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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June 27, 2013
Today Funko announces a plethora of new products based on the popular “Big Bang theory” TV show.   Complete your cast with the new Pop Vinyl figures or start a new collection of blind box minis!   Pop! Television: NEW Big Bang Theory As you know, Sheldon and Amy Farrah Fowler Pop! figures have already released….


June 27, 2013
EmptyIM3-224x300.jpg Um… that’s NOT an action figure.      That’s an arm and some random loose pieces. Do you even look at these things when you take them back? Good luck with that. Love always, People with eyes and common sense 4 comments


June 20, 2013
DragonsLair11.jpg Apparently yesterday was the 30th anniversary of the revolutionary video game Dragon’s Lair.   What made Dragon’s Lair different is that instead of it using computer graphics, it was a fully 2-D animated cartoon from Don Bluth studios that ran on a laser disk. Here’s what Wikipedia says about Dragon’s Lair: Dragon’s Lair is a laserdisc…


March 11, 2013
20130311-1853101.jpg Because guys like me will try this…


January 8, 2013
The “Hills” Are Alive… With Toys! Over the holidays I was talking to fellow AFi staffer Cantina Dan about the “olden days” of collecting and I mentioned my time in the mid 90’s out east and hitting “Hills” department stores as part of my regular run.   I never had Hills in the mid-west and they seemed to be a treasure trove…


January 3, 2013
20130103-2246241.jpg Just got this in the mail from the good folks at Round 2 and Captain Action. Full feature coming soon…  


May 24, 2012
DCUCCustDoomPatrol-1024x7961.jpg The other day I got a review sample of the Club Infinite Earths DC Signature Collection Starman figure.  As I was taking pictures I realized that while I appreciated the extra, unmasked head he came with I was never going to display him with that head.   So what other uses are there for a spare…


May 13, 2012
TargetSign1.jpg I can’t take credit for this and I don’t know where the original came from, but this was posted on a toy collecting Facebook group that I’m a member of.   At my local Target I could hang these on the Marvel Legends pegs that have been completely empty going on two months and the Star…


March 19, 2012
JoeMenna-150x1501.jpg It was one year ago that I first met sculptor Joe Menna at Toy Fair a year ago.   He was walking the floor with my friend, and fellow sculptor Paul Harding.   I didn’t know Joe at the time, but I certainly knew his work from his projects at DC Direct.  He had an ipad with…


December 25, 2011
Terry Gilliam – The Christmas Card This video has been making the internet rounds this week and thought it would be a good finale to our video posting this week- It’s an animated short by director and former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam. Happy Holidays everyone!


December 24, 2011
Don’t Let those Toy Companies Trick You! Ok. One more bonus video for this week. I just saw this one and thought it fit our Holiday video theme for the week. This one goes out to all the girls that like super heroes and all the boys who like princesses. Here’s hoping you all get whatever you want this Christmas!


December 24, 2011
A Home Movie: Christmas 1966 I guess Christmas videos will be a running theme this week on my blog as I’ve found one to post here each day this week.  Here is the entry for today- A Christmas Home Video circa 1966.  This is not me (I wasn’t born in 1966) or my family.  I have no idea who these…