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 10, 2013
MattelDCUCMakeAWish2013 Mattel and Warner Bros. have teamed up with the Make-A-Wish foundation to offer a selection of DC Universe Classics paint master prototypes to the public. These prototypes will be up for auction from Wednesday, July 17th at 6pm PST until Saturday, July 27th at 5:59pm PST. The money earned from these auctions will go to…

 

July 10, 2013
10th Ann- logo final1 For the past year, Diamond Select Toys has been celebrating the tenth anniversary of their Minimates toy line, from the mini-figure line’s debut in 2002 with Star Trek and KISS to the launch of the flagship 2-inch Marvel line in 2003. With the anniversary coming to a close, DST is turning things up a notch…

 

July 10, 2013
SDCC13EntWeekly Today Entertainment Weekly gave fans a tease of what’s coming in their Comic Con issue by publishing the “Spider-man 2” themed primary cover as well as the “Carrie“, “Ender’s Game” and “Orphan Black” internal extra covers. You can check out more information on this issue here over at their EW popwatch blog.  The issue should…

 

July 10, 2013
4HMREDRAVEN-500x366 We’ve been a little quiet about our upcoming Kickstarter campaign for the Gothitropolis Ravens figures recently, and that’s because we’ve been wrapping up the final details on the project and awaiting the final approvals from Kickstarter.   Well, our project was just given the green light by Kickstarter this morning and we’ll be launching the…

 

June 28, 2013
SDCC13TMNTShredder1.jpg Playmates just sent over information on their TMNT events for SDCC 2013.  They will be having a panel to show upcoming figures on Thursday as well as having an exclusive Shredder figure, with a removable helmet and vac-metal armor! See the details below: One of our favorite times of the year is rapidly approaching –…

 

June 28, 2013
cartoon-network-logo.jpg Adventure Time Booth to Feature Replica of the Ice King’s Castle   Regular Show Regular Zone Experience at New Children’s Museum of San Diego Back-to-Back Adventure Time and Regular Show Panels at Hilton Bayfront on Friday, July 19   At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Cartoon Network will once again offer the ultimate fan experience…

 

June 28, 2013
Last year, Comic-Con International attendees were present for ground zero of Diamond Select Toys’ new Battle Beasts Minimates toy line, with the first-ever two-pack, the launch of the comic book mini-series and a daily giveaway figure! Now, with Series 2 in development and a new comic in the works, Diamond Select will be giving away…

 

June 28, 2013
CastZica40Logo.jpg Wow.  40 years.  That will make a body feel old.  Speaking of old bodies, 2014 will be the 40th anniversary of the Mego type 2 body.   To comemorate that milestone the men behind both Cast-A-Way Toys and ZICA toys have teamed up to re-imagine the Mego type 2 body for the 21st century.   I  have…

 

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…

 

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