funko™  and Super7™ are excited to announce a new strategic partnership to debut and extend the ReAction Figure™ 3 3/4″ line..   One of the most unique and highly anticipated toys of San Diego Comic-Con 2013 was the pre-order and launch of Super7’s™ ReAction…

 

August 28, 2013
(BALTIMORE, MD)-(August 28, 2013)- ToyChest News.com announces the “Massive Minimates Giveaway” with five lucky winners having the opportunity to win numerous sets of Minimates along with a grand prize package which includes an exclusive hand-painted Venom prototype.  The contest runs from August 28th until September 27th and is only open to those who sign up…

 

August 28, 2013
DCCBBWSMBanner Today we have an exclusive interview with DC Collectibles’ top brass Jim Fletcher and Kevin Kiniry about the 50th release in DCC’s Batman Black and White statue line.  That is significant because today is the release of the Sean Murphy designed, Jonathan Matthews sculpted statue and a major milestone in the landmark statue line that…

 

August 28, 2013
“You are not alone.” Hot Toys has previously presented the Superman and Jor-El Collectible Figures from Man of Steel and we are very excited to introduce the next character to join the series – General Zod. Determined to rebuild Krypton and restore the Kryptonian race, General Zod has searched across an ocean of stars for…

 

August 28, 2013
Today, prepare to become the ultimate Marvel Fan with Marvel Unlimited Plus! A bold initiative that takes the massively popular Marvel Unlimited to the next level, this exciting new membership tier is your all-access pass to the Marvel Universe and more! Beyond gaining access to thousands of classic and newer Marvel digital comics, Marvel Unlimited Plus members cement…

 

August 23, 2013
PCSrobocop_keyart_01 The announcement came just now in the form of a two sentences and some key art just to get the word out: Pop Culture Shock Toys have acquired the rights to make a 1/4th scale classic Robocop statue. More details to follow. I can’t wait to see what Jerry and company are cooking up for…

 

August 23, 2013
New York- Mezco presents Breaking Bad Walter White Green Hazmat Suit Edition, this much anticipated figure features Walter in his green suit as seen in the episode A No Rough Stuff Type Deal. He comes complete with a fifty-five gallon chemical drum (not shown) and a trio of lab bottles. The whole set is discreetly packaged…

 

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