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 17, 2015
HTAntMan1 “Scott, I need you to be the Ant-Man.” The Marvel’s newest entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Ant-Man begins to land in theatres worldwide today! Our new hero, Scott Lang, will don the Ant-Man suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength and help his mentor Dr. Hank Pym…

 

July 16, 2015
AntManLogo We have an all new weekly video show here on AFi called “Abby Has Questions” Are you partnered to a geek, nerd or lover of the pop arts? So is Abby! I have a head full of worthless comic book, TV and movie trivia.   Abby does not. Watch as she asks all the questions you…

 

July 15, 2015
DCCollectiblesLogo 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 December of 2015 through February of 2016.  Some items have…

 

July 14, 2015
MOTUC2016Preview1 They’re here! The 2015 Masters of the Universe Classics line, AND a preview of the 2016 Collector’s Choice line. They’re the figures you told us you wanted… and we’re ready to make it happen! This subscription brings nine newly designed figures, including one subscription-only figure you will not want to miss. Get the full story…

 

July 11, 2015
SDCCLogo.gif After the con floor closes and you need to get off your sore feet we have the perfect rest stop for you!  The Action Figure Insider Presents: 10 Years of Talking About Toys  panel!   I’ve put together a great line up of panelists for this year, some old familiar faces, some brand new guests to…

 

July 10, 2015
SDCCThursdayPic2 Tonight I added almost a dozen new galleries to the 2015 Comic Con Gallery page including DC Collectibles, Diamond Select Toys, Huckelberry Toys, Diamond Previews, WETA, Underground Toys and more.  Also added galleries of the DC Collectibles and Jakks Pacific panels.   You can check them all out here on our SDCC 2015 Gallery page.

 

July 9, 2015
San Diego Comic Con Preview 2015 is over and the con officially starts tomorrow.   We have a handful of cool galleries we shot tonight of some of the things we saw at the Mezco, Mattel, DC Collectibles Press event and Gentle Giant booths. As well of a great overview of the opening night of the…

 

July 8, 2015
SDCC15DayZeroPic1 As we load up the AFi-mobile to head down to sunny San Diego we have time for a new gallery of pre-Con ‘Day Zero’ pictures taken around the convention center by Mike/SDComics showing the calm before the con. You can check out our full gallery of Pre-SDCC images here! And keep your eyes here on…

 

July 7, 2015
SDCC15POPConan1 Preview Night for San Diego Comic Con International starts on Wednesday evening, but the city of San Diego started their preparation two weeks ago.   Our man Mike aka SDComics started snapping pictures of the buildings, the train wraps and street banners. You can check out our full gallery of Pre-SDCC images here! And keep your…

 

July 6, 2015
MLSDCC2015FanPoll2 They gang over at Marvel.com just announced the newest Marvel Legends fan poll that will be happening this week at SDCC.  Attendees to the show can vote for their favorite character from this all new line up of possibilities.  See the details below and head over to Marvel.com to see the images of all the…

 

July 5, 2015
TTMinecraftStory1 New Five-Part Episodic Game Series Based on the Minecraft Universe Premiering This Year   SAN RAFAEL, Calif., and STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jul. 4th, 2015 — Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, and world-renowned game developer Mojang, revealed on-stage today at ‘Minecon’ in London the world-premiere trailer and first cast details for Minecraft:…

 

July 5, 2015
GoHeroSheena1 The folks at GoHero are almost ready to launch the preorder of their 1:6th scale Sheena, Queen of the Jungle action figure.   In the mean time they have shared a few more images of the figure with us to help entice you. That face sculpt is one of the nicest 12″ female figure faces I’ve…

 

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